US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, at the start of their historic summit in in Singapore on Jun 12, 2018. (AFP/SAUL LOEB) The four-paragraph letter - an upbeat missive in which Kim voices hope in a "new future" and speaks of his "invariable trust" in Trump - is dated Jul 6, the day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in North Korea for what turned out to be acrimonious talks with Kim's regime. "A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea," Trump tweeted alongside a copy of the letter. "Great progress being made!" Addressing Trump, Kim describes their Jun 12 summit in Singapore, and the resulting joint statement, as the "start of a meaningful journey." "I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition," Kim writes, according to the translation tweeted by the president. "I deeply … [Read more...] about Trump releases ‘very nice’ letter from North Korea’s Kim
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North Korea said on Saturday it would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country no longer needed to conduct nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it had completed its goal of developing the weapons, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. Kim is scheduled to hold talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week and with U.S. President Donald Trump in late May or early June. The pledge to halt the development of nuclear weapons, initiated by his grandfather, would mean a significant reversal for Kim, 34, who for years has celebrated such weapons as a pillar of his regime’s legitimacy and power. A testing freeze and commitment to close the test site alone would fall short of Washington’s demand that Pyongyang completely dismantle all its … [Read more...] about North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site
SEOUL: The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted new sanctions on North Korea, including restrictions on oil shipments, to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and largest nuclear test. Textiles are one of North Korea's major exports, estimated to be worth around US$750 million a year. (Photo: AFP/KNS) But Washington toned down its initial proposals to secure backing from China and Russia. Here are some key questions on UNSC resolution 2375, and its attempt to end the North's nuclear weapons and missile programmes. WHAT IMPACT WILL THE OIL MEASURES HAVE? The new resolution ends natural gas shipments to North Korea, caps crude oil shipments at their current levels, and puts a ceiling on refined oil products such as petrol and diesel. North Korea has little oil of its own, relying on imports … [Read more...] about New UN sanctions on North Korea: What do they mean?
UNITED NATIONS: The United States and Japan on Sunday (May 14) called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on North Korea after Pyongyang carried out its latest missile test, diplomats said. The meeting has been scheduled in principle for Tuesday afternoon, according to the UN mission of Uruguay, which currently holds the council's presidency. North Korea launched a ballistic missile early on Sunday in what was seen as a challenge to South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In, a liberal who has said he wants to ease tensions with the North. It was the North's second missile firing in two weeks, and came amid mounting international concern over Pyongyang's progress in developing nuclear weapons that could be carried by long-range missiles. The latest projectile, launched from a military base in Kusong near the country's northwest coast, travelled some 700 kilometres before landing in the Sea of Japan. "There are no excuses that justify N. Korea's actions," Nikki … [Read more...] about US, Japan request emergency UN Security Council session on North Korea
That seems to be the impression the youthful new dictator of destitute North Korea wants the state propaganda machine to give to a public that may be facing even more than usual food shortages when drought was followed last month by devastating floods. In the past few weeks, the 20-something Kim Jong-un, the third generation of a ruling dynasty better known abroad for its gulags than its compassion, has overturned the austere image that his father nurtured during his years in power. This week state media showed the leader cheerfully riding a rollercoaster in an outdoor theme park he had opened, clapping performing dolphins and waving to a crowd of young people in bathing suits. Apart from a brief spell at school in Switzerland, the young man has only known life inside the personality cult that gave his grandfather and father, and now him, god-like status to bolster their rule over the northern half of the Korean peninsula. But unlike the relative prosperity when founder Kim … [Read more...] about With grey skies over North Korea, leader puts on a happy face