Tag: Pyongyang

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) arrives to board his plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on July 5, 2018, to travel to Anchorage, Alaska on his way to Pyongyang. - Pompeo will travel to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels. (Photo by Andrew Harnik …

Mike Pompeo Begins First Overnight Trip to North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boarded a plane to North Korea early Thursday for his first overnight stay in the rogue communist regime. He is scheduled to hold discussions with high-ranking officials in the country on how to begin defining specifics necessary to implement a plan to end Pyongyang’s illegal nuclear weapons program.

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North Korea to Hold First ‘Mass Games’ Event in Five Years

According to a tour group based in Beijing, North Korea has decided to hold its “Mass Games” event for the first time in five years. The North Korean government has never explained why the games were halted in 2013 after a big show to commemorate the Korean War armistice, or why they are being relaunched now, but the obvious inference is that Pyongyang wishes to appear more open to the West and welcoming to tourists as diplomacy with the United States unfolds.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow will expel 60 US diplomats and close its consulate in Saint Petersburg

Russian Foreign Minister to Visit North Korea Ahead of Trump-Kim Summit

North Korean media reported on Wednesday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will “soon” visit Pyongyang for a meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho. The Russian Foreign Ministry subsequently announced that Lavrov would make the trip on Thursday, following up on an invitation Ri issued in early April.

FILE - These combination of file photos shows South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in, left, waves in Seoul, South Korea on May 10, 2017 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 15, 2017. Moon said he is willing to meet with Kim — if, of course, the conditions …

South Koreans Divided over Proposed Summit Between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un

South Korean politicians and analysts are divided over North Korea’s proposal for a summit between dictator Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang. Some are supportive of the idea or, at least, think it is worth a few days of President Moon’s time, while others believe the summit could be counterproductive or even dangerous.

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2006, file photo, Korea's flag-bearers Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee, carrying a unification flag lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. When athletes of the rival Koreas walked together behind a single flag for the …

South Korea Denies North Korea ‘Hijacked’ the Winter Olympics

Despite the diplomatic “thaw” that made North Korean participation in the Winter Olympics possible and a general media atmosphere of excitement around Pyongyang’s relative openness after years of defiant isolation, South Korean officials say North Korea has not responded to their call for military talks.

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James Mattis, Rex Tillerson Tout ‘Peaceful Pressure Campaign’ to Denuclearize North Korea

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson co-authored a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Monday titled, “We’re Holding Pyongyang to Account.” The secretaries argue that the Trump administration is using a “peaceful pressure campaign” to achieve the “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a dismantling of the regime’s ballistic missile programs.”

Cars line up at a gas station in Pyongyang, North Korea Credit: Eric Talmadge/AP

China’s National Oil Company Suspends Sales to North Korea

Reuters reported on Wednesday that China’s state-run National Petroleum Corporation has suspended fuel sales to North Korea for an undetermined period of time. CNPC is the primary supplier of fuel to North Korea.

This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on March 16, 2016 shows the trial of US student Otto Frederick Warmbier, who was arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang

North Korea Releases American Student Otto Warmbier After a Year in Prison

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced on Tuesday morning that North Korea has released 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016. Unfortunately, there are reports Warmbier lapsed into a coma for unknown reasons shortly after his last public appearance over a year ago.

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 11, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) at the defence detachment on Mahap Islet in Ongjin County, South Hwanghae. / AFP / KCNA / KNS / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA …

ZUMWALT: The North Korea-Iran Link Will Test Trump

February has proven to be a big month for North Korea. In two very different but frightening ways, it has demonstrated a capability to strike out at targets. It has made clear no one is safe should Pyongyang wish to reach out and touch—or kill—someone.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects a surface-to-surface medium long-range strategic ballistic missile test in North Korea in undated photo

Japan and South Korea Turn to China and Russia for Aid in North Korea

South Korea and Japan are looking to China and Russia, permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, to aid in their quest to stop North Korea from conducting yet another nuclear test, following the nation’s fifth and most powerful one yet.

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 21, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) smiling as he visits a drill for ballistic missile launch by the Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army. North Korea …

China Condemns Ally North Korea for Latest Nuclear Test

China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reports that Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui criticized North Korea’s nuclear testing on Saturday, during a meeting with Pyongyang’s ambassador to China.

North Korean Propaganda Film Becomes an Expose of Totalitarian Horrors

North Korean Propaganda Film Becomes an Expose of Totalitarian Horrors

The truth has a way of slipping through even the most tightly clenched totalitarian fingers. Such was the case with Under the Sun, a documentary co-created by a Russian filmmaker and North Korea’s psychotic regime. It was supposed to depict a happy family living in the Worker’s Paradise, but it ended up exposing Pyongyang’s propaganda machine.

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North Korea’s Latest Ballistic Missile Test Most Successful Yet

North Korea still has a perfect failure record launching ballistic Musudan missiles, according to American and South Korean intelligence reports, but one of two missiles launched on Wednesday reached an altitude of 620 miles, the best yet on record.