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26 Apr 2019 | 1:06 PM

North Korean leader warns of return to tension; Trump thanks Putin

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told Russian President Vladimir Putin that peace and security on the Korean peninsula depended on the United States, warning that a state of hostility could easily return, North Korean media said on Friday.

18 Apr 2019 | 9:59 PM

North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and that he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down.

14 Apr 2019 | 11:54 AM

'Gangnam style' sex crime - K-pop scandals uncover dark side of Seoul’s flashiest district

SEOUL (Reuters) - On a recent weekend night, the dance floor at one of the hottest clubs in Seoul's swanky Gangnam district held only a few dozen people surrounded by mostly empty tables.

13 Apr 2019 | 9:31 PM

North Korea's Kim Jong Un gives U.S. to year-end to become more flexible

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the breakdown in talks with the United States has raised the risks of reviving tensions, and he is only interested in meeting President Donald Trump again if the United States comes with the right attitude, state media KCNA said on Saturday.

12 Apr 2019 | 3:58 PM

Kim Jong Un consolidates power as North Korea shuffles leadership

SEOUL (Reuters) - In one of the biggest leadership shake-ups in years, North Korea named a new nominal head of state and a new premier, and gave leader Kim Jong Un a new title, state media reported on Friday, moves analysts said solidify Kim's grip on power.

11 Apr 2019 | 12:04 PM

North Korea's Kim says must deliver 'blow' to those imposing sanctions - KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country needs to deliver a "telling blow" to those imposing sanctions by ensuring its economy is more self-reliant, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Thursday.

10 Apr 2019 | 12:03 PM

North Korea's ruling party to meet amid 'tense situation' - state media

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will hold a plenary session of its ruling party's central committee on Wednesday, a day after leader Kim Jong Un chaired a politburo meeting to discuss ways to make progress under the "prevailing tense situation", state media reported.

26 Mar 2019 | 5:01 PM

South Korea's unification minister nominee says North Korea can't have nukes, prosperity

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's nominee for unification minister said on Tuesday that North Korea cannot expect to achieve a prosperous economy and keep its weapons programmes, as nuclear talks have stalled since the collapse of a U.S.-North Korea summit last month.

25 Mar 2019 | 3:31 PM

North Korean officials return to liaison office after pullout

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea reversed a decision to pull out of an inter-Korean liaison office by sending some officials back to work on Monday, South Korea said, a turnaround that came after U.S. President Donald Trump opted not to impose extra sanctions on Pyongyang.

15 Mar 2019 | 10:19 PM

North Korea may suspend talks with 'gangster-like' US, rethink nuclear test freeze

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a freeze on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, a senior diplomat said on Friday, according to news reports from the North's capital.