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North Korea Calls Biden a 'Fool of Low IQ'

Pyongyang says he's 'enough to make a cat laugh'

(Newser) - North Korea has labeled Joe Biden a "fool of low IQ" and an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being" after the presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech, the AP reports. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News... More »

Trump Heading to South Korea to Talk About North Korea

POTUS will discuss denuclearization with South Korea's leader

(Newser) - President Trump will travel to South Korea in June for talks on the North Korean nuclear program, three months after a failed summit with North Korea's leader in Vietnam, the AP reports. The White House says Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in conjunction with his... More »

North Korea Suffering Severe Drought, Food Shortage

Country says drought is the worst since 1982

(Newser) - North Korea said Wednesday it is suffering its worst drought since 1982, with an average of just 2.1 inches of rain having fallen in the country during the first five months of the year. In 1982, the level was 2 inches during that same period. The drought is expected... More »

North Korea Orders US to Return Cargo Ship

Spokesman calls seizure of ship a 'flagrant act of robbery'

(Newser) - North Korea has expressed its displeasure with the US seizure of one of its cargo ships in standard North Korean fashion, denouncing the "flagrant act of robbery" and threatening unspecified consequences. "The United States committed an unlawful and outrageous act of dispossessing our cargo ship," a North... More »

North Korea's New Missiles Are Eerily Familiar

They bear a strong resemblance to the Iskander

(Newser) - The three new missiles North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested over the past week are eerily familiar to military experts: They look just like a controversial and widely copied missile the Russian military has deployed to Syria and has been actively trying to sell abroad for years. Ending... More »

Trump: 'Nobody's Happy' About N. Korea Launches

Seoul confirms 2 missiles were fired Thursday

(Newser) - The US and South Korean militaries evaluated the two projectiles North Korea flew Thursday as short-range missiles, a South Korean military official said Friday, a day after the North's second launch in five days raised jitters about an unravelling detente between the Koreas and the future of nuclear negotiations... More »

US Seizes North Korean Ship

Ship was violating international sanctions, authorities say

(Newser) - In what the New York Times calls "a move certain to escalate tensions already on the rise" between the US and North Korea, the US has seized a North Korean cargo ship. The Justice Department says Wise Honest, the second-largest shipping vessel in Pyongyang’s fleet, was violating US... More »

S. Korea Says North Fired 'Unidentified Projectile'

South says it is 2nd test in under a week

(Newser) - North Korea fired at least one unidentified projectile from the country's western area on Thursday, South Korea's military says. It was the second such launch in the last five days and a possible warning that nuclear disarmament talks could be in danger, the AP reports. The South's... More »

A New Sign of Troubled Relations With North Korea

Pentagon suspends its war remains effort

(Newser) - In a new sign of troubled relations with North Korea, the Pentagon said Wednesday it has suspended its efforts to arrange negotiations on recovering additional remains of US service members killed in the North during the Korean War. In a statement Wednesday, the Pentagon's Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency said... More »

Kim Jong Un Is at It Again

North Korea tests long-range rocket launchers and apparently a short-range ballistic missile

(Newser) - North Korean state media on Sunday showed leader Kim Jong Un observing live-fire drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers and what appeared to be a new short-range ballistic missile, a day after South Korea expressed concern that the launches were a violation of an inter-Korean agreement to cease all hostile... More »

Out of North Korea, a Sudden 'Barrage'

Short-range 'projectiles' flew up to 125 miles before landing in East Sea

(Newser) - An early weekend surprise emerged out of North Korea on Saturday: the launch of a "barrage" of short-range "projectiles," which flew for up to 125 miles before landing in the East Sea, per the Yonhap News Agency . South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a... More »

He Signed $2M Warmbier Pledge, Thinks We Should Pay

Joseph Yun speaks to CNN

(Newser) - "No money was paid to North Korea for Otto Warmbier, not two Million Dollars, not anything else," President Trump insisted on Friday. That may be the case, but the former North Korea envoy tells CNN he did indeed sign an agreement to pay Pyongyang $2 million for Warmbier'... More »

Trump on $2M 'Bill' for 'Our Great Otto': I Paid Nothing

President insists no money was paid to North Korea for Otto Warmbier

(Newser) - On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders noted that the administration doesn't comment on hostage negotiations, a remark necessitated by reports that North Korea billed the US $2 million for Otto Warmbier's hospice care before the 21-year-old student was sent back to the US in 2017. On... More »

North Korea Billed US $2M for Warmbier's Care

Trump ordered the deal signed, but the bill hasn't been paid

(Newser) - North Korea insisted the US agree to pay $2 million in medical costs in 2017 before it released detained American college student Otto Warmbier while he was in a coma, a former US official said Thursday. An envoy sent to North Korea to retrieve the 21-year-old student signed an agreement... More »

Putin Says He's Willing to Tell Trump What Kim Said

In wake of his 'fruitful' summit with North Korean leader

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un say they have had "fruitful" talks about how to defuse a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program. The two leaders spoke after their one-on-one meeting Thursday as they sat down for broader negotiations involving top officials from both... More »

Putin, Kim to Meet for First Time. What Do They Want?

No date has been announced for upcoming summit between Russian, North Korean leaders

(Newser) - When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he'll have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with President Trump. But it's not entirely clear how... More »

US Arrests Marine in Raid, Theft at North Korean Embassy

Group trying to overthrow regime took responsibility

(Newser) - Federal agents have arrested a Marine in the raid of North Korea's embassy in Spain in which a group trying to overthrow the Kim Dynasty says it was involved. Christopher Ahn, who belongs to the group, appeared in court Friday in Los Angeles, the Washington Post reports. The judge... More »

North Korea: Pompeo Makes the Table 'Lousy'

It wants someone more 'mature' to participate in denuclearization talks

(Newser) - If the US is willing to come back to the table, North Korea would like one face to be absent from it. A senior foreign ministry official expressed no love for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in comments run by the country's KCNA news agency Thursday. The comments followed... More »

NK Test-Fires New Weapon

Or so says the nation's central news agency

(Newser) - North Korea announced that it has test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon, the AP reports. The Korean Central News Agency says Chairman Kim Jong Un observed the firing of the weapon Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science. The agency reports that Kim said "the development of... More »

Soldiers Shot a Friend Running for the Border. But He Gets It

'I would have done the same thing,' says North Korean defector Oh Chong Song

(Newser) - A North Korean defector says he understands why his fellow soldiers shot him as he made a run for the border in 2017 after smashing his vehicle through a military checkpoint. Friendship isn't the issue, he said. It was their job. "If I were in their shoes, I... More »

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