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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

'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 »

One New Trouble Spot Ahead of Korea Summit: 12 Women

North says restaurant workers were kidnapped, while South says they defected

(Newser) - What was unprecedented in April is now becoming ... routine? The leaders of North and South Korea will meet again sometime in September, their third such meeting in five months, reports CNN . This time, however, the South's Moon Jae-in will travel to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un. High-level... More »

Trump Thanks Kim for 'Nice Letter,' Teases Meeting

President also expresses gratitude to NK leader for his 'kind action'

(Newser) - President Trump teased an upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un on Thursday as the White House confirmed the North Korean leader sent him a letter "aimed at following up on their meeting in Singapore." In a tweet , Trump thanked Kim for the "nice letter" and for keeping... More »

Report: North Korea Is Building New Missiles

ICBM facility 'is not dead, by any stretch of the imagination'

(Newser) - Satellite images show that North Korea is behaving like a country working hard on its missile program, not a country preparing to disarm, the Washington Post reports, citing "officials familiar with the intelligence." The officials say the evidence shows that North Korea is working on at least one... More »

Remains From Korea a 'Modest Diplomatic Coup' for Trump

55 war dead reportedly beginning their long journey home after ceremony at South Korean air base

(Newser) - The remains of US soldiers who died in the Korean War finally appear to be coming home —a "modest diplomatic coup" for President Trump, reports Reuters . At a ceremony Friday at Pyeongtaek's Osan Air Base in South Korea, a US military plane arrived from North Korea's... More »

It Looks Like North Korea Is Dismantling Missile Test Site

Satellite images show what's going on at Sohae, though it's not clear how big a step this is

(Newser) - Just days after the Korean Peninsula's top US military commander warned that North Korea's nuclear production capability remains intact , some slightly more encouraging news: The country appears to be dismantling its main satellite launch site, the BBC reports. US-based monitoring group 38 North reported Monday that satellite images... More »

Dennis Rodman Has an Intriguing Offer for Kanye

Come to North Korea, write an album

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman wants to bring Kanye West on his next trip to North Korea. West is "doing amazing work around the world" and is welcome to join Rodman's sixth trip "if the door's open in September," the former NBA star and friend of Kim Jong... More »

Pompeo on N. Korea's Diss: 'The World Is a Gangster'

Secretary of State shrugs off Pyongyang's gripe that US demands are 'gangster-like'

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday brushed aside North Korea's accusation of "gangster-like" demands, maintaining that his third visit was producing results but vowing that sanctions would remain until Kim Jong Un follows through on his pledge to get rid of his nuclear weapons. The North's... More »

Trump's Gift to Kim: a One-Time Insult, Now Set to Music

Mike Pompeo reportedly delivering CD to North Korean leader

(Newser) - President Trump is about to dredge up what the Guardian says was a "low point" in his relationship with Kim Jong Un, but this time around as a wry attempt to suggest "no harm, no foul" to the North Korean leader. At least, that's what appears to... More »

Pompeo Will Return to N. Korea Amid Denuclearization Doubts

The trip will be the US Secretary of State's second

(Newser) - The White House says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make another trip to North Korea as the Trump administration seeks agreement with Pyongyang on an acceptable denuclearization plan . Per the AP , press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Monday that Pompeo would travel to North Korea this week. The... More »

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