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Trump, NYT in Throwdown Over June 12 Korea Summit

President accuses 'Times' of making up senior White House official who spoke to reporters

(Newser) - If the negotiations swirling around the proposed June 12 summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump are making your head spin, you are far from alone: Following a surprise meeting between Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in which Moon said Kim "once again has made clear... More »

Trump Deserves Nobel, Says South Korea's Leader

Moon Jae-in says US president should get any honors for Korean peace

(Newser) - Last week's summit between the leaders of North and South Korea generated lots of chatter about a Nobel Peace Prize for the main players involved. On Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in made clear who he thinks should get it: "It's President Trump who should receive the... More »

North Korea Will Change Its Time Zone This Week

It's another conciliatory gesture

(Newser) - South Korea will remove propaganda-broadcasting loudspeakers from the border with North Korea this week, officials said Monday, as the rivals move to follow through with their leaders' summit declaration that produced reconciliation steps without a breakthrough in the nuclear standoff. During their historic meeting Friday at a Korean border village,... 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 »

Kim Jong Un Bringing 'Personal Toilet' to South Korea

It's not an issue of hygiene at carefully planned summit

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un won't be taking any chances Friday when the North Korean leader crosses the border for a historic summit with his counterpart in the South. Apparently that means bringing along his own toilet. Accompanied by his sister, Kim Yo Jong, top military officials, and armed soldiers from... More »

A Dot on a Mousse Dish Is Angering Japan

And more on the meal that will be served to Kim Jong Un Friday

(Newser) - Ahead of Kim Jong Un's high-stakes meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the future of his nukes comes the repetition of one word: rosti. It has nothing to do with nukes. Rather, it's a Swiss fried potato dish that South Korea plans to "re-interpret" and... More »

S. Korea Just Tried to 'Create a Peaceful Mood' With the North

Propaganda loudspeakers near border silenced before summit between 2 nations this week

(Newser) - The last top-level meeting between North and South Korea took place 11 years ago, and tensions have since "risen dramatically," per the Los Angeles Times . And so South Korea is offering an olive branch ahead of this week's summit, silencing the speakers it uses along the border... 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 »

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 »

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 »

'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 »

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 »

Relief on Its Way for S. Korea's 'Inhumanely Long' Workweek

Set to fall from 68 hours max to 52, which lawmakers hope will help quality of life, birthrate

(Newser) - South Korea's maximum workweek, which had been called "inhumanely long" at 68 hours, has been cut to 52. President Moon Jae-in had vowed to cut the workweek during his campaign; also this year, he oversaw a 16% minimum-wage increase. South Korea's National Assembly passed the workweek law,... More »

N. Korea's Olympic Delegation Head: Man Blamed for Deaths

2010 attack killed 46 South Korean sailors

(Newser) - South Korea is about to host a man blamed for the killing of 46 of its citizens as part of the closing ceremonies for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Kim Yong Chol—who formerly led the North Korean military intelligence agency blamed for the deadly 2010 attack on South Korean ship... More »

'Most Significant Encounter in Years' for North, South Korea

Via his little sister, Kim Jong Un sends invite to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to come visit

(Newser) - A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked the second day of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch, and the potential shared joy of watching a "unified"... More »

Trump Again Says He's Open to Talks With North Korea

'Under the right circumstances'

(Newser) - During a phone call Wednesday with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, President Trump "expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances," USA Today quotes the White House as saying in a statement. The White House... More »

Olympics in Mind, S. Korea Eyes Rare Talks With North

Dialogue would bring opportunity to 'establish peace,' says President Moon

(Newser) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in wants a North Korea delegation at the PyeongChang Olympics in February, arguing that it's "an epoch-making opportunity to improve inter-Korean relations and establish peace." Responding to a speech from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who appeared in favor of such an... More »

S. Korea: Idea of North Destroying Its Nukes Is Problematic

South Korea suggests Olympics might be a good place to start denuclearization discussions

(Newser) - Even if North Korea were on board, it would be "realistically difficult" to destroy the country's nuclear capabilities because they're so developed, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It's for this reason that the international community must pressure North Korea into talks as soon as... More »

In South Korea, Trump Tells Pyongyang It's Time for a Deal

He's on the 2nd country of 5-nation trip

(Newser) - President Trump is in South Korea—and he hasn't repeated his rhetoric about bringing "fire and fury" down on its northern neighbor. In a joint press conference with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Trump said he'd seen a "lot of progress" in dealing with Pyongyang... 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 »

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