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North Korea may suspend talks with 'gangster-like' U.S., rethink nuclear test freeze

North Korea may suspend talks with 'gangster-like' U.S., rethink nuclear test freezeU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States wished to continue talks with North Korea and had “every expectation” that its leader, Kim Jong Un, would stick to pledges not to resume nuclear and missile testing. Pompeo gave no sign of U.S. willingness to soften its stance in demanding that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons. North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui blamed top U.S. officials for the breakdown of last month’s summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi, Russia’s TASS news agency and the Associated Press reported.



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North Korea nuclear and missile bases being monitored by Seoul after new activity spotted

North Korea nuclear and missile bases being monitored by Seoul after new activity spottedSouth Korea’s military is carefully monitoring North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities after it said new activity has been detected at the intercontinental ballistic missiles plant. The US and South Korean militaries are maintaining close intelligence coordination over developments at the North’s missile research centre in Pyongyang and a separate long-range rocket site, Seoul’s Defence Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo said on Thursday. Spy chief Suh Hoon told politicians briefed by the South’s National Intelligence Service he viewed the activity as missile-related, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said.



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Moon Lauds North Korea's Nuclear Offer, Splitting With Trump

Moon Lauds North Korea's Nuclear Offer, Splitting With TrumpIn a meeting to discuss the summit last week in Hanoi between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, Moon on Monday lauded North Korea’s offer to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear complex. “It would represent an irreversible stage in North Korea’s denuclearization if the Yongbyon nuclear complex including its plutonium reprocessing facilities and uramium enrichment facilities are completely dismantled,” Moon told senior aides Monday at a National Security Council meeting discussing the summit.



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Forget About Nuclear Weapons: North Korea’s Artillery Could Kill Thousands

Forget About Nuclear Weapons: North Korea’s Artillery Could Kill ThousandsAnd impact millions within 24 hours.



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Key North Korean nuclear reactor has been shut down for months: IAEA

Key North Korean nuclear reactor has been shut down for months: IAEAThe nuclear reactor that is believed to have supplied much of the plutonium for North Korea’s nuclear weapons appears to have been shut down for the past three months, the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday, without suggesting why. The 5-megawatt reactor is part of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex, the possible dismantling of which was a central issue in talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam last week. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has not had access to North Korea since Pyongyang expelled its inspectors in 2009, and it now monitors the country’s nuclear activities mainly through satellite imagery.



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North Korea has no economic future if it has nuclear weapons: Trump

North Korea has no economic future if it has nuclear weapons: TrumpWASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that North Korea does not have any economic future with nuclear weapons as the Pentagon confirmed the United States and South Korea had agreed to end joint large scale spring military exercises. “North Korea has an incredible, brilliant economic future if they make a deal, but they don’t have any economic future if they have nuclear weapons,” Trump said at a Conservative Political Action Conference.



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Donald Trump: North Korea has no economic future if it has nuclear weapons

Donald Trump: North Korea has no economic future if it has nuclear weaponsDonald Trump said North Korea had a bright economic future if the two countries made a deal, but did not have any economic future with nuclear weapons. In his first major public appearance since returning from his summit with Kim Jong-un in Vietnam, the US president said America's relationship with the secretive country seemed to be “very, very strong". “North Korea has an incredible, brilliant economic future if they make a deal, but they don’t have any economic future if they have nuclear weapons,” he told an audience at a Conservative Political Action Conference. The second meeting between the US president and the North Korean leader was cut short after they failed to reach a deal on the extent of sanctions relief the country would get in exchange for steps to give up its nuclear programme. The United States and North Korea have said they intend to continue talks, but have not said when a next round might take place. While some credited Mr Trump for refusing to be drawn into a bad deal, he was criticised for earlier praising Kim’s leadership and saying he accepted his assertion that he had not been aware of how American student Otto Warmbier, who died after 17 months in a North Korean prison, had been treated. Mr Trump said: “I’m in such a horrible position because in one way, I have to negotiate and in the other way, I love Mr and Mrs Warmbier. And I love Otto. And it’s a very delicate balance. He was a special young man and to see what happened was so bad – was so bad. "And a lot of what I do with respect to North Korea, and any success that we hopefully have – and we’ve had a lot, given no credit. They don’t remember that in the last days of the Obama administration, rockets were flying all over the place". In what was the longest speech of his presidency, Mr Trump touched on a range of red-meat issues in front of a receptive audience. Mr Trump predicted an even "bigger" win in the 2020 presidential election, calling Democratic presidential candidates as “maniacs” and accused their party of supporting “extreme late term abortion.” US election 2020 | Democrats running for President The president was back in his comfort zone with his most vocal allies, appearing on stage cracking jokes after a bruising week in which his former lawyer's explosive testimony to Congress dominated headlines at home and his summit with Kim Jong-un came to nothing.  Looking ahead to his 2020 re-election campaign, Mr Trump attacked Democratic candidates, saying he shouldn't have referred to Senator Elizabeth Warren, as “Pocahontas” so early on in the election cycle. “I should've saved the Pocahontas thing for another year because I’ve destroyed her political career and now I won't get a chance to run against her and I would've loved it,” Mr Trump told the laughing crowd. “I don’t want to knock out all the good stuff and end up with somebody that’s actually got talent.” Mr Trump also invited Hayden Williams, a conservative activist, on stage as he announced he will be signing an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want to receive federal grants. U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks as Hayden Williams, a member of the Leadership Institute, listens during the Conservative Political Action Conference Credit: Bloomberg The 26-year-old was reportedly attacked on California's UC-Berkeley campus while he was attempting to recruit students to his conservative activist group. The president also renewed criticism of the Federal Reserve and said the US central bank's tight monetary policy was contributing to a strong dollar and hurting the United States' competitiveness. "We have a gentleman that likes a very strong dollar at the Fed," Mr Trump said at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland. "I want a strong dollar, but I want a dollar that's great for our country not a dollar that is so strong that it is prohibitive for us to be dealing with other nations."



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North Korea has no economic future if it has nuclear weapons: Trump

North Korea has no economic future if it has nuclear weapons: TrumpU.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that North Korea had a bright economic future if the two countries made a deal, but did not have any economic future with nuclear weapons. “North Korea has an incredible, brilliant economic future if they make a deal, but they don’t have any economic future if they have nuclear weapons,” Trump said at a Conservative Political Action Conference.



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Trump urged Kim to go 'all in' on nuclear poker: official

Trump urged Kim to go 'all in' on nuclear poker: officialUS President Donald Trump urged North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to go “all in” during their high-stakes nuclear negotiations but talks floundered amid differences over sanctions and the definition of “denuclearisation”, a senior State Department official said Friday. The two leaders travelled huge distances to Hanoi for a second summit over dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear programme but the two-day meeting broke down suddenly with the two sides failing to agree on a joint statement as scheduled. A senior administration official, who requested anonymity, said the North Koreans wanted “many, many billions of dollars in sanctions relief” but were “unwilling to impose a complete freeze on their weapons of mass destruction programmes”.



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South Korea to work with U.S., North Korea after failed nuclear talks

South Korea to work with U.S., North Korea after failed nuclear talksThe second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Vietnam, was cut short after they failed to reach a deal on the extent of sanctions relief North Korea would get in exchange for steps to give up its nuclear program. Moon has been active in efforts to end confrontation on the Korean peninsula, meeting Kim three times last year and trying to facilitate his nuclear negotiations with the United States. “My administration will closely communicate and cooperate with the United States and North Korea so as to help their talks reach a complete settlement by any means,” Moon said in a speech in Seoul.



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