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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

With a New Title, Kim Consolidates Power

North Korean ruler tells party to make economy self-sufficient

(Newser) - North Korea's legislature has given Kim Jong Un a new title and a tighter grip on power. State media referred to Kim on Friday as "supreme representative of all the Korean people" for the first time publicly, Reuters reports. He also was re-elected as chairman of the State... More »

N. Korea: Trump Threw Away 'Golden Opportunity'

Officials say Kim is reconsidering test ban

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain his moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said Friday, adding that the US threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit between their leaders. Vice Foreign Minister... More »

North Koreans Just Voted—but Not for Kim Jong Un

Leader wasn't on ballot, though his sister was

(Newser) - North Korea just had an election, and everyone on the ballot got 100% of the vote. That's not surprising. What is, however, is that Kim Jong Un wasn't among those running, marking the first time a North Korean leader sat out the parliamentary election, reports the BBC . There'... More »

Trump 'Pretty Disappointed' if Kim Tests a Rocket: Bolton

But he says the government is watching North Korea 'constantly'

(Newser) - The top national security adviser says President Trump would be "pretty disappointed" if North Korea were to launch a new rocket or missile test, as some experts believe he could be preparing to do , reports the AP . Speaking on ABC's This Week, John Bolton would not confirm reports... More »

Analysts: N. Korea Launch Site Now Fully Restored

Trump says he is 'a little disappointed'

(Newser) - US analysts say North Korea appears to have restored normal operations at a long-range rocket launch site it partially dismantled last year as part of steps toward disarmament. Some experts say North Korea is trying to convey displeasure over the breakdown of a summit last week between Kim Jong Un... More »

US, South Korea Make Big Change to Military Drills

The two governments are scaling them down

(Newser) - South Korea and the US are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis, the AP reports. The decision announced by both countries Sunday came after President Trump complained... More »

Trump on Warmbier Remarks: 'I Never Like Being Misinterpreted'

'Of course I hold North Korea responsible,' president tweeted, not naming Kim Jong Un directly

(Newser) - President Trump said Thursday that "some really, really bad things" happened to college student Otto Warmbier in North Korea, leading to his eventual death after he was returned to the US, but Trump added that he believed Kim Jong Un when he said he had no clue about what... More »

Warmbier's Parents Respond to Trump's Defense of Kim

'Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son'

(Newser) - President Trump may be letting Kim Jong Un personally off the hook for the death of Otto Warmbier, but Warmbier's parents are not. “We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out,” said Fred and Cindy Warmbier in a short statement, per ABC... More »

Republicans Split With Trump on Kim, Warmbier

'The blood of Otto Warmbier is on the hands of Kim Jong Un'

(Newser) - If President Trump truly believes Kim Jong Un was unaware of the "really really bad things" that happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea, then he's been sold a massive lie, according to Bill Richardson. "It is inconceivable that [with] such a high-profile American prisoner like Otto... More »

N. Korea, Not Trump, Correct on Failed Summit: US Official

Kim Jong Un wanted many sanctions lifted, but not all of them, and none on weapons, official says

(Newser) - President Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un ended abruptly Thursday, with Trump saying, "It was about the sanctions, basically." The president claimed that North Korea wanted all sanctions lifted without a complete dismantlement of its nuclear program, just its main nuclear complex. North Korea soon pushed back... More »

Trump: I Trust Kim on Otto Warmbier

President says North Korean leader not responsible for US student's death

(Newser) - The summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un may have ended abruptly , but there's at least one sensitive subject that seems to have been smoothed over: the treatment of Otto Warmbier . Trump says he doesn't hold the North Korean leader personally responsible for the University of Virginia... More »

Trump-Kim Summit Collapses

'Sometimes you have to walk'

(Newser) - "Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times," President Trump said Thursday after his second summit with Kim Jong Un abruptly collapsed. A working lunch and the signing of a joint agreement were scrapped after talks fell apart on the summit's second... More »

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