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Rappler on NBI probe, Nene Pimentel on No-El, North and South Koreas in Winter Olympics | Midday wRap

Jan 18, 2018 - 12:24 PM

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Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:09 PM

North Korea also says it will send a 550-member delegation to the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in the South

MARCHING TOGETHER. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry on January 17, 2018 shows South Korean chief delegate Chun Hae-Sung (R) shaking hands with North Korean chief delegate Jon Jong-Su (L) after their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo by AFP

Two Koreas in talks on 2018 Winter Olympics athletes

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Seoul has long sought to proclaim the event a 'peace Olympics' in the face of tensions over the North's weapons programs

NEGOTIATIONS. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry shows North Korean delegation members (R) talking with South Korean delegation members (L) during their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas on January 17, 2018. South Korean Unification Ministry/AFP

U.S. and allies commit to ending North Korea sanctions busting

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:27 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, hosts of talks in Vancouver, urge world powers to support 'maritime interdiction' measures

AGENDA: KOREA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives his opening remarks as Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland listens at the Vancouver Foreign Ministers Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on January 16, 2018. Don MacKinnon/AFP

North Korea calls Trump nuclear button boast the 'bark of a rabid dog'

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:46 PM

North Korea's official party newspaper Rodong Sinmun dismisses Trump's 'swaggering' as nothing but the 'spasm of a lunatic' frightened by North Korea's power, and the 'bark of a rabid dog'

NUCLEAR BUTTONS. Kim Jong-Un Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP. Donald Trump photo by Saul Loeb/AFP.

U.S., allies meet to find diplomatic way out of North Korea crisis

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

The two-day Vancouver meeting hosted by Canada and the United States comes amid signs of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Hawaii panics after false alert of incoming missile

Jan 14, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) A warning that came across the Emergency Alert System that authorities nationwide use to deliver vital emergency information was not corrected until 40 minutes later

SOLAR-POWERED. A handout image provided by Solar Impulse shows the Solar Impulse 2 approaching Kalaeloa Airport with Andre Borschberg at the controls, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA, July 3, 2015. Photo by Solar Impulse/Jean Revillard/Rezo/Handout/EPA

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Jan 12, 2018 - 8:34 PM

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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 www.Planet.com, 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

Duterte on government purge, Duque on Dengvaxia, Trump on Kim | Midday wRap

Jan 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

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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

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Jan 11, 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Trump, Moon signal openness for talks with North Korea

Jan 11, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) In a phone call with Moon Jae-In, Donald Trump expressed his openness to talks with Pyongyang 'at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances,' the White House says

ALLIES. In this file photo, 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. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

South Korea's Moon willing to hold summit with Kim Jong-Un

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'But it cannot be a meeting for meeting's sake. To hold a summit, the right conditions must be created and certain outcomes must be guaranteed.'

ADDRESS TO NATION. 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. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

North Korea to attend Olympics in rival South

Jan 09, 2018 - 9:13 PM

'The North Korean side will dispatch a National Olympic Committee delegation, athletes, cheerleaders, art performers' squad, spectators, a taekwondo demonstration team and a press corps and the South will provide necessary amenities and facilities,' they say in a joint statement

INTER-KOREA TALKS. North Korean chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon (C) and his delegation cross the border line to attend inter-Korea talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on January 9, 2018. Photo by AFP

Two Koreas agree to hold military talks to defuse tension – Seoul

Jan 09, 2018 - 8:33 PM

A joint statement from North and South Korea says the two nations agree to 'defuse the current military tension and to hold military talks to address the issue'

PANMUNJOM MEETING. South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun (L) shakes hands with North Korean chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon (2nd L) during their last meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on January 9, 2018. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo/AFP

Koreas agree to restore military hotline – Seoul official

Jan 09, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Tuesday's announcement comes after North and South Korea resumed civilian communications through the border truce village of Panmunjom last Wednesday

SHAKING HANDS. Members of the South Korea delegation (R) shake hands with members of the North Korean delegation (L) during their meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on January 9, 2018. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo/AFP

Trump says willing to talk with North Korean leader

Jan 07, 2018 - 7:54 AM

'I always believe in talking,' says Trump at the Camp David presidential retreat when asked if he would speak to Kim by phone

This file photo taken on December 18, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking on his national security strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

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Jan 05, 2018 - 1:38 PM

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North and South Korea agree to first talks in two years

Jan 05, 2018 - 10:18 AM

(UPDATED) The meeting will take place in Panmunjom, the truce village in the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula

PANMUNJOM. A North Korean soldier (L) looks at the south side as a South Korean soldier (R) stands guard during a press tour to the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on July 19, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

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Jan 03, 2018 - 7:32 PM

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Jan 03, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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Pyongyang to reopen inter-Korean hotline after Seoul proposes talks

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Jong-Un also welcomes Seoul's support for his overtures, a North Korean official tells state television

CRUCIAL LINK. This file photo taken on August 10, 2005 shows South Korean Lieutenant Choi Don-Rim (L) communicating with a North Korean officer during a phone call at a military office near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), separating North and South Korea, in Paju, north of Seoul. Pool/AFP

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families and friends gather at the parks as holiday season goes on this month and enjoying the color fountain at the park of famous park in the country Luneta Park. Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Trump to Kim: My nuke button 'bigger,' as talks dismissed

Jan 03, 2018 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump's message came after Kim Jong-Un used his annual New Year address to warn he has a 'nuclear button' on his table

This file photo taken on December 18, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking on his national security strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. dismisses North-South Korea talks as 'band-aid'

Jan 03, 2018 - 7:13 AM

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, tells reporters: 'We won't take any of the talks seriously if they don't do something to ban all nuclear weapons in North Korea'

TOP REPRESENTATIVE. In this file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea's new sanctions on September 11, 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Kena Betancur/ AFP

South Korea proposes high-level talks with North

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The Koreas last held high-level talks in 2015 in an effort to ease border tensions

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-Gyon speaks during a press conference at a government complex in Seoul on January 2, 2018. South Korea on January 2 proposed holding high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un held out an olive branch and said Pyongyang might attend the Winter Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je

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Jan 01, 2018 - 12:49 PM

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North Korea could send delegation to South for Winter Olympics – Kim

Jan 01, 2018 - 10:58 AM

The build-up to the event has been overshadowed by tensions running high over the North's escalating nuclear and missile tests

Kim vows North will mass-produce nukes but open to talks with Seoul

Jan 01, 2018 - 9:48 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea's presidential Blue House welcomes the dialogue offer

NEW YEAR MESSAGE. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un calls on his constituents to mass-produce missiles and nuclear warheads in his annual New Year's Day message. AFP PHOTO / KCNA / KCNA

Seoul seizes Panama vessel for alleged North Korea ties – report

Dec 31, 2017 - 4:18 PM

The Panama-flagged ship suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea is the second such seizure to be reported in days

Hong Kong ship crew questioned in South Korea for oil transfer to North

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:16 PM

(UPDATED) The Lighthouse Winmore, chartered by a Taiwanese company, has been impounded by South Korean customs authorities at the port of Yeosu on November 24 following an inspection

OIL TRANSFER? The Lighthouse Winmore, chartered by Taiwanese company Billions Bunker Group Corp., is seen at sea off South Korea's Yeosu port on December 29, 2017. Yonhap/AFP

China rejects Trump accusation on oil transfer to North Korea

Dec 29, 2017 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) In a tweet, US President Donald Trump accuses China of helping North Korea skirt sanctions

DENIES HELP. China rejects US President Donald Trump's accusation that that it is transferring oil to North Korea amid sanctions. Photo by Aly Song/ AFP

UN bars 4 North Korean ships from international ports

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The ban of the 4 vessels – the Ul Ji Bong 6, Rung Ra 2, Sam Jong 2 and Rye Song Gang 1 – brings the UN's total number of blocked ships to 8

FILE. 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. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR

Tillerson defends foreign policy record at year's end

Dec 28, 2017 - 1:05 PM

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says progress has been made to counter North Korea's nuclear ambitions

MR. SECRETARY. This file photo taken on June 02, 2015, shows Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson addressing the World Gas Conference in Paris. File Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

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'HEAL OUR LAND.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas returns to EDSA on November 5, 2017, for a Mass and procession against drug war killings. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Lavrov, Tillerson discuss need for urgent North Korea negotiations

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:58 AM

'The sides were united in the opinion that nuclear missile projects in North Korea violate the demands of the UN Security Council,' says the Russian foreign ministry after the two men spoke by telephone

NEGOTIATIONS. In this file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, on April 12, 2017. State Department photo/ Public Domain

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega upon his arrival at the SPMC to visit the families of the victims who died in the recent fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall Davao on December 25, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

North Korea preparing to launch satellite – report

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:35 AM

'Through various channels, we've recently learned that the North has completed a new satellite and named it Kwangmyongsong-5,' reports a South Korean daily

NEW SATELLITE? North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects the Hwa Islet defence detachment off the east coast of North Korea. AFP file photo

North Korea slams new UN sanctions as an 'act of war' – state media

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:14 PM

It's the first official reaction from Pyongyang, a day after the UN Security Council unanimously passed new, US-drafted sanctions that will restrict oil supplies vital for the impoverished state

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

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

South Korea seeks U.S. military drill delay for Olympics

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:34 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-In's comments are the first confirmation that Seoul is seeking to postpone the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills, which usually start in late February or early March and run until the end of April

JOINT. South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

U.S., Canada to host North Korea crisis talks

Dec 20, 2017 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) 'We believe a diplomatic solution to the crisis is essential and possible,' says Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

TALKS SET. Nuclear-armed North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on March 6 in another challenge to President Donald Trump, with three landing provocatively close to America's ally Japan. AFP PHOTO

Australia police accidentally broadcast arrest plans on social media

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:34 PM

The West Australian newspaper says a minute of conversation about the case between federal police officers, including the timing of the arrest, was broadcast on Periscope and linked to on Twitter

LAPSE. Members of the New South Wales (NSW) state riot squad police carry machine guns as they patrol on Sydney's Circular Quay on December 18, 2017. Photo William West/AFP

U.S. says North Korea led WannaCry cyberattack

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Among the infected computers were those at Britain's National Health Service (NHS), Spanish telecoms company Telefonica and US logistics company FedEx

Japan to beef up missile defense system against North Korea

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:16 AM

Japan's government approves the introduction of the US military's land-based Aegis missile interceptor system

THREAT. In this file photo, a pedestrian walks in front of a television screen displaying file news footage of a North Korean missile launch, in Tokyo on November 29, 2017, following a new missile launch. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

North Korea 'agent' charged with WMD sale plot in Australia

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:34 AM

The 59-year-old naturalized Australian citizen of Korean descent was attempting to broker illicit deals that could have generated 'tens of millions of dollars' for North Korea, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) says

UNDER ARREST. The suspected North Korean 'agent' being arrested by members of the Australian Federal Police, December 17, 2017. The Photo courtesy Australian Federal Police

Russia warns against fresh preconditions for US-North Korea talks

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:19 PM

'It's sad that this powerful element of demands for further pressure on Pyongyang has once again appeared in the American position,' Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov says

SERGEI RYABKOV. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov (L) arrives for a meeting with Finnish President at the President's Official Residence Mäntyniemi, in Helsinki, Finland, on September 12, 2017. Photo by Martti Kainulainen /Lehtikuva/AFP