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Kim 'a man of his word' on denuclearization, Trump says

Jan 01, 2020 - 11:07 AM

US President Donald Trump once again says he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un 'like' each other amid the latter's threats about a 'new strategic weapon'

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. 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

North Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of U.S. deadline

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:33 AM

State media says Kim Jong-un presided over the meeting which discussed a new 'transparent, anti-imperialist independent stand'

MEETING. This picture taken on December 28, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on December 29 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (top, L) attending the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

North Korea 'no longer interested' in summits with U.S. – KCNA

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:14 PM

'We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us,' says North Korea's foreign ministry adviser Kim Kye-gwan

NO MORE SUMMITS? In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

North Korean, U.S. officials at nuclear talks after latest missile test

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Lindh says that dialogue is needed to reach 'denuclearization and peaceful solution'

NUCLEAR TALKS. Members of the North Korean delegation arrive to Arlanda airport north of Stockholm on October 3, 2019. AFP photo

Trump says North Korea talks going ahead despite missile test

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:06 AM

'They want to talk and we'll be talking to them,' says US President Donald Trump in his first public reaction to North Korea's announcement of what it calls a 'new phase' in its arsenal

TALKS. 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. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea says to hold nuclear talks with U.S.

Oct 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) The two sides agreed to have 'preliminary contact' on October 4 and hold negotiations the following day, says North Korea's vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui

RESUMPTION OF TALKS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjeom, Korea.  File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

North Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'new weapon' – KCNA

Aug 11, 2019 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Defence officials in South Korea say 2 short-range ballistic missiles were fired by North Korea at daybreak

ANOTHER MISSLE LAUNCH. People watch a television news screen showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 10, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je /AFP

North Korea slams 'war maniac' Bolton

May 27, 2019 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry denounces US National Security Advisor John Bolton, calling him a 'war maniac' who developed various 'provocative policies' against the North

BOLTON. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

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

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

Trump in 'no rush' to push North Korea to denuclearize

Feb 20, 2019 - 11:13 AM

On their second summit, Trump says, 'I think that North Korea and Chairman Kim have some very positive things in mind and we'll soon find out, but I'm in no rush'

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

Speculation swirls over Kim's travel plans for Hanoi summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) Washington and Pyongyang have dispatched several teams to Vietnam ahead of the summit in Hanoi on February 27-28, though officials have remained tight-lipped on their movements and meetings

KIM HYOK CHOL. Man understood to be North Korean negotiator Kim Hyok Chol (center, blue tie) after walking off an Air Koryo flight from Pyongyang, at Beijing international airport on February 19, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Kim-Trump summit a 'remarkable breakthrough' for peace – Moon

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:08 PM

'For us, the era of peace and prosperity on the peninsula has drawn closer,' says President Moon Jae-in in his first comments since the summit was announced

'BREAKTHROUGH.' 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. AFP PHOTO / The Straits Times / Kevin LIM

Top North Korean in Washington to prepare new Trump summit

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) Kim Yong-chol is the first North Korean dignitary in nearly two decades known to have spent the night in the US capital

NEW SUMMIT. This combination of file pictures shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice Chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol. File photos by Mandel Ngan and Patrick Semansky/AFP

North Korea should take 'bold' steps toward denuclearization – South Korea's Moon

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Moon Jae-in says Kim Jong-un's trip to China this week is a sign a second Trump-Kim summit is 'imminent'

ON DENUCLEARIZATION. 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

North Korea warns U.S. sanctions may 'block path to denuclearization'

Dec 17, 2018 - 9:29 AM

North Korea's warning on Sunday, December 16, comes days after the US said it was imposing sanctions on 3 senior North Korean officials over human rights abuses

DENUCLEARIZATION. US President Donald Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP. Kim Jong-un file photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

Trump to grant Kim Jong Un's wishes after denuclearization – South Korea president

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:31 AM

Speaking in Buenos Aires, where he discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula with Moon, Trump says he hopes to organize a follow-up meeting with Kim for early 2019

WISHES. 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 delays talks with senior North Koreans

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Although Trump has had warm words since meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June, his administration nevertheless annoys Pyongyang by maintaining a regime of sanctions

DELAYED TALKS. 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 says he will meet North Korea's no. 2 in New York

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says denuclearization talks with North Korea will resume

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

South Korean minister proposes U.S.-North Korea trade-off

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says demanding an inventory of North Korea's nuclear assets risks, at this stage, derailing the process

US-NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) delivers a statement during the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministerial Meeting at the 50th ASEAN regional security forum in Manila on August 6, 2017. File photo by Noel Celis/Pool/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 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

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

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 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

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

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

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

Trump boasts North Korea stand-off 'largely solved'

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'If there's a chance at peace, if there's a chance to end the horrible threat of nuclear conflict, then we must pursue it at all costs,' says US President Donald Trump

'VERY PRODUCTIVE.' In a video message released by the White House, US President Donald Trump calls his recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as 'open, direct, and very, very productive.' Screenshot from The White House's YouTube video

Philippines has possible role in outcome of U.S.–North Korea talks

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:24 PM

Former Philippine ambassador to South Korea Luis Cruz says Filipinos should closely follow the events in the Korean Peninsula because the effects on the country are significant

Nukes and normalization: What's on the table in Singapore

Jun 11, 2018 - 1:47 PM

From Kim's nuclear arsenal to normalising ties between the two decades-old foes, these are the issues facing the two leaders at what Trump has called a "one-time shot" at peace

TRUMP IN SINGAPORE. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) during his visit to The Istana, the official residence of the prime minister, in Singapore on June 11, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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MEETING. United States President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet on June 12, Tuesday in Singapore. File photos from AFP

Kim Jong-un lookalike questioned in Singapore before summit

Jun 08, 2018 - 10:42 PM

The Kim impersonator says that when he arrived at the city-state's Changi Airport he was stopped by an immigration officer and questioned for two hours

Trump attorney says Kim Jong-Un 'begged' for summit – report

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Rudy Giuliani says with the summit rescheduled, the United States has the upper hand

SUMMIT. In this file photo, people watch a television news report showing pictures of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul. AFP file photo

U.S. Democrats to Trump: Don't spoil historic opportunity with North Korea

Jun 05, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Affirming their support for Donald Trump's scheduled meeting with Kim Jong-Un, 7 influential Democrats including Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warn the US president against signing a deal at any cost

Placid Singapore braces for Trump-Kim summit

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Some 3,000 people are expected to apply for media accreditation, sources involved in planning the event tell Agence France-Presse

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. Singapore braces for the US-North Korea summit scheduled on June 12. Rappler file photo

Koreas hold high-level talks ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Jun 01, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Also on the agenda are talks about how to relink cross-border railways and roads, and fielding a joint team for the Jakarta Asian Games in August

HIGH-LEVEL TALKS. South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (L) greets his North Korean counterpart Ri Son-Gwon (R), who is chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, before their meeting on June 1, 2018 at the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Trump to receive Kim letter as nuclear summit takes shape

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Many expert observers expect Kim Jong-Un, perhaps with tacit Chinese backing, to demand that Washington also reduce its own military footprint in South Korea and loosen its guarantees to treaty ally Japan

PREPARATIONS. North Korea Vice-Chairman Kim Yong-chol shakes hands with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 31, 2018 in New York. Photo by Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Pyongyang

May 31, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Lavrov is paying a visit to North Korea for the first time since 2009

DIPLOMACY. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho (3rd R) talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang on May 31, 2018. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Pompeo plans summit over steak dinner with top North Korean official

May 31, 2018 - 8:46 AM

(UPDATED) Kim Yong-Chol, considered the right-hand man of leader Kim Jong-Un, is the most senior North Korean official to visit the United States in 18 years

AHEAD OF SUMMIT. This combination of file pictures shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice Chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol. File photos by Mandel Ngan and Patrick Semansky/AFP

Top North Korean to meet Pompeo ahead of U.S. summit

May 29, 2018 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Officials say General Kim Yong-Chol will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York on Wednesday, May 30, or Thursday, May 31

TOP BRASS. File photo of General Kim Yong Chol (center), who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. Photo by Korea pool/AFP

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018, US President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump and Abe agreed on May 28, 2018, that it is "imperative" to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, the White House said. The US and Japanese leaders will meet ahead of a much anticipated summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un back on schedule for June 12 in Singapore just days after Trump announced he was canceling it.   / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

U.S. envoy to Philippines leads preparations for Trump, Kim meeting

May 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is a former nuclear negotiator with North Korea and former ambassador to South Korea

VETERAN DIPLOMAT. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is leading preparations for a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

South Korea welcomes prospect of 'reignited' US-North Korea talks

May 26, 2018 - 1:26 PM

'We are watching developments carefully,' says Presidential Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-gyeom

. File photos from AFP

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North Korea open to U.S. talks 'any time' despite Trump axing summit

May 25, 2018 - 10:35 AM

First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-Gwan calls US President Donald Trump's decision 'unexpected' and 'regrettable,' but he left the door open for further diplomacy

NORTH KOREA-US SUMMIT. The White House on May 16, 2018 voiced hope the upcoming summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will proceed as planned, as Pyongyang threatened to pull out over US pressure for 'unilateral nuclear abandonment.' Saul Loeb/AFP/KCNA VIA KNS

North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of U.S. summit

May 24, 2018 - 7:06 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Pyongyang announced its plan to 'completely' dismantle the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast, inviting some foreign journalists to witness the destruction

MEDIA WITNESSES. This picture taken on May 23, 2018 and released by South Korean news agency News1 via Dong-A Ilbo shows South Korean journalists arriving at North Korea's Kalma airport in Wonsan. Photo by News1 / AFP

North Korea slams 'ignorant and stupid' Pence, renews summit threat

May 24, 2018 - 10:32 AM

North Korea's Choe Son-Hui lambasts a media interview on Monday, May 21, in which US Vice President Mike Pence warns Kim Jong-Un that it would be a 'great mistake' to try and play Donald Trump

US-NORTH KOREA. US Vice President Mike Pence says South Korea will continue its support of sanctions for North Korea's denuclearization. File photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP

North Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite U.S. summit doubts

May 23, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The North has portrayed the destruction on the test site as a goodwill gesture ahead of planned June 12 summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore

PREPARATIONS. 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 underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb. Handout photo from Planet/AFP

Trump says Kim summit could be delayed

May 23, 2018 - 8:59 AM

'It may not work out for June 12,' US President Donald Trump says of the Singapore meeting

HISTORIC. This combination of file pictures created on May 10, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump during a rally in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018, and a photo released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 21, 2018 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech in Pyongyang.