Inside the spectacle and symbolism of North Korea’s Mass Games

By Josh Smith SEOUL, Sept 6 : For the first time in five years, North Korea is expected to put on a massive performance on Sunday known as the “Mass Games.” With thousands of twirling gymnasts and dancers backed by an ever-changing display of images and words glorifying the North Korean state and its people, […]

Trump scraps Pompeo trip to N.Korea, citing stalled nuclear diplomacy

By Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Aug 24 : U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly canceled his top diplomat’s planned trip to North Korea, publicly acknowledging for the first time that his effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled since his summit with North Korea’s leader. Trump partly blamed China for the […]

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 […]

N.Korean diplomat heads to Finland ahead of possible U.S. talks

By Yuna Park and Joseph Campbell SEOUL/BEIJING, March 18 : A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean summit. North Korea is pursuing its nuclear and missile programmes […]

South Korea aims for high-level talks about talks with North

By Christine Kim SEOUL, Mar 16 : South Korea will seek high-level talks with North Korea this month as preparations for a summit began on Friday, the presidential chief of staff said, while officials in the South expressed interest in a separate summit with the United States. If North Korea agrees to the talks, they […]

Malaysia further downgrading ties with N.Korea a year after airport assassination-sources

By Rozanna Latiff and A. Ananthalakshmi KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 : One year after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur’s airport, Malaysia is further downgrading once-close ties with Pyongyang, sources familiar with the government’s plans said. Kim Jong Nam was assassinated on Feb. 13, 2017 when two women smeared […]