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Dennis Rodman: I Know What North Korea Wants

Could the answer to one of our greatest geopolitical puzzles be a basketball game?

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman claims to know what North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants from the United States, but the former NBA star-turned-amateur diplomat says the only person he'll tell is Donald Trump. In Beijing after what he called "a great week of humanitarian work in Guam and Tokyo,... More »

N. Korea Says Kim Climbed Mountain in Dress Shoes

And possibly controlled the weather while doing so

(Newser) - It's a little bit like a joke with several punchlines. Kim Jong Un climbed a mountain and ... didn't so much as scuff his black leather shoes. Or ... was covered by the press as being able to control the weather. Those are two of the unusual headlines to pop... More »

Time Names Short List for Person of the Year

Trump, Kim Jong Un, Patty Jenkins, and Jeff Bezos are among those in the final 10

(Newser) - President Trump? Kim Jong Un? Or perhaps Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins? All three are on the short list to be Time magazine's Person of the Year. The magazine released a list of 10 names on the Today show Monday morning, in advance of the final pick Wednesday morning.... More »

AP Word Cloud Deciphers N. Korea's Propaganda

Pyongyang's news arm is quite enamored of Kim Jong Un, 'nuclear,' and 'war'

(Newser) - Kim. Nuclear. War. Nothing sums up the message embedded in North Korea's propaganda better than those three words. That's exactly what the world hears—and what's revealed in this word cloud, a visual display of terms used by the KCNA. The AP boiled down 1,542 stories... More »

McMaster: Potential for War With North Korea Grows Daily

He thinks China should get tougher

(Newser) - Over two days, two sets of strong words about North Korea. During a Saturday speech in California, White House national security adviser HR McMaster said the possibility of war with the Hermit Kingdom is "increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in... More »

S. Korea: Idea of North Destroying Its Nukes Is Problematic

South Korea suggests Olympics might be a good place to start denuclearization discussions

(Newser) - Even if North Korea were on board, it would be "realistically difficult" to destroy the country's nuclear capabilities because they're so developed, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It's for this reason that the international community must pressure North Korea into talks as soon as... More »

Afraid of North Korea's Nukes? It May Have Something Worse

Harvard report suggests biological weapons are the real threat

(Newser) - President Trump calls him "rocket man" —but what if the nuclear bomb we're fearing isn't what we should be afraid of when it comes to North Korea? At FiveThirtyEight , Michael Wilner makes the case that what we really should be worried about are biological and chemical... More »

Trump Taunts Kim Jong Un on Twitter

And says, separately, that they might become friends one day

(Newser) - President Trump was on Twitter Sunday morning from Hanoi, taunting Kim Jong Un. After North Korea on Saturday referred to Trump's speech last week in South Korea as "reckless remarks by an old lunatic," Trump responded with his tweet , the AP reports: "Why would Kim Jong-un... More »

Trump Calls N. Korea 'Hell,' Brings Up Kim's Grandfather

'Do not try us,' he warns country's leader

(Newser) - President Trump refrained from calling Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" in a blistering speech to South Korean lawmakers Wednesday, but he was otherwise unsparing in his denunciation of the North Korean regime. "Do not underestimate us. Do not try us," he warned Kim, directly addressing the North... More »

In Tokyo, Trump Blasts 'Weak Rhetoric' of Past on N. Korea

His 'very strong' rhetoric includes saying the North is 'threat to the civilized world'

(Newser) - President Trump ratcheted up the pressure on North Korea on Monday, refusing to rule out eventual military action and declaring that the US "will not stand" for Pyongyang menacing America or its Asian allies. Trump, in Tokyo on the first stop of his lengthy Asia trip, denounced North Korea... More »

Images Show Scale of N. Korea's 'Crime Against Humanity'

These aren't the camps where political prisoners are sent—but they're still said to be extreme

(Newser) - While the rest of the world worries about Kim Jong Un's volatility on the nuclear front, experts and human rights activists tell the Washington Post that regular North Koreans are already living out a nightmare in the form of "unyielding gulag systems." They're now talking about... More »

Nearly Half of Republicans Back Strike on North Korea

A new poll puts Republican support for a preemptive strike at 46%

(Newser) - Even as Bob Corker, one of the most prominent members of the Republican caucus in the Senate, continues to sound the alarm about President Trump's rhetoric about North Korea, a new poll says nearly half of his party's voters support a preemptive strike against the country. In a... 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 »

What We Know About Kim's Powerful Younger Sister

Kim Yo Jong, around 28, has been appointed to the nation's politburo

(Newser) - North Korea's Kim Jong Un promoted his younger sister over the weekend, naming Kim Yo Jong, believed to be 28, to the nation's most important political body, the Workers Party's Politburo. It's a rare sign of trust by Kim in a family member, and the New ... More »

Kim Jong Un Applauds Nukes, Promotes His Sister

Trump responds with yet another implied military threat

(Newser) - In the midst of continued war threats between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un this weekend, the North Korean leader took time out to promote his sister to the top decision-making body in the country. Reuters reports that the promotion of Kim Yo Jung, the youngest daughter of former leader... More »

N. Korea Say US Has 'Declared War on Our Country'

And that it now has the right to take countermeasures

(Newser) - In the escalating war of words between the United States and North Korea, the latter just fired a verbal bomb by way of Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho. The Independent quotes the official as telling reporters in New York on Monday that "the whole world should clearly remember it... More »

China Pleads With Trump, Kim to Stop Hurling Threats

Don't 'add oil to the flames,' urges Beijing official after latest rhetoric

(Newser) - After a weekend of additional threats traded between the US and North Korea, a top official in Beijing urged both sides to rein it in. The White House and Pyongyang should "not further irritate each other and add oil to the flames of the tense situation on the peninsula... More »

The Possibly 'World-Changing' Move Kim Could Make Next

North's foreign minister says they could detonate hydrogen bomb over Pacific Ocean

(Newser) - Tensions between the US and North Korea continue to escalate. First the leader of the former threatened to wipe out the latter . Then Kim Jong Un followed up by calling Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard," and Trump capped that off with a new warning Friday, tweeting that... More »

'Dotard' Trends on Twitter After Kim Insults Trump

Outdated word means weak, senile old person

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un delivered several insults to President Trump in a rare statement issued in his own name early Friday—including one that a lot of people had to look up. "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire," Kim said, according to... More »

Kim Jong Un Issues Rare Statement in His Own Name

Calls Trump 'deranged,' warns he will 'pay dearly'

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called President Donald Trump "deranged" and said in a statement carried by the state news agency that he will "pay dearly" for his threats, the AP reports. Kim said that Trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of... More »

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