North Korea

REPORT: North Korea Building Nuke-Launching Sub

NBC News reports: Satellite photos indicate North Korea is building a ballistic missile submarine and may be making preparations to test a submarine-launched missile, according to an analysis of the commercial images by experts at a Washington-based think tank. The photos of Sinpo South Shipyard taken Monday appear to confirm reports by North Korean state media of a “newly built …

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Trump: I Got Another “Beautiful” Love Letter From Kim

Politico reports: President Trump on Friday said he received a “beautiful” letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the country continues to test ballistic missiles, alarming U.S. allies in the region. Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a fundraiser in the Hamptons that the two men could meet again in the future to discuss …

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Trump Hangs Photo Of NK Dictator In White House

Newsweek reports: Images of world leaders are a common fixture on the walls inside the White House, but the contrast in the latest additions could cause a few people to do a double-take. It is not unusual that there would be an image of President Donald Trump next to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles at an event in the …

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Pentagon: North Korean Nukes Can Hit Any US Target

Newsweek reports: The U.S. military has acknowledged that North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles can now hit targets anywhere in the continental U.S., confirming fears raised by weapons tests conducted in 2017. U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) released its 2019 Strategic Digest on Thursday, detailing the current state of play for American troops on the Korean peninsula. As part of its summary, …

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REPORT: Trump Weighs Nuclear Concessions For NK

The New York Times reports: 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 a Twitter offer by …

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New WH Press Sec Roughed Up By NK Security Guards

The Guardian reports: Newly appointed White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was reportedly bruised in a scuffle with North Korean guards as President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Tensions escalated after the guards tried to prevent U.S. reporters from entering a room inside the Freedom House in South Korea as Trump and Kim began their meeting. …

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Trump Becomes First Sitting President To Visit NK

The Hill reports: President Trump made history on Sunday by crossing into North Korea as part of a meeting with Kim Jong Un in which he and the North Korean leader agreed to restart stalled nuclear talks. Trump and Kim shook hands across a concrete slab forming the line between to the two nations at the Demilitarized Zone, according to …

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Poll: One-Third Back Preemptively Nuking North Korea

The Hill reports: More than 1 in 3 Americans would back a preemptive nuclear strike on North Korea if the nation tested a missile capable of reaching the U.S., according to a poll conducted by YouGov and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “For many of these hawks, support for an attack, even in a preventive war, does not significantly …

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REPORT: Kim Executes Five Over Failed Trump Summit

The Guardian reports: Mike Pompeo has said the US is attempting to check reports that a senior North Korean official involved in Pyongyang’s nuclear negotiations with Washington had been executed. “We’ve seen the reporting to which you are referring,” the US secretary of state told a news conference in Berlin in answer to a question. “We’re doing our best to …

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Fox News Panel Slams Trump’s Praise For Kim Jong-Un

Mediaite reports: Panelists on Fox News’ Special Report last night criticized President Donald Trump for his comments abroad about Joe Biden that cited Kim Jong Un. Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt argued that for anyone wondering why Trump is “underwater” and trailing in polls at a time when any other incumbent in his position would be “crushing it,” …

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North Korea Calls Bolton “Defective Human Product”

USA Today reports: North Korea on Monday called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a “war monger” and “defective human product” after he called the North’s recent tests of short-range missiles a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The statement by an unnamed North Korean foreign ministry spokesman came as President Donald Trump continued his visit to Japan for meetings …

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Trump Not “Personally Bothered” By NK Missile Tests

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump said Monday he is not “personally” bothered by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry. Standing beside Trump at a news conference after hours of talks, Abe disagreed with the U.S. …

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North Korea Ridicules Biden As “Snob Fool Of Low IQ”

Bloomberg reports: As the 2020 U.S. presidential race heats up, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency has jumped into the fray, calling aspiring Democratic contender Joe Biden a “snob bereft of elementary quality as human being”. “He is self-praising himself as being the most popular presidential candidate. This is enough to make a cat laugh,” the agency writes in a …

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Former US Envoy To North Korea: Rex Tillerson Signed Off On Ransom For US Student With Trump’s Approval

CNN reports: Joseph Yun, the former State Department Special Representative for North Korea, confirmed Monday that he signed an agreement to pay North Korea $2 million for the release of American student Otto Warmbier in 2017. In an interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto, Yun said that he did so with the approval of then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and that …

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Trump Denies Paying Ransom To North Korea

CBS News reports: President Trump said Thursday morning that “no money was paid to North Korea for Otto Warmbier,” after news broke Thursday that North Korean officials handed a U.S. envoy a $2 million bill for the now-late student’s medical bills in 2017. Mr. Trump has spoken of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with glowing terms since Warmbier’s death, …

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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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