Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un could be delayed

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday a planned summit with Kim Jong Un may not take place next month as planned, despite his belief that the North Korean leader is “serious” about denuclearization. “It may not work out for June 12,” Trump said, being characteristically coy about the prospects for the historic meeting in Singapore. “If it does not happen, maybe it will happen later,” Trump said, as he began talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the ...

Trump tweets: Meeting with Kim on June 12 in Singapore

Thursday, 10 May 2018

US President Donald Trump said he will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. The president tweeted, “We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” Trump is providing details for the first time about the history-making meeting between a sitting American president and the leader of North Korea over denuclearization. He would said he favored holding the meeting at the Demilitarized Zone, the heavily fortified border separating the Koreas. ...

Xi Jinping and N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un met in China

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un met in northeast China on Tuesday in an unannounced visit by the North Korean leader ahead of an expected summit with US President Donald Trump. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed Xi and Kim taking a seaside stroll in the northeastern city of Dalian and holding talks, while the official Xinhua news agency said the two leaders met on Monday and Tuesday. It was Kim’s second visit to China since March, highlighting efforts by the Cold War-era ...

Trump says date, place set for North Korea meeting

Friday, 4 May 2018

President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters that the date and location were set for a meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, and that the details would be announced soon. The White House has said the historic summit with the Asian leader could take place this month, as long as North Korea made certain concessions. On Friday, speaking to reporters from the White House South Lawn before departing for Dallas, Trump says “we now have a date and we ...

Kim Jong Un, the Playmaker

Monday, 30 April 2018

The football World Cup will take place this year and fans of the game are highly anticipating the Russia-hosted event. We are bracing for and rejoicing at this fever that is preparing to invade the world after a few weeks. I said to myself that I should take a break from political news, which are often smeared in blood.The world would be a beautiful place if it indeed was held captive by the World Cup. It would be beautiful if it were preoccupied with “General” Lionel Messi instead ...

Ghassan Charbel

What has Kim Jong-Un done to Khamenei?

Monday, 30 April 2018

Tehran’s supreme guide and officials are definitely going through a difficult test. Apart from the US administration’s threats to reapply economic sanctions on the regime, the collapse of its major nuclear ally, North Korea, is a loss that’s tantamount to a disaster. True, as until now I have not heard one serious commentator who is pleased with the meeting and the historical reconciliation between the North Korean and South Korean leaders or who believes that this ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Complete de-noodlization: Kim’s dish sells out in Seoul

Sunday, 29 April 2018

At Seoul’s Nampo Myeonok noodle bar, the owner was rushed off her feet, shouting at a long queue of hungry punters that she was clean out of “Pyongyang naengmyeon”. “You’ll have to wait around 40 minutes” for the broth to boil, she told the line snaking out of her door Saturday. Demand for North Korea’s signature dish peaked all over the South’s capital after it was featured on the menu at Friday’s historic inter-Korean summit and became a ...

North Korea’s Kim vows to give up weapons if US promises not to invade

Sunday, 29 April 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit that his country would be willing to give up its nuclear weapons if the US commits to a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge not to attack the North, Seoul officials said Sunday.Kim also vowed during his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday to shut down the North’s nuclear test site in May and disclose the process to experts and journalists from South Korea and the United ...

Kim Jong Un ‘ready’ to work with US on North Korea’s denuclearization

Sunday, 29 April 2018

New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had a “good conversation” with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un during his visit to Pyongyang, adding Kim was “prepared to... lay out a map that would help us achieve” denuclearization. Pompeo made the remarks in an exclusive interview with ABC News, extracts of which were released Saturday ahead of its broadcast on Sunday. Pompeo, who is currently in the Middle East on his first trip as Washington’s chief diplomat, ...

WATCH: Kim Jong Un’s security: ‘Not even an ant can pass through’

Friday, 27 April 2018

When Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un came down the steps towards the inter-Korean border Friday he was escorted by a phalanx of bodyguards carefully chosen for their fitness, marksmanship, martial arts skills and even looks. Men in sharp suits and matching blue and white striped ties fanned out ahead of and around Kim as he approached the Military Demarcation Line for a historic handshake with his Southern counterpart Moon Jae-in. Some of the men had bulging pockets. All sported red North ...

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