North Korea

Book: Trump Wanted To Give Kim Self-Autographed Copy Of Elton’s “Rocket Man” In Order To Curry Favor

The Daily Beast reports: In the summer of 2018, the president spent an immoderate amount of time fixating on delivering a Donald Trump-signed CD featuring Elton John’s 1972 hit “Rocket Man” to Kim Jong Un. But he wasn’t only trying to please the North Korean dictator with a disc that included a track with a song title of the nickname …

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Trump “Glad” To See Kim Jong Un Is “Back And Well”

The BBC reports: US President Donald Trump has said he is “glad” that Kim Jong-un has re-emerged and appears to be healthy. “I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!” Mr Trump tweeted, after the North Korean leader reportedly attended the opening of a fertiliser plant. It was Mr Kim’s first public appearance in almost three …

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Kim Totally Not Dead, Claims North Korean State Media

Reuters reports: North Korea’s state news agency KCNA said on Saturday leader Kim Jong Un attended the completion of a fertilizer plant in a region north of the capital, Pyongyang, in the first report of his public activity since April 11. Reuters could not independently verify the KCNA report. There has been speculation about his health after he missed the …

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REPORT: Dictator Kim Jong Un In “Vegetative State”

The New York Daily News reports: North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is in a “vegetative state” after he underwent heart surgery earlier this month, a Japanese magazine says. The weekly Shukan Gendai reported Friday that a Chinese medic sent to North Korea as part of a team to treat Kim believed a delay in a simple procedure left the …

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Trump On Dictator Kim Jong-Un: “I Wish Him Well”

Mediaite reports: Last night there was a CNN report saying the U.S. is monitoring intelligence that Kim Jong Un is in “grave danger” after surgery. President Donald Trump was asked at Tuesday’s coronavirus press briefing by Fox News’ Bret Baier, “What can you tell us about the status of Kim Jong Un?” “Well, these are reports that came out, and …

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Kim Jong Un May Be Gravely Ill, Reports Conflict

Reuters reports: South Korean and Chinese officials on Tuesday cast doubt on reports North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ill after media outlets said he had undergone a cardiovascular procedure and was in “grave danger” CNN cited a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the matter as saying Washington was “monitoring intelligence” that Kim was in grave danger after …

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North Korea Claims Trump Offered US Help With Virus

The New York Times reports: President Trump has sent a letter to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, expressing his willingness to help the North battle the coronavirus, North Korea said on Sunday. “I would like to extend sincere gratitude to the U.S. president for sending his invariable faith to the Chairman,” said Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader’s sister and …

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Trump: No More Nuke Summits Before Election Day

CNN reports: President Donald Trump has told top foreign policy advisers that he does not want another summit with Kim Jong Un before the presidential election in November, according to two sources familiar with the discussions. Trump’s last meeting with the North Korean dictator took place almost exactly a year ago, and both leaders walked away empty-handed. Since then diplomacy …

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Trump Sent “Happy Birthday” Message To Kim Jong-Un

Bloomberg News reports: U.S. President Donald Trump asked South Korea to deliver a birthday message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in the latest exchange of personal greetings between the two leaders whose countries have been adversaries for decades. South Korea’s National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong told reporters at Incheon International Airport on Friday that Trump made the request …

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White House: US Would Respond To Any NK Missile

Reuters reports: The United States would be very disappointed if North Korea tested a long-range or nuclear missile and would take appropriate action as a leading military and economic power, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday. Washington has many “tools in its tool kit” to respond to any such test, O’Brien said in an interview with …

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Trump Shrugs Off North Korean Threat Of Christmas Gift: Maybe He’s Sending Me A Vase, Not A Missile

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump on Tuesday brushed off North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s warning of a “Christmas gift”, saying the United States would “deal with it very successfully” and that perhaps it would be a “nice present”. “We’ll find out what the surprise is and we’ll deal with it very successfully,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort. …

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John Bolton Rips Trump On North Korea Policy

Jonathan Swan reports at Axios: In his sharpest criticism yet of his old workplace, John Bolton suggested the Trump administration is bluffing about stopping North Korea’s nuclear ambitions — and soon might need to admit publicly that its policy failed badly. Driving the news: Bolton told me in an interview that he does not think the administration “really means it” …

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US Braces For Major North Korean Missile Test

The New York Times reports: American military and intelligence officials tracking North Korea’s actions by the hour say they are bracing for an imminent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching American shores, but appear resigned to the fact that President Trump has no good options to stop it. If the North goes ahead with the test in …

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US Watching For North Korean “Christmas Missile”

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. is closely watching North Korea for signs of a possible missile launch or nuclear test in the coming days that officials are referring to as a “Christmas surprise.” Earlier this month, the North conducted what U.S. officials say was an engine test. North Korea described it as “crucial” and experts believe that it may …

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North Korea “Successfully” Tests Long-Range Missile

The Associated Press reports: North Korea said Saturday that it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will further strengthen its nuclear deterrent. The test possibly involved technologies to improve intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially reach the continental United States. The announcement comes as North Korea continues to pressure the Trump administration for major …

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New Book Claims Trump Called For Evacuating Seoul

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump called for the population of Seoul to be moved during an Oval Office meeting when tensions between the US and North Korea were at their height, according to a new book about the president’s relations with the US military. In Trump and his Generals: The Cost of Chaos, the national security and counter-terrorism expert Peter …

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North Korea: Trump Is “A Heedless, Erratic Old Man”

The Daily Beast reports: North Korea has ridiculed President Donald Trump once again—this time calling him a “heedless and erratic old man.” Trump and Kim Jong Un appear to have hit a rough patch in their relationship of late and the countries have been exchanging insults like its 2017. This time, North Korea has taken exception to a Sunday tweet …

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North Korea: Denuclearization Talks Are Off The Table

Reuters reports: North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations said today that denuclearization is off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed, the starkest statement yet emphasizing the gulf between the two sides ahead of a year-end deadline set by Pyongyang. U.S. President Donald Trump sought to play down a recent surge …

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North Korea Rumbles About “Christmas Gift” For Trump

The Associated Press reports: North Korea on Tuesday repeated its assertions that the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, saying it’s entirely up to the United States to choose what “Christmas gift” it gets from the North. The statement, attributed to a senior diplomat, came as North Korea continues to dial up pressure on Washington …

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North Korea: Trump Lied, There is No Coming Summit

The Independent reports: The leader of North Korea is not interested in another meeting with Donald Trump, even though the American recently signaled they would be coming together soon. That’s according to a statement from North Korean Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan, who told the state news agency that Mr Trump’s Sunday night tweet saying “See you soon!” was …

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