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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 »

North Korea Plans 'Spectacle' at Mount Mantap

It's supposed to destroy nuke site as journalists look on this week

(Newser) - The world's last active underground nuclear testing site is set to meet its end this week. North Korea intends to close the Punggye-ri facility beneath Mount Mantap between Wednesday and Friday, depending on the weather, and journalists from five outside countries have been invited to attend and observe. The... More »

North Korea Follows One Threat With a Second

Warns it'll ax June 12 summit with Trump if denuclearization talk keeps up

(Newser) - North Korea is ratcheting up its threats—and potentially inching away from the table. After canceling high-level talks with South Korea planned for Wednesday and warning the US it could cancel Kim Jong Un's meeting with President Trump over joint military exercises between the US and South Korea, another... More »

N. Korea's New Move Assures Some, Concerns Others

It appears to be dismantling Punggye-ri nuclear-test site, but experts aren't so sure

(Newser) - Satellite imagery shows North Korea has already begun dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear-test site ahead of a promise to destroy it entirely in front of international journalists. The removal of buildings and rail lines observed by 38 North on May 7 appear in line with Kim Jong Un's promise over... More »

North Korea: We'll Give Up All Nukes on One Condition

Kim Jong Un makes dramatic offer privately

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday that he would totally denuclearize if America declares the Korean War over and promises not to invade the North, the New York Times reports. Kim made the remarkable statement to South Korean President Moon Jae-in when they met in a village on... More »

North Korea Makes Big Move on Nukes

Kim Jong Un suspends missile tests, will close site

(Newser) - North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect Saturday local time, per the AP .The country says it's making... More »

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 »

US Ambassador, N. Korean Diplomat Bicker in Geneva Over Nukes

They traded barbs at disarmament conference Tuesday

(Newser) - As US athletes prepare to compete against North Koreans at the Olympics, officials from both countries are locked in a "diplomatic showdown," per Reuters . At the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, US Ambassador Robert Wood said North Korea's nuclear program "must be completely, verifiably,... 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 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 »

N. Korea: Our Nukes Stay Until US Stops Its 'Blackmail'

And its 'war drills'

(Newser) - North Korea said Saturday it will never give up its nuclear weapons as long as the US and its allies continue their "blackmail and war drills" at its doorstep. The North's Korean Central News Agency took the oft-repeated stance as it reviewed its major nuclear weapons and missile... More »

If Things Implode in N. Korea, Here's What Happens Next

Rex Tillerson shares light details from discussions with China

(Newser) - It's the conversation that was never had—until now, apparently. The New York Times reports that US diplomats have long tried to open a discussion with China about how things would play out if Kim Jong Un's government (and his father's before that) began to implode. US... More »

Aussies Charge Guy With Trying to Hawk N. Korean Missile Tech

South Korean-born man was trying to raise cash on behalf of Pyongyang, cops say

(Newser) - Australia on Saturday arrested one of its own citizens and charged him with acting as an economic agent on behalf of North Korea in attempting to sell the Hermit Kingdom's missile technology, reports the New York Times . South Korean-born Chan Han Choi, 59, was "discussing the supply of... More »

Tillerson to North Korea: 'Let's Just ... Talk About the Weather'

He says talks can happen without preconditions

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US is ready to talk to North Korea at any time about any subject Pyongyang wants to talk about—without preconditions. "Let's just meet and let's talk about the weather if you want and talk about whether it's going... More »

North Korean Defectors Reveal 'Ghost Disease' Back Home

They say people's health is suffering from radiation exposure due to country's nuclear tests

(Newser) - Horrific tales are being shared by North Korean defectors who fled their homes near the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, with stories of sickened residents and wildlife, and even a deformed baby born without genitals and murdered soon after birth. Lee Jeong Hwa, who got out in 2010 from her home... More »

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