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Trump's warning on talks with North Korea's Kim

Trump's warning on talks with North Korea's Kim

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Donald Trump has said he wants a successful meeting with Kim Jong Un, but warned he will call the talks off if he does not think they will produce results.The President told reporters on Wednesday: "If I think that it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we're not going to go."If the meeting when I'm there is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting."Video:August 2017: 22 times Trump took on North KoreaMr Trump was speaking at a news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida.He said that his campaign of "maximum pressure" on North Korea would continue until Pyongyang gave up nuclear weapons.North Korea has continued to pursue its nuclear programme and missile tests over recent years, ignoring international condemnation and UN sanctions.However, it has...
North Korean media spotlighting Kim Jong Un's wife Ri Sol-ju

North Korean media spotlighting Kim Jong Un's wife Ri Sol-ju

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SEOUL, April 15 (UPI) -- North Korean media appears to be attempting to raise the profile of Ri Sol-ju, the wife of regime leader Kim Jong Un.The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that Ri, without her husband, had attended a performance of "Giselle," staged by the visiting National Ballet of China.The event was held at the Mansudae Theatre in Pyongyang on Saturday, as part of the North's April Spring Friendship Art Festival, which marks the birth of regime founder Kim Il Sung.For the first time, Ri was referred to as the "revered first lady Ri Sol-ju," instead of "comrade Ri Sol-ju," Yonhap reported.The report also spotlighted her activities, although she was accompanied by high-ranking regime officials including Choe Ryong-hae, Ri Su-yong and Kim Yong-chol, as well as her sist...
Report: North Korean leader wants security guarantee from Washington

Report: North Korean leader wants security guarantee from Washington

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SEOUL, April 9 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to "complete denuclearize," in return for a security guarantee from the United States, Japanese media reported Monday.According to Yomiuri Shimbun, Kim told Chinese leader Xi Jinping in their summit last month that he will give up his nukes as long as the United States guarantees the security of his regime and there is "full compensation" for denuclearization.The report says Kim clearly insisted that a security guarantee, the removal of international sanctions and broad economic support must first be provided, rather than coincide with the denuclearization process.According to diplomatic source cited by Yomiuri, if the U.S. "faithfully takes part in the summit," the North Korean leader is ready to be more active and open to...
South Korea's K-pop heavyweights set to perform in North

South Korea's K-pop heavyweights set to perform in North

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South Korea's K-pop stars are due to perform in North Korea for the first time in more than a decade as the two countries on the divided peninsula prepare for a rare summit.More than 150 artists are in the capital Pyongyang for two shows.It is a reciprocal visit after the North sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics earlier this year in South Korea.It comes amid thawing relations between the Koreas after months of tension.One concert takes place on Sunday, with another set to follow on Tuesday. The delegation mixes K-pop, rock and other genres. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to hold summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump. Media playback is unsupported on your deviceHe met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last week during...
Singapore cancels all work passes for North Korean guest workers

Singapore cancels all work passes for North Korean guest workers

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SEOUL, March 27 (UPI) -- Singapore has canceled all work permits for North Korean workers in its borders, in line with United Nations Security Council resolutions, a recent UN sanctions report shows.In an implementation report submitted last week, the Singaporean government confirmed that there are now "no nationals of North Korea with work passes in Singapore," as permits have been revoked for all North Koreans.The government will not grant new permits, it added.Also, those from North Korea who arrive in Singapore without a visa will be rejected from entry.According to various human rights groups, some 65,000 North Koreans were working in 40 countries across Eastern Europe and Asia by 2015.They were estimated to be earning between $ 200 to $ 500 million per year for the Pyongyang regime.H...