North Korea

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US Hits North Korea on Coal, Oil, and ... Statues

New sanctions penalize Chinese and Russian firms for dealing with Pyongyang

(Newser) - The Treasury Department applied new sanctions Tuesday intended to squeeze North Korea even tighter. The sanctions were mostly against Chinese and Russian companies and individuals that the US accuses of conducting illegal business with Pyongyang and thus helping its nuclear weapons program, reports the Washington Post . The big hits were... More »

Last Surviving US Defector to North Korea Is Dead

James Dresnok crossed border after fighting in Korean War

(Newser) - He might have been the most famous American in North Korea. But now James "Joe" Dresnok, a US soldier who defected after fighting in the Korean War, is dead, reports the Guardian . His two Korean-born sons made the news public in a government video, saying their father had suffered... More »

North Korea Threatens 'Merciless Strike' Against US

The threat comes in response to US/South Korea military drills starting Monday

(Newser) - Not content with the nuclear bluster of the last few weeks, North Korea is warning the United States about "merciless strikes" should the US and South Korea go ahead with military drills planned for this week. North Korea's warning appeared Sunday in Rodong Sinmun, the government's official... More »

South Korea's President: 'There Will Be No War'

President Moon Jae-in says he has 'firm agreement' with Trump

(Newser) - Concerned about a possible war on the Korean peninsula? Don't be—it won't happen, says South Korea, which claims President Trump won't strike North Korea without its say-so. "No matter what options the United States and President Trump want to use, they have promised to have... More »

Trump Praises Kim Jong Un's 'Wise' Decision

'The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!'

(Newser) - President Trump had nicer words than "fire and fury" for North Korea Wednesday morning, Politico reports. "Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" Trump tweeted , referring to the country's decision... More »

North Korea: We'll Hold Off on Guam Missile Launch

Kim Jong Un has reviewed plans, state media says

(Newser) - North Korea says its plan to fire ICBMs into the waters around Guam is on hold while it waits to see what the "foolish Yankees" do next. North Korean state media said Tuesday that Kim Jong Un has reviewed the plan for "the enveloping fire at Guam,"... More »

Look to Ukraine for N. Korea's Missile Engines: Expert

Expert analysis points to Dnipro factory as producing engines scooped up by Pyongyang

(Newser) - Many are worried over North Korea's ICBM launch last month, which analysts say indicate its weapons can now reach the US. And what may be behind this apparent success: liquid-propellant rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory linked to Russia's missile program that were then scooped up on the... More »

N. Korea Forced Canadian, 62, to Dig Holes in Frozen Ground

Hyeon Soo Lim had a life of loneliness, hard labor

(Newser) - A 62-year-old Canadian freed from a life sentence of hard labor in North Korea is back in his homeland, where he told his church Sunday about the harsh conditions he endured. Hyeon Soo Lim, who was freed last week on what Pyongyang called "sick bail," arrived back in... More »

North Korea: Millions Are Signing Up to Fight

Pyongyang adds to rhetoric as China urges calm

(Newser) - China's president delivered a direct message to President Trump: Ease up on the North Korea rhetoric. In a phone call with Trump Friday night, Xi Jinping said he wanted both sides to avoid "words and actions" that would make the situation worse, per the BBC , citing Chinese media.... More »

Trump Reveals One Option He's Been Mulling on Venezuela

'A military operation—a military option—is certainly something that we could pursue'

(Newser) - As many fret over the increasingly tense relationship between the US and North Korea, President Trump threw another country into the mix Friday: Venezuela. Speaking to reporters Friday from his New Jersey golf club, flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, and National... More »

Trump Has More Strong Words for North Korea

Says Kim Jong Un 'will regret it fast' if 'overt threats' are made

(Newser) - President Trump continued to speak out against North Korea Friday, telling reporters Kim Jong Un "will truly regret it and he will regret it fast" if he does in fact attack Guam or even "utters one threat in the form of an overt threat" to the US, its... More »

Guam Advises Residents: Don't Look at Fireball

Government releases fact sheet with nuclear attack tips

(Newser) - The residents of Guam are trying to keep their nerves in check as tensions rise between the White House and Pyongyang. The latest fact sheet to come out of the territory's Homeland Security department may either soothe those nerves or worsen them, as it lists what one should do... More »

Trump Again Escalates War of Words With N. Korea

He says US is 'locked and loaded' if the North 'acts unwisely'

(Newser) - President Trump issued one more provocative threat to North Korea Friday morning: "Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely," he tweeted . "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" The tweet comes after a Chinese newspaper warned both... More »

China Has Warnings for Both North Korea and US

If Pyongyang strikes first, China won't help, says editorial

(Newser) - A Chinese newspaper thought to reflect the thinking of leaders in Beijing has issued a warning to both North Korea and the United States about a preemptive strike. An editorial in the Global Times warns the North that if Pyongyang decides to launch an attack threatening US soil, China will... More »

Trump: 'About Time Someone Stuck Up' for Americans

He says his 'fire and fury' warning to North Korea perhaps should have been stronger

(Newser) - His critics think President Trump went too far with his "fire and fury" warning to North Korea. On Thursday, however, Trump himself suggested he didn't go far enough. "Maybe it wasn't tough enough," he told reporters from his golf club in Bedminster, NJ, per Politico... More »

Obama's Security Adviser Sees Way Out of Korean Crisis

It starts with stopping the 'bluster,' writes Susan Rice

(Newser) - A quick peek online reveals that some people's nerves are starting to fray over the looming nuclear scenario in North Korea. But former National Security Adviser Susan Rice says "we need not face an immediate crisis if we play our hand carefully," and she offers some suggestions... More »

North Korea Details Guam Strike Plan

Pyongyang calls Trump 'bereft of reason'

(Newser) - North Korea took things up yet another notch Thursday by issuing detailed plans for a strike near Guam —and some insults directed at President Trump. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said a plan to fire four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles into waters 25 miles off Guam will... More »

Trump Makes Bold Claim About US Nuclear Arsenal

Claims his order made it 'more powerful than ever'

(Newser) - President Trump doesn't appear to be heeding calls to end his rhetoric in regard to North Korea. In a pair of tweets, he boasted about America's nuclear prowess. "My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal," he tweeted . "It is... More »

2 Positive Headlines Emerge Amid N. Korea Doom, Gloom

Tillerson sees no 'imminent threat,' and Canadian pastor is released

(Newser) - After a spate of doom-and-gloom headlines on North Korea, two more positive ones emerged Wednesday morning: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to dial down the rhetoric and Pyongyang released a Canadian pastor. Tillerson, speaking to reporters aboard his plane as he returned to DC from Malaysia, made a point... More »

Guam on Edge After North Korea Threat

Pastor says God is on Trump's side

(Newser) - North Korea has threatened to use missiles to create "enveloping fire" around Guam —and while residents of the American territory are used to hearing Pyongyang mention Guam, they are understandably a little on edge. Residents tell the AP that they are worried about being caught in the middle... More »

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