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North Korea fires missiles, rejects further talks with South

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:38 AM

(UPDATED) The South Korean military says the projectiles were fired from near the city of Tongchon of Kangwon Province into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan

TEST FIRE. This early August 10, 2019 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 11, 2019, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (seated) supervising the test-fire of a new weapon at an undisclosed location. Photo by KCNA via KNS/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

Trump says North Korea's Kim wants to resume nuclear talks

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:04 PM

US President Donald Trump is determined to resume the talks with North Korea ahead of the 2020 US presidential elections

RESUME TALKS. North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea on July 25, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, after warnings from Pyongyang over military exercises between Washington and Seoul next month. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Trump sides with North Korea's Kim on war games amid new missile tests

Aug 10, 2019 - 9:22 AM

US President Donald Trump does not criticize North Korea's missile tests following a 'beautiful letter' from Kim Jong Un expressing anger over their war games

People watch a television news screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 6, 2019. North Korea threatened on August 6, to carry out more weapons tests, after it fired its fourth set of projectiles in less than two weeks following the start of joint exercises between the US and the South. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea stole $2 billion for weapons from cyber attacks – UN report

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:34 AM

The United Nations says it is investigating at least 35 reported instances of Pyongyang 'attacking financial institutions, cryptocurrency exchanges and mining activity designed to earn foreign currency'

Kim Jong-un sends missile 'warning' to South Korea, U.S. as tensions rise

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:22 AM

KCNA, North Korea's state news agency, says Kim watched the launches, which verified the 'war capacity' of the 'new-type tactical guided missiles'

North Korea threatens more launches after fourth test in 12 days

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The rising temperature on the peninsula threatens to derail putative negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, with the North saying the combined drills are a 'flagrant violation' of the process

People watch a television news screen showing a file footage of North Korea's missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 6, 2019. North Korea threatened on August 6, to carry out more weapons tests, after it fired its fourth set of projectiles in less than two weeks following the start of joint exercises between the US and the South. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

U.S., South Korea lack 'political will' on peace talks – KCNA

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:56 AM

An unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman says the US-South Korea war games are a 'flagrant violation' of efforts to reach peace

People watch a television news showing a file footage of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un which held at the truce village of Panmunjom, at a railway station in Seoul on July 25, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Trump on North Korea missile test: Kim won't disappoint me

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:02 AM

'He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump,' says the US President in a tweet

TRUMP AND KIM. US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjom, Korea.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump has 'no problem' with latest North Korean weapons test

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:12 AM

North Korea carries out a third test in 8 days – two short-range projectiles from its east coast – in the early hours of Friday, says the South's military

This screen grab image taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV on August 1, 2019 shows a ballistic missile being launched from an unknown location in North Korea early on July 31. Kim "guided a test-fire of newly-developed large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system on July 31," state-run KCNA said. Handout / KCTV / AFP

U.S.-South Korea military exercises still on despite North's warnings

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Despite North Korea saying its missile launches are a 'solemn warning to the South Korean warmongers', a Pentagon official says there is 'no adjustment or change in plans'

A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. The defence exhibition specialising in land forces equipment will run from September 12 to 16 with 250 companies from 30 countries involved. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires 2 ballistic missiles – South Korea military

Jul 31, 2019 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the two devices were fired from the Wonsan area on the east coast at dawn and flew around 250 kilometers

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. Nuclear-armed North Korea said on August 30 that it had fired a missile over Japan the previous day, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

North Korea releases Russian fishing boat

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Russian coast guards frequently detain North Korean fishermen in the Far East, many of whom use rudimentary wooden boats

North Korean boat towed after crossing to South Korean waters

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:23 AM

It was not immediately known whether the boat's crew of 3 were defectors or accidental crossers of the border

North Korea fires short-range missiles in latest provocation

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:12 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Seoul's National Security Office of the presidential Blue House says both of the two missiles are 'analyzed' to be 'new type of short-range ballistic missiles'

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Russia says North Korea holding ship with 17 crew

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

According to the North Korean foreign ministry, the ship was detained for 'violating rules of entry and stay'

North Korean leader votes in elections with 99.98% turnout – KCNA

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Given the absence of any competition among candidates, elections in North Korea are essentially a political ritual which, observers say, allows the authorities to claim a popular mandate while reinforcing loyalty to Kim's regime

NORTH KOREAN ELECTIONS. People look at a list of candidates during voting for deputies to the Pyongyang City People's Assembly and the Sadong District People's Assembly, as part of local elections in Pyongyang's Sadong district on July 21, 2019. Photo by Kim Won Jin/AFP

North Korea warns U.S.-South Korea drills will affect nuclear talks

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-US working-level talks,' an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson says in comments carried by state news agency KCNA, using the official acronym for North Korea

NUCLEAR TALKS. 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 (JSA) of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) on June 30, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Australian student expelled from North Korea denies spying

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'The allegation that I am a spy is (pretty obviously) false,' he writes on Twitter, adding that he is 'well both mentally and physically'

North Korea says released Australian student was 'spying'

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Official North Korean news agency KCNA says Australian Alek Sigley had admitted 'he had been spying by collecting our internal information and sharing with others and repeatedly asked for our forgiveness'

Alek Sigley, an Australian student who was detained in North Korea, heads for his departure at the Beijing International airport on July 4, 2019. A 29-year-old Australian student detained in North Korea surfaced in Beijing on July 4, saying he felt "great" after being released. Sigley was expected to travel to Japan, where his wife still lives.  NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

Australian held in North Korea arrives in Japan

Jul 05, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Alek Sigley declines to answer questions on his arrival in Tokyo, but smiles broadly as he walked through the airport

Australian student Alek Sigley (C) smiles as he arrives at Haneda International airport in Tokyo on July 4, 2019, following his release. A 29-year-old Australian student detained in North Korea surfaced in Beijing on July 4, saying he felt "great" after being released. Alek Sigley -- one of a handful of Westerners living and studying in North Korea -- disappeared without a trace around June 23, prompting a week of deep concern and frantic speculation about his fate.  Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP

North Korea says U.S. 'hell-bent' on sanctions despite Trump-Kim meet

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Pyongyang's delegation to the United Nations on Wednesday, July 3, says the US continues to be 'obsessed with sanctions'

TRUMP-KIM III. US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zoneon June 30, 2019, in Panmunjeom, Korea. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Australian student detained in North Korea 'released, safe'

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Alek Sigley is 'safe and well'

5 things we learned from Trump-Kim III

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Takeaways from the weekend encounter of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjom, Korea.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

North Korea hails 'historic' Kim-Trump summit

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) Regional powerhouse China says renewed discussions between North Korea and the United States are of 'great significance'

'HISTORIC.' North Korea's Kim Jong-un (L) and US President Donald Trump meet on the south side of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom in the DMZ on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Korea's Demilitarized Zone: The world's last Cold War frontier

Jun 30, 2019 - 6:38 PM

5 things you need to know about the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula

THE DMZ. 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. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump steps into North Korea, in historic first

Jun 30, 2019 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) The impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula comes with negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington over the North's nuclear arsenal at a deadlock

WALKING IN NORTH KOREA. 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 Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Wife voices 'concern' for Australian missing in North Korea

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Yuka Morinaga, wife of the missing Alek Sigley, says his disappearance in Pyongyang is 'very concerning' and there was not 'anything weird' last time they spoke

MISSING IN NOKOR. This undated handout photo received on June 27, 2019 courtesy of the Sigley family shows Australian student Alek Sigley, one of only a handful of Western students who studies Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University, at an unknown location. Sigley family handout/AFP

North Korea slams South for 'meddling' in U.S. talks

Jun 27, 2019 - 1:23 PM

'The south Korean authorities would better mind their own internal business,' senior foreign ministry official Kwon Jong-gun says, in a stinging rebuke to the North's neighbor days before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul

MORE 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

Australian student feared detained in North Korea

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) Alek Sigley – who speaks fluent Korean and is one of only a handful of Western students living in Pyongyang – is believed to have been detained sometime in the last 3 days

MISSING. File photo of Australian student Alek Sigley from his Twitter account.

Moon denies U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks in 'stalemate'

Jun 26, 2019 - 4:11 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in – who brokered talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last year – also urges Pyongyang to resume the dialogue to show its desire to denuclearize

MOON JAE-IN. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at a press conference at the Grand Hotel in Saltsjobaden outside Stockholm, Sweden, on June 15, 2019. Photo by Soren Andersson/TT News Agency/AFP

North Korea reminds China of colonial history to strengthen ties

Jun 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

With Beijing and Washington at loggerheads over trade, China is keen to remind Trump of its influence with nuclear-armed Pyongyang

A commemorative stamp featuring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) meeting with China's leader Xi Jinping is pictured at a shop in Pyongyang on June 18, 2019. - Xi Jinping will make the first trip to North Korea by a Chinese president in 14 years this week, state media said on June 18, as Beijing tightens relations with Pyongyang amid tensions with the United States. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

North Korea lauds China ties as Xi wraps up trip

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Jong-un tells the Chinese president that his visit is an opportunity to demonstrate 'the immutability and invincibility of the DPRK-China friendship before the world'

FRIENDSHIP. A picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on June 21, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd R), his wife Ri Sol Ju (R) meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L) and his wife Peng Liyuan (L) in Pyongyang. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

Kim and Xi in Pyongyang talks as both face standoffs with Trump

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Xi Jinping is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years

XI IN NORTH KOREA. People watch a television news screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping at Pyongyang airport, at Seoul railway station in Seoul on June 20, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

South Korea to send 50,000 tons of rice to North

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:14 AM

It will be the first time the South provides food aid to the North since 2010, when it sent 5,000 tons of rice across the border

People take part in an annual rice planting event in Nampho City in Chongsan-ri, near Nampho on May 12, 2019. The event takes place every May 12 to mark the occasion in 1971 when late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il planted rice in the area. KIM Won Jin / AFP

Xi Jinping pens friendship letter to North Korea before rare visit

Jun 19, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Xi, who will be the first Chinese president to visit Pyongyang in 14 years, pens a rare front-page opinion piece in North Korea's official newspaper, touting their 'irreplaceable' bond on the eve of this two-day trip

CHINA-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. A commemorative stamp featuring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) meeting with China's leader Xi Jinping is pictured at a shop in Pyongyang on June 18, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

China's Xi to visit North Korea this week ahead of G20

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:33 PM

The timing is likely to raise eyebrows at the White House as it comes one week before the G20 summit in Japan, where US President Donald Trump expects to meet with Xi Jinping to discuss their trade war

KIM AND XI. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018, shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018. AFP FILE PHOTO / CCTV

Sister of North Korean leader pays respects at Panmunjeom meeting

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Kim Yo-jong, who holds a powerful position in the reclusive state, delivers the message, and flowers, on her brother's behalf at a meeting with South Korean officials at Panmunjeom in the demilitarized zone

MEETING. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry shows Kim Yo-jong (R), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Chung Eui-yong (2nd L), South Korea's top national security advisor, during a meeting to deliver a message and flowers on her brother's behalf at the border truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on June 12, 2019. AFP PHOTO / South Korean Unification Ministry

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant – Wall Street Journal

Jun 11, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Citing 'a person knowledgeable about the matter,' the Wall Street Journal says Kim Jong-nam had met with CIA operatives several times

KIM JONG-NAM. 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

South Korea approves $8 million in aid for hungry North

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:57 PM

It will be the first such aid Seoul has provided Pyongyang since 2015 and follows the North's lowest recorded harvest for a decade, according to the United Nations

DROUGHT. North Korea's border county of Kaepoong is seen from a South Korean observation post in Paju near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on May 17, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Purged no more: North Korean official appears at show

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Kim Yong Chol is among North Korea's top leaders at a 'performance given by amateur art groups of the wives' of military officers, North Korea's official news wire KCNA says

KIM YONG CHOL. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) speaks with North Korean senior ruling party official Kim Yong Chol during the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea 'executed' officials after failed Trump summit – report

May 31, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The Chosun Ilbo says Kim Hyok Chol was executed by firing squad for 'betraying the supreme leader' after he was 'won over to the US' during pre-summit negotiations

FAILED SUMMIT. 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. File photo by Saul Loeb/ AFP

North Korea must legalize markets to prevent rights abuses – U.N.

May 28, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Market activity remains a 'legal gray area' in the North and a 'source of further human rights violations,' says the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

PYONGYANG. Visitors attend an opening ceremony of the 22nd Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair at the Three-Revolution Exhibition House in Pyongyang on May 20, 2019. File photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

Dovish Trump says not targeting regime change in Iran

May 27, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal. I think that's very smart of them and I think there's a possibility for that to happen also,' US President Donald Trump says

TRUMP IN JAPAN. US President Donald Trump smiles during a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on May 27, 2019. Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Pool/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

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