Tag Archives: North Korea

North Korea Withdraws From Olympics, Cites COVID

The Guardian reports: North Korea’s sports ministry said on Tuesday that it will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics this year to protect its athletes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made at a meeting of North Korea’s Olympic committee, including its sports minister Kim Il guk, on 25 March the ministry said on its website, called Joson Sports. …

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North Korea Warns Biden Admin Not To “Cause A Stink”

The Associated Press reports: In North Korea’s first comments directed at the Biden administration, Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister [photo] on Tuesday warned the United States to “refrain from causing a stink” if it wants to “sleep in peace” for the next four years. Kim Yo Jong’s statement was issued as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary …

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BBC: Trump Offered Kim A Ride On Air Force One

The BBC reports: Trump’s second summit with Kim Jong-un, in Hanoi, Vietnam, did not go to plan. As negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear programme broke down, Trump left abruptly, saying to the press: “Sometimes you just have to walk.” But before he departed, the then US president did make one astonishing offer to Kim. Matthew Pottinger, the top Asia expert …

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REPORT: North Korea Executed COVID Rule-Breaker

NPR reports: North Korea is taking increasingly harsh measures to stop the coronavirus from entering the country, including executing an official in August who violated anti-virus rules, South Korean intelligence officials told lawmakers on Friday. In a closed-door briefing to a parliamentary intelligence committee on Friday, the officials told lawmakers that the executed North Korean had brought goods through customs …

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Kim Letter: “There’s A Magical Force Between Us”

Mediaite reports: Bob Woodward sat down with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley to discuss his new book, Rage, and shared conversations he had with President Donald Trump about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, as well as reading some of the “love letters” that were exchanged between the two world leaders. Woodward told Pelley that Trump repeatedly said to him that …

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Sanders: Trump Told Me To “Go To North Korea And Take One For The Team” After “Flirting” By Dictator Kim

The Guardian reports: Donald Trump told Sarah Sanders she would have to “go to North Korea and take one for the team”, after Kim Jong-un winked at the then White House press secretary during a summit in Singapore in June 2018. “Kim Jong-un hit on you!” a delighted Trump joked, according to Sanders’ new memoir. “He did! He fucking hit …

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Upcoming Book To Reveal Trump-Kim “Love Letters”

CNN reports: First it was fear, now it’s rage. Following up on his 2018 best-selling book “Fear,” legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward’s new book on President Donald Trump — titled “Rage” — will have stunning details about the President’s behavior and decision making, according to sources familiar with the book. According to multiple sources familiar with the book, Woodward conducted …

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REPORT: Trump Advisors Warned North Korean Officials That They Feared He Would Launch Military Action

Jim Sciutto reports at CNN: Amid escalating tensions with both North Korea and Iran, President Donald Trump’s advisers hesitated to give him military options fearing the President might accidentally take the US to war and deliberately informed their counterparts in both countries that they did not know what the President would do next, multiple former administration officials tell me. These …

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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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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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