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UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 8:17 p.m.

UN report shows North Korea using Africa to slip sanctions

North Korean weapons barred by U.N. sanctions ended up in the hands of U.N. peacekeepers in Africa, a confidential report says. That incident and others in more than a half-dozen …


One North Korean deported, another sought in nerve-agent killing

Malaysian authorities on Friday deported the only North Korean detained in the killing of the half brother of North Korea’s leader, and issued an arrest warrant for another whose whereabouts …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 5:11 p.m.

Under fire but defiant, North Korea sends envoys to court its few friends

North Korea has sent a high-ranking diplomat to Malaysia to try to secure the remains of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader who was killed …


North Korea sends diplomats to Malaysia to get body of Kim’s half brother

North Korea has sent a high-level delegation to Malaysia to seek the return of the body of leader’s Kim Jong Un’s slain half brother.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Malaysia says airport safe, autopsy shows nerve agent killed Kim Jong Un’s brother

Malaysia’s health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused “very serious paralysis” that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea’s leader, as police completed a sweep …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Nerve agent found on face of Kim Jong Un’s slain half brother, police say

The banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler’s outcast half brother who was poisoned last week at the …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 9:52 a.m.

In unusually hostile message, North Korea accuses China of ‘dancing to U.S. tune’

In an unusual commentary released by state media on Thursday, North Korea accused a foreign country that claims to be a “friendly neighbor” of measures tantamount to an attempt to …


No sign of wounds, heart attack on body of North Korean leader’s slain half-brother

The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother remains a mystery, with initial autopsy results showing no evidence of a heart attack or puncture wounds, Malaysian officials …


North Korea says Malaysia can’t be trusted to investigate the killing of leader’s half brother

Tensions between North Korea and Malaysia became even more heated Monday, when Pyongyang’s envoy said Malaysia could not be trusted to carry out the investigation into last week’s killing of …


North Korean officials are preparing to come to U.S. for talks with former officials

Preparations are underway to bring senior North Korean representatives to the United States for talks with former American officials, the first such meeting in more than five years and a …


China suspends North Korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifeline

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a …


Indonesia police chief: Woman tricked into attack on Kim

The Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean leader’s half brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show …


US, Asian allies condemn NKorea after diplomats meet

The United States, South Korea and Japan on Thursday condemned North Korea’s latest missile test and said they will enhance security cooperation in response.


Woman is arrested in death of North Korean leader’s half brother, Malaysian police say

Questions mounted Wednesday about the mysterious death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother at a Malaysian airport, as police revealed that they had detained one woman, a …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

Police looking for clues in death of North Korea leader’s brother

Police were checking surveillance tapes Wednesday for clues about who may have assassinated the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, a senior …


North Korean nuclear ambitions to be defining issue for Trump

President Donald Trump will be forced to deal with ongoing threats from North Korea as that country gains the ability to threaten the continental U.S. with a nuclear strike, an …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

North Korea reportedly test fires missile, challenging U.S.

North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump’s new administration.


Defense Secretary Mattis makes 1st trip to Asia; North Korea plans unclear

Other than a tweet, President Donald Trump hasn’t said how he’ll stop North Korea from threatening America with a nuclear weapon. And as his Pentagon chief visits key allies in …


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North Korean media covers Trump’s inauguration with brief mention two days late

Generally speaking, North Korean state media isn’t the best outlet to read if you want to keep up on international events. The Hermit Kingdom’s official news outlets offer a limited, …


Charles Krauthammer: Cold War relic, present-day threat

If North Korea can miniaturize their weapons to fit on top of the rocket and control re-entry, they’ll be able to push a button in Pyongyang and wipe out an …


Trump’s slim North Korea options: diplomacy, sanctions, force

Donald Trump says he is confident North Korea won’t develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States. But his options for stopping the reclusive communist country are slim: …


U.S. military official warns of North Korean nuclear capabilities

North Korea now has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, adding that while the U.S. believes Pyongyang can mount a warhead on …


Dana Milbank: Chaos is Trump’s consistent policy

But for all the promises Trump is breaking, there is one he has kept without wavering: his vow to be unpredictable.


U.N. further tightens North Korea sanctions

The U.N. Security Council has voted to tighten sanctions on North Korea in response to their fifth and largest nuclear test.


U.S. warns ‘overwhelming’ response to any N. Korea use of nukes

The United States warned Wednesday that any attack on American allies or use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “overwhelming” U.S. response as it sought …


North Korea shows no sign of wanting to talk about releasing two Americans

North Korea is holding two U.S. citizens as “prisoners of war,” regime officials have told Americans lobbying for their release, as the months drag on with no word about the …


U.S., Japan, South Korea condemn nuke test by North Korea

The United States, Japan and South Korea on Sunday roundly condemned North Korea’s recent nuclear test and called for tough new measures to further isolate the communist state.


Analysis: What would happen if North Korea gets the bomb?

Barely a week after North Korea exploded the most powerful nuclear device it has ever tested, U.S. defense officials said the secretive country appears to be readying a tunnel for …


U.S. flies bombers over South Korea in show of force against North

The United States on Tuesday sent nuclear-capable supersonic bombers streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its recent nuclear test and …