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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 »

Trump Disses N. Korea's 'Rocket Man'

It's a busy day on the president's Twitter feed

(Newser) - It's another busy morning on Twitter for President Trump, with the leader of the free world zinging the leader of the Hermit Kingdom with none other than an Elton John reference, reports Politico . "I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man... More »

Seoul Creates 'Decapitation Unit' to Scare Pyongyang

Elite unit will target Kim, other leaders

(Newser) - South Korea has taken the unusual step of publicly speaking about plans to assassinate Kim Jong Un and other North Korean leaders in the event of conflict. After North Korea's latest nuclear test , South Korean Defense Minister Song Young Moo told lawmakers that he was speeding up the creation... More »

Sources: North Korea Has an ICBM on the Move

And why Sept. 9 could be significant

(Newser) - Following North Korea's most powerful weapons test yet on Sunday , a South Korean lawmaker tells CNN his country's intelligence service believes the North has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the move. Things get pretty vague beyond that: He didn't know the method of transport or when... More »

For North Korea, Nuclear Strike May Not Be Suicide After All

Inside a North Korean 'theory of victory'

(Newser) - "Are we really willing to risk Los Angeles or Chicago in retaliation for an attack on a US military base in the region? Probably not," nuclear strategy specialist Vipin Narang tells the AP . And that's exactly the calculation that gives North Korea a small shot at "... More »

North Korea Fires 3 More Missiles

They appear to be short-range ones, not ICBMs

(Newser) - North Korea appeared to register its disapproval of the ongoing US-South Korea military exercises in a tangible way Saturday: It launched three ballistic missiles. However, all three appeared to be of the short-range variety, as opposed to ICBMS, reports the Guardian . One blew up immediately upon launch and the other... More »

Photos of Kim Jong Un Show Something Else: Diagrams

And they suggest missiles are in development

(Newser) - So much for restraint? North Korean state media published photos and a report Wednesday that show Kim Jong Un visiting a chemicals institute, and it was apparently more than a meet-and-greet. Yonhap reports that while there, Kim upped the production of rocket engines and warhead tips for ICBMs. The Wall ... More »

Trump Praises Kim Jong Un's 'Wise' Decision

'The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!'

(Newser) - President Trump had nicer words than "fire and fury" for North Korea Wednesday morning, Politico reports. "Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!" Trump tweeted , referring to the country's decision... More »

North Korea: We'll Hold Off on Guam Missile Launch

Kim Jong Un has reviewed plans, state media says

(Newser) - North Korea says its plan to fire ICBMs into the waters around Guam is on hold while it waits to see what the "foolish Yankees" do next. North Korean state media said Tuesday that Kim Jong Un has reviewed the plan for "the enveloping fire at Guam,"... More »

Trump Has More Strong Words for North Korea

Says Kim Jong Un 'will regret it fast' if 'overt threats' are made

(Newser) - President Trump continued to speak out against North Korea Friday, telling reporters Kim Jong Un "will truly regret it and he will regret it fast" if he does in fact attack Guam or even "utters one threat in the form of an overt threat" to the US, its... More »

Guam on Edge After North Korea Threat

Pastor says God is on Trump's side

(Newser) - North Korea has threatened to use missiles to create "enveloping fire" around Guam —and while residents of the American territory are used to hearing Pyongyang mention Guam, they are understandably a little on edge. Residents tell the AP that they are worried about being caught in the middle... More »

Trump Warns North Korea of 'Fire and Fury'

He speaks after report of big advance by North on nuclear capability

(Newser) - The Washington Post is out with a chilling report about North Korea's nuclear capabilities: It says Pyongyang has figured out how to make a nuclear warhead small enough to be carried by a missile. The news comes from a newly completed assessment by US intelligence officials, and it suggests... More »

Big Flaw Spotted in N. Korea Missile Test

Mock warhead apparently failed to survive re-entry

(Newser) - North Korea's latest missile launch was seen as a worrying success that means much of the US mainland is now in reach of Pyongyang's missiles—but analysts have seen signs that not everything went according to plan. Video shows that the mock warhead on the intercontinental ballistic missile... More »

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