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N. Korea: Trump Threw Away 'Golden Opportunity'

Officials say Kim is reconsidering test ban

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain his moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said Friday, adding that the US threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders. Vice Foreign Minister... More »

North Koreans Just Voted—but Not for Kim Jong Un

Leader wasn't on ballot, though his sister was

(Newser) - North Korea just had an election, and everyone on the ballot got 100% of the vote. That's not surprising. What is, however, is that Kim Jong Un wasn't among those running, marking the first time a North Korean leader sat out the parliamentary election, reports the BBC . There'... More »

Kim Jong Nam Murder Suspect Freed

Prosecutors unexpectedly drop charges

(Newser) - An Indonesian woman held for two years on suspicion of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother was freed from custody Monday after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Siti Aisyah cried and hugged her Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, before leaving the courtroom, the... More »

Analysts: N. Korea Launch Site Now Fully Restored

Trump says he is 'a little disappointed'

(Newser) - US analysts say North Korea appears to have restored normal operations at a long-range rocket launch site it partially dismantled last year as part of steps toward disarmament. Some experts say North Korea is trying to convey displeasure over the breakdown of a summit last week between Kim Jong Un... More »

UN on North Korea: 1 in 5 Children Are Stunted

And 43% of the population is undernourished

(Newser) - An estimated 11 million people in North Korea—over 43% of the population—are undernourished and "chronic food insecurity and malnutrition is widespread," according to a United Nations report issued Wednesday. The report by Tapan Mishra, the head of the UN office in North Korea, said that "... More »

Analysts: North Korea Is Rebuilding Launch Site

Work is 'consistent with preparations for a test'

(Newser) - North Korea has been rapidly rebuilding a rocket launch site it promised to dismantle last year, analysts say. Experts at the Beyond Parallel group say images from Saturday show that activity at the Sohae site, which has been used for satellite launches and missile engine testing, is "consistent with... More »

Trump Blames Cohen Hearing for Collapse of Kim Summit

He calls it 'perhaps a new low in American politics'

(Newser) - President Trump slammed what he called "perhaps a new low in American politics" on Sunday: The congressional testimony of his former lawyer while he was in Vietnam for a summit with Kim Jong Un. Trump suggested Michael Cohen's testimony may have contributed to the collapse of the summit,... More »

Trump on Warmbier Remarks: 'I Never Like Being Misinterpreted'

'Of course I hold North Korea responsible,' president tweeted, not naming Kim Jong Un directly

(Newser) - President Trump said Thursday that "some really, really bad things" happened to college student Otto Warmbier in North Korea, leading to his eventual death after he was returned to the US, but Trump added that he believed Kim Jong Un when he said he had no clue about what... More »

Warmbier's Parents Respond to Trump's Defense of Kim

'Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son'

(Newser) - President Trump may be letting Kim Jong Un personally off the hook for the death of Otto Warmbier, but Warmbier's parents are not. “We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out,” said Fred and Cindy Warmbier in a short statement, per ABC... More »

Republicans Split With Trump on Kim, Warmbier

'The blood of Otto Warmbier is on the hands of Kim Jong Un'

(Newser) - If President Trump truly believes Kim Jong Un was unaware of the "really really bad things" that happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea, then he's been sold a massive lie, according to Bill Richardson. "It is inconceivable that [with] such a high-profile American prisoner like Otto... More »

N. Korea, Not Trump, Correct on Failed Summit: US Official

Kim Jong Un wanted many sanctions lifted, but not all of them, and none on weapons, official says

(Newser) - President Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un ended abruptly Thursday, with Trump saying, "It was about the sanctions, basically." The president claimed that North Korea wanted all sanctions lifted without a complete dismantlement of its nuclear program, just its main nuclear complex. North Korea soon pushed back... More »

North Korea Contradicts Trump on Demands

Foreign minister says they didn't demand that all sanctions be lifted

(Newser) - When President Trump explained to reporters why his summit with Kim Jong Un ended prematurely, he cited one big reason: North Korea wanted the US to lift all sanctions in exchange for the dismantling of its main nuclear facility. Not so, says North Korea's foreign minister. The North asked... More »

Trump: I Trust Kim on Otto Warmbier

President says North Korean leader not responsible for US student's death

(Newser) - The summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un may have ended abruptly , but there's at least one sensitive subject that seems to have been smoothed over: the treatment of Otto Warmbier . Trump says he doesn't hold the North Korean leader personally responsible for the University of Virginia... More »

Trump-Kim Summit Collapses

'Sometimes you have to walk'

(Newser) - "Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times," President Trump said Thursday after his second summit with Kim Jong Un abruptly collapsed. A working lunch and the signing of a joint agreement were scrapped after talks fell apart on the summit's second... More »

After Questions on Cohen, Reporters Kept From Dinner

2 granted access after photojournalists took stand: AP

(Newser) - Some reporters, abruptly evicted from a work area at a Hanoi hotel on Tuesday, were barred from covering President Trump's dinner with Kim Jong Un on Wednesday. Though the White House called it a "social dinner," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the press pool would be... More »

Compliments Abound as Trump, Kim Meet Again

2nd summit among leaders underway in Hanoi

(Newser) - "I think you will have a tremendous future for your country, you're a great leader," President Trump told North Korea's Kim Jong Un at the start of a two-day summit in Vietnam on Wednesday. "We will help it to happen." The leaders shook hands... More »

White House Press Corps Gets Rude Surprise in Vietnam

Reporters booted from planned work area as Kim arrives at hotel

(Newser) - President Trump has arrived in Vietnam for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and he's already out with a tweet . "Thank you to all of the people for the great reception in Hanoi," he wrote. "Tremendous crowds, and so much love!" Kim... More »

Kim Jong Un Gets 'Rock-Star' Welcome in Vietnam

North Korean leader has arrived there in advance of summit with Trump

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's armored limousine, surrounded by his phalanx of burly bodyguards, rolled into Vietnam's capital Tuesday ahead of a summit with US President Trump that's meant to deal with perhaps the world's biggest security challenge: Kim's pursuit of a nuclear program... More »

Ahead of Summit, Talk of a Historic Move

South Korea suggests Trump and Kim might declare formal end to Korean War

(Newser) - President Trump departed on Air Force One Monday for Vietnam and his second face-to-face summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. The meetings take place in Hanoi Wednesday and Thursday, and expectations are low in terms of major breakthroughs on the big issue of denuclearization. However, most of the... More »

Trump, Pompeo Disagree on N. Korea 'Nuclear Threat'

As the president preps for historic Hanoi summit

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is trying to manage expectations for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, predicting a "continuation of the progress" made last time, the AP reports. Trump tweeted Sunday that he was leaving early the next day for the meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, adding... More »

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