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North Koreans pay tribute to Kim's father in freezing cold

Feb 16, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Kim Jong Il officially remains as the enternal general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea

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

U.S., North Korea to continue summit talks next week – Seoul

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Trump and Kim are due to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 this year following their landmark first summit in Singapore in June 2018

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in June 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

South Korea announces hike in payment for U.S. troops

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about the expense of keeping American forces on the peninsula

FOAL EAGLE. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper/AFP

U.S., South Korea meet on eve of Trump-Kim II preparatory talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:08 PM

A senior South Korean presidential official says 'South Korea and the US have been working well together, and we have high expectations for the meeting between Pyongyang and Washington'

PREPARATION. US envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun (centre R) arrives at Incheon international airport on February 3, 2019. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

U.S. envoy on North Korea in Seoul for Trump-Kim II talks

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:23 PM

He met with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon and discussed 'pending issues including working-level talks with North Korea'

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. 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. intel chiefs at odds with Trump claims on North Korea, ISIS, Iran

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:26 AM

The Coats report also highlights the broad and increasing threat to the United States from China, a point of agreement across the board in the Trump administration

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Kim Jong-nam trial delayed further over witness statement row

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Proceedings in the trial of Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong have moved slowly due to the large number of witnesses and the fact that hearings are held infrequently

TRIAL DELAYED. In this file photo, Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (C) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (top C) are 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. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Kim Jong-un expresses 'great satisfaction' over Trump letter

Jan 24, 2019 - 3:39 PM

With the letter, the North Korean is more determined to attend the second Kim-Trump summit set next month

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. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become 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. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Vietnam 'willing' to host Trump-Kim summit – report

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:47 PM

Vietnam has cropped up in the swirl of rumors and conjecture over a possible site for the meeting, with the capital Hanoi or the coastal city of Danang seemingly the most likely bases for the summit

NEXT SUMMIT. 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

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

China's Xi hopes U.S., North Korea will 'meet halfway'

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Xi Jinping says China 'supports the DPRK and the United States holding summits and achieving results'

US-NORTH KOREA TALKS. 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

Factory tour for North Korea's Kim on secretive Beijing visit

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The unannounced trip has been largely shrouded in secrecy. Beyond confirming Kim Jong-un's presence in Beijing, there has been no detail provided from either the North Korean or Chinese side on his schedule.

BEIJING VISIT. This picture taken on April 9, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 10 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) The trip is at Xi Jinping's invitation and is set to run until January 10

ANOTHER MEETING. This file photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on May 7, 2018 and released on May 9 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) talking to China's President Xi Jinping (R) during a banquet in the Chinese city of Dalian. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

'Asylum-seeking' North Korea envoy from diplomatic family, says defector

Jan 04, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'I worked with Jo in the same department at Pyongyang's foreign ministry for so long but never imagined that he would seek asylum,' says Thae Yong-ho

THAE YONG-HO. Former North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-ho talks to the media at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul on January 25, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones / AFP

North Korean diplomat seeking asylum in Italy – report

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean ambassador to Rome, has applied for asylum to an unidentified Western country with his family

Trump looks forward to new meeting with North Korea's Kim

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Kim Jong Un earlier says that North Korea could take a different approach to nuclear talks if US economic sanctions remain in place

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Kim warns North Korea could consider change of tack

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:39 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the US should stick to its promise and lift the sanctions held against them

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. 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

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Kim warns North Korea could consider change of tack

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says the North may be 'compelled to explore a new path' for defending the country's sovereignty if the US 'remains unchanged' in their stance against sanctions

TRUMP-KIM TALKS. 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's Kim vows more summits with South next year – Seoul

Dec 30, 2018 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Jong Un 'expressed an intention to meet with Moon frequently in 2019' to pursue peace and 'solve the issue of denuclearizing the peninsula together,' says Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesperson for South Korean President Moon Jae-in

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line. Photo from AFP/Korea Summit Press Pool

North Korea defectors' details leaked in hacking

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The recent data breach is the first large scale hacking of North Korean defectors' personal information, affecting nearly a thousand

HACKED. About a thousand North Korean defectors are in danger of potential threats from the North after the recent hacking. File photo from Shutterstock

North Korea admits farming failures amid food shortages

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:30 PM

United Nations agencies estimate that 10.3 million people in North Korea are in need of humanitarian assistance

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 blasts U.N. resolution on rights abuse

Dec 25, 2018 - 3:33 PM

This comes after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the 'systematic, widespread, and gross' human rights violations in isolated North Korea

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

North Korea says denuclearization depends on removal of U.S. threat

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:51 PM

North Korea urges the United States to give up the 'delusion' of forcing the country to give up its nuclear arsenal 'unilaterally' through 'pressure and coercion'

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. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become 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. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

U.N. condemns North Korean human rights violations

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:53 PM

The non-binding resolution, which passes by consensus without a vote, welcomes diplomatic efforts to end the crisis on the Korean peninsula

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

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

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world

North Korea food production down in 2018 – U.N. body

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Rice and maize are the North's main staples, but rice output is expected to be below average because of erratic rains and low irrigation supplies

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

Koreas verify removal of frontline bunkers

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'This marks the first time since the division that the soldiers of the North and South... are peacefully crossing the military demarcation line,' says Seoul's defense ministry

NORTH AND SOUTH. North Korean soldiers (C) take photos toward a South Korean soldier (L) and a US soldier (R) standing before the military demarcation line (lower C) separating North and South Korea within the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjeom on July 27, 2014. File photo by /Ed Jones

Satellite images show activity at North Korean missile base – CNN

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:09 AM

According to CNN, Pyongyang has upgraded the Yeongjeo-dong missile base in North Korea's mountainous interior and has built up another facility that has not previously been publicly identified

South Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

Dec 04, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Moon and Kim have met 3 times in 2018 amid warming ties between the two Koreas, with South Korea hoping to host a first-ever visit by Kim to Seoul before year's end

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

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

Trump hopes to meet North Korea's Kim in January or February 2019

Dec 02, 2018 - 1:08 PM

(UPDATED) United States President Donald Trump says they are considering 3 sites for his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

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 in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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2 Koreas start landmark journey for railway reconnection

Nov 30, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Linking up the railway systems is one of the agreements made earlier this year in a key meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the South's President Moon Jae-in

TWO KOREAS. A South Korean train trainsporting dozens of South Korean officials travels on the rails which leads to North Korea, inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju on November 30, 2018. Photo by Kim Hong-ji/Pool/AFP

North Korea defector soldier is general's son – Japan newspaper

Nov 19, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Oh Chong-song's dramatic dash across the border at the Panmunjeom truce village in the DMZ – under fire from his comrades – made global headlines last year

(FILES) This file image of a screengrab made from video footage released by the United Nations Command on November 22, 2017 shows a North Korea defector running out from a vehicle at the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The North Korean soldier who defected to the South in a hail of bullets last year is a general's son but says most Northerners of his age have no loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to a Japanese newspaper on November 19, 2018. HANDOUT / UNITED NATIONS COMMAND / AFP

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon' – KCNA

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Korean Central News Agency says the test is successful but does not specify the type of device involved

TEST. North Korea's Kim Jong-un has supervised the testing of a 'high-tech' new weapon, according to recent reports. File photo by KCNA/AFP

U.S. urges sustained sanctions pressure on North Korea

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:30 PM

In remarks at the opening of a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, Vice President Mike Pence says America's regional 'partnership also includes our pressure campaign regarding' the North

Mushrooms and tangerines: North and South Korea swap food gifts

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The tangerines – a rarity in the North – are airlifted to Pyongyang from the southern island of Jeju, where they were grown, in 4 flights, the last one due Monday afternoon

SENDING TANGERINES. In this photo taken on November 11, 2018, a South Korean military transport aircraft loaded with tangerines bound for North Korea departs an airport on Jeju island. Photo by YONHAP/AFP

North and South Korea begin destroying border guard posts

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The moves come as a diplomatic thaw between the former wartime foes gathers pace

Russia raises North Korea sanctions at UN Security Council

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Russia requests for a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council

SECURITY COUNCIL. This file photo shows a view of the UN Security Council, the most powerful and exclusive organ of the United Nations. UN file photo/JC McIlwaine

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

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

North Korea slams sex abuse report

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Korean Association for Human Rights Studies says the 'preposterous' report was a part of political scheme fabricated by the hostile forces to 'tarnish the image' of North Korea

RAMPANT ABUSE. File photo of women wearing traditional Korean dress at a roadside during an 'international march for peace, prosperity, and reunification of Korea' at the outskirts of Pyongyang. Phot by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea warns of return to nuclear policy

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:57 PM

North Korea's foreign ministry says Pyongyang could revert to its former nuclear policy if the United States does not change its stance over economic sanctions