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    Hard conflicts sometimes need the soft touch of truth. That could now be the case for the two Koreas, which have been at odds for 70 years, either in all-out war or frequent violent encounters. On Sept. 25, in a rare admission of fallibility, the “supreme leader” of North Korea apologized to the South Korean people. Kim Jong Un wrote in a letter that he was sorry for his military shooting a South Korean official found floating in the sea a few days earlier. He also admitted the killing “will clearly” have a negative impact on inter-Korean relations. In the spirit of reconciliation, Mr. Kim promised such incidents would not recur. Was his apology sincere? Or merely a self-serving charm...
    By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - When she first met a mysterious South Korean man who introduced himself as Dr Seong, the woman thought she had found a father figure to help her start a new life after fleeing from her home in North Korea. It seemed a positive relationship, with Seong paying her for information and reconnecting her with her brother still in North Korea. But things went bad when Seong and a colleague, identified by his surname Kim, began to sexually abuse her, according to the woman and military prosecutors who indicted Seong, a Defence Intelligence Command (DIC) lieutenant colonel, and Kim, a master sergeant, this month on charges of sexually assaulting and raping the woman. More than...
    North Korea has successfully built miniature nuclear weapons, a new United Nations report has claimed. The UN also found that the DPRK is continuing to build ballistic missiles and continues to dodge sanctions placed on the country.  The report, conducted by monitoring experts appointed by the Security Council, said that the regime has continued to find ways of buying and selling forbidden items despite the sanctions and its isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.  It comes as North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released images on Tuesday showing leader Kim Jong Un chairing a Workers' Party of Korea meeting the day before.  North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK)...
    By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has discovered unspecified "faults" in its anti-epidemic measures, state media said on Wednesday, amid controversy over the death of a South Korean man whom Pyongyang said was killed to prevent the coronavirus. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened a meeting of the ruling Worker's Party's powerful politburo on Tuesday to review its anti-COVID-19 measures and discuss ways to improve them, the official KCNA news agency said. The gathering came after a South Korean fisheries official was shot dead by North Korean soldiers at sea last week, a major incident that shocked many South Koreans. Seoul has accused the soldiers of setting the man's body on fire after killing him, while Pyongyang...
    South Korea said Tuesday that a government official slain by North Korean sailors wanted to defect, concluding that the man, who had gambling debts, swam against unfavorable currents with the help of a life jacket and a floatation device and conveyed his intention of resettling in North Korea. It’s unclear whether the announcement will soothe mounting questions about the man’s death last week. The official's brother dismissed the assessment as “fiction,” accusing the government of framing his brother with an ungrounded defection attempt after failing to rescue him. Senior coast guard officer Yoon Seong-hyun said at a televised briefing Tuesday that there was a “very low possibility” that the man could have fallen from a ship or tried to kill himself...
    By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - The missing South Korean fisheries official killed by North Korean soldiers at sea last week had expressed his willingness to defect to the soldiers, South Korea's Coast Guard said on Tuesday. The official's death sparked controversy after his older brother refuted the government's initial claim that he might have tried to flee to the North. The Coast Guard said it has determined after an investigation based on CCTV footage, military intelligence and background records that the official told the North Korean troops he wished to defect and they were aware of his detailed personal information. "We have confirmed that the North side had secured his personal information that he would only know, including his...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday that a government official slain by North Korean sailors wanted to defect, concluding that the man, who had gambling debts, swam against unfavorable currents with the help of a life jacket and a floatation device and conveyed his intention of resettling in North Korea. Senior coast guard officer Yoon Seong-hyun said at a televised briefing that there was a “very low possibility” that the man could have fallen from a ship or tried to kill himself because he was putting on a life jacket when he was found in North Korean waters last week. Yoon said tidal currents at the time would also make it extremely difficult for him to...
    SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Coast Guard said on Tuesday that a South Korean fisheries officer who went missing at sea by North Korean troops last week had expressed a desire to report shortages. The officer’s death sparked controversy after his older brother denied the government’s initial claim that he may have tried to flee to the north. AdvertisingAdvertisingThe Coast Guard said it made the decision after an investigation based on CCTV footage, military intelligence and background recordings.Read: Seoul says North Korea ‘very sorry’ for killing South Korean official at sea“We have confirmed that the North has protected his personal information that only he knows, including his name, age, hometown and height, and that the missing person has expressed a...
    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...
    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 -...
    Kim Jong-un offered a rare apology today after a South Korean fisheries official was killed at sea while seemingly trying to defect to the North.   The 47-year-old man was shot dead by North Korean soldiers and his body allegedly set on fire as a precaution against coronavirus.  It was the first known killing of a South Korean by the North's forces for a decade, prompting outrage in the South.  In a letter, Kim said he was sorry for 'disappointing President Moon and South Koreans' rather than helping them in the face of the 'malicious coronavirus', adding that the incident should not have happened.   I'm sorry: Kim Jong-un (pictured) offered a rare apology to South Korea after a fisheries official...
    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...
    Kim Jong Un has apologized for shooting his body and throwing his body at a South Korean officer near the border. The North Korean leader Accordingly, he sent a letter to his opponent, Moon Jae South KoreaThe president’s office said he was “very sorry” for the incident – adding that the man’s body had not been cremated. It was said to be actually his floating device, which ignited as part of the protestCorona virus Regulations. He was discovered earlier this week with equipment near the disputed waters.Image: The incident by South Korean leader Moon Jae-in was ‘shocking’ and ‘unforgivable’.The letter comes later Thursday reports A 47-year-old South Korean officer has been killed by North Korean troops after he went missing...
    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...
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    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...
    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. ...
    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...
    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...
    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 Korean sailors then approached him from a boat and shot him to death, according to the statement, which...
    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 Korean sailors then approached him from a boat and shot him to death, according to the statement, which cited...
    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...
    KIM Jong-un reportedly narrowly survived an assasination attempt in 2018. Four North Korean assassins were discovered hiding in a fishing boat by ruthless South Korean officials, according to the former chief of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces. AFP 1 The tyrant reportedly narrowly avoided death 1 Kim speaks at the Third Enlarged Meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission (CMC) of the Workers’ Party of Korea Credit: Reuters The Japanese Self-Defence Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, told the Japanese magazine Shukan Gendai of the dramatic assassination attempt. He said the incident was buried in the media amid headlines detailing a dispute between a South Korean warship and a Japanese patrol aircraft. According to Mr Kawano, South...
    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....
    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...
    SOUTH Korea's President Moon Jae-In has called for an end to tensions with North Korea - in an attempt to resuscitate talks with the dictatorship. The leader told a United Nations assembly that a formal recognition of the end of the Korean War could pave the way for denuclearisation and peace. 4South Korea's President Moon Jae-In has called for an end to tensions with North KoreaCredit: AP:Associated Press 4It is hoped that a declaration of the end of war could open the door for a fully fledged peace processCredit: Reuters The call for peace comes as the countries mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the brutal war this year, which ended in an armistice in 1953. President Moon...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — 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...
    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...
    “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 has tripled the amount of propaganda taught to pre-school children, forcing pupils to spend half their school day learning about Kim Jong Un under new orders handed down by his sister.  The new curriculum specifies that 'Greatness Education', which focuses on the upbringing of Kim Jong Un and his two predecessors, must take up half of the three hours preschoolers spend in class.  Previously, the children would only spend half an hour on the subject, but the leader's sister, Kim Yo Jong, has reportedly tripled the requirement under new rules brought in late last month.  North Korea has tripled the dose of propaganda taught to children, so now leader-worship makes up half of the school day, under new...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea may soon conduct its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in about a year, a South Korean military official said Wednesday, amid long-stalled nuclear talks between the North and the United States. In written remarks to lawmakers ahead of a confirmation hearing, Won In-choul, the nominee for chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said North Korea has been repairing recent typhoon damage at its northeastern Sinpo shipyard, a place where it builds submarines. Shortly after the repairs are complete, there is a chance it will carry out a submarine-launched ballistic missile test, Won said. He said South Korea’s military is keeping a close watch on developments there, according to a copy of...
    SEOUL – North Korea may soon conduct its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in about a year, a South Korean military official said Wednesday, amid long-stalled nuclear talks between the North and the United States. In written remarks to lawmakers ahead of a confirmation hearing, Won In-choul, the nominee for chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said North Korea has been repairing recent typhoon damage at its northeastern Sinpo shipyard, a place where it builds submarines. Shortly after the repairs are complete, there is a chance it will carry out a submarine-launched ballistic missile test, Won said. He said South Korea’s military is keeping a close watch on developments there, according to a copy of his...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The remains of a Missouri soldier who died nearly 70 years ago in the Korean War will be buried Thursday at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County. The burial plan for Jerome V. Hummel of St. Louis was announced by the Army on Monday. Hummel was a corporal who served in the Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950, near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces. He was 23. Remains turned over by North Korea in July 2018 were tested, including DNA analysis, and proved to be those of Hummel. The Department of Defense...
    President Donald Trump 'kissed Melania goodbye' before his first aborted visit to Kim Jong-un and the inter-Korean DMZ in late 2017, fearing that he may not return. The claim comes in a soon-to-be-released book 'Rage' by the renowned Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, who interviewed Trump 18 times ahead of its release. 'Rage' claims that Trump believed he might not return from the heavily fortified border, with bad weather eventually forcing him to return to safety and abort the visit. According to excerpts of the book seen by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, Trump said he kissed his wife and First Lady Melania Trump goodbye before he left for the trip.    'I got up this morning, and told Melania, kissed her...
    DONALD Trump reportedly told Melania he might not see her again before trying to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone in 2017. Trump, who was concerned about whether North Korean leaders knew of his travels, also kissed his wife goodbye before leaving for the trip, Bob Woodward’s new book Rage details as reported by the South Korean state-run Yonhap News Agency. 5Donald Trump reportedly kissed his wife goodbye before trip to the DMZCredit: The Mega Agency 5Trump feared that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would know about the tripCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Trump and Kim eventually met at the DMZ in 2019Credit: AFP 5Trump speaks at the DMZ while becoming first US president to visit North KoreaCredit: Reuters “I got...
    For the second time in a month, North Korean chief Kim Jong Un has surfaced to test on a area arduous hit by latest floods. Kim confirmed up within the nation’s North Hwanghae province once more to see how restoration and reconstruction work was going, state media reported Saturday. Greater than 900 houses have been flooded or destroyed and practically two and a half sq. miles of rice fields have been soaked after monsoon-like rains broke a levee within the space. Kim was stated to be happy with the reconstruction progress as overseen by North Korean troops. Kim referred to as the restore work “a miracle which could be created by solely the service personnel of the Korean Individuals’s...
    For the second time in a month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has surfaced to check on a region hard hit by recent floods. Kim showed up in the country’s North Hwanghae province again to see how recovery and reconstruction work was going, state media reported Saturday. More than 900 homes were flooded or destroyed and nearly two and a half square miles of rice fields were soaked after monsoon-like rains broke a levee in the area. Kim was said to be pleased with the reconstruction progress as overseen by North Korean troops. Kim called the repair work “a miracle which can be created by only the service personnel of the Korean People’s Army”. Hwanghae province is the country’s...
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected reconstruction work in a flood-hit area, state media KCNA reported on Saturday, following a series of typhoons and the wettest monsoon that battered several parts of the country. Kim said the North Korean economy "has faced trouble and distress at the great damage caused by the recent series of heavy rain and typhoons," according to KCNA. Kim expressed satisfaction on the progress of the reconstruction in Taechong-ri, a village in North Hwanghae province, the report said. After surveying typhoon damage earlier this week in his impoverished country, Kim told Workers' Party loyalists they would have to rethink plans for an economy already hobbled by sanctions and more recently restrictions designed...
    General Robert B. Abrams, commander of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), revealed in an interview Thursday that the communist dictatorship running North Korea issued “shoot-to-kill” orders on its border with China to prevent smugglers from infecting the country with Chinese coronavirus. North Korea closed its borders in January in an attempt to prevent the virus — now fueling a pandemic affected nearly every nation on earth — from devastating the impoverished country. Dictator Kim Jong-un has insisted since the pandemic began that his nation has documented zero cases of coronavirus within its borders, and continues to do so at press time, despite North Korea sharing borders with China, South Korea, and Russia — three of the most severely affected countries in...
    Thousands of pensioners and pre-teen school children are being forced to endure back-breaking shifts in a North Korean mine so Kim Jong-Un's latest vanity project will be completed on time. Pupils from the country's elementary, middle and high schools in and around the town of Sijung along with pensioners up to the age of 75 are involved. They have been mobilised to the Sijung Mine, in the far north of the country, to collect calcium carbonate and grind rocks into powder, dissident media reports. The material is to be used to construct and paint the new Pyongyang General Hospital. Kim has demanded that the hospital be finished before October 10. This is a red letter day for the regime as it...
    DONALD TRUMP says Kim Jong-un "tells me everything," including a "graphic account" of how he gave the go-ahead for his uncle's execution, journalist Bob Woodward alleges in his new book. In Woodward's book, Rage, the author wrote of 18 separate interviews he had with the president between December and July. In one such interview, the president recounted meeting Kim in Singapore in 2018. 4Trump said Kim Jong-un divulged a "graphic account" of how he ordered his uncle's assassinationCredit: AFP 4Kim's uncle Jang Song Thaek was executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treasonCredit: Reuters Trump told Woodward he grew to admire the North Korean dictator, who told Trump about ordering the execution of his uncle and senior...
    Meaghan Ellis September 10, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is facing backlash for his recent tweet praising North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s health as the United States’ coronavirus death toll nears 200,000. Trump tweeted on Thursday, “Kim Jong Un is in good health. Never underestimate him!” Kim Jong Un is in good health. Never underestimate him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2020 The president’s tweet appears to be in reference to the previous reports on a circulating rumor that suggested Jong Un was gravely ill after suspected heart surgery, but those reports were denied by officials in South Korea. Almost immediately after the president posted the tweet, he was met with a barrage of reactions...
    President Trump tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is healthy a day after veteran journalist Bob Woodward unveiled details about their relationship. “Kim Jong Un is in good health. Never underestimate him!” Trump said in a Thursday morning tweet. He provided no other details. Kim Jong Un is in good health. Never underestimate him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2020 It is unclear what exactly prompted the president to speak out about the well-being of North Korea’s dictator, but Woodward’s book Rage, set to be released later this month, includes segments of letters that Kim sent Trump. In the missives, details of which were published on Wednesday, Kim uses flowery language to talk...