Archiv: North Korea


02.08.2022 - 15:35 [ DefenseOne.com ]

House’s ‘Irregular Warfare’ Provision Risks Unintended War

Under both 127e and 1202, the use of proxy forces must support “authorized” U.S. military operations. The Defense Department has cited two sources of authority for engaging in combat through and with 127e proxies: the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF—the authority for the United States’s endless “war on terror”—and the president’s constitutional prerogative to engage in “self-defense,” defined expansively by executive branch lawyers.

The Defense Department could cite similar authorities for the use of 1202 proxies. Although no AUMF was designed to counter Iran, North Korea, Russia, or China, the executive branch believes it has the authority to engage these countries militarily.

07.05.2022 - 10:21 [ Yonhap - yna.co.kr ]

(4th LD) N. Korea fires apparent SLBM off east coast: S. Korean military

North Korea fired an apparent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in waters off its east coast Saturday, South Korea’s military said, in the recalcitrant regime’s latest saber-rattling that comes three days before President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s inauguration.

26.03.2022 - 12:02 [ theAsianIndependent.co.uk ]

US will introduce new UNSC resolution to strengthen sanctions on N.Korea: Envoy

(today)

It was however, not immediately clear when the US plans to introduce the new UNSC resolution

26.03.2022 - 10:36 [ Olivia Dalton / Twitter ]

During today’s #UN Security Council meeting on North Korea’s ballistic missile launches, @USAmbUN Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that the United States will be introducing a Chapter VII Security Council resolution to update and strengthen the sanctions regime.

26.03.2022 - 10:18 [ Reuters ]

U.S. urges China and Russia to send strong message to North Korea after missile launch

(25.03.2022)

China and Russia should tell North Korea to avoid more „provocations“ after it resumed intercontinental ballistic missile testing this week, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jalina Porter said on Friday.

24.03.2022 - 19:50 [ YNA.co.kr ]

Seoul, Washington react sternly to provocative North Korean ICBM firing

Pyongyang’s show of force, the 12th this year, means an end to its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and a long-range missile testing.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that it detected the launch from the Sunan airfield in Pyongyang at 2:34 p.m. and the missile flew some 1,080 kilometers at a top altitude of over 6,200 km.

29.08.2021 - 03:43 [ Yonhap ]

Seoul’s nuclear envoy to visit Washington for talks on N. Korea

Noh Kyu-duk’s four-day trip to Washington comes after his U.S. counterpart Sung Kim’s visit to Seoul last week, during which the two discussed humanitarian aid to the North amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s protest against military exercises between the South and the U.S.

20.04.2021 - 21:54 [ Washington Post ]

Biden’s approach to North Korea is the opposite of ‘fire and fury’

(16.04.2021)

Biden set the nonconfrontational tone on North Korea at his March 25 news conference, when he was asked about Pyongyang’s short-range missile tests the previous week. He said that the United States would respond “if they choose to escalate,” but that he was ready for “diplomacy . . . conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization.”

Biden’s stance, suggesting that denuclearization was an eventual goal, not an immediate one, was repeated in a joint U.S.-Japanese-South Korean statement on April 2, which called for progress “towards denuclearization.”

23.10.2020 - 04:07 [ Secular Talk / Twitter ]

Biden just compared North Korea to Nazi Germany. Fucking absurd. Kim Jong Un is a menace *against his own people*, he has 0 interest in territorial expansion like Hitler did. Democrats LOVE going to the right of Republicans on foreign policy to look like tough guys. #Debates2020

23.10.2020 - 04:03 [ Dan Cohen / Twitter ]

Trump arguing for diplomacy while Biden hits him from the right on North Korea perfectly demonstrates how Democrats are the permanent war party. You can’t vote against the empire.

15.08.2020 - 19:49 [ KBS.co.kr ]

Pompeo Sends Well Wishes for Liberation Day

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday issued a message celebrating Liberation Day on August 15, which marks the day Korea was liberated from Japan’s colonial rule.

08.08.2020 - 16:56 [ CNN ]

Trump advisers hesitated to give military options and warned adversaries over fears he might start a war

Our partners, adversaries, and competitors know we don’t know the next play,“ Gordon said.

With any other president or any other administration, such deliberate unpredictability might be seen as a flaw, identifying it as a criticism. But in the view of Trump and his most devout supporters, his unpredictability is a keen negotiator’s strength to be lauded.
„For him, the unpredictability is a card that he liked having,“ said Yun.

03.07.2020 - 14:33 [ Lee Camp / Consortium News ]

LEE CAMP: Connecting the Dates – US Media Used To Stop The ‘Threat’ of Peace

Now, I’m not implying Trump is some kind of hippy peacenik. (He would look atrocious with no bra and flowers in his hair.) No, the military under Trump has dropped more bombs than under Obama, and that’s impressive since Obama dropped more bombs than ever before.

However, in certain areas of the world, Trump has threatened to create peace. Sure, he’s doing it for his own ego and because he thinks his base wants it, but whatever the reason, he has put forward plans or policies that go against the military industrial complex and the establishment war-hawks (which is 95 percent of the establishment).

03.07.2020 - 13:42 [ Times of Israel ]

Bolton warns Trump could cozy up to Iran if he wins 2nd term

Former US national security adviser John Bolton on Thursday said Israelis should be worried about US President Donald Trump winning a second term in office.

03.07.2020 - 13:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Bolton: ‚Fickle‘ Trump would sell out Israel for photo op with Iran’s leaders

„I describe in the book how eager he was to have a meeting with the Iranian leadership, whether Rouhani or Khamenei. Are the Iranians prepared to sit down for talks to get relief from the sanctions, to buy time so they can push forward their nuclear program? Sure, they’re willing to do that,” said Bolton, in an interview to promote “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.”

“Just as North Korea’s Kim Jong-un played Trump all along, I worry that in a second term, the Iranians might be able to do the same with Trump. That to me is a danger.”

11.03.2020 - 23:55 [ debates.org ]

September 30. 2004 Debate Transcript

(September 30, 2004)

KERRY: Thirty-five to forty countries in the world had a greater capability of making weapons at the moment the president invaded than Saddam Hussein. And while he’s been diverted, with 9 out of 10 active duty divisions of our Army, either going to Iraq, coming back from Iraq, or getting ready to go, North Korea’s gotten nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Iran is moving toward nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Darfur has a genocide.

The world is more dangerous. I’d have made a better choice.

LEHRER: New question. Two minutes, Senator Kerry. What is your position on the whole concept of preemptive war?

KERRY: The president always has the right, and always has had the right, for preemptive strike. That was a great doctrine throughout the Cold War. And it was always one of the things we argued about with respect to arms control.

01.01.2020 - 10:36 [ CNN ]

Twin foreign policy crises greet Trump as election year dawns

President Donald Trump is suddenly faced on the first day of election year with hot foreign policy crises with Iran and North Korea that put American lives at risk and could weigh heavily on his own political prospects.

01.01.2020 - 10:27 [ CNN / Twitter ]

When news arrived early Sunday that President Trump had spoken to his Russian counterpart, it didn’t come from the White House. It came from Moscow.

(30.12.2019)

27.12.2019 - 04:38 [ The Mainichi ]

NHK sends erroneous report about N. Korean missile launch

NHK also said on a news program aired shortly after the report that the posted message was designed for training purposes and did not contain accurate information. It also apologized for the false alert.

22.12.2019 - 12:32 [ Slate.com ]

U.S. Officials Bracing for Imminent North Korea Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test

Pyongyang has promised to deliver a “Christmas gift” if there is no progress on easing up on sanctions. But any movement on that front seems nearly impossible at this stage considering talks with Washington have stalled and the North Korean regime is once again insulting Trump regularly. As tensions with North Korea increase, and especially if there is a test around the holidays, it would mark a huge blow to one of President Donald Trump’s major foreign policy initiatives. And it would happen right as he gears up for the presidential campaign.

08.12.2019 - 11:18 [ Yonhap ]

(Yonhap Interview) U.S. expert calls for ‚tailored sanctions relief‘ on path to N.K. denuclearization

„As you do that step by step, that’s in essence how you develop some trust that lets you go to the final goal, which is elimination of nuclear weapons and the means to produce them, and integration of North Korea into the community of nations and the international economic system,“ he added.

Hecker was in Seoul to attend a forum on geopolitics and the denuclearization of the North hosted by the Korean National Diplomatic Academy and the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network.

08.12.2019 - 11:10 [ Yonhap ]

(LEAD) Trump warns N. Korea not to interfere with his reelection bid

„I’d be surprised if North Korea acted hostilely,“ Trump was quoted as telling reporters at the White House. „He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that. But we’ll have to see.“

The remark came as the North has increased pressure on the United States to meet its demand for a new negotiating proposal by year’s end, strongly suggesting that otherwise, it could restart testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

08.12.2019 - 10:58 [ CNN ]

North Korea’s UN ambassador says denuclearization is off the table in talks with US

In the statement, the ambassador, Kim Song, said the United States‘ pursuit of „sustained and substantial dialogue“ was a „time-saving trick“ to benefit a „domestic political agenda.“
„We do not need to have lengthy talks with the US now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table,“ he said.

08.12.2019 - 10:49 [ LA Times ]

North Korea says it has carried out testing at long-range rocket launch site

The U.N. bans North Korea from launching satellites because it is considered a forbidden test of long-range missile technology.

After repeated failures, North Korea successfully put a satellite into orbit for the first time in 2012 in a launch from the same site. North Korea had another successful satellite launch in 2016.

18.11.2019 - 21:30 [ Yonhap ]

N. Korean official says Pyongyang not interested in talks ‚that bring nothing‘

North Korea is no longer interested in holding another summit with the United States that will „bring nothing,“ a former chief nuclear envoy of the communist nation said Monday, urging Washington to drop its „hostile policy“ against Pyongyang.

18.11.2019 - 21:28 [ Yonhap ]

Senior N.K. diplomat departs for Russia

North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, considered leader Kim Jong-un’s top strategist in nuclear negotiations with the United States, departed for Russia on Monday, the North’s state media reported.

18.11.2019 - 01:18 [ Voice of America ]

US, South Korea Postpone Joint Military Drills as ‚Act of Goodwill‘ Toward North Korea

The U.S. and South Korea have been conducting annual military exercises since 1955, months after the end of the Korean War, in order to maintain their combat abilities to defend against North Korea. There are about 28,500 American troops currently stationed in South Korea.

20.10.2019 - 14:46 [ BBC ]

US expands ‚axis of evil‘

(6.5.2002)

The United States has added Cuba, Libya and Syria to the nations it claims are deliberately seeking to obtain chemical or biological weapons.

06.10.2019 - 10:13 [ Arirang.com ]

Britain, France and Germany request closed-door UNSC meeting to discuss N. Korea’s SLBM test

(04.10.2019)

UN Security Council resolutions ban North Korea from testing ballistic missile technology.

01.10.2019 - 16:04 [ Yonhap ]

N. Korea, U.S. agree to resume nuke talks on Oct. 5

Hopes for a compromise in the envisioned talks have emerged with the ouster of hawkish U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and Washington’s apparent conciliatory gestures.

02.08.2019 - 15:47 [ Yonhap ]

Top nuke envoys of S. Korea, U.S. hold talks in Bangkok

Lee Do-hoon and his U.S. counterpart, Stephen Biegun, met Wednesday in Bangkok on the sidelines of a series of multilateral meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

26.07.2019 - 08:43 [ Yonhap ]

N. Korea says it fired new tactical guided weapon in ‚warning‘ against Seoul

The firings were aimed at sending a „solemn warning“ to „South Korean military warmongers“ who are introducing „ultramodern offensive weapons into South Korea“ and …

25.07.2019 - 17:09 [ NKnews.org ]

Oil tanker numbers at Nampho not impacted by sanctions, analysis shows

Analysis of oil tanker numbers at North Korea’s Nampho oil terminal compiled from over two and half years of satellite imagery shows continued and sustained activity at the site, despite strict UN sanctions restricting oil flows passed at the end of 2017.

The collection of over 300 images, taken at regular intervals between January 2017 and July 2019 by Planet Labs satellites, overall show an expanding oil loading facility growing to meet continual activity.

25.07.2019 - 16:48 [ Artyom Lukin ‏/ Twitter ]

Russian deputy defense minister Alexander Fomin visited Pyongyang, where he discussed „expansion and activization“ of military cooperation b/w Russia and N.Korea.

(07.07.2019)

25.07.2019 - 15:58 [ Andrew McAlister ‏/ Twitter ]

„Cooperation between the military departments of Russia & North Korea including at a high level, has intensified recently.“ – Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Alexander Fomin said at a meeting with his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyun Ryong.

(03.07.2019)

25.07.2019 - 14:56 [ CNN ]

North Korean missile launch a ’new type of threat,‘ South Korea says

„Trump’s trip to Panmunjom didn’t have its desired effect,“ Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT told CNN. „There’s no date for working level talks. Instead, they’re still testing — Kim is touring potentially nuclear capable submarines and firing“ missiles.

24.07.2019 - 08:30 [ ABC News ]

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects new submarine that could potentially threaten US

Shin pointed out that the submarine was revealed just in time for U.S. national security adviser John Bolton’s Seoul visit.

12.07.2019 - 09:00 [ Japan Today ]

U.S. in call seeks to ease dispute between S Korea, Japan

Japan said last week it would end expedited shipments of chemical compounds used by South Korean companies in the manufacture of microchips and smartphones.

Tokyo is angry at South Korean court rulings that Japanese firms must compensate forced laborers from Japan’s 1910-1945 rule of the peninsula.

12.07.2019 - 08:39 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea dismisses UNC’s alleged push to include Japan as official member

According to sources, the UNC is seeking to include Japan as one of the UNC’s „sending states,“ a move likely to inflame public sentiment in South Korea amid renewed historical tensions with Tokyo.

Should Japan obtain the membership, it would pave the way for its military involvement in the event of an armed conflict on the Korean peninsula — a scenario unthinkable for many Koreans who harbor grievances stemming from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule.

30.06.2019 - 10:16 [ Motoko Rich, NYT Tokyo bureau chief ‏/ Twitter ]

Question: will sanctions stay on? Trump: „they’re staying on. I’m looking forward to taking them off. ..i don’t like sanctions being on this country. „

30.06.2019 - 09:21 [ H.M. So / Twitter ]

Tucker Carlson? Yes it is! Fox News‘ @TuckerCarlson spotted at historic meeting between US President Trump, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Moon. #trump #northkorea #dprk #southkorea #korea #Panmunjom

30.06.2019 - 08:43 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

LIVE: [S.Korea-U.S. Summit] Presidents Moon and Trump visit DMZ

▪ Presidents Moon and Trump visit DMZ
▪ DMZ being transformed into a symbol of peace
▪ History of U.S. presidents visiting DMZ and their messages

29.06.2019 - 07:12 [ Yonhap ]

Putin: N. Korean leader says security assurance is a key corresponding step for denuclearization

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made it clear that security assurance is his key demand in terms of corresponding measures for denuclearization, Russian President Vladimir Putin told South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their talks here Saturday.

29.06.2019 - 07:07 [ Yonhap ]

N. Korea says Trump’s DMZ meeting offer ‚interesting suggestion‘

„We see it as a very interesting suggestion, but we have not received an official proposal in this regard,“ the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) cited First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui as saying.

29.06.2019 - 07:00 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!

28.06.2019 - 18:47 [ Yonhap ]

U.S. ready for talks with N.K. to make ’simultaneous and parallel‘ progress: nuke envoy

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun made the remarks when he met with his South Korean counterpart, Lee Do-hoon, a day before U.S. President Donald Trump visits Seoul for summit talks with President Moon Jae-in, according to the foreign ministry.

26.06.2019 - 08:57 [ Yonhap ]

N. Korea says antagonistic U.S. officials hindering denuclearization

The criticism was apparently based on confusion over Pompeo’s recent remarks.

Speaking to reporters about North Korea and Iran in quick succession, Pompeo said earlier this week that „some 80-plus percent of the North Korean economy“ is sanctioned when he should have said „the Iranian economy.“ He almost immediately corrected his comment.

26.06.2019 - 08:50 [ World Food Programme ]

Inside the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Assessment of food needs reveals hidden hunger in DPRK

In May 2019, World Food Programme (WFP) teams visited nine of the DPRK’s provinces to assess the food security situation after the 2018 harvest was the worst in 10 years. This is an insider’s view of this mission.

24.06.2019 - 16:32 [ Yonhap ]

U.S. nuke envoy to visit Seoul on Thursday: sources

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will arrive in Seoul this Thursday for talks with his South Korean counterpart and other officials, days before the planned visit to Seoul by U.S. President Donald Trump, diplomatic sources said Monday.

22.06.2019 - 08:50 [ theStandard.com.hk ]

Kim tells Xi North awaits US move

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting with visiting President Xi Jinping, said his country is waiting on a response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States.

„North Korea would like to remain patient,“ state broadcaster CCTV reported Kim as saying. „But it hopes the relevant party will meet halfway with North Korea.“

22.06.2019 - 05:59 [ China.org.cn ]

China ready to join DPRK in turning blueprint of bilateral ties into reality: Xi

Xi, also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), made the remarks during his meeting at the state guest house with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers‘ Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

19.06.2019 - 18:25 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea to send 50,000 tons of rice to N. Korea via WFP

It marks the first time for South Korea to provide rice to North Korea since 2010, when it sent 5,000 tons to support its efforts to recover from flood damage.

19.06.2019 - 16:31 [ Press TV ]

China’s Xi hails ‘irreplaceable friendship’ with North Korea ahead of visit to Pyongyang

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his government supports North Korea’s “correct direction” in politically resolving issues, just a day before he arrives in Pyongyang at the invitation of the North’s leader Kim Jong-un.

In an opinion peace, published on Wednesday on the front page of North Korean official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, Xi said Beijing’s friendship with the North is “irreplaceable.”

18.06.2019 - 19:05 [ South China Morning Post ]

The Trump summit in Hanoi broke down, but Xi’s Pyongyang visit is set to give Kim political capital – and tonnes of food

– In a state visit this week, the Chinese president is expected to provide massive aid to the North, with reports anticipating at least 100,000 tonnes of food
– International food organisations say 10 million people, or 40 per cent of North Korea’s population, are in urgent need of sustenance

18.06.2019 - 17:32 [ Korea Times ]

Xi’s visit to North

It is particularly noteworthy that Xi’s visit to the North is taking place right before the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28 and 29. President Trump is expected to visit South Korea around the time of the G20 Summit for a meeting with President Moon Jae-in. Therefore, the key players in the denuclearization talks are gathering in this part of the world at the same time.

18.06.2019 - 17:22 [ Yonhap ]

FM says she believes there are ‚good signs‘ for resuming N.K. nuclear talks

Kang returned from a two-day trip to Russia, where she held talks with her counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on key bilateral issues, including the latest on North Korea’s denuclearization.

18.06.2019 - 17:15 [ Yonhap ]

Cheong Wa Dae says inter-Korean summit is not a must before G-20

South Korea’s presidential office publicly toned down its expectations for an early inter-Korean summit Tuesday, a day after Beijing and Pyongyang announced this week’s bilateral summit.

18.06.2019 - 06:39 [ theGuardian.com ]

Xi Jinping to meet Kim Jong-un in first state visit to North Korea

Move is first such trip by a Chinese president in 14 years and comes amid stalling nuclear talks with the US

17.06.2019 - 19:57 [ Haaretz ]

Global Drop in Nuclear Stockpiles, but Israel Among Top Countries Upgrading Arsenal, Report Shows

Britain was estimated to have 200 nuclear warheads, France 300, and China 290. Israel’s stockpile comprised 80 to 90 warheads. North Korea was estimated to have 20 to 30 warheads but the information was extremely limited, according to SIPRI.

16.06.2019 - 13:30 [ CNN ]

Trump says Kim has ‚kept his word‘ hours after Bolton said he hasn’t

(12.06.2019)

Earlier Tuesday, Bolton had told the Wall Street Journal at a speaking event in Washington that North Korea is not complying with the terms agreed upon during Trump’s first summit with Kim, in Singapore last year.

12.06.2019 - 07:53 [ CNN ]

Trump claims he wouldn’t have let CIA recruit Kim Jong Un’s brother

Trump wouldn’t confirm or deny reports that Kim Jong Nam had been working with the CIA prior to being killed in Malaysia in February 2017, saying that he didn’t know anything about it.
„I know this: that the relationship is such that that wouldn’t happen under my auspices, but I don’t know about that. Nobody knows,“ he said.

10.06.2019 - 16:12 [ Grayzone ]

Top US journalists spread fake news claiming North Korean official was ‘purged’ – then he shows up on TV

Bloomberg’s source for this false story was South Korea’s far-right newspaper Chosun Ilbo, which has a long history of fabricating stories about North Korea. In turn, Chosun Ilbo’s story was based on a single unidentified source.

That is to say, the fake report obediently echoed by the Western press corps was based entirely on the claims of one unnamed person.

25.05.2019 - 18:18 [ Japan Today ]

Trump arrives in Tokyo; meets Japanese business leaders

U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, landed in Japan on Saturday on a largely ceremonial visit meant to showcase strong ties with Tokyo even as trade tensions loom.

25.05.2019 - 17:45 [ Daily Beast ]

John Bolton Says North Korea Missile Testing Violates UN Resolutions

National security adviser John Bolton said Saturday that sanctions against North Korea must be kept in place after the rogue country violated a United Nations Security Council resolution when it test-fired short-range missiles last week. The Associated Press reported that Bolton, speaking in Tokyo ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s state visit, also defended the U.S. seizure of a North Korean cargo ship May 14.

20.05.2019 - 05:40 [ CNN ]

Trump’s hardline advisers are weakening his position

Nearly 17 years later, and the Trump administration is still dealing with the fallout of George W. Bush’s charge to depose Saddam Hussein. And they are still dealing with it, and most other ongoing crises, with a familiar cast of people. The key difference: President Donald Trump has not made his position „eminently clear“ and instead has left foreign policy to be loosely squabbled over by a handful of career Republican hawks.

12.05.2019 - 22:03 [ Politico.com ]

Transcript: POLITICO interviews President Donald Trump on Joe Biden, impeachment, Bill Barr, North Korea

(10.05.2019)

POLITICO: Thank you, Mr. President. The Pentagon said yesterday that North Korea has been firing short-range missiles. They confirm that’s what they were yesterday. Do you consider this a breach of trust between you and Kim Jong Un? Are you angry or frustrated by by this? And how do you think we should be responding to that?

TRUMP: No. No. I’m not at all. They’re short-range. They’re short-range and I don’t consider that a breach of trust at all. And you know, at some point I may. But at this at this point, no. These were short-range missiles and very standard stuff. Very standard.

09.05.2019 - 20:56 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship for Violating Sanctions

“This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service,” said John C. Demers, the head of the Justice Department’s national security division. The complaint was filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Thursday by the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.

The civil action came as North Korea’s weapons tests over the past several days have threatened the disarmament discussions that President Trump opened.

06.05.2019 - 18:30 [ BBC ]

US expands ‚axis of evil‘

(6.5.2002)

The United States has added Cuba, Libya and Syria to the nations it claims are deliberately seeking to obtain chemical or biological weapons.

04.05.2019 - 12:31 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin informed Donald Trump of the key results of his April 25 meeting in Vladivostok with Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK Kim Jong-un, stressing that Pyongyang’s good-faith fulfilment of its commitments should be accompanied by reciprocal steps to ease the sanctions pressure on North Korea. Both parties noted the importance of consistent progress towards denuclearisation and achieving long-term normalisation on the Korean Peninsula.

04.05.2019 - 11:40 [ Yonhap ]

Trump urges Putin to keep pressure on N. Korea

„They spoke about North Korea for a good bit of time on the call and reiterated both the commitment and the need for denuclearization,“ Sanders told reporters at the White House.

„And the president said several times on this front as well the need and importance of Russia stepping up and continuing to help and put pressure on North Korea to denuclearize,“ she said. „And that was again the focus of the president’s comment on that front.“

04.05.2019 - 04:32 [ Reuters ]

North Korea fires short-range missiles for first time since 2017: South Korea

The North fired an unidentified short-range missile from the city of Wonsan around 9 a.m. (0000 GMT), South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The Office said it was conducting joint analysis with the United States.

24.04.2019 - 04:09 [ Sputnik ]

Kim’s Armored Train Stops at Russian Khasan Railway Station – Report

The media also specified that Kim was accompanied by Kim Phyong Hae and O Su Yong, members of the Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the WPK Central Committee, country’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army Ri Yong Gil and other high-ranking officials.

24.04.2019 - 02:04 [ Yonhap ]

N.K. leader departs for Russia by train for summit with Putin: state media

Kim’s special train left for Russia earlier in the day, the Korean Central News Agency said. It did not specify from where it departed and where it is headed.

The Kremlin earlier said that the summit will be held in Russia’s Far East city of Vladivostok on Thursday.

18.04.2019 - 06:23 [ Yonhap ]

(3rd LD) N.K. leader supervises test-fire of new tactical guided weapon: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised a test-firing of a new tactical guided weapon, calling its development an „event of very weighty significance“ in beefing up its military power, state media reported Thursday.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the test happened Wednesday but did not specify what the newly developed weapon was.

13.04.2019 - 16:35 [ Yahoo.com ]

Trump, in talks with South Korea’s Moon, says sanctions on North Korea to stay in place

Asked by reporters whether he was prepared to ease some sanctions on North Korea, Trump said he and Moon were discussing „certain humanitarian things“ and the possibility of South Korea helping the North with food. He did not rule out participating in a three-way summit with both Kim and Moon.

16.03.2019 - 13:14 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Pompeo hopeful that denuclearization talks with N. Korea will continue

Choe also said the U.S. was „gangster-like“ in their demands for denuclearization. To that,… Pompeo said it was not the first time that North Korea had portrayed him in a negative light,… and added that the two sides have continued to have „very professional conversations“ despite such accusations. He also said he has every expectation… that they’ll be able to continue such discussions.

04.03.2019 - 15:57 [ Yonhap ]

Gov’t taps new ambassadors for China, Japan, Russia: sources

South Korea has named new ambassadors to China, Japan and Russia in a recent regular spring reshuffle of senior diplomats, as it seeks to bolster diplomacy for its peace efforts with North Korea, sources said Monday.

01.03.2019 - 13:53 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

Great to be back from Vietnam, an amazing place. We had very substantive negotiations with Kim Jong Un – we know what they want and they know what we must have. Relationship very good, let’s see what happens!

01.03.2019 - 13:39 [ Yonhap ]

N. Korean leader to leave Hanoi on Saturday morning: source

Kim has stayed at his luxury hotel without issuing any public message in person since the summit.

The country’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, instead held a sudden late-night press conference and said his regime demanded partial sanctions relief for its dismantlement of the Yongbyon nuclear complex in the negotiations.

01.03.2019 - 13:04 [ Reuters ]

North Korean leader Kim and Trump to continue talks to resolve problems discussed at Hanoi: KCNA

The two leaders saw that efforts and proactive measures taken by both sides to ease tension, propel peace and bring about complete denuclearization on the Korean peninsula has been gravely meaningful in encouraging trust between them and fundamentally changing the distrust and inimical relationship that had continued between the two countries for decades, KCNA said.

01.03.2019 - 12:49 [ Fox News ]

Kim Jong Un willing to sit down with Trump again, North Korea state media says

Nevertheless, North Korean state news agency KNCA’s report Friday offered an upbeat takeaway of the meeting, saying both leaders walked away with a deeper commitment to forging ties between the two historically hostile nations.

01.03.2019 - 12:44 [ CNN ]

Trump’s presidency turns into the art of the no deal

(1.3.2019) „So funny to watch people who have failed for years, they got NOTHING, telling me how to negotiate with North Korea. But thanks anyway,“ Trump tweeted.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak reported that top aides had told Trump a deal was tough to reach in Hanoi, but the President had harbored hopes that he could turn the tables. He was dismayed to find that the North Korean leader was so inflexible.

01.03.2019 - 02:52 [ Trend.az ]

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Xi could be ‘more helpful’, says US president

As talks between the United States and North Korea ended on Thursday with little to show for the effort, US President Donald Trump said his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping could have been “more helpful” in encouraging Pyongyang to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons – even as he acknowledged Beijing’s support, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post.

28.02.2019 - 10:13 [ Fox News ]

Trump’s full press conference after Kim Jong Un summit in Vietnam

The White House has announced that no agreement was reached in Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un. The President will brief the media before departing Hanoi.

28.02.2019 - 10:07 [ New York Times ]

Trump-Kim Summit Updates: ‘Sometimes You Have to Walk,’ Trump Says as Talks Collapse

• President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, failed to reach a deal on denuclearization during their second summit meeting in eight months. “Sometimes you have to walk,” Mr. Trump said after the talks broke down.

• Mr. Trump said Mr. Kim was willing to close some but not all nuclear sites in North Korea in exchange for the lifting of all international sanctions.

• The leaders were scheduled to have lunch together and sign a joint agreement, but those plans were abruptly called off.

28.02.2019 - 10:06 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Donald Trump storms out of summit early and CANCELS planned lunch after Kim Jong-un demands sanctions are lifted without giving up nukes

The White House today insisted talks between the pair would continue in the future despite the talks breaking down early and a joint agreement signing ceremony being scrapped

27.02.2019 - 18:45 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

#TrumpKimSummit #HanoiSummit #2차북미정상회담 [2019 NORTH KOREA-U.S. SUMMIT HIGHLIGHT] FULL HIGHLIGHT, DAY1

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27.02.2019 - 14:40 [ NBC News / Youtube ]

Special Report: President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi

President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un meet in Vietnam for a second round of talks, focusing on Kim’s nuclear arsenal.

27.02.2019 - 10:39 [ Viet Nam News ]

PM Phúc meets US President Trump in Hà Nội

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc met with US President Donald Trump in Hà Nội on Wednesday.

The Vietnamese Government leader warmly welcomed the US leader for the second DPRK-USA summit and bilateral activities with Việt Nam.

27.02.2019 - 07:06 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Prospective participants at Kim-Trump social dinner

Watchers say,… since only the closest aides will take part in the greeting and dinner, the two countries will have a frank discussion on denuclearization and corresponding measures. Adding to that speculation is the fact that the hawkish U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, who also arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday,… ISN’T a member of these talks.

25.02.2019 - 05:47 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

S. Korea’s presidential office says N. Korea and U.S. may agree on ending Korean War this week

President Moon Jae-in is also likely to discuss the upcoming Kim-Trump summit during his weekly meeting this afternoon with top aides at the Blue House. The president had previously ordered his chief secretaries to keep working hard to achieve denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. And with presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom even floating the possibility of a declaration of the end of the Korean War during this week’s summit, it is likely that President Moon may also make a statement in his meeting later today.

05.02.2019 - 02:38 [ Reuters ]

U.S. envoy to hold talks in North Korea on Wednesday

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea will meet with his North Korean counterpart on Wednesday in Pyongyang to prepare for a summit later this month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

18.01.2019 - 21:13 [ BBC ]

North Korea’s Kim Yong-chol meets Mike Pompeo in Washington

One of North Korea’s top negotiators is in Washington to meet US officials ahead of a possible second summit between the two countries‘ leaders.

Kim Yong-chol is meeting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and could hold talks with President Donald Trump at the White House later, US media say.

11.01.2019 - 04:25 [ Xinhuanet ]

Xi, Kim hold talks, reaching important consensus

The two sides agreed to make joint efforts to push for continuous new development of China-DPRK relations in the new era, constantly advance the political settlement process of the Korean Peninsula issue, bring more benefits to people of the two countries, and make positive contribution to peace, stability, prosperity and development of the region and the world.

10.01.2019 - 07:01 [ Yonhap ]

N.K. leader reaffirms denuclearization commitment, vows efforts for 2nd summit with Trump

„The DPRK will continue sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation, and make efforts for the second summit between DPRK and U.S. leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community,“ Xinhua quoted Kim as saying during talks with Xi.

30.12.2018 - 16:46 [ 문재인 (Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea) / Facebook ]

새해를 앞두고 김정은 위원장이 편지를 보내왔습니다.

우리 민족이 전쟁의 위험에서 벗어나 더는 돌려세울 수 없는 화해와 신뢰의 관계가 되었음을 전해주었습니다. 서울 상봉이 이뤄지지 못한 데 대한 아쉬움도 담겨있습니다.

남북과 북미정상회담의 합의에 대한 적극적인 실천 의지도 다시 한 번 천명해주었습니다.

30.12.2018 - 16:36 [ CNN ]

Kim Jong Un sends rare letter to South Korean leader after extraordinary year

It marks the end of a historic year in North-South relations, with the leaders hugging each other on the tarmac of Pyongyang International Airport in their most recent meeting in September — believed to be the first time Kim had greeted visitors at the airport since taking power in 2011.

30.12.2018 - 16:20 [ Yonhap ]

N. Korean leader likely to tamp down rhetoric in New Year’s speech to revive stalemated nuke talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will likely tamp down his rhetoric in his New Year’s Day message in order to not provoke the United States and try to revive the hope for their long-stalemated denuclearization talks, experts said Sunday.

30.12.2018 - 10:03 [ Reuters ]

North Korea’s Kim wants more summits with Moon next year: Blue House

“Chairman Kim said he is willing to meet often with President Moon next year to move forward discussions on peace and prosperity and resolve the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Moon’s spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a statement.

01.12.2018 - 12:32 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

President Moon calls for global support for his vision of nuclear-free Korean Peninsula

Addressing world leaders on the G20 stage,… President Moon Jae-in emphasized that peace on the Korean Peninsula will open the way for greater global prosperity. Speaking in Argentina on Friday,… President Moon said sustainable development is only possible through peace,… and friendly inter-Korean ties will contribute to humanity.

01.12.2018 - 12:31 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Moon, Trump agree next N. Korea-U.S. summit will create momentum for denuclearization

Now,… onto the South Korean leader’s trip to the G20 Summit in Argentina. President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held talks Friday on the sidelines of the summit. North Korea dominated most of their discussion. Shin Se-min has this story.

27.11.2018 - 01:15 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

UN Sanctions Exemption Will Allow Koreas to Survey Railways

In recent diplomacy, North and South Korea agreed to reconnect a single road and also a single rail line between the two nations. The process of reconnecting the road began this weekend, but the rail link requires surveys to be carried out on both sides of the border.

22.11.2018 - 04:32 [ Reuters ]

U.S., South Korea to reduce scope of ‚Foal Eagle‘ military drill: Mattis

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday a joint military exercise with South Korea called “Foal Eagle” would be reduced in scope next year so it does not harm diplomatic efforts with North Korea.

22.11.2018 - 00:19 [ Yonhap ]

Koreas to hold meeting to discuss improving direct communications lines

South and North Korea will hold a working-level meeting later this week to discuss ways to modernize underground cables set up across their border for direct phone and other communication lines, the unification ministry said Wednesday.

The meeting, set for Friday at the joint liaison office in the North’s border town of Kaesong, will focus on cooperation in replacing the current copper communications cables with fiber-optic cables, the ministry said.

17.11.2018 - 19:13 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Seoul, Washington agree to have inter-Korean cooperation, denuclearization efforts work in tandem

South Korea’s point-man on North Korea has been holding talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. While there are signs Seoul and Washington have different stances on Pyeongyang, the two officials reaffirmed that inter-Korean relations and North Korea’s denuclearization have to go hand-in-hand. Oh Jung-hee reports. Inter-Korean relations and denuclearization efforts working in tandem.

14.11.2018 - 06:16 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

The story in the New York Times concerning North Korea developing missile bases is inaccurate. We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new – and nothing happening out of the normal. Just more Fake News. I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!

12.11.2018 - 02:28 [ Prensa Latina ]

Presidents of Cuba and Laos Hold Official Talks

During his only day in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Cuban head of State also met with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and the speaker of the National Assembly, Pany Yathortou.

The Cuban president is on a tour that included a brief stopover in France and then official visits to Russia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China and Vietnam.

07.11.2018 - 17:24 [ CNN ]

High-level US-North Korea meeting postponed without reason

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert did not offer an explanation as to why the talks would be postponed, but two diplomatic sources told CNN that the move was clearly a signal that North Korea has not been willing to cooperate with the US’s expectations up to this point.
The US has been looking for some sort of concession from Pyongyang — such as opening sites connected to its nuclear program for inspections — before going forward with a second summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim, the two sources said.

04.11.2018 - 12:57 [ LA Times ]

Secret Plan Outlines the Unthinkable

(10.März 2002) WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, in a secret policy review completed early this year, has ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the „axis of evil“–Iraq, Iran, and North Korea–but also China, Libya and Syria.

In addition, the U.S. Defense Department has been told to prepare for the possibility that nuclear weapons may be required in some future Arab-Israeli crisis. And, it is to develop plans for using nuclear weapons to retaliate against chemical or biological attacks, as well as „surprising military developments“ of an unspecified nature.

31.10.2018 - 21:33 [ Xinhuanet ]

S.Korea, DPRK to hold sports talks

During the talks, the two sides will discuss the inter-Korean sports exchange, including the joint participation in the international sports event such as the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The sports delegations will also discuss issues on the joint hosting by the two Koreas of the 2032 Summer Olympics, the ministry said.

22.10.2018 - 19:27 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

[LIVE/NEWSCENTER] Two Koreas, UN Command to withdraw guard posts, firearms at JSA

▪ Seoul, Pyeongyang holding forestry talks at joint liaison office ▪ Final decision on suspension of S. Korea-U.S. air drill to be determined at joint security meeting ▪ Blue House hopeful for both next inter-Korean and Kim-Trump summits

13.10.2018 - 14:25 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Pres. Moon says declaration to end Korean war „only matter of time“ during interview with BBC

‚It is only a matter of time before Pyeongyang and Washington call it an end to the state of war on the divided peninsula,‘ said President Moon Jae-in,… just a day before embarking on a tour around Europe, where Moon is expected to seek support for establishing permanent peace in Northeast Asia.

09.10.2018 - 05:31 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea beefs up mediation efforts to catalyze denuclearization

South Korea is cranking up its mediation diplomacy to keep North Korea on a denuclearization track and squelch growing U.S. skepticism about its engagement with the communist state, analysts in Seoul said Thursday.

07.10.2018 - 20:20 [ Mike Pompeo, US-Außenminister / Twitter ]

Arrived in #Seoul to brief President @moonriver365 and FM Kang on my meetings in #DPRK with Chairman Kim.

I look forward to working closely with our #ROK friends and allies to ensure progress on inter-Korean relations is in lockstep with progress on denuclearization. @StateDept

07.10.2018 - 20:16 [ Mike Pompeo, US-Außenminister / Twitter ]

Had a good trip to #Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim. We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit. Thanks for hosting me and my team @StateDept

07.10.2018 - 08:52 [ Mike Pompeo, Außenminister der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

Next stop #Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim and continue our work to fulfill the commitments made @potus and Chairman Kim at the #singaporesummit #DPRK @StateDept

07.10.2018 - 08:48 [ Japan Today ]

Pompeo in Japan to discuss N Korea en route to Pyongyang

Pompeo met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on the eve of his fourth visit to North Korea, during which he’ll be looking to arrange a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and plot a path forward on denuclearization. Japan, notably, has been wary of Trump’s initiative, fearing it could affect its long-standing security relationship with the U.S.

06.10.2018 - 08:19 [ Mike Pompeo, Außenminister der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

Looking forward to my trip to Japan, DPRK, ROK, and China to make progress on the commitment that Chairman Kim and @POTUS made in Singapore, and continue our efforts to build out a pathway for the denuclearization of the DPRK.

05.10.2018 - 07:58 [ CBS News ]

Mike Pompeo floats prospect of officially ending Korean War ahead of Trump-Kim summit

(28.9.2018) Given the Trump administration’s goal of a complete, verifiable denuclearization of North Korea during President Trump’s first term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is eager to maintain U.S.-North Korean engagement. As he prepares for upcoming discussions with the North Koreans, he is leaving one tool conspicuously on the table: the prospect of an official declaration to end the Korean War.

05.10.2018 - 07:52 [ Daily Beast ]

Pompeo Ditches His Own Deadline for North Korea Denuclearization

He went on to explain: “I repeated it but it was a comment that had been made by the leaders who had their inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang. They talked about 2021 when they were gathered there. So I was reiterating this as a timeline that they were potentially prepared to agree to.” Pompeo is set to visit Pyongyang on Sunday for nuclear negotiations, his first trip since an earlier one was canceled by Trump over a lack of progress.

05.10.2018 - 07:47 [ Washington Post ]

South Korea reveals plan to break stalemate in U.S.-North Korea talks

South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul’s top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.

25.09.2018 - 14:09 [ Yonhap ]

Moon, Trump discuss ‚corresponding measures‘ for N. Korean denuclearization

„The leaders agreed to continue communicating closely about corresponding measures,“ said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. In their bilateral summit held in New York, the leaders of South Korea and the United States also agreed on the need to show North Korea a bright future following its denuclearization.

24.09.2018 - 18:47 [ Daryl G Kimball ‏ / Twitter ]

What is clear is that the chance for resumption of U.S.-NK talks is there. Key question at #UNGA this week is whether Trump agrees w/Moon Jae-in on a joint declaration on the end of the war, and whether NK will simultaneously agrees to significant denuclearization steps. 4/4

24.09.2018 - 18:34 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

U.S., North Korea having extended conversations about denuclearization: Pompeo

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Pompeo said the Trump administration is working diligently to achieve many outcomes regarding denuclearization,…adding negotiations are underway, although the details have not been provided to the press.

21.09.2018 - 05:51 [ Rocketnews ‏ / Twitter ]

Tit-for-tat: North Korea’s troublesome denuclearisation | US insisting on unilateral and complete denuclearisation, but North Korea demands ‘simultaneous‘ action.

21.09.2018 - 05:40 [ CNN ]

South Korea’s Moon: Further progress with North Korea will depend on the US

The North Korea ball is thoroughly back in Washington’s court.
That was the message from South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday during a news conference in Seoul to cap a historic trip to Pyongyang.

21.09.2018 - 05:35 [ USA Today ]

Kim Jong Un, Moon Jae-in sign ‚peace‘ agreement at Korean summit; Kim promises to visit Seoul

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad agreement on Wednesday morning in Pyongyang that both said would usher in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

21.09.2018 - 05:34 [ CNN ]

South and North Korea want a peace treaty. What happens if the US doesn’t?

(24.8.2018) „Things will definitely get complicated if (and) when the diplomacy seriously stalls,“ said Oliver Hotham, managing editor of the Korea Risk Group. „There will definitely be those in (Seoul) who will be furious with the US.“

20.09.2018 - 05:21 [ Yonhap ]

Kim agrees to additional denuclearization steps in summit with Moon

Kim said he and Moon agreed to remove all nuclear weapons and threats from the Korean Peninsula.

„The September declaration will open a higher level for the improvement in relations (between the South and the North) … and bring closer the era of peace and prosperity,“ Kim said of his agreement signed with Moon after their two-day talks in Pyongyang.

The joint declaration, later released by Seoul’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, showed the North’s agreement on denuclearization steps.

20.09.2018 - 03:55 [ ARIRANG NEWS / Youtube ]

President Moon Jae-in speaks to N. Korean audience of 150,000

President Moon capped off the second day of the summit by attending perhaps North Korea’s most famous cultural product, the Mass Games. Not only did he attend, he became the first South Korean leader to deliver a speech to a mass North Korean audience, in this case, numbering some 150-thousand people. We’ll now listen to that in its entirety.

Citizens of Pyeongyang, I am very glad to see you all here tonight. As the president of South Korea, I feel deeply honored to speak to you. As you can see with your own eyes, we are opening a new era together. My fellow Koreans, Chairman Kim Jong-un and I had an encounter full of meaning at Panmunjeom on April 27th. We had a warm embrace. And today, we have agreed that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula. Therefore, we have solemnly announced both to our 80 million fellow Koreans and to the international community that a new era of peace has dawned on the Peninsula. We have also affirmed the principle of national self-determination, that we ourselves will determine the fate of our people.

Also, we have firmly promised to advance a future of common prosperity, to independently restore our blood-based ties, and to develop inter-Korean relations in a thorough and dramatic way. This fall, I, President Moon Jae-in, decided to make this trip to Pyeongyang. Dear citizens of Pyeongyang, Chairman Kim Jong-un and I have agreed specifically to completely eliminate the threat and fear of war on the Korean Peninsula. In addition, from Mt. Baekdusan to Mt. Hallasan, we promised to leave our future generations this beautiful land, free of nuclear weapons and nuclear threats. And we will quickly take steps to fundamentally end the suffering of separated families before it’s too late. I send generous applause and thanks to Chairman Kim, who is walking along with me towards a new future. Dear citizens of Pyeongyang, on this visit, I have witnessed the remarkable development of this city. I have seen the kind of nation you are trying to build, how much you strive for peace and your bravery in hard times. Dear fellow citizens, we are great. We are strong. We love peace. And we should live together. We lived together for over 5,000 years and have been separated for 70 years. I propose today to completely end this 70-year separation and take a big step towards peace. Chairman Kim and I will firmly join hands and work to build a new fatherland. Let us move into a new future together. I would like to thank the many Pyeongyang citizens, young people, students and children who have warmly welcomed our delegation.

Thank you.

09.09.2018 - 12:14 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

S. Korean intelligence chief Suh Hoon to brief Japan PM on N. Korea visit

The director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency, Suh Hoon, is due to meet tomorrow with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo… to brief him on his recent visit to North Korea. Suh left for Tokyo this morning. It’s expected that he’ll convey Kim Jong-un’s reported willingness to denuclearize and ask for Japan’s support in reviving talks between Pyongyang and Washington to that end.

09.09.2018 - 12:09 [ Rodong Sinmun ]

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Orders to Promote Military Ranks of KPA Commanding Officers

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers‘ Party of Korea, ordered to promote the military ranks of commanding officers of the Korean People’s Army on Saturday on the occasion of the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK.

09.09.2018 - 12:05 [ stimmekoreas / Youtube ]

Chinese Party and Government Delegation arrives in North Korea

Warmly greeting the delegation were Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, Ri Su Yong, member of the Political Bureau and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Yo Jong, alternate member of the Political Bureau and first vice-department director of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Song Nam, first vice-department director of the WPK Central Committee, Ri Kil Song, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, officials concerned and Li Jinjun, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, and his embassy officials.

09.09.2018 - 11:53 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

No ICBMs displayed at military parade celebrating N. Korea’s 70th birthday

Instead,… this year’s celebrations focused on the the regime’s economy. Civilians paraded across the square with floats displaying messages about socialism. And although there was no speech from the North Korean leader himself,… the ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam , addressed the public with a softer tone,… emphasizing the regime’s initiatives for economic reform. Experts say that as long as the momentum for dialogue continues,… North Korea will hold back on its nuclear ambitions, and concentrate more on its economic growth and improving the lives of its people. Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.

09.09.2018 - 11:48 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

N. Korea celebrates 70th anniversary of regime’s foundation

It’s a big day for North Korea, Ji-yeon,… as the regime turns 70 today. We hear that the parade already ended after beginning at around 10AM. But we’re still waiting to hear the specifics,… especially on the military display, what kinds of weapons it featured, and whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gave out a public message.

09.09.2018 - 11:32 [ CNN ]

North Korea holds military parade without ICBMs

Kim reviewed the procession from a balcony in Kim Il Sung Square, alongside other senior officials, including Li Zhanshu, a special envoy sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kim and Li locked hands and raised arms at the end of the event.

07.09.2018 - 05:47 [ VOAnews.com ]

US Report: Trump Promised to Sign Off on Ending Korean War

(30.8.2018) Investigative news outlet Vox cited „multiple sources familiar with the negotiations“ as saying Trump made the promise during his summit with Kim in Singapore in June.

The report said Trump made the promise and later qualified it by asking North Korea to dismantle most of its nuclear arsenal first.

07.09.2018 - 01:28 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Kim Jong Un Vows Nuclear-Free Korea Ahead of Summit With South

South Korean officials announced on Thursday that a deal has been reached to hold a summit in Pyongyang from September 18-20. The summit is to focus on “practical measures” which could be taken for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

06.09.2018 - 19:30 [ Rodong Sinmun (Nordkorea) ]

Improvement of Inter-Korean Relation Is Good for U.S.

The U.S. must realize that the more the inter-Korean relations improve, the better way the U.S. would have, and if things of other countries and nations go well, its things would also go well.

In view of the prestige of the DPRK in the international politics and the geo-political position of the Korean peninsula, the inter-Korean relations can be termed a key link in the chain of the world politics, and if the knot in the inter-Korean relations is untied, it will not be bad but good for the U.S.

05.09.2018 - 17:39 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Moon, Trump agree to meet at UN General Assembly later this month

However, after the phone conversation, the Blue House was cautious to confirm that President Moon will, in fact, attend the General Assembly; while White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said the two leaders agreed to meet later this month. The Blue House said in a separate readout that the two leaders agreed to quote „explore the idea of meeting in person“ on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York.

05.09.2018 - 17:36 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

South Korea’s special delegation delivers President Moon’s personal letter to Kim Jong-un

Hojun, so we hear that the envoys met with the North Korean leader?

That’s right, Daniel. Their encounter was confirmed when the Blue House press corps received a text message from Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom less than two hours ago, in which he said South Korea’s special delegation did, in fact, meet with Kim Jong-un to deliver President Moon Jae-in’s personal letter,… and that they exchanged opinions. The Blue House also confirmed that the special envoys will leave Pyongyang after they attend a dinner; but it’s still unclear who the host is.

01.09.2018 - 16:07 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Japan and North Korea held secret meeting as Shinzo Abe ‚loses trust‘ in Donald Trump

Japan held a “secret” meeting with North Korea in Vietnam in July without informing the United States, according to media reports.

Talks were reportedly held between Shigeru Kitamura, head of Japan’s Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, and Kim Song-hye, a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification.

26.08.2018 - 12:10 [ Yonhap ]

Moon to mediate deal between U.S., N. Korea in summit with Kim: official

„I believe President Moon’s role has only become greater,“ the official from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said when asked about any possible change to Moon’s scheduled trip after U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly called off Pompeo’s visit.

26.08.2018 - 10:11 [ Rodong Sinmun (Nordkorea) ]

Implementation of Panmunjom Declaration Ensures Peace, Prosperity and Reunification

For the full implementation of the declaration, the adoption of war-end declaration is a task that brooks no further delay. Its adoption is of weighty significance in ensuring the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the world, to say nothing of the confidence-building between the DPRK and the U.S. and the improvement of their relations.

There is no need to read someone’s face and hesitate over the implementation of the declaration related to the destiny and interests of the Korean nation.

26.08.2018 - 10:07 [ Yonhap ]

Red Cross chiefs of two Koreas agree to hold more family reunions this year

The two Koreas‘ Red Cross chiefs have agreed to hold another family reunions event as early as October.

Park Kyung-seo, the head of the South Korean Red Cross, said Saturday that he made the agreement with his North Korean counterpart during their talks on the sidelines of a meeting of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort.

26.08.2018 - 10:05 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

As reunion ends, South and North Korean families to say goodbye

Let’s go to our Kan Hyeong-woo who is at the Unification Observatory in Goseong, South Korea, right next to the border. Hyeong-woo, what’s the atmosphere like? and give us the details on the agenda for today.

Well Ji-yeon, as you could imagine… seeing their long-lost relatives for the first time in decades and having to be apart again,… words cannot describe how heartbreaking it must be.

26.08.2018 - 10:03 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Long-lost family members from both Koreas relish every moment of their second day together

Sixty-seven-year-old Cho Jung-ki from the South, meeting his 88-year old father from the North,… whom he’d never seen before Friday… as his father was separated from his wife when she was three months pregnant,… is concerned about his father’s health. „This is red ginseng made in South Korea. There’s red ginseng in North Korea, but please make sure you drink it. It’s good for you. “

26.08.2018 - 09:45 [ Xinhua ]

China urges relevant parties to adhere to political settlement of Korean Peninsula nuclear issue

Lu said China supports the United States and the DPRK in actively advancing the process of political settlement to the issue according to the consensus reached by the two countries‘ leaders in Singapore. However, he added that all relevant parties should stick to the direction of political settlement, and show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being fickle or laying the blame on others.

26.08.2018 - 09:33 [ CBS News ]

China, South Korea respond to Trump’s criticism on North Korea progress

Meanwhile, while describing the postponement of Pompeo’s trip as a setback, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it expects China to continue serving a „constructive role“ in international efforts to solve the nuclear crisis and noted that Beijing continues to express commitment to fully implement sanctions against the North.

25.08.2018 - 08:17 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Day 1 of second round of family reunions ends with family banquet

The first meal in over six decades with long-lost family members started by cheering „love and peace“ together. Addressing the family banquet,.. the President of the South Korean Red Cross Park Kyung-seo said the reunion of war-separated families is one of the most imminent, humanitarian tasks,… stressing the Red Cross of the two Koreas will continue to work together on the matter.

25.08.2018 - 08:12 [ Arirang News / Youube ]

Heart wrenching stories of the second round of inter-Korean family reunion (3)

One of the most heart wrenching moments was when one participant recognized a relative she’d never known.

Yes Daniel. Son Kyung-cheol and his sisters met with their aunt in the North, Moon Seong-ok . Now although she is an aunt they have never seen before, they all burst into tears the moment they saw her as Moon looks just like their late mother, who passed away 5 years ago.

23.08.2018 - 21:18 [ U.S.-Aussenministerium ]

Remarks on the Appointment of Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun

Steve has had extensive career in foreign policy and in tough negotiating settings as well. He comes to us from his position as the vice president of international government affairs for the Ford Motor Company. In this job, he closely engaged foreign governments to advance Ford’s goals all around the world. He will now employ the same skill and dedication on behalf of the American people to make sure that their interests are well served in respect to North Korea.

Steve also spent nearly two decades doing foreign policy work on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch. His positions have included national security advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Senator Bill Frist. He was the executive secretary at the National Security Council under President George W. Bush and the chief of staff at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

22.08.2018 - 08:49 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

War-torn families of two Koreas meeting for last time

This morning, the participants had told the pool reporters there that they feel quite melancholy and sentimental as their reunions draws near to an end. Recalling their get-togethers over the past couple of days,… they said… they just could know that the North Korean participants were indeed their relatives… and could recognize the faces they saw when young… despite all the wrinkles.

21.08.2018 - 15:19 [ Rodong Sinmun (Nordkorea) ]

DPRK-U.S. Ties Can Never Become victim of Political Scramble in U.S.

It is important for the DPRK to improve the relations with the U.S. as soon as possible, but the former thinks that more pressing task is to handle the divided and confusion-ridden U.S. political landscape.

The present deadlock of the DPRK-U.S. relations demands a bold decision on the part of President Trump.

As President Trump admitted, the “fantastic meeting”, realized by no other president in the history of America, could come to success to be greatly cheered and welcomed by the world and American people because he acted with his own decision and will, not wavering by the opposition’s offensive nor blindly following his aides’ view.

21.08.2018 - 15:19 [ Yonhap (Südkorea) ]

N. Korea reiterates need for declaring end to Korean War

North Korea on Tuesday reiterated its demand for the declaration of an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War, the country’s leading Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported, amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s indication that he will most likely meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again.

The Rodong Sinmun of the ruling Workers‘ Party said in a commentary, „The declaration of an end to the war is a task that cannot be postponed in the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration.“

20.08.2018 - 19:09 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Part 1: S. Korean man meets N. Korean daughter for first time

One of them is 89-year old Yoo Gwan-sik. He’s meeting his 67-year daughter, whom he’s never seen before. Yoo said… he didn’t even know his wife was pregnant when he decided to escape North Korea temporarily,… or so he thought. It was a decision that changed his life. After that he never saw his wife again, and never got to meet his daughter until now. Another story is heart-wrenching. 92-year old Lee Geum-seom ,… who’s meeting her 71-year old son.

20.08.2018 - 19:05 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Separated families burst into tears as they reunite for the first time in nearly 70 years

A life-long wait comes to an end for a select few divided families, thanks to a conciliatory mood on the Peninsula. Some 90 South Koreans were selected from a pool of tens of thousands who applied,… and they finally met their relatives today.

20.08.2018 - 08:29 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

First session of inter-Korean family reunions begins Monday

Only one place to start this morning…. and that’s with the reunion of separated families that begins in a matter of hours. It’s the first such event in three years. The families heading north as we speak have lived with the painful thought that they might pass away before seeing their loved ones again. But, finally, this afternoon,… that will change for the roughly 90 South Koreans who were selected from a pool of tens of thousands of South Koreans who applied.

18.08.2018 - 17:22 [ New York Times ]

North Korea Presses Demand for End of War Amid Talk of Pompeo Visit

When he met with representatives of political parties in Seoul on Thursday, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said that negotiations between the United States and North Korea have recently gained “speed,” with Mr. Pompeo planning to visit North Korea again, according to Yun So-ha, an opposition leader, who briefed reporters on the meeting.

On Thursday, Mr. Pompeo said his team was “continuing to make progress” with the North Koreans, and said he hoped that “we can make a big step here before too long.”

16.08.2018 - 16:01 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Two Koreas completely restore military communication lines ..

Back in April, during their historic summit, the two Koreas agreed to stop all hostile acts against each other, and reduce military tensions. Now, they’ve moved another step closer to that goal. Military communication lines in the east have been fully reconnected. Park Ji-won has the latest. South Korea’s defense ministry announced that inter-Korean military communication lines for the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula were completely restored as of Wednesday. All functions of the line, such as phone call and fax functions, are now working as normal.

13.08.2018 - 22:50 [ Yonhap ]

Koreas agree to hold summit in Pyongyang in September

„We agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit within September in Pyongyang“ the two Koreas said in a joint press statement issued after the meeting.

North Korea’s chief delegate, Ri Son-gwon, hinted after the meeting that the two sides agreed on a date but decided not to announce it, only to emphasize that the summit will take place „within September.“

12.08.2018 - 17:58 [ Yonhap ]

Moon-Kim summit logistics likely to be decided on at high-level talks Monday

The logistical details of the third inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are likely to be determined during a high-level official meeting on Monday, the presidential spokesman said.

„We expect the date, venue and size of the South Korean delegation to be agreed on during the high-level talks tomorrow in light of the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Sunday in a press briefing.

11.08.2018 - 14:30 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Delegates confirmed for Monday’s high-level inter-Korean talks

The other South Korean delegates are from the Presidential Office of Cheong Wa Dae and the Prime Minister’s Office. Pyongyang is sending a five-member delegation, led by the head of the regime’s reunification committee, Ri Son-gwon. Also included are senior North Korean officials in charge of environment, railways and economic cooperation. The two Koreas are holding the high-level talks to plan the next and third inter-Korean summit of the year.

11.08.2018 - 14:23 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

N. Korea calls for high-level meeting with S. Korea amid stalled negotiations with U.S.

Staying with Monday’s high level talks.
Some speculate the third round of inter-Korean summit cold take place much earlier than intially agreed upon, judging by the timing of North Korea’s request to hold the meeting between high ranking officials.
For details let’s turn to our Oh Jung-hee.

09.08.2018 - 03:04 [ Press TV ]

US reimposition of bans on Iran wrong, unlawful: North Korean FM

In a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Wednesday, Ri Yong-ho said Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the subsequent reimposition of the bans that had been lifted based on the multilateral agreement are wrongful and in contravention of international regulations.

07.08.2018 - 17:03 [ Korea Times ]

North Korea returns South Korean hostage via Panmunjom

The repatriated person is a 34-year-old, whose surname is Suh, said Seoul’s unification ministry. He entered North Korea late last month, the ministry said, citing a message from the North.

The person crossed into the South at 11 a.m., it added.

Further details were not available immediately.

07.08.2018 - 17:01 [ Korea Times ]

US holds key to ending Korean War

„It seems unlikely that a joint declaration to officially end the Korean War will materialize sometime soon. The South wants to see quick progress. But the United States, which holds the key, wants the North to specify a detailed timetable for dismantling its nuclear weapons,“ said Bong Young-shik, a North Korean expert at Seoul’s Yonsei University.

07.08.2018 - 16:58 [ Yonhap ]

Gov’t denies report of ship carrying N. Korean coal

South Korea’s foreign ministry confirmed the entry of the ship itself but said it’s carrying Russian coal.

„There has been no confirmation of a violation of the (U.N.) Security Council resolution in an inspection of the ship by related authorities,“ the ministry’s spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said at a press briefing.

06.08.2018 - 21:30 [ Yonhap ]

Seoul tells N. Korea to speed up denuclearization, U.S. to faithfully keep promises

„We are asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization process. And to the U.S., we are asking that it show sincere efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters when asked what his government thought about a possible impasse in denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.