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Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Trump hails the summit in Singapore with Kim, in which the the North Korean leader agreed to work towards denuclearizing his country, although their agreement did not say how this would be done

TRUMP'S BACK. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on June 13, 2018, as he returns from the US-North Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump, Abe: 'Imperative' to dismantle North Korea weapons

May 29, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The pair discuss 'recent developments in North Korea' and confirm 'they would meet again to continue close coordination in advance of the expected meeting between the United States and North Korea'

North Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons – top defector

May 14, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'In the end, North Korea will remain 'a nuclear power packaged as a non-nuclear state',' top defector Thae Yong-ho says

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

Kim offers to close nuclear test site in May, invite U.S. experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:58 AM

The remarks are likely to be seen as a sweetener ahead of US President Donald Trump's own planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

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

Japan, China talks end with friendship vows but no breakthrough

Jan 28, 2018 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) On a range of issues, visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono comes away with little more than vague promises

MEETING WITH CHINA. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) speaks during a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on January 28, 2018. Andy Wong/Pool/AFP

Kim vows to make North Korea 'strongest nuclear power'

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:20 AM

His comments come as global powers scramble for a response to the crisis, with the US backing stringent economic and diplomatic sanctions on Kim Jong-Un's regime to halt its nuclear drive

DEAR LEADER. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 4, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech at the 3rd Meeting of KPA Activists in O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment Title Movement at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang. KCNA/AFP

North Korea nuclear weapon use would meet 'massive military response' – Mattis

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:05 PM

'Make no mistake – any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated,' says US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis

NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

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North Korea vows to boost weapons program after sanctions

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country s sovereignty and right to existence

HAPPY DAYS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 12, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with teachers in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / AFP

Japan, South Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programs

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the state guest house in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

North Korea celebrates nuclear test

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:53 AM

North Korea hold a mass celebration for the scientists involved in carrying out its largest nuclear blast to date with fireworks and a mass rally in Pyongyang

CELEBRATORY MOOD. This September 6, 2017 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 7, 2017 shows Pyongyang residents greeting arrival of contributors to the test of a hydrogen bomb for ICBM in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / Handout / AFP

North Korea could be preparing new missile launch – Seoul

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED The September 3 blast had a strength of 50 kilotons defense ministry officials tell a parliamentary briefing

BLAST SITE. Lee Mi-Seon, a director of the National Earthquake and Volcano Center, shows a map of a North Korean location during a briefing about the 'artificial earthquake' in North Korea, at the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul on September 3, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Trump leads international condemnation of North Korea nuclear test

Sep 03, 2017 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED United States President Donald Trump says Pyongyang s latest actions were very hostile and dangerous

Lee Mi-Seon, a director of the National Earthquake and Volcano Center, shows a map of a North Korean location during a briefing about the 'artificial earthquake' in North Korea, at the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul on September 3, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

North Korea declares H-bomb test 'a perfect success'

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:12 PM

6th UPDATE It marks a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force says a Pyongyang newsreader

IN THE NEWS. People watch a television display at a train station in Seoul on September 3, 2017 showing a news broadcast about North Korea's latest possible nuclear test. Ed Jones/AFP

UN Security Council vows sanctions over North Korea missile test

May 16, 2017 - 11:35 AM

In a unanimous statement backed by the North s main ally China the council on Monday vows to punish Pyongyang s highly destabilizing behavior demanding a halt to any further nuclear or missile tests

CONDEMNING THE LAUNCH. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

ASEAN expresses 'grave concern' over tests despite North Korea appeal

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The ministers strongly urge North Korea to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions and international laws according to the statement

This screen grab taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV on March 7, 2017 shows ballistic missiles being launched during a military drill from an undisclosed location in North Korea. Handout photo by KCTV/AFP

North Korea has plutonium for 10 nuclear bombs – South Korea

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:57 PM

Analysts are divided over how close Pyongyang is to realizing its full nuclear ambitions but all agree it has made enormous strides since Kim Jong Un took over as leader

Signs of reprocessing at North Korea complex – US think tank

Jun 01, 2016 - 10:37 AM

Exactly how much weapons grade plutonium the North can produce at the Yongbyon complex is unclear said analysts at the US Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University

N. Korea leader: We will only use nuclear weapons if under threat

May 08, 2016 - 7:01 AM

UPDATED Kim Jong un: As a responsible nuclear weapons state our republic will not use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached upon by any aggressive hostile forces with nukes

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. KCNA via KNS / AFP

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FAST FACTS: The sweeping new UN sanctions on North Korea

Mar 03, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Here are the key points of the UN resolution that ratchets up sanctions on North Korea

The Security Council unanimously adopts the resolution imposing additional sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), March 2, 2016, United Nations, New York. Mark Garten/UN Photo

UN imposes toughest-ever North Korea sanctions

Mar 03, 2016 - 8:20 AM

UPDATED The Security Council unanimously passes a resolution imposing new sanctions after 7 weeks of arduous negotiations between the United States and China

Oh Joon (2nd from left), Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN, speaks to journalists following the adoption of the resolution on North Korea, March 2, 2016, United Nations, New York. Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo. He is flanked by Samantha Power (left), United States Permanent Representative; and Motohide Yoshikawa, Permanent Representative of Japan.

UN council postpones North Korea sanctions vote to March 2

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:36 AM

With backing from China the council is expected to adopt a US drafted resolution that takes aim at North Korea s nuclear and ballistic missile programs

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Kim Haughton/UN Photo

US, China agree on UN North Korea resolution

Feb 25, 2016 - 10:19 AM

UPDATED The two powers will not accept Pyongyang as a nuclear weapons state and the draft resolution is said to contain very tough measures

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) listens as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) responds to a question during a joint press conference a working lunch at the US State Department in Washington, DC, USA, 23 February 2016. Shawn Thew/EPA

North Korea nuclear reactor not fully operational – US think tank

Jan 14, 2016 - 9:52 AM

A Washington based institute concludes the Yongbyon reactor has been operating intermittently or at low power throughout the period

Japan, N. Korea open new round of talks in Stockholm

May 26, 2014 - 10:42 PM

North Korea and Japan will discuss the abduction cases dating from the 1970s N Korea admitted more than a decade ago that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train its spies in Japanese language and customs

ABDUCTIONS. A Japanese activist belonging to the Osaka blue ribbon (NGO against the abductions by North Korea) protests against the North Korean government on the streets in Osaka on June 2009. According to the Japanese government, 17 Japanese citizens have been abducted by North Korea from the 1970s. North Korea released only five people in 2002. The NGO estimates that almost 470 Japanese were abducted by North Korea. File photo by Tomofumi Nakano/EPA

South Korea stages largest military parade in a decade

Oct 01, 2013 - 11:01 AM

Some 11 000 troops and 120 aircraft took part in the event at an air base south of Seoul which showed off the military s most advanced weaponry

WAR-MONGERING? North Korea accused South Korea's president of war-mongering a day after launching an annual military drill with the United States.

North Korea uranium enrichment capacity 'doubled'?

Aug 08, 2013 - 5:00 PM

The Institute for Science and International Security ISIS said images show the building housing the gas centrifuge plant at Yongbyon had been expanded to twice its original size

North Korea has no nuclear warhead to fit missile - official

May 15, 2013 - 12:38 PM

Statement contradicts a recent US military intelligence report

U.S. deploys destroyer off South Korea

Apr 02, 2013 - 10:27 AM

The deployment came hours after North Korea s parliament adopted a law formalizing the country s status as a nuclear weapons state

North Korea vows to strengthen nukes

Mar 31, 2013 - 9:12 PM

North Korea has decided that the country s possession of nuclear weapons should be fixed by law

NUCLEAR RIGHT? North Korea has decided that the country's possession of nuclear weapons 'should be fixed by law.'

NoKor threatens 'pre-emptive' nuclear strike on US

Mar 07, 2013 - 5:26 PM

North Korea threatened to carry out a pre emptive nuclear strike Thursday March 7 as the UN Security Council prepared to vote on new sanctions against the isolated state

North Korea defies world opinion with nuclear test

Feb 12, 2013 - 7:26 PM

UPDATED North Korea on Tuesday February 12 staged its most powerful nuclear test yet claiming a breakthrough with a miniaturized device in a striking act of defiance

Japan launching spy satellite to monitor North Korea

Jan 23, 2013 - 4:08 PM

Japan is to launch a new spy satellite on Sunday January 27 to strengthen its monitoring capabilities amid concern that North Korea may carry out more missile and nuclear tests

North Korea says missiles can strike US mainland

Oct 09, 2012 - 10:11 AM

North Korea said Tuesday October 9 it possessed strategic rocket forces capable of striking the US mainland as it responded to a new US South Korean deal to extend the range of the South s missile systems