North Korea

REPORT: Trump Signed Off On $2 Million Hospital Bill From North Korea Before 2017 Release Of US Hostage

The Washington Post reports: North Korea issued a $2 million bill for the hospital care of comatose American Otto Warmbier, insisting that a U.S. official sign a pledge to pay it before being allowed to fly the University of Virginia student from Pyongyang in 2017. The presentation of the invoice — not previously disclosed by U.S. or North Korean officials …

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WH Created “Cover Story” On Trump’s Sanctions Tweet (He Meant To Undo Sanctions On Chinese Companies)

The Hill reports: President Trump reportedly meant to undo sanctions imposed by his own Treasury Department on two Chinese shipping companies with an abrupt tweet referring to North Korea, but officials convinced him to ease off as they sought to explain away the post. The administration initially did not specify which sanctions Trump was referring to in a tweet last …

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Trump Stuns Pentagon With Reversal Of NK Sanctions, WH Says He Did It Because He “Likes” Kim Jong-Un

Reuters reports: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he was ordering the withdrawal of recently announced North Korea-related sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department. It was not immediately clear what sanctions Trump was referring to. There were no new U.S. sanctions on North Korea announced on Friday but on Thursday the United States blacklisted two Chinese shipping companies …

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North Korea Threatens To Scrap Denuclearization Talks

NBC News reports: Kim Jong Un is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, a senior North Korean diplomat was quoted as saying Friday. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui blamed top U.S. officials for the breakdown of last month’s summit in Hanoi between President Donald …

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GOP Rep: DOJ Will Block Access To Full Mueller Report

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is unlikely to grant Democrats in Congress access to underlying evidence from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, a top congressional Republican said on Friday. If Representative Doug Collins is right, Democratic-led congressional committees that have launched their own probes of Trump may be stuck with …

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North Korea May Be Readying Missile Launch [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Satellite images of a facility near Pyongyang suggest that North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or a satellite. The increase in activity is around a site known as Sanumdong, where North Korea assembled most of its ballistic missiles and rockets. It comes after reports earlier this week that North Korea’s main rocket launch site …

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Jimmy Carter Offers To Broker North Korea Nuke Deal

Politico reports: Former President Jimmy Carter — who once brokered a nuclear agreement with Kim Jong Un’s grandfather in the 1990s — is offering to travel to North Korea to try and break President Donald Trump’s deadlock with the North Korean dictator. The offer was described to POLITICO by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who met with the former president in …

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Russian State TV Mocks Failed North Korea Summit

The Hill reports: Russian state-run media reportedly mocked the sudden collapse of talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week. “It ended so badly the sides even avoided signing any joint agreement,” one host said, according to a translation reported by CNN. “Crafty Kim Jong Un was ready for some concessions, but not the ones …

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Parents Of Tortured American Blast Trump For “Lavish Praise And Excuses” Over Their Son’s Death [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The parents of Otto Warmbier issued a blistering statement on Friday saying Kim Jong Un and his government “are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity” after President Donald Trump asserted that the North Korean dictator had been unaware of the harrowing treatment the student endured while detained there. “We have been respectful during this summit process. Now …

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Trump On Murderous Dictator Kim Jong-Un: He Likes Me And I Like Him, Why Shouldn’t I Like Him? [VIDEO]

“He’s a real personality and he’s very smart. He’s sharp as you can be, and he’s a real leader, and he’s pretty mercurial. I don’t say that necessarily in a bad way, but he’s a pretty mercurial guy. He likes me. I like him. Some people say ‘oh, you shouldn’t like him.’ I said, ‘why shouldn’t I like him? I …

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Outrage After Trump Sides With Kim On Tortured American: He Says He Didn’t Know And I Believe Him

The Guardian reports: Trump’s explanation-free statement that he believed Kim Jong-Un when the North Korean dictator said he “didn’t know about” the imprisonment and torture of Otto Warmbier has baffled many – at both ends of the political spectrum. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, is among those to point out that Trump’s acceptance of foreign dictator’s claims – sometimes over the …

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Dennis Rodman Offers To Help Trump Win Nobel Prize

The New York Post reports: Dennis Rodman on Wednesday offered to help President Trump with the North Korea talks, saying his bromance with the dictator could be useful in brokering peace, according to a letter exclusively obtained by The Post. “As your staff is aware, based on our discussions, you have my continued and strong commitment to assisting in your …

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Hanoi Summit Abruptly Ends With No Deal

CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, meant to demonstrate his diplomatic gamble with North Korea is working, instead ended with no joint agreement after Kim insisted all US sanctions be lifted on his country. That was a bridge too far for the US President, who said Kim offered to take some steps toward dismantling his …

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Trump Timed Kim Dinner Opposite Cohen Testimony

The Huffington Post reports: President Donald Trump scheduled a dinner for Wednesday with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at their summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, but only after House Democrats announced that his former lawyer and “fixer” would publicly testify on Capitol Hill at about the same time. The apparent “counterprogramming” of Michael Cohen’s expected damaging testimony concerns arms control …

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Intel Officials Fear “Crazy Deal” With Kim Jong-Un

NBC News reports: In the eight months since President Trump declared North Korea “no longer a nuclear threat,” the reclusive state has advanced both its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and failed to provide an accounting of its deadly arsenal, according to multiple U.S. intelligence assessments. And intelligence officials tell NBC News they have grown increasingly doubtful that Kim …

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Trump To Hold Second Summit With Kim Jong-Un

The New York Times reports: A senior American negotiator arrived in North Korea on Wednesday to sort out crucial details for a nuclear summit meeting in Vietnam between President Trump and the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, with only three weeks to go before the talks take place. Stephen Biegun, the Trump administration’s special representative for North Korea, arrived in Pyongyang, …

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Russia Secretly Offered Nuclear Plant To North Korea

The Washington Post reports: Russian officials made a secret proposal to North Korea last fall aimed at resolving deadlocked negotiations with the Trump administration over its nuclear weapons program, said U.S. officials familiar with the discussions. In exchange for dismantling its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, Moscow offered the country a nuclear power plant. The Russian offer, which intelligence officials …

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Kim Jong-Un To Trump: Don’t Test Our Patience

The Associated Press reports: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warned Washington not to test North Koreans’ patience with sanctions and pressure. During his televised New Year’s speech, Kim said he’s ready to meet with Trump at any time to produce an …

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Trump Calls Report Of Secret Missile Sites “Fake News”

Mediaite reports: Taking again to Twitter to bash The New York Times, President Donald Trump claimed without evidence that the outlet’s report that North Korea is secretly beefing up its ballistic missile program was false. In its article, the Times used satellite images to reveal that the regime appeared to be “engaged in a great deception.” “It has offered to …

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Satellites Spot Secret North Korean Nuclear Missile Sites

The Associated Press reports: U.S. analysts said Monday they have located more than half of an estimated 20 secret North Korean missile development sites, highlighting the challenge the Trump administration faces in ensuring that North Korea complies with any eventual agreement to end its nuclear and missile programs. The findings, which were released amid signs the administration’s negotiations with the …

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