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North Korea Pleads for Food Aid as Trump Sanctions Noose Tightens

    North Korea Pleads for Food Aid as Trump Sanctions Noose Tightens

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — A leaked diplomatic memo reveals that the North Korean government is lobbying its allies for assistance in dealing with an “urgent” food shortage crisis needed to stave off hunger this month. But with U.S. and international sanctions in play, delivery of humanitarian aid is risky business. A diplomatic memo obtained by…

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Talks Falter As Trump Refuses North Korea’s Call for Sanctions Relief

    Talks Falter As Trump Refuses North Korea’s Call for Sanctions Relief

Even armchair observers probably understood long before the Hanoi summit had even been scheduled that the gulf between the American and North Korean positions on denuclearization was probably too wide to overcome (after nearly a year of talks, the two sides are no closer to a deal). Yet, President Trump had apparently hoped that the…

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North and South Korea Steer Toward Peace Despite Heavy US Foot on the Brakes

    North and South Korea Steer Toward Peace Despite Heavy US Foot on the Brakes

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his counterpart from the South, President Moon Jae-in, made a powerful show of unity with the signing of the Pyongyang Declaration on Wednesday, underscoring their pursuit of “mutual reciprocity, common good and shared prosperity,” a cessation of tension, and an explicit call for “Korean autonomy…

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North and South Korea Vow to “Eliminate All the Danger of War”

    North and South Korea Vow to “Eliminate All the Danger of War”

On Wednesday, North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un has pledged to dismantle the country’s main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon, if the United States undertake similar act, to “eliminate all the danger of war.” “We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat,” Kim…

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South Korea’s Moon Steers Toward Inter-Korean Unity While Wind from Washington Blows in His Face

  South Korea’s Moon Steers Toward Inter-Korean Unity While Wind from Washington Blows in His Face

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in marked the anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japanese colonialism with a robust call for the economic integration of North and South Korea as a means to achieve “survival and development” as well as “true liberation” for the long-divided nation. The announcement – which focused on the…

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As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Heads to Iran

  As Denuclearization Talks Stagnate, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Heads to Iran

TEHRAN – Iran welcomed the Foreign Minister of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, as North Korea is officially known), Ri Yong-ho, to Tehran one day after the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran. The visit also came in the midst of faltering talks between Pyongyang and Washington over fulfilling the goal of denuclearizing the…

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UN Accuses China and Russia of Violating North Korea Sanctions

  UN Accuses China and Russia of Violating North Korea Sanctions

Pyongyang (GPA) – A new UN report has accused multiple countries and the DPRK of sanctions violations. According to the United States, the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) is violating United Nations Security Council (UNSC) restrictions concerning their nuclear testing and missile development programs. These accusations come from a six-month report released last…

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While US Seeks to Up the Ante on Pressure on the DPRK, Russia Proposes Easing Sanctions

  While US Seeks to Up the Ante on Pressure on the DPRK, Russia Proposes Easing Sanctions

The United States last week accused the DPRK of violating refined petroleum caps imposed as a part of UN nuclear sanctions dating back to 2006, and is therefore submitting a proposal to cut all petroleum product sales to North Korea. The Trump administration is keen on not only preserving pressure on North Korea over its…

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The NSC’s Newest Member Set to Aid Bolton’s Efforts to Derail Korea Peace Talks

  The NSC’s Newest Member Set to Aid Bolton’s Efforts to Derail Korea Peace Talks

WASHINGTON — Evidence continues to mount that elements of the U.S. government are determined to sabotage the Korea peace talks, and the newest member of the Trump administration’s National Security Council is just the latest indication that such efforts are indeed underway. On Monday, Anthony Ruggiero — North Korea expert and senior fellow at the…

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Pentagon Bets Against Korean Peace with Indefinite Troop Presence, New Missile Defense

  Pentagon Bets Against Korean Peace with Indefinite Troop Presence, New Missile Defense

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – After the recent Singapore summit kick-started peace talks aimed at ending hostilities on the Korean peninsula, the tone among many Koreans, Americans and other observers was optimistic, as a peaceful resolution to the conflict seemed within reach. Yet, while peace on the Korean peninsula is something most continue to hope for,…

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