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North Korea denies chemical weapons link with Syria

North Korea denied reports it had cooperated with Syria on chemical weapons, dismissing them as a fabrication by the United States to pressure the country, state media reported late Thursday. State run KCNA news agency cited a spokesman at the foreign ministrys research institute of American studies arguing that the United States made anonsensical argument that it helped Syria produce chemical ...


North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters. While North Koreas ruling family is known to have used travel documents obtained under false pretences, there are few specific examples. The photocopies of the Brazil...


South Korea says approved visit by sanctioned North Korean to pursue peace on peninsula

South Korea said it had approved the Winter Olympic visit by a sanctioned North Korean official, blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors, in the pursuit of peace and asked for public understanding. Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the Norths ruling Workers Partys Central Committee, will lead a high-level delegation at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics ...


Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit: South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years. Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North and has pushed for a diplomatic solut...


Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, North Korea: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India as a way to balance Chinas assertive posture...


North Korea's cheer squad, sports officials arrive in South Korea

A group of 280 North Koreans arrived in South Korea on Wednesday, one of the largest peacetime crossings of the inter-Korean border, to spur on athletes from the two Koreas at the Winter Olympics starting Friday. The delegation, made up mostly of a 229-member cheer squad, reached a border checkpoint by bus at around 0030 GMT, Seouls Unification Ministry said. In addition to the cheering squa...


U.S. warns on growing nuclear arsenals of China, Russia, North Korea

North Korea may be only months away from being able to strike the United States with a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile and its atomic weapons program must be shut down, a senior U.S. disarmament official said on Tuesday. U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood, addressing the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, also warned that arsenals in China and Russia were expanding. Ru...


Trump will host Australian PM Turnbull at White House on February 23

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House on Feb. 23, the White House said in a statement on Thursday. The president and prime minister will discuss a range of shared bilateral, regional, and global priorities, including fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth, and expanding security and defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific...


Trump calls North Korea leadership 'depraved,' warns of nuclear missile threat

Branding North Koreas leadership depraved, President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday that Pyongyangs pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland and vowed a continued campaign of maximum pressure to keep that from happening. In his first State of the Union speech to the U.S. Congress, Trumps tough rhetoric underscored persistent tensions despite recent talks between...


Despite sanctions, North Korea exported coal to South and Japan via Russia

North Korea shipped coal to Russia last year which was then delivered to South Korea and Japan in a likely violation of U.N. sanctions, three Western European intelligence sources said. The U.N. Security Council banned North Korean exports of coal last Aug. 5 under sanctions intended to cut off an important source of the foreign currency Pyongyang needs to fund its nuclear weapon and long-range...


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