Tag: North Korea

North Korea Warns U.S. to Quit Military Drills With South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Tuesday escalated its pressure on the United States to cancel a joint military drill with South Korea scheduled for next month, warning that it could scuttle efforts to resume dialogue with Washington and even prompt the North to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests. The vaguely worded threats […]

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Student Deported From North Korea Says He’s ‘Pretty Obviously’ Not a Spy

SEOUL, South Korea — An Australian student who was deported from North Korea denied on Tuesday that he had been spying against the isolated country and said he was sad that he might never be able to go there again. The student, Alek Sigley, 29, a graduate student in Korean literature at Kim Il-sung University […]

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North Korea Accuses Expelled Australian Student of Spying

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Saturday that Alek Sigley, the Australian student whom it deported this past week, had been a spy who admitted to “systematically” collecting information about the isolated country, with a state news agency reporting that he had been “caught red-handed.” Mr. Sigley, 29, a graduate student in Korean […]

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Australian Student Is Released From Detention in North Korea, Prime Minister Says

An Australian man studying at a North Korean university who went missing last week has been freed from detention by the North, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia said on Thursday. The student, Alek Sigley, 29, was pursuing a master’s degree in Korean literature at Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang, the North’s capital. He had […]

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What Iran Can Learn From North Korea

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Trump made history over the weekend when he became the first sitting American president to step into North Korea. But the biggest impact of that gesture may have been on Iran. [For an exclusive look […]

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The Welcome Humiliation of John Bolton

Say this for Donald Trump. He may be transforming American politics into a kleptocratic fascist reality show and turning our once-great country into a global laughingstock, but as least he’s humiliating John Bolton in the process. Many people who get involved with this president end up diminished, embarrassed or, in quite a few cases, indicted. […]

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Split Emerges in Administration Over Approach to North Korea Talks

WASHINGTON — As President Trump reveled in his historic weekend stroll into North Korea, administration officials were sharply at odds on Monday over what demands to make of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, as they prepared to restart negotiations on a nuclear deal. Pushing an internal debate into the open, John R. Bolton, the […]

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The Trump-Kim Meeting Was Great TV. It Was Also Something Much More Important.

President Trump’s 50-minute-long meeting on Sunday with Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, in the Korean Peninsula’s Demilitarized Zone was, in typical Trumpian fashion, good television. But it has the potential to be something much more significant. While meeting in the thin buffer zone established after the end of the Korean War, the two leaders […]

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This North Korea Nuclear Deal Would Halt New Weapons but Initially Keep Arsenal Intact

SEOUL, South Korea — From a seemingly fanciful tweet to a historic step into North Korean territory, President Trump’s largely improvised third meeting on Sunday with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was a masterpiece of drama, the kind of made-for-TV spectacle that Mr. Trump treasures. But for weeks before the meeting, which started as […]

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Ivanka Trump Is a National Embarrassment

Photo: Susan Walsh (AP) French President Emmanuel Macron’s office just trolled Ivanka Trump in a big way, and the unspoken message was: “Please get this person out of here.” For some reason (kleptocracy), Donald Trump’s daughter joined the official U.S. delegation, along with her husband, Jared Kushner, at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, this […]

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4 Takeaways From the Trump-Kim Meeting at the DMZ

When President Trump sent a Twitter invitation on Friday to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to meet at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone separating the Koreas — “just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!” — both men had much to gain, and more to lose. If Mr. Kim did not attend, even though his […]

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Trump’s Offer to Say ‘Hello’ to Kim at DMZ Presents Risks and Rewards for Both

SEOUL, South Korea — President Trump arrived in Seoul on Saturday evening, seeking another dramatic encounter with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, a meeting that could serve the interests of both men but is unlikely to bring North Korea closer to Mr. Trump’s goal of denuclearization. Mr. Trump extended an impromptu invitation to Mr. […]

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5 Takeaways From the G20 Summit: Easing Off the Trade War, for Now

ImageThe American and Chinese delegations on Saturday.CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times The trade war with China has shifted. After meeting China’s leader, Xi Jinping, on the side lines of the G20 summit, Mr. Trump told reporters on Saturday: “We discussed a lot of things, and we’re right back on track” with trade talks. Mr. Trump […]

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Australian Student Is Missing in North Korea, His Family Says

SYDNEY, Australia — The family of an Australian man studying at a university in North Korea said on Thursday that it had lost contact with him in recent days, and Australian officials said they were “urgently seeking clarification” about his whereabouts. News reports in South Korea, citing anonymous sources, said that the student, Alek Sigley, […]

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Kim Jong-un Stages a Pageant in Pyongyang for Xi Jinping

For the visiting comrade from the People’s Republic of China, Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea pulled out all the stops this week, as only a supreme leader can do. Untold thousands of joyous citizens waved flags at the airport and along the route into Pyongyang, and in the evening fireworks exploded […]

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Why Xi Jinping Is Courting Kim Jong-un

ImageA picture of Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung on a remaining section of the Hekou Broken Bridge, which connected China and North Korea before it was bombed by the United States Army during the Korean War.CreditEuropean Pressphoto Agency SEOUL, South Korea — As President Xi Jinping of China left North Korea on Friday afternoon, much […]

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North Korea Says Kim Jong-un Received ‘Excellent’ Letter From Trump

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has received an “excellent” letter from President Trump, the country’s state media said on Sunday, two days after President Xi Jinping of China wrapped up a visit to the North. After reading the letter, Mr. Kim “said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,” […]

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Friendlier Days for North Korea and China? Maybe Not

BEIJING — They stood shoulder to shoulder in a sleek, open-air Mercedes, waving at cheering crowds in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. They watched a propaganda spectacle in a stadium, chatting all the while. And the visitor was greeted with a candy-colored banner hailing him as Grandpa Xi. Outward signs seemed to suggest a patching-up […]

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Xi Jinping Arrives in North Korea, With Many Eyes on Trump

BEIJING — China’s leader, Xi Jinping, arrived in North Korea’s capital on Thursday to a 21-gun salute at the airport, the release of thousands of balloons and waving crowds lining the streets, as his car wound its way to the mausoleum where the North’s founder lies. The elaborate ceremonial welcome for Mr. Xi, making his […]

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