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North Korea ends test moratoriums, threatens 'new' weapon

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'The world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future,' says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

NO MORE MORATORIUM. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's announcement threatens to destroy nuclear diplomacy in the last two years. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

North Korean, U.S. officials at nuclear talks after latest missile test

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Lindh says that dialogue is needed to reach 'denuclearization and peaceful solution'

NUCLEAR TALKS. Members of the North Korean delegation arrive to Arlanda airport north of Stockholm on October 3, 2019. AFP photo

North Korea dismisses nuclear talks if 'hostile military moves' by U.S. continue

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:03 PM

A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry dashes hopes for renewed dialogue, attacking a recent mid-range cruise missile test by the US and plans to deploy F-35 fighter jets in the region as 'dangerous'

North Korea demands Pompeo's removal from U.S. nuclear talks

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The rogue state's foreign ministry wants US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo replaced as interlocutor between the two countries, describing him as 'reckless' and immature

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. opposes incremental denuclearization of North Korea – envoy

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:46 AM

Biegun says the administration wants to accomplish the complete and verified denuclearization of North Korea by January 2021

STEPHEN BIEGUN. In this file photo taken on February 9, 2019 US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun listens to South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea may be preparing a missile or space launch – NPR

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The photos by the firm DigitalGlobe show the presence of cars and trucks at the site on February 22

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 19, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) inspecting the ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea. AFP File photo/KCNA VIA KNS

Kim warns North Korea could consider change of tack

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:39 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the US should stick to its promise and lift the sanctions held against them

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea warns of return to nuclear policy

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:57 PM

North Korea's foreign ministry says Pyongyang could revert to its former nuclear policy if the United States does not change its stance over economic sanctions

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Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Trump hails the summit in Singapore with Kim, in which the the North Korean leader agreed to work towards denuclearizing his country, although their agreement did not say how this would be done

TRUMP'S BACK. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on June 13, 2018, as he returns from the US-North Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump, Abe: 'Imperative' to dismantle North Korea weapons

May 29, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The pair discuss 'recent developments in North Korea' and confirm 'they would meet again to continue close coordination in advance of the expected meeting between the United States and North Korea'

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Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site 'well underway' – U.S. monitor

May 15, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The respected 38 North website says that satellite images dated May 7 showed 'the first definitive evidence that dismantlement of the test site was already well underway'

DISMANTLING 'UNDERWAY'. This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

North Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons – top defector

May 14, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'In the end, North Korea will remain 'a nuclear power packaged as a non-nuclear state',' top defector Thae Yong-ho says

THAE YONG-HO. Former North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-Ho talks to the media at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul on January 25, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit

May 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) Reporters from different countries would be allowed to 'conduct on-the-spot coverage in order to show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground,' says the foreign ministry

Kim offers to close nuclear test site in May, invite U.S. experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:58 AM

The remarks are likely to be seen as a sweetener ahead of US President Donald Trump's own planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

SUMMIT. In this file photo, people watch a television news report showing pictures of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul. AFP file photo

China welcomes North Korea's decision to halt nuclear, missile tests

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:03 PM

China supports North Korea's decision to stop nuclear tests and to focus on developing the economy

SHOW OF FORCE. In this file photo, Musudan-class missiles are displayed during a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(2nd UPDATE) World powers hail the announcement, but analysts caution that the declaration was promising but limited

KIM JONG UN. The North Korean leader says they will no longer carry out nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests. File photo shows Kim attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Photo from AFP/KCNA via KNS

Trump predicts 'tremendous success' in North Korea talks

Mar 11, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The comments come after the American leader said he received encouragement from the leaders of China and Japan

SMOOTH TALKS? US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on January 25, 2018 in Zurich en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

North Korea lambasts U.S. for attaching preconditions for talks

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Pyongyang has long expressed its desire to talk without preconditions, while Washington insists that the isolated regime disarm first

PRECONDITIONS? North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reports works of North Korean Workers Party Central Committee during the 7th Workers Party Congress at the 'April 25 Palace' in Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR

U.S., South Korea united despite inter-Korea talks – Pence

Feb 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

North and South Korea hold talks in conjunction with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, believed by analysts to undermine alliance between Seoul and Washington

Japan, China talks end with friendship vows but no breakthrough

Jan 28, 2018 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) On a range of issues, visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono comes away with little more than vague promises

MEETING WITH CHINA. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) speaks during a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on January 28, 2018. Andy Wong/Pool/AFP

North Korea steps up tunneling at nuclear test site – monitor

Jan 12, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'These activities underscore North Korea’s continued efforts to maintain the Punggye-ri site’s potential for future nuclear testing,' says the respected 38North website

INCREASED ACTIVITY. This image acquired on September 4, 2017, and courtesy of, shows the Punggye-ri test site where on September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed to have conducted the undeground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

Trump cryptic about contacts with North Korea's Kim

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un,' Trump tells The Wall Street Journal in an interview

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Tillerson defends foreign policy record at year's end

Dec 28, 2017 - 1:05 PM

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says progress has been made to counter North Korea's nuclear ambitions

MR. SECRETARY. This file photo taken on June 02, 2015, shows Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson addressing the World Gas Conference in Paris. File Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

North Korea preparing to launch satellite – report

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:35 AM

'Through various channels, we've recently learned that the North has completed a new satellite and named it Kwangmyongsong-5,' reports a South Korean daily

NEW SATELLITE? North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects the Hwa Islet defence detachment off the east coast of North Korea. AFP file photo

Kim vows to make North Korea 'strongest nuclear power'

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:20 AM

His comments come as global powers scramble for a response to the crisis, with the US backing stringent economic and diplomatic sanctions on Kim Jong-Un's regime to halt its nuclear drive

DEAR LEADER. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 4, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech at the 3rd Meeting of KPA Activists in O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment Title Movement at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang. KCNA/AFP

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war 'a tantrum away'

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:25 AM

'A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment, or bruised ego could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities,' says Beatrice Fihn, head of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Beatrice Fihn, leader of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), gives an acceptance speech during the award ceremony of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at the city hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2017. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as its representatives warn of "an urgent threat" over US-North Korea tensions. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

North Korea blames U.S. for tensions in rare UN talks

Dec 09, 2017 - 12:38 PM

(UPDATED) Jeffrey Feltman arrives in Beijing after wrapping up a 5-day visit to Pyongyang aimed at defusing the crisis, just a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States

NORTH KOREA. UN under secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman, attends a press conference in Bogota on November 15, 2017. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

U.S. to send F-22 jets to South Korea in show of force for Pyongyang

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM

According to local media, the US aircraft will engage in precision strike drills with South Korean Air Force fighter jets

SHOW OF FORCE. In this file photo, US F-22 stealth fighters fly over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on February 17, 2016. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China, North Korea talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:44 PM

A brief report by North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency says China wants to 'develop the traditional friendly relations between the two parties and countries'

ASEAN Chairman's Statement hits North Korea missile tests

Nov 13, 2017 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) The ASEAN Chairman's Statement voices 'grave concern' over North Korea's 'recent provocative and threatening actions'

ASEAN SUMMIT. Leaders of ASEAN's 10 member-countries attend the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in the Philippines. Rappler photo

Trump backs U.S. spy agencies on poll meddling but slams Putin 'haters'

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) Trump returns to the subject in an early morning Twitter storm, which also sees him take a sarcastic dig at North Korea's 'short and fat' leader Kim Jong-Un

IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Luong Thai Linh/Pool/AFP

North Korea nuclear weapon use would meet 'massive military response' – Mattis

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:05 PM

'Make no mistake – any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated,' says US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis

NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Trump says U.S. 'totally prepared' for potential North Korea threat

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:35 AM

'You would be shocked to see how totally prepared we are if we need to be,' US President Donald Trump tells Fox News in an interview

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the Family Research Council's 2017 Value Voters Summit on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

EU sends chief diplomat to fight for Iran deal in Washington

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:46 PM

EU foreign ministers join a chorus of international support for the landmark 2015 accord, warning that Trump's hardline stance jeopardizes efforts to find a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis with North Korea

TO WASHINGTON. In this file photo, European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in a meeting in Paris, on August 28, 2017. Photo by ludovic Marin/ AFP

U.S. bombers fly over Korean peninsula in show of force

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Two US B-1B Lancers based in Guam fly over the Sea of Japan, staging a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with their South Korean counterparts

This handout photo taken on September 18, 2017 and provided by the South Korean Defence Ministry in Seoul shows a US Air Force B-1B Lancer dropping a bomb at a shooting range in Gangwon Province, east of Seoul, during a joint military drill aimed to counter North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests. The US flew four stealth fighter jets and two bombers over the Korean peninsula on September 18 in a show of force after North Korea's latest nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's defence ministry said. / AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry / handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Abe vows to tackle North Korea threat ahead of Japan election

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:10 PM

'We will protect our country under stable politics,' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says in a televised debate

Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gestures as he answers questions during a political debate ahead of the general elections at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA

North Korea's Kim promotes sister, reaffirms nuclear drive

Oct 08, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Kim Jong-Un's sister Kim Yo-Jong is now an alternate member of the ruling party's powerful decision-making body

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 12, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the Sin Islet defence company in Kangwon province, while Kim Yo-Jong (2nd L), vice department director of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea (WPK) and the younger sister of Kim Jong-Un, follows him. AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / AFP PHOTO / KCNA / KNS

Trump says North Korea diplomacy has failed, 'only one thing will work'

Oct 08, 2017 - 4:40 PM

US President Donald Trump adds that North Korea's nuclear program 'should haven been handled during the Obama administration'

NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump rejects talks with Pyongyang over its nuclear program. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

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Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time – Trump

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:30 AM

'I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,' tweets US President Donald Trump

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump calls on the UN to "focus on results," a call that was echoed by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

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Sep 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM

North Korea seeks 'equilibrium' with U.S., says nuclear capability nearly complete

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) The North's leader Kim Jong-Un says the country is close to the goal of completing its nuclear ambitions and should use all state power at its disposal to finish the task, saying it had 'nearly reached the terminal'

North Korea vows to boost weapons program after sanctions

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country s sovereignty and right to existence

HAPPY DAYS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 12, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / AFP

U.S. formally requests UN vote Monday on North Korea

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea an assets freeze on Kim Jong Un a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers

PH embassy releases contingency plan as Korea tensions rise

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Here is the full text of the contingency plan of the Philippine embassy in South Korea which includes information on when and how to evacuate

H-BOMB TEST. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano discusses the situation in the Korean Peninsula with Ambassador to Seoul Raul Hernandez and Foreign Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Japan, South Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programs

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the state guest house in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

North Korea celebrates nuclear test

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:53 AM

North Korea hold a mass celebration for the scientists involved in carrying out its largest nuclear blast to date with fireworks and a mass rally in Pyongyang

CELEBRATORY MOOD. This September 6, 2017 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 7, 2017 shows Pyongyang residents greeting arrival of contributors to the test of a hydrogen bomb for ICBM in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / Handout / AFP