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Diplomats: US postpones meeting on North Korea human rights

Dec. 7, 2018 5:27 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States postponed a Security Council meeting scheduled for Monday to discuss human rights in North Korea because it couldn't get enough support to hold it, U.N. diplomats said Friday. The well-informed diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions have...

North Korea tells China it's committed to denuclearization

Dec. 7, 2018 5:41 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — North Korea's foreign minister said his country remains committed to ending its nuclear weapons program in talks Friday with his Chinese counterpart, according to China's foreign ministry. The talks in Beijing between Ri Yong Ho and Wang Yi came amid a lack of progress in international...

Clashing views color future of stalled N.Korea nuclear talks

Dec. 7, 2018 1:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — To hear a beaming Donald Trump at his June summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the solution to North Korea's headlong pursuit of nuclear weapons, a foreign policy nightmare that has flummoxed U.S. leaders since the early 1990s, was at hand. Since the remarkable claims made...

North Korean sends top diplomat to key ally China

Dec. 6, 2018 5:52 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — North Korea's foreign minister arrived in key ally China on Thursday for talks amid stalled efforts to persuade his government to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs. Ri Yong Ho is to meet Friday with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, according to China's foreign ministry. China is North...

Koreas to verify removal of border guard posts next week

Dec. 6, 2018 2:55 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The two Koreas will exchange inspection teams across their heavily armed border next week to verify each other's works to remove some of their front-line guard posts, Seoul's Defense Ministry said Thursday. In the past weeks, North and South Korea each have dismantled or disarmed...

S. Korea abuzz about N. Korean leader Kim's possible trip

Dec. 5, 2018 4:35 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Day after day, rampant speculation about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's possible trip to Seoul is making headlines in South Korea, despite no official confirmation from either government. Many analysts say it would be extremely difficult for Kim to fulfill by the end of this...

Parents of US journalist missing in Syria hopeful about fate

Dec. 4, 2018 12:52 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The parents of American journalist Austin Tice, who went missing in Syria in 2012, said Tuesday they are hopeful the Trump administration will work on releasing their son, in the same way it did with Americans held in North Korea. Marc and Debra Tice told reporters in Beirut that they have...

North Korea FM says his country and Syria face same 'enemy'

Dec. 4, 2018 9:43 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — North Korea's foreign minister says his country and Syria face the same "enemy" and called for increased cooperation between them. Syria's President Bashar Assad received Ri Yong Ho on Tuesday. Assad responded by identifying the United States as a hostile country to Syria and North...

South Korea says no timeframe set for visit by Kim Jong Un

Dec. 3, 2018 10:02 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — South Korea's president said Tuesday no timeframe has been set for a historic visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite both hoping it will take place this year. President Moon Jae-in said more important than the timing of the visit is that it would accelerate...

Ban Ki-moon urges N. Korea to take denuclearization steps

Dec. 3, 2018 5:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the international community if he wants sanctions lifted. Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, said "this is the time"...