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While the recent US/North Korean summit in Hanoi ended abruptly with no agreement, Donald Trump was sufficiently strong in his self-belief to ignore the setback. It simply wasn’t in his nature to accept that Kim Jong-Un was a more efficient deal-maker, and that at least avoided an immediate crisis. This volatile relationship may be out […]

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A huge amount of work in the US as well as in Korea, north and south, went into laying the groundwork for a successful summit in Hanoi, Vietnam at the end of February, but Trump recklessly threw it all away, apparently following the advice of the unelected Chief Advisor and Peace-Wrecking-Ball John Bolton. Possible reasons […]

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Vietnam Woman Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge in Kim Killing

April 1, 2019           |                                       

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia—A Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader’s brother pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court on Monday and her lawyer said she could be freed as early as next month. Doan Thi Huong had faced a murder charge, which […]

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American History for Truthdiggers: A Cruel, Costly and Anxious ‘Cold’ War

March 23, 2019           |                                       

A 1946 drawing in Time magazine depicts the “Communist Contagion.” Massive areas of the world are labeled as “Quarantined,” “Infected” or “Exposed.” “Russians, like the Japanese, are essentially oriental in their thinking … and it seems doubtful that we should endeavor to buy their understanding and sympathy. We tried that once with Hitler. There are […]

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HANOI, Vietnam — President Donald Trump said he walked away from his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions, a claim that North Korea’s delegation called a rare news conference in the middle of the night to deny. So who’s telling the truth? […]

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North Korean Envoy to Italy Vanishes; Did He Defect?

January 3, 2019           |                                       

ROME — North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official. The news came from South Korea’s spy agency, which briefed lawmakers in Seoul on Thursday on the status of North Korea’s […]

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N. Korea’s Kim Offers an Olive Branch and a Warning for 2019

January 1, 2019           |                                       

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warned Washington not to test North Koreans’ patience with sanctions and pressure. During his televised New Year’s speech, Kim said he’s ready to meet with Trump at […]

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WASHINGTON—A federal judge on Monday ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell harshly condemned North Korea for “barbaric mistreatment” of Warmbier in agreeing […]

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Canada: Preferring Military Might over Peaceful Discussion in Korea

October 30, 2018           |                                       

Who prefers military might over peaceful discussion to settle a long festering international dispute? Canada, it seems. It may surprise some that a Canadian general is undercutting inter-Korean rapprochement while Global Affairs Canada seeks to maintain its 70-year old war footing, but that is what the Liberal government is doing. At the start of the […]

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North Korea’s Kim Agrees to Dismantle Main Nuke Site if U.S. Takes Steps Too

September 19, 2018           |                                       

PYONGYANG, North Korea—The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. But the premier pledge on denuclearization contained a big condition, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stating he’d permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex only […]

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Koreas to Form Joint Military Committee

September 18, 2018           |                                       

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all times local): 12:30 p.m. South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Koreas have agreed to establish a joint military committee to evaluate how to reduce tensions and maintain communication to defuse crises […]

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North Koreans Turn Out In Force To Welcome South Korean President

September 18, 2018           |                                       

Tens of thousands of North Koreans have greeted South Korean President Moon Jae-in on his visit to the capital, Pyongyang, as he made his way for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on September 18. Such state-organized displays of support are a typical feature of life in North Korea. (Pyongyang Press Corps via […]

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PYONGYANG, North Korea — The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all times local): 11:30 a.m. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have arrived at a guesthouse in Pyongyang where they are expected to have talks over lunch. […]

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