Tag: North Korea

After Fleeing North Korea, Women Get Trapped as Cybersex Slaves in China

VIENTIANE, Laos — For more than two years, Lee Jin-hui, 20, was never allowed to leave a three-room apartment in northeast China. Seven days a week, she had to sit at a computer from noon to 5 a.m., performing sex acts before a webcam for male clients, mostly from South Korea. In the apartment, Ms. […]

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Trump Wants Big Diplomatic Wins. Here Are the Odds.

WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton has left the Situation Room, and President Trump is left at the table with a giant set of chips set on hot spots around the world. In Mr. Trump’s view, the clock is ticking: He needs some big victories between now and the election in November 2020. But he also […]

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Who Could Replace John Bolton?

President Trump on Tuesday announced the departure of John R. Bolton as his national security adviser, the third person to hold the job since the beginning of the Trump administration. Though the White House has said Mr. Bolton’s current deputy, Charles M. Kupperman, will take over in the interim, Mr. Trump has said he will […]

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What John Bolton’s Ouster Says About Donald Trump

Of the questions surrounding the defenestration of John Bolton as President Trump’s third national security adviser — Did he jump? Was he shoved? — the least interesting is the question of who will succeed him on the parapet. It’s unlikely to matter much. Regardless of who has advised Mr. Trump on foreign affairs — generals […]

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Five Policy Clashes Between John Bolton and President Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired his third national security adviser, John R. Bolton, as their positions on major foreign policy issues clashed, most recently on pursuing a peace plan with the Taliban. The two men have regularly been at odds over how to take on major foreign policy challenges facing the United States. […]

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North Korea Launches 2 More Projectiles, Its 8th Weapons Test Since July

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched two short-range projectiles on Tuesday, hours after proposing to reopen denuclearization talks with the United States this month. The two projectiles were launched from Kaechon, north of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, toward the sea off the North’s east coast, flying up to 205 miles, the South Korean […]

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The Tragedy of Trump Diplomacy

After 18 years of war, the United States had a fighting chance at ending the longest continuous conflict in its history. A deal was within reach with the Afghan Taliban. Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan, had spent months shuttling between Doha, Kabul, and Washington, slowly putting the pieces together for an end […]

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North Korea Missile Tests, ‘Very Standard’ to Trump, Show Signs of Advancing Arsenal

As North Korea fired off a series of missiles in recent months — at least 18 since May — President Trump has repeatedly dismissed their importance as short-range and “very standard” tests. And although he has conceded “there may be a United Nations violation,” the president says any concerns are overblown. Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s […]

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North Korea Says Hope of More U.S. Talks Is ‘Disappearing’

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Saturday that its expectations for more dialogue with the Trump administration were “gradually disappearing,” and threatened to reconsider its conciliatory gestures toward the United States, potentially including its moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests. The warning was contained in a statement issued by First Vice Foreign […]

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North Korea Launches 2 Projectiles, Its 7th Weapons Test in a Month

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched two projectiles on Saturday, two days after South Korea decided to pull out of a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan. The two projectiles were launched from Sondeok near the North’s eastern coast, the South Korean military said in a brief statement. The launching on Saturday was the seventh […]

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Japan and South Korea Stop Playing Nice

On Wednesday in Beijing, the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan convened like feuding officemates compelled to make amends. The air around them vibrated with resentment, which had built up over months of verbal slights and legal and economic assaults, and was rooted in old histories of colonization as much as recent jockeying for […]

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Japan, South Korea and a Rupture on the Pacific Rim

A fast-escalating trade war between South Korea and Japan took a dangerous turn this week when the Koreans abandoned a military intelligence-sharing agreement with the Japanese, weakening an important source of information on North Korea and China. South Korea said it was responding to Japan’s restrictions on trade with South Korea, including on the export […]

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South Korea Says It Will Scrap Intelligence-Sharing Deal With Japan

South Korea said on Thursday that it would abandon a vital military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a move that is likely to alarm the United States, which pushed for the arrangement in part to ensure that North Korea’s missile activity is closely tracked. South Korea’s relations with Japan have been at a low point in […]

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North Korea Launches 2 Projectiles, Snubbing South’s Call to Stop Weapons Tests

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched two projectiles yet again off its east coast on Friday, a day after President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged it to stop weapons tests and return to the negotiating table. The two projectiles were launched from Tongchon in the southeast of North Korea, the South Korean military […]

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Kim Jong-un’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

SEOUL, South Korea — Guess what country just issued stamps of Donald Trump? North Korea! Yes: An official postage stamp features grave-looking likenesses of President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, standing side by side. It commemorates their pleasantry-laden chitchat earlier this summer at Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone between the two […]

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Waning of American Power? Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis

WASHINGTON — For two and a half years, President Trump has said he is finally doing in Asia what he asserts his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to achieve with a strategic pivot: strengthen American influence and rally partners to push back against China. But as violence escalates and old animosities are rekindled across Asia, Washington […]

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North Korea Says It Tested New Type of Missile, Further Enhancing Its Arsenal

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Sunday that the two projectiles it fired a day earlier were a new type of missile, making this the third new short-range ballistic missile or rocket system the North has successfully tested in less than a month as Washington struggles to resume talks on denuclearization. The two […]

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Kim Jong-un Gave ‘Small Apology’ for Missile Launches, Trump Says

SEOUL, South Korea — President Trump said Saturday that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, had offered a “small apology” for launching short-range missiles recently and wanted to begin a dialogue with Washington as soon as this month’s American military exercise with South Korea ends. Mr. Trump revealed Friday that he had received a “very beautiful” […]

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North Korea Launches Projectiles Despite ‘Beautiful Letter’ from Kim Jong-un to Trump

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired two projectiles off its east coast on Saturday, hours after President Trump said he had received a “very beautiful letter” from the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un. The projectiles were launched from Hamhung, a coastal town northeast of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, the South Korean military said in […]

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