North Korea

Amid Tense Geopolitical Backdrop, Pyeongchang Opening Ceremony Stresses Harmony

The Winter Games kicked off in this ski-resort town with a volatile blend of geopolitics and Olympic pageantry, foreshadowing an event in which international intrigue will provide a dramatic backdrop for sporting grandeur. In an Opening Ceremony on Friday staged just 50 miles south of the inter-Korean border, delegations from …

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North Korea holds massive military parade on eve of Winter Olympics – National

North Korea held a massive military parade highlighted by intercontinental ballistic missiles in its capital on Thursday, just one day before South Korea hosts the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Kim Jong Un, dressed in a long black winter coat, was shown walking on a red carpet with …

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State of the Union address ‘worst message’ Trump could deliver to North Korea short of military threat: analyst – National

Analysts say that U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments on North Korea during his State of the Union address are bad news for the hermit kingdom – and maybe bad news for North Korea’s neighbours. In his first State of the Union address, Trump warned that North Korea could “very soon” …

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Pope warns nuclear war becoming more likely: ‘I am really afraid of this’ – National

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at “the very limit.” His comment, made as he flew off for a visit to Chile and Peru, came after Hawaii issued a false missile alert …

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Hawaii Missile-Attack False Alarm Triggered by Clicking Wrong Button, Official Says

Editor’s note: It is hard to believe that the emergency civil defence system that relayed mobile phone messages to Hawaii’s populace was triggered accidentally. The texts that warned of an imminent ballistic missile attack were accompanied by blaring sirens from the island’s military bases, which caused widespread panic. It is …

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Trump was misquoted on relationship with Kim Jong-Un, White House insists – National

The White House on Saturday denied and corrected a quote attributed to President Donald Trump that suggested he had good contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un,” Trump was quoted as telling The Wall Street Journal in an interview on …

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North and South Korea meeting for first time in years: Why it’s important and what to expect – National

North Korea’s recent abrupt push to improve ties with South Korea wasn’t totally unexpected, as the country has a history of launching provocations and then pursuing dialogue with rivals Seoul and Washington in an attempt to win concessions. Still, Tuesday’s planned talks between the Koreas, the first in about two …

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North Korea to reopen cross-border communication with South Korea – National

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – South Korea says North Korea has announced it will reopen a cross-border communication channel in another sign of easing animosity between the rivals. The announcement Wednesday comes a day after South Korea offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to co-operate on …

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South Korea seizes 2nd ship suspected of transferring oil to North Korea – National

South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged vessel suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, a customs official said on Sunday. The seizure was the second to be revealed by South Korea within a few days, as the United Nations steps up efforts to …

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Russian tankers supplied fuel to North Korea: reports – National

Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state. The sales of oil or oil products from Russia, the world’s second biggest oil exporter …

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