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Trump says hopeful for Kim summit, but not afraid to walk away

Apr 19, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Ever disposed to set out the options in the starkest terms possible, US President Donald Trump predicts a 'very successful' May or June summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

North Korea holds military parade on eve of Winter Games

Feb 08, 2018 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) The parade is part of the nuclear-armed North's Olympics-linked charm offensive

U.S. threatens to 'utterly destroy' North Korea regime

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) Washington urges tough action at an emergency meeting of the Security Council called to respond to North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile

NEW WEAPON. This photo taken on November 29, 2017 and released on November 30, 2017 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows launching of the Hwansong-15 missile which is capable of reaching all parts of the US. KCNA via KNS / Handout / AFP

Trump lands in China for talks on North Korea

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:20 PM

US President Donald Trump arrives in Beijing for the critical leg of his Asia tour to drum up an uncompromising, global front against the nuclear weapons ambitions of North Korea

WELCOME TO BEIJING. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump descend from Air Force One after arriving in Beijing on November 8, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Hillary slams Trump's 'dangerous' war of words with North Korea

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Trump's tit-for-tat with the young, autocratic ruler of the isolated regime only dents Washington's credibility and helps Kim bask in global attention he seeks, the former secretary of state tells a forum in Seoul

HILLARY IN SEOUL. This handout photo taken and provided by Maeil Business Newspaper on October 18, 2017 shows former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. Maeil Business Newspaper"/AFP

North Korea 'begging for war' after nuke test – U.S.

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED The US accuses North Korea of begging for war and pushes for the strongest possible measures on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test

A wide view of the UN Security Council emergency meeting to consider the hydrogen bomb for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 4 September 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

South Korean fined for calling Moon Jae-In North Korean on Wikipedia

Sep 01, 2017 - 7:48 PM

The 53 year old man surnamed Yang is fined 4 million won around 3 500 for the alteration as well as to a similar alteration on the page of Seongnam city mayor Lee Je Myung

North Korea mocks Trump, hones Guam strike plans

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED North Korean General Kim Rak Gyom: Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him

STERN WARNING. US President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S., South Korea send North missile warning after ICBM test

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED The launch marks a milestone in Pyongyang s decades long drive for the capability to threaten the US mainland with a nuclear strike and poses a stark foreign policy challenge for Donald Trump

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. Pyongyang residents watch the news on the successful launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile 'Hwasong-14' on a big screen near the Pyongyang Railway Station in Pyongyang on July 4, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

North Korea fires 'intercontinental ballistic missile'

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:03 AM

7th UPDATE Moscow s defense ministry calls it medium range in a statement to Russian news agencies

A South Korean soldier watches a television news showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on July 4, 2017. North Korea launched a ballistic missile on July 4, the South's military said, just days after Seoul's new leader Moon Jae-In and US President Donald Trump focused on the threat from Pyongyang in their first summit. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je

North Korea launches multiple missiles – Seoul

Jun 08, 2017 - 7:15 AM

UPDATED South Korea gov t: North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles assumed to be surface to ship missiles this morning from the vicinity of Wonsan Gangwon Province

North Korean, Chinese media in war of words over weapons

May 04, 2017 - 12:38 PM

UPDATED The rival texts are a sign of the level to which ties between the two have deteriorated

BORDER ZONE. The Chinese and North Korean flags attached to a railing as trucks carrying Chinese-made goods cross into North Korea on the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge at the Chinese border town of Dandong on December 18, 2013. Mark Ralston/AFP

Malaysia to deport 50 North Koreans despite ban – deputy PM

Mar 14, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi did not say why the government had decided on the expulsion despite Kuala Lumpur s bar on North Korean nationals leaving the country

STILL FLYING HIGH. A North Korean flag flaps in the wind inside the grounds of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 13, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Envoys discuss North Korea amid political flux in U.S., South Korea

Dec 13, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Senior US Japanese and South Korean officials with special responsibility for the North Korean nuclear issue meet for talks

Pedestrians make their way past the portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung (L) and Kim Jong-Il (R) in Pyongyang on December 1, 2016. Ed Jones/AFP

UN Security Council hits North Korea with toughest-ever sanctions

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:32 AM

The new sanctions resolution – which was spearheaded by the United States and came after 3 months of tough negotiations with fellow veto wielding council member China – passes by a 15 0 vote

Fode Seck, Permanent Representative of Senegal to the UN and President of the Security Council for November, chairs the UNSC meeting, flanked by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, at the United Nations, New York, November 30, 2016. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

North Korea says US pushing peninsula to 'explosion'

Sep 14, 2016 - 10:12 AM

KCNA: These extremely reckless provocations of the US imperialist warmongers are pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula to the point of explosion hour by hour

Soldiers applaud during a celebration rally attended by service members and civilians following the country's successful test of a nuclear warhead on September 9, in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on September 13, 2016. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

South Korea hits back at China in US missile row

Aug 07, 2016 - 5:57 PM

South Korea says China s failure to curb its ally North Korea had created the situation

This March 18, 2009 handout image courtesy of the US Missile Defense Agency shows the launch of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile during a test on March 17. US Missile Defense Agency/Handout/AFP

North Korea to convene rare parliamentary session on June 29

Jun 09, 2016 - 11:10 AM

State news agency: The fourth session of the 13th SPA Supreme People s Assembly will be convened in Pyongyang on June 29

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 30, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) visiting the construction site of the medical oxygen factory in Pyongyang. KCNA/KNS/AFP

North Korea's Kim defends nuclear arsenal as test fears grow

May 06, 2016 - 12:13 PM

4th UPDATE Kim Jong Un praises the country s scientists for creating milestone miracles with the magnificent and exhilarating sound of the first H bomb of our republic

Portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung (L) and Kim Jong-Il (R) are displayed past flags on The April 25 Palace, venue of the Workers' Party Congress, ahead of the event in Pyongyang on May 6, 2016. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea readies for party congress, nuclear test fears persist

May 05, 2016 - 12:47 PM

UPDATED The congress is expected to confirm as party doctrine Kim Jong Un s policy of pursuing nuclear weapons in tandem with economic development

A picture made available on April 27, 2016 shows the Monument to Party Founding in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 16, 2016. Franck Robichon/EPA

North Korea to anoint 'Great Sun' Kim at party congress

May 04, 2016 - 1:54 PM

The country makes final preparations for a rare ruling party congress seen as the young leader s formal coronation

'GREAT SUN' This file photo released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 8, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with military education officers at the seventh Meeting of Military Education Officers of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang, which took place on November 4 and 5, 2015. KCNA via KNS / AFP

South Korea warns of citizens' potential abduction by North

May 02, 2016 - 1:22 PM

We are closely watching out for multiple possibilities including abduction or terrorism by the North

Pedestrians cross a road in the Gangnam district of Seoul on July 5, 2013. Ed Jones/AFP/File

A coronation for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

May 01, 2016 - 10:55 AM

After 4 years of top level reshuffles purges and executions Kim Jong Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea s supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 23, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) viewing a concert marking the 70th founding anniversary of the KPA military band in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / AFP

Obama moves to implement US sanctions on North Korea

Mar 17, 2016 - 9:44 AM

UPDATED The measures were agreed to at the United Nations in response to a January 6 nuclear test and February 7 ballistic missile launch

In this file photo, a pedestrian walks past a TV screen broadcasting news of North Korea's launch of a long-range ballistic missile in Tokyo, Japan, February 7, 2016. Franck Robichon/EPA

North Korea leader orders nuclear warhead test, missile launches

Mar 15, 2016 - 7:54 AM

Kim Jong Un s comments are the latest in a series of daily statements and warnings by Pyongyang

An undated picture provided by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 9, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C), talking with scientists and technicians involved in research of nuclear weapons, at an undisclosed location, North Korea. KCNA/EPA

Latest North Korea sub missile test a 'catastrophic failure' – analysts

Jan 13, 2016 - 9:18 AM

Analysts at the California based James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies say the missile almost certainly blew up after a successful pop up

North Korea says test no threat, then threatens to wipe out US

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:01 PM

A lengthy commentary by the official KCNA news agency says the test marks a new high stage in the country s search for a credible nuclear deterrent

'SEISMIC' ACTIVITY. Ko Yun-hwa (L), of South Korea's Meteorological Administration, and Yun Won-Tae (R), general director of the Earthquake and Volcano department of the Korea Meteorological Administration, look at a screen showing seismic waves from North Korea at the Korea Meteorological Administration center in Seoul, South Korea, 06 January 2016. Bae Woo-Hwan/EPA

South Korea, US mull further strategic deployment after North test

Jan 11, 2016 - 1:44 PM

Seoul also announces additional restrictions on the movement of its citizens to the jointly run Kaesong industrial park

SHOW OF FORCE. A handout picture provided by the South Korean Air Force on January 11, 2016 shows a US B-52 strategic bomber flying over South Korea with fighter jets from the two countries, over South Korea, January 10, 2016. South Korean Air Force/Handout/EPA

Questions over North Korea defense chief execution

May 14, 2015 - 2:31 PM

UPDATED The original source South Korea s spy agency clarified that it had been unable to verify he had been put to death

An undated picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North Korean ruling Workers Party, on January 27, 2015, shows North Korean Defense Minister Hyon Yong-chol at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Rodong Sinmun/EPA

North Korea parliament meet watched for policy, personnel change

Apr 09, 2015 - 11:25 AM

Observers will be watching to see if the assembly adopts any policies related to a New Year s speech by current leader Kim Jong Un which stressed the need to improve people s living standards

In this file photo made available 26 September 2012 by the (North) Korean Central News Agency showing North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly holding a plenary session at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, 25 September 2012, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending. Yonhap/EPA

No sign of imminent North Korea nuclear test – US think-tank

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Pyongyang earlier raised the possibility of what would be the reclusive nation s 4th test in response to a UN resolution condemning its human rights record

A view of a North Korean Scud-B missile at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Japan, North Korea officials to meet over Cold War kidnappings report

Sep 25, 2014 - 12:26 PM

The planned meeting comes after Japan announced in July it was easing sanctions against North Korea following the secretive state s promise to reinvestigate cases of Japanese people kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s to train the North s spies

Posters showing faces of Japanese citizens believed to have been abducted by North Korean agents on display at Niigata prefectural police headquarters in the city of Niigata, Niigata province, Japan, 05 December, 2007. Kennedy Brown/EPA

Families call for action over North Korea abductees

Sep 11, 2014 - 10:03 AM

Citizens of at least 12 countries are believed to have been snatched in the past decades along with an estimated 100 Japanese taken to train its spies in their language and customs

Posters showing faces of Japanese citizens believed to have been abducted by North Korean agents on display at Niigata prefectural police headquarters in the city of Niigata, Niigata province, Japan, 05 December, 2007. Kennedy Brown/EPA

Two Koreas hold talks on Asian Games participation

Jul 17, 2014 - 1:31 PM

It was the first meeting between the two sides at the border truce village of Panmunjom for five months and comes at a time of simmering tensions following an unusually extended series of North Korean rocket and missile tests

READY FOR THE ASIAD. Columns at a subway station platform in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, South Korea, 12 September 2013, are plastered with photos of some of the country's top athletes in an advertisement for the 2014 Asian Games, which the port city will be hosting. YNA/EPA

Two Koreas agree to hold talks on Asian Games arrangements

Jul 14, 2014 - 11:25 AM

The North will send about 150 athletes and a cheering squad to the Incheon Games in September

READY FOR THE ASIAD. Columns at a subway station platform in Incheon, 40 kilometers west of Seoul, South Korea, 12 September 2013, are plastered with photos of some of the country's top athletes in an advertisement for the 2014 Asian Games, which the port city will be hosting. YNA/EPA

UN diplomats urge N. Korea to end rights abuses

May 02, 2014 - 8:36 AM

A recent report by UN investigators details North Korea s systematic widespread and gross rights violations

North Korea atrocities exposed, but what next?

Feb 18, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Analysts question the international community s ability to act on the UN report s recommendations

DAMNING EVIDENCE. The report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea is being held up by Michael Kirby, chairperson of the committee, in a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 17 Feb 2014. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

South Korea rejects North's warning over military drills

Jan 16, 2014 - 11:09 AM

North Korea had urged Seoul to cancel the annual large scale drills warning of calamities and disaster if they went ahead as planned

SEA OF FIRE. North Korea threatens to turn South Korea's presidential office into a "sea of fire"

North Korea to hold parliamentary vote in March

Jan 08, 2014 - 12:39 PM

The presidium of the Supreme People s Assembly SPA decided the election – held every five years – would take place on March 9

N. Korea purges Jang's associates: Seoul minister

Dec 30, 2013 - 4:13 PM

After the execution of Kim Jong Un s influential uncle North Korea is purging officials close to him

'TRAITOR.' A man watches TV news about Jang Song-Thaek, uncle of Kim Jong-Un, who was executed in December for being a 'traitor for all ages.' Photo by Agence France-Presse/Jung Yeon-Je

North Korea leader hears loyalty vows at anniversary meeting

Dec 17, 2013 - 11:46 AM

UPDATED It followed the shock execution last week of Kim Jong Un s uncle and one time political mentor Jang Song Thaek

FOR KIM JONG-IL. North Korean people laying wreaths at the statues (not pictured) of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, North Korea, 16 December 2013. The event marks the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il. EPA/Korean Central News Agency

Executed: N. Korea leader's 'traitor' uncle

Dec 13, 2013 - 7:09 AM

Jang is executed Thursday shortly after a military trial the state news agency KCNA says

Kim Jong-Un's powerbroker uncle 'ousted'

Dec 03, 2013 - 4:45 PM

UPDATED If confirmed Jang s ouster would mark the most significant purge at the top of North Korean leadership since Kim Jong Un succeeded his late father Kim Jong Il in December 2011

North Korea army chief removed from all posts

Jul 16, 2012 - 4:40 PM

North Korea s army chief has been removed from all his posts due to illness state media announced Monday July 16 which analysts said showed new leader Kim Jong Un tightening his control over the powerful military

This photo taken on April 13, 2012 shows North Korean military chief Ri Yong-Ho at a ceremony in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones