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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 ...


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...


North Korea sends rare announcement to all Koreans, calls for unification
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North Korea sends rare announcement to all Koreans, calls for unification

North Korea sent a rare announcement addressed to all Koreans at home and abroad on Thursday, saying they should make a breakthrough for unification without the help of other countries, its state media said. It said all Koreans should promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea while adding Pyongyang will smash all challenges against reunification of the Korean peninsula....


Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. China and Russia both signed onto the latest rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea imposed last year. There was no immediate comm...


South Korea's Moon says Trump deserves 'big' credit for North Korea talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in credited U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday for helping to spark the first inter-Korean talks in more than two years, and warned that Pyongyang would face stronger sanctions if provocations continued. The talks were held on Tuesday on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone, which has divided the two Koreas since 1953, after a prolonged period of...


Trump says he would 'absolutely' talk to North Korea's Kim on phone

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would absolutely be willing to talk on the phone to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that he hopes a positive development results from talks between North Korea and South Korea. North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with South Korea next week, the first in more than two years, hours after Washington and Seoul delayed a military ex...


North Korea accepts January 9 talks offer from South Korea
Source: Reuters

North Korea accepts January 9 talks offer from South Korea

North and South Korea will hold official talks next week for the first time in more than two years after Pyongyang accepted Seouls offer for dialogue, just hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a joint military exercise. The Souths unification ministry said North Korea had sent its consent for the talks to be held on Jan. 9 in a statement at 0116 GMT. The last time the two Korea...


Americans should worry about Kim's mental fitness, not Trump's: White House

The White House on Wednesday defended Donald Trumps tweet about the size of his nuclear button, saying Americans should be concerned about the North Korean leaders mental fitness, not their presidents. On Tuesday, Trump responded to a New Years Day speech in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he had a nuclear button on his desk by saying that his nuclear button is a much bigger more ...


North Korea's Kim 'open to dialogue' with South Korea, will only use nukes if threatened

Kim Jong Un warned the United States on Monday he had a nuclear button on his desk ready for use if North Korea was threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was open to dialogue with Seoul. After a year dominated by fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over Pyongyangs nuclear weapons program, the North Korean leader used his televised New Years Day speech to declare h...


U.S. seeks ship ban over North Korea violations, Moon postponing drills
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U.S. seeks ship ban over North Korea violations, Moon postponing drills

The United States has called on the U.N. Security Council to blacklist 10 ships for circumventing sanctions on North Korea, documents showed on Tuesday, while South Koreas President suggested delaying military exercises with Washington to ease tensions ahead of next years Winter Olympics. Documents seen by Reuters said the 10 vessels had been conducting ship-to-ship transfers of refined petrole...


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