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Germany, France, UK, condemn North Korean missile launches

Nov. 13, 2019 6:10 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Germany, France and Britain on Wednesday strongly condemned the dozen sets of ballistic missile launches by North Korea since May and urged Pyongyang to engage in “meaningful negotiations” with the United States on its nuclear and missile programs. The three European...

N. Korea calls Abe an 'idiot' over criticism of weapons test

Nov. 7, 2019 7:26 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an "idiot" after he criticized a recent weapons test by the North. In a statement attributed to a foreign ministry official, Song Il Ho, North Korea described Abe as an "idiot and villain" who was overreacting to...

North says US-S. Korea drills 'throw wet blanket' on talks

Nov. 7, 2019 1:56 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday planned U.S.-South Korean military drills would amount to "throwing a wet blanket over the spark" of nuclear negotiations that are "on the verge of extinction." Since the start of the nuclear talks last year, the U.S. and South Korea have cancelled or...

N. Korea says US terrorism blacklist hinders nuke diplomacy

Nov. 5, 2019 12:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday the U.S. redesignation of Pyongyang as a sponsor of terrorism is dimming prospects for nuclear diplomacy between the countries. The North's statement comes as the country is escalating its pressures on the United States over a stalemate in nuclear...

North Korea says it test-fired new multiple rocket launcher

Nov. 1, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea confirmed Friday it conducted its third test-firing of a new "super-large" multiple rocket launcher that it says expands its ability to destroy enemy targets in surprise attacks. The latest launches extended a monthslong streak of weapons displays by the North, which...

N. Korea fires 2 missiles in the sea amid stalled talks

Oct. 31, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two projectiles into its eastern sea, an apparent resumption of weapons tests aimed at ramping up pressure on Washington over a stalemate in nuclear negotiations, according to officials in South Korea and Japan. The launches followed statements of...

N Korean women team to skip soccer competition in S Korea

Oct. 30, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea won't send its women's soccer team to a regional competition in South Korea in December amid strained ties between the two countries. The East Asian Football Federation said Wednesday that North Korea informed it in mid-September that it won't take part in the 2019...

North Korea rejects meeting with South over resort

Oct. 29, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday rejected South Korea's request for working-level talks to discuss the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants removed. In letters addressed to...

North Korea says it's running out of patience with US

Oct. 26, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday said it's running out of patience with the United States over what it described as hostile policies and unilateral disarmament demands, and warned that a close personal relationship between the leaders alone wouldn't be enough to prevent nuclear diplomacy...

N. Korea wants discussions on removing S. Korean facilities

Oct. 25, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea formally proposed discussions over the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort that leader Kim Jong Un called "shabby" and "unpleasant-looking," officials in Seoul said. Pyongyang has been...