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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

Tillerson slams North Korea missile test but still seeks talks

Aug 28, 2017 - 12:05 AM

We are going to continue our peaceful pressure campaign to see if we can bring the regime in Pyongyang to the negotiating table says US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

This photo taken on May 6, 2016 and released on May 7 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un reporting works of North Korean Workers Party Central Committee during the 7th Workers Party Congress at the 'April 25 Palace' in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/ AFP

CIA chief says 'nothing imminent' in U.S.-North Korea standoff

Aug 14, 2017 - 1:00 AM

There s nothing imminent today But make no mistake about it the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat says CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Coverage of an ICBM missile test is displayed on a screen in a public square in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

U.S. vows to press China to enforce North Korea sanctions

Jul 10, 2017 - 1:05 AM

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says China has been helpful but needs to do more

PACKAGE SEIZED? This undated picture released on August 4, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at a meeting in Pyongyang. File photo by KCNA/AFP

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May 22, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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North Korea fires another ballistic missile despite sanctions threats

May 21, 2017 - 5:04 PM

4th UPDATE South Korea describes the launch as reckless and irresponsible while the US military stresses ironclad commitment to defend its allies

North Korea poses threat to China, Russia – U.S. admiral

May 17, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Admiral Harry Harris who heads the Pacific Command says the international community should act with a sense of urgency

LEADER. Kim Jong-Un oversees a parade during an event that marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of North's founder Kim Il-Sung. File photo by AFP

Trump calls for tougher sanctions after North Korea missile

May 14, 2017 - 10:15 AM

6th UPDATE New South Korean President Moon Jae In also condemns the test as a reckless provocation that poses a grave challenge to the international community

Chinese warships to visit Davao Sunday

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The fleet is headed by Rear Admiral Shen Hao Deputy Commander of the East China Sea of the People s Liberation Army Navy

U.S. urges China to take 'action' against North Korea

Apr 03, 2017 - 12:50 AM

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says China must take definitive steps to counter North Korea s nuclear program

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

North Korea urges shift from US, Seoul says it has Trump's support

Nov 10, 2016 - 3:40 PM

UPDATED If there is anything the Obama administration has done it has put the security of the US mainland in the greatest danger says the North Korean ruling party s newspaper

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. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA / KCNA

US, South Korea detect another failed North Korea missile test

Oct 20, 2016 - 11:10 AM

It is the second failed launch in less than a week of the intermediate range Musudan missile

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. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivered his first ever public speech at a major military parade in Pyongyang to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones / AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

North Korea air show thumbs nose at sanctions

Sep 24, 2016 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED North Korea holds the two day Wonsan International Friendship Air Festival at the newly refurbished Kalma Airport completed last year to boost tourism in the area around the eastern port city of Wonsan

North Korea defectors from China restaurant arrive in Seoul

Jun 01, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The 3 North Korean women are the latest to defect to South Korea

South Korea confirms defection of North Korea restaurant workers

May 24, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Seoul s unification ministry declines to elaborate on the new defection citing the workers safety

Dozens of North Korean restaurants abroad closed or suspended – South

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:15 PM

The restaurants are reportedly located in China and the United Arab Emirates

epa04963869 A picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)on 05 October 2015, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking during a ceremony to celebrate the dedication of a hydroelectric power plant on Mount Paektu, on the border between North Korea and China, in Paekam, Ryanggang Province, North Korea, 03 October 2015. The station, which started being built in 2002, was named the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station. EPA/KCNA SOUTH KOREA OUT

South Korea's Park says North ready for nuclear test

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED South Korean President Park Geun Hye also warns Pyongyang that the international community is ready to respond with even stronger sanctions

This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 24, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) inspecting an underwater test-fire of a strategic submarine ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea on April 23, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test as an "eye-opening success", state media said on April 24, declaring Pyongyang has the ability to strike Seoul and the US whenever it pleases.  / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS 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. /

North Korea fires short-range 'projectile' – South Korea

Mar 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED We are closely monitoring the situation and standing ready says Seoul s Joint Chief of Staff

Philippines impounds North Korean ship

Mar 05, 2016 - 12:34 PM

3rd UPDATE Citing the UN Security Council resolution on North Korea Malacañang says the crew of the North Korean cargo ship Jin Teng will be deported

IMPOUNDED. North Korean freighter Jin Teng. File photo from

Philippines hails UN sanctions vs North Korea

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:40 PM

The Philippines says it wants North Korea to undertake concrete steps toward denuclearization as Pyongyang faces its toughest UN sanctions so far

FIRING DRILL. An undated file picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North Korean ruling Workers Party, shows a North Korean military missile firing drill at an unknown location in North Korea. According to media reports quoting South Korea's defense ministry on March 3, 2016, North Korea has fired 'several' short-range missiles into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at 10 am (0100 GMT) on March 3, 2016. Photo by Rodong Sinmun/EPA

S. Korean president wants N. Korea talks – without N. Korea

Jan 22, 2016 - 1:14 PM

UPDATED South Korean President Park Geun Hye says North Korea s 4th nuclear test on January 6 underlined Pyongyang s rejection of denuclearization as a bargaining chip

5-PARTY TALKS? South Korean President Park Geun-hye says 5-way talks excluding North Korea is among the 'creative' solutions to the stalled 6-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program. File photo by Yonhap/EPA

N. Korea says successfully test-fired underwater ballistic missile

May 09, 2015 - 10:06 AM

Development of a submarine launched missile capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula

UN watchdog 'seriously' worried by North Korea nuclear program

Mar 02, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Pyongyang is believed to have a stockpile of up to 16 nuclear weapons fashioned from either plutonium or weapons grade uranium

A file photo dated October 2010, then released by the North Korean Central News Agency KCNA, showing a 'Musudan' missile appearing during a military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. KCNA/EPA

New pictures confirm North Korea nuclear activity

Apr 26, 2014 - 2:50 PM

The photos suggest the possibility of a North Korean nuclear test during US President Barack Obama s visit in Asia

First radioactive traces from N. Korea nuke test

Apr 23, 2013 - 6:46 PM

The discovery could not help the CTBTO determine if Pyongyang used plutonium or uranium in the blast

N. Korea to restart nuclear reactor

Apr 02, 2013 - 3:12 PM

The move would involve readjusting and restarting all facilities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex

EU to target N. Korea with 'tough' sanctions

Feb 15, 2013 - 10:24 PM

Included are sanctions approved at UN level as well as EU restrictions on financial dealings and trade sanctions on items linked to Pyonyang s ballistic and nuclear programs