U.S. hopes for return of 50 Korean War dead from N.Korea within two weeks

By John Walcott and Daphne Psaledakis WASHINGTON, July 17 : The United States hopes North Korea will return the remains of about 50 American Korean War dead within two weeks, the first of thousands President Donald Trump says Pyongyang has promised to hand over, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. However, the timing […]

Trump hails progress after receiving note from N.Korea’s Kim

By Matt Spetalnick and Mohammad Zargham WASHINGTON, July 12 : Kim Jong Un told President Donald Trump he believed their efforts could open up a “new future” between North Korea and the United States and expressed hope for “practical actions” in the future, according to a letter from the North Korean leader released on Thursday. […]

Pompeo brushes off N.Korean ‘gangster’ claim, pursues denuclearisation talks

By David Brunnstrom and Tim Kelly TOKYO, July 8 : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed off North Korean accusations of “gangster-like” diplomacy during negotiations in Pyongyang, saying on Sunday he will pursue denuclearisation talks after meeting his Japanese and South Korean counterparts. Pompeo said in Tokyo there was still a lot of work […]

Pompeo meets North Koreans, hopes to “fill in” details on denuclearisation

By Hyonhee Shin and John Walcott SEOUL/WASHINGTON, July 6 : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met North Korean officials in Pyongyang on Friday, hoping to “fill in” details on how to dismantle the North’s nuclear programme and recover the remains of U.S. troops missing from the Korean War. Pompeo met Kim Yong Chol, who […]

Pompeo tells China continued North Korea sanctions enforcement needed

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, June 29 : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stressed to China the importance of continued enforcement of sanctions on North Korea to press it to give up its nuclear weapons, after warning of signs of backsliding by Beijing. The State Department said Pompeo had spoken to his Chinese counterpart […]

North Korea rejects remarks by UN rights boss as “fabricated”

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, June 19 : North Korea on Tuesday rejected allegations by the top U.N. human rights official that serious and widespread violations persisted in the country despite its diplomatic opening. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a wide-ranging speech on Monday that remote monitoring by his office […]