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No sign of imminent N Korea missile launch: South Korean defense chief

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo says there is still no sign that North Korea is preparing for an imminent missile launch as reported by US media outlets. Earlier this month, US news outlets cited reports by several American think-tanks and South Korean officials, warning that satellite images showed that North Korea was possibly making preparations for a missile or space launch…

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North Korea considering pulling out of talks unless US takes steps

  The North’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said on Friday that leader Kim Jong-un is set to make an official announcement about his decision soon. Choe said on their way back to Pyongyang from talks with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi last month, Kim told her that “for what reason do we have to make this train trip…

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North Koreans vote in elections after collapse of talks with US

  The elections, which are held every five years, started at around 10 am (0100 GMT) on Sunday, and will continue until late evening. The candidates, who come from all over the country and all walks of society, mostly hail from the ruling Korean Workers’ Party. However, some of them come from a handful of other smaller coalition parties. Photos and…

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North Korea likely plans missile or space launch: Report

The people of North Korea blame the US for the collapse of the recent summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, state media say. US news outlet NPR has reported that North Korea may be preparing for a missile or space launch, based on satellite image analysis of a key facility near Pyongyang. The images…

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South Korea replaces point man on North after Hanoi summit collapse

  Moon replaced his Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon on Friday with his confident Kim Yeon-chul (pictured below), who heads the state-run Korea Institute for National Unification. “He’s the right man who can actively embody the president’s vision for a new Korean peninsula, a new peace and cooperation community, by carrying out the Unification Ministry’s main policy tasks without a hitch…

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South Korea claims North Korea restoring part of destroyed ballistic missile site

South Korea alleges that North Korea is restoring a ballistic missile launch facility it had torn down as an initial step toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, less than a week after US President Donald Trump cut short his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without sealing a deal. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency cited on Tuesday a…

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South Korea claims North Korea restoring part of destroyed ballistic missile site

South Korea alleges that North Korea is restoring a ballistic missile launch facility it had torn down as an initial step toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, less than a week after US President Donald Trump cut short his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without sealing a deal. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency cited on Tuesday a…

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North Korean leader rethinking denuclearization talks with US: Top official

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is no longer interested in discussing denuclearization plans with US President Donald Trump after their talks fell apart abruptly Thursday, a senior Pyongyang official has warned. “I have a feeling that Chairman Kim may have lost the will (to continue) North Korea-US dealings,” Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency Friday. “It’s my…

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Official: Kim ‘may have lost will to continue dealings’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is no longer interested in discussing denuclearization plans with US President Donald Trump after their talks fell apart abruptly Thursday, a senior Pyongyang official has warned. “I have a feeling that Chairman Kim may have lost the will (to continue) North Korea-US dealings,” Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency Friday. “It’s my…

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Pageantries, photo-ops will never make for serious diplomacy: Zarif tells Trump

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US President Donald Trump is not seeking “serious diplomacy” on North Korea after he failed to reach an agreement with the North Korean leader during their summit in Vietnam. “President Trump should’ve now realized that pageantries, photo-ops & flip-flops don’t make for serious diplomacy,” Zarif tweeted on Friday, a day after Trump, a self-proclaimed “dealmaker,”…

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