24.04.2018 - 15:07 [ Asia Times ]

From DMZ to Seoul, hope and concern as summit approaches

Friday’s summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in will be held in the nearby military truce village of Panmunjeom, whose only residents, unlike Daeseong Dong, are soldiers.(…)
Parts of the summit will be televised live, and post-summit, the two leaders will cap their negotiations with a dinner, Seoul’s presidential Blue House has announced.

22.04.2018 - 09:49 [ Yonhap ]

North Korean leader shifts policy focus to economy

The measures could mark Kim’s strategic course correction after incremental global sanctions have crippled his country’s economy, eroded public support and loyalty from the elites, and fueled diplomatic friction with China, its key economic patron.

The announcement came ahead of Kim’s summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27 and United States President Donald Trump in May or early June.

19.04.2018 - 17:55 [ New York Times ]

North Korea Removes Major Obstacle to U.S. Negotiations, South Says

“The North Koreans did not present any conditions that the United States could not accept, such as the withdrawal of American troops in South Korea,” Mr. Moon told newspaper publishers in Seoul on Thursday ahead of his planned April 27 summit meeting with Mr. Kim.

“They only talk about an end to hostilities against their country and about getting security guarantees,” he said.

19.04.2018 - 12:37 [ Japan Times ]

Pyongyang has discussed possibility of holding Abe-Kim Jong Un summit in June: report

(29.3.2018) Pyongyang has discussed the possibility of a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Thursday.

The news follows reports last week that Tokyo had expressed its interest to the North to hold talks.

19.04.2018 - 12:35 [ Japan Times ]

Abe says he’s in contact with North about meeting Kim, suggests in Diet he’d be open to trilateral summit with U.S.

(26.3.2018) Japan is also increasingly being viewed as the odd man out as South Korean President Moon Jae-in has referred to the possibility of a trilateral summit involving Washington and Pyongyang.

Still, members of Abe’s ruling party on Monday were quick to dismiss this narrative, with Foreign Minister Taro Kono, for one, stressing that Tokyo is closely in touch with Washington and Seoul.

“The argument that Japan is being kept out of the loop completely misses the point,” he said.

18.04.2018 - 08:07 [ Japan Today ]

Trump, Abe discuss N Korea, trade issues

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is engaged in direct talks at „extremely high levels“ with North Korea to try to set up a summit between him and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Trump made the comment as he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened two days of talks at the president’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, meetings that are to include a round of golf.

16.04.2018 - 07:36 [ Rodong Sinmun ]

First Lady of DPRK Enjoys Performance of Chinese Art Troupe

The Chinese art troupe gave its premiere for the 31st April Spring Friendship Art Festival at the Mansudae Art Theatre on April 14.

First Lady Ri Sol Ju enjoyed a ballet choreodrama „Giselle“ given by the National Ballet of China, together with Choe Ryong Hae, Ri Su Yong, Kim Yong Chol, Kim Yo Jong, Pak Chun Nam and other senior party and government officials.

15.04.2018 - 18:55 [ Yonhap ]

‚Peace, a new start‘ chosen as slogan for upcoming inter-Korean summit

The slogan signifies the journey that the two Koreas will have to take to achieve global peace by holding their first summit in 11 years, and that the summit will also serve as a guide for summit talks between North Korea and the United States, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters.

South and North Korean leaders are preparing to hold their talks on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27.

13.04.2018 - 16:19 [ Yonhap ]

Trump says meeting with Kim will be ‚terrific‘

At a meeting with governors and lawmakers at the White House, Trump acknowledged the preparations were under way.

„Meetings are being set up right now between myself and Kim Jong-un,“ he said. „I think it will be terrific. I think we’ll go in with a lot of respect and we’ll see what happens, but China has really helped us at the border and we appreciate it.“

07.04.2018 - 19:22 [ ]

Impact of North Korean performances felt by South Korean musicians following their return home

Speaking to reporters at Incheon International Airport after returning early in the morning on Apr. 4 following the performances, South Korean musical director Yoon Sang said, “Everyone was so deeply moved they could hardly believe it was real, and I think it was only when they arrived in Incheon that they really sensed what kind of performance they had just given.”

07.04.2018 - 19:13 [ CNN ]

Secret, direct talks underway between US and North Korea

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the CIA have been working through intelligence back-channels to make preparations for the summit, the officials said. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks.

03.04.2018 - 16:09 [ Channel NewsAsia ]

North Korea foreign minister to visit Moscow: Russian embassy

Ri will also visit Azerbaijan and other former Soviet republics in coming days, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported, citing a diplomatic source.

The latest visit is part of a flurry of diplomacy that has eased regional tensions after months of bellicose rhetoric between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

Kim is due to hold a summit with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in on Apr 27 and a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump is also planned.

02.04.2018 - 15:28 [ stimmekoreas (Nordkorea) / Youtube ]

Kim Jong Un Enjoys Performance of South Side Art Troupe [English]

Pyongyang, April 2 (KCNA) — Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, together with his wife Ri Sol Ju, enjoyed a performance „Spring Comes“ given by the art troupe of the south side on a visit to Pyongyang at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre on April 1.

02.04.2018 - 15:12 [ Bloomberg ]

Kim Jong Un Mingles With K-Pop Stars in Overture to Seoul

Kim’s surprise appearance at a rare pop concert in Pyongyang was the North Korean leader’s latest diplomatic overture as he prepares for an unprecedented potential meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump next month. Kim first plans to hold a rare summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has pursued reconciliation with North Korea to avert war over the regime’s nuclear weapons program.

02.04.2018 - 03:11 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, wife attend performance by South Korean art troupe in Pyongyang

남한 예술단, 13년만에 평양에서 공연… 김정은 부부 참석 Our top story this morning… North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife were among the guests on Sunday at the first of two special concerts in Pyongyang by South Korean artists. It seems he enjoyed it so much that he suggested holding another concert in autumn

02.04.2018 - 03:07 [ Rodong Sinmun (Nordkorea) ]

Kim Jong Un Receives IOC President

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers‘ Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, received Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and his party on a visit to the DPRK.

29.03.2018 - 07:18 [ Rodong Sinmun (Nordkorea) ]

Kim Jong Un’s Speech at Banquet

I have been deeply impressed by the sincerity and solicitude shown by Comrade Xi Jinping and other leading Party and state cadres of China in accepting the proposal for our lightning visit with pleasure and in ensuring a success of our short visit, and I feel very grateful for this.

Availing myself of this meaningful opportunity, I extend warm congratulations on the successful conclusion of the two major meetings following the grand 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China and the election of Comrade Xi Jinping as president of the PRC and chairman of the Central Military Commission of the PRC.

I also tender warm greetings of members of the Workers‘ Party of Korea and other Korean people to members of the CPC and other Chinese people.

28.03.2018 - 15:32 [ New York Times ]

Trump Secures Trade Deal With South Korea Ahead of Nuclear Talks

But winning the deal may have had more to do with the geopolitical realities confronting the United States and South Korea as America embarks on tricky nuclear discussions with North Korea. The United States cannot afford a protracted trade standoff at a moment when it needs the South as an ally.

27.03.2018 - 01:34 [ ]

Top North Korean official in China: Reports

The Kyodo news agency, citing unidentified sources close to the matter, said the visit – if confirmed that it was a North Korean official – would likely be to improve ties between North Korea and China.

Kim has not conducted an official trip abroad since taking power in 2011 and relations between China and North Korea are frosty as Beijing has backed UN sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile tests.