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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 demands U.N. action over ship seizure by 'gangster' U.S.

May 18, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws,' says Pyongyang's permanent representative at the United Nations

NUCLEAR NO-DEAL. Vietnamese women walk past North Korean flags on a street in Hanoi on March 1, 2019, a day after the second US-North Korea summit. File photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

'Extreme drought' in North Korea – KCNA

May 16, 2019 - 12:15 AM

From January to early May this year, North Korea only received 54.4 millimeters of rain or snow, the smallest amount since the same period in 1982, the state-run KCNA says

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

North Korea demands return of detained cargo ship

May 14, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The United States Justice Department has taken possession of the North Korea-registered bulk carrier M/V Wise Honest for allegedly taking part in illicit sanctions-busting activities

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

Trump says still confident in Kim after North Korea test launch

May 05, 2019 - 12:38 AM

'He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!' tweets US President Trump

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. 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. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

Inter-Korean border village reopens for public tours

May 02, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The guards on both sides of the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula are visibly no longer armed

UNARMED. North Korean soldiers walk on the North side of the border truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on May 1, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/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

Two Koreas mark Moon-Kim summit anniversary with different tones

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:34 PM

Little progress has been made on North Korea's nuclear weapons one year since the historic summit between the two countries

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 ahead of their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in sat down to a historic summit on April 27 after shaking hands over the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries in a gesture laden with symbolism. / AFP PHOTO / Korea Summit Press Pool / Korea Summit Press Pool

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'

U.S. authorities arrest man linked to North Korea embassy raid

Apr 20, 2019 - 5:41 PM

A dissident organization known as the Cheollima Civil Defense says it orchestrated the February 22 embassy raid to highlight illicit activities rampant in North Korea's foreign missions

NORTH KOREA. The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. File photo by Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.S., Japan meet amid standstill on North Korea

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:51 PM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is 'still in charge of the team' negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the US Department of State April 19, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

China invites North Korea to Belt and Road summit

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The Belt and Road Initiative has divided Europe, and Washington has called it a 'vanity project,' but a growing number of nations are signing up despite warnings about debt and opaque deals that favor Chinese firms

WANG YI. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi answers questions from the press after his meeting with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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 demands Pompeo's removal from U.S. nuclear talks

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:17 PM

The rogue state's foreign ministry wants US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo replaced as interlocutor between the two countries, describing him as 'reckless' and immature

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

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

Vietnam woman in Kim brother murder to be freed on May 3

Apr 13, 2019 - 3:16 PM

'We have been told by prison authorities that Huong will be freed on May 3,' says Doan Thi Huong's lawyer

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 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

China and North Korea open new border crossing

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The new highway border crossing opens in the northeastern city of Ji'an on Monday, April 8, complementing its 3 existing ports with the North, the city says in a statement

BORDER CROSSING. This photo taken on April 8, 2019 shows a tour bus driving past the border between China and North Korea as it makes its way to North Korea, in Ji'an in China's northeastern Jilin province. Photo by AFP

Sanctions delay plans for North Korean beach resort – analysts

Apr 07, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Several sets of sanctions hamper efforts to secure materials needed to finish the vast beach complex, say analysts

BIRTHDAY. People bow as they pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il as part of celebrations marking the birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Vietnamese woman in North Korea murder case to be freed in May – lawyer

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Doan Thi Huong, originally charged with murder, had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing injury

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on April 1, 2019. A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

North Korea urges Spain to probe Madrid embassy raid

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:24 PM

'We expect that the authorities concerned in Spain to carry out an investigation,' says North Korea

PROBE CALLED. North Korea wants Madrid to probe the raid of their embassy. KCNA via KNS file photo/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 embassy raid group promises 'bigger things ahead'

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:57 PM

The Cheollima Civil Defense group emerges from the shadows this week to claim responsibility for a commando-style raid on Pyongyang's embassy in Madrid

North Korea activity incompatible with denuclearization – U.S.

Mar 28, 2019 - 12:39 PM

'Their activity that we have observed is inconsistent with denuclearization,' says General Robert Abrams, commander of US forces in South Korea

ROBERT ABRAMS. US General Robert B. Abrams, commander of the United Nations Command, US Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command, speaks during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of an unidentified Korean War UN forces soldier at a US Army base in Seoul on November 20, 2018. File photo by by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

U.S. envoy for North Korea visits Beijing – official

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Stephen Biegun's visit to Beijing overlaps with the arrival of an unidentified high-ranking North Korean, reports South Korea's Yonhap news agency

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. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea returns to inter-Korean liaison office

Mar 25, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'Some of the North Korean staff members are working at the South-North Joint Liaison Office starting from today,' the unification ministry says in a statement

LIAISON OFFICE. South and North Korean officials attend an opening ceremony of a joint liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, on September 14, 2018. File photo by AFP

North Korea pulls out of inter-Korean liaison office

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Chun Hae-sung, South Korea's vice unification minister, tells reporters Pyongyang 'notified the South they are pulling out of the liaison office'

LIAISON OFFICE WOES. South and North Korean officials attend an opening ceremony of a joint liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, on September 14, 2018. File photo by Korea Pool/AFP

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

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

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/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

Joss Stone plays 'unofficial gig' in North Korea

Mar 14, 2019 - 6:09 PM

In support of a project to perform in every country, British singer-songwriter sings for a small group of tourists at a bar in Pyongyang

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 election sees 99.99% turnout – KCNA

Mar 12, 2019 - 2:30 PM

With only one approved name on each voting slip in the isolated country, which is ruled with an iron grip by Kim Jong-un's Workers' Party, the result is never in doubt

NORTH KOREA POLLS. The Rodong Sinmun newspaper showing an image of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un casting his ballot at the 14th Supreme People's Assembly elections is displayed at a subway station in Pyongyang on March 11, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/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

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

Democracy, DPRK-style: North Korea holds election

Mar 10, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Analysts say the election is held largely as a political rite to enable the authorities to claim a mandate from the people

North Korea may be preparing a missile or space launch – NPR

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The photos by the firm DigitalGlobe show the presence of cars and trucks at the site on February 22

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 File photo/KCNA VIA KNS

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