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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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U.S. says Facebook, Microsoft disabled North Korean cyber threats

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc and Microsoft Corp disabled a number of North Korean cyber threats last week, a White House official said on Tuesday, as the United States publicly blamed Pyongyang for a May cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies, reported Reuters. “Facebook took down accounts that stopped the operational execution of ongoing…

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South Korea, U.S. launch air drills amid North Korean warnings of nuclear war

SEOUL/BEIJING: The United States and South Korea went ahead with large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, a move North Korea had said would push the Korean peninsula to “the brink of nuclear war”, ignoring calls from Russia and China to call them off. The drills come a week after North Korea said it had tested…

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Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terror

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, returning Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear-armed pariah regime to a short blacklist of targeted US foes. “Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,” Trump declared, announcing the designation at the start of a White House cabinet meeting. North…

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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North Korean missiles will be able to reach U.S. after modernization

MOSCOW:  North Korea’s leadership has told Russian lawmakers that it possesses a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 kilometers (1864.11 miles) that will be able to reach U.S. territory after modernization, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. Interfax cited Anton Morozov, a lawmaker and member of the lower house of parliament’s international affairs…

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North Korea says Trump has declared war on his country

North Korea’s foreign minister accused US President Donald Trump on Monday of declaring war on his country and warned that Pyongyang would defend itself by shooting down US bombers. “Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer,” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told reporters outside his hotel in New York. “He declared…

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Trump to add sanctions on North Korea, but not on oil: U.S.

NEW YORK: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States will add more sanctions against North Korea, while U.S. allies have called for enforcing existing international sanctions as the best way to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program. The sanctions are not expected to further target oil, a senior Trump…

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North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

PYONGYANG: North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children. Han Tae Song, Pyongyang’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was speaking at a hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the…

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Mexico expels North Korean ambassador after nuclear test

Mexico on Thursday expelled the ambassador of North Korea in protest over Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test which it said posed “a grave risk for peace.” Ambassador Kim Hyong Gil was declared persona non grata and given 72 hours to leave the country, according to a statement by the foreign ministry. Pyongyang’s decision to carry out…

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Trump threatens North Korea, says ‘all options on the table’

PYONGYANG: North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea on Tuesday, prompting a warning from U.S. President Donald Trump that “all options are on the table” as the United States considers its response. The test, one of the most provocative ever from the reclusive state, came as U.S. and…

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North Korea considers missile strike on Guam after Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ warning

PYONGYANG: North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury”. The sharp increase in tensions rattled financial markets and prompted warnings…

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North Korea pledges to teach USA a ‘severe lesson’

PYONGYANG: North Korea responded robustly and in traditional fashion on Monday, saying the U.N. moves were unwarranted and unfair, and it was ready to teach the United States a “severe lesson” if it launched an attack. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed to apply maximum pressure and sanctions on…

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Can U.S. defend against North Korea missiles? Not everyone agrees

WASHINGTON: Not everybody asserts as confidently as the Pentagon that the U.S. military can defend the United States from the growing threat posed by North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile capability. Pyongyang’s first test on Tuesday of an ICBM with a potential to strike the state of Alaska has raised the question: How capable is the…

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North Korea says tests first ICBM; experts say Alaska within range

WASHINGTON/SEOUL: North Korea said on Tuesday it successfully test-launched a first intercontinental ballistic missile, (ICBM), which analysts said could put all of the U.S. state of Alaska in range for the first time.

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