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Kim and Trump finally show their hands after nuclear talks in Hanoi

We now know where North Korea and US stand and the gaps that still need to be closed The Hanoi summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un may have Trump-Kim nuclear talks in Hanoi break down video report The summit was doomed because those proved to be delusions. Kim arrived with a clear game plan and was not going to be diverted from it under pressure at the last minute. The accounts of what happened in Hanoi and in the preceding months suggest that while the summit was premature, there…

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Kim Jong-un greets Moon Jae-in as inter-Korean summit starts

Leaders take part in highly choreographed opening to three days of talks in Pyongyang, North Korea Kim Jong-un has greeted the South Korean president to cheers from crowds assembled at North Koreas Pyongyang airport as the pair begin their third summit. The North Korean leader emerged from the airport building to raucous cheering and walked up to President Moon Jae-in. The two leaders embraced and flashed wide smiles. South Korean President Moon Jae-in hugs North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Photograph: AP The highly choreographed meeting set to dramatic music provided…

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North Korea making ‘rapid’ upgrades to nuclear reactor despite summit pledges

Monitoring group says work shows why a denuclearisation deal rather than a statement of lofty goals is needed North Korea has continued to upgrade its only known nuclear reactor used to fuel its weapons program, satellite imagery has shown, despite ongoing negotiations with the US and a pledge to denuclearise. Play Video 4:03 according to an analysis by monitoring group 38 North of commercial satellite images taken on 21 June. The cooling system for the plutonium production reactor has been modified and at least two new non-industrial buildings have been…

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North and South Korean leaders promise ‘lasting peace’ for peninsula

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in pledge denuclearisation and end to decades of hostility after summit The leaders of North and South Korea have promised after a landmark summit to bring lasting peace to the peninsula with a commitment to denuclearisation and to ending decades of hostilities. Speaking at the end of an extraordinary day that summit between Kim and Donald Trump. The US president, in his April 27, 2018 Speaking at the White House, Trump warned that the US was not going to be played by North Korea, later the…

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‘A rogue’ and a ‘dotard’: Kim Jong-un’s statement on Trump in full

The North Korean leader has upped his rhetoric against the US president, calling him mentally-deranged and a dotard North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un has once again upped his rhetoric against US president Donald Trump. Here is his statement in full: The speech made by the US president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern. Shaping the general…

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Sound of a dog barking: North Korea ridicules Trump threat

North Koreas foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, responds to Donald Trump calling Kim Jong-un rocket man North Koreas foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, has issued a withering riposte to Donald Trump, likening his threat to destroy the regime to the sound of a dog barking, adding that he felt sorry for the US presidents advisers. In his first speech to the UN general assembly, Trump said on Tuesday the US would be forced to tweet last weekend, Trump said to the visible dismay of some in the hall: Rocket man is on…

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Hope, pride, fear: how North Koreans feel about their homeland

The little evidence seeping out of the repressed nation suggests its people are growing weary of their masters but still harbour a burning hatred for the US Though North Korea consumes an extraordinary amount of international attention for such a small and impoverished country, the Hermit Kingdom remains remarkably closed. We still know very little about what its people think. We know what they say when they meet visitors; but those who get to meet foreigners are at the top of society, and they speak under constant scrutiny and threat…

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North Korea: US and its allies face shortage of good options

Pyongyangs latest missile test has revived calls to deal with Kim Jong-un. But all possible strategies carry huge risks North Koreas all options are on the table for blocking its nuclear weapons programme. Talk of a surgical strike often surfaces when politicians are contemplating military intervention in conflicts or troubled areas around the globe, perhaps because it carries connotations of a focused, efficient attack, with minimal collateral damage, like a clean surgical incision. That is a distracting illusion. Could North Korea trigger a nuclear war? There is no option for…

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The Guardian view on North Korea: burgers not bombs | Editorial

Editorial: Pyongyangs latest missile launch is a potent reminder that little time is left to slow the Norths weapons programme. Talks are unpalatable but necessary The prospect of sitting down to hamburgers with Kim Jong-un, as aired by Donald Trump, is not appetising. But North Koreas latest missile launch should remind the United States that it cant wait for him to eat humble pie, nor expect China to take his lunch away. Pyongyangs bold claims of a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test dont have to be absolutely accurate to be…

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Donald Trump declares patience is over with North Korea

South Koreas new leader Moon Jae-In says Trump accepts offer to visit Seoul, but they did not map out joint strategy on how to deal with North Korea President Donald Trump declared that the US had run out of patience with North Korea over its nuclear drive as he welcomed There was also deep anger in the United States after Otto Warmbier, an American student who was detained in North Korea on a tourist trip around 18 months ago, was returned home in a coma earlier this month. He died…

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North Korea parades military might and warns US as nuclear test fears persist

As thousands of soldiers mass at Kim Il-sung square, Pyongyang tells US to end its dangerous military hysteria North Korea has begun a vast military parade to celebrate the birth of its founding father, Kim Il-sung, and warned that it was prepared to take the toughest action unless the US ended its military hysteria, as speculation grows that the regime is preparing to conduct a nuclear test. On a sunny morning in the capital, Pyongyang, military vehicles and tens of thousands of soldiers filled Kim Il-sung square as a band…

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