Trump canceled his summit with Kim Jong Un while US and international journalists were still in North Korea

Associated Press President Donald Trump canceled his much-awaited summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday while about 30 international journalists, including many US citizens, were still in the country.  Trump pointed to the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in recent North Korean statements as cause for his cancellation. North Korea is known to […]

It doesn’t matter what happens if Trump’s Singapore meeting with Kim Jong Un goes ahead — the North Korean will have won

Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images Despite threatening to pull out of the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, North Korea craves the legitimacy the meeting would bring. Traveling by plane to a neutral destination away from the Korean Peninsula could show Kim as a competent world leader. That would […]

Top North Korean defector who said Kim Jong Un’s ‘days are numbered’ predicts the leader will never give up nukes, will open his borders to tourism

Drew Angerer/Getty Images A former top North Korean official believes North Korea will not agree to a US request for a “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.” Thae Yong Ho, North Korea’s former deputy ambassador to the UK, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not loosen his grip on nuclear weapons. The defector said the […]

Kim Jong Un met with Xi Jinping in China again as Beijing struggles to assert its will on Koreas

Xinhua News via Twitter North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, in a suprise visit that again came unannounced. Chinese media confirmed that Kim had visited and met with Xi, according to Reuters’ Josh Smith. China is likely trying to insert its interests into ongoing inter-Korean talks and […]

Why the White House may favor Singapore as the venue for Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Ahn Young-joon/AP The White House is said to be eyeing Singapore as a potential location for a summit between US President Donald Trump and and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  Singapore, as well as the Peace House near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) along the border between North and South Korea, are among the locations being […]

A chain-smoking Kim Jong Un was seen having just one cigarette break during the hourslong Korea summit — and his wife may have had something to do with it

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a habitual smoker, was seen smoking just once during the inter-Korean summit. Some South Korean officials theorize Kim had refrained from public smoking after considering the symbolism of the summit and out of respect for South Korean President Moon Jae-in. During a previous dinner, Kim reportedly received a light-hearted […]

Sweden has a unique relationship with North Korea — and could play a major role when Trump meets with Kim Jong Un

Associated Press Sweden may be needed to help the US in the coming meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sweden has had a long history of being a neutral country and has used that to help it gain diplomatic relations with North Korea. Sweden has helped the US with […]

Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, just had her status upgraded as North Korea tries to show it has a normal “first couple”

KCNA via Reuters Ri Sol Ju, wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, just received a new status from the country’s state-run media. For the first time, North Korean media referred to Ri as the “revered first lady” rather than “comrade.” Experts say efforts have been made recently to convey North Korea as a […]

Kim Jong Un may not have an airplane capable of taking him to meet Trump — and it could get ’embarrassing’

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump are poised to meet for the first time. Although details of the specific time and location of the summit are unclear, an international destination could pose a problem for Kim. Some experts believe North Korea’s aircraft may not be able to handle a […]

The US is a week into the military drill that terrifies Kim Jong Un — but North Korea has been strangely silent

STR/AFP/Getty Images North Korean state media has not reported on US-South Korean military drills that began a week ago. The month-long joint military exercises usually agitate North Korea, which has responded with provocations in the past. As sanctions take hold, the silence may be part of Kim Jong Un’s hope to hold constructive talks with […]