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Trump: I still have 'confidence' in North Korea's Kim

May 26, 2019 - 8:22 AM

'North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,' says US President Donald Trump

CONFIDENT IN KIM. US President Donald Trump says he continues to have confidence in North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea fires missiles as U.S. envoy visits Seoul

May 09, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) South Korean President Moon Jae-in says Pyongyang's latest move had 'an element of protest and is a pressuring action to steer the nuclear talks in a direction it desires'

PROJECTILES FIRED. Replicas of North Korean Scud-B missile (C back) and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles (front) are displayed at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on June 10, 2018. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea says it tested rocket launchers

May 05, 2019 - 8:30 AM

This comes a day after Pyongyang appeared to have launched its first short-range missile in more than a year

US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Saul LOEB / AFP

North Korea slams 'foolish and dangerous' Pompeo

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in February

NORTH KOREA AND POMPEO. Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in February. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

Trump: we paid North Korea nothing for Warmbier's release

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:34 AM

The Washington Post quotes unidentified sources as saying that a US official was made to sign a pledge to pay $2 million in medical costs before being allowed to fly Warmbier back home from Pyongyang in 2017

MOURNING. This handout photo obtained courtesy of the Warmbier family shows a mourner signing a guest book at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, on June 22, 2017, during the funeral for Otto Warmbier. Photo from the Warmbier Family / AFP Handout / FAMILY HANDOUT / AFP

Trump says he welcomes China, Russia help over North Korea

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'I think we're doing very well with North Korea. A lot of progress is being made,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

North Korea's Kim to Putin: U.S. acted in 'bad faith' at Hanoi talks

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Kim and Putin meet in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok for their first summit – squarely aimed at countering US influence

This picture taken on April 25, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 26 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a reception following their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok.  KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

North Korea needs 'security guarantees' in exchange for denuclearization – Putin

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:18 PM

North Korea 'needs guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty,' Russian President Vladimir Putin says after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

FIRST MEETING. Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prior to their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

North Korea's Kim, Russia's Putin set for first summit

Apr 25, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Russian and North Korean flags are flying from lamp posts on Vladivostok's Russky island, where the summit is to take place on a university campus

This picture taken on April 24, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 25 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) being greeted by Russian officials after his arrival in Vladivostok by train.  KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

North Korea's Kim in Russia for first talks with Putin

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'I hope that during the talks...I will be able to have concrete discussions on resolving situations on the Korean Peninsula and on the development of our bilateral relationship,' says Kim Jong-un

Flags of Russia and North Korea are seen fixed on a lamp post in front of the railway station where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to arrive, in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 24, 2019.  STR / AFP

North Korea's Kim, Putin to hold first talks in Russia's Far East

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:47 PM

(UPDATED) Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov says the focus of the first meeting between the two men 'will be on a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula'

With Kim-Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in North Korea

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Putin, who has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim, is gearing up to play a bigger role in nuclear negotiations with Moscow's Cold War-era ally, with which it shares a short border

MEETING. This combination of files pictures made on April 18, 2019, shows portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) taken on December 31, 2014 in Moscow, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un taken on February 27, 2019 in Hanoi. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin, Saul Loeb / AFP / RIA NOVOSTI

North Korea's Kim to meet Putin in Russia in late April – Kremlin

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:19 PM

'Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin...Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in the second half of April,' the Kremlin says in a statement on its website

KIM-PUTIN MEETING. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in late April to meet President Vladimir Putin. Putin file photo by Aris Messinis/AFP; Kim file photo by AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

North Korea's Kim oversees test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:37 AM

State media says the 'advantages' of the weapon were 'the peculiar mode of guiding flight and the load of a powerful warhead'

KIM JONG UN. This file photo shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea. Photo from AFP/KCNA via KNS

South Korea's Moon Jae-in seeks fourth summit with Kim Jong-un

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:40 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in hails North Korean President Kim Jong-un's willingness to salvage high-stakes talks with the US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) review honor guards during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang airport on September 18, 2018. File photo by Pyeongyang Press Corps and AFP

North Korean leader open to third Trump summit

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:07 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump backs the suggestion, pointing to his 'excellent relationship' with Kim Jong Un

SUMMIT. North Korean students read the Rodong Sinmun newspaper coverage of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visiting Vietnam for a summit in Hanoi with US President Donald Trump, on Kim Il Sung square Pyongyang on February 28, 2019. Photo by Kim Won Jin / AFP

Kim gains more power in North Korea leadership shuffle

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Kim Jong-un acquires a new title, and now becomes 'the supreme representative of all the Korean people' – a newly-created role that observers say makes him more like a modern national leader

MORE POWER. This April 10, 2019 picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on April 11, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

North Korea convenes top-level meeting over 'tense situation' – KCNA

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:50 PM

It comes ahead of the opening of the country's rubber stamp legislature on April 11

TOP-LEVEL MEETING. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called a full meeting Wednesday, April 10, of a top committee of the ruling Workers' Party. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Vietnam woman in Kim Jong-nam case in new release bid

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Doan Thi Huong's lawyers have lodged a second application to the attorney-general seeking her release

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

North Korea considering suspending nuclear talks with U.S. – TASS

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'We have no intention to yield to the US demands in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind,' Russian news agency TASS cites vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui as saying

US-NORTH KOREA TALKS. North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-hui poses for a photo ahead the welcome ceremony of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 1, 2019. File photo by Luong Thai Linh/Pool/AFP

Vietnam 'regrets' murder suspect not freed in Malaysia

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:46 PM

'We want Doan Thi Huong to be tried fairly and objectively and for her to be freed,' says Vietnam's foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang

REGRET. In this file photo, Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam asks Malaysia to free Kim assassin suspect

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong is set to appear in court on Thursday, March 14, after her lawyers asked the attorney-general to withdraw her murder charge

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a hearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 during trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

North Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Satellite analysis now indicates increased activity at two key sites – the Samundong missile research facility and the Sohae rocket launch center

NORTH KOREA. A general view shows Kim Il-sung square and the Pyongyang city skyline on March 9, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

The week in photos: March 2-8, 2019

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FESTIVAL PREPS. A Nepali sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies face paint near the Pashupatinath temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu on March 4, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Trump says relationship with North Korea's Kim 'remains good'

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:37 PM

North Korea's state media acknowledges for the first time the collapse of the high-stakes Hanoi summit, which ended without any agreement on reducing Pyongyang's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief

'GOOD' RELATIONSHIP. US President Donald Trump (L) listens to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea rocket site appears 'operational' again – U.S. experts

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:41 PM

'Given that construction, plus activity at other areas of the site, Sohae (Satellite Launching Station) appears to have returned to normal operational status,' says specialized website 38 North

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 PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

North Korea state media airs feature on Trump-Kim summit

Mar 07, 2019 - 3:06 PM

North Korea airs a 75-minute documentary of Kim's trip to Hanoi on Wednesday on the official broadcaster KCTV

TRUMP AND KIM. US President Donald Trump (L) listens to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019.  File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Vietnam suspect to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:18 PM

'[Doan Thi Huong] is in good health, confident and is ready to take the stand,' says one of the suspects' lawyers

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

South Korea's Moon urges new U.S.-North denuclearization talks

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:08 PM

South Korea President Moon Jae-in urges his officials to find out what exactly had gone awry at the high-stakes meeting, and predicts a deal will ultimately be reached

US-NORTH TALKS. In this file photo, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during celebrations marking the 72th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, in Seoul on August 15, 2017. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool/AFP

White House security chief defends Trump-Kim summit

Mar 03, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'I don't view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected,' US security chief John Bolton says

US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019.  Saul LOEB / AFP

North Korea's Kim pays tribute to Ho Chi Minh on Vietnam visit

Mar 02, 2019 - 5:20 PM

He is not known to have previously done anything similar for a foreign leader

In this picture taken on March 1, 2019 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 2, 2019 North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (R) and Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong (L) hold a plaque bearing portraits of late Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh and late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Hanoi. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South 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 --- /

Trump sides with Kim on tortured American, sparking firestorm

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:17 AM

'[Kim Jong-un] tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word,' says US President Donald Trump

OTTO WARMBIER. A photo made available on March 17, 2016 shows Otto Warmbier at a court in Pyongyang, North Korea on March 16, 2016. File photo by KCNA

North Korea's Kim kicks off official Vietnam visit

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:54 PM

The long-isolated North is increasingly seeking to portray itself as a country like any other, and Vietnam is Kim Jong-un's fourth foreign destination in less than 12 months

OFFICIAL VISIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) attend a welcoming ceremony and review an honour guard at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 1, 2019. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/Pool/AFP

Fags and food: 5 things we learned from the Hanoi summit

Mar 01, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Here are 5 things we learned from the two-day gathering in Vietnam's capital Hanoi

This combination of pictures made and taken on February 28, 2019 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) smiling during a bilateral meeting at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi.  Saul LOEB / AFP

No deal, no problem at Trump-Kim summit – analysts

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:11 AM

'Think of the Trump-Kim relationship like a Korean drama. We are just beginning to watch the long love story unfold.'

US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a meeting during the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019.  Saul LOEB / AFP

Moon says Trump expressed regret at not striking North Korea deal

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:52 PM

'While President Trump expressed regret that he didn't reach an agreement at the Hanoi summit, he made clear his resolve to solve the issue with North Korea through dialogue,' says a statement from the presidential Blue House

ALLIES. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) during a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

Trump 'walks' as North Korea talks end abruptly without deal

Feb 28, 2019 - 2:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The two leaders fail to sign a joint statement as initially scheduled and the talks end in deadlock

NO AGREEMENT. US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) hold a bilateral meeting during the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump in 'no rush' as formal nuclear talks open with Kim

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) US President Trump appears to temper expectations of any major breakthroughs in their summit, telling reporters he was 'in no rush' and results would be achieved over the longer term

US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019.  Saul LOEB / AFP

Kimchi and candor: Kim and Trump break bread for nuclear talks

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:12 AM

The leaders meet for an intimate 'social dinner' after a handshake and some brief remarks at the historic Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, their second face-to-face following the historic summit in Singapore last June

US President Donald Trump (R) speaks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as they sit for a dinner at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)

Trump, Kim optimistic over nuclear talks

Feb 27, 2019 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) Shaking hands and smiling in front of a bank of a dozen alternating US and North Korean flags, the two leaders briefly take questions from reporters before starting one-on-one talks, then the dinner

HANDSHAKE. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump predicts 'AWESOME' future for North Korea if Kim gives up nukes

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:56 AM

With his familiar use of capital letters for emphasis, Trump tweets the opportunities for a denuclearized North Korea are 'like almost none other in history'

HANOI CHILD. A child, wearing a North Korean flag sticker on her chick, waits outside the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship Kindergarten school in Hanoi on February 27, 2019, ahead of the second US-North Korea summit. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Kim, Trump arrive in Hanoi ahead of nuclear summit

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:34 PM

The two leaders are expected to have an informal dinner on Wednesday, February 27, before more formal talks on Thursday, February 28

SECOND SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on February 26, 2019, upon his arrival in Vietnam for a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Kim hits the road in Hanoi ahead of Trump nuclear summit

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:45 AM

(3rd UPDATE) After an initial meeting in Singapore in June 2018, analysts say the second date must deliver more concrete steps towards dismantling Pyongyang's arsenal

ARRIVAL. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) arrives at the Dong Dang railway station in Dong Dang, Lang Son province, on February 26, 2019, to attend the second US-North Korea summit. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

China scrubs social media as Kim train trundles south

Feb 25, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The secretive itinerary fuels speculation on Twitter-like Weibo, as people discuss delayed trains, traffic congestion, and road closures in Chinese cities through which Kim's iconic olive green train is expected to pass

WHERE'S KIM? Weibo users discuss where North Korean President Kim Jong-un might be relative to the issues he's causing for commuters. Image of Kim Jong-un by KNCA/AFP

Trump and Kim face unanswered questions in Vietnam

Feb 25, 2019 - 2:55 PM

The best-case scenario, according to one analyst, would be if Trump and Kim can agree to a roadmap for the denuclearization process

PREPPING FOR A SECOND ROUND. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) 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

Kim Jong-un impersonator deported from Vietnam ahead of summit

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The impersonator is told by Vietnamese immigration officials his visa was 'invalid,' but says he received no further explanation

IMPERSONATORS. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un impersonator Howard X (L) and US President Donald Trump impersonator Russel White speak to the media at a hotel before being escorted by Vietnamese authorities to the airport, in Hanoi on February 25, 2019. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Trump-Kim II: The summit, the script, and the sequel

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Here is a look at what was exactly agreed in Singapore last year and what has transpired since then

SUMMIT #1. File photo of the first summit between US President Donald Trump (right) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korean leader rides train on way to Vietnam

Feb 24, 2019 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Jong-un sets off on the long journey from Pyongyang, emulating his late father and grandfather, who took epic train trips when they were leaders

TRAIN RIDE. This picture taken on February 23, 2019, and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 24, 2019, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) departing Pyongyang Station for the second North Korea-US summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

Hanoi police hold Trump, Kim impersonators for questioning

Feb 23, 2019 - 3:03 PM

About 10 police officers show up at a local TV station where Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump impersonators Howard X and Russell White were giving an interview

DEADRINGERS. Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump impersonators Howard X (L) and Dennis Alan (R) shakes hands during a promotional event on June 9, 2018 in Singapore.  TOH TING WEI / AFP

Hair apparent: Hanoi barber offers free Trump, Kim cuts ahead of summit

Feb 22, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Barber Le Tuan Duong is overrun with customers since word got out about his free dos, a gesture he's offering out of sheer excitement for the February 27-28 Kim-Trump meeting in Hanoi

Vietnamese man, Nguyen Huu Thien gets a North Korean leader Kim Jong Un style haircut at a saloon in Hanoi on February 20, 2019. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)