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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 »

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 »

North Korea Slams US: Your Policy Is 'a Pipe Dream'

North Korean foreign minister speaks at the UN

(Newser) - North Korea needs more trust in the US and their developing relationship before it will get rid of its nuclear weapons, Pyongyang's top diplomat said Saturday as an envoy from another of the international community's biggest worries—Syria—demanded that the US, France, and Turkey withdraw their troops... 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 »

If a Nuke Hit, US Wouldn't Be Ready

Lack of trained medical personnel is a big issue

(Newser) - Since the fall of the Soviet Union nearly 30 years ago, the US has shifted from preparing for large-scale thermonuclear war to preparing for a much smaller attack with a radioactive dirty bomb. But as North Korea seemingly continues with efforts to develop long-range nuclear weapons , "the threat picture... More »

After Pompeo Announces Korean Trip, Trump Cancels It

President unhappy with progress of denuclearization

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced plans to travel to North Korea with newly hired special envoy Stephen Biegun next week. On Friday, however, President Trump said he asked Pompeo to cancel the trip. The reason for what the New York Times calls the "abrupt cancelation": "... More »

North Korea to America: This Isn't Working

North Korea's top diplomat blames America at regional security conferernce

(Newser) - North Korea sent the US an unexpectedly sharp message Saturday: These talks aren't working, and you're the problem. Speaking at a regional security conference in Singapore, North Korea's top diplomat said his nation is taking steps in the right direction while Washington fails to reciprocate, the New ... More »

Pompeo: N. Korea Not Keeping Nuclear Promise

'Still a ways to go,' he says

(Newser) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea is far from living up to its pledge to denuclearize and remains in violation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions. Speaking Friday before he attends an Asian security forum with North Korea's foreign minister, Pompeo told reporters in Singapore there... 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 »

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 »

Top US General: N. Korea Hasn't Nixed Nuke Production

'Production capability is still intact,' Army Gen. Vincent Brooks says

(Newser) - President Trump declared North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat" after his summit last month with Kim Jong Un, but the latest assessment from the Korean Peninsula's top US military commander offers a different take. The North's nuclear "production capability is still intact," Army... 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 »

Satellite Images Show 'Rapid' Work at N. Korea Nuke Site

This shows the need for a deal, monitoring group says

(Newser) - North Korea is talking the talk on denuclearization but there's no sign yet of it walking the walk, according to the monitoring group 38 North. The group says satellite images taken June 21—more than a week after President Trump's Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un—show that... 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 »

Trump Says US Will Meet Major N. Korea Demand

'Provocative' war games will end, he says

(Newser) - President Trump filled in more details on his summit with Kim Jong Un at a press conference in Singapore on Tuesday—and it appears that a major North Korean demand has been met. Trump said that the "very provocative" war games with South Korea will come to an end,... More »

Attempts to Salvage Summit Found in 3 Corners of World

Kim Yong Chol said to be en route for NYC

(Newser) - It'll take a "herculean focus on all kinds of details" to revive President Trump and Kim Jong Un's June 12 summit, reports the New York Times , and a herculean effort seems to be underway. The paper tracks three separate efforts in three corners of the world to... More »

North Korea Says It Just Blew Up Nuke Test Site

But just foreign journalists were on hand to witness the explosions

(Newser) - North Korea carried out what it said is the demolition of its nuclear test site Thursday, setting off a series of explosions over several hours in the presence of foreign journalists. The explosions at the nuclear test site deep in the mountains of the North's sparsely populated northeast were... More »

N. Korea Threatens War, Slams 'Stupid' Mike Pence

Official warns of 'nuclear-to-nuclear' showdown if there is no summit

(Newser) - The US has a simple choice, according to Pyongyang: Meet North Korea at the negotiating table, or in a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown." Senior North Korean official Choe Son Hui put the planned June 12 summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in even more doubt Thursday with a... More »

Journos Told to Keep Blinds Closed on N. Korea Train Ride

Foreign journalists began trek to Mount Mantap on Wednesday

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un vowed to dismantle the nuclear testing facility beneath Mount Mantap this week, and he invited foreign journalists to witness the Punggye-ri facility's end. Reuters reports journalists from the UK, US, China, Russia, and South Korea on Wednesday began the trek to the site, and a trek... More »

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