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US targets Chinese firms for alleged NKorea sanctions dodge

Mar. 21, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned two Chinese shipping companies suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions — the first targeted actions taken against Pyongyang since its nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi last month ended without agreement. "The...

Concern raised over SKorean treatment of Bloomberg reporter

Mar. 19, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — International journalists' organizations are criticizing the status of press freedom in South Korea after the country's ruling party singled out a Bloomberg reporter with South Korean nationality over what it claimed was a "borderline traitorous" article insulting President Moon...

US expects NKorea to live up to moratorium on nuclear tests

Mar. 15, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the U.S. expects North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to honor his promise to keep his missile launches and nuclear tests on hold, speaking after a top North Korean official suggested the moratorium was under review and could be lifted. Pompeo...

NKorean official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium

Mar. 15, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon decide whether to continue diplomatic talks and maintain his moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests, a senior North Korean official said Friday, adding that the U.S. threw away a golden opportunity at the recent summit...

Trump raises possibility of walking away from China deal

Mar. 13, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dangled the prospect of walking away from a new trade deal with China if it's not to his liking, just as he cut short his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un when the two sides failed to reach an agreement. Trump spoke on the state of negotiations...

Vietnamese suspect in Kim Jong Nam's killing seeking release

Mar. 13, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Just four days ago, the future for Indonesia's Siti Aisyah looked bleak — she was two years into her detention in Malaysia and faced a possible death sentence if convicted of killing the half brother of North Korea's leader. Then the charges were unexpectedly dropped. With...

UN expert says Kim Jong Un demand shows sanctions work

Mar. 12, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. panel monitoring sanctions against North Korea said Tuesday the fact that the only thing Kim Jong Un asked for at the Hanoi summit was to have sanctions lifted shows they are biting — despite his increasingly sophisticated efforts to evade the tough...

Seoul: North Korea launch would be catastrophe for diplomacy

Mar. 12, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea must not use a possible rocket launch as leverage in negotiations with the U.S, a South Korean presidential adviser said Tuesday, saying such a move could be "catastrophic" for global diplomacy on its nuclear program. U.S.-based websites recently released satellite...

Moon's office angrily reacts to Pyongyang 'spokesman' claim

Mar. 12, 2019 2:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in responded sharply Tuesday to a conservative lawmaker's accusation that he was acting as the "top spokesman" of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Blue House said the comments by Na Kyung-won, floor leader of the Liberty Korea...

UN probing North Korea sanctions violations in 20 countries

Mar. 11, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they are investigating possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan. The expert panel's...