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VIENNA | IAEA calls on North Korea to re-admit nuclear inspectors

VIENNA— The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog has called on North Korea to allow inspectors back in to monitor its nuclear program. Speaking at a board meeting Thursday in Vienna of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Director General Yukiya Amano noted that Pyongyang had in September talked about denuclearization measures including the “permanent dismantlement … Continue reading VIENNA | IAEA calls on North Korea to re-admit nuclear inspectors

SEOUL, South Korea | Seoul: North Korea destroys 10 guard posts to lower tensions

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Tuesday blew up some of its front-line guard posts as part of an agreement to ease tensions along its heavily fortified border with South Korea, Seoul’s Defense Ministry said. In September, the Koreas’ militaries agreed at a leaders’ summit in Pyongyang to eventually dismantle all guard posts inside … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Seoul: North Korea destroys 10 guard posts to lower tensions

SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korea sends tangerines to North in return for mushrooms

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has airlifted 200 tons of tangerines to North Korea in return for shipments of pine mushrooms by the North in September, officials said Monday. South Korean military planes flew to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Sunday and Monday to deliver the fruit from the southern island of Jeju, according … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korea sends tangerines to North in return for mushrooms

PYONGYANG, North Korea | Cuban president meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel have agreed to expand and strengthen their strategic relations. Diaz-Canel arrived in Pyongyang with his wife on Sunday and was met at the airport by Kim, who joined him on the ride into the city past flower-waving and cheering crowds. … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea | Cuban president meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

WASHINGTON | US envoy for NKorea to hold talks in Russia, France, Belgium

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s envoy for North Korea is traveling to Russia, France and Belgium for talks with counterparts there as the U.S. prepares for a second leadership summit with the North. The State Department says envoy Stephen Biegun will hold “working level” meetings in Moscow, Paris and Brussels. It provided no further details … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US envoy for NKorea to hold talks in Russia, France, Belgium

SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: South Korea considers lifting sanctions on North

SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on South Korea saying it’s considering lifting sanctions against North Korea to help diplomacy (all times local): 3:10 p.m. South Korea’s foreign minister says Seoul is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: South Korea considers lifting sanctions on North

PYONGYANG, North Korea | Dennis Rodman benched by Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly?

PYONGYANG, North Korea  — Has Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star-turned pal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, been benched for Chinese hoop legend Yao Ming? The former Houston Rockets center and eight-time NBA all-star took center court in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Tuesday as Chinese and North Korean basketball players held a … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea | Dennis Rodman benched by Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly?

SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo: ‘Significant progress’ made on NKorea denuke trip

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made “significant progress” toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons. While significant work remains to be done, he said he expected further results after an as-yet unscheduled second summit … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo: ‘Significant progress’ made on NKorea denuke trip