US says it’s maintaining pressure on North Korea

 WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. ambassador says his country is maintaining a “maximum pressure campaign” to convince North Korea to denuclearize even as Washington prepares a summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Robert Wood, the top U.S. envoy to the U.N.-hosted Conference on Disarmament, says the U.S. believes the ongoing pressure campaign […]

China applies its own maximum pressure policy on Pyongyang

TOKYO (AP) — As the U.S.-North Korea summit looms, President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure policy on North Korea may be working — thanks to China. Beijing appears to have gone well beyond U.N. sanctions on its unruly neighbor, reducing its total imports from North Korea in the first two months this year by 78.5 and […]

South Korea’s president praises potential Trump-Kim meeting

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump plan to meet in May for nuclear disarmament talks, a whiplash development that would put two leaders who’ve repeatedly insulted, threatened and dismissed each other in the same room, possibly in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. It would have […]

North Korean dictator, Seoul envoys have ‘openhearted talk’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had an “openhearted talk” in Pyongyang with envoys for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North said Tuesday. It’s the first time South Korean officials have met with the young North Korean leader in person since he took power after his dictator father’s death […]

SKorea open to summit with North’s Kim, but it won’t be easy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s been more than a decade since the leaders of the two Koreas have held a summit. Could it happen now? South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters Wednesday that he remains open to a meeting with North Korea’s leader, if it would improve the strained relations between their two […]

Trump says he’d be open to talking with North Korean leader

THURMONT, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump, shelving comparisons about the size of a “nuclear button,” said Saturday he is open to talking with the North Korean leader he’s called “Little Rocket Man” and hopes some progress results from upcoming talks between the Koreas.Trump, who last year lambasted his chief diplomat for talking about negotiations […]

Trump says Iran people acting against ‘brutal’ regime

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has returned from an end-of-year holiday to face fresh legislative challenges, midterm elections and threats abroad. The president opened the second year of his presidency with confrontational tweets targeting Iran and Pakistan. He tweeted Tuesday: “The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. […]

Treasury issues sanctions against 2 North Korean officials

AP-US-United-States-North-Korea Dec 26, 2017 9:50PM (GMT 03:50) – 217 words Eds: Adds photos, reaction. With AP Photos. WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department issued sanctions Tuesday against two officials it describes as “key leaders of North Korea’s unlawful weapons programs.” The sanctions against Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol block them from any […]

Senior Chinese envoy heads to North Korea amid chill in ties

BC-AS–China-North Korea,1st Ld-Writethru Nov 16, 2017 11:07PM (GMT 05:07) – 661 words By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN ,  Associated Press Eds: Adds background, analyst quotes, details, byline. To be updated with envoy’s departure. With AP photos. With AP Photos. BEIJING (AP) — China was preparing to dispatch its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on […]

Trump warns North Korea: Do not ‘try us’

BC-AS–Trump,13th Ld-Writethru Nov 08, 2017 12:21AM (GMT 06:21) – 1024 words By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN ,  Associated Press Eds: Adds video, audio. Updates photos. With AP Photos. AP Video. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered a sharp warning to North Korea Wednesday, telling the rogue nation: “Do not underestimate us. […]

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