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N. Korea Is Denuclearizing? Not According to These Images

Satellite pics shows possible new missile site near border with China

(Newser) - People lie, satellite images don't—hence why the US and South Korea are closely monitoring a new suspected missile site near North Korea's central border with China. The facility in Hoejung-ni, "one of the most likely sites for deploying intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United... More »

North Korea: Detained American Will Be Deported

Alleged CIA operative was arrested a month ago

(Newser) - North Korea said Friday that it will deport an American citizen it detained one month ago for illegally entering the country. The announcement suggests that North Korea still wants to maintain the mood for dialogue with the United States despite stalled nuclear diplomacy, the AP reports. In the past, North... 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 »

In North Korea's Capital, a Hotel With a 'Missing' Floor

Calvin Sun recounts his 2011 trip to Pyongyang's Yanggakdo Hotel

(Newser) - That Otto Warmbier's trouble began with an incident at the Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang is well known, the details of it, less so. In front of North Korean reporters, the American confessed to "committ[ing] the crime of taking down a political slogan"— said to be a propaganda... More »

North Korea Responds to Trump's Cancellation of Summit

Kim Jong Un is still willing to meet with Trump, according to new statement

(Newser) - Despite President Trump canceling his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Thursday, North Korea says it is still willing to proceed with the sit-down. "We reiterate to the US that we are willing to sit face to face at any time and in any way,"... More »

N. Korea Threatens War, Slams 'Stupid' Mike Pence

Official warns of 'nuclear-to-nuclear' showdown if there is no summit

(Newser) - The US has a simple choice, according to Pyongyang: Meet North Korea at the negotiating table, or in a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown." Senior North Korean official Choe Son Hui put the planned June 12 summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in even more doubt Thursday with a... More »

Pompeo Seemingly Stumbles on Kim Jong Un's Name

NYT reports he referred to 'Chairman Un' while en route to North Korea

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is making his second visit to Pyongyang and South Korean officials say he will probably bring three detained Americans home with him. Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang Wednesday for meetings with Kim Jong Chol, director of the North's agency for inter-Korean relations, reports Reuters . An... 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 »

North Korea Issues Message to 'All Koreans'

Pyongyang calls for reunification push

(Newser) - North Korea issued a call for unification of the entire Korean peninsula Thursday as a dozen North Korean women headed south of the DMZ to join a unified Korean Olympic hockey team. In an announcement addressed to "all Koreans at home and abroad," North Korean state media called... More »

Jimmy Carter: I'll Talk to Kim Jong Un

Former president offers to make trip to North Korea to press for peace, professor says

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter wants "to prevent a second Korean War," and so has offered to meet with Kim Jong Un, per a University of Georgia professor who met with the ex-US president. Park Han-shik spoke of Carter's plans to South Korea's Korea JoongAng Daily amid rising tensions... More »

North Korea Fires Another Missile

South Korea says missile flew over Japan

(Newser) - South Korea's military says North Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan on Friday before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean, the AP reports. It was the second aggressive test-flight over Japan in less than a month, and it followed North Korea's... More »

North Korea Fires Projectile Over Japan

Aggressive test flight likely to rattle the region

(Newser) - North Korea fired an unidentified projectile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan, officials said, an especially aggressive test-flight that will rattle an already anxious region, the AP reports. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday said the South Korean and US militaries were analyzing the launch and... More »

Big Flaw Spotted in N. Korea Missile Test

Mock warhead apparently failed to survive re-entry

(Newser) - North Korea's latest missile launch was seen as a worrying success that means much of the US mainland is now in reach of Pyongyang's missiles—but analysts have seen signs that not everything went according to plan. Video shows that the mock warhead on the intercontinental ballistic missile... More »

UN Ambassador: US 'Is Done Talking About N. Korea'

'The time for talk is over,' Nikki Haley says

(Newser) - "The time for talk is over" on North Korea, so the United States isn't planning to call a United Nations Security Council meeting for discussion of the country's latest ICBM launch , US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says. In a statement , Haley said there would be... More »

N. Korea Resumes Work on Kim's Other Pet Project

Something is afoot at the Ryugyong Hotel

(Newser) - While North Korea's second launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile dominated headlines late last week, Pyongyang quietly unveiled renovations around the capital's biggest landmark: a futuristic, pyramid-shaped 105-story hotel, the world's tallest unoccupied building. After decades of embarrassing delays and rumors that the building may not even... More »

Thermal Images of North Korea Nuclear Plant Hold Disturbing News

Pyongyang may have more bomb fuel than previously believed

(Newser) - North Korea may have more fuel for nuclear bombs than previously believed, according to a US think tank. The new report from 38 North analyzed thermal satellite images of the Yongbyon nuclear plant, the country's main nuclear site, and found that Pyongyang may have reprocessed more plutonium than previously... More »

N. Korea's Latest Launch Could Indicate a New Type of Missile

Test early Sunday flew unusually high, could mean North has extended range capability

(Newser) - North Korea on Sunday test-launched a ballistic missile that flew for half an hour and reached an unusually high altitude before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese, and US militaries said. The launch, which Tokyo said could be of a new type of missile, is a... More »

N. Korea Detains 2nd American Professor

Kim Hak Song also worked for Pyongyang University of Science and Technology

(Newser) - North Korea has announced it detained another American citizen over unspecified hostile acts against the country, reports the AP . North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said Sunday that Kim Hak Song had worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology before he was held on Saturday. KCNA... More »

Has the US Forgotten About Otto Warmbier?

'Time' delves into the case of college student captive in North Korea

(Newser) - On Jan. 2, 2016, Otto Warmbier was detained at a North Korean airport just before entering the immigration area to return home to the US. Nearly 16 months later, he's still in North Korea, and Nash Jenkins wonders in a longform piece for Time : "Has America forgotten him?"... 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 »

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