20 Jun 2019

Xi Jinping Arrives in North Korea, With Many Eyes on Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in North Korea on Thursday for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung-un. The occasion is significant not just because it’s the first visit to North Korea by a Chinese leader in 14 years, but also because it takes place at a time of

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06 Jun 2019

Trump says he’s still optimistic about a deal, North Korea warns its losing patience

North Korea on Wednesday warned the United States government that it “would be well-advised” to change its approach toward Pyongyang “before it is too late,” because there is “a limit to our patience.” The regime also said that the US “has missed a lifetime opportunity” by insisting that North Korea dismantle

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27 May 2019

Trump says Iran nuclear deal possible as sanctions bite

US President Donald Trump believes that “Iran would like to make a deal” with the US and that such a deal is possible as a result of the US sanctions on Iran, he said on Monday. Trump added that the US government is not “looking for regime change” in Iran,

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22 May 2019

Nuclear war risk highest since WWII, UN arms research chief warns

Today the risk of nuclear weapons being used is higher than it has been at any time since World War II, the director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Renata Dwan said on Tuesday. Dwan argued that the increased risk of nuclear war results from changes to arms-control

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09 May 2019

North Korea launches ‘unidentified’ projectile

Less than a week after North Korean leader Kim Jung-un oversaw a “strike drill” in which various tactical guided weapons were shot into the East Sea, the country carried out another launch, this time of an unidentified projectile, South Korea warned on Thursday. Experts worry that the increasing missile activity

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26 Apr 2019

North Korean leader warns of a return to tension, blames U.S. ‘bad faith’

On the second day of the Russia-North Korea summit in Vladivostok, North Korean leader Kim Jung-un blamed the US government for the collapse of the February US-North Korea summit, saying the US “took a unilateral attitude in bad faith” at the time, as a result of which “[t]he situation on

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25 Apr 2019

Putin offers to help break nuclear deadlock at Kim Jong-un summit

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Russia to discuss bilateral relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula. The talks are part of a two-day summit between the two leaders who are meeting each other for the first time. Putin described the

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15 Apr 2019

North Korea’s Kim willing to meet Trump a third time but gives U.S. an end-of-year deadline

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has indicated that he is open to a third summit with US President Donald Trump, but only if the US makes a “bold decision” before the end of the year. Kim also added that “it will definitely be difficult to get such a good opportunity

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12 Apr 2019

Trump says sanctions on North Korea to stay in place

During a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that his administration does not want to lift sanctions on North Korea at this time, adding that the sanctions are currently at “a fair level.” The comment came hours after North Korean leader Kim

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04 Apr 2019

NATO chief warns of ‘more assertive Russia’ in US Congress speech

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday told members of Congress that the threat of “a more assertive Russia” requires members of the alliance to “overcome our differences now because we will need our alliance even more in the future,” adding that “[w]e face unprecedented challenges – challenges no one nation

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