North Korea Launches Short-Range ‘missiles’

North Korea Launches Short-Range ‘missiles’

“North Korea fired several short-range projectiles off its east coast on Saturday, in a move likely to raise tensions as denuclearization talks with the United States remain stalled,” the New York Times reports.

“The South Korean military said in a statement that the North had fired several short-range projectiles between 9:06 a.m. and 9:27 a.m. from near Wonsan, a coastal town east of Pyongyang, the capital. The projectiles flew 70 to 200 kilometers before they landed in the sea between North Korea and Japan, it said.” Continue reading North Korea Launches Short-Range ‘missiles’

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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un arrives in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok, for the summit with Vladimir Putin

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un arrives in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok, for the summit with Vladimir Putin

Seoul, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Russia by train on Wednesday, a day before his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin. The visit comes as Kim’s recently-feverish diplomacy with the Trump administration, aimed at ridding the North Korean regime of its nuclear weapons, remains deadlocked.

Kim, dressed in a black coat and a fedora, met Russian officials at Russia’s Khasan train station near its border with the North. The official website of the Primorye governor released pictures of Kim stepping off the train and being given the traditional Russian gifts of bread and salt at the station.

Speaking to Russia’s state-owned Rossiya-24, Kim said on arrival that he was hoping for a “successful and useful” visit and would like to discuss with Putin, “settlement of the situation in the Korean Peninsula” as well as bilateral ties with Russia. Continue reading North Korea leader Kim Jong Un arrives in the Russian far-eastern city of Vladivostok, for the summit with Vladimir Putin

Kim-Trump summit exposes America frailties over North Korea and international political order

Kim-Trump summit exposes America frailties over North Korea and international political order

As the dust settles in the wake of the much-vaunted and, ultimately, failed second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, are the two countries now back at square one?

Before the summit, the U.S. president had hoped to make a deal with his “friend” Kim, raising speculation of a more solid denuclearization agreement — possibly even an “end-of-war declaration” of the Korean War, which has technically continued even after an armistice agreement in 1953.

Kim, having made an arduous 65-hour train journey from Pyongyang to Hanoi, had hoped to have crushing sanctions eased to help lift his economy. Prior to the meeting, North Korean state media presented their leader’s trip as a “long march” to his countrymen, but now that Kim has come out empty-handed, he’s likely to face some criticism back home. Continue reading Kim-Trump summit exposes America frailties over North Korea and international political order

North Korea’s Kim arrives in Vietnam, awaits US  President Donald Trump for the second summit

North Korea’s Kim arrives in Vietnam, awaits US President Donald Trump for the second summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump where they will try to reach agreement on how to implement a North Korean pledge to give up its nuclear weapons. Continue reading North Korea’s Kim arrives in Vietnam, awaits US President Donald Trump for the second summit

U.S., North Korea to seek understanding on denuclearization at summit

U.S., North Korea to seek understanding on denuclearization at summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and North Korea will seek a common understanding of what denuclearization means when President Donald Trump presses Kim Jong Un next week to give up all of the North’s nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Continue reading U.S., North Korea to seek understanding on denuclearization at summit