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PYONGYANG, North Korea | North Korea goes to polls to rubberstamp parliament lineup

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Millions of North Korean voters, including leader Kim Jong Un, went to the polls on Sunday to elect roughly 700 members to the national legislature, though the vote was more of an endorsement than a competitive contest. In typical North Korean style, voters were presented with just one state-sanctioned candidate … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea | North Korea goes to polls to rubberstamp parliament lineup

PYONGYANG, North Korea | North Korea goes to polls to approve new parliament lineup

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Millions of North Korean voters, including leader Kim Jong Un, went to the polls on Sunday to elect roughly 700 members to the national legislature. In typical North Korean style, the vote was more of an endorsement than a competitive contest — voters were presented with just one state-sanctioned candidate … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea | North Korea goes to polls to approve new parliament lineup

North Korea media tries slicker, quicker summit coverage

HANOI, Vietnam — North Koreans have been getting a quicker, more polished look at their leader as he meets with President Donald Trump in Vietnam in their second summit. But one thing hasn’t changed at all — North Korea’s media have one story to tell, and it’s always about the infallibility of the glorious leader. … Continue reading North Korea media tries slicker, quicker summit coverage

Trump touts prosperity, but is that what North Korea wants?

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump‘s message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been simple and clear: give up your nuclear weapons and a flood of wealth will soon be yours for the taking. But here’s a nagging question: Is that really what Kim wants? With Trump and Kim descending on Hanoi … Continue reading Trump touts prosperity, but is that what North Korea wants?

Dictator’s Dilemma: Could Kim Jong Un survive prosperity?

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump‘s message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been simple and clear: give up your nuclear weapons and a flood of wealth will soon be yours for the taking. But here’s a nagging question: Is that really what Kim wants? With Trump and Kim descending on Hanoi … Continue reading Dictator’s Dilemma: Could Kim Jong Un survive prosperity?

Trump tamps down expectations as he heads to Kim summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Redefining success, President Donald Trump headed to his second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Monday, determined to tamp down expectations that he’ll achieve big strides toward denuclearization. Yet he was still eager to claim an attention-grabbing victory to offset the political turmoil he faces at home. Trump is set … Continue reading Trump tamps down expectations as he heads to Kim summit

WASHINGTON | Expectations low as Trump looks for win in NKorea summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will head into his second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un lowering expectations for Pyongyang’s denuclearization while eager to declare a flashy victory to offset the political turmoil he faces at home. Trump was the driving force behind this week’s Vietnam summit, aiming to re-create the global spectacle … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Expectations low as Trump looks for win in NKorea summit

HANOI, Vietnam | Nightmare result of US-NKorea talks: Bad deal, little change

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn’t so much “fire and fury” and millions dead. Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get everything it wants while giving … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | Nightmare result of US-NKorea talks: Bad deal, little change

United States | Special Representative Biegun’s Trip to Pyongyang

United States – Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met with Special Representative for U.S. Affairs of the State Affairs Commission of the D.P.R.K. Kim Hyok Chol February 6-8, in Pyongyang. Special Representative Biegun and Special Representative Kim discussed advancing President Trump and Chairman Kim’s Singapore summit commitments of complete denuclearization, transforming U.S.-D.P.R.K. relations, … Continue reading United States | Special Representative Biegun’s Trip to Pyongyang

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

SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: Moon expects Kim to visit Russia, Xi to NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo‘s trip to Asia (all times local): 11:50 a.m. South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he expects North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to travel to Russia and for Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit North Korea soon amid a global diplomatic push … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: Moon expects Kim to visit Russia, Xi to NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: US, NKorea officials upbeat after meeting

SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Asia (all times local): 9:30 a.m. U.S. and North Korean officials are offering positive reviews for the latest meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In Washington, President Donald Trump tweeted that … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: US, NKorea officials upbeat after meeting

SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo cites progress made with Kim Jong Un on N. Korea trip

SEOUL, South Korea— U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made unspecified progress Sunday toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons. But there was no immediate indication whether Pompeo had managed to arrange a much-anticipated second summit between Kim and President … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo cites progress made with Kim Jong Un on N. Korea trip

SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo ends 4th N. Korea trip, says progress made with Kim

SEOUL, South Korea  — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made unspecified progress Sunday toward an agreement for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. There was no immediate indication, though, if Pompeo had managed to arrange a much-anticipated second summit between Kim and President … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo ends 4th N. Korea trip, says progress made with Kim

TOKYO | Pompeo seeks allied unity on North Korea denuke effort

TOKYO — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged Saturday that the Trump administration’s effort to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons would be fully coordinated with allies Japan and South Korea, as he prepared to travel to Pyongyang under pressure to produce tangible progress toward that goal. Pompeo met Japanese Prime … Continue reading TOKYO | Pompeo seeks allied unity on North Korea denuke effort

TOKYO | Pompeo in Japan to discuss North Korea en route to Pyongyang

TOKYO  — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Tokyo for talks with Japanese officials ahead of his trip to North Korea. Pompeo is under pressure to make progress on convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons as President Donald Trump seeks a second summit with leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo will meet … Continue reading TOKYO | Pompeo in Japan to discuss North Korea en route to Pyongyang

UNITED NATIONS | NKorea: US needs to build our trust, and sanctions lower it

UNITED NATIONS — North Korea needs more trust in the U.S. and their developing relationship before it will get rid of its nuclear weapons, Pyongyang’s top diplomat said Saturday as an envoy from another of the international community’s biggest worries — Syria — demanded that the U.S., France and Turkey withdraw their troops from his … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | NKorea: US needs to build our trust, and sanctions lower it

UNITED NATIONS | Syria at UN: ‘Our battle against terrorism is almost over’

UNITED NATIONS  — North Korea needs more trust in the U.S. and their developing relationship before it will get rid of its nuclear weapons, Pyongyang’s top diplomat said Saturday as an envoy from another of the international community’s biggest worries — Syria — demanded that the U.S., France and Turkey withdraw their troops from his … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Syria at UN: ‘Our battle against terrorism is almost over’

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With DPRK Foreign Minister Ri

United States – The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Today, Secretary Pompeo met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in New York. Secretary Pompeo accepted Chairman Kim’s invitation to travel to Pyongyang next month to make further progress on the implementation of the commitments from the … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With DPRK Foreign Minister Ri

PYONGYANG, North Korea | The Latest: Stone marker has wrong dates for Moon’s visit

PYONGYANG, North Korea  — The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all times local): 10:00 a.m. A stone marker commemorating South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Pyongyang has the wrong dates carved on it. The stone was unveiled during a tree-planting ceremony attended … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea | The Latest: Stone marker has wrong dates for Moon’s visit

WASHINGTON | Koreas summit kick-starts stalled nuclear talks with US

WASHINGTON — A better-than-expected outcome of the summit between the two Koreas immediately kick-started stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, boosting President Donald Trump’s stalled effort to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons by the end of his first term in office. But it left open a burning question: Will the concessions … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Koreas summit kick-starts stalled nuclear talks with US