Concern is growing among Japanese diplomatic officials and others over whether human rights issues, including Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese nationals, will be discussed in detail at a U.S.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he will visit North Korea at a date and time to be determined to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, in what is sure to be a historic meeting of two of the world's biggest super-villains.
A Nobel Prize-winning anti-nuclear group offered on Monday to pay for next week's historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea, including the delicate issue of Kim Jong-un's hotel bill.
The White House last month unveiled its own commemorative medallion for the summit, showing Trump and Kim looking at each other with their nation's flags behind them.
According to the group of Democrats, a successful agreement would require North Korea to completely dismantle and remove its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; continue the suspension of its ballistic missile testing; and allow for "robust" compliance inspections.
After the meeting in Washington, D.C., at which Kim delivered a letter from the North Korean leader, the US president said the leaders "won't sign something" June 12, and that they were "going to start a process". The meeting will take place in Singapore on June 12 at 6.30 am India time.
North Korea made no immediate reference to any military changes, and it remains hard to assess whether the shake-up could signal a significant change in North Korean policies.
Russian President Putin is scheduled for a three-day state visit to China to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong Province, which takes place on June 9 and 10 and will be chaired by Xi.
But the North has given no clear hints about how far it could go toward meeting US demands to dismantle its nuclear program.
The government has said police would make stricter checks of people and personal belongings and items such as public address systems and remotely piloted aircraft system would be prohibited.
"It seems like that the United States is insisting on its way of North Korea's denuclearization - allowing unconditional inspection into North Korea's nuclear facilities and transferring parts of nuclear warheads, nuclear material and ICBMs out of the country - and urging the North to make a bold decision", said Shin Beom-chul, a senior researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) offered Pyongyang to pay for its delegation's stay in Singapore during the US-DPRK summit on denuclearization.
The Trump administration, she said, is actively preparing for the summit between the US President and the North Korean leader.