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Trump ‘sentenced to death’ by North Korea

WASHINGTON: Just days after President Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “short and fat,” the 33-year-old dictator’s state media apparatus says Trump has been “sentenced to death.” A proportional response it was not. An editorial in the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun did not mention Trump’s tweet, but focused instead on the president’s trip last…

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UN condemns N. Korea for firing missiles as people starve

UN member-states on Tuesday condemned North Korea for gross human rights violations and for conducting missile and nuclear tests while its people suffer from severe hunger. The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee adopted by consensus a resolution drafted by the European Union and Japan that expressed international concern over Pyongyang’s rights record. The measure…

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Trump says North Korea’s Kim insulted him by calling him ‘old’

HANOI: U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had insulted him by calling him “old” and said he would never call Kim “short and fat”, reported Reuters. Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?”…

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Trump to talk trade and North Korea with Chinese leader Xi

BEIJING: North Korea and trade will likely top the agenda when U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping sit down for formal talks on Thursday, a day after Trump warned Pyongyang of the grave danger of developing nuclear weapons, reported Reuters. In a show of the importance China puts on Trump’s first official…

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Trump warns ‘rogue regime’ North Korea of grave danger

SEOUL: U.S. President Donald Trump issued a stark warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, telling him that the nuclear weapons he is developing “are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger”, reported Reuters. “Do not underestimate us and do not try us,” Trump told North Korea…

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At North Korea’s doorstep, Trump warns of U.S. power while also striking conciliatory note

SEOUL: President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea he was prepared to use the full range of U.S. military power to stop any attack, but in a more conciliatory appeal than ever before he urged Pyongyang to “make a deal” to end the nuclear standoff. Speaking on North Korea’s doorstep during a visit to…

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Trump arrives in South Korea

OSAN: US President Donald Trump landed in South Korea on Tuesday, the second leg of his 12-day Asia trip dominated by the North Korean nuclear standoff. South Koreans are bracing for the possibility that Trump’s state visit could risk further inflaming tensions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has stepped up his pursuit…

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Trump says he’s ‘open’ to meeting with N. Korean leader

US President Donald Trump would “certainly be open” to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, he said in an interview broadcast Sunday as he began an extended Asian tour. Asked by journalist Sharyl Attkisson, host of the “Full Measure” TV show, whether he would ever consider sitting down with “the dictator,” Trump said he…

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Trump, dogged at home, heads on longest presidential Asia trip in years

WASHINGTON: Beset by challenges at home, President Donald Trump on Friday embarked on the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than a quarter century, looking for help to pressure North Korea to stand down from a nuclear crisis. Trump’s tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from Friday…

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U.S. bomber drills aggravate North Korea ahead of Trump’s Asia visit

PYONGYANG: Two U.S. strategic bombers conducted drills over South Korea, the U.S. Air Force said, raising tensions with North Korea just days before President Donald Trump visits the region seeking to shut down Pyongyang’s nuclear program. News of the Thursday’s drills was first reported by North Korean state news agency KCNA on Friday, which said…

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Mattis, in Seoul, says U.S. can’t accept nuclear North Korea

SEOUL: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that he could not imagine United States ever accepting a nuclear North Korea, warning that its rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs would undermine, not strengthen, its security. Mattis has been at pains during his week-long trip to Asia to stress that diplomacy is America’s preferred…

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N. Korea nuclear weapon use would meet ‘massive military response’: Mattis

WASHINGTON D.C.: US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned Saturday that North Korea would face a “massive military response” if Pyongyang ever used its nuclear weapons. “Make no mistake — any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated,” he said at a press conference on his trip to Seoul. “Any use…

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Two women charged with killing half-brother of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un revisit crime scene

NEWS DESK: Two women charged with killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, are revisiting the crime scene in Malaysia, reported BBC. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong were at Kuala Lumpur airport on Tuesday. The pair are accused of rubbing the highly toxic VX nerve agent on Mr Kim’s face…

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Trump to press China on North Korea, trade on Beijing visit

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump will urge President Xi Jinping to make good on his commitments to pressure North Korea when he visits China next month, a senior White House official said on Monday, stepping up a strategy to have Beijing help rein in Pyongyang, reported Reuters. Isolating North Korea further over its nuclear and…

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CIA chief: North Korea ‘on cusp’ of nuclear capability

NEWS DESK: CIA director Mike Pompeo has warned that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile, reported BBC. He stressed Washington still preferred diplomacy and sanctions but said military force remained an option. North Korea claims it already has the capability to strike the US….

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CIA chief says ‘don’t ask me about it’ if North Korea’s Kim Jong Un dies

NEWS DESK: If North Korea’s Kim Jong-un suddenly vanished or died, the CIA would keep quiet, its director has claimed, reported The Independent. Mike Pompeo told security officials at a Washington conference that the spy agency would not say anything publicly were something to happen to the communist despot. “With respect, if Kim Jong-un should…

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Having nuclear weapons ‘matter of life and death’ for North Korea: agency

PYONGYANG: Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, declaring that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA news agency reported. Tension has soared on the peninsula following a series of weapons tests…

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Moscow seeks support for Russia-Chinese roadmap on North Korea

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged world powers on Friday to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea’s weapons program, reported Reuters. Speaking at a conference on non-proliferation in Moscow, Lavrov said that the break-up of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would send an alarming message about…

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Former friend Malaysia halts all imports from North Korea, data shows

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, which until recently had been one of Pyongyang’s closest friends, has halted all imports from North Korea, as part of global efforts to cut off funding over its nuclear and missile programs, reported Reuters. Malaysia did not buy any goods from North Korea in June and July, after buying 20.6 million ringgit…

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U.S. flies bombers over Korea as Trump discusses options

WASHINGTON D.C.: The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea. Tensions have soared between the United States and North Korea following a series of weapons…

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North Korea hackers stole South Korea-U.S. military plans to wipe out North Korea leadership: lawmaker

SEOUL: North Korean hackers stole a large amount of classified military documents, including South Korea-U.S. wartime operational plans to wipe out the North Korean leadership, a South Korean ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, reported Reuters. Democratic Party representative Rhee Cheol-hee said 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken from the Defense Integrated Data Center…

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