South Korean President Moon Jae-in will give away two tons of pricey pine mushrooms to South Koreans separated from loves ones in North Korea.
North Korea's top unification official said they can "discuss any issues arising in their relations in a speedy and heart-to-heart manner."
"We do not and could not possibly have aggressive plans," Putin announced at a 300,000-strong military exercise near the Chinese border.
Russian president surprises Japan's prime minister with peace offer, despite meeting him in private the day before.
As nuclear negotiations with North Korea stall and the U.S. looks to enforce harsh sanctions on Iran, China wants a better relationship with Tehran and Pyongyang.
It would be the first direct correspondence between the two since President Donald Trump canceled a high-level visit to North Korea, but they have exchanged praise.
Russia and Iran want to press forward with a Syrian military offensive to retake the last rebel-held province of Idlib, but Turkey is pushing for a truce.
The defense secretary said the U.S. must support efforts so "the Syrian people can establish a new government that is not led by Assad."
South Korea appears to be outpacing its U.S. ally in trying to make peace with their longtime foe North Korea.
While touring a medical factory, North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un "said he cannot but be very concerned about and disappointed by the bad situation."
North Korea warned its U.S.-backed neighbor that letting foreigners decide their fate was "tightening the noose of subordination around the necks of Koreans."
North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un called the Wonsan resort a "long-cherished idea" that also served as "an acute standoff with hostile forces."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his country "must overcome this division for our survival and prosperity" ahead of his first trip to Pyongyang.
Seoul called the move "positive from a humanitarian perspective."
A new 38 North report shows that Pyongyang appears to be exceeding U.S. expectations at a key launch site, but cautions that these are "first steps."
The world's most heavily fortified border is seeing a rare period of diplomacy between its rival neighbors.
The Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of U.S.-backed forces, called on others to support talks with Damascus.
"We have no indications that there is anything amiss. But we don't know, we can't confirm it one way or another," Secretary of Defense James Mattis said.
The White House said that "Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year."
A new 38 North report shows the apparent dismantling of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, something it calls "a significant confidence-building measure."
A 1974 truce prohibits Israel's and Syria's air forces from crossing their de facto border, something Israel has frequently done.