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North Korea pledges to destroy missile test engine site

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Thursday identified the missile test engine site that it says North Korea has pledged to destroy, but the president’s latest comments about resolving the nuclear standoff have raised new questions about what concessions Pyongyang has made. President Donald Trump had said on June 12 after his summit with Kim Jong […]

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North Korea’s Kim in China; US, South Korea suspend military drill

By   /  June 19, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

BEIJING/SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on his summit with US President Donald Trump last week, as Washington and Seoul agreed to suspend a major joint military exercise. This is Kim’s third trip to China this year, coming less than […]

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Iran deal comparisons cloud Trump’s North Korea summit

By   /  June 14, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s triumphant assertions about the success of the Singapore summit are being met with skepticism and outright derision from some critics. They’re seizing on the contradiction between Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and his willingness to accept vague pledges from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. White House officials stress that […]

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North Korea state media says Trump agreed to lift sanctions

By   /  June 14, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

SEOUL: North Korean state media said on Wednesday US President Donald Trump had agreed to lift sanctions against the North in addition to providing security guarantees in the summit with the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, the previous day. Trump was cited by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency as saying he made the promise […]

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Pompeo says North Korea will get ‘unique’ security guarantees

By   /  June 12, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

SINGAPORE: The United States is willing to offer North Korea “unique” security guarantees if it embarks on “complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. On the eve of a historic summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, Pompeo sounded an upbeat tone, saying that preparatory talks were advancing […]

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Trump casts North Korea summit as ‘one-time shot’ for Kim

By   /  June 10, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

SINGAPORE: US President Donald Trump cast his Tuesday summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as a “one-time shot” for the autocratic leader to ditch his nuclear weapons and enter the community of nations, saying he would know within moments if Kim is serious about the talks. Trump said Saturday he was embarking on a […]

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Singapore airspace to be restricted during US-North Korea summit

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

SINGAPORE: Singapore airspace will be restricted during the planned US-N.Korea summit, said a notice to airmen posted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday. The notice said airspace over Singapore will be temporarily restricted for parts of June 11, 12 and 13. Singapore is set to […]

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North Korea to get relief only after “verifiable and irreversible step to denuclearization“: Mattis

By   /  June 3, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

SINGAPORE: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday North Korea will receive relief only after it takes clear and irreversible steps to end its nuclear program, adding it would be a bumpy road to a summit between US and North Korean leaders. The comments sought to address concern the United States may be rushing […]

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Russia’s Lavrov to visit North Korea on May 31: Foreign ministry

By   /  May 30, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit North Korea on May 31 and hold talks with his counterpart about the situation on the Korean peninsula, the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Washington and Pyongyang are preparing to hold a possible summit next month between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim […]

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US team in North Korea to plan Trump-Kim summit

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  World  /  No Comments

President Donald Trump said Sunday a US team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place. The State Department said earlier that a team was in Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, separating […]

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