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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 Korean leader arrives in Pyongyang for summit

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) Moon Jae-in is on a 3-day trip, following in the footsteps of his predecessors Kim Dae-jung in 2000 and mentor Roh Moo-hyun in 2007

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (2nd L) welcome South Korean President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (L) during a welcoming ceremony at Pyongyang SooAn airport on September 18, 2018. South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Pyongyang on September 18, for his third summit this year with Kim Jong Un as he seeks to reboot stalled denuclearisation talks between North Korea and the United States. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND Pyeongyang Press Corps / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Pyeongyang Press Corps" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Samsung heir in South Korea's delegation to North Korea

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Lee Jae-yong of Samsung Electronics joins other leaders of South Korean conglomerates to Pyongyang for an inter-Korean summit

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

South Korea says progress of nuclear talks a 'daily concern'

Sep 13, 2018 - 5:43 PM

The meeting will be the third between the leaders of North and South Korea this year and comes as talks between Washington and Pyongyang over dismantling the North's nuclear arsenal have stalled

DENUCLEARIZATION TALKS. South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha attends a meeting during the World Economic Forum on ASEAN summit in Hanoi on September 12, 2018. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

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

China calls on U.S., North Korea to implement Singapore deal

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:31 PM

A senior Chinese official says his country hopes that North Korea and the US could implement the outcome of the June nuclear summit in Singapore and work to preserve peaceful talks

North Korea to celebrate 70th anniversary

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:16 PM

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the North is officially known, was proclaimed on September 9, 1948, 3 years after Moscow and Washington divided the peninsula between them in the closing days of the Second World War

ANNIVERSARY. Decorations commemorating the 70th anniversary of the country's founding hang from a building in Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang on September 6, 2018. Photo by Ed Jones/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

US charges regime-linked North Korean in WannaCry, Sony hacks

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

The suspect, Park Jin Hyok, was part of a unit known as the 'Lazarus Group' that masterminded the notorious hacks, the FBI says

PARK JIN HYOK. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison announces charges against North Korean national Park Jin Hyok in a range of cyberattacks on September 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP


Mixed U.S. messages from Trump, Pompeo on North Korea

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The difference in tone will add to concerns about US foreign policy since Trump took office last year, with Pompeo's predecessor Rex Tillerson having quit in March after being repeatedly undermined by the president

TRUMP AND POMPEO. Donald Trump image by Mandel Ngan/AFP; Pompeo image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/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

China's Xi to send top official to North Korea anniversary

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Li Zhanshu, a member of the Communist Party's 7-member politburo standing committee, is invited by the North Korean government and its ruling Workers Party, the official news agency Xinhua says

LI ZHANSHU. Newly elected Chairman of the National People's Congress Li Zhanshu swears an oath after being elected during the fifth plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 17, 2018. File photo by nicolas Asfouri/AFP

South Korea team to fly North to discuss summit details

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Chung Eui-yong, head of the presidential National Security Office, will lead a 5-member delegation to the North's capital

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

Malaysian police seeking pair to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Sep 02, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The police says Raisa Rinda Salma and Dessy Meyrisinta, whose last addresses were recorded in Ampanga City, could not not be reached

ASSASSINATION. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File 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

Russia blocks publication of U.N. report critical of North Korea

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:37 AM

A diplomatic source says Russia's objection stems mainly from a part of the report that said North Korea had exceeded its 2018 import cap for oil that was set by the 2017 sanctions

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

China slams Trump's 'irresponsible and absurd logic' on North Korea

Aug 30, 2018 - 5:42 PM

'A lot of people, like me, feel that the US is first in the world when it comes to twisting the truth, and irresponsible and absurd logic,' Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says in a regular press briefing

SLAMMING TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.  File photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

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

Pompeo visit scrapped after belligerent letter from North Korea – report

Aug 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The precise contents of the letter, which came from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling party, are not known

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

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

North Korean hacker group targets macOS with cryptojacking malware

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Security firm Kaspersky Lab claims this is the first time that the cybercrime group, Lazarus, distributed malware that targets macOS users


China slams 'irresponsible' Trump accusations over North Korea

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'All parties concerned should... show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being capricious and put the blame on others,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang

SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks to the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Unified Korea team cops Asian Games bronze

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Athletes from North and South Korea join forces to capture the dragon boat bronze

UNITED. Members of the Unified Korea team celebrate their third-place win during the medal ceremony for the women's canoe 200m traditional boat race. Photo by Adek Berry/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

Emotional farewells as North and South Koreans part for last time

Aug 23, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The relatives burst into tears when a loudspeaker announcement in a banqueting hall at the North's scenic Mount Kumgang resort declared: 'The reunion is over.'

FAREWELL. South Koreans (on the bus) wave farewell through the window to their North Korean relatives at the end of a three-day family reunion event at North Korea's Mount Kumgang resort on August 22, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Tears as North and South Koreans meet after decades

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The families try to bridge the decades of separation through precious physical contact and by showing each other pictures of their relatives

Two Koreas march together as Asian Games burst into life

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:03 PM

North Korea and South Korea are also joining forces in women's basketball, canoeing and rowing in the two-week Asian Games in Indonesia

ONE FLAG. Unified Korea's flagbearer Lim Yunghui leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

North Korea urges Trump to be 'bold' on denuclearization

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The country's state media also urges US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to 'brush aside' speculation from opponents over the North's intentions

HISTORIC. 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

Malaysia court rules North Korea assassination trial can proceed

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Judge Azmi Ariffin says there is sufficient evidence to support a murder charge against Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, accused of murdering Kim Jong-nam with nerve agent VX

TRIAL. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (left) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (right) are taken to a Malaysian court where they will be tried for murder IF Kim Jong Nam. File photos from Agence France-Presse

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

Koreas to hold Pyongyang summit in September

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The two sides 'agreed at the meeting to hold a South-North summit in Pyongyang in September as planned,' the joint statement says, without giving a precise date

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

South Korean firms caught importing coal, iron from North – Seoul

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

News of the apparent breach comes after a UN report last week accused the North of evading sanctions by continuing to export coal, iron, and other commodities

Coal shipment stock photo from Shutterstock

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 slams 'alarming' U.S. impatience on denuclearization

Aug 04, 2018 - 5:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'As long as the US does not show in practice its strong will to remove our concerns, there will be no case whereby we will move forward first unilaterally,' says North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on May 29, 2018, shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) in Washington, DC on May 29, 2018; and Vice Chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018.  Pompeo will meet in New York this week Kim amid intensifying US-North Korean summit preparations, the White House said on May 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / Mandel NGAN AND Patrick Semansky

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. slaps sanctions on Russian bank over North Korea dealings

Aug 03, 2018 - 11:42 PM

The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) says it also targeted an individual and two entities for 'facilitating North Korean illicit financial activity'

SANCTIONS. In this file photo taken on April 21, 2018 US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin holds a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

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UN moves to unblock humanitarian aid to North Korea

Aug 03, 2018 - 2:43 PM

North Korea's humanitarian crisis has left about 10 million people – nearly half of the population – undernourished, according to UN officials, who have reported a drop in food production in 2017

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

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

Trump postpones Putin visit

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also goes on the offensive to stress steps the President has taken to show resolve against Russia

POSTPONED. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the APEC leaders' summit in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP