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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 »

N. Korea Offers to Resume US Talks —Then This

'We'll see what happens,' Trump had responded

(Newser) - North Korea launched two projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said. The move came hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new US proposals. The launches and demand for new proposals... More »

This Is North Korea's 7th Weapons Test in a Month

Two suspected short-range ballistic missiles fired

(Newser) - North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's military said, a day after it threatened to remain America's biggest threat in protest of US-led sanctions on the country. The North had been... More »

North Korea Calls Pompeo a 'Poisonous Plant'

South ends intelligence-sharing deal with Japan

(Newser) - North Korea's foreign minister on Friday called US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the absurd dream" that sanctions will force a change in Pyongyang. The North's blistering rhetoric may dim the prospect for an early resumption... More »

'Mysterious and Amazing' Success Reported in NK

Kim Jong Un oversees yet another test-firing

(Newser) - North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises, the AP reports. Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said that following Friday'... More »

N. Korea Fires Projectiles, Rules Out Talks With South

Pyongyang mocks Moon's call for dialogue

(Newser) - North Korea on Friday bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the US and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified government spokesman came hours before South... More »

On Thursday, a 'Beautiful' Letter From Kim. On Saturday, a New Launch

North Korea fired what appeared to be 2 short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Saturday

(Newser) - After four rounds of reported missile launches over the last two weeks, North Korea has apparently added a fifth. Per the AP , South Korea's military says that on Saturday, the North fired from its east coast what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea between Japan... More »

Newest Reported Launches by N. Korea a 'Warning' to US

Kim Jong Un oversaw demo of 2 missiles in response to US, S. Korea's joint military exercises

(Newser) - North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed short-range ballistic missiles meant to send a warning to the US and South Korea over their joint military exercises. KCNA said two missiles launched from a western airfield flew across the country and over the... More »

N. Korea Has Swiped $2B in Cyberattacks: Report

North Korea targeted banks and cryptocurrency exchanges to fund its WMD program

(Newser) - North Korea has funneled $2 billion into its weapons of mass destruction programs by using cyberattacks to pilfer from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters and CBS News . The "widespread and increasingly sophisticated" attacks carried out by actors under the direction of... More »

N. Korea Speaks of Ignored Warnings, Fires More Missiles

It's the 4th such launch since July 25

(Newser) - North Korea on Tuesday fired two more missiles, marking the fourth time it has done so since July 25. The AP reports the unidentified missiles traveled across the country from the west and into the sea; the previous launches all took place in the east. The BBC notes the timing:... More »

Trump Reacts to Latest UN Violation by His 'Friend'

Trump says Kim doesn't want to 'disappoint' him

(Newser) - President Trump stood up for Kim Jong Un a day after North Korea fired yet another missile into the Sea of Japan, the Hill reports. "These missiles tests are not a violation of our signed Singapore agreement, nor was there discussion of short range missiles when we shook hands,... More »

North Korea Does It Again

Another projectile launch from the nation's east coast

(Newser) - North Korea has grabbed the world's attention with yet another missile launch into the Sea of Japan, CNN reports. What was likely a short-range ballistic missile (or two, per the AP ) went airborne Thursday US-time, Friday in Pyongyang, and resembled a double-shot of short-range missiles earlier this week.... More »

It Was Close to Midnight Near the DMZ. Then, a Rare Sight

North Korean soldier picked up by South Korean troops after being spotted by thermal imaging

(Newser) - Although it's common for North Koreans to try to make a run for the South, what's not as common are defections across the Demilitarized Zone, which is littered with guards, landmines, barbed wire, and other barriers. But that's apparently what a North Korean soldier did this week,... More »

North Korea Fires Projectiles

According to South Korea's military

(Newser) - North Korea on Wednesday fired several unidentified projectiles off its east coast, South Korea's military said, less than a week after the North launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea. Observers say the launches were aimed at ramping up pressure on the United States to make concessions as... More »

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