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."
North Korea supplied arms to Syria and Myanmar, UN sanctions report finds- 2 February 2018 - Ballistic missile and chemical programmes may have benefited
- Pyongyang made nearly $200m in illicit commodity exports in 2017
"North Korea has supplied weapons to Syria and Myanmar, according to a confidential report by independent United Nations monitors
which also said Pyongyang violated UN sanctions to earn nearly $200m in 2017."
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."
North Korean Hackers Steal Millions of Dollars in Bitcoin- Text + Audio+ Pictures- 19 December 2017
"Computer security experts say North Korea has taken millions of dollars in what is known as “virtual currency.”
These digital forms of money are not overseen by government but by software developers."
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."
North Korea missile launch: regime says new rocket can hit anywhere in US- 29 November 2017
"Pyongyang has conducted its first ballistic test launch in two months, reigniting tensions in the region." + What do we know about the Hwasong-15 missile? + Why does the North Korean regime pursue a nuclear programme? + Why is the timing and location of the launch significant? + 'We will take care of it': Donald Trump on North Korea missile launch - video
North Korea Fires Another ICBM- Text + Audio - 28 November 2017 ICBM = intercontinental ballistic missile
"President Donald Trump spoke about the launch during a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House.
He said the United States, in his words, “will take care of it." He did not offer any details."
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 Slowly Goes Online- Text + Audio + Pictures- 19 November 2017
"North Korea is still among the least internet-friendly countries on Earth. For most citizens, having a connection to the World Wide Web is unimaginable.
Hardly anyone has a personal computer or an email address that is not shared."
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."
Trump's first UN speech met with criticism from some leaders- 20 September 2017
"Donald Trump's first major speech at the United Nations has been denounced by some of the member nations he singled out for criticism...
The US president included Iran among "a small group of rogue regimes", and said the US would "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to do so." + Video: Which 'rogue states' are in Trump's new axis of evil?
+ Video: Trump: 'Rocket Man's suicide mission' + Key messages from Donald Trump's speech + Trump's contradictions
Trump Targets North Korea, Iran, Venezuela in UN Speech- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video- 19 September 2017 + Video: Trump Warns North Korea
"The U.S. President tried to explain his policy of America first to the 193 member states of the U.N.
He also spoke strongly against North Korea’s military threats saying the result would be to “totally destroy” the country."
Will New UN Measures Get North Korea to Change? - Text + Audio - 12 September 2017
"The U.N. Security Council voted 15 to 0 to approve new restrictions against North Korea.
They include a reduction in oil supplies and a ban on natural gas imports and textiles exports.
The measures support U.S. efforts to put “maximum pressure” on the North."
North Korea threatens US with 'greatest pain' after UN sanctions- 12 September 2017
"North Korea has threatened the United States with the "greatest pain" it has ever suffered following new sanctions imposed by the United Nations." + Video: Was your T-shirt made in North Korea?
+ Video: How would war with North Korea unfold?
UN Considering Oil Embargo Against North Korea- Text + Audio - 7 September 2017
"A version of a resolution intended to punish North Korea for its most recent nuclear test appears to include a fuel embargo.
China supports measures to answer the North’s actions, but wants negotiation to balance pressure."
South Korean Influence Shrinks With North Korean Threat- Text + Audio + Pictures - 6 September 2017
"As North Korea continues to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the South Korean government has tried to lower tensions in the area.
This has led to problems with both the United States and China."
North Korea nuclear crisis: Test 'caused landslides' - with pictures and a video - 6 September 2017
"North Korea's recent nuclear test appears to have triggered several landslides, according to what are believed to be the first satellite images of the aftermath."
US Ambassador: North Korea Is Begging for War- Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 September 2017
"On Sunday, North Korea says it held its latest nuclear test, which was 10 times larger than the previous one.
Now the United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says the country is "begging for war" with the U.S."
North Korea preparing more missile launches, says South- 4 September 2017
"South Korea says it has seen indications that the North is preparing more missile launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile."
+ Video: South Korea carries out live-fire drills in response to the nuclear test
US, Allies in Show of Force against N. Korea- Text + Audio + Video - 31 August 2017
"American, Japanese and South Korean military pilots flew a 10-hour show of force mission over the Korean Peninsula."
Trump to N. Korea: All Options Are on the Table- Text + Audio + Pictures- 29 August 2017
"President Donald Trump says “all options are on the table” in connection with North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan.
Trump released a short written statement Tuesday. It said the launch signaled North Korea’s
“contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations.”
Collecting North Korea's propaganda art - VIDEO - 24 August 2017
"This South Korean has one of the largest collections of North Korean propaganda art in the world.
Choi Sangkyun has made about 20 trips to the North and met artists there."
Trump fires up North Korea nuclear tensions (August 12, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"U.S. President Donald Trump has given North Korea another warning over its plans to fire its weapons."
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Reports Say N. Korea Can Put Nuclear Weapon inside a Missile - Text + Audio - 8 August 2017
"North Korea may have successfully produced a nuclear weapon small enough to fit inside its missiles.
That information comes from a Japanese defense paper and an American newspaper."
North Korea's nuclear threat at a 'new stage', warns Japan- 8 August 2017
"Defence paper said it was possible that the regime was able to miniaturise a nuclear warhead to load it on to a missile." + North Korea launches second missile test – video + North Korea’s potential missile ranges
US Open to North Korea Talks if Missile Tests Halted- Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 August 2017
"The United Nations Security Council agreed to a new set of sanctions on North Korea for its most recent missile tests.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday the best way for the North to show it is ready to hold talks is to stop its missile tests."
Experts: North Korea Lacks Missile Technology to Reach Mainland US- Text + Audio - 3 August 2017
"North Korea has a history of testing long-distance missiles as a show of force. Experts say the latest test shows it still lacks the technology needed for those missiles to reach the United States. But the country is not far from having it, they add."
North Korea Celebrates ICBM, US Calls for Global Action - Text + Audio - 5 July 2017
"North Korea’s test of a long-distance missile that traveled high above the earth had been denounced by United States officials.
The U.S. military answered with missile exercises while the U.S. president and secretary of state criticized North Korea."
(learningenglish.voanews.com)North Korea ICBM launch: US and S Korea respond with drill- 5 July 2017
"The US and South Korea have held a ballistic missile drill, after North Korea tested a long-range missile experts believe may reach Alaska."
+ Video: "Missiles fired during US-South Korea drills serve as warning to North Korea" + Video: "One expert says the missile could reach Alaska"
+ Video: "North Korean state TV announces "successful" missile test"
Latest North Korean Missile Launch Adds to Pressure on China- Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 July 2017
"North Korea’s most recent missile test of a long-range missile landed in Japan’s special economic zone.
Leaders of the United States, Japan and South Korea plan to discuss the latest test when they all meet at the G-20 meeting in Germany."
North Korea hails 'ICBM test' success- Article + Pictures + Video- 4 July 2017
"North Korea says it has successfully tested its first "intercontinental ballistic missile" (ICBM)." + Video: North Korean state TV announces "successful" missile test
Trump, Moon Show Unity Against North Korea - Text + Audio - 30 June 2017
"President Donald Trump says the United States can no longer be patient with North Korea.
Trump spoke after meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House Friday.
Their talks lasted 30 minute longer than officials planned."
Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns 'brutal' N Korea as student dies- 20 June 2017
"US President Donald Trump has called North Korea a "brutal regime" after the death of a US student who had been jailed there for more than 15 months." + Video: Donald Trump says the US will 'handle' North Korea + Video: Otto Warmbier's father, wearing his son's jacket, told reporters last week his son had been treated "brutally" + Timeline of events (BBC)
American Prisoner Released by North Korea- Text + Audio + Pictures - 13 June 2017
"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says North Korea has released an American college student from prison.
Otto Warmbier had been sentenced to a 15-year term on charges of attempted theft.
The North Korean government said Warmbier had tried to steal a propaganda sign in January 2016."
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."
(learningenglish.voanews.com) ICBM = intercontinental ballistic missile
North Korea fires missile into Japanese waters - 28 May 2017
"Japan’s government strongly protests to Pyongyang and condemns launch but says there were no reports of damage. North Korea has fired another missile off its east coast, South Korea’s military has said, as the regime seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the US mainland. "
More North Koreans Become Scientists as Nuclear Push Continues - Text + Audio + Pictures- 22 May 2017
"Careers in science are becoming increasingly popular in North Korea as the government expands its nuclear and missile programs.
In the past, North Koreans who worked as a scientist or engineer were paid very little. Such work was not highly valued by the government."
North Korea Launches Powerful New Rocket- Text + Audio + Pictures - 15 May 2017
"Observers say the rocket flew higher and longer than any other missile tested by North Korea."
US: Invitation to Philippine Leader Linked to Containing North Korea - Text + Audio + Pictures - 01 May 2017
"In a telephone call last Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House.
The Trump administration said the call came shortly after a failed North Korean missile test."
US Increases Pressure on North Korea Ahead of Military Anniversary- Text + Audio + Pictures - 24 April 2017
"President Donald Trump spoke with Japan’s and China’s leaders in an effort to build opposition to further nuclear or missile tests by North Korea.
China may be reducing oil exports to North Korea in a sign that international pressure is increasing."
USA ends 'patience' with North Korea(20 April 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
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Pence Warns North Korea Not to Test Trump’s ‘Strength and Resolve’- Text + Audio + Pictures - 17 April 2017
"American Vice President Mike Pence has warned North Korea that the U.S. has not ruled out using military force to deal with an increasing nuclear threat.
The warning came as Pence visited South Korea."
US Sends Navy Strike Group to Korean Peninsula- Text + Audio + Pictures- 10 April 2017
"The U.S. Navy has sent a strike group to waters near the Korean Peninsula as a show of force to North Korea. A spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command described the deployment as a "prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific."
The Carl Vinson is now heading towards the Korean peninsula
North Korean ballistic missile fired into the Sea of Japan - 5 April 2017
"North Korea has test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan...
The launch comes on the eve of a visit by China's President Xi Jinping to the US to meet President Donald Trump."
North Korean Issue Repeatedly Raised on Tillerson’s Asia Visit- Text + Audio+ Pictures- 20 March 2017
"Concerns about North Korea were raised during U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first trip to East Asia. Tillerson made stops in Japan, South Korea and China. He said that the United States stood by its allies, and suggested the U.S. government’s policy on North Korea had not been successful."
Rex Tillerson urged to be 'cool-headed' over North Korea - 18 March 2017
"China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged the US to remain "cool-headed" over North Korean tensions." + Video: Rex Tillerson: "We will do everything we can to prevent conflict" + Video: How do you solve a problem like North Korea?
China calls on N Korea to suspend missile and nuclear tests - 8 March 2017
"China has proposed that North Korea suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to "defuse a looming crisis".
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that in exchange, the US and South Korea could halt annual joint military drills, which consistently infuriate the North."
US, Japan, S. Korea Denounce Latest North Korean Missile Test - Text + Audio - 6 March 2017
"The launches took place as South Korea and the United States are holding joint military exercises.
The North Korean government says the exercises are reason for North Koreans to prepare for an invasion."
North Korea says ballistic missile test was a 'success'- 13 February 2017
"North Korea says it "successfully" test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in a launch supervised by leader Kim Jong-un...
The US, Japan and South Korea have requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the incident.
China said it opposed North Korean missile tests and Russia said it was concerned, calling on all parties to prevent any escalation in tensions."
North Korea conducts ballistic missile test - 12 February 2017
"North Korea has fired a ballistic missile in the first such test since Donald Trump took office as US president.
"Mr Trump assured Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that "America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%"... In January, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned that his military was close to testing long-range missiles capable of reaching the United States mainland and carrying nuclear warheads.
Mr Trump derided the claim in a tweet, saying: "It won't happen"."