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Trump, Kim make history with Singapore handshake

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MNA Exclusive Desk: US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un kicked off a momentous summit Tuesday that could determine historic peace or raise the spectre of a growing nuclear threat, with Trump declaring they would have a “great discussion” and Kim saying they had overcome obstacles to get to this point. Standing on a red carpet in front of a row of alternating US and North Korean flags, the leaders shook hands warmly at a Singapore island resort, creating an indelible image of the two unorthodox leaders. They then moved into a one-on-one meeting, joined only by ...

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US-N Korea nuclear talks get underway

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MNA International Desk: High-ranking officials of the United States and North Korea met in New York late on Wednesday in the first of two days of talks about the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme and a possible summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, met for about 90 minutes over dinner and exited without providing any detailed remarks to reporters waiting outside. Earlier in the day, the White House left open the possibility ...

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N Korea summit could still possible: Trump

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MNA International Desk: One day after abruptly pulling the plug on a high-stakes summit with North Korea, US president Donald Trump said Friday the meeting with Kim Jong Un could go ahead after all-and would “likely” happen on the originally scheduled date of 12 June. The summit would be an unprecedented meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, which Washington hopes will result in the full denuclearization of the reclusive state. Trump said in a tweet that “very productive talks” were ongoing with North Korea about reinstating the summit. “If it does happen, will likely remain ...

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Trump ready to meet Kim Jong Un

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim is the ultimate decision-maker in his country, a senior administration official said on Thursday. ‘President Trump has made his reputation on making deals,’ the official said in a briefing with reporters after Trump’s agreement to meet Kim at a time and place to be chosen in what would be the first-ever US-North Korea summit. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the message from Kim was relayed orally to Trump by a South Korean delegation in the Oval Office. There was ...

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N Korea’s top official to visit South

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MNA International Desk: North Korea’s ceremonial head of state will visit the South this week and attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony as the divided peninsula witnesses a rare thaw after a year of high tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme. Kim Yong-Nam will technically be the most senior official from the North ever to travel to the other side of the Demilitarized Zone that has for decades divided the two Koreas, reported news agency. His trip will be the diplomatic high point of the rapprochement between the two Koreas triggered by the Pyeongchang Olympics in the South, which have their ...

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UN puts new sanctions on N Korea

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MNA International Desk: With China’s backing, the UN Security Council on Friday slapped new sanctions on North Korea that will restrict oil supplies vital for Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programmes. The council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that also orders the repatriation of North Korean workers sent abroad to earn revenue for Kim Jong-Un’s regime. It is the third raft of sanctions imposed on Pyongyang this year and comes as the United States and North Korea show no signs they are willing to open talks on ending the crisis on the Korean peninsula. US president Donald Trump Friday hailed the ...

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US ready for North Korea talks without preconditions

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MNA International Desk: The US is ready to open nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea, without preconditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said on Tuesday. ‘Let’s just meet and let’s talk about the weather if you want,’ he said on Tuesday at a policy forum in Washington,’ reported news agency. His statement appeared to shift the US position away from previous demands that North Korea must first disarm. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons technology has led to heavy US-led sanctions against the regime. Diplomatic relations between the two nations have been strained by recent North Korean missile tests, ...

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South Korea imposes sanction on N Korea

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MNA International Desk: South Korea says it has added several North Korean groups and individuals to its sanction list as part of efforts to cut off funding for the North weapons programs. South Korea’s government says the sanctions on 20 North Korean groups and 12 individuals took effect Monday. Seoul is among the first to respond to North Korea’s Nov. 29 missile launch with fresh sanctions. The government says it hopes its move will prompt the international community to do likewise. U.S. President Donald Trump’s U.N. ambassador has been urging the world to cut trade and diplomatic ties with Pyongyang. ...

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North Korea fires ‘highest ever’ ballistic missile

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MNA International Desk: North Korea has fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and poses a worldwide threat, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has said, reports news agency. The missile, launched early on Wednesday, landed in Japanese waters. It reached an altitude of 4,500km (2,800 miles) and flew 960km, according to South Korea’s military. It was the latest in a series of weapons tests that has raised tensions. Pyongyang last launched a ballistic missile in September. It also conducted its sixth nuclear test that month. North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear and missile programme despite global condemnation and ...

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Donald Trump lands in South Korea

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MNA International Desk: US President Donald Trump arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, the closest he has come to the frontlines of the nuclear standoff with North Korea, on a visit that could further aggravate tensions with Pyongyang. Landing at Osan Air Base outside the capital Seoul, Trump stepped down from Air Force One onto a red carpet as he began his 24-hour state visit with a ceremonial military honor guard arrayed on the airport tarmac, reported news agency. The White House says Trump’s trip is intended to demonstrate US resolve over his hardline approach to North Korean nuclear and ...

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UN imposed new sanctions on N Korea

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MNA International Desk: The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea, slapping a ban on textile exports and restricting shipments of oil products to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test. With backing from China and Russia, the council adopted a US-drafted sanctions resolution just one month after banning exports of coal, lead and seafood in response to North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the tough new measures were a message to Pyongyang that “the world will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea,” but she ...

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US and S Korea begin military drills

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MNA International Desk: The South Korean and US militaries on Monday began their first major annual military drills amid threats from North Korea, reported news agency. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise will conclude on August 31. It is focusing on a ‘tailored joint deterrence strategy’ based on the Operational Plan 5015 of the Combined Forces Command, officials said. In an unusual gesture, three top U. military commanders—Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris, Strategic Command head Gen. John Hyten and Missile Defence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves—will observe the command-post exercise in person. It involves tens of thousands of ...

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UN strengthened sanctions on North Korea

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MNA International Desk: The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously backed a US-drafted resolution that significantly strengthened sanctions on North Korea, imposing a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue. The sweeping measures were the first of that scope to be imposed on North Korea since US President Donald Trump took office and highlighted China’s willingness to punish its Pyongyang ally. The resolution imposed a full ban on exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state—stripping North Korea of a third ...

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US confirmed North Korea travel ban

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MNA International Desk: The United States confirmed Friday that it plans to ban its nationals from traveling to North Korea, in the wake of the death of an American student who was imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit. Travel agencies organizing trips to the isolated country had said earlier Friday they were informed of the impending change. Strict warnings against travel to North Korea had already been in place, but Washington toughened its stance after the death in June of Otto Warmbier. The 22-year-old University of Virginia student was imprisoned for more than a year on charges of stealing ...

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US leads sanctions push after NKorea ‘escalation’

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MNA International Desk: The United States pushed for tougher sanctions on North Korea at the UN Security Council on Wednesday, warning the isolated regime’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had drastically narrowed the path for diplomacy, reported news agency. In a hard-hitting address, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday’s ICBM test had made ‘the world a more dangerous place,’ and re-iterated that Washington was ready to use force if need be to deal with the threat of a nuclear-armed Pyongyang. Tuesday’s launch—styled by leader Kim Jong-Un as a gift to ‘American bastards’—marked a milestone in Pyongyang’s decades-long drive for ...

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North Korea fires ballistic missile

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MNA International Desk: North Korea fired a ballistic missile early on Sunday that flew 700 kilometers, days after a new leader took office in the South pledging to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang. The missile was fired from the region of Kusong, northwest of Pyongyang, where the North in February successfully test-launched an intermediate-range weapon that it is believed to be developing. New South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, slammed the test as a “reckless provocation” after holding an emergency meeting with national security advisors. He said the government strongly condemned this “grave challenge to the ...

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North Korea again test-fired a ballistic missile

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MNA International Desk: North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to ‘catastrophic consequences’, reported news agency. Military options for dealing with the North were still “on the table”, Tillerson warned in his first address to the UN body. The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, ratchets up tensions on the Korean peninsula, with Washington and Pyongyang locked in an ever-tighter spiral of threat, counter-threat, and escalating military preparedness. US President Donald Trump, who has warned ...

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USS Carl Vinson steams toward North Korea

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MNA Editorial Desk: The U.S. Navy’s Carl Vinson strike group suddenly changed course from Australia to the Korean Peninsula amid concerns that North Korea could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or more missile launches. The move gave more ground to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat of unilateral action to solve the problem of North Korea’s nuclear program. North Korean state media warned of a nuclear attack on the United States if there was any sign of American aggression. Statements made by the U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis show that the approach of Carl Vinson strike group to the ...

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North Korea spend BB’s heist money to develops nuclear: Kaspersky

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MNA Editorial Desk: North Korea was involved in last year’s $81 million cyber heist of the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab on Monday said as it had obtained digital evidence that bolsters suspicions by some researchers. Russian-based Kaspersky released a 58-page report on Lazarus, a group linked to the heist in Bangladesh and the 2014 attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio, which the US government blamed on North Korea. North Korea’s hacking operations are growing and getting bolder and increasingly targeting financial institutions worldwide. North Korea is now being ...

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Japan launched satellite to monitor North Korea

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MNA Science & Tech Desk: Japan successfully launched a satellite on Friday, to track land and maritime movements in North Korea and conduct surveys on the weapons program of the rogue state, reported news agency. The H-2A rocket was launched at 10.20 a.m. local time from the Tanegashima base in the southeast of Japan. The mission is cooperation between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and aerospace manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which has been involved in the field since it was privatized in 2007. The launch, initially scheduled for March 15, was delayed due to poor weather conditions at the ...

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North Korea launched 4 ballistic missiles into Japan waters

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MNA International Desk: North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on Monday in another challenge to President Donald Trump, with three landing close to America’s ally Japan. Seoul and Washington began annual joint military exercises last week that always infuriate Pyongyang, with the North’s military warning of ‘merciless nuclear counter-action’. Under leader Kim Jong-Un, Pyongyang has ambitions to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the US mainland—which Trump has vowed will not happen. The missiles travelled around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) and reached an altitude of 260 kilometres, said a spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, ...

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Malaysia cancelled N.Korea visa-free travel deal after Kim murder

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MNA International Desk: Malaysia has cancelled a visa-free travel deal with Pyongyang as a diplomatic spat deepens over the assassination of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, news agency reported on Thursday. The government implemented the change on the grounds of national security; the Malaysian news agency quoted the country’s deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying. The cancellation will take effect on March 6, after which North Koreans entering Malaysia will be required to obtain a visa, the report added. Before the murder of Kim Jong-Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, the two countries enjoyed ...

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North Korea fired ballistic missile into the sea

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MNA International Desk: North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast early on Sunday, South Korea’s military said, the first time the isolated state has tested such a device since the election of US President Donald Trump. US and South Korean military sources said the missile did not appear to be an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) given its flight range. Trump had been briefed on the missile launch, and the White House is continuing to monitor the situation, a White House official said on Saturday. Trump did not respond to a shouted question from a ...

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North Korea flood death toll rises to 133

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MNA International Desk: The death toll from severe flooding in the northeast of North Korea has risen to 133 with another 395 missing, the UN said, reported news agency. Some 107,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the area along the Tumen River, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement received Monday citing Pyongyang government figures. People in the area are suffering “great hardship”, according to North Korean state media. A nationwide mass mobilization labor campaign intended to bolster the economy has been redirected to assist flood victims. More than ...

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