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Aide says Trump would be 'disappointed' by a N.Korea test

Aide says Trump would be 'disappointed' by a N.Korea testDonald Trump’s national security advisor said Sunday that the US president would be “pretty disappointed” if North Korea conducted a new missile test, but he refused to confirm reports that such a test may be near. John Bolton appeared notably cautious when asked on ABC’s “This Week” about a report that satellite imagery appears to show preparations at a North Korean site for the possible launch of a missile or space rocket. On Friday, the website of NPR posted a satellite image that the public broadcaster said showed intense activity around the North’s Sanumdong site, where missiles and satellite-launching rockets have previously been assembled.



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Trump blames N.Korea for student's death, doesn't mention Kim

Trump blames N.Korea for student's death, doesn't mention KimUS President Donald Trump said Friday he held North Korea responsible for the death of an American student who died after being tortured in custody but did not directly blame the regime’s leader Kim Jong Un. Trump sparked widespread criticism when he told reporters at this week’s summit with Kim in Vietnam that he believed the North Korean leader’s claim that he didn’t know what happened to Otto Warmbier during his detention. The 22-year-old Warmbier died days after being sent back to the United States from North Korea in a coma in 2017.



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Hailing diplomacy, Trump announces new N.Korea summit in Vietnam

Hailing diplomacy, Trump announces new N.Korea summit in VietnamUS President Donald Trump, boasting of a new style of diplomacy aimed at ending perpetual conflicts, announced Tuesday that his second summit with North Korea will take place this month in Vietnam and reported headway in talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban. Delivering his annual State of the Union address to Congress after being politically battered by a partial government shutdown, Trump hailed the fruits of his outreach to North Korea and seized on the drama of the nationally broadcast speech to reveal his long-planned second meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un. Trump said he would meet the elusive young leader on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam, although he did not specify the venue.



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US anger at Russia changes to UN N.Korea report

US anger at Russia changes to UN N.Korea reportSeveral paragraphs referring to Russian oil trade in a United Nations report about sanctions on North Korea have been removed at Moscow’s urging, sparking US anger on Thursday. Russia at the end of August had blocked publication of the report on the implementation of sanctions against North Korea because it disagreed with findings that Pyongyang had exceeded a 2018 import cap for oil set by the sanctions imposed last year, a diplomatic source said last month. Sources at that time also said Russia blocked a US request that two Russian shipping companies and six of their vessels be sanctioned over oil shipments to the North.



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N.Korea TV summit broadcast hails Kim as 'world leader'

N.Korea TV summit broadcast hails Kim as 'world leader'North Korean state television Thursday aired footage of Kim Jong Un’s historic summit with Donald Trump in Singapore, with the report describing Kim as a “prominent world leader” who is universally revered. The 40-minute broadcast by Korean Central Television seized the chance to heap praise on Kim, showing footage of his night time stroll on the Singapore waterfront and saying he was welcomed with “deep respect and boundless enthusiasm” in the city-state. “Singapore, a beautiful and developed city, has become all the more famous because of the meeting of the century”, the female voiceover reported.



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U.S. To N.Korea: Show Us Disarmament Plans Or No Summit

U.S. To N.Korea: Show Us Disarmament Plans Or No Summit(Get this roundup directly in your inbox each weekday ― sign up for The



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Syria strikes also sent message to N.Korea: Japan DefMin

Syria strikes also sent message to N.Korea: Japan DefMinThe US-led air strikes against the Syrian regime also sent a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of talks with President Donald Trump, Japan’s defense minister said Friday. Observers have suggested the strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could strengthen Trump’s hand in talks, as they showed Kim that the West has the political will to back up its rhetoric — as well as the capability for precise strikes launched from afar.



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UN weighs new N.Korea sanctions, vote expected Friday

UN weighs new N.Korea sanctions, vote expected FridayThe United States on Thursday presented a draft UN Security Council resolution ramping up sanctions on North Korea by cutting oil supplies vital for Pyongyang’s military programs, according to the text obtained by AFP. The measure would ban the supply of nearly 90 percent of refined oil products to North Korea and order the repatriation of all North Korean nationals working abroad within 12 months, according to the text obtained by AFP. The United States has been in negotiations with China, Pyongyang’s ally, on slapping new sanctions in response to the November 28 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).



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UN to vote on new N.Korea sanctions targeting oil

UN to vote on new N.Korea sanctions targeting oilThe UN Security Council will vote Friday on a US-drafted resolution ramping up sanctions on North Korea by restricting oil supplies vital for Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs. The United States presented the draft resolution Thursday following negotiations with China, Pyongyang’s ally, on new punitive measures in response to North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on November 28.



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Once taboo, China listens to US contingencies on N.Korea

Once taboo, China listens to US contingencies on N.KoreaIt was the kind of sitdown that China had long resisted: Top US officials telling Chinese counterparts how American troops would enter North Korea if the hermit regime collapsed. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent revelation that such a discussion took place would — if true — suggest a major shift in Chinese policy as Beijing comes under pressure to rein in its Korean War ally. For years Beijing had refused US entreaties to discuss the possible collapse of its neighbour, but top US and Chinese military officials have finally met to discuss the once-taboo topic, Tillerson said last week.



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