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Charm Offensive Checked Off List, Kim's Sister Heads Home

Kim Yo Jong made quite a splash during high-level visit to Olympics

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister headed home Sunday night after a whirlwind three days in South Korea, where she sat among world dignitaries at the Olympics and tossed a diplomatic offer to the South aimed at ending seven decades of hostility. Kim Yo Jong and the North... More »

Kim Jong Un, Trump Cause Scene at Winter Olympics

Well, their impersonators did anyway

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un were kicked out of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday, Reuters reports. Or at least that's what it looked like. In fact the two men briefly hassled by security at the main stadium in Pyeongchang were only impersonating the world leaders. “We... More »

'Most Significant Encounter in Years' for North, South Korea

Via his little sister, Kim Jong Un sends invite to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to come visit

(Newser) - A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked the second day of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch, and the potential shared joy of watching a "unified"... More »

It's So Cold in Pyeongchang Skis Are Warping

And US-North Korea relations are just as icy

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence is in South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics—and he's probably not going to be talking to any North Koreans while he's there. Pence, who will be seated just a few feet away from Kim Jong Un's sister during Friday's opening ceremony,... More »

N. Korea's Military Might Is 'Beyond West's Imagination'

Prominent retired South Korean general lays out his perception

(Newser) - For anyone encouraged by North Korea's slight softening toward the South, Chun In-bum essentially dumps a bucket of cold water it. The retired South Korean general, who the Financial Times reports led his country's special forces, spoke to a London-based think tank Wednesday and outlined exactly what American... More »

Trump: 'I Probably Have a Very Good Relationship' With Kim

President says he often ends up embracing his former enemies

(Newser) - President Trump's relationship with one of his favorite public targets might be better than you think, at least from Trump's perspective. "I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un," Trump tells the Wall Street Journal in an interview. "I have relationships with... More »

Report: US Considers Giving North Korea a 'Bloody Nose'

Here's what we could potentially target

(Newser) - At its face, it seems like good news: The first high-level talks between the Koreas in more than two years has brought a thaw in relations and a promise to send North Koreans to next month's Pyeongchang Olympics. But as the Wall Street Journal warns, don't mistake the... More »

Trump to Kim: My Button Is Bigger Than Yours

'And my button works,' he tweets

(Newser) - President Trump fired back at Kim Jong Un's claim to have a nuclear button on his desk by telling the North Korean leader that his button is bigger—and more functional. Kim "just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,'"... More »

Kim Jong Un Gets 2018 Makeover

He showed off a 'softer, more relaxed' look on Monday

(Newser) - If Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day speech managed to warm South Korea, his stylist might deserve the praise. Kim chose to forego his usual navy and black suits and appeared in front of TV cameras in a light grey jacket and tie. The look—including rimmed glasses... More »

Olympics in Mind, S. Korea Eyes Rare Talks With North

Dialogue would bring opportunity to 'establish peace,' says President Moon

(Newser) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in wants a North Korea delegation at the PyeongChang Olympics in February, arguing that it's "an epoch-making opportunity to improve inter-Korean relations and establish peace." Responding to a speech from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who appeared in favor of such an... More »

Kim Warns of 'Nuclear Button' on His Desk

But he has warm words for Seoul in New Year's Day speech

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day speech is being widely described as an "olive branch"—despite the fact that he warned the nuclear button is "always on his table" and bragged that the entire US is now within the range of his country's nuclear... More »

New UN Sanctions Will Force All North Koreans Home

Any citizens working overseas have to return to country within 24 months

(Newser) - The UN Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is capable of reaching anywhere on the US mainland. The AP reports the resolution adopted by the council includes sharply lower limits on... More »

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 »

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