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Seoul: North Korea Dropped Key Denuclearization Demand

They only want a 'guarantee of security,' Moon says

(Newser) - North Korea wants "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is willing to drop its key demand that American troops fully withdraw from South Korea, according to Seoul. South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who is scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, said Thursday... More »

Pompeo Secretly Visited North Korea, Met Kim

Talks took place over Easter weekend

(Newser) - CIA Director Mike Pompeo secretly travelled to Pyongyang over Easter weekend to meet Kim Jong Un for the highest-level direct talks between the US and North Korea since Madeleine Albright's visit as secretary of state in 2000, sources tell the Washington Post and the AP . Pompeo made the highly... More »

Trump: US Has Held Talks With North Korea at 'Extremely High Levels'

And locations are being explored for his meeting with Kim Jong Un, he says

(Newser) - President Trump revealed Tuesday that the US and North Korea have already held "direct talks" at "extremely high levels." He also said, during an appearance with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, that five different locations are being considered for his... More »

Report: Formal End in Sight for Korean War

South Korean newspaper says leaders from North and South may agree at summit

(Newser) - In 1953, North and South Korean leaders met at the "Peace House" in the border village of Panmunjom to sign an armistice ending hostilities in the Korean War. Some 65 years later, a historic meeting at the same spot may finally mean the war's official end. In a... More »

Can North Korea's Planes Actually Get Kim to US Summit?

The 'Washington Post' takes a look at potential aviation limitations

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un on Monday finally acknowledged the planned North Korea-US summit, but there's still no word on where it will take place. At the Washington Post , David Nakamura looks at an interesting wrinkle: whether Kim has a plane that can actually get him to wherever it will be... More »

Kim Jong Un Has Something to Say About US Summit

He publicly acknowledged it in a Monday meeting

(Newser) - President Trump has acknowledged a planned meeting with North Korea, but Kim Jong Un hasn't done the same—until now. Kim made his first public acknowledgement of a meeting with the US, though the BBC reports he did not mention Trump by name. Yonhap reports that state news agency... More »

Report: US, North Korea Holding Secret Talks

It's sign plans for summit between Trump, Kim Jong Un are progressing

(Newser) - North Korea and the US are apparently considering Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, for the site of an unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. That's one of the tidbits revealed to CNN by "administration officials familiar with the discussions" between the two countries. The main... More »

Kim Jong Un Goes to K-Pop Concert

He was 'deeply moved' by South Koreans' performance

(Newser) - North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un clapped his hands and said he was "deeply moved" as he, along with his wife and hundreds of other citizens, watched a rare performance by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang. The concert highlights the thawing ties between the rivals after years of... More »

For 3rd Time Since Korean War, a Historic Summit

Koreas set April 27 as the date for rare meeting

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border village on April 27, the South announced Thursday after the nations agreed on a rare summit that could prove significant in global efforts to resolve a decades-long standoff over the North's nuclear program.... More »

China, North Korea Aren't Describing Secret Visit the Same

Here's what we can infer from that

(Newser) - Now that North Korea and China have confirmed Kim Jong Un's first trip abroad since becoming his country's leader, the analysis has commenced. The Wall Street Journal pores over how the respective state media are covering the visit—noting such accounts "serve as official readouts for such... More »

Kim Jong Un's Secret Trip Is Confirmed

He made visit to Beijing this week

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has made his first known trip abroad since becoming North Korea's leader in 2011—and it wasn't to Mar-a-Lago. After days of rumors sparked by the arrival of a mysterious North Korean train in Beijing, Chinese and North Korean officials have confirmed that Kim met... More »

Mysterious Train Sparks Rumors of Kim Jong Un Visit

Special train went from border to Beijing

(Newser) - Speculation about a visit to Beijing by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un or another high-level Pyongyang official was running high Tuesday amid talk of preparations for a meeting between the North's reclusive leader and President Trump. The arrival of a special train in Beijing and unusually heavy security... More »

North Korea Still Hasn't Confirmed Any Summit

No public statements yet from Pyongyang amid conflicting US statements on conditions

(Newser) - President Trump last week made the surprise announcement that he would meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, but the BBC takes note of one thing noticeably missing in the days since: confirmation from Pyongyang. Yes, the idea for the meeting reportedly came from Kim himself, and was delivered... More »

For Trump, a 'Big Bang' Offer to N. Korea May Be Tempting

Denuclearization in exchange for a peace treaty is one idea being floated

(Newser) - President Trump's surprise announcement of a meeting in May with North Korea's Kim Jong Un has led to all kinds of speculation about how things might unfold, and one piece getting attention is by Victor Cha, a former National Security Council director. In the New York Times , he... More »

'Dramatic' Change Made Trump-Kim Meeting Possible

'Great progress being made,' Trump says

(Newser) - The White House has confirmed news that stunned Korea-watchers late Thursday: President Trump is planning to meet Kim Jong Un before the end of May , in a location yet to be determined. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the meeting was made possible by a "dramatic" change... More »

Trump, Kim Jong Un Agree to Unprecedented Meeting

South Korean official says meeting will happen 'by May'

(Newser) - In a startling development, North Korea says it will halt its nuclear weapons program and Kim Jong Un will meet with President Trump in the coming months, the Washington Post reports. "[Kim] expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” Chung Eui-yong told reporters Thursday... 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 »

Kim Jong Un Meets With S. Korea Envoys Himself

Delegates arrive from South as diplomacy push continues

(Newser) - North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears to be sending a signal that he's serious about the latest push for diplomacy with the South: He has met with envoys from the neighboring nation himself, reports the New York Times . It is believed to be the first time Kim has... More »

Is Josef Pwag Really Kim Jong Un?

Sources tell Reuters they've found the leader's secret Brazilian passport

(Newser) - Meet Josef Pwag and Ijong Tchoi. Or, Kim Jong Un and Kim Jong Il, respectively, if Reuters sources are correct. The news agency exclusively reports on what five senior Western European security sources say are Brazilian passports that were fraudulently issued to the North Koreans in 1996. A source explains... More »

UN Sees Secret Partnership Between North Korea, Syria

Kim Jong Un may be selling Bashar al-Assad parts for chemical weapons

(Newser) - Two leaders considered to be pariahs by much of the world may be providing each other much-needed help—with dire consequences. A comprehensive new UN report alleges that North Korea is selling equipment to Syria that can be used in chemical weapons production, reports the New York Times . Specifically, the... More »

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