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At Kim-Putin summit, hearty handshakes and manspreading

Apr. 25, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The ambiance was friendly. Nice, comfy seats. An exchange of polite welcomes. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even managed to match Russian President Vladimir Putin's manspreading — the two sat with knees spread wide apart as they chatted before the start of their first summit, which...

Seoul lawmaker: Top Kim Jong Un adviser removed from post

Apr. 24, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's most trusted policy adviser has been removed from one of his posts, a South Korean lawmaker said Wednesday, a reshuffle that if confirmed may be related to the breakdown of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi in February. The head of parliament's...

With limos and private train, Kim Jong Un travels in style

Apr. 24, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's a short hop from Pyongyang to Vladivostok by plane. There's even a semi-regular flight. But for his first summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has once again opted to go by train. And while they aren't quite as flashy as the "Beast," which...

Kim looks to Russia as sanctions bite North Korea's economy

Apr. 23, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two months after he failed to win a badly needed easing of sanctions from President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is traveling to Russia in a possible attempt to win its help as the U.S.-led trade sanctions hurt his country's already-struggling economy. There are...

North Korea's Kim will go into Putin summit needing a win

Apr. 23, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he will have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with President Donald Trump. But it's not entirely clear how much Putin...

Meeting with North Korean leader gives Putin more leverage

Apr. 23, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — For Russian President Vladimir Putin, a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers a chance to raise Moscow's clout in the region and gain more leverage with Washington. While Russia's ability to influence Kim's position is limited compared to that of China, a dialogue with Kim could...

North Korea's Kim will go into Putin summit needing a win

Apr. 23, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he will have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with President Donald Trump. But it's not entirely clear how much Putin...

Analysis: NKorea's Kim back to military optics to raise heat

Apr. 18, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is cautiously turning up the heat after his unsuccessful summit with President Trump in Hanoi two months ago. Returning to military optics for the first time in five months, Kim on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to an Air Force base to inspect fighter combat...

NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

Apr. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon," its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn't appear to be of a banned mid- or...

Redaction nation: US history brims with partial deletions

Apr. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere in the shadows of federal bureaucracy, there was an issue about the drinking habits of Augusto Pinochet. The National Security Archive, an advocate for open government, had for years tried to gain access to intelligence files about the Chilean dictator, his human rights abuses and...