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    North Korea accused South Korea on Sunday of intruding into its territorial water with rescue ships seeking the body of an official recently killed by North Korean troops. In a statement transmitted via the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang warned that the alleged intrusion could escalate tensions between the two countries. “According to a report by the western fleet of our navy, the south side has mobilized many vessels including warships to an action presumed to be a search operation and let them intrude into our territorial waters since September 25,” the statement read. “It arouses our due vigilance as it may lead to another awful incident,” KCNA said. “We can never overlook any intrusion into our territorial waters...
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in apologized Monday for the death of an official killed by North Korean troops last week after critics accused the government of not acting to protect a citizen. Moon offered his “deep condolences” to grieving family members and apologized to the public over its “shock and fury” during a meeting with senior officials, saying that the government “without any excuses” is responsible for protecting the safety of its citizens. NORTH KOREA ACCUSES SOUTH OF CROSSING DISPUTED BOUNDARY TO FIND DEAD OFFICIAL Military officials have said the man was spotted in North Korean waters about six hours before he was killed, prompting critics, including conservative lawmakers, to accuse Moon’s government of inaction. A South Korean marine boat...
    North Korea said they are searching for the body of a South Korean official after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized for his death, Reuters reported. North Korea started trying to find the body, but also said that South Korean naval operations crossed a sea border into North Korean territory, North Korean state news agency KCNA said, according to Reuters. KCNA also called for South Korea to stop crossing the border in the west sea. “We also took more necessary security measures in order to make sure that no more incident spoiling the relations of trust and respect between the north and the south would happen in any case,” KCNA said, according to Reuters. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong...
    By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in apologized for the first time Monday for the killing of a man who was shot by North Korean troops last week, saying his government failed in its responsibility to safeguard a citizen. The shooting triggered outrage and criticism that Seoul apparently wasted hours to rescue the South Korean official who was found adrift in North Korean waters before his death last Tuesday. While the shooting drew a rare apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North has largely passed the blame to the man who was killed, claiming that he refused to answer questions and attempted to flee before North Korean troops fired...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in apologized for the first time Monday for the killing of a man who was shot by North Korean troops last week, saying his government failed in its responsibility to safeguard a citizen. The shooting triggered outrage and criticism that Seoul apparently wasted hours to rescue the South Korean official who was found adrift in North Korean waters before his death last Tuesday. While the shooting drew a rare apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North has largely passed the blame to the man who was killed, claiming that he refused to answer questions and attempted to flee before North Korean troops fired at him. On...
    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a South Korean official recently killed by North Korean troops, warning Sunday the intrusion could escalate tensions. South Korea denied the accusation. “We urge the South side to immediately halt the intrusion across the military demarcation line in the West Sea that may lead to escalation of tensions,” the official Korean Central News Agency said. “It arouses our due vigilance as it may lead to another awful incident.” Along with its denial, South Korea proposed a joint investigation to resolve discrepancies in each country’s account of the South Korean official’s death last week. Officials in Seoul have...
    North Korea has accused South Korea of crossing a disputed sea border in search of the body of a South Korean official killed by North Korean troops last week. South Korea denied the accusations, but the North warned Sunday that the incident could escalate tensions. NORTH KOREA'S KIM APOLOGIZES OVER SHOOTING DEATH OF S. KOREAN “We urge the South side to immediately halt the intrusion across the military demarcation line in the West Sea that may lead to escalation of tensions,” the official Korean Central News Agency said. “It arouses our due vigilance as it may lead to another awful incident.” South Korea’s military and coast guard responded to North Korea's claim of a border incursion by saying their ships...
    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a South Korean official recently killed by North Korean troops, warning Sunday the intrusion could escalate tensions. South Korea denied the accusation. “We urge the South side to immediately halt the intrusion across the military demarcation line in the West Sea that may lead to escalation of tensions,” the official Korean Central News Agency said. “It arouses our due vigilance as it may lead to another awful incident.” Along with its denial, South Korea proposed a joint investigation to resolve discrepancies in each country’s account of the South Korean official’s death last week. Officials in Seoul have said...
    According to Pyongyang, the incident should not have happened, and South Korea is mobilizing dozens of naval vessels to find human remains. North Korea said Sunday it was searching for the body of a South Korean officer killed by its troops, but warned that South Korean naval operations in the region threatened to escalate tensions. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday issued a rare apology for the shooting death of a South Korean fisheries officer in North Korean waters. Seoul later urged Pyongyang to investigate the massacre further, suggesting that it could be a joint investigation by both sides. The South Korean military has accused the North Korean military of killing the man, burning his body and setting...
    BEIJING (AP) — The remains of 117 Chinese soldiers who died in the 1950-53 Korean War were returned to China on Sunday in an annual repatriation delayed this year by the coronavirus outbreak. South Korea handed over the remains at a ceremony at Incheon airport outside Seoul, and a Chinese military transport plane flew them to Shenyang, a northeastern Chinese city near the North Korean border. Chinese soldiers fought on the North Korean side against U.S.-led forces in the South during the war on the Korean Peninsula. Most of the 117 remains were found in the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea. It was the seventh annual repatriation, and the largest since the 437 returned in the first...
    North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a man recently killed by North Korean troops – Yonhap North Korea said on Sunday it is searching for the body a South Korean official killed by its troops, but warned that South Korean naval operations in the area threatened to raise tensions. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued a rare apology on Friday for the fatal shooting of the South Korean fisheries official in North Korean waters. Seoul then urged Pyongyang to further investigate the fatal shooting and suggested it could be a joint probe by the two sides. South Korea’s military has accused the North’s soldiers of killing the...
    By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a man recently killed by North Korean troops, warning Sunday the alleged intrusion could escalate tensions. South Korea said earlier that North Korea sent a message including a rare apology by leader Kim Jong Un over the shooting death last week of a South Korean government official found on a floating object in North Korean waters. Officials in Seoul say the 47-year-old was likely attempting to defect to North Korea but little else is known about his motives. “We urge the South side to immediately halt the intrusion across the military demarcation...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a man recently killed by North Korean troops, warning Sunday the alleged intrusion could escalate tensions. South Korea said earlier that North Korea sent a message including a rare apology by leader Kim Jong Un over the shooting death last week of a South Korean government official found on a floating object in North Korean waters. Officials in Seoul say the 47-year-old was likely attempting to defect to North Korea but little else is known about his motives. “We urge the South side to immediately halt the intrusion across the military demarcation line in the West Sea...
    SEOUL – North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a man recently killed by North Korean troops, warning Sunday the alleged intrusion could escalate tensions. South Korea said earlier that North Korea sent a message including a rare apology by leader Kim Jong Un over the shooting death last week of a South Korean government official found on a floating object in North Korean waters. Officials in Seoul say the 47-year-old was likely attempting to defect to North Korea but little else is known about his motives. “We urge the South side to immediately halt the intrusion across the military demarcation line in the West Sea that may...
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it would hand over the body a South Korean man killed by its troops if it is found during a search operation, but warned South Korea from sending any warships into the North's territorial waters, state media reported on Sunday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology on Friday after South Korea's military said that the North's soldiers had killed the man, doused his body in fuel and set it on fire near the sea border. In its report on Sunday, the KCNA state news agency called it an "awful case which should not have happened" but warned that South Korean naval operations near the site of the incident threatened to...
    South Korea wants North Korea to cooperate in what would be an unprecedented joint investigation into the recent fatal shooting of a South Korean fisheries official. Outrage mounted in South Korea after its military said Thursday that North Korean soldiers had killed the man, then soaked his body in fuel and lit it on fire near the sea border. North Korean officials said only that soldiers shot the “illegal intruder,” Reuters reported Saturday. South Korean officials said a joint probe was needed because there were discrepancies in accounts of the death from the two sides. The fisheries official was reported missing while at work on a boat close to South Korea’s sea border. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued...
    Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide said during a virtual speech at the United Nation’s 75th annual General Assembly on Friday he is “ready to meet” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a bid to “normalize” relations with Pyongyang. The speech was Suga’s first at the international body since he was elected prime minister of Japan on September 16. “Japan seeks to normalize its relationship with North Korea, in accordance with the Japan-DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] Pyongyang Declaration, through comprehensively resolving the outstanding issues of concern such as the abductions, nuclear and missile issues, as well as settlement of the unfortunate past,” Suga said. He referred to North Korea’s abduction of at least 17 Japanese citizens in the 1970s...
    In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur quoted an old Army ballad in his farewell address to Congress: “Old soldiers never die. They just fade away.” But on the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, it seems the veterans of that conflict have faded faster than most. Seventy years ago today, a company of US Marines pulled down the North Korean flags flying in front of the South Korean capitol building, helping our allies recapture Seoul for the first time. Yet, so far, there has been barely a peep about the anniversary in the press or in Washington. The war that raged from 1950 to 1953, killing more than 36,000 Americans and millions of Koreans, continues to live up to its reputation...
    In an unprecedented step late Friday, South Korea suggested a joint investigation with North Korea into the mysterious death of a South Korean official, hours after a rare apology from Kim Jong Un. As public and political outrage grew in the South, the country’s presidential office said in a statement that there were discrepancies in accounts of the incident and called for further inquiries. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that the North had shot and burned a 47-year-old man’s body after he disappeared from a government boat earlier in the week. He was reported missing while on duty on a fisheries boat near the island of Yeonpyeong, close to South Korea’s sea border. The government has said he may...
    In an unprecedented step late Friday, South Korea suggested a joint investigation with North Korea into the mysterious death of a South Korean official, hours after a rare apology from Kim Jong Un. As public and political outrage grew in the South, the country’s presidential office said in a statement that there were discrepancies in accounts of the incident and called for further inquiries. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that the North had shot and burned a 47-year-old man’s body after he disappeared from a government boat earlier in the week. He was reported missing while on duty on a fisheries boat near the island of Yeonpyeong, close to South Korea’s sea border. The government has said he may...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Saturday it will request North Korea to further investigate the killing of a South Korean government official who was shot by North Korean troops after being found adrift near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary while apparently trying to defect. Seoul could also possibly call for a joint investigation into Tuesday’s shooting, which sparked outrage in the South and drew a rare apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim was quoted as saying he was “very sorry” over what he described as an “unexpected, unfortunate incident” in a message sent by Pyongyang’s United Front Department, a North Korean government agency in charge of inter-Korean relations. However, the North Korean message, which...
    By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Saturday it will request North Korea to further investigate the killing of a South Korean government official who was shot by North Korean troops after being found adrift near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary while apparently trying to defect. Seoul could also possibly call for a joint investigation into Tuesday’s shooting, which sparked outrage in the South and drew a rare apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim was quoted as saying he was “very sorry” over what he described as an “unexpected, unfortunate incident" in a message sent by Pyongyang's United Front Department, a North Korean government agency in charge of inter-Korean relations. However,...
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized for the death of a South Korean official who was shot and killed along the sea boundary between the two nations. Suh Hoon, an adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, described the message received by officials from North Korea following the death of an official, who the South Korean government now says was likely attempting to defect. “Comrade Kim Jong Un, the state affairs commission chairman, feels very sorry to give big disappointment to President Moon Jae-in and South Korean citizens because an unexpected, unfortunate incident happened,” the adviser said. North Korean officials admitted their military shot the man who was seen floating on an object in boundary waters between...
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday he’s “very sorry” after a South Korean official was killed by North Korea while trying to defect near the disputed sea boundary, South Korean officials said. “Comrade Kim Jong Un, the State Affairs Commission chairman, feels very sorry to give big disappointment to President Moon Jae-in and South Korean citizens because an unexpected, unfortunate incident happened,” Moon adviser Suh Soon said the North Korean message said, according to the Associated Press (AP). The message also said North Korea “cannot help expressing big regrets” over South Korea’s use of “blasphemous and confrontational words like atrocious act” to condemn North Korea before finding out all the facts, according to the report. (RELATED: Kim Jong...
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has offered a rare apology following the killing of a South Korean official. Kim in a message to South Korea on Friday said he’s “deeply sorry that an unexpected and unfortunate thing has happened in our territorial waters” after a government official from South Korea was killed at sea by North Korean troops earlier this week, The New York Times reports. The official, South Korea said, was apparently “trying to defect to North Korea” and “was killed by troops in the North who set his body on fire for fear he might be carrying the coronavirus,” the Times previously wrote. It was the “first time ​that North Korea has killed a South Korean citizen...
    KIM Jong-un has issued a rare public apology for brutally executing a South Korean official who tried to defect to the North, say reports. He is said to have told his counterpart over the border - President Moon Jae-in - that the "disgraceful affair" should never have happened. 4Kim Jong-un has issued a rare public apology for brutally executing a South Korean officialCredit: Reuters On Thursday, it was reported the 47-year-old was found by Kim's troops floating in the North's territorial waters. He was then shot dead before his body was torched, according to officials in the South Korean capital of Seoul. It's reported Kim has now sent a letter to the Blue House - South Korea's presidential office -...
    Seoul, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent an apology on Friday over the killing of a South Korean official near the rivals' disputed sea boundary, saying he was "very sorry" about the incident he called unexpected and unfortunate, according to South Korean officials. It would be unprecedented for a North Korean leader to explicitly apologize to South Korea on any issue, and neither the North's government nor its state-run media immediately confirmed that any message of apology had been sent to Seoul. People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South...
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident he called unexpected and unfortunate, South Korean officials said. It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to South Korea on any issue. Kim’s move could de-escalate tensions between the Koreas as it’s expected to ease anti-North sentiments in South Korea over the man’s death as well as mounting criticism of its liberal President Moon Jae-in. “Comrade Kim Jong Un, the State Affairs Commission chairman, feels very sorry to give big disappointment to President Moon Jae-in and South Korean citizens because an unexpected, unfortunate incident happened” at a time...
    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the “unexpected” and “unfortunate” incident, South Korean officials said Friday. It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to rival South Korea on any issue. Kim’s apology was expected to ease anti-North sentiments in South Korea and mounting criticism of South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the man’s death this week. “Comrade Kim Jong Un, the State Affairs Commission chairman, feels very sorry to give big disappointment to President Moon Jae-in and South Korean citizens because an unexpected, unfortunate incident happened” at a time when South...
    Seoul (CNN)North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized for the death of a South Korean government worker who was shot dead by North Korean troops after crossing a maritime border between the two countries. In a letter sent to South Korea's Blue House Friday morning, North Korea said units responded to a call that an unidentified male was found floating on an object in the sea. The letter claims about 10 rounds were fired at the man after he did not comply with a soldier's demand to identify himself and subsequent warning shots.North Korea says only a pool of blood remained on the floating object after the shots were fired. After soldiers presumed the man to be dead, they...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized over the killing of a South Korea official. South Korea’s presidential office said Friday that Kim conveyed an apology in a message to South Korea. It cited Kim as calling the incident “unexpected” and “unfortunate.” It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to rival South Korea on any issue. On Thursday, South Korea accused North Korea of fatally shooting one of its public servants who was likely trying to defect and burning his body after finding him on a floating object in North Korean waters earlier this week. South Korean officials condemned North Korea for what they called an “atrocious act”...
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea expressed regret on Friday over the death of a missing South Korean, saying it shot him as part of measures to battle the coronavirus, the South's national security adviser said. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in saying the incident should not have happened, the official told a briefing. (Reporting by Hyonhee Shin and Jack Kim; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized over the killing of a South Korea official. South Korea’s presidential office said Friday that Kim conveyed an apology in a message to South Korea. It cited Kim as calling the incident “unexpected” and “unfortunate.” It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to rival South Korea on any issue. On Thursday, South Korea accused North Korea of fatally shooting one of its public servants who was likely trying to defect and burning his body after finding him on a floating object in North Korean waters earlier this week. South Korean officials condemned North Korea for what they called an “atrocious act”...
    SEOUL – South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized over the killing of a South Korea official. South Korea’s presidential office said Friday that Kim conveyed an apology in a message to South Korea. It cited Kim as calling the incident “unexpected” and “unfortunate.” It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to rival South Korea on any issue. On Thursday, South Korea accused North Korea of fatally shooting one of its public servants who was likely trying to defect and burning his body after finding him on a floating object in North Korean waters earlier this week. South Korean officials condemned North Korea for what they called an “atrocious act” and...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized over the killing of a South Korea official. South Korea’s presidential office said Friday that Kim conveyed an apology in a message to South Korea. It cited Kim as calling the incident “unexpected” and “unfortunate.” It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to rival South Korea on any issue. On Thursday, South Korea accused North Korea of fatally shooting one of its public servants who was likely trying to defect and burning his body after finding him on a floating object in North Korean waters earlier this week. South Korean officials condemned North Korea for what they called an...
    In the first year of the Trump presidency, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis would sleep in his gym clothes to save critical minutes in the event that he was awakened to news of an incoming missile from North Korea. President Trump had delegated to Mattis the authority to shoot down any missile that threatened the United States. But it would be up to Trump to decide whether to retaliate with nuclear weapons, a threat implicit in his public rhetoric about the U.S. being “locked and loaded” to meet any North Korean provocation with “fire and fury.” As tensions steady rose over the spring and summer and into the fall and winter of 2017, Mattis lived “on permanent alert,”...
    The North Korean military shockingly has lethally gunned down a South Korean government official and then charred his body. “For whatever reason, North Korea cannot justify its soldiers fatally shooting our citizen and damaging his body,” said South Korean presidential official Suh Choo-suk. It is highly unlikely North Korea will admit to any wrongdoing, further corroding already rusting bonds between the two nations, acknowledged political pundits.
    North Korean soldiers shot a missing South Korean fisheries official to death and burned his body on board a North Korean vessel just north of the inter-Korean maritime border this week, the South’s defense ministry confirmed on Thursday. The 47-year-old official was affiliated with South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF), South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. His colleagues reported him missing on Monday morning while on duty aboard an inspection boat in waters off the western border island of Yeonpyeong in the Yellow Sea. “North Korea found the man in its waters and committed an act of brutality by shooting at him and burning his body, according to our military’s thorough analysis of diverse intelligence,” South Korea’s defense...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reminded President Trump on Thursday that he’s “not in North Korea” after he refused to promise that there’ll be a peaceful transition of power in the event he loses the election in November. In a press conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi called Trump’s dithering on the fundamental issue “very sad” and noted that he often offers praise for the authoritarian leaders of North Korea, Russia and Turkey. “But I remind him: You are not in North Korea, you are not in Turkey, you are not in Russia, Mr. President, and, by the way, you are not in Saudi Arabia,” she said.
    Madison Summers September 24, 2020 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not having it with President Donald Trump. Trump would not commit when asked during Wednesday’s press conference if he would ensure there is a peaceful power transfer despite the result of the upcoming election. In response, the House speaker directed a message at the president, saying during her press conference on Thursday, “You are not in North Korea, you are not in Turkey, you are not in Russia, Mr. President … you are not in Saudi Arabia. You are in the United States of America. It is a democracy.” “So why don’t you just try for a moment to honor your oath of office to the...
    By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Hermit Kingdom? Not quite. To pay close attention to North Korean diplomacy is to notice the many ways it upends the stereotype of the isolated, nuclear-armed wildcard of Northeast Asia. Yes, the country’s propaganda services are prone to rhetoric meant to convey a sense of towering fury, mostly for domestic consumption. But before the coronavirus outbreak sealed its borders, North Korea’s state media reported on a steady stream of select foreign diplomats, academics, journalists and delegations trooping up to the capital, Pyongyang. Along with scattered embassies throughout the world, the North also has a permanent mission at the United Nations in New York, where one of its diplomats will dutifully, if virtually,...
    A South Korean official has been shot to death and burned by North Korean authorities, authorities from South Korea claim. The man, officials said on Thursday, was a 47-year-old oceans and fisheries ministry official who had two children. Seoul claims the official was on his patrol boat, about six miles away from North Korean waters, when he disappeared on Monday. He then reportedly left his shoes, wallet, and notebook onboard the vessel. He was eventually found by North Korean officials, who, while wearing protective gear, questioned him from a distance before shooting him and burning his body at sea, South Korea reports. The draconian measure was reportedly taken in an effort to keep COVID-19 out of the country. ...
    TOKYO (AP) — Hermit Kingdom? Not quite. To pay close attention to North Korean diplomacy is to notice the many ways it upends the stereotype of the isolated, nuclear-armed wildcard of Northeast Asia. Yes, the country’s propaganda services are prone to rhetoric meant to convey a sense of towering fury, mostly for domestic consumption. But before the coronavirus outbreak sealed its borders, North Korea’s state media reported on a steady stream of select foreign diplomats, academics, journalists and delegations trooping up to the capital, Pyongyang. Along with scattered embassies throughout the world, the North also has a permanent mission at the United Nations in New York, where one of its diplomats will dutifully, if virtually, join other world...
    North Korea shot and burned the body of a South Korean official who disappeared from a government boat earlier this week, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Thursday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the incident “shocking” and “very regretful.” Gen. Ahn Young-ho, in charge of operations at South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a press briefing that the military received the report of a missing official affiliated with the ministry of oceans and fisheries on Monday. The official, described as 47-year-old Mr. A., was traveling on the ship a mile off the coast of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island, which lies off the west coast of the Korean peninsula near a disputed maritime border with North Korea. Citing intelligence...
    (CNN)A newly discovered asteroid will pass close to Earth today. Sounds like the celestial bodies missed the memo about social distancing. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. Breonna TaylorProtests erupted around the nation after yesterday's news that none of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor's death would be charged with her killing. In a long-awaited decision, a grand jury indicted a former police officer on wanton endangerment charges for his actions the night the 26-year-old was killed. The charge applies to the risk put on Taylor's neighbors during the police...
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday North Korea's shooting of a South Korean civilian was "shocking" and "unpardonable", Yonhap news agency said, citing a presidential Blue House official. North Korean troops shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who went missing this week, before dousing his body in oil and setting it on fire in what was likely an effort to prevent a coronavirus outbreak. (Reporting by Sangmi Cha; editing by John Stonestreet) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A South Korean government official who may have tried to defect to North Korea was shot to death and then set on fire by Navy sailors from the communist country, a report said Thursday. The 47-year-old man vanished from a boat on Monday that was carrying 18 other South Korean officials who were investigating potential illegal fishing near the water border between the two rival nations, the Associated Press reported. North Korean officials, wearing gas masks, found him in their waters floating on a small object on Tuesday and alerted the Navy, the AP reported, citing a statement from Seoul.NORTH KOREA'S KIM JONG UN VISITS TYPHOON-HIT AREA AFTER LOCAL OFFICIALS THREATENED WITH 'PUNISHMENT' OVER STORM DEATHS North Korean sailors then approached him...
    Seoul reports that a South Korean fisheries officer who went missing this week was interrogated on a North Korean patrol boat and shot dead by troops, who then poured oil on his body and set it on fire.Key points: The name of the South Korean official who was allegedly shot dead by North Korean troops was not mentioned South Korea’s military appears to have been hanged “on the orders of a higher authority.” The military has called on North Korea to “provide explanations and punish those responsible.” Sources said the man was trying to head north when the South Korean military said he went missing from a fishing boat on Monday (local time). The incident is said to have...
    Seoul, South Korea — South Korea said Thursday North Korean troops fatally shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire, after they found him on a floating object near the disputed sea boundary. South Korean officials held a series of news conferences condemning what they called North Korea's "atrocious acts" and urging it to apologize and punish those responsible. It's unlikely for North Korea to accept the South Korean demand, and the rivals' ties — already strained amid a deadlock in a broader nuclear diplomacy — would suffer a further setback, observers say. North Korean defectors struggle to adjust to life in South According to Seoul, the man disappeared from a...
    NORTH Korea brutally executed a South Korean official who crossed the sea border between the two countries - before pouring oil on his body and burning him, Seoul has said. The fisheries official was attempting to defect to the North when he was reported missing from a boat on Monday about six miles south of the disputed Northern Limit Line, South Korea's military said on Thursday. 1Ahn Young-ho, a Joint Chiefs of Staff officer for the South Korean military, said a missing South Korean official was shot dead by North Korea after trying to defectCredit: EPA The 47-year-old was picked up by a North Korean vessel where he was interrogated before being shot dead and his body crudely incinerated by...
    Seoul (CNN)A South Korean official was shot dead after crossing a maritime border into North Korea, Seoul said Thursday. According to Lt. Gen. Ahn Young-ho, a top official with South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, a staffer with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries went missing in waters 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of the Yeonpyeong Islands on September 21. The islands lie near the maritime border between North and South Korea, and at some point, the official crossed into North Korean waters, after which, according to South Korean intelligence, North Korean forces opened fire, killing the South Korean. They later burned his body, Ahn said. In a statement, the South Korean military said it "strongly condemns the...
    The official disappeared from a g overnment ship near the military boundary between North and South Korea – AP North Korean forces shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who disappeared off a patrol vessel and ended up in Pyongyang’s waters, Seoul’s defence ministry said Thursday, calling it an “outrageous act”. The 47-year-old man had been on board a vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong, the ministry said in a statement. After analysing intelligence, the South Korean military had “confirmed that the North fired at a South Korean national found in the northern seas and cremated his body”, it said. “We sternly warn North Korea that all responsibilities for this incident lie with it,” it added. “Our...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday accused North Korea of firing at a South Korean government official and burning his body and urged the North to punish those responsible. The man was a government official who disappeared Monday from a South Korean ship that was checking on potential unauthorized fishing near the inter-Korean sea boundary where several inter-Korean naval skirmishes and deadly attacks blamed on North Korea have occurred. The South Korean Defense Ministry said the missing official was on North Korean shores on Tuesday afternoon. But it’s still unclear how he ended up in the North, and the updated information the ministry released Thursday did not say how he died. The man’s disappearance and death, however,...
    By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday accused North Korea of firing at a South Korean government official and burning his body and urged the North to punish those responsible. The man was a government official who disappeared Monday from a South Korean ship that was checking on potential unauthorized fishing near the inter-Korean sea boundary where several inter-Korean naval skirmishes and deadly attacks blamed on North Korea have occurred. The South Korean Defense Ministry said the missing official was on North Korean shores on Tuesday afternoon. But it’s still unclear how he ended up in the North, and the updated information the ministry released Thursday did not say how he died. The...
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea shot and cremated a missing South Korean man, South Korea's military said on Thursday, condemning and demanding punishment for those responsible. The military confirmed news reports that a South Korean fisheries official was shot dead by North Korean troops after attempting to defect across the maritime border. (Reporting by Hyonhee Shin, Jack Kim and Josh Smith; Editing by Tom Hogue) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    SEOUL – South Korea on Thursday accused North Korea of firing at a South Korean government official and burning his body and urged the North to punish those responsible. The man was a government official who disappeared Monday from a South Korean ship that was checking on potential unauthorized fishing near the inter-Korean sea boundary where several inter-Korean naval skirmishes and deadly attacks blamed on North Korea have occurred. The South Korean Defense Ministry said the missing official was on North Korean shores on Tuesday afternoon. But it’s still unclear how he ended up in the North, and the updated information the ministry released Thursday did not say how he died. The man's disappearance and death, however, are...
    By Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean fisheries official who went missing on Monday may have been shot dead by North Korean troops and later cremated after attempting to defect to the North, Yonhap news agency reported, citing unnamed intelligence sources in Seoul. The official was reported missing from a South Korean fisheries patrol boat when it was about 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed line of military control that acts as the de facto maritime boundary between North and South Korea. The exact reason the 47-year-old official was shot is still unknown, but North Korean troops may have been acting under anti-coronavirus orders, Yonhap quoted multiple sources...
    A MISSILE launcher appears to have been spotted at a North Korean military camp - days after it was revealed Kim Jong-un is planning to showcase his deadliest ever nuke. Satellite images show a "probable missile-related vehicle" at the Mirim Parade Training Ground in the capital Pyongyang, say experts at the 38 North monitoring group. 7A 'missile launcher' was spotted at North Korea's main military parade groundCredit: Planet Labs 2020 The worrying pictures emerged after the Sun Online reported how Kim was planning to showcase a terrifying new Doomsday nuclear missile which can flatten cities anywhere in the US. We told how he is holding a huge military showcase next month to highlight his deadly arsenal and pride of place...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean official who disappeared off a government ship near the disputed sea boundary with North Korea this week may be in North Korea, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said the 47-year-old official was aboard a government vessel that was checking on potential illegal fishing near a South Korean border island. Colleagues noticed the man was missing at lunch time and found only his shoes still on the vessel, prompting a so-far fruitless search involving aircraft and ships. In its statement, the Defense Ministry said it had information that the missing official was on North Korean shores on Tuesday afternoon. The ministry did not elaborate on how it obtained that information....
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean official who disappeared off a government ship near the disputed sea boundary with North Korea this week may be in North Korea, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said the 47-year-old official was aboard a government vessel that was checking on potential illegal fishing near a South Korean border island. Colleagues noticed the man was missing at lunch time and found only his shoes still on the vessel, prompting a so-far fruitless search involving aircraft and ships. In its statement, the Defense Ministry said it had information that the missing official was on North Korean shores on Tuesday afternoon. The ministry did not elaborate on how it obtained that information....
    By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) - A vehicle that may be carrying a ballistic missile has been spotted at a parade training ground in North Korea amid signs it is preparing a big military display for an Oct. 10 holiday, a U.S. think-tank said. Commercial satellite imagery taken on Tuesday showed a "probable missile-related vehicle" at the Mirim Parade Training Ground outside the capital, Pyongyang, according to a report by the group 38 North, which monitors North Korea. "While imagery resolution is insufficient to determine exactly what the vehicle is, relative size and shape suggests that it may be a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) for a large missile," the group said. The vehicle appeared to be large enough to carry one of...
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in is urging an official end to the 70-year Korean War, a move he hopes will foster renewed progress toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. Moon made the proposal during a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, which opened on Tuesday. While the direct fighting between the two Koreas ended in 1953 with an armistice agreement, North and South Korea have never formally ended the war, which began in 1950. “The war must end, completely and for good,” Moon said in his address. “I hope that the U.N. and the international community provide support so that we can advance into an era of reconciliation and prosperity.” In this image made...
    By Josh Smith and Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in called on Tuesday for a regional infectious disease control and public health initiative involving China, Japan, Mongolia, and North Korea to tackle health crises and lay the foundation for peace with Pyongyang. In a video message to the United Nations General Assembly, Moon said collective protection of life and safety would lay the groundwork for North Korea to have its security guaranteed by engaging with the international community. "In the face of the COVID-19 crisis that poses a greater threat to humanity than a war, we came to be acutely reminded that the safety of neighbouring countries is directly linked to that of our own," Moon...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who prefers speaking to boisterous crowds, is set to give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, chilly relations between the U.S. and China and ongoing threats from North Korea and Iran — all during a heated campaign for reelection. Trump told reporters Monday that he’d have a “strong message” for China, where the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, but he didn’t elaborate ahead of the Tuesday address. Earlier in his administration, Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida club, but now the two leaders are exchanging angry words over trade. The administration has been slamming the Chinese Communist Party for its handling...
    By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who prefers speaking to boisterous crowds, is set to give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, chilly relations between the U.S. and China and ongoing threats from North Korea and Iran — all during a heated campaign for reelection. Trump told reporters Monday that he'd have a “strong message” for China, where the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, but he didn't elaborate ahead of the Tuesday address. Earlier in his administration, Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida club, but now the two leaders are exchanging angry words over trade. The administration has been slamming the Chinese...
    North Korea moved nearly $175 million through prominent U.S. banks in recent years in a money-laundering scheme that used shell companies and help from Chinese companies, according to confidential bank documents reviewed by NBC News in a report published Sunday. For several years, the international community has imposed sanctions on North Korea to deprive the nation of financial resources that could contribute to its rogue nuclear program. Some of the sanctions specifically target money transfers to block Pyongyang’s access to the global financial system. Despite the sanctions, North Korea has managed to move funds across international borders in recent years, according to the report. “The suspected laundering by North Korea-linked organizations amounted to more than $174.8 million over several years, with transactions cleared...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is concerned about Iran's cooperation with North Korea and will do whatever it can to prevent it, Elliott Abrams, Washington's envoy on Iran, said on Monday. Abrams was responding to a reporter's question on whether the United States had seen evidence that Tehran and Pyongyang had resumed cooperation on long-range missile development. He spoke shortly after the Trump administration slapped new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear and weapons programs. (Reporting By Matt Spetalnick and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    North Korea has laundered money through US banks in an elaborate, years-long plot to evade international sanctions, according to a new report citing a leak of confidential documents from leading financial institutions. The documents revealed that North Korea-linked organizations allegedly transferred more than $174.8 million illegally using shell companies and assistance from Chinese companies through US banks, including JPMorgan Chase and the Bank of New York Mellon, NBC News reported. During that period, Washington had ramped up its sanctions against the Hermit Kingdom as Pyongyang pursued its nuclear and missile programs with vigor, according to the network. Wire transfers from companies with shady ownership were made only days or hours apart in some instances, with amounts in round numbers and...
    Recently leaked documents have revealed that North Korea has been benefiting from an elaborate money laundering scheme for years. The enterprise, which often relied on Chinese firms to move money through banks in the New York, has been called a “concerted attack” on the United States by a former official at the Treasury Department. According to NBC News, the documents revealed that North Korean-linked companies with unclear ownership would engage in bursts of wire transfers that ranged from days or even just hours apart. Graham Barrow, a London-based anti-money laundering expert, added that several other aspects of the transfers looked to be “red flags” for illegal behavior. These included the fact that the money appeared to be in rounded figures...
    By Cynthia Kim SEOUL, Sept 20 (Reuters) – South Korean police said on Sunday they had arrested a defector who tried to return to North Korea after a similar, successful crossing in July escalated tensions on the peninsula. The defector, who had fled to South Korea in 2018, was suspected of breaking into a military training site in South Korea’s border town of Cheorwon on Thursday to head back to North Korea. “The man is under police investigation. We are looking into details such as why he tried to cross the border,” a policewomen said by telephone. She said she could not confirm the date of the arrest. In July, a 24-year-old defector returned to North Korea the way he...
    By Cynthia Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Sunday they had arrested a defector who tried to return to North Korea after a similar, successful crossing in July escalated tensions on the peninsula. The defector, who had fled to South Korea in 2018, was suspected of breaking into a military training site in South Korea's border town of Cheorwon on Thursday to head back to North Korea. "The man is under police investigation. We are looking into details such as why he tried to cross the border," a policewomen said by telephone. She said she could not confirm the date of the arrest. In July, a 24-year-old defector returned to North Korea the way he left in...
    James Scullin had worked as a North Korea tour guide to Westerners since 2012, but only ever saw the inside of two hotels. Determined to visit and photograph all 11 of them, he recruited photographer Nicole Reed to join him in 2018. The pair spent 12 months mapping out logistics. James Scullin (center left) and Nicole Reed (center right) pictured with their state-sanctioned Korea International Travel Company guides. Nicole Reed / Hotels of Pyongyang Source: Hotels of Pyongyang Built between 1961 and 1996 to house foreign visitors, many of Pyongyang’s international hotels feature brutalist exteriors. From the outside, they exude the sense of uniformity that is prevalent throughout the capital. ...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump has considered making Dennis Rodman an envoy to North Korea given the eccentric NBA legend's unlikely friendship with Kim Jong-Un. Speaking on Fox Sports Radio on Thursday, Trump revealed he's thought of Rodman - a 59-year-old basketball player who is remembered for his "bad boy" legacy - as a potential candidate to meet with the North Korean despot. 8Kim Jong-un and Dennis Rodman are known to be friendsCredit: AP:Associated Press 8North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump stand together in June 2019 in Panmunjom, South KoreaCredit: Handout - Getty 8Dennis Rodman is a 59-year-old basketball player who is remembered for his 'bad boy' legacyCredit: EPA According to the Telegraph, as the president...
    New satellite photos of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang show what appear to be preparations for a massive parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the dictatorship’s ruling party. The aerial photos, captured by Colorado-based satellite imagery company Maxar, show thousands of people gathered together in formation near Sung Square and rehearsing, the Associated Press reported. The anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, which is led by Kim Jong Un, falls on Oct. 10. The website 38 North, which is dedicated to analysis of the hermit nation, said that the phrase seen from above in the satellite images and spelled out by those rehearsing the parade means “heroic youth” in Korean. Thousands of people...
    SEOUL – North Korea is preparing for a massive military parade in its capital to mark the 75th anniversary of its ruling party next month, satellite images indicated Friday, even as the country strengthens its anti-coronavirus measures. The images, provided by Maxar, a Colorado-based satellite imagery company, show thousands of people assembled in formation near Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square and rehearsing for a military parade. The anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party is on Oct. 10. North Korea often holds military parades featuring goose-stepping soldiers and new weapons systems on state anniversaries to bolster unity and intimidate enemies. North Korea insists it hasn't had any coronavirus cases, a claim widely disputed by many...
    North Korea analysts are watching for signs that Kim Jong-un is set to unveil new weapons or test-fire a submarine-launched missile in the coming weeks.  Formations of troops have been practising for what is expected to be a major military parade in on October 10, the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party. Some observers say North Korea may use the Pyongyang parade to showcase its largest missiles for the first time since 2018.  Satellite photos have also shown a flurry of activity at the Sinpo South Shipyard where the North builds submarines, including in a secure basin where a barge used in previous underwater launches is docked.  'We're monitoring developments, as there is a possibility that a submarine-launched ballistic...
    KIM Jong-un is set to unveil new weapons and test-fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile in the coming weeks, according to analysts. Suspicions have mounted as North Korean troops have been practising for a military parade to celebrate the anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party next month. 3North Korea is 'set to unveil submarine-launched nuke' according to expertsCredit: AFP 3Satellite images show people assembled in formation ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Workers' Party Analysts have said that this 75th anniversary may be used to showcase the country's new missiles, for the first time since 2018. There has also been a new "flurry" of activity at the Sinpo South Shipyard weapons base where submarines are built, according to satellite photos....
    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Though famously skeptical of the United Nations, U.S. President Donald Trump harnessed its collective power to impose crushing sanctions on North Korea in a bid to start talks with Pyongyang, but faces frustration over a similar push on Iran. While the U.N. Security Council was unified on North Korea, there is almost total opposition to the Trump administration's assertion that it has triggered a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, using a process agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that Washington quit two years ago. Diplomats expect Iran to be a focus when Trump addresses the annual U.N. meeting of world leaders on Tuesday from the White House just days...
    By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) - Analysts and security officials say they are watching for signs that North Korea may use an upcoming holiday to unveil new weapons or test fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), after a flurry of activity was detected at a key base. Formations of troops have been seen practicing for what is expected to be a major military parade on Oct. 10, the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea. Some observers say North Korea may showcase its largest missiles for the first time since 2018. Imagery analysts and security officials caution that so far there is no conclusive evidence of an impending launch. But after several typhoons lashed North Korea in early...
    By Josh Smith SEOUL, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Analysts and security officials say they are watching for signs that North Korea may use an upcoming holiday to unveil new weapons or test fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), after a flurry of activity was detected at a key base. Formations of troops have been seen practicing for what is expected to be a major military parade on Oct. 10, the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea. Some observers say North Korea may showcase its largest missiles for the first time since 2018. Imagery analysts and security officials caution that so far there is no conclusive evidence of an impending launch. But after several typhoons lashed North Korea...
    (CNN)For a moment during the early days of the Trump administration, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis thought the US might be on the threshold of war that could go nuclear. It's a revelation that puts President Donald Trump's 2018 charm offensive with North Korea in a whole new perspective. For a moment during the early days of the Trump administration, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis thought the US might be on the threshold of war For a moment during the early days of the Trump administration, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis thought the US might be on the threshold of war Bob Woodward's expose of Trump's lies to Americans about the coronavirus grabbed the headlines earlier this month. But his new book's glimpse...
    Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R) said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” if President Donald Trump is re-elected in November, he will be “unbridled” and head America down the path of being like Russia or North Korea. Mitchell asked, “How do you deal with this when the Attorney General of the United States talks about lockdowns as an infringement on freedom and form of slavery?” Whitman said, “It makes the governors’ jobs almost impossible. It’s really dangerous what this administration is doing. It’s not just politics. It’s people’s lives. By telling people and confusing people about the importance of masks —you just had an earlier story on the channel saying how in Australia they were able to...
    A source inside the notoriously closed off nation of North Korea has warned that the regime may be launching a submarine-launched ballistic missile — often referred to as a SLBM — this upcoming October. The potential test would highlight the country’s weapon-related advancements over the past year and would likely add tension to a region already plagued with strained relationships. According to Daily NK, the insider believes that the missile display will take place on October 10 at a parade commemorating the 75th anniversary of the communist party’s founding. The reported location of the anticipated event is the Sinpo Shipyard, a major hub of the nation’s defense industry. “The shipyard had already gradually begun preparations for the launch of a...
    Despite being in high demand, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a massive shipment of surgical masks back to China because they may have been manufactured in South Korea, making them illegal, according to a report. Traders said they were surprised that the despot thumbed his nose at the personal protective equipment since goods smuggled in from across the border are sold openly in markets across North Korea, the Daily Express reported. Kim, who has become increasingly paranoid about Seoul’s influence on his regime, also has blamed the South for supporting a network of defectors whom he has accused of spreading propaganda in his secretive nation. A trader in the Chinese border city of Dandong said the masks...
    President Trump said he believes former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman has better rapport with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un than an average diplomat from the State Department. During an interview with Outkick founder Clay Travis on Fox Sports News on Thursday, Trump said he has more faith in Rodman's ability to negotiate with North Korean leader than the "Harvard stiffs" who usually meet with foreign state leaders. Trump himself has met with Kim multiple times throughout his presidency while seeking a denuclearization deal, including a historic crossing into North Korea in the summer of 2019. "He really does like Dennis Rodman, I will tell you," Trump said. "I always say, 'Dennis would be better than some of these...
    MISSILE-mad Kim Jong-un is poised to showcase a terrifying new Doomsday nuke which can flatten cities anywhere in the US. The news comes as North Korea steps up its provocative stance after "peace" talks stalled between the rogue state and the West. Kim (circled) sees the mighty Hwasong-15  as a military ' game changer' 8It's been reported the nuke can hit anywhere on the US mainlandCredit: @wslafoy/twitter Two weeks ago we revealed how Kim was planning to hold a huge military showcase to highlight his deadly arsenal. Now it has been reported pride of place in the very public parade could go to his much-heralded Hwasong-15 ballisitic missile. Analysts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies believe the rocket can deliver a...
    President Donald Trump railed about mail-in voting, which he cast as vulnerable to foreign interference – and raised the prospect Wednesday that a contested presidential election could be thrown to the House. He also vowed to squelch any violent protests on Election Day, saying they will be 'put down very, very quickly. The president exploded about mail-in voting at a White House press briefing after DailyMail.com asked him about his earlier vow to 'put down' any potential violent election protests, which he termed an 'insurrection.' Trump said at a White House briefing that 'at a certain point it goes to Congress' raising the prospect of a contested election He then raised the prospect of an election so disputed that...
    “We were very close” to war. That’s what South Korea's Kim Jong Un apparently said to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when they first met in Pyongyang back in 2017. That, and a host of many other insider accounts, personifies the magic that is a Bob Woodward book. It is the ability to take the reader into the halls of power, to make them feel that they are literally in the Oval Office with the president, listening to him weigh decisions that will shape the globe for decades to come. VideoThe power of Woodward's prose, the scope of his connections, the countless VIP interviews, are all supposed to undergird his credibility and to reassure the reader that what Woodward is doing is presenting...
    North Korea may soon launch a ballistic missile from a submarine in its first such test in about a year, a top South Korean military official said Wednesday. Won In-choul, the nominee for chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Hermit Kingdom has been repairing recent typhoon damage at its northeastern Sinpo shipyard, where it builds submarines. When the repairs are complete, there is a chance Pyongyang will carry out a sub-launched missile, Won said, adding that the South Korean military is keeping a close watch, according to a copy of his remarks lawmaker Kang Dae-sik provided to The Associated Press. The rogue regime has been pushing strongly to acquire the ability to launch missiles from submarines...