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North Korea defector regains consciousness, video shows getaway under fire

North Korea defector regains consciousness, video shows getaway under fireBy Haejin Choi and Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean border guards were only steps behind a fellow North Korean soldier when they opened fire and one briefly crossed the border pursuing the wounded defector as he dashed to the South Korean side, a video released on Wednesday by the U.N. Command (UNC) in Seoul showed. The defector was critically wounded, having been hit at least four times in the hail of bullets as he made his desperate escape on Nov.13. “He is fine,” lead surgeon Lee Cook-Jong said at a press conference in Suwon.



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Trump says he’s declaring North Korea a terrorism sponsor

Trump says he’s declaring North Korea a terrorism sponsorTrump said the designation would trigger “further sanctions and penalties” and that it “supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.”



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President Trump to Declare North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror

President Trump to Declare North Korea a State Sponsor of TerrorPresident Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.



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U.S. envoy says no communication, no signal from North Korea amid nuclear crisis

U.S. envoy says no communication, no signal from North Korea amid nuclear crisisSouth Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North’s intentions as there has been “no signal”. North Korea is under heavy international pressure to end its nuclear and missile programs, pursued in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, but has vowed never to give up its nuclear arsenal which it says it needs to counter perceived U.S. aggression. Lee Do-hoon, South Korea’s special representative for Korean peace and security affairs, and his U.S. counterpart, Joseph Yun, met on the southern resort island of Jeju, following a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump in Seoul last week.



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If America Topples North Korea and Iran, What Happens Next?

If America Topples North Korea and Iran, What Happens Next?Just say no to regime change. On October 19, National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster declared that President Donald Trump was not going to accept the North Korean regime threatening the United States with a nuclear weapon.



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Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in North Korea

Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in North KoreaBy Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades. At a briefing on Wednesday, lead surgeon Lee Cook-jong displayed photos showing dozens of flesh-colored parasites – including one 27 cm (10.6 in) long – removed from the wounded soldier’s digestive tract during a series of surgeries to save his life. The parasites, along with kernels of corn in his stomach, may confirm what many experts and previous defectors have described about the food and hygiene situation for many North Koreans.



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Duterte warns military conflict with North Korea will ‘end humanity’

Duterte warns military conflict with North Korea will ‘end humanity’Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned of the dire consequences that will result from a military conflict with North Korea.



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Louisiana Man Arrested After Trying to Cross into North Korea for 'Political Purposes'

Louisiana Man Arrested After Trying to Cross into North Korea for 'Political Purposes'The 58-year-old man, identified only as 'A', was detained by police early Monday morning



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Trump Changes Tone on North Korea Threat in Push for Diplomacy

Trump Changes Tone on North Korea Threat in Push for DiplomacyPresident Trump pushed for diplomacy with Pyongyang Tuesday, replacing aggressive rhetoric with a willingness to make a deal to end nuclear threats in North Korea.



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Trump Bucks Usual Aggression, Opens The Door To Negotiations With North Korea

Trump Bucks Usual Aggression, Opens The Door To Negotiations With North KoreaPresident Donald Trump took a far more measured tone during his address to South Korea’s National Assembly on Wednesday, touting the option of diplomacy with North Korea while delivering a strong message to the country’s leader that it must end its nuclear weapons program.



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