NKorea says still open to talks after Trump-Kim summit cancelled

By Josh Smith and Christine Kim SEOUL, May 25 : North Korea responded on Friday with measured tones to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to call off a historic summit with leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, saying Pyongyang hoped for a “Trump formula” to resolve the standoff over its nuclear weapons programme. […]

N.Korea “declines” S.Korea media for nuclear site event; China urges “stability”

By Heekyong Yang SEOUL, May 18 : North Korea has declined to accept a list of South Korean journalists hoping to observe the closure of its nuclear test site, South Korea said on Friday, raising new questions about the North’s commitment to reducing tension. North Korea had invited a limited number of journalists from South […]

US Sec of State expected to return from NKorea with detained Americans – S.Korean official

By Christine Kim SEOUL, May 9 : US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to return from North Korea with three American detainees, as well as details of an upcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, a South Korean official said Wednesday. Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang, the North Korean […]

North Korea’s nuclear pledge adds momentum to South’s preparations for summit

By Heekyong Yang SEOUL, April 22 : South Korea’s preparations for its first summit with North Korea in more than a decade are in full swing this week, officials said on Sunday, a day after the North’s pledge to end its nuclear tests raised hopes but also scepticism. North Korea said on Saturday it was […]

North, South Korea fix April date for first summit in years

By Christine Kim SEOUL, March 29 :North and South Korea will hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27, South Korean officials said on Thursday, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged his commitment to denuclearisation as tensions ease between the old foes. South Korean government officials announced the date […]

U.S. travel ban hits foreign attendance figures for North Korea marathon

By Josh Smith SEOUL, Mar 26 : Described as North Korea’s “biggest hit of the year,” next month’s Pyongyang Marathon is expected to have half as many foreign participants as last year, tour operators say, as political tensions and a ban on U.S. visitors take their toll. International tourism to North Korea dropped last year […]