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'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 »

Satellite Images Show Expansion of N. Korea Nuclear Plant

Trump says it's possible deal won't work out

(Newser) - President Trump's declaration that there is "no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea" may have been somewhat premature, according to experts analyzing new satellite images from the country. The images show that North Korea is continuing to expand a missile-manufacturing plant in the city of Hamhung, the... More »

Kim Jong Un Makes a Post-Summit Trip to China

China's Xi 'is exerting a lot of influence from behind the scenes'

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing starting Tuesday in which he's expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his nuclear summit with President Trump last week. The North Korean leader's visit to Beijing, while expected, is one way for China to... More »

Trump: Americans Should 'Sit Up in Attention' for Me

He later said he was being sarcastic about remark made during impromptu Fox interview

(Newser) - President Trump had a busy morning Friday on Twitter , taking credit for bringing the World Cup to the US, boasting about the jobs numbers, and diving into the Justice Department's IG report , railing on FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI Director James Comey . It was another tweet, however,... More »

A Trump Salute Shows Up in North Korea Video

White House defends the salute as 'common courtesy'

(Newser) - North Korean state media has released video of President Trump returning the salute of a North Korean general at the Singapore summit. The footage set off a debate about whether the benefits of showing mutual respect to the general outweighed the fact that North Koreans could use the film as... More »

Pompeo Gets Testy Over 'Insulting' N. Korea Question

And Trump isn't too pleased with the media, either

(Newser) - President Trump was formally nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in early May, with the House of Representatives members who submitted the nomination citing his efforts to broker peace on the Korean peninsula. Now, a second nomination, this time out of Norway. The AP reports two lawmakers with the... More »

Trump Tweets North Korea Is 'No Longer a Nuclear Threat'

Not everyone agrees with the president's latest tweets

(Newser) - President Trump tweeted upon landing back on US soil, and one sentence in particular is grabbing attention: "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea." In a subsequent tweet he wrote that "before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with... More »

Creator of the Trump-Kim 'Movie Trailer' Steps Forward

And it wasn't 'Destiny Pictures Productions'

(Newser) - "Woke up to 100's of e-mails and calls from all over the world. ... Crazzzzy day." Such was the experience Tuesday of Mark Castaldo, the man who founded California-based Destiny Pictures Productions. Behind the flurry of interest was the four-minute "movie trailer" that President Trump played for... More »

Kim Agrees to Send Remains of US Soldiers Home

Repatriation of Korean War remains is one of four key points Trump, Kim agreed upon

(Newser) - Of the 35,000 Americans who died on the Korean peninsula during the Korean War, 7,700 have not been accounted for. Per Veterans of Foreign Wars estimates, the remains of as many as 5,300 could still be in North Korea. Now, as one of four key points President... More »

White House Made Fake Movie Trailer for Kim Jong Un

President Trump showed it to North Korean leader at start of historic sit-down

(Newser) - Another headline-grabbing nugget from the Trump-Kim summit: The White House made a fake movie trailer that President Trump showed Kim Jong Un at the start of the leaders' historic meeting in Singapore. The four-plus-minute video, which even features the overlay "Destiny Pictures presents" despite the fact that there is... More »

Trump: Credit for Kim Meeting Goes to One Person

'Without Otto Warmbier, this summit wouldn't have happened'

(Newser) - Before the event took place, President Trump said his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un showed Otto Warmbier "has not died in vain." He upped that rhetoric Tuesday. "Without Otto Warmbier, this summit wouldn't have happened," Trump said, per Time . "It... More »

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