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Seoul says North Korea asked to delay Pompeo talks – report

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:39 PM

'The US told us that it received a message from the North to postpone the meeting,' says South Korean foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

US-NORTH KOREA. This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) leaving after a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / The Straits Times / Kevin LIM

South Korea president says North's Kim to visit Seoul 'soon'

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'Chairman Kim Jong-un's return visit to Seoul will happen soon,' says South Korean President Moon Jae-in

SEOUL VISIT? In this file photo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) walk together during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang airport on September 18, 2018. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

Planned Kim summit narrowed down to 3 or 4 locations – Trump

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Trump said in terms of timing, the summit 'won't be too far away,' later telling reporters it would take place after the November 6 midterm elections

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump speaks at a signing ceremony with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) during 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 wants Pope to visit, South to tell Vatican

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:34 PM

'During the meeting with Pope Francis, [Moon Jae-in] will relay the message from chairman Kim Jong-un that he would ardently welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang,' says Moon's spokesperson

POPE IN NORTH KOREA? In this file photo, Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican.  File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Kim, Pompeo agree to 2nd US-North Korea summit 'at earliest date'

Oct 07, 2018 - 1:40 PM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also discuss denuclearization steps

FRIENDS. US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pompeo eyes progress over Trump-Kim summit on Asia trip

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also promises to bring up with strongman Kim Jong-un the matter of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago, which is a huge issue domestically in Japan

HISTORIC. In this file photo, 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. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea says peace treaty no bargaining chip for denuclearization

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:01 PM

State news agency KCNA says in a commentary that some US experts have suggested trading the end of the war for denuclearization.

BARGAIN. In this file photo, 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

Trump says he and Kim Jong Un 'in love'

Sep 30, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'He wrote me beautiful letters and they're great letters. We fell in love,' says US President Donald Trump

HISTORIC. 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. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Sep 27, 2018 - 2:20 PM

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Top U.S. diplomat to return to North Korea as Trump hails Kim

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to return to Pyongyang in October to move ahead on efforts for 'the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK'

Japan PM Abe open to summit with N. Korea's Kim

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:39 AM

(UPDATED) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says any summit would be devoted to resolving a decades-old row over North Korea's abductions of Japanese civilians

1 year later at U.N., Trump's 'rocket man' Kim is 'terrific'

Sep 25, 2018 - 8:21 AM

US President Donald Trump hails 'tremendous progress' to halt Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests and says that a year later it is a 'much different time'

'TERRIFIC.' This combination of pictures shows a file photo taken on June 11, 2018 of US President Donald Trump and a file image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. File photos by Roslan Rahman, Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump says he expects second North Korea summit 'quite soon'

Sep 24, 2018 - 10:20 PM

US President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – whose last planned visit to Pyongyang was abruptly scuttled by the White House – would arrange the summit 'in the immediate future'

ANOTHER TRUMP-KIM MEETING This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) looking on as documents are exchanged between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (2nd L) at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. File photo by Kevin Lim/The Straits Times/AFP

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

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

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Two Koreas' leaders in mountain show of unity

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The North Korean leader agrees to shutter the Tongchang-ri missile-testing site in the presence of international observers

MOUNT PAEKTU PICTURE-TAKING. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (L) pose with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (R) at the lakeside on the top of Mount Paektu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Pyeongyang Press Corps/AFP

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North Korea's Kim says to visit Seoul, shut missile site

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The two leaders agree to hold family reunions on a regular basis, work towards joining up road and rail links, and mount a combined bid for the 2032 Olympics

TOGETHER. South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) applaud during a joint press conference after their summit at Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang on September 19, 2018. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

South Korean leader and North's Kim hold summit talks

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:27 AM

'I am acutely aware of the weight that we bear,' Moon Jae-in tells Kim Jong-un as they open two hours of formal talks at the headquarters of the ruling Workers' Party

LEADERS. South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) walk together during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang airport on September 18, 2018. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

5 things about the third inter-Korean summit 2018 in Pyongyang

Sep 18, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Here are 5 things we have learned so far about the third summit between North and South Korea

THIRD SUMMIT. 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. AFP PHOTO/Pyeongyang Press Corps

South Korea's Moon seeks to break nuclear deadlock at Pyongyang summit

Sep 16, 2018 - 12:40 PM

An analyst says President Moon Jae-in may try to convince North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to verbally commit to providing a list of the country's existing nuclear program

PRESIDENT MOON. In this file photo, a man watches a television screen broadcasting live footage of South Korean President Moon Jae-In's New Year's speech, at a railway station in Seoul on January 10, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Rappler

2 Koreas open joint liaison office in North

Sep 14, 2018 - 4:13 PM

'A new chapter in history is open here today,' says South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon

New joint liaison office will 'advance inter-Korean relations'

Sep 12, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The office is a significant move in thawing relations between the two countries, and follows a meeting this month between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and a South Korean presidential envoy

THE KOREAS. In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump received Kim Jong-un letter seeking second meet – White House

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders says the letter shows Pyongyang's 'continued commitment to focus on denuclearization' on the Korean Peninsula

HISTORIC. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump signals nuclear talks with North Korea still alive

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!' Trump writes on Twitter.

TRUMP-KIM TALKS ALIVE. 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

Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang – Seoul

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in will discuss issues including 'practical measures' to denuclearize the flashpoint peninsula

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries at the start of their April summit at the truce village of Panmunjeom. File photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP

South Korean envoy meets Kim in Pyongyang amid nuclear deadlock

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Special envoy Chung Eui-yong's delegation 'met with Chairman Kim Jong Un and delivered a personal letter (from Moon) and exchanged opinions,' a presidential office spokesman in Seoul says

DIPLOMATIC TRIP. Chung Eui-yong (C), head of the presidential National Security Office, Suh Hoon (2nd R), the chief of the South's National Intelligence Service, and other delegators walk to board an aircraft as they leave for Pyongyang at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, on September 5, 2018.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea competes in shooting championships in the South

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:52 AM

This marks the first time that North Korea has taken part in the International Shooting Sport Federation event in South Korea

South Korea's Moon to send special envoy to North Korea on September 5

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The unnamed envoy will visit the North's capital city on September 5, Yonhap news agency says, citing a presidential spokesman

ASEAN TIES. South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks before the ASEAN-South Korea 2017 Summit in Manila. Screenshot from the ASEAN live feed

Trump says China making things 'much more difficult' with North Korea

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:26 AM

US President Donald Trump insists his relationship with Kim Jong-un remains 'very good'

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. In thsi file photo, 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 still 'serious and imminent threat' – Japan

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Japan's 2018 defense white paper also takes aim at China's rise as a military power, saying Beijing is sparking 'strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan'

NORTH KOREA. Japan in its first annual defense review says 'there is no change in our basic recognition concerning the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles.' North Korea's Central Railway Station file photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

Seoul may delay opening North Korea office

Aug 27, 2018 - 3:49 PM

South Korea shelves it plan to open a liaison office in the north after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancel his trip to Pyongyang

This handout from the Blue House taken and released on May 26, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on May 26 inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon a summit with Pyongyang. handout / The Blue House / AFP

Trump calls off Pompeo's North Korea trip, blasts China

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:42 AM

US President Donald Trump feels that they have not made 'sufficient progress' in plans to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Pompeo to return to North Korea with new special envoy

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:01 AM

(UPDATED) The trip will be US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's fourth to North Korea, and the second since a historic summit on June 12 between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

POMPEO RETURNS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) greets North Korea's director of the United Front Department, Kim Yong Chol (2nd L) as they arrive for a meeting at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018. File photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

U.S.: North Korea talks moving 'in right direction'

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:54 AM

'Conversations with the government of North Korea are becoming a far more normal matter,' State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert says

ON NORTH KOREA. In this file screenshot, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses the media in a news briefing. Screengrab from state.gov

Duterte's PDP-Laban inks deal with North Korea's party

Aug 08, 2018 - 10:10 AM

PDP-Laban and the Workers' Party of Korea sign a deal on party cooperation, youth development, as well as 'promotion of world peace'

Photo from Ron Munsayac/PDP Laban

North Korea gets illegal oil, enlists Syria arms broker – UN report

Aug 04, 2018 - 2:48 PM

North Korea has flouted the cap on exports of coal, petroleum, weapons, and other products through illegal ship-to-ship transfers, rendering the sanctions hailed by UN 'ineffective'

Pompeo calls for sustained pressure on North Korea

Aug 04, 2018 - 1:40 PM

(UPDATED) A confidential UN report warns that Pyongyang has resorted to 'massive increase' of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products to circumvent sanctions over its nuclear weapons program

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018.  JOHN THYS / AFP

U.S. Korean War dead heading home at last

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:04 PM

'Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war. But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten. Today our boys are coming home,' says Vice President Mike Pence

HOME. Military personnel bring in the presumed remains of US soldiers in 55 caskets draped with American flags into Hanger 19 Joint base Pearl Harbor Hickam on August 1, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kat Wade/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. to urge pressure against North Korea at Asia talks

Aug 01, 2018 - 3:02 PM

A US official says Washington is 'concerned' by North Korean violations of UN-approved sanctions, including illegal shipments of oil by sea

ASEAN. A man walks past a banner ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Singapore on August 1, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

North Korea developing new missiles – report

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Pyongyang appears to be developing at least one or two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles, The Washington Post reports

NORTH KOREA. Workers paint a North Korean flag atop a building on Kim Il-Sung square on July 7, 2016. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea returns remains of U.S. war dead

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) The return of the remains marks the partial fulfillment of an agreement reached between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their historic summit in Singapore in June

RETURN. A soldier carries a casket containing the remains of a US soldier killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, after arriving from North Korea at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek on July 27, 2018. Photo by Kim Hong-ji/Pool/AFP

North Korea begins dismantling rocket test site – analysts

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) If confirmed, the analysis by respected US-based website 38 North could signal a step forward after the landmark summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump

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

Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong-un

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Addressing Trump, Kim describes their June 12 summit in Singapore, and the resulting joint statement, as the 'start of a meaningful journey'

LETTER. US President Donald Trump tweets a letter he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photos from AFP; Photo of letter from Trump's official Twitter account

Pompeo in Pyongyang to seek concrete nuclear commitments

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our expectation is exactly what the president and Kim Jong Un jointly agreed to in Singapore, and that is the denuclearization of North Korea,' says the State Secretary's spokeswoman

POMPEO IN NORTH KOREA. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) greets North Korea's director of the United Front Department, Kim Yong Chol (2nd L) as they arrive for a meeting at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Pompeo sets off for North Korea nuclear talks

Jul 05, 2018 - 5:37 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is tasked with negotiating a plan to achieve the 'complete denuclearization' of the Korean peninsula

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Trump says North Korea talks 'going well,' lashes out at critics

Jul 03, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Trump boasts the agreement signed by the two leaders in Singapore last June resolved the old foes' nuclear stand-off, but State Secretary Mike Pompeo is tasked with nailing down details

GOING WELL. 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 still building at nuclear site, says monitor

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) The Singapore meeting failed to clearly define denuclearization or produce a specific timeline towards dismantling the North Korea's atomic weapons arsenal

DENUCLEARIZATION. File photo shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un signing the guest book during the Inter-Korean summit with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.  AFP Photo/Korea Summit Press Pool

Despite summit, North Korea still a nuclear threat, says Trump

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'I am continuing for one year the national emergency with respect to North Korea,' says US President Donald Trump in a statement

MEETING. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12, the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

Koreas to hold reunions for war-separated families in August

Jun 22, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The resumption of the reunions is among the agreements between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's president Moon Jae-in at their landmark summit in April

KIM AND MOON. This handout taken on May 26, 2018 and released by South Korea's presidential Blue House on May 27, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (right) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walking together after the summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. AFP/The Blue House

North Korea's Kim hails 'unity' with China in new visit

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) The two-day visit is designed to reassure Beijing that Pyongyang will not neglect its interests as Donald Trump and the young autocrat move into uncharted diplomatic terrain

CHINA VISIT. This picture taken on June 19, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency via KNS on June 20, shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (front R) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (front L) arriving at a Beijing airport. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS