North Korea calls Biden ‘fool of low IQ’ over Kim criticism

World 05/21/19, 23:47

North Korea has labeled Joe Biden a "fool of low IQ" and an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being" after the U.S. presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday said the former ...

Eric Talmadge, ‘s North Korea bureau chief, dead at 57

World 05/16/19, 07:47

Eric Talmadge, who as North Korea bureau chief for The Associated Press tenaciously chronicled life and politics in one of the world's least-understood nations, has died. He was 57.Talmadge died this week in Japan after suffering a heart attack while running.A decades-long resident of Japan with deep expertise on Asian ...

North Korea fires several short-range projectiles into sea

Asia & Pacific 05/04/19, 09:20

North Korea fired several unidentified short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Saturday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said. South Korea's military has bolstered its surveillance in case there are additional weapons launches, and South Korean and U.S. authorities are analyzing the details. If it's confirmed that ...

US official: Trump wants solo, not multi-party talks with NK

Politics 04/28/19, 11:09

The U.S. has little interest in joining other countries in a multi-nation effort to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Sunday. The United States is not trying to exclude other nations from nuclear talks with Pyongyang, John Bolton told "Fox News ...

Japan’s PM asks for support in abduction dispute with NKorea

Europe 04/25/19, 06:27

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has asked the leaders of four Central European countries for help in a long dispute with North Korea over the abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago.Abe says he has asked for "understanding and support" on an issue that is "very important" for Japan.Japan ...

Putin hosts Kim for talks on North Korean nuclear standoff

Europe 04/25/19, 00:02

Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for talks Thursday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the summit should help plan joint efforts to resolve a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program. Speaking at the start of the talks at a university on the Russky Island across a bridge from Vladivostok, ...

Key moments in Kim Jong Un’s diplomatic charm offensive

Asia & Pacific 04/24/19, 04:04

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week expands a diplomatic charm offensive that has included meetings with leaders from China, South Korea and the United States. Some key moments: Jan. 1, 2018: In his New Year's address, Kim calls for improved relations with South ...

Update: Trump reversing new sanctions on North Korea

America 03/22/19, 13:28

The Latest on the United States sanctions on North Korea (all times local): 2:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn. Protesters wearing masks of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stand near the ...

Trump, Kim end summit with standoff over easing US sanctions

Politics 02/28/19, 12:00

Talks between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un collapsed Thursday after the two sides failed to bridge a standoff over U.S. sanctions, a dispiriting end to high-stakes meetings meant to disarm a global nuclear threat. Trump blamed the breakdown on North Korea's insistence that all the punishing sanctions ...

One-on-One: Trump, Kim confront North Korea’s nuke plans

Politics 02/26/19, 15:53

With nervous world capitals looking on, President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are beginning their second nuclear summit with a one-on-one discussion and an intimate dinner as hard questions swirl about what the American president will demand and Pyongyang might be willing to give up. The two leaders ...

US-North Korea roller coaster ties add to summit uncertainty

Politics 02/26/19, 12:35

Before he was elected president, Donald Trump said he could see himself having burgers and chatting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. About a year later, after Kim tested a long-range missile that could possibly hit U.S. cities, Trump warned that any attack would be met with "fire, fury and frankly ...

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un boards train to summit

Asia & Pacific 02/23/19, 23:09

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un was on a train Sunday to Vietnam for his second summit with President Donald Trump, state media confirmed. Kim was accompanied by Kim Yong Chol, who has been a key negotiator in talks with the U.S., and Kim Yo Jong, the leader's sister, the North's ...

Sanctions could ease if North Korea threat markedly reduced

Politics 02/21/19, 12:53

The U.S. will not move to ease economic sanctions on North Korea until it is confident that the nuclear weapons threat from Pyongyang has been "substantially reduced," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. Pompeo didn't elaborate, but his comment seemed to leave open the possibility that sanctions relief was ...

Cheap and Green: Pyongyang upgrades its mass transit system

Business 02/18/19, 20:07

Pyongyang is upgrading its overcrowded mass transit system with brand-new subway cars, trams and buses in a campaign meant to show leader Kim Jong Un is raising the country's standard of living.The long-overdue improvements are a modest but welcome change for the North Korean capital's roughly 3 million residents, who ...

K-pop and fancy sneakers: Kim Jong Un’s cultural revolution

World 02/12/19, 22:11

Dancers in hot pants. Factories pumping out Air Jordan lookalikes. TV dramas that are actually fun to watch.North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade under leader Kim Jong Un.The changes are being seen in ...

PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

U.S. 02/02/19, 03:35

photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.This week's gallery includes a student singing during a computing class in Pyongyang, North Korea; the aftermath of a tornado in Cuba; and crowds waiting ...

South Korea seizes North Korean paintings due to sanctions

Business 01/16/19, 05:05

South Korean officials said Wednesday they have stopped businessmen from bringing North Korean paintings into the country that a report said were purchased at an art studio under U.N. sanctions.Observers say similar incidents could occur frequently as South Korea's liberal government pushes for deeper exchanges with North Korea.The Korea Customs ...

South Korea defense report doesn’t refer to North as enemy

Asia & Pacific 01/15/19, 01:05

North Korea is no longer South Korea's "enemy," though Pyongyang's nuclear program still poses a security threat, according to Seoul's biennial defense document published Tuesday. It's the first time since 2010, the same year 50 South Koreans were killed in attacks blamed on the North, that the enemy label hasn't been ...

Analysis: With Trump in waiting, Kim courts China’s support

World 01/08/19, 06:10

While President Donald Trump waits in the wings, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth summit with China's Xi Jinping — yet another nod to the leader Kim most needs to court as he tries to undermine support for international sanctions while giving ...

A look at high-profile defections from North Korea

Europe 01/04/19, 02:21

North Korea's top diplomat to Italy, who South Korea's spy agency says has gone into hiding along with his wife, appears to be the latest member of the North's elite to abandon the secretive totalitarian state.Many of them have expressed frustration over what they described as an oppressive police state ...

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