Travis Jeppesen, an American novelist and art critic based in Berlin, went to North Korea on a month-long university programme in 2016 to learn the Korean language. But classroom study did not appear to have been the primary focus. (A fellow student complained that he was not able to improve his language skills because his overseers would not allow him to download a dictionary app.) Instead, it seems that the bulk of Mr Jeppesen's time was spent visiting a variety of restaurants, museums and tourist attractions that have recently popped up in Pyongyang, the exclusive residence of North Korea's elite. The tour package also included excursions to tourist sites outside of the nation's capital. See
The Putin-Trump summit diverted attention from Korean issues, but they raise profound questions about what Trump gives away to get what he claims are triumphs of statecraft.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE is reportedly growing frustrated because efforts with North Korea are not progressing as quickly as he would like. The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump has requested daily status updates on talks with North Korea and is eager for next steps on the end of the country's nuclear program. But he's been left frustrated as North Korean officials have canceled meetings with U.S.
When he emerged from his summit with Kim Jong Un last month, President Donald Trump triumphantly declared that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat and that one of the world's most intractable geopolitical crises had been "largely solved." But in the days and weeks since then, U.S. negotiators have faced stiff resistance from a North Korean team practiced in the art of delay and obfuscation. Diplomats say the North Koreans have canceled follow-up meetings, demanded more money and failed to maintain basic communications, even as the once-isolated regime's engagements with China and South Korea flourish. Meanwhile, a missile-engine testing facility that Trump said would be destroyed remains
The US appeal at the United Nations for "full enforcement" of sanctions against North Korea underscored the difficulty of attaining real progress on denuclearization, more than a month after the much-vaunted Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit. "We're hopeful we can get it done" by 2020, before the end of Trump's current presidential term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the time.
A table tennis mixed doubles pairing with one player from North Korea and one from South Korea has become the first inter-Korea sports team to win a gold medal for almost three decades. Jang Woo-jin from the South and Cha Hyo Sim from the North beat a Chinese team 3-1 at the Korea Open in Daejon. The last gold medal also came in table tennis, with a women's joint team crowned world champions in 1991. "The cheers from the crowd gave me goosebumps," said Jang. "I saw Hyo Sim crying during the ceremony and it broke my heart that we have to say goodbye soon." Four joint teams competed at the Korea Open, with the men's doubles team winning bronze on Friday. It is the latest show of unity between the
State-actors were likely behind Singapore's biggest ever cyberattack to date, security experts say, citing the scale and sophistication of the hack which hit medical data of about a quarter of the population. The city-state announced Friday that hackers had broken into a government database and stolen the health records of 1.5 million Singaporeans, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who was specifically targeted in the "unprecedented" attack. Singapore's health minister said the strike was "a deliberate, targeted, and well-planned cyberattack and not the work of casual hackers or criminal gangs".
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government can't strip a terrorist of his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled this month in a decision siding with a Pakistan-born man serving the last few years of a 20-year prison sentence for his guilty plea to plotting to destroy New York's Brooklyn Bridge. The case involves Iyman Faris, who was sentenced in 2003 for aiding and abetting al-Qaida by scoping out the bridge as part of a plot to cut through cables that support it. His case was among the first and highest-profile terrorism cases after the Sept. 11 attacks. Faris met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and worked with Sept.
A Singaporean company official has been charged for allegedly supplying luxury goods to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions, according to court documents on Friday. Ng Kheng Wah was charged on Wednesday with 80 counts of shipping goods, such as musical instruments, watches, wine and perfume, to North Korea from 2010 to early 2017 in violation of Singapore's United Nations Act, documents from Singapore's Attorney General's office showed. Singapore has said it complies with U.N. Security Council resolutions imposed on North Korea to persuade the regime to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile program.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn't immediately return some of its citizens who arrived in the South in recent years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled.