Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
January 2018 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- Briefing on the Preparations for a Safe and Secure 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea US Dept. of State 31 Jan 2018 -- Special Briefing by I. Steven (Steve) Goldstein, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Michael T. Evanoff, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
- WP: Trump Administration Drops Victor Cha as Pick for Seoul Envoy KBS 31 Jan 2018 -- The White House will reportedly pass on its original candidate for U.S. ambassador to South Korea Victor Cha after he disagreed with President Donald Trump's policy on North Korea.
- Trump administration a racist billionaires' club: North Korea Press TV 31 Jan 2018 -- North Korea did not hesitate to lash out at US President Donald Trump over his country's "gross" human rights violations shortly after his first State of the Union speech in which he referred to the North's leadership as being "depraved." Pyongyang's "white paper" on the human rights situation in the US during Trump's first year in office accused his administration of being a billionaires' club engaged in a "policy of racism" while denying health care and freedom of press to its citizens.
- Trump Condemns 'Depraved' North Korea In State of the Union VOA 31 Jan 2018 -- Calling North Korea a "depraved" and "cruel dictatorship," President Donald Trump, in his first State of the Union address, again promised to exert "maximum pressure" to prevent Pyongyang from developing nuclear missiles that can threaten the U.S. mainland.
- UN warns sanctions starving North Korea children to death Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- The United Nations Children's Fund has warned that hundreds of thousands of children could starve as a result of sanctions on North Korea. UNICEF said the inability of humanitarian staff to deliver aid there had put many children in lethal malnutrition condition.
- North Korean leader's brother met American before death: Lead Malaysian investigator Press TV 30 Jan 2018 -- The half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, who was killed last February, met a United States national, possibly an intelligence agent, at a hotel in Malaysia four days before his death, the lead Malaysian investigator in the case says.
- Oil Embargo May Be Forcing North Korea to Curtail Usual Military Exercises Sputnik 29 Jan 2018 -- An analysis of North Korea's military exercises in recent months has found that the country has significantly dialed back their usual musculature, sparking speculation that sanctions intended to limit fuel sales to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are putting a real squeeze on their economy and military.
- Witness: Kim Jong Nam Met With an American Days Before Assassination VOA 29 Jan 2018 -- The half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with an unidentified American in Malaysia four days before he was assassinated, a police official told a court hearing Monday.
- North Korea Cancels Joint Cultural Performance with South Korea VOA 29 Jan 2018 -- North Korea has cancelled a joint cultural performance with the South planned ahead of the winter Olympic Games, South Korea's unification ministry said Monday.
- Mattis Describes North Korea Regime as 'Threat to the Entire World' AFPS 27 Jan 2018 -- The regime of North Korea's Kim Jong-un remains a danger to the world, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday in Honolulu, while emphasizing diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.
- North Korea 'prepared' to face possible US assault Press TV 27 Jan 2018 -- North Korea's military is "prepared" to defend the country in the wake of a possible assault by the United States, says a political commentator
- North Korea says US bans aimed at sabotaging dialog with South Press TV 27 Jan 2018 -- North Korea has condemned the latest sanctions imposed by the United States against Pyongyang, calling them an attempt at sabotaging a nascent process of dialog with South Korea.
- Korea talks can't distract from denuclearization: Mattis Press TV 27 Jan 2018 -- US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says that Olympics talks between North and South Korea should not lead to distraction from the goal of denuclearizing Pyongyang.
- U.S. Urged to Completely Stop Joint Military Exercises KCNA 26 Jan 2018 -- The permanent representative of the DPRK to the UN Office and international organizations in Geneva, at the first session of the Geneva Disarmament Conference that opened on Jan. 23, clarified the following principled stand as regards military moves going against the atmosphere for detente on the Korean Peninsula:
- Russia helping North Korea export coal, Western sources claim Press TV 26 Jan 2018 -- Western European intelligence sources claim that Russia is helping North Korea bypass sanctions – pushed primarily by the United States – by acting as an intermediary to transfer North Korean coal to South Korea and Japan.
- Russia Said To Have Helped North Korea Export Coal, Despite Sanctions RFE/RL 26 Jan 2018 -- North Korea has exported coal to Japan and South Korea via Russian ports in a probable violation of UN sanctions, Reuters is reporting.
- Mattis Promises to 'Hold the Line' on North Korea VOA 26 Jan 2018 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States will continue to "hold the line and provide credible military options" to diplomats working to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and address Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threat.
- Seoul says military solution to N Korea crisis 'unacceptable' Press TV 25 Jan 2018 -- South Korea has hinted for the first time since the start of a standoff with the North over Pyongyang's nuclear program last year that a military solution would be no answer to the crisis and that differences should be settled diplomatically.
- The North calls for unification of all Koreans without foreign aid Press TV 24 Jan 2018 -- North Korea has called on "all Koreans at home and abroad" to make a "breakthrough" for unification without foreign assistance.
- US imposes new sanctions against North Korea, Chinese firms aiding Pyongyang Press TV 24 Jan 2018 -- The United States has imposed new sanctions on North Korea and Chinese firms and individuals that support Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
- US Treasury presses Hong Kong, Beijing over North Korea Press TV 24 Jan 2018 -- The United States has called on Hong Kong and Beijing to step up measures against North Korea over its nuclear program, according to the Treasury Department.
- Treasury Sanctions North Korean Overseas Representatives, Shipping Companies, and Chinese Entities Supporting the Kim Regime US Treasury 24 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today sanctioned nine entities, 16 individuals, and six vessels in response to North Korea's ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and continued violations of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs).
- Seoul rejects local criticism against planned North Korean Olympics participation Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- The South Korean government has rejected local criticism that North Korea has been receiving too much attention because of its scheduled participation in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
- South Korea welcomes North's participation in Olympics Press TV 21 Jan 2018 -- Authorities in South Korea have welcomed North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics as a major step toward settlement of disputes between the two neighbors, especially those concerning Pyongyang's development of weapons.
- S Korea Restores Military Hotline With N Korea - Reports Sputnik 18 Jan 2018 -- South Korea has completely restored the military communication hotline with North Korea to prevent armed incidents in the Yellow Sea, the Yonhap news agency reported Thursday from Seoul citing a source in the South Korean Armed Forces.
- DPRK says U.S. training tunnel combat troops in invasion preparations People's Daily 18 Jan 2018 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned Thursday that the United States is training tunnel combat troops in preparation for an invasion of the DPRK.
- Russia dismisses 'detrimental' Vancouver summit on North Korea Press TV 18 Jan 2018 -- Russia has criticized a recent conference that had been organized by Canada and the United States to discuss North Korea as harmful to peace on the Korean Peninsula.
- Trump doubts North Korea nuclear crisis could be resolved 'in a peaceful way' Press TV 18 Jan 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has said he is willing to negotiate directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over his country's nuclear weapons program but expressed doubts the crisis could be resolved "in a peaceful way."
- U.S. thanks Taiwan for sanctions on oil sales to North Korea CNA 17 Jan 2018 -- The United States expressed gratitude to Taiwan Wednesday for imposing sanctions on a Taiwanese man and overseas companies he is thought to control for their alleged involvement in selling oil to North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions imposed last year.
- DPRK offers to send 230-member cheering squad to S.Korea-hosted Winter Olympics People's Daily 17 Jan 2018 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has offered to South Koreasending a 230-member cheering squad to the South Korea-hosted Winter Olympics during the ongoing working-level talks in the truce village of Panmunjom, Seoul's unification ministry said Wednesday.
- North, South Korea to march under 'unified flag' at Winter Olympics Press TV 17 Jan 2018 -- North and South Korean athletes have agreed to march under a "unified flag" at next month's Winter Olympics, in what seems to be a historic breakthrough after years of diplomatic tension between the two neighbors.
- Tillerson warns of military action against North Korea Press TV 17 Jan 2018 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has threatened North Korea with a military response unless it abandons its nuclear weapons program.
- 'Irreversible Denuclearization': Tillerson Urges DPRK to Choose Pathway of Talks Sputnik 17 Jan 2018 -- Pyongyang could "trigger an option" of a military solution of the crisis in the region, if North Korea decides not to settle the conflict via talks, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday at a joint press conference with his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland in Vancouver.
- Trump Accuses Russia of Helping North Korea Evade Sanctions VOA 17 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has accused Russia of helping North Korea evade international sanctions, and said Pyongyang is making daily progress in its quest to develop ballistic missiles that can reach the United States.
- US Ups Pressure on African Nations to Cut N. Korea Ties, Trade VOA 17 Jan 2018 -- As relations get hotter between the United States and North Korea, U.S. officials say they are trying to cut off Pyongyang's income sources any way they can, especially on the African continent.
- Seoul Hopes to Build Dialogue With Pyongyang to Resolve Nuclear Issue Sputnik 16 Jan 2018 -- Seoul hopes to build upon recent breakthrough bilateral discussions with Pyongyang to resolve the nuclear crisis, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said at a ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday.
- Mattis Highlights Diplomatic Solution for North Korean Situation AFPS 16 Jan 2018 -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has highlighted the efforts aimed at strengthening diplomatic avenues for a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
- DPRK announces result of working-level talks with S. Korea People's Daily 16 Jan 2018 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea announced Monday night the result of its working level talks with South Koreafor the dispatch of its art troupe to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
- US to Keep Pressuring N Korea Until Its Abandons Its Nuclear Program - Tillerson Sputnik 16 Jan 2018 -- The international pressure campaign against North Korea will continue until Pyongyang makes a decision to fully denuclearize, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday.
- Vancouver Talks Focus on Pressuring North Korea VOA 16 Jan 2018 -- Foreign ministers from 20 nations meeting in Vancouver in regard to North Korea say sanctions pressure must continue against the country until it abandons its nuclear weapons program.
- Trump, Xi Hopeful Korean Contacts Will Change Pyongyang's Nuclear Weapons Pursuit VOA 16 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, are hopeful that recent contacts between South and North Korean officials will lead to a change in Pyongyang's "destructive behavior" pursuing nuclear weapons, the White House said Tuesday.
- South Korea Engagement Strategy Requires Daunting Diplomacy VOA 15 Jan 2018 -- After negotiating what seems to be an Olympics truce with North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in now has a chance to test his outreach strategy to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through economic engagement.
- DPRK urges South Korean media to stop "messing up" inter-Korean talks People's Daily 15 Jan 2018 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday urged some South Korean media to stop "messing up" the on-going inter-Korean talks, as the two sides are holding the second round of talks at the truce village of Panmunjom.
- US moves more warships, bombers near North Korea ahead of Olympics Press TV 15 Jan 2018 -- The United States has moved more warships and aircraft near the Korean Peninsula, expanding its military presence in the region as South Korea prepares to host North Korean athletes in Winter Olympics next month.
- North, South Korea delegations discuss Olympic Games in truce village Press TV 15 Jan 2018 -- North and South Koreas have held a new round of talks aimed at hammering out the details of Pyongyang’s plan to send a group of art performers to the South for next month’s Winter Olympics.
- Tillerson to Join Foreign Ministers in Vancouver for North Korea Talks VOA 15 Jan 2018 -- Days after high-level talks between South and North Korea, U.S. Secretary State Rex Tillerson will join foreign ministers in Vancouver on Tuesday to discuss the latest diplomatic push to counter Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile threats.
- Trump Spars with Newspaper over Relationship with N. Korea's Kim VOA 14 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump sparred Sunday with The Wall Street Journal over whether he already has or would have a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a frequent target of the U.S. leader's vitriol over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons development.
- Japan Tightens Patrols Around N Korea at US Request - Reports Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- The latest round of sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council against Pyongyang limit refined petroleum exports to 2m barrels a year.
- Japan Warships Patrol Waters Off North Korea to Curb Fuel Smuggling Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has been patrolling the waters off North Korea to warn off ships trying to smuggle fuel in breach of UN sanctions, military officials told local media Saturday.
- Koreas to hold working-level talks on January 15 Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- North Korea and South Korea have announced that they will hold a new round of working-level talks in a border village to discuss the details and formalities of the North's participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South.
- North Korea Expanding New Tunnel at Nuke Test Site Following Collapse Sputnik 12 Jan 2018 -- North Korea has stepped up tunneling activities at its sole nuclear test site, according to US-based think tanks. Satellite imagery has revealed that activity around the Punggye-ri test site has greatly increased, with mining carts and piles of excavated material littering the landscape.
- US and 16 Allies Urge Nations to Catch Ships Violating N Korea Sanctions Sputnik 12 Jan 2018 -- The US and 16 other members of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Operational Experts Group have pledged to intercept ships heading to North Korea as called for in a newly adopted United Nations Security Council sanctions and have called on all UN member states to do the same, a joint statement said on Friday.
- North Korean Leader Explains Secret Letting Pyongyang Withstand Long Sanctions Sputnik 12 Jan 2018 -- North Korea will not face any difficulties even if foreign nations introduce anti-Pyongyang sanctions that could last for a century, North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un said Friday.
- Joint Statement From Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Partners in Support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2375 and 2397 Enforcement US Dept. of State 12 Jan 2018-- BUG: the source does not exist in description file
- China will not attend 'meaningless' Vancouver summit on North Korea Press TV 11 Jan 2018 -- China, North Korea's main international ally, will be snubbing a ministerial summit scheduled by the United States and Canada to discuss tensions with North Korea, calling the upcoming meeting "meaningless."
- S. Korea, DPRK start normal operation of military hotline People's Daily 10 Jan 2018 -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday started a normal operation of military hotline for direct dialogue between the military authorities.
- China 'happy' for high-level talks by DPRK and ROK People's Daily 10 Jan 2018 -- Beijing says it "feels happy" to see improved relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea after the two sides held high-profile talks. China called on the international community to lend its backing to such efforts.
- Trump open to talks with North Korea: White House Press TV 10 Jan 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that Washington is open to talks with North Korea, while remaining determined to apply "maximum pressure" over Pyongyang's nuclear program, according to the White House.
- Trump to South Korea: US Open to Talks With North at 'Appropriate Time' VOA 10 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he is open to talks with North Korea "at the appropriate time".
- DPRK to send high-ranking delegation to S.Korea-hosted Winter Olympics People's Daily 09 Jan 2018 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will send a high-ranking delegation, athletes and a cheering squad to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, its delegation said Tuesday at the inter-Korean talks held on the north-south border.
- All North Korea's nukes aimed at US not 'brethren' South Korea: Pyongyang Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- North Korea says all of its nuclear weapons are aimed at the US not Pyongyang's "brethren" in South Korea, asserting that its nuclear program will be non-negotiable in the coming talks with Seoul, as the two foes have just begun their first official dialogue in more than two years amid escalating tension over the North's controversial weapons program.
- North Korea agrees to send officials, athletes to Winter Olympics in South: Seoul Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- All eyes are on the two Koreas as the approaching Winter Olympics provides a perfect opportunity for the two unfriendly neighbors to engage in some fence mending. Preliminary reports suggest North Korea has said it will send a delegation of high-ranking officials, athletes, and a cheering squad to the Pyeongchang games in the South next month.
- Seoul, Pyongyang Agree to Hold Talks to Ease Tensions Ahead of Winter Olympics Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- Earlier, it was reported that the representatives of the Koreas had met for the first time in two years in the demilitarized zone to talk about the steps that could be taken to soothe ever-growing tensions on the peninsula and North Korea's participation in the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
- North Korea Plans to Send High-Level Delegation to Olympic Games Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- Pyongyang said that it has plans to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang to cheer on the team, according to local media.
- Talks Between South Korea and North Korea on the Winter Olympics US Dept. of State 09 Jan 2018-- "The United States welcomes the January 9, meeting between the Republic of Korea and North Korea aimed at ensuring a safe, secure, and successful Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang."
- UN chief welcomes progress on inter-Korean talks as vital to reducing tensions in region UN News 09 Jan 2018 -- Welcoming the progress made during Tuesday's high-level inter-Korean talks in the small border village of Panmunjom, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres spotlighted, among others, the agreement to reopen military channels as critical to reducing tensions in the region.
- North, South Korea Agree to Hold Talks to Improve Relations VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- North and South Korea agreed Tuesday to hold military talks to improve relations, the two nations announced after their first formal discussions in more than two years.
- Korea Talks Welcomed, But With Skepticism VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- The United States and United Nations on Tuesday welcomed steps to ease tensions between North and South Korea after the two rival states held their first face-to-face talks in two years.
- North, South Koreas set to hold talks on Winter Olympics, family reunification Press TV 08 Jan 2018 -- The two Koreas are preparing to hold their first round of formal talks in almost two years at a border village on next month's Winter Olympics, among other issues of bilateral interest.
- No 'turnaround' with N Korea, US bent on denuclearization: Haley Press TV 08 Jan 2018 -- US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says there is "no turnaround" in President Donald Trump's policy towards North Korea, after her boss appeared to soften his stance by expressing willingness for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
- CIA Director Believes DPRK Could Threaten US Cities in a Few Months Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo speaking at the Face the Nation show on the CBS television network on Sunday expressed his views on perils originating from Pyongyang, Russia's alleged attempts to meddle in 2018 US elections and protests in Iran.
- US defense chief insists talks between rival Koreas won't affect S Korea ties Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- US Defense Secretary James Mattis has emphasized that North Korea will not likely be able to use talks with the rival South on the Winter Olympics to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul regarding the denuclearization of the peninsula.
- Trump says he's open to N Korea talks in shift from 'nuke button' exchange Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- US President Donald Trump is now saying he is open to talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who he has referred to as "little rocket man," in a drastic shift from his latest exchange with him, comparing the size of a "nuclear button" in his possession.
- Trump Says Willing To Talk To North Korean Leader, With Conditions RFE/RL 07 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has said he would be willing to speak by phone with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a step back from his often-bellicose comments about communist state
- 'No Problem With That': Trump Ready for Talks With DPRK - Reports Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- On Saturday, US President Donald Trump Trump was asked during a press conference if he was willing to engage in a telephone conversation with the North Korean leader. Trump has said that he was ready for negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, adding that, nevertheless, certain preconditions for such talks exist.
- US Ambassador Haley: N. Korea's Nuclear Threat Remains 'Very Dangerous' VOA 07 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, says it is "good for the United States" that North and South Korea are set to engage in high-level talks, but warned Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions still pose a serious threat to the world.
- Trump on Korea Talks: "If Something can Come out" of Those "That Would be a Great Thing for all of Humanity" VOA 07 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he hopes the newly arranged talks between North and South Korea will go "beyond the Olympics" and promised the United States will take part "at the appropriate time."
- China places tougher limits on trade with North Korea Press TV 05 Jan 2018 -- China has imposed tighter trade limits on North Korea to increase pressure on its neighbor over its weapons program.
- Russia, China welcome agreement to resume Korean talks Press TV 05 Jan 2018 -- Russia and China have welcomed an agreement by North and South Koreas to resume dialog after two years.
- North Korea agrees to high-level talks: South Press TV 05 Jan 2018 -- North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with South Korea next week, Seoul says, increasing hopes of a peaceful end to a long-running military standoff that also involves the United States.
- China Fully Suspends Exports of Iron, Industrial Equipment to N Korea Sputnik 05 Jan 2018 -- North Korean trade volume with China, the country's biggest trade partner, slumped this year amid several rounds of sanctions imposed by the United Nations in response to Pyongyang's multiple missile and nuclear tests.
- Koreas' Talks to Cover Olympics Only VOA 05 Jan 2018 -- North Korea has accepted South Korea's offer of high-level talks on Jan. 9 at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, but only the Olympic Games will be discussed.
- UN chief hails reopening of North-South Korea hotline Press TV 04 Jan 2018 -- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has hailed the reopening of a hotline between North and South Korea, voicing hopes for further progress in defusing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- North Korea leader orders hotline with South reopened Press TV 03 Jan 2018 -- North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un has given an order to reopen a cross-border telephone hotline with South Korea, as Pyongyang and Seoul make overtures to one another.
- Haley warns of 'tougher measures' if North Korea stages new missile test Press TV 03 Jan 2018 -- US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says North Korea is possibly preparing for a new missile test, warning of "tougher measures" against the South Asian country.
- Trump boasts of bigger 'nuclear button' than Kim Jong-un's Press TV 03 Jan 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has made a sharp retort to the North Korean leader's recent threat that he had a nuclear button on his desk, saying his nuclear button "is a much bigger & more powerful one than his."
- Trump Says U.S. 'Nuclear Button' Much Bigger Than North Korea's RFE/RL 03 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's boast that he has a "nuclear button" on his desk by warning that the United States has a "bigger and more powerful" nuclear trigger.
- Pyongyang, Seoul Hold Phone Call Via Reopened Hotline – S Korean Official Sputnik 03 Jan 2018 -- The North and South Korean liaison officers have held a phone conversation via the reopened communication channel in Panmunjom, the shared border village, South Korea's Unification Ministry official said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.
- Kim Jong-un Gives Order to Open Border Hotline Between Two Koreas Sputnik 03 Jan 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the reopening of a contact channel between Pyongyang and Seoul to discuss issues related to the upcoming Olympic games in Pyeongchang, Ri Son Gwon, the head of North Korea's agency handling inter-Korean affairs, said as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.
- UN officials welcome reopening of communications between two Koreas UN News 03 Jan 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the reopening of the communication channel between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea, his deputy spokesman said on Wednesday.
- Sharp Reactions in Congress to Trump Tweet on North Korea VOA 03 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet warning North Korea's leader that he has a "Nuclear Button" that is "much bigger & more powerful" than Kim Jong Un's set off a series of sharp reactions Wednesday on Capitol Hill as the Senate gaveled in for its first day of business in 2018.
- US-North Korea Nuclear Button Explainer VOA 03 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday in response to North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un that his nuclear button is "bigger" and "more powerful" than Kim's.
- South Korea offers date for high-level talks with North Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- South Korea has offered to hold high-level talks with the North on January 9, shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that direct dialog could take place between the two countries.
- South Korea Offers Pyongyang to Sit Down at Negotiating Table Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- Seoul is proposing to hold high-level talks on January 9 with Pyongyang at the demilitarized zone between the two countries, South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Tuesday.
- South Korea Offers Talks With Rival North Over Winter Olympics VOA 02 Jan 2018 -- South Korea offered Tuesday to hold high-level talks with bitter rival North Korea over the North's possible participation in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games hosted by South Korea.
- Sanctions and 'other' pressures having 'big impact' on N Korea: Trump Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has claimed that sanctions on North Korea are "beginning to have a big impact" after Pyongyang proposed talks with South Korea.
- Trump Says Sanctions Beginning To Take Toll On North Korea RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has said there is mixed potential in possible talks between North Korea and South Korea, and that sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs are beginning to take a toll.
- North Korea says all of US mainland within nuclear reach Press TV 01 Jan 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his country has developed the capability to hit all of US mainland with its nuclear weapons, and that the "nuclear launch button" is on his desk.
- North Korea's Kim Says All Of U.S. Within Its Nuclear Range RFE/RL 01 Jan 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country has developed the ability to hit all of the U.S. mainland with nuclear weapons and that the nuclear button is "on my table."
- 'US Mainland in Our Nuclear Strike Range' - Kim Jong-un Sputnik 01 Jan 2018 -- North Korea's Supreme Leader offered a sobering New Year's Day message, touting the country's intercontinental nuclear strike capabilities. Despite his indications that this would serve as a deterrent to invasion, the statement is most likely to add fuel to the fire.
- 'Nuclear Button Is Always on my Desk': Kim Calls on DPRK to Make More Nukes Sputnik 01 Jan 2018 -- TOKYO (Sputnik) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his New Year's Day speech on Monday called on his country to accelerate mass production of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.
- North Korea Leader Warns US of Reality of its Nuclear Program VOA 01 Jan 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says the United States must realize that the North's nuclear program is a reality.
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