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Fadi al-Batsh, the Hamas engineer gunned down in Malaysia last week, was reportedly involved in talks with North Korea on arms intended for Gaza, The ... Regarding North Korea, the joint report, by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman and Hannah Beech, the paper's Southeast Asia reporter, claimed that ...
As we come closer and closer to the planned summit meeting next month between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un I was struck by an opinion piece in the Spectator which was reprinted today in the Herald. It's by Gwynne Dyer whose a Canadian historian based in London. I often ignore his scribbling ...

At first blush, Foreign Minister Winston Peters' talk of a free-trade agreement (FTA) with North Korea sounds — as National's Paula Bennett put it — insane. Peters' NZ First opposed the Singapore, China and South Korea FTAs, and the 2016 edition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. North Korea has GDP of ...
A tiny sliver of water is all that separates it from North Korea. Metal security fences surround much of the coastline to help guard against an enemy that is less than two miles away. Despite living on front line, few of the residents seem afraid. In a hairdresser, Bang Eun Jung tells me they're too close and too ...
While much has been made in recent years of Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities, little attention is paid to the country's substantial conventional arsenal. It is mandatory for men to serve between three and five years in the army and there is selective conscription for women. Al Jazeera's James Bays reports ...
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good morning. A Philippine island closes down for cleanup, “le bromance” is tested and Apu of “The Simpsons” may lose his voice. Here's what you need to know: Photo. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times. • The leaders of North and South Korea ...

Last week, he traveled to President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., to secure Mr. Trump's agreement to seek the total abandonment of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs in his talks with Mr. Kim, and to press for the return of Japanese citizens abducted by the North decades ago.
Singaporean magician Wee Kien Meng, aka Mr Bottle, was more than happy to perform at a recent North Korean arts festival. But with Pyongyang's dismal human rights record, was he aiding state propaganda by going there? Video by Tessa Wong. 44m ago. Share this with Facebook · Share this with Twitter · Share this ...
"North Korea's past tests have altered the tectonic stress in the region to the extent that previously inactive tectonic faults in the region have reached their state of critical failure. Any further disturbance from a future test could generate earthquakes that may be damaging by their own force or crack the nuclear ...
Cautious optimism after North Korea says it's suspending nuclear program. Sun, Apr 22. President Trump dialed back his expectations on Twitter, saying the U.S. is “a long way from conclusion on North Korea,” while a White House official repeated its goal for negotiations as “full denuclearization.” Share Video; Facebook ...
President Donald Trump will urge North Korea to act quickly to dismantle its nuclear arsenal when he meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and isn't willing to grant Pyongyang substantial sanctions relief in return for a freeze of its nuclear and missile tests, administration officials said. Those two closely ...
President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed North Korea has agreed to "denuclearization" before his potential meeting with Kim Jong Un. But that's not the case. North Korea said Friday it would suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of summits with the U.S. and South ...
China, an ally of North Korea for decades, is the main source of tourism to the country. Many Chinese tourists visit North Korea seeking a sense of what China was like before it became one of the world's largest economies. Day trips across the border are popular, as are visits to the North Korean capital, ...
For his part, Mr. Trump rejected the idea that he had made too many concessions before meeting with the North Korean leader. • Mr. Kim announced over the weekend that his country no longer needed nuclear or missile tests and would close a nuclear test site. But North Korea has a long history of not ...
Just days before a summit between rival leaders on the Korean Peninsula, Al Jazeera has been granted rare access to the capital, Pyongyang, and has been taking a look at life inside the secretive country. Al Jazeera's James Bays reports on the effect of sanctions on the communist nation. Asia Pacific ...
As Kim Jong-un, the reclusive leader of North Korea, above right, prepares for a landmark meeting with President Trump, he has seized the diplomatic high ground. He's made conciliatory gestures on nuclear testing and American troops that have buoyed hopes in South Korea and won praise from Mr.
North Korea has condemned the U.S. and its alliance with Israel, which continued to experience deadly clashes between security forces and Palestinian protestors. On Friday, the official Korean Central News Agency called the U.S. out for repeatedly defending Israel from criticism at the United Nations ...

He said smugglers also headed the other way, moving sugar, flour and 50-kilogram sacks of fertilizers into North Korea. There is growing evidence that tough new sanctions imposed on North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons and missile programs have begun to bite, and bite hard. Factories have closed ...
Kim Jong-un said North Korea would “no longer need” nuclear tests and would close a test site ahead of meetings with the South and President Trump. There is growing evidence that tough new sanctions imposed on North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons and missile programs have begun to bite, and ...
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced the country will stop conducting nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles starting April 21, and shut down a nuclear test site in the north side of the country, through a broadcast on the state news agency KCNA reports, and President Trump announced ...
The same would be true for North Korea. Among the approaches that are being publicly debated is that the administration should take a phased approach ― first seek to achieve a freeze and then pursue follow-on negotiations to achieve denuclearization. This would be a grave mistake. A phased approach ...
News that Mike Pompeo, current CIA director and President Donald Trump's pick to head the State Department, had been in North Korea drew an approving nod and a note of caution from the Senate's top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. "We should all root for a diplomatic solutions to the ...
North Korea has dropped its demand that American troops be removed from South Korea as a condition for giving up its nuclear weapons, South Korea's president said Thursday in presenting the idea to the United States. President Moon Jae-in portrayed the proposal as a concession on the eve of talks ...
The West's most powerful countries are decidedly unhappy with North Korea using the offshore world to avoid sanctions—and they have a terse statement to prove it. “North Korea does little business in its own true name and uses a network of agents, front and shell companies, and complex ownership ...
CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea earlier this month to meet with leader Kim Jong Un — a trip meant to pave the way for possible direct talks between Kim and President Trump, according to multiple reports quoting unnamed White House officials. The officials spoke about the ...
Those happy days are on hold for now, since Kim Jong Il's son seems more interested in meeting Donald Trump than Vladimir Putin, and the Kremlin has taken a tough stance on North Korea's nuclear weapons program by signing onto the toughest U.N. sanctions yet. In his office a few steps from the Hotel ...
(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at “extremely high levels” in preparation for a potential summit with dictator Kim Jong Un. At Mar-a-Lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump also confirmed that North ...
Choi Eun-hee, 92, a South Korean movie star of the 1960s and '70s who was once kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make films for the state. • And our team explains San Francisco's giant seismic gamble. The city knows the Big One will come, but we found that its building code doesn't protect from ...
The photographs capture life along the icy river—which forms a natural 491-mile-long boundary between China and North Korea—amid heightened tensions between the two countries. "I wanted to understand how these tensions and expanded UN sanctions might be impacting tourism, trade, and ...
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a potential summit with dictator Kim Jong Un. At Mar-a-Lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump also confirmed that North and South ...
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he hopes to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that five locations are being considered, but it remains possible such a meeting may not happen. Trump, who was greeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago ...
Several weeks before President Donald Trump announced that John Bolton would soon become his new national security adviser, Bolton wrote a peculiar op-ed for The Wall Street Journal titled “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First.” What made Bolton's column odd was not his belligerence — he's ...
Despite a visible and encouraging thaw in relations between North Korea and South Korea, Pyongyang appears to be readying a move that could torpedo upcoming talks with the US and bring about an all-out war. The move in question isn't a missile launch, which has often stoked tensions, but a satellite launch — and it ...
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China hopes that a planned meeting between the leaders of North Korea and the United States in May can advance smoothly and that all sides maintain focus and avoid “disruptive factors”, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday (April 3). China has traditionally been secretive ...
The North Korea summit with President Trump and Kim Jong Un is getting closer to reality. Kim took an important step to reinforce his position in the summit by going to China and getting President Xi's support for his negotiating position. Here are the dangers for Trump and the clear choices he needs to ...
When it comes to North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump's policies have been whiplash inducing. On February 23, he appeared to be gearing up for a conflict when he said that if sanctions against Pyongyang didn't work, Washington would have to move to “phase two,” which could be “very, very ...
Bolton has derided the efficacy of economic measures. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Graham said he had dinner with Bolton a couple of nights ago and the hawkish former ambassador had expressed fear that North Korea was “just buying time” as it seeks to develop a nuclear-armed missile. “He sees ...
China virtually halted exports of petroleum products, coal and other key materials to North Korea in the months leading to this week's unprecedented summit between Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The export freeze — revealed in official Chinese data and ...
Donald Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at his South Florida resort later this month ahead of the U.S. president's planned talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. The White House announced the summit, set for April 17-18 at his Mar-A-Lago resort, amid reports Abe felt blindsided by ...
“[North Korea] is their home, they left people behind,” Mr. Franco said. “Even if they live in a modern country, they will never be completely happy in South Korea.” An artist, a concert pianist and a political prison camp guard who is still haunted by his own brutality are among those who sat for Mr. Franco.
“Defecting From North Korea, Vowing: 'We Are Ready to Die' ” (front page, March 26) is a reminder of the unparalleled brutality of the North Korean regime, even as its supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, appears to seek diplomatic glasnost with South Korea, the United States and perhaps China. But he may not ...
In response to North Korea's rapid acceleration of its nuclear and missile programs, the Security Council has adopted a series of sanctions resolutions in recent years. The toughest, last year, banned key North Korean exports like coal, seafood and textiles, and drastically reduced the amount of petroleum ...
North Korea is reportedly detaining more young people in re-education camps for secretly watching South Korean movies. The crackdown on the clandestine viewing of foreign media comes amid fears by the regime that its “ideological purity” will be eroded, reported the Daily NK. A source in North ...
“Remember, North Korean regimes have repeatedly used talks and empty promises to extract concessions and buy time. North Korea uses this to advance its nuclear and missile programs. We've got to break this cycle,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., earlier this month.
Former British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon previously warned that Britain is at risk from North Korea's long-range nuclear missile program as some cities are closer than American targets. Revised estimates suggest the total number of missiles the rogue state has is believed to be between 13 and ...
The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, says Kim Jong-un is committed to having North Korea participate in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Bach said he had a 30-minute formal meeting with the North Korean leader followed by 45 minutes of ...
Never before has a US president prepared for a summit of this importance - with so few people and in such a short time. What could possibly go wrong? President Donald Trump is planning to meet Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, by the end of May. The meeting - if it takes place - would be ...
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good morning. The Koreas set a meeting date, a homecoming in Pakistan and lives adrift on Cambodia's waterways. Here's what you need to know: Photo. Credit Yulia Skripal, via Facebook, via Associated Press. • Russia hits back. The Kremlin ...
Kim Jong-un's recent visit to Beijing was the North Korean leader's first trip across the Chinese border since coming to power in 2011. That border with China is one of the main ways North Korea interacts with the outside world. Reality Check looks at what we know about the people and goods that cross it.
President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to hold up the trade agreement his administration finalized this week with South Korea in an effort to gain more leverage in potential talks with North Korea. Speaking on infrastructure in Ohio, Trump highlighted the recently completed renegotiation of the ...


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