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Kim Jong Un to Pope: Come Visit Me in North Korea

A visit is considered 'highly unlikely,' though S. Korea's Moon Jae-in will still deliver the invite

(Newser) - Moon Jae-in will visit the Vatican next week, and the South Korean leader will go bearing a special invite for Pope Francis. The New York Times reports Moon will serve as the messenger for Kim Jong Un, who's requesting that the pontiff pay him a visit in North Korea.... More »

Pompeo: Next Trump-Kim Summit Almost Finalized

'Sometimes that last inch is hard to close'

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made "significant progress" toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons. While significant work remains to be done, he said he expected further results after an as-yet unscheduled second... More »

Pompeo: 'Very Successful Morning' in N. Korea

Secretary of state's latest visit apparently went much better than the last one

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wrapped up his fourth visit to North Korea after meeting Kim Jong Un to seek elusive progress in efforts to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons. The two men met for about two hours before having lunch on Sunday, reports the Washington ... More »

Mike Pompeo Is Going Back to North Korea

Secretary of state will visit Pyongyang Sunday

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on course to rack up more visits to North Korea than Dennis Rodman. The State Department announced Tuesday that Pompeo will meet with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Sunday during an Asia trip that will also include stops in South Korea, China, and... More »

Trump: Kim Jong Un Writes, 'We Fell in Love'

But, he tells West Virginia campaign rally, 'I didn't give up anything'

(Newser) - President Trump told a cheering crowd at a West Virginia campaign rally that there was once tough talk "back and forth" between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "and then we fell in love." Trump said at the Saturday night rally: "He wrote me... More »

North Korea Slams US: Your Policy Is 'a Pipe Dream'

North Korean foreign minister speaks at the UN

(Newser) - North Korea needs more trust in the US and their developing relationship before it will get rid of its nuclear weapons, Pyongyang's top diplomat said Saturday as an envoy from another of the international community's biggest worries—Syria—demanded that the US, France, and Turkey withdraw their troops... More »

Korean Leaders Pose on Peak of Sacred Volcano

Moon flies home after 3-day summit

(Newser) - The leaders of the rival Koreas took to the road for the final day of their summit Thursday, standing on the peak of a beautiful volcano considered sacred in the North and a centerpiece of propaganda used to legitimize the Kim family's rule, their hands clasped and raised in... More »

N. Korea Signs 'Very Exciting Deal'

It includes missile site shutdown, joint Olympic bid

(Newser) - The leaders of the two Koreas have signed what President Trump calls a "very exciting" agreement on the second day of a three-day summit in Pyongyang . South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong Un that they had agreed to turn the peninsula... More »

Striking Images From Latest North-South Korea Summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is greeted warmly in Pyongyang

(Newser) - If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-promised prosperity they deserve, then South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity... More »

7 Countries Join US on North Korea Mission

The plan: Stop anyone violating UN sanctions

(Newser) - Smugglers, watch out: Washington is forming an international coalition to better spot ships sneaking fuel into North Korea against UN sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reports. More than 50 people from the allied nations—including Japan, South Korea, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and a member from France—will be... More »

Trump Gets Another Letter From Kim Jong Un

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says another summit is being planned

(Newser) - President Donald Trump has received a request from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a follow-up to their historic June summit, and planning is in motion to make it happen. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that no details had been finalized, the AP reports. Trump... More »

N. Korea Throws Itself an Unusual Parade

Celebrates 70th anniversary with no ICBMs on display, emphasis on economy

(Newser) - North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and its best-trained goose-stepping units through Kim Il Sung Square in a major military parade Sunday to mark its 70th anniversary, but held back its most advanced missiles and devoted nearly half the event to underscoring Kim Jong Un's new... More »

In a First, US Charges North Korean Spy

Park Jin Hyok allegedly involved in 2014 Sony hack

(Newser) - A North Korean government spy was charged Thursday in connection with cyberattacks including the 2014 Sony hacking scandal, the AP reports. It was the first time the US has brought computer hacking charges against a Pyongyang operative, the Washington Post reports. Park Jin Hyok, accused of hacking on behalf of... More »

Trump: No Need Right Now for Expensive War Games

But war games with South Korea could 'instantly' resume, president warns

(Newser) - President Trump said that there's no reason to spend a lot of money on military war games with South Korea, but he warned he could "instantly" relaunch the exercises and they would be "far bigger than ever before." Trump made the comment Wednesday in a series... More »

If a Nuke Hit, US Wouldn't Be Ready

Lack of trained medical personnel is a big issue

(Newser) - Since the fall of the Soviet Union nearly 30 years ago, the US has shifted from preparing for large-scale thermonuclear war to preparing for a much smaller attack with a radioactive dirty bomb. But as North Korea seemingly continues with efforts to develop long-range nuclear weapons , "the threat picture... More »

US Warns War Games With South Korea Could Resume

Mattis says there are 'no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises'

(Newser) - The war games may be back on. Just two months after President Trump announced he had "indefinitely suspended" the "very provocative" military drills by the US and South Korea in a move meant to soothe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday there... More »

North Korea Calls America Two-Faced

Editorial cites 'secret' military drill, but US says that's 'far-fetched'

(Newser) - The rhetoric from North Korea toward the US is creeping back toward levels that existed before the June summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. An editorial in a state-run paper claims the US is staging air drills that simulate an invasion of Pyongyang in case denuclearization efforts fail,... More »

After Pompeo Announces Korean Trip, Trump Cancels It

President unhappy with progress of denuclearization

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced plans to travel to North Korea with newly hired special envoy Stephen Biegun next week. On Friday, however, President Trump said he asked Pompeo to cancel the trip. The reason for what the New York Times calls the "abrupt cancelation": "... More »

Separated by War, Mother Sees Son for First Time in 68 Years

They were among a select few chosen for family reunions in North Korea

(Newser) - They became separated in the chaos of fleeing the war 68 years ago and ended up on opposite sides of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, reports the BBC . But on Monday, 92-year-old Lee Keum-seom of South Korea traveled across the border and got to meet and hug... More »

'Well-Planned Conspiracy' or Trick in Kim Jong Nam Death?

Judge greenlights murder trial for 2 women accused of killing Kim Jong Un's half brother

(Newser) - They've been called trained assassins , but one of the two women accused of murdering Kim Jong Un's half brother in Malaysia has a different excuse for his death last year : "This whole thing is a setup, I was tricked." Per the Guardian , that's what Indonesian... More »

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