(Created on 03/02/2017)




  • Koreas summit: Five key moments from the Kim-Moon meeting - 27 April 2018
    "The meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in marks just the third time that leaders of the two Koreas have met."

  • Korean summit: Welcoming Kim Jong-un with pomp and peace rituals - VIDEO - 27 April 2018
    "How do you welcome a North Korean leader who just months ago was threatening your country? With lots of elaborate pomp and a series of symbolic rituals."


  • Kim Jong-un crosses Korean border for summit - VIDEO - 27 April 2018
    "Kim Jong-un has become the first North Korean leader to cross the military line that divides the Koreas, since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
    He shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, ahead of their historic summit in the demilitarised zone (DMZ)."


  • KIMMY SKIPS - 27 April 2018
    "Kim Jong Un hopped over a concrete barrier and into South Korea Friday,
    becoming the first North Korean leader ever to cross the heavily fortified DMZ. He was greeted with a warm handshake from South Korean President Moon Jae-in
    — the pair later announcing the common goal of the “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula and a formal end to the Korean War."

  • Scientists Say N. Korea's Nuclear Test Site Likely Collapsed - Text + Audio - 26 April 2018
    "Chinese researchers say the mountain above North Korea’s main nuclear test site has likely collapsed.
    Their findings may give new meaning to North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s recent announcement.
    He said this month that his country was ending its nuclear testing program ahead of planned meetings."

  • North Korea missile and nuclear test halt hailed - 21 April 2018
    "North Korea's announcement that it is halting nuclear and missile tests has received a broad international welcome."
    + Major North Korean missile tests

    + Video: The news was announced on North Korean state TV

    + Video: How could war with North Korea unfold?
    + Video: How to talk to North Korea
    + North Korea crisis in 300 words
    + North Korea's nuclear programme explained
    + Did sanctions push N Korea into US talks?



  • Trump leaves North Korea peace summit without a deal - 28 February 2019
    "U.S. President Donald Trump left Vietnam early after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un broke down.
    The two leaders came away empty-handed after failing to come to an agreement about lifting sanctions on North Korea
    in exchange for shutting down the country's main nuclear reactor."


  • The Trump-Kim Vietnam summit – in pictures - 27 February 2019
    "Hanoi was buzzing as it prepared for the meeting between the US president and the North Korean leader, with a heavy security presence amid fanfare and flags"


  • Trump and Kim meet for Vietnam summit - VIDEO - 27 February 2019
    "US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un have met at the start of their high-profile summit in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi.
    + Trump and Kim start summit with dinner


  • TRUMP DISTRACTING FROM COHEN WITH KIM DINNER - with videos - 26 February 2019
    "Trump scheduled a dinner with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at their summit in Hanoi, but only after House Democrats announced that his former lawyer and fixer would publicly testify on Capitol Hill at about the same time. Trump’s apparent “counterprogramming” of Cohen’s expected damaging testimony concerns arms control and national security experts, who fear the president is trying to distract public attention from Cohen, even at the cost of U.S. interests."


  • Vietnam Welcomes ‘Trump’ and ‘Kim’ - 22 February 2019
    "In front of the historic Metropole Hotel, “Kim” hugged the “Trump”, and said, “Last time we did it in Singapore, which is kind of his territory.”
    He added, “Now we are in my territory with my comrades.”


    "North Korea is trying to ensure its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities are safe from U.S. military strikes, according to a United Nations report.
    Measures said to include using civilian facilities to make and test missiles."

    [The Guardian]
  • North Korea making 'rapid' upgrades to nuclear reactor despite summit pledges - 27 June 2018
    "Monitoring group says work shows why a denuclearisation deal rather than a ‘statement of lofty goals’ is needed...
    North Korea has continued to upgrade its only known nuclear reactor used to fuel its weapons program, satellite imagery has shown, despite ongoing negotiations with the US and a pledge to denuclearise."

    + The action-movie style trailer Trump says he played to Kim - video
  • US Identifies North Korean Missile Test Area - Text + Audio + Pictures - 21 June 2018
    "Officials say North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un said he would have the Sohae missile engine test area disabled."

  • No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons programme, Mattis admits - 21 June 2018
    "No one knows when meeting about it will be held either, contrary to Trump’s promise after Singapore summit.
    The US defence secretary, James Mattis, has said he is unaware of any steps taken by North Korea towards dismantling its nuclear weapons programme
    since the Singapore summit and does not expect any in the immediate future."

  • Trump and Kim Jong-un could get the Nobel Peace Prize (June 15, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un could be in line for a Nobel Peace Prize."

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  • US: Sanctions Remain Until North Korean Denuclearization - Text + Audio + Pictures - 14 June 2018
    "U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program.
    Also, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he would consider suspending joint military exercises with the U.S."



  • Trump, Kim Sign Joint Agreement in Singapore - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 12 June 2018
    "In Singapore on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula."


      "President Donald Trump spoke with VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren after his summit talks
      with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore about what the two discussed and what to expect next."

  • North Korea/US summit: every detail matters - VIDEO - 12 June 2018
  • North Korea Says No Need for Nuclear Program if Military Threats Disappear - Text + Audio - 6 March 2018
    "A South Korean official says North Korea has suggested there was no need to keep its nuclear program if military threats against the country are removed.
    He added that North Korea expressed a willingness to hold talks with the United States."


  • US: North Korea was behind murder of Kim Jong Un’s brother - 6 March 2018
    "The United States has formally concluded that North Korea ordered the hit of leader Kim Jong Un’s brother — using a VX nerve agent to poison him, according to officials...
    The US has decided to slap the rogue nation with even more economic sanctions on top of the ones they already have in place to deter its nuclear weapons program...
    Kim was the older half-brother of Jong Un — and considered a potential rival to the throne."

  • North Korea open to relinquishing nuclear weapons, says Seoul - 6 March 2018
    "Donald Trump says ‘possible progress being made’ after North Korea offers to freeze programmes if US comes to table"


    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with South Korean chief delegator Chung Eui-yong
    during their meeting in Pyongyang.

  • UN: North Korea Sends Banned Equipment to Syria, Myanmar - Text + Audio - 28 February 2018
    "An unpublished United Nations report says North Korea has provided banned weapons equipment to Syria and Myanmar.
    The exchanges are banned by U.N. Security Council resolutions. Syria has denies the links."

  • North Korea Launches ‘Army of Beauties’ - 2 February 2018
    "North Koreans who fled the country have mixed feelings about the cheerleaders. These defectors say the women will promote an image of the North that is not real.
    But they also say they hope the group can help expand ties between North and South Koreans."



  • Pakistan Meets with US Ambassador over Trump’s Comments - Text + Audio - 2 January 2018
    "On Monday, President Trump said the United States has “foolishly” given Pakistan over 33 billion dollars in aid over the past 15 years.
    Pakistan says it is being blamed for its failures and not recognized for its sacrifice."



  • North Korea's Kim Jong-un issues threats and olive branch - 1 January 2018
    "North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has said a nuclear launch button is "always on my table" and warned the US it will never be able to start a war."

    + Video: North Korea said in November its latest missile was capable of reaching Washington DC


  • North Korea missile developers hit by US sanctions - with pictures and a video - 26 December 2017
    "The US has placed sanctions on two North Korean officials it says have led the development of nuclear missiles."

    + Video: How would war with North Korea unfold?
  • Increase in North Korean Defections Could Show Impact of Sanctions - Text + Audio - 21 December 2017
    "Another North Korean soldier and two fishermen defected to South Korea on Thursday.
    The defections could be a sign that economic sanctions meant to punish North Korean leadership are creating difficulties for its people."

  • Families Seek News of North Korean Abductees - Text + Audio - 14 December 2017
    "North Korea is accused of forcibly taking people against their will and holding them.
    Since other countries have taken steps designed to punish the North because of its weapons testing,
    families of the abductees have not been able to learn anything new about their relatives."

  • Have North Korea’s Weapons Tests Reached a 'Red Line?' - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 December 2017
    "Observers are considering the effects of North Korea’s recent test of an advanced long-distance missile.
    Shortly after the test, North Korea declared itself a nuclear weapons power – something the United States has called unacceptable.


  • Trump calls Kim Jong-un a 'sick puppy' - VIDEO - 01 December 2017
    "After referring to the Republican tax plan as "rocket fuel" for the American economy, Trump digressed with an aside on "Little Rocket Man,"
    before calling Kim "a sick puppy," drawing hoots from the crowd."




  • US Renews State Terror Declaration for North Korea - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 21 November 2017
    "The United States has re-declared North Korea a state supporter of terrorism and is preparing new sanctions to pressure Pyongyang.
    The U.S. decision was welcomed by South Korea and Japan as a way to put more pressure on North Korea."




  • North Korea 'sentences Trump to death' for insulting Kim Jong-un - 15 November 2017
    "Regime-run newspaper says US president is ‘hideous criminal’ after he said North was a ‘cruel dictatorship’ and Kim ‘short and fat’."


    The war of words between Donald Trump and North Kim Jong-un sees no sign of abating.

  • US displays military might near Korea - VIDEO - 13 November 2017
    "As President Trump continues his war of words with North Korea, the US continues a military build-up in the region.
    Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from on board the USS Ronald Reagan in the sea of Japan."

  • South Korean President Says No to Nuclear Weapons - Text + Audio - 01 November 2017
    "President Moon Jae-in told South Korean lawmakers that his government does not seek nuclear weapons and opposes such arms on the Korean Peninsula.
    He also said that no military action would take place in South Korea without his country’s approval."

  • North Korea Steals Military Documents from South - Text + Audio - 12 October 2017
    "A South Korean lawmaker said defense officials told him that a North Korean computer attack stole a large number of military documents.
    Among them were plans to destroy North Korea’s leadership. The attack is said to have taken place in September 2016."

  • North Korea Claims US Has Declared War - Text + Audio - 25 September 2017
    "North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho says the United States has declared war on his country. Ri made the statement to reporters in New York City on Monday. He added that his country would take counter-actions, including shooting down American warplanes."

  • ‘Rocket Man’ Vs. ‘Dotard’ in War of Words - 22 September 2017
    "A war of words is rising between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    The two leaders have been exchanging unusually personal insults as international pressure on North Korea grows."








  • US Successfully Test Anti-Missile System - Text + Audio + Video - 31 May 2017
    "The U.S. Defense Department said it successfully tested a system to stop intercontinental ballistic missiles.
    The system destroyed an ICBM launched from an island in the Pacific Ocean."

    ICBM = intercontinental ballistic missile