South Korean President Moon Jae-in Congratulates BTS on First No. 1 Album

South Korean President Moon Jae-in took a few minutes out of his very busy schedule to congratulate K-pop phenomenon BTS on the group’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. On Monday (May 28), about two days after meeting with North Korean leader Kim …

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North Korea sacks top three military officials, as nuclear summit nears

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversees the launch of a Hwasong-12 rocket with senior commanders in this image from August last year. Three top generals have been sacked, according to the US and South Korea. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images North Korea …

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North Korea state media says Syria’s Assad wants to meet Kim

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, North Korean state media reported on Sunday, potentially the first meeting between Kim and another head of state in Pyongyang, Al Arabia reported. “I am going to visit the DPRK and meet HE Kim Jong Un,” Assad said on May 30, North Korea’s KCNA news agency reported, using the initials of the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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How quaint: US-NKorea diplomacy via exchange of letters

Kim Yong Chol, right, North Korea’s former military intelligence chief and a close aid to leader Kim Jong Un, walks out of a building after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. less Kim Yong Chol, right, North Korea’s former military intelligence chief and a close aid to leader Kim Jong Un, walks out of a building after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Thursday, May 31, … more U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gets into a vehicle after meeting Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s former military intelligence chief and a close aid to leader Kim Jong Un, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York.

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South Korea, Japan defense chiefs divided over future of North’s shorter-range ballistic missiles

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Saturday that it is important not to reward North Korea for only agreeing to dialogue and it must take concrete action to dismantle all of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs – including shorter-range weapons that threaten Japan. His South Korean counterpart urged support for dialogue to help North Korea join the international community, saying its leader, Kim Jong Un, must be given the benefit of the doubt.

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North Korea’s grand scheme of things

North Korea’s grand scheme of things – of keeping its friends close and its enemies closer, seems to be playing out on a large scale now. North Korea’s nuclear ambitions began to intensify after the country witnessed the fate of Libya, the country that opened up its entire nuclear programme for inspection and fell apart as a consequence.

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