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N. Korea: Trump Is an 'Erratic Old Man'

He's also 'bereft of patience'

(Newser) - North Korea insulted President Trump again on Monday, saying his tweets clearly show he's an irritated old man "bereft of patience." Per ex-nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol, "[Trump] is such a heedless and erratic old man, the time when we cannot but call him a '... More »

North Korea Conducts 'Very Important Test'

Dec. 31 deadline is looming

(Newser) - North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United States last year. The announcement comes amid dimming prospects for a resumption of... More »

North Korean Test Site Doesn't Look Dismantled Anymore

Activity increases at station Trump said was being idled

(Newser) - After President Trump met with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, he announced that the North Korean dictator seemed to be keeping his promise by dismantling the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. "And we appreciate that," Trump said, per CNN . Now, expert analysis of a satellite image obtained by CNN... More »

Kim's Symbolic Horse Ride Suggests Big Decision Is Near

Trip up sacred peak comes ahead of nuke deadline

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain on his second symbolic visit in less than two months , state media reported Wednesday, as his country is threatening provocation if the United States refuses to make concessions in nuclear diplomacy by year’s end. The... More »

North Korea Promises 'Christmas Gift' for US

What it is depends on US actions: official

(Newser) - North Korea says the US could be in for an unpleasant Christmas gift unless denuclearization talks move forward. The veiled threat came Tuesday as Pyongyang denounced little progress in discussions with Washington, reports CNBC . Calls for a "sustained and substantial dialogue" are "nothing but a foolish trick" serving... More »

OK: Giving a Talk on Cryptocurrency. Not OK: Giving It in N. Korea

Computer scientist Virgil Griffith arrested in LA, accused of helping Pyongyang evade sanctions

(Newser) - His seminar was entitled "Blockchain and Peace," but US authorities didn't find anything peaceful about it. Now Virgil Griffith, a 36-year-old described by the Los Angeles Times as a "rabble-rousing computer scientist," has been arrested, taken into custody at LAX on Thursday by FBI agents... More »

N. Korea Boasts About 'Super-Large' Rocket Launcher

Weapons system may be deployed soon

(Newser) - North Korea said Friday the latest test-firing of its "super-large" multiple rocket launcher was a final review of the weapon’s combat application, a suggestion that the country is preparing to deploy the new weapons system soon. South Korea’s military earlier said North Korea fired two projectiles , likely... More »

As Clock Runs Out on Dec. 31 Deadline, North Makes a Move

If launch is confirmed to be a missile test, it would be 13th since May

(Newser) - North Korea hadn't launched a missile since Halloween ; that may have changed on Thanksgiving. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North fired two short-range projectiles from the country's east on Thursday. Both landed in the sea and were likely fired from a "super-large" multiple... More »

North Korea Takes Dig at Trump After Tweet

Not interested in a summit that results only in US bragging points, says Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea took a diplomatic shot at President Trump on Monday while rejecting the idea of another meeting. After a Trump tweet suggested the two sides would again get together—"see you soon!" he wrote—a diplomat from North Korea said thanks, but no thanks. The North, he... More »

S. Korea: Fishermen Who Fled North Killed 16

Two men have been deported to North Korea

(Newser) - South Korea says it has deported two North Koreans after finding they had killed 16 fellow fishermen on a squid fishing boat and fled to South Korea. South Korea's Unification Ministry said Thursday the two North Koreans were initially found aboard a boat south of the sea border last... More »

Kim Jong Un Sends Condolences to South

But gesture over death of president's mother comes amid new missile tests

(Newser) - Two moves by the North Korean regime illustrate the state of diplomacy on the Korean peninsula. On the hopeful side, Kim Jong Un sent condolences across the border to South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the death of Moon's 92-year-old mother, reports Reuters . At the same time, the North... More »

Kim Vows to Raze, Rebuild S. Korea-Built Resort

He didn't like the 'unpleasant-looking' facilities at Kumgang

(Newser) - With an estimated 11 million people in North Korea not getting enough food, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has decided to focus instead on matters of architecture—South Korean architecture in North Korea, to be precise. According to state media, Kim recently toured the Mount Kumgang tourist spot, built by... More »

Feds Awarded North Korean Cargo Ship

Wise Honest likely to end up as scrap

(Newser) - A North Korean cargo ship seized earlier this year for allegedly violating sanctions is now the property of the United States government. A federal court in New York ordered for the Wise Honest to be forfeited to the US government and for the Treasury Department to "dispose" of it,... More »

Kim Jong Un's Putin-esque Pics Invite 'Wonder,' Speculation

North Korean leader's ride on a horse up a sacred snowy mountain could portend big news—or not

(Newser) - In his downtime, Russian leader Vladimir Putin likes to appear, often shirtless, in photos engaged in various manly activities, including fishing and horseback riding . Now North Korea's Kim Jong Un is getting into the act, shown in a series of new images riding a horse up a sacred snowy... More »

US, North Korea Launch New Talks in Sweden

But they break down, and North Korean official complains

(Newser) - American and North Korean officials met Saturday in Sweden to resume talks—and walked away only hours later, Reuters reports. "The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off," said Pyongyang's top negotiator, Kim Myong Gil. "The US raised expectations by offering suggestions like... More »

North Korea's Latest Launch Was a 'Grave Moment'

New missile can be launched from submarine

(Newser) - North Korea has confirmed that its latest missile launch involved a new kind of ballistic missile—and it's one that has other countries very worried. Pyongyang says the missile launched early Wednesday was a Pukguksong-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile, which state news agency KCNA said "ushered in a new... More »

N. Korea May Have Alarming New Capability

Latest missile possibly submarine-launched

(Newser) - North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the sea Wednesday, South Korea's military said, in a display of its expanding military capabilities hours after saying it would resume nuclear diplomacy with the US this weekend. South Korean officials said the missile was fired from North Korea's eastern waters,... More »

After Longtime Stalemate, New US-N. Korea Talks Set

Nuclear negotiations are scheduled to resume Saturday

(Newser) - North Korea and the US have agreed to resume nuclear negotiations on Saturday following a monthslong stalemate over withdrawal of sanctions in exchange for disarmament, a senior North Korean diplomat said Tuesday. Choe Son Hui, North Korea's first vice minister of foreign affairs, said the two nations will have... More »

John Bolton's Stance Isn't Surprising. His Timing Is

In first public comments, he zeroed in on North Korea

(Newser) - Former national security adviser John Bolton gave what the AP calls a characteristically pessimistic outlook on the prospects for getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons as he made his first public appearance since he was ousted from his post by President Trump three weeks ago. Bolton made... More »

She Fled North Korea, but Her Death Has Rattled South Korea

Han Sung-ok and her son are believed to have starved to death in Seoul

(Newser) - The deaths of a North Korean defector and her young son in South Korea have delivered a jolt to residents of Seoul because of the bitter irony: Han Sung-ok fled famine in her own country and is believed to have starved to death in her adopted one, reports the New ... More »

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