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North Korea Still Hasn't Confirmed Any Summit

No public statements yet from Pyongyang amid conflicting US statements on conditions

(Newser) - President Trump last week made the surprise announcement that he would meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, but the BBC takes note of one thing noticeably missing in the days since: confirmation from Pyongyang. Yes, the idea for the meeting reportedly came from Kim himself, and was delivered... More »

For Trump, a 'Big Bang' Offer to N. Korea May Be Tempting

Denuclearization in exchange for a peace treaty is one idea being floated

(Newser) - President Trump's surprise announcement of a meeting in May with North Korea's Kim Jong Un has led to all kinds of speculation about how things might unfold, and one piece getting attention is by Victor Cha, a former National Security Council director. In the New York Times , he... More »

'Dramatic' Change Made Trump-Kim Meeting Possible

'Great progress being made,' Trump says

(Newser) - The White House has confirmed news that stunned Korea-watchers late Thursday: President Trump is planning to meet Kim Jong Un before the end of May , in a location yet to be determined. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the meeting was made possible by a "dramatic" change... More »

Trump, Kim Jong Un Agree to Unprecedented Meeting

South Korean official says meeting will happen 'by May'

(Newser) - In a startling development, North Korea says it will halt its nuclear weapons program and Kim Jong Un will meet with President Trump in the coming months, the Washington Post reports. "[Kim] expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” Chung Eui-yong told reporters Thursday... More »

US: North Korea Used Chemical Agent to Kill Kim's Half Brother

Additional sanctions have been imposed against Pyongyang

(Newser) - The US has imposed additional sanctions on North Korea after determining the country used chemical weapons to assassinate Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother in Malaysia last year, Reuters reports. Kim Jong Nam died after two women smeared his face with the banned nerve agent VX in the Kuala... More »

South Korea: North Willing to Scrap Nuclear Weapons

If it sees no military threat; nations agree to summit in April

(Newser) - A quick post-Olympics meeting between officials from North and South Korea appears to have yielded progress: South Korea's president says the North is willing to get rid of its nuclear weapons under certain conditions. "North Korea has clearly expressed its intention for denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, and... More »

Kim Jong Un Meets With S. Korea Envoys Himself

Delegates arrive from South as diplomacy push continues

(Newser) - North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears to be sending a signal that he's serious about the latest push for diplomacy with the South: He has met with envoys from the neighboring nation himself, reports the New York Times . It is believed to be the first time Kim has... More »

UN Sees Secret Partnership Between North Korea, Syria

Kim Jong Un may be selling Bashar al-Assad parts for chemical weapons

(Newser) - Two leaders considered to be pariahs by much of the world may be providing each other much-needed help—with dire consequences. A comprehensive new UN report alleges that North Korea is selling equipment to Syria that can be used in chemical weapons production, reports the New York Times . Specifically, the... More »

S. Korea: N. Korea Willing to Talk to US

Unlikely announcement amid Winter Olympics' closing ceremonies

(Newser) - The South Korean president's office says a North Korean delegate to the Olympics has said Pyongyang is willing to hold talks with the US, reports the AP . The Blue House, South Korea's presidential office, reported the news during the games' closing ceremony. The North has "ample intentions... More »

As Ivanka Arrives in S. Korea, One Big Question Lingers

Will she meet anyone from the North?

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump received a red-carpet welcome as she arrived in South Korea on Friday for a trip with two main official components: She dines with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday evening and will attend the closing ceremony of the Olympics Sunday to cheer on US athletes. Coverage, however,... More »

N. Korea's Olympic Delegation Head: Man Blamed for Deaths

2010 attack killed 46 South Korean sailors

(Newser) - South Korea is about to host a man blamed for the killing of 46 of its citizens as part of the closing ceremonies for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Kim Yong Chol—who formerly led the North Korean military intelligence agency blamed for the deadly 2010 attack on South Korean ship... More »

North Korea Changes Its Soundtrack at DMZ

With start of Olympics, giant speakers blast music, not propaganda

(Newser) - It seems North Korea has changed its tune. Literally. North Korea has used giant speakers to blast propagandist martial speeches across the DMZ—the stretch of land separating it from South Korea—on a loop for years. Some US military personnel stationed at the DMZ say they can recite the... More »

N. Korea Canceled Secret Pence Meeting at Last Minute

Pence's office says meeting was 'dangled'

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence had planned to hold a secret meeting with North Korean officials while he was in Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics, but the North Koreans backed out at the last minute, according to the White House. "North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice... More »

Speedskater for N. Korea Has a Really Rough Race

Jong Kwang Bom crashes—twice

(Newser) - In his defense, Jong Kwang Bom is only 17 and "clearly" had no business lining up to race as an Olympic speedskater for North Korea, per a post at USA Today . But race he did, and things did not end well. Jong fell almost immediately after the start of... More »

He Was a Hacker Sent to China to Make Money for the North

A look at the 'foot soldiers' in North Korea's hacker army

(Newser) - If the phrase "North Korean hacker" conjures up the image of someone sowing viruses or stealing secrets, Bloomberg Businessweek introduces a different type, a "foot soldier" given one very specific task: make money, and lots of it. With the country stifled by sanctions, the prevailing assumption is that... More »

Here's How North Korea Will Keep Olympians From Defecting

Surveillance, intimidation, and loyalty

(Newser) - Over the past 60 years or so, more than 31,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea. Now, North Korea wants to make sure its delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang doesn't add to that number. CNN has an in-depth report on how North Korea is making... More »

'Most Significant Encounter in Years' for North, South Korea

Via his little sister, Kim Jong Un sends invite to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to come visit

(Newser) - A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked the second day of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch, and the potential shared joy of watching a "unified"... More »

It's So Cold in Pyeongchang Skis Are Warping

And US-North Korea relations are just as icy

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics—and he's probably not going to be talking to any North Koreans while he's there. Pence, who will be seated just a few feet away from Kim Jong Un's sister during Friday's opening ceremony,... More »

N. Korea Announces Surprise Member of Olympic Delegation

Kim's sister will be visiting South for first time

(Newser) - In a move seen as a sign that North Korea is serious about improving relations with the South—and about thumbing its nose at the US—Kim Jong Un's powerful younger sister will be visiting South Korea as part of the North's high-level Olympic delegation. Kim Yo Jong,... More »

Before South Korea's Last Olympics, Mass Murder

Revisiting the 1987 bombing of Korean Air Flight 858

(Newser) - With the Pyeongchang Olympics set to begin Friday, the Washington Post revisits the only other time South Korea hosted the games—and the mass murder that scarred the run-up to it. North Korea lobbied to co-host the 1988 games, which were held in Seoul. Having been turned down, it decided... More »

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