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Trump: 'Major Conflict' With N. Korea Possible

Tillerson says Kim Jong Un 'isn't insane'

(Newser) - President Trump says he wants to resolve America's differences with Pyongyang peacefully—but there is the chance we "could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea." Trump tells Reuters that the country is currently his biggest international worry. Asked whether he considers Kim Jong... More »

Rumors Swirl as Gas Shortage Hits N. Korea

Beijing may have tightened supply

(Newser) - An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that has sparked price hikes and hoarding is raising fears of potentially crippling pain at the pumps if things don't get better soon—and driving rumors that China is to blame. The shortage, which is extremely unusual... More »

Japan's North Korea Warning Would Be 10 Minutes, Max

Japanese government admits there wouldn't be much time to seek shelter

(Newser) - If the Japanese ever receive word that North Korea has launched a missile toward them, they better find shelter quickly—because the government estimates any warning will be 10 minutes at most, the Japan Times reports. The Japanese seem to be on edge in the wake of chatter that Pyongyang... More »

US Nuclear Sub Arrives in South Korea

No sign of nuke test on important date for Pyongyang

(Newser) - A US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the US, Japan, and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch might happen, the morning came and... More »

All 100 Senators to Attend Briefing at White House

It's a 'rare' move

(Newser) - In what Reuters and Fox News call a "rare" move, four top officials in President Trump's administration will brief the entire US Senate on Wednesday. The topic? North Korea. It's not unusual for top administration officials to address members of Congress on Capitol Hill, but in this... More »

Latest Salvo: N. Korea Detains a 3rd American

Korean-American university professor detained as he tried to fly out of Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea has detained a US citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there, reports the AP . Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained Saturday as he was trying to leave the country from Pyongyang's international... More »

Images of North Korea Nuclear Test Site Show ... Volleyball

Satellite images showing games underway perplex analysts

(Newser) - What are North Korean workers doing when not preparing for a nuclear test? Letting loose on the volleyball court, apparently. "Unusual" satellite images of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, snapped on Sunday and described in a 38 North report , reveal not the expected preparations for the country's sixth... More »

Pence Addresses US Carrier Mix-Up

Says misstatements were not intentional

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence says inaccurate statements from the White House and Pentagon that the USS Carl Vinson was near the Korean peninsula—when it was actually more than 3,000 miles away —were not intentional. Asked in a CNN interview if officials had intentionally misspoken on the location... More »

Surprise: US Carrier Nowhere Near N. Korea

USS Carl Vinson is still thousands of miles away

(Newser) - If the USS Carl Vinson is supposed to be near the Korean peninsula sending an ominous signal to North Korea, nobody informed the USS Carl Vinson. Despite a slew of reports suggesting that the aircraft carrier was in the area , or about to be, a report at Defense News reveals... More »

North Korea Warns of Possible Nuclear War

North Korea's deputy UN ambassador slams US

(Newser) - North Korea's deputy UN ambassador accused the United States on Monday of turning the Korean Peninsula into "the world's biggest hotspot" and creating "a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment." Kim In Ryong told a news conference that... More »

Pence Visits DMZ, Says 'Era of Patience' Is Over

He says alliance with Seoul is 'iron-clad'

(Newser) - Viewing his adversaries in the distance, Mike Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea on Monday and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over." Pence made an unannounced... More »

McMaster: 'Range of Options' to Deal With N. Korea

Slams 'provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior' of Kim Jong Un

(Newser) - Citing Pyongyang's failed missile launch as part of "a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime," National Security Adviser HR McMaster said Sunday that the United States is developing a "range of options" to counter Kim Jong... More »

As Pence Visits S. Korea, North's Missile Launch Fails

Mid-range missile explodes seconds after launch in high-profile failure

(Newser) - A North Korean medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched on Sunday, US officials said, a high-profile failure that came hours before Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea, and as an American aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula, reports the AP . The US had good intelligence both... More »

North Korea Warns of 'All-Out War'

Missile paraded in huge military display

(Newser) - North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang on Saturday, with ruler Kim Jong Un looking on with delight as his nation flaunted its increasingly sophisticated military hardware amid rising regional tensions . Kim did not speak during the annual parade, which celebrates the... More »

US Has a 'Nuke-Sniffer' Ready to Go Near North Korea

Tensions are high ahead of Saturday's holiday

(Newser) - All eyes are on North Korea this weekend for all the wrong reasons. Pyongyang celebrates the 105th anniversary of the birth of founder Kim Il Sung, and there's fear it will mark the occasion with another nuclear test or some kind of missile launch. The US, meanwhile, is flexing... More »

N. Korea: US Is 'More Vicious' Under Trump

Official says he's more 'aggressive' than Obama

(Newser) - North Korea's vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the US was becoming "more vicious and more aggressive" under his leadership than it had been under President Obama. In an interview... More »

US Preparing for Preemptive Strike on North Korea: Report

Strike would be launched if officials believe nuclear weapons test is coming

(Newser) - The US is preparing to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea should the country appear ready to conduct a nuclear weapons test—something it may be considering doing as soon as this weekend. The information comes from "multiple senior US intelligence officials" speaking to NBC News . North Korea... More »

Japan PM Issues Sarin-Gas Warning About North Korea

As concern mounts that another missile test is imminent

(Newser) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Thursday that North Korea may be capable of firing a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas toward Japan, as international concern mounted that a missile or nuclear test by the authoritarian state could be imminent. "There is a possibility that North Korea is already... More »

Trump Offers Incentive to Get China to Act on North Korea

He promises a 'far better' trade deal

(Newser) - Forget a " ruthless blow ." North Korea says the US will face "catastrophic consequences," including possible war, if it continues to provoke the country, reports the Guardian . The message from a foreign ministry spokesman comes days after the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, a missile carrier, and... More »

N. Korea: Syria Strike Proves Nukes Justified

As US carrier group heads toward the region

(Newser) - North Korea has vowed to bolster its defenses to protect itself against airstrikes like the ones President Trump ordered against an air base in Syria, reports the AP . The North called the airstrikes "absolutely unpardonable" and said they prove its nuclear weapons are justified to protect against Washington's... More »

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