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    • Senior Defector’s Memoir Sells out
      A memoir by Thae Yong-ho, the former No. 2 man in the North Korean Embassy in London and now a vocal critic of the regime, is selling like hot cakes after a highly publicized launch in the National Assembly. All 10,000 copies of the first print run sold out in the four days since its release on Mond ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-18
    • Has China Compromised Int’l Sanctions Against N.Korea?
      Ever since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held two summits with Chinese President Xi Jinping, China has increased supplies of crude oil to North Korea and female workers are streaming across the border again, Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday. These are among the latest signs suggesting China may ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-18
    • N.Korea Sentences Defectors to Death in Absentia
      North Korea's highest court has handed down death sentences in absentia for defectors who are campaigning in South Korea for the improvement of human rights in the North, the Liberty Korea Post reported Tuesday.According to the defectors' online news outlet, the chief of one defector group that has ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-18
    • N.Korea Blames ‘Incompetent’ South for Halt of Cross-Border Talks
      A senior North Korean official on Thursday put the blame for canceled cross-border talks firmly on the "incompetent" South Korean government. "It won't be easy to sit face to face with officials from the current South Korean government again, unless the grave situation that led to the suspension of ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-18
    • Trump: N.Korea Will Be Rich, Protected If It Forgoes Nukes
      President Donald Trump predicted Thursday that North Korea "would be very rich" -- and he promised the Kim family dynasty "very adequate protection" to stay in power -- if the country agreed to give up its nuclear weapons.But if leader Kim Jong Un does not agree to such a deal, Trump warned, the imp ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-17
    • Director Says N.Korean Human Rights Abuses Mustn’t Be Forgotten
      "The Gift of Love," a film highlighting the human rights abuses the North Korean people suffer, has been nominated for best movie and best actress at the Milan International Film Festival, which takes place from May 21 to June 13. Directed by Gim Gyu-min, himself a North Korean defector, the film fo ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-17
    • N.Korea Throws Cross-Border Talks into Disarray
      North Korea's cancelation of high-level talks with South Korea on Wednesday is likely to impact various other inter-Korean talks that are due to take place. It remains uncertain whether the closure of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site between May 23 and 25, will go ahead as planned. A Cheong Wa Dae s ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-17
    • N.Korean Officials ‘to Learn from China’s Market Opening’
      Municipal and provincial party chiefs from North Korea who visited China this week said openly they were there to learn from China's new open economy. China's state-run CCTV reported Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the delegation led by Workers Party Vice Chairman Pak Tae-song. ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-17
    • N.Korea Snaps Back at Increasing Demands from U.S.
      The U.S. government refrained from an immediate response after North Korea on Wednesday warned it could pull out of a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next month. Trump was asked several times on Wednesday whether the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is still on, but only said, "We ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-17
    • Experts Say N.Korea ‘Frustrated’ in Runup to Summit with U.S.
      North Korea's latest threat to pull out of a summit with the U.S. in June is a message that nobody should consider the regime "fair game" any longer, a former special representative for North Korea policy at the U.S. State Department said Wednesday.Joseph Yun was speaking at the 9th Asian Leadership ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-17
    • N.Korea Threatens to Pull out of Summit with U.S. Over Air Drills
      North Korea on Wednesday threatened to cancel a planned summit with the U.S. in June amid a massive aerial drill by South Korean and American forces. Kim Kye-gwan, a veteran nuclear negotiator and North Korea's vice foreign minister, in a statement warned Pyongyang "could reconsider a summit with th ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-17
    • Int’l Experts Debate N.Korean Denuclearization in Seoul
      Two dozen international security experts gathered at the Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul on Tuesday for a debate on the denuclearization of North Korea. Held under Chatham House rules, the debate allowed experts to address their views without revealing the identities of speakers in the minutes. The debate ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-16
    • Complete Denuclearization Unrealistic, Says Ex-U.S. Negotiator
      A former U.S. State Department chief nuclear negotiator has dismissed Washington's demand for "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" of North Korea as wildly unrealistic.Robert Gallucci, who negotiated a nuclear deal with Pyongyang in 1994, was speaking at a seminar hosted by the C ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-16
    • U.S. Wants to Inspect N.Korea’s Nuke Test Site
      The U.S. is demanding that international experts are allowed to inspect North Korea's nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, which is about to be shut down. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un promised during last month's summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to shut down the ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-16
    • U.S. Lawmakers Back Troop Presence in S.Korea
      The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services has passed a bill that would ensure that the U.S. Forces Korea's numbers do not fall below 22,000 without authorization from Congress. That slams the brakes on some moves in the White House to use the USFK as a bargaining chip in a summit with North Korea i ... read more
      Source: Chosun Ilbo EnglishPublished on 2018-05-16