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Those who are opposed to Kim's shift away from the long-standing "military first" policy in favour of rebuilding the economy are thought to have been pushed aside. The reshuffle was confirmed yesterday by a senior U.S. official, speaking anonymously to Reuters.

Those moves compelled Trump to temporarily cancel the summit, set for June 12 in Singapore, and prompted a diplomatic whirlwind as officials from both North and South Korea scrambled to get the summit back on track.

It also reflects Kim's push to shed his reclusive image and seek wider contacts, including apparent efforts underway to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The US president also claimed the meeting could bring an end to the conflict between North and South Korea.

Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday - noting how North Korea had signed memorandums with the United States in the past that then fell apart.

Kim Su Gil, 68, is a four-star Army general who is one of Kim Jong Un's most trusted aides, accompanying him on various military inspections and public events.

Madden said the reshuffling at the top of the North Korean military was likely done for a number of reasons, among them preparation for the Kim-Trump talks and future South Korean negotiations and exchanges.

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And in the "Frunze Academy Affair", elite young officers who had been studying at Moscow's Frunze Academy, and were recalled home after the death of first-generation dictator Kim Il-sung, are believed to have plotted a regime overthrow.

"Any deal that explicitly or implicitly gives North Korea sanctions relief for anything other than the verifiable performance of its obligations to dismantle its nuclear and missile arsenal is a bad deal", the Democratic lawmakers write for emphasis.

According to the Yonhap news agency, the new North Korean defence minister is No Kwang-chol, a former first vice-minister, replacing Pak Yong-sik.

The sum would be negotiated if North Korea accepted the offer, he said.

The offer comes after a media report that the cash-strapped North may have trouble bearing the cost of its leader's stay in Singapore and the large delegation of security and support staff for the meeting scheduled for June 12.

"They're all young but capable people", Yang said. North Korea maintains that eight have died and the other four were never in the country.

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