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June 1, 2018

North and South Korea are resuming senior-level peace talks that Seoul sees as an important step in building trust with Pyongyang amid a U.S.-led diplomatic push to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

The meeting at an inter-Korean border village Friday follows a meeting in New York between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol. They discussed a potential summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

South Korea plans to use Friday's meeting with the North to set up military talks on reducing tensions across their heavily armed border and Red Cross talks to resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. — AP

May 31, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong Un's right-hand man have begun a dinner meeting Wednesday (Thursday morning, Manila time) amid a scramble to organize next month's historic nuclear summit between the North Korean and US leaders.

An AFP reporter saw Kim Yong Chol, a veteran Pyongyang power player and a member of the young autocrat's inner circle, arrive at a New York apartment near the UN headquarters shortly after America's chief diplomat. — Agence France-Presse

May 30, 2018

 A top North Korean official headed to New York on Wednesday for talks aimed at salvaging a summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump on the future of Kim's nuclear program, in the North's highest-level mission to the United States in 18 years.

Associated Press reporters saw Kim Yong Chol at Beijing's airport just after noon. South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited diplomatic sources as saying that Kim was on an Air China flight to New York that departed later Wednesday afternoon.

Yonhap said Kim, who had arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, was traveling with five other North Korean officials.

May 28, 2018

A US team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to US President Donald Trump, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place, the Associated Press reports.

Both the US State Department and South Korea's Foreign Ministry said the American and North Korean officials have been engaged in talks at the Korean village of Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ. One can cross the border simply by stepping across a painted line, but moving beyond several footsteps into the North at Panmunjom would be rare for US officials.

May 24, 2018

Ahead of a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump's focus has been on stagecraft, the will-they-or-won't-they drama and visions of a legacy-defining nuclear deal. The human rights woes of North Koreans have been more of an afterthought, the Associated Press reports

Eager to pull off the historic meeting scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, Trump this week expanded his promised "protections" for Kim should the North Korean leader agree to give up his atomic program. Extending an olive branch, Trump also entertained the idea of opening the spigot of foreign investment to help secure Kim's rule.

"He will be safe. He will be happy. His country will be rich," Trump declared. "His country will be hardworking and very prosperous."

May 23, 2018

A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them, the Associated Press reports.

The remote site deep in the mountains of the North's sparsely populated northeast interior is expected to have a formal closing ceremony in the next day or two, depending on the weather. The closing was announced by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of his planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next month.

May 23, 2018

US President Donald Trump says a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un in June may not happen.

May 22, 2018

 North Korean media stepped up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint military exercises with the United States, warning Tuesday that a budding detente could be in danger, the Associated Press reports.

State media unleashed three strongly worded commentaries slamming Seoul and Washington for the maneuvers and demanding Seoul take action against defectors it claimed were sending anti-North Korea propaganda leaflets across the border.

May 21, 2018

Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month, the Associated Press reports.

Expect good imagery. But not much else.

The public display of the closure of the facility on Mount Mantap will likely be heavy on spectacle and light on substance. And the media will be spending much of their time in an unrelated tourism zone that North Korea hopes will be the next big thing for its economy if Kim's diplomatic overtures pay off in the months ahead.

May 17, 2018

South Korea says it's pushing to reset high-level talks with North Korea and will communicate closely with Washington and Pyongyang to increase the chances of a successful summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on resolving the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons, the Associated Press reports.

The announcement by Seoul's presidential National Security Council came a day after North Korea threatened to scrap next month's historic meeting between Trump and Kim, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" affair meant to pressure the North to abandon its nukes. 

May 16, 2018

The United States says it is moving ahead with preparations for a much-anticipated summit next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after Pyongyang appeared to cast doubt over the event.

"We will continue to plan the meeting," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert tells reporters, adding that Washington has received "no notification" of a position change by North Korea.

"We have not heard anything from that government or the government of South Korea to indicate we would not continue conducting these exercises or would not continue planning for our meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un next month."

May 16, 2018

North Korea cancels high-level talks with South Korea over its Max Thunder joint military exercises with the United States, denouncing the drills as a "rude and wicked provocation."

It also calls into question a much-anticipated and unprecedented summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump set for next month.

"There is a limit in showing goodwill and offering opportunity," the North's official news agency KCNA says. — Agence France-Presse

May 9, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says that North Korea supports denuclearization in principle, but the actual steps to achieve it will be difficult.

Moon met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday shortly after a three-way meeting in Tokyo with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

A Japanese official says Moon and Abe agreed to work together to figure out the necessary steps for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

They welcomed North Korea's recent announcement that it would close a nuclear test site and agreed that it must lead to further efforts to achieve full denuclearization.

Moon received a small surprise as he was wrapping up his working lunch with Abe: a cake to mark his first anniversary since taking office in May last year. — AP

April 28, 2018

President Donald Trump says he is looking forward to a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying it "should be quite something."

Trump spoke at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday. He congratulated the leaders of North and South Korea after a historic summit and said his meeting with Kim will happen in the "coming weeks."

Trump said a "maximum pressure" campaign will continue "until denuclearization occurs."

Trump spoke hours after Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to visit south of the demarcation line between the two Koreas, meeting with President Moon Jae-in. The leaders pledged in a joint statement to seek a formal end to the Korean War by year's end and to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons. — AP

April 23, 2018

South Korea has halted anti-North Korea propaganda broadcasts across their tense border on Monday as officials from the two Koreas met again to work out details of their leaders' upcoming talks, expected to focus on the North's nuclear program, the Associated Press reports.

Seoul had been blasting propaganda messages and K-pop songs from border loudspeakers since the North's fourth nuclear test in early 2016. The North quickly matched the South's action with its own border broadcasts and launches of balloons carrying anti-South Korea leaflets across the border.

April 21, 2018

China, North Korea's main ally, is welcoming Pyongyang's decision to suspend its nuclear and missile tests.

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang as saying Beijing wishes for North Korea to continue to achieve results in the development of its economy and improving the living standards of its people.

He says China will support North Korea through dialogue and consultations with "relevant parties" to resolve their concerns and improve relations.

Kim Dong-gil, the director of the Korean Peninsula Center at Peking University, says now that North Korea has nuclear weapons, he believes they will use them as a bargaining chip to officially end the 1950-53 Korean War, make arrangements to guarantee North Korea's safety and ultimately allow North Korea to open up its economy to the rest of the world. — AP

April 21, 2018

President Donald Trump has tweeted Friday night about reassuring signals from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said it was a sign "Progress being made for all."

His tweet said: "A message from Kim Jong Un: 'North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.' Also will 'Shut down a nuclear test site in the country's Northern Side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear tests.'"

Trump, who is at his South Florida resort of Mar a Lago, was referring to North Korea's announcement Saturday that it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington. But the announcement stopped short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its nuclear weapons or scale back its production of missiles and their related component parts.

The new North Korean policy sets the table for further negotiations when the summits begin. — AP

April 21, 2018

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reacted with caution to North Korea's announcement it has suspended nuclear tests and long-range missile launches.

Abe, a hard-liner on the North, said he welcomed the announcement carried by state media early Saturday as a positive development.

He says: "What is crucial here, however, is how this development is going to lead to the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of nuclear arms, weapons of mass destruction and missiles."

Abe says Tokyo would maintain its policy coordination with Seoul and Washington.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who made the announcement at a party meeting, is to hold summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next Friday and President Donald Trump in late May or June. — AP

April 7, 2018

North and South Korea on Saturday hold talks over establishing a telephone hotline between their leaders and other communication issues ahead of a rare summit between the rivals later this month.

The closed-door talks between working-level officials at a border village were part of preparatory discussions to set up the April 27 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. — AP

March 30, 2018

South Korea says it is trying to find out what President Donald Trump meant when he made remarks linking the recently renegotiated South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement with talks on denuclearizing North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office said Friday that it is working through various channels to find out the President Trump's intentions following his speech in Ohio.

On Thursday Trump said he may hold up the free trade deal until after an agreement is reached with North Korea. — AP

March 29, 2018

High-level talks between North and South Korea have kicked off in a border village in preparation for a summit meant to help resolve issues over the North's nuclear program, the Associated Press reports.

Officials plan to use the talks at the northern side of Panmunjom to determine the date and agenda of the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The results of the closed-door talks weren't immediately clear.

March 28, 2018

Japan's prime minister has reiterated that any talks with North Korea must end its nuclear weapons program, following an unexpected meeting this week between the leaders of North Korea and China.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary committee Wednesday that Japan has great interest in what happened and hopes to receive an explanation from China.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Chinese President Xi Jinping on a visit to Beijing that caught most of the world by surprise.

Abe said that "what's important is not dialogue for dialogue's sake, but to achieve nuclear and missile dismantling in a completely verifiable and irreversible way."

He added that sanctions on North Korea must be maintained until it takes concrete actions toward that end.

March 28, 2018

Kim Jong Un says North Korea committed to denuclearization

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says Pyongyang is committed to denuclearization during talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, China's state news agency Xinhua reports.

"It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearization on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il," Kim says as quoted by Xinhua.

Kim also assures that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is starting to get better, saying that North Korea has taken the initiative to put forward proposals for peace talks.

Xi during the talks says that China sticks to the goal of denuclearization of the peninsula and solving problems through dialogue and consultation.

March 27, 2018

A mysterious armored train that traveled from North Korea to Beijing has spurred speculation that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was aboard, the Associated Press reports.

"Speculation about a visit to Beijing by North Korea's reclusive leader or another high-level Pyongyang official ran high Tuesday amid talk of preparations for a meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump," AP says.

March 19, 2018

Top officials of the US, South Korea and Japan are meeting in Seoul, South Korea on how to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the Associated Press reports.

The meeting comes ahead of inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits to discuss the issue.

March 10, 2018

President Donald Trump says a deal with North Korea, "if completed," will be very good for the world.

Trump appears to be referring to North Korea agreeing to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal. That has been a key demand of the United States and other world powers.

Trump tweets Friday night: "The deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the World. Time and place to be determined."

The president has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic face-to-face summit.

South Korean officials who recently met with Kim told their White House counterparts Thursday that Kim was eager to meet with Trump.  — Associated Press

March 10, 2018

The White House says President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have discussed North Korea.

The leaders spoke Friday, the day after Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a date and time still to be determined.

The White House says Trump and Xi "welcomed the prospect" of dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea. They also committed to keep pressure and sanctions in place until North Korea takes "tangible steps" toward "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization."

Trump expressed hope that Kim will choose a brighter path for his country.

China is North Korea's main benefactor. Trump has urged his Chinese counterpart to help pressure North Korea into abandoning its nuclear program. — Associated Press

March 9, 2018

China's foreign ministry says it hopes all parties to the North Korean nuclear dispute will "show their political courage" in restarting negotiations, and pledges its support in working toward that goal.

Spokesman Geng Shuang on Friday said China welcomes and supports the "positive inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korea interactions."

Geng told reporters at a regularly scheduled press briefing that China hope that all parties "will continue to strive for the political resolution and lasting peace and stability on the peninsula."

China is North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, although it has agreed to increasingly harsh United Nations economic sanctions in a bid to steer the North back to talks. In the 2000s, Beijing hosted several rounds of six-nation denuclearization talks involving the Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the U.S. — Associated Press

March 9, 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is welcoming the announcement that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump have agreed to meet.

Lavrov was quoted by Russian state news agency Tass on Friday saying during a visit to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa that Russia considers the move "a step in the right direction."

He went on to express hope that the agreement would be implemented and that it is "necessary for normalizing the situation around the Korean peninsula." — Associated Press

March 9, 2018

South Korea's foreign minister says her government is consulting with the United States on the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says South Korea will make sure if the summit does take place, "it's a meaningful meeting with good outcome."

A summit between Kim and South Korea's president in a Korean border village is planned at the end of April, and Trump's meeting with Kim would be anticipated sometime in May at a place still undetermined.

Kang said Friday on an official visit to Hanoi, Vietnam, "the exact timing and the place will need a lot of consideration." — Associated Press

March 9, 2018

Liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who some believe has maneuvered the two leaders to this position, reflected the hope and relief many here feel about the planned summit, when he declared Friday that it will be a "historical milestone" that will put the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula "really on track." — Associated Press

March 9, 2018

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who has traveled several times to North Korea and is one of the few Americans to have met its leader, is praising President Donald Trump for planning a summit with Kim Jong Un.

Rodman tells The Associated Press he looks forward to returning to the pariah nation for "basketball diplomacy" in the coming months.

He says: "Well done, President Trump. You're on the way to a historical meeting no U.S. president has ever done."

Rodman adds, "Please send my regards to Marshal Kim Jong Un and his family."

Rodman was speaking by phone soon after the planned summit was announced in Washington — a major surprise after a year of rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Rodman met Kim in 2013 and 2014. — Associated Press

March 9, 2018

President Donald Trump says "Great progress" is being made, but sanctions on North Korea will remain in place as he prepares for what would be the first-ever meeting between the two countries' leaders.

Trump is on Twitter after South Koreans broke the news that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted to meet with him. Trump says Kim "talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze."

He also says North Korea has agreed to stop testing missiles. The messages were conveyed by a South Korean delegation that visited the White House Thursday.

Trump adds, "Meeting being planned!" 

— Associated Press

March 9, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH'-bay) says he plans to visit the U.S. to hold talks with President Donald Trump in April.

He told reporters in Tokyo on Friday morning that he had spoken with Trump on the phone, and they had agreed to continue putting maximum pressure on North Korea until it takes concrete steps toward giving up its nuclear weapons program.

Abe says there is no change in that position.

His remarks came after Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un by May to negotiate an end to its nuclear weapons program. — Associated Press

March 9, 2018

The White House says President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be held "at a place and time to be determined."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement after a South Korean official broke the stunning news. Sanders says Trump "will accept the invitation to meet with" Kim.

She also says Trump "greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation" and President Moon Jae-in

She adds that the U.S. looks "forward to the denuclearization of North Korea," but says all sanctions will remain in place in the meantime. — Associated Press

March 9, 2018

South Korea's national security director says President Donald Trump has decided he will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un "by May."

Chung Eui-yong spoke outside the White House after a day of briefings with senior U.S. officials, including Trump, on the recent inter-Korea talks. Chung says Trump said "he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.

Chung says Kim told the South Koreans he is "committed to denuclearization" and pledged that "North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests."

The meeting would be the first of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting president of the United States. The two countries have been in a formal state of war since the Korean War in the 1950s. — Associated Press

South Korean officials were briefing the White House Thursday on the outcome of their pathfinding meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Seoul has already publicized that North Korea offered talks with the United States on denuclearization and normalizing ties, a potential diplomatic opening after a year of escalating tensions over the North's nuclear and missile tests. The rival Koreas also agreed to hold a leadership summit in late April.

Top Trump administration officials were getting a chance to hear firsthand from South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, who led the delegation that went to Pyongyang. — Associated Press

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