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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 »

N. Korea: Missile Test Was 'Solemn Warning'

Pyongyang says it fired new kind of missile

(Newser) - A day after two North Korean missile launches rattled Asia, the nation announced Friday that Kim Jong Un supervised a test of a new type of tactical guided weapon that was meant to be a "solemn warning" about South Korean weapons introduction and its rival's plans to hold... More »

North Korea Fires 2 Projectiles

South Korea says they landed between North Korea and Japan

(Newser) - North Korea has fired two projectiles in an unprovoked attack on a large body of water, South Korea says. Launched from the coastal town of Wonsan on Thursday morning local time—Wednesday in America—the projectiles flew roughly 260 miles into the East Sea and landed between North Korea and... More »

North Korea: 'Surprise Attack' Is Brewing on Border

Pyongyang says it might also end suspension of nuclear tests

(Newser) - North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime US-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion, the AP reports. The statement by the North's Foreign Ministry comes during a general deadlock in... More »

Son of Most Famous Defectors to the North Has Defected

Choe In-guk reportedly arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday

(Newser) - A defection on the Korean Peninsula is grabbing headlines, except in this case, it's a South-to-North move. Choe In-guk of South Korea arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday, per North Korean state media, and says he plans to live there permanently. Though the move is a highly rare one, it'... More »

Warmbier's Parents: That North Korean Ship Is Ours

They want compensation after wrongful death claim

(Newser) - The parents of Otto Warmbier have filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship in a bid to collect a multimillion-dollar judgment in the American college student's death, the AP reports. Attorneys for the Warmbiers said in a court filing Wednesday they have a right to the... More »

Guards Were in Her Way. The New WH Press Secretary Wasn't Having It

Stephanie Grisham reportedly bruised in incident outside Trump-Kim meeting in DMZ

(Newser) - Stephanie Grisham is getting into her new role as White House press secretary—and on Sunday she apparently really got into it. CNN reports that Grisham, who was part of the entourage that accompanied President Trump to the Demilitarized Zone for his get-together with Kim Jong Un, was involved in... More »

Trump Becomes First Sitting President to Enter North Korea

'I was proud to step over the line'

(Newser) - With grins and handshakes, President Trump welcomed North Korea's Kim Jong Un at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone Sunday, seeking to revive talks on the pariah nation's nuclear program in a bid for a legacy-defining accord. Trump then became the first sitting American leader to step into North... More »

Trump Makes 'Very Interesting' Offer to Kim Jong Un

President suggests DMZ meet and greet, also weighs in on Jimmy Carter, Harris-Biden tiff

(Newser) - President Trump is set to fly back to the US Sunday after attending the G20 summit in Japan, but he's got one more thing on his list he'd like to do before he leaves: have a meet and greet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in the... More »

Amid Rampant N. Korean Poaching, Japan Fights Back

More than 300 boats forced out of squid-rich Japanese waters

(Newser) - The Japanese coast guard says its patrol boats have been pushing back hundreds of North Korean boats trying to poach in fishing grounds rich with squid off Japan's northern coast. Coast Guard officials say they have forced more than 300 North Korean boats out of Japan's exclusive economic... More »

Report Details Gruesome Info on N. Korea's Public Executions

Children were made to watch brutal killings at hundreds of sites near schools, markets

(Newser) - The name of the report is an ominous-sounding one: "Mapping the Fate of the Dead." And the contents of the report issued Tuesday by the Transitional Justice Working Group, a South Korean NGO, don't belie its morbid title, detailing research dedicated to human rights violations in North... More »

Report: Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Was CIA Asset

He met his handler before he was killed, sources say

(Newser) - The exiled half-brother of Kim Jong Un was a CIA informant who was killed after meeting his agency contact in Malaysia, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . One source says there was a "nexus" between the CIA and Kim Jong Nam, who died after a banned chemical weapon was... More »

'Purged' N.Korean Official Takes in Concert With Kim

Sources claimed he had been sent to gulag

(Newser) - A senior North Korean official who had been reported as purged over the failed nuclear summit with Washington was shown in state media on Monday enjoying a concert alongside leader Kim Jong Un. North Korean publications on Monday showed Kim Yong Chol sitting near a clapping Kim Jong Un and... More »

Report: North Korea Executed Envoy After Failed Summit

Source says Kim ordered a purge

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un expressed his dismay at the breakdown of the US-North Korea summit earlier this year by having his special envoy to the US shot and his interpreter sent to a gulag, according to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper. A North Korean source told the newspaper that envoy... More »

After Trump Splits With Bolton, N. Korea Pounces

Foreign ministry rep calls him a 'war maniac,' 'human defect'

(Newser) - President Trump acknowledged he was breaking with advisers Monday when he said he wasn't "personally bothered" by North Korea's recent short-range missile tests . "My people think it could have been a violation" but "I view it differently," the president said from Japan, per Reuters... More »

Trump Not 'Personally Bothered' by NK Launches

He breaks with host during Japan visit

(Newser) - President Trump said Monday that he is not "personally bothered" by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry. Standing beside Trump at a news conference after hours... More »

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 »

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