Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize, complains he'll never get it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump made the case on Friday that he deserves to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on North Korea and Syria, but complained he probably would never get the honor. Trump, a Republican, capped off a rambling Rose Garden news conference with a well-oiled gripe that former Democratic President Barack Obama, […]

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Next U.S.-North Korea summit must give concrete results: Seoul

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – A planned second summit next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must “deliver concrete results on denuclearization”, South Korea’s top diplomat said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the World Economic Forum in Davos that the two leaders should make “really great big strides” on the road to […]

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'Ashamed and scared': group details 'endemic' sex abuse in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Sexual abuse by North Korean officials appears to be “endemic”, a watchdog group reported on Thursday, as activists complain the isolated country’s rights record is being ignored as an international push is made to improve relations. Investigators with U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed more than 100 North Koreans who had left the country – including more […]

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After tragedies and big losses, Hyundai looks to reverse North Korea fortunes

SEOUL (Reuters) – For Hyundai, the South Korean conglomerate, North Korea has been a story of lost opportunities – and tragedy. In 2003, months before Hyundai was set to open an industrial complex in North Korea, the executive behind the project committed suicide amid accusations his company had made a secret $500 million payment to the North. Five years later, […]

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Next summit for Trump, North Korea's Kim likely after first of year: senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The next summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to happen early next year, a senior administration official said on Friday. The two sides have been engaged in talks on the leaders’ second meeting after the first, unprecedented, one in Singapore in June. “A meeting is likely sometime […]

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Singapore charges two over North Korea luxury goods sanctions: paper

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A Singapore court charged a citizen and a North Korean man with supplying prohibited luxury items to North Korea, the Straits Times newspaper said on Thursday, the latest example of sanctions breaches in the city state. Chong Hock Yen, 58, and the North Korean Li Hyin, 30, were charged for infringing U. N. sanctions regulations that bar […]

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Koreas to reconnect roads, rail, U.S. concerned over easing sanctions

SEOUL (Reuters) – The two Koreas agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship in spite of U.S. concerns that the rapid North-South thaw could undermine efforts to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. The agreement on transport links came during talks in the border village of Panmunjom aimed […]

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North, South Korea agree to reconnect roads, rail amid U.S. concern over easing sanctions

SEOUL (Reuters) – North and South Korea agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship that has raised U.S. concern about the possible undermining of its bid to press the North to give up its nuclear program. The agreement on transport links came during talks in the border village of Panmunjom, aimed […]

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Head of South Korea's ruling party says Pope wishes to visit North Korea: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) – The head of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party of Korea Lee Hae-chan said he had heard that the Pope wishes to visit North Korea next spring, Yonhap news agency reported on Monday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is visiting Europe and is expected to pass on to the Vatican North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wish to […]

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