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For 35th Birthday, Kim Jong Un Heads to China

He may be preparing for new Trump summit

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday at the start of a four-day visit, in what's likely an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a second summit with President Trump that could happen early this year. A long motorcade including motorcycle... More »

'You'd Be at War Right Now' if Not for Me: Trump

Trump also says another North Korea summit is coming up

(Newser) - Round two, coming up? President Trump said Sunday that Washington is negotiating a location for another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, CNN reports. Trump said his administration has a "very good dialogue" with Pyongyang, adding: "Now I say this, North Korea, we're doing very... More »

Kim Jong Un Had a New Year's Message for Trump

North Korean leader declares intention to continue talks with US

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans' patience with sanctions and pressure, the AP reports. During his televised New Year's speech, Kim said he's... More »

Kim Jong Un, Putin Pen End-of-Year Letters

And send them to other world leaders

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin have racked up plenty of headlines in 2018, and they end the year with one more: Both sent New Year letters that are attracting attention, the former to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the latter to President Trump. Moon described Kim's letter... More »

Court Orders North Korea to Pay Family of Otto Warmbier $500M

The family of the late student detained in the Hermit Kingdom for a year wanted $1 billion

(Newser) - A court has ordered North Korea to pay the family of the late Otto Warmbier the massive sum of $501 million for what a judge called the country's role in the ‘torture, hostage taking and extrajudicial killing’ of the 22-year-old University of Virginia student, Newsweek reports. Per Bloomberg... More »

N. Korea Is Denuclearizing? Not According to These Images

Satellite pics shows possible new missile site near border with China

(Newser) - People lie, satellite images don't—hence why the US and South Korea are closely monitoring a new suspected missile site near North Korea's central border with China. The facility in Hoejung-ni, "one of the most likely sites for deploying intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United... More »

'Passionate Joy' From Kim Jong Un at Supposed New Weapons Test

Not much info on 'newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon'

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of an unspecified "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon," state media reported Friday, in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the US and South Korea. It's the first publicly known field inspection of a weapons test by... More »

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 »

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