Latest Pyongyang News

Small question, big consequences: Is N. Korea a nuke power?

Sep. 26, 2018 3:25 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un stand on the brink of a widely expected Summit No. 2 to unstick deadlocked nuclear diplomacy, a crucial but often overlooked question looms: Is North Korea actually a nuclear power? Kim and his well-amplified propaganda specialists certainly say it is....

SKorean president: Kim is serious about giving up his bombs

Sep. 25, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in pushed back Tuesday against widespread skepticism about the sincerity of Kim Jong Un's vows to give up his nuclear bombs, saying that the current round of diplomacy with North Korea is "completely different" than the many failed deals that have frustrated...

US: Stoppage of US, Korea exercises cause readiness loss

Sep. 25, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decision to cancel major military exercises on the Korean peninsula this year caused a slight degradation in the ability of American and Korean forces to work together and remain ready to fight, the U.S. general nominated to take command of troops in South Korea told senators Tuesday....

Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until 'denuclearization'

Sep. 23, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won't be reduced until it completes "denuclearization" after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North's main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a summit with South Korea's...

Some see signs of hope on North Korea as Trump heads to UN

Sep. 22, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's Kim Jong Un is "little rocket man" no more. President Donald Trump isn't a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard." In the year since Trump's searing, debut U.N. speech fueled fears of nuclear conflict with North Korea, the two leaders have turned from threats to flattery. And...

A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge

Sep. 20, 2018 11:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The spectacle and surprise on display at the three inter-Korean summits this year have been, at times, intense. The fourth one could be surreal — if it happens. Imagine North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rolling through South Korea's ultra-modern capital in an armored...

UN chief: No inter-Korean success without US-NKorea success

Sep. 20, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Thursday that negotiations between the two Koreas won't be successful unless there is simultaneous success in U.S.-North Korean negotiations to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. The U.N. chief told a news conference that the results of this...

The Latest: S. Korean diva sings at North Korean volcano

Sep. 20, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all times local): 8 p.m. A South Korean pop singer has belted out a beloved Korean folk song in front of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in...

Places Moon visited are glimpses into North Korea itself

Sep. 20, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A sacred volcano at the heart of North Korea's founding mythology. The ruling party's headquarters, said to be a potential target of South Korean and U.S. military attacks. An art studio that produces giant propaganda statues. And a 150,000-seat stadium in Pyongyang where the...

Moon to carry private message from Kim Jong Un to Trump

Sep. 20, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A beaming South Korean President Moon Jae-in, freshly returned home Thursday from a whirlwind three-day summit with Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick follow-up to his...