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US President Donald Trump said he is hoping for a potential third nuclear summit with North Korean leader to achieve a fruitful outcome.

Trump is set to host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House later on Thursday, seeking to rekindle dialogue with the North.

Noting that "the Hanoi Summit is not actually - was not a source of disappointment, but it is actually the part of a bigger process that will lead us to a bigger agreement", Moon said that efforts need to be made so as to "maintain the momentum of dialogue and also express the positive outlook, regarding the third U.S".

Externally, however, Pyongyang has been stressing the importance of "self-reliance" after talks on denuclearisation with Washington broke down in Vietnam in February. The two sides gave different reasons for the abrupt end in talks.

Pyongyang said it had pushed for limited sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling its main nuclear facility at Yongbyon.

Born in 1950, Choe is considered Kim Jong Un's right-hand man - frequently referred to as the regime's "virtual number two official".

"The election of the Supreme Leader [Kim Jong-un] as chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] is the great political event of crucial historical significance", KCNA said.

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Under his wing come top nuclear negotiator Kim Yong-chol and others involved in February's summit with the USA, who were elected as members of the SAC. "The big deal is we have to get rid of the nuclear weapons".

Choe Ryong Hae was named President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, state media reported on Friday, replacing Kim Yong Nam who had held the position since it was created in 1998.

"At this point, I think President Moon will arrange a call or meeting with Chairman Kim in the near future to convey President Trump's desire to continue negotiations and willingness to demonstrate flexibility", Aum said.

Speaking at a plenary session of the central committee of the ruling Workers' party of Korea on Wednesday, Kim did not mention the USA by name or refer to North Korean nuclear weapons, but analysts saw his reference to "hostile forces" as a clear attempt to increase pressure on Washington. Mr. Trump described his relationship with Kim as "very strong".

The socialist economy will "deal a telling blow to the hostile forces who go with bloodshot eyes miscalculating that sanctions can bring the DPRK to its knees", a state media report quoted him as saying on Thursday, using the acronym for the North's official name.

Mr Choe was one of the three officials sanctioned by the USA in December over allegations of rights abuses.

Although sanctions have undoubtedly made it more hard for Kim to deliver on his public pledge to provide economic development for the people of North Korea, few experts believe he will cave in to external pressure to surrender his nuclear arsenal.

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