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Xi arrives in North Korea to meet Kim ahead of Trump talks

Pyongyang - President Xi Jinping arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday on a historic trip to reboot a troubled alliance, as he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un face their own challenges with US President Donald Trump.

US says no conditions to talks with North Korea

Washington - The US pointman on North Korea said Wednesday there were no preconditions to resuming talks with Pyongyang but urged greater action on denuclearization.

Xi pens friendship letter to North Korea before rare visit

Bejing - Xi Jinping will burnish China's fragile alliance with North Korea by making his first trip to Pyongyang as president this week -- and on Wednesday he sealed their friendship in ink, offering a "grand plan" for regional stability.

Russia, China, block US effort to halt North Korea fuel deliveries

New York - Russia and China on Tuesday blocked an American initiative that aimed to halt fuel deliveries to North Korea, which Washington accuses of exceeding its annual ceiling for 2019, diplomatic sources said.

Read all about it: Xi visit on Pyongyang front pages — just

Pyongyang - Chinese President Xi Jinping's forthcoming visit to North Korea this week was in the news in Pyongyang Tuesday, but in the country where Kim Jong Un comes first, it only just made the front page.

Waves of Chinese tourists invade North Korea

Pyongyang - On a grey stone column in Pyongyang, a mural shows Chinese and North Korean soldiers rushing into battle against US-led forces in the Korean War.

'Explosion' near China-North Korea border causes small quake

Bejing - A "suspected explosion" near the China-North Korean border caused a small earthquake on Monday, Chinese seismology authorities said, less than an hour after news broke about Chinese President Xi Jinping's upcoming trip to Pyongyang.

US accuses North Korea of breaching UN fuel cap

New York - The United States is accusing North Korea of breaching a UN-imposed ceiling on fuel imports by carrying out dozens of ship-to-ship transfers this year, according to a report obtained by AFP on Wednesday.

Ex-UN chief tells nuclear powers to get serious about disarming

New York - Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged nuclear powers to "get serious" about disarmament, warning of a "very real risk" that decades of work on international arms control could collapse.

Sister of N. Korean leader pays respects Panmunjom meeting

Seoul - The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday delivered a condolence message for former South Korean first lady Lee He-ho, the first high-level contact between the two countries in months.

North Korea taking 'emergency' measures to contain swine fever

Seoul - North Korea is taking emergency measures to prevent the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever, its state media said Wednesday, weeks after confirming an outbreak in the isolated country.

Trump says he received a 'beautiful letter' from N.Korea's Kim

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has received another "beautiful letter" from Kim Jong Un and expressed openness to holding a third summit with the North Korean leader.

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant, book claims

Washington - Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother was an "informant" for the US Central Intelligence Agency before his assassination in 2017, according to a new biography of the North Korean leader published Tuesday.

North Korean leader's brother was CIA informant: Wall St Journal

Seoul - Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, was a CIA informant, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

North Korea demands US ends hostility one year on from Singapore

Seoul - North Korea on Tuesday called on the US to "roll back its hostile policy", a day before the first anniversary of a historic summit between its leader and president Donald Trump.

Nuclear stalemate one year after Trump-Kim summit: analysts

Seoul - When Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump shook hands before the world's cameras in Singapore a year ago on Wednesday, they pledged change and progress. But now they are gripped by diplomatic recriminations after a failed second meeting in Hanoi.

North Korea may be cutting back on public executions: report

Seoul - North Korea continues to carry out state killings as a way of intimidating its citizens, campaigners said Tuesday, although the number of executions may be declining in the face of mounting international pressure.

North Korea to halt Mass Games after Kim fury: tour firms

Seoul - North Korea will temporarily suspend its spectacular "Mass Games" propaganda displays from next week, travel agencies said Wednesday, after leader Kim Jong Un censured the show's content.

North Korea's Mass Games return but Kim unhappy

Seoul - Tens of thousands of performers in Pyongyang took part in the first of North Korea's spectacular "Mass Games" propaganda displays for 2019, but the show left leader Kim Jong Un unimpressed.

Purged no more: North Korean official appears at show

Seoul - A senior North Korean official appeared at an arts performance with the country's top brass, official media reported Monday, just three days after he was said to have been purged following the collapse of nuclear talks between leader Kim Jong Un and US...

US-S.Korea military exercises not 'necessary': Pentagon chief

Seoul - The resumption of major US-South Korea joint military exercises is not "necessary", Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan told reporters Sunday, despite stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

North Korea 'executed' officials after failed Trump summit: report

Seoul - North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.

N.Korea 'executed' officials after failed Trump summit: report

Seoul - North Korea executed its special envoy to the United States following the collapse of the second summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.

US says N.Korea program violates UN resolutions, after Trump tweet

Washington - The US State Department said Tuesday that North Korea's overall program of weapons of mass destruction violated UN resolutions, after President Donald Trump brushed off recent missile launches.

North Korea must legalise markets to prevent rights abuses: UN

Seoul - North Korea must create a legal framework for traders buying and selling basic necessities such as food and clothing to tackle rights violations in the country, the UN's human rights body said Tuesday.

'On my mind': Trump meets relatives of Japanese abducted by N.Korea

Apo - US President Donald Trump on Monday told relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea that their loved ones were "very much on my mind" and promised to work to bring them home.

North Korea slams 'war maniac' Bolton

Seoul - North Korea slammed US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Monday, calling him a "war maniac" and "war monger", just as President Donald Trump offered a positive outlook on relations with Pyongyang.

Moscow 8: the N. Korean filmmakers who defied Pyongyang

Seoul - As the Korean War raged eight of Pyongyang's young heroes -- all members of the North's new elite, destined for a life of privilege and power -- left for Moscow to study at a prestigious film school. They never returned.

'Great respect' between US and N. Korea: Trump

Apo - There is "great respect" between the United States and North Korea, President Donald Trump said Monday, predicting "lots of good things" despite recent missile launches by Pyongyang.

Trump says still has 'confidence' in N. Korea's Kim

Apo - US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to express his "confidence" in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite Pyongyang's recent weapons tests and deadlocked nuclear talks.
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