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In this July 14, 2017, photo, elementary school students participate in an evacuation drill in Takaoka, Toyama prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, following repeated missile launches by North Korea. Cabinet Secretariat in charge of crisis management said Thursday, June 21, 2018, Japan plans to suspend civilian evacuation drills planned for the rest of the year amid easing tension following the U.S.-North Korea summit. (Kyodo News via AP)
June 21, 2018 - 6:27 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan plans to suspend the civilian evacuation drills it started last year while North Korea was repeatedly test-firing missiles near and over Japanese islands, officials said Thursday, citing diplomatic overtures from Pyongyang. Nine drills to prepare residents in Japan for possible...
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FILE - This Nov. 29, 2017, file image provided by the North Korean government Nov. 30, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third from left, and what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, in North Korea. Tuesday’s meeting on June 12, 2018 in Singapore between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump comes after a sharp turn in North Korea’s diplomacy, from rebuffing proposals for dialogue last year to embracing and even initiating them this year. The change may reflect a new thinking about its nuclear deterrence strategy, and how best to secure the ultimate goal of protecting Kim’s rule. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
June 11, 2018 - 7:21 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After years of effort to develop nuclear missiles that can target the U.S. mainland, is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really ready to pack them away in a deal with President Donald Trump? Perhaps, but that wouldn't necessarily mean Pyongyang is abandoning its nuclear...
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FILE- In this combination of file photos, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 16, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27, 2018. Ahead of a planned summit Tuesday, June 12, in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean autocrat Kim Jong Un, there has been talk of complete denuclearization, North Korea has shut down (for now) its nuclear test site, and senior U.S. and North Korean officials have shuttled between Pyongyang and Washington for meetings with Kim and Trump. The top U.S. diplomat declared that “Chairman Kim shares the objectives with the American people” amid talk of a grand bargain that could see North Korean disarmament met with a massive influx of outside aid. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File)
June 08, 2018 - 1:37 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It may be the strangest feeling in decades to descend on the Korean Peninsula — a wave of optimism, and not always of the cautious variety, when it comes to North Korea and its nuclear bombs. Ahead of a planned summit Tuesday in Singapore between President Donald Trump and...
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June 06, 2018 - 1:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. website says satellite imagery shows North Korea has demolished some facilities used for testing ballistic missiles after declaring it was suspending nuclear explosions and missile launches. A stand used for missile ejection tests was demolished last month near Kusong in...
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From left, former North Korean military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol, left, President Donald Trump, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, walk from the Oval Office, Friday, June 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 02, 2018 - 6:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of hard-nosed negotiation, diplomatic gamesmanship and no shortage of theatrics, President Donald Trump has announced that the historic nuclear-weapons summit he had canceled with North Korea's Kim Jong Un is back on. The June 12 meeting in Singapore, the first...
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Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of Kim Jong Un's closest aides, second from right, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from left, sit across from one another before the start of a meeting, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 01, 2018 - 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to Kim Jong Un visited the Oval Office on Friday, ready to hand off a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump amid talks between the two sides aimed at reviving an on-again, off-again nuclear summit. Kim Yong Chol arrived at White House Friday...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
May 31, 2018 - 4:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A top aide to Kim Jong Un will make a rare visit to Washington Friday to hand a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after reporting "good progress" in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in smile during a joint news conference at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking into place for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he meticulously set up crucial nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang following a year of intense animosity. But he now heads into a White House meeting with President Donald Trump with uncertainty over his status in the diplomatic driver’s seat. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
May 21, 2018 - 4:04 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea following a year of intense animosity. But he now enters a White House meeting with President...
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People watch a TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 18, 2018. North Korea strongly criticized South Korea over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises on Thursday and said it will not return to talks with its rival until Seoul resolves its grievances. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
May 18, 2018 - 5:04 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday it believes North Korea remains committed to improving relations despite strongly criticizing Seoul over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills and insisting it will not return to talks unless its grievances are resolved. South Korean Unification...
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A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane prepares to land as South Korea and the United States conduct the Max Thunder joint military exercise at the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed are invasion rehearsals. (Kwon Joon-woo/Yonhap via AP)
May 16, 2018 - 9:58 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Wednesday threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" affair meant to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. The warning by North...
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