Latest North Korea News

Korean border troops check removal of each other's posts

Dec. 11, 2018 11:29 PM EST

INSIDE THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE (AP) — Dozens of South Korean soldiers visited former front-line North Korean guard posts on Wednesday to verify their recent removal as part of warming diplomacy by the rival Koreas while U.S.-North Korea nuclear disarmament efforts remain stalled. The two Koreas have each...

US sanctions 3 North Korean officials for human rights abuse

Dec. 10, 2018 4:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on three senior North Korean officials for human rights abuses in the isolated country. U.S. officials said the sanctions are intended to call attention to "brutal" censorship and human rights abuses as well as the death last year of...

S. Korea charges 4 with illegally importing N. Korean coal

Dec. 10, 2018 5:02 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors said Monday that they have charged four people with illegally importing North Korean coal via Russia in violation of U.N. sanctions. The indictments, handed down on Friday, came four months after customs authorities accused three of the four of using...

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...