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North Korea slams ‘gangster-like’ US in nuclear talks

The peace process between the United States and North Korea was in crisis Sunday after Pyongyang angrily rejected Washington’s “gangster-like” demand for rapid nuclear disarmament, after two days of intense talks. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Tokyo to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the talks, which he called positive,…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visiting China, says Chinese state media

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is in China on a two-day visit, Chinese state television said on Tuesday, his third visit to the North’s major ally this year. Kim will be in China on Tuesday and Wednesday but the brief report gave no other details. Reuters

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Trump says NKorea no longer a nuclear threat

US President Donald Trump Wednesday congratulated himself on his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, insisting that country is no longer a nuclear threat. The remark was part of a blast of tweets that Trump fired off even as Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland outside the US…

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Trump, Kim sign agreement after historic summit but few specifics

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy. But a joint statement signed at the end of their historic summit in Singapore gave few details on how either goal…

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Cartoon by Sabir Nazar

By: Sabir Nazar Here is Sabir Nazar’s take on the standoff between US President Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un.

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Koreans in London suburb tackle north-south divide

When Kim Song-ju escaped North Korea through China he opted to head to Britain 10 years ago instead of South Korea, hoping to avoid discrimination. But while he found work and a family home in a well-established Korean community in southwest London, he also encountered the social stratification he had travelled thousands of miles to…

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North Korea’s Kim arrives in Singapore for historic Trump summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Singapore Sunday for an unprecedented summit with Donald Trump, an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War, with the US president calling it a “one time shot” at peace. Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal — which has seen it subjected to several sets of UN…

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Trump makes an about-face, revives summit with North Korean leader

U.S. President Donald Trump, in a complete reversal, said on Friday he would hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore in the latest twist in the high-stakes diplomacy over eliminating Pyonyang’s nuclear arms program. Eight days after canceling the unprecedented summit, citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility,” Trump welcomed…

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South Korea says North Korea committed to Trump summit and ‘complete’ denuclearization

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to “complete” denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday. In Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump signaled that preparations for a June 12 summit with Kim were going ahead, despite having…

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Prospects of U.S.-North Korea summit brighten after Trump’s tweet

Prospects that the United States and North Korea would hold a summit brightened after U.S. President Donald Trump said late on Friday Washington was having “productive talks” with Pyongyang about reinstating the June 12 meeting in Singapore. Politico magazine reported that an advance team of 30 White House and State Department officials was preparing to…

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North Korea blows up nuclear test site amid doubts over summit

North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site on Thursday, media reported, as part of steps that have reduced tension on the Korean peninsula and raised the possibility of a summit with the United States. North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the…

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North Korea says may reconsider summit with Trump, suspends talks with South

North Korea threw next month’s unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump into doubt on Wednesday, threatening weeks of diplomatic progress by saying it may reconsider if Washington insists on unilateral denuclearization. The North’s official KCNA news agency said earlier on Wednesday Pyongyang had called off high-level talks with Seoul in…

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US top diplomat arrives in North Korea after historic detente

America’s top diplomat Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang Wednesday, landing at the centre of a whirlwind of diplomacy ahead of a planned US-North Korea summit. Pompeo was dispatched on an unannounced visit — his second in weeks, but first as secretary of state — to lay the groundwork for Donald Trump’s unprecedented meeting with Kim…

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North Korea offers to shut nuclear test site in May, invite US experts

North Korea has promised to shut its atomic test site within weeks and invite American weapons experts to verify its closure, Seoul reported Sunday, as new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington had an “obligation” to pursue peace. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — who may meet US President Donald Trump as…

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North Korean dish in high demand in South Korean

At Seoul’s Nampo Myeonok noodle bar, the owner was rushed off her feet, shouting at a long queue of hungry punters that she was clean out of “Pyongyang naengmyeon”. “You’ll have to wait around 40 minutes” for the broth to boil, she told the line snaking out of her door Saturday. Demand for North Korea’s…

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As U.S., North Korea plan to meet, Iran warns against Trump deals

A U.S. push to change the Iran nuclear deal was sending a “very dangerous message” that countries should never negotiate with Washington, Iran’s foreign minister warned as U.S. and North Korean leaders prepare to meet for denuclearization talks.  Speaking to reporters in New York on Saturday, Mohammad Javad Zarif also said that for French President…

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North Korea seeks ‘complete denuclearisation’, says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure

SEOUL/GENEVA – North Korea has expressed its commitment to “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang. Moon said big-picture agreements about denuclearisation, establishing a peace regime and normalisation of relations between the…

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Trump says CIA chief met Kim in North Korea, as peace deal mooted

Washington: US President Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday that his CIA chief has held secret talks with North Korea’s leader in Pyongyang, as the South said it was exploring paths to a peace deal with the nuclear-armed North. Seoul’s push for discussions on formally declaring an end to inter-Korean hostilities was the latest in a series…

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South Korean envoy advises Kim Jong Un to ‘stop smoking’

PYEONGYANG: A South Korean envoy told North Korean President Kim Jong Un to end his smoking habit, reported Sky News. Chung Eui-yong, the director of the South Korean National Security Council, advised Kim Jong Un to stop smoking during a conversation. “How about stopping smoking?” he asked him. “It’s bad for your health.” Ri Sol-ju, Kim…

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North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas – sources

LONDON: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters. While North Korea’s ruling family is known to have used travel documents obtained under false pretences, there…

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Trump announces ‘heaviest ever’ sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump rolled out sanctions against North Korea-linked shipping assets Friday, hailing the package as the “heaviest sanctions ever” levied on the Pyongyang regime. Trump used a speech to conservatives just outside Washington to step up his campaign of “maximum pressure” designed to force North Korea to roll back its weapons programs….

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