As the charm offensive involving the Koreas and the United States continues, the North Koreans have made their next move with an announcement in North Korean media: "Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un Supervises Newly Developed Tactical Weapon Test".
The man, identified as Lawrence Bruce Byron, had been in custody after crossing into North Korea from China on October 16, it said.
The country's state-run news agency said its leader was impressed by the products he saw at the factory and wanted to modernise North Korea's production output.
Last year, USA media said the man expelled from South Korea - who has also been named as Lawrence Bruce Byron - had claimed he wanted to help resolve tensions between North Korea and the US.
Last week, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley rejected the Russian request to ease sanctions on North Korea during a closed-door U.N. Security Council meeting called by Russia.
The North hasn't publicly tested any weapons since November 2017, but in recent days Pyongyang reportedly expressed anger at USA -led worldwide sanctions and ongoing small-scale military drills between South Korea and the United States.
The "peace agreement" to which Cha refers would be a declaration by the United States, North Korea and possibly China that the Korean War, which has technically only had an armistice but not formally ended, is indeed over.
The South Korean presidential spokesman said Xi was also willing to come to South Korea next year at a convenient time.
The programme is co-organised by Hyundai Group, which operated the joint tour event and the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee of North Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported. "But to maintain its role in the North Korea issue, it may try to use its influence over Pyongyang without overstepping, in making the North return to the negotiation table with Washington", he added.
The newspaper said Japanese security services confirmed Oh's identity.
"The South and the North also agreed to keep having discussion on the overall cooperation in the aviation sector", the ministry said in a statement. It's the first publicly known field inspection of a weapons test by Kim since he observed the testing of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile in November of previous year, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry.
The US have remained optimistic that President Donald Trump will persuade Kim Jong-un to end their nuclear weapons program. -North Korean exchanges, they have might well merit official and public attention-if they have given North Korea new capabilities for threatening the United States or its allies, as Sanger and Broad suggested.
He later hailed the test as a "decisive turn in bolstering the fighting capacity" of the North's military.
The report said he claimed to be travelling for the USA secret service.
A second objective might be retaliation for the resumption by the USA and South Korea this month of some minor joint military marine drills.
It's the first publicly known field inspection of a weapons test by Kim since he observed the testing of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017, according to the Unification Ministry.
Amid existing global sanctions on North Korea following its weapons tests, China is Pyongyang's sole major ally and a key economic lifeline for the isolated country.