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North Korea dragging feet on pledge to turn over American remains, as 2nd summit looms

Today 00:34 GMT

North Korea has not lived up to its promise to return the remains of American soldiers who died in the Korean War, U.S. officials say, lamenting there’s been no further discussion since the regime turned over an initial 55 boxes of remains more than six months ago.

According to the text of the agreement with North Korea coming out of the first summit, "The United States and [North Korea] commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified."

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Source: Reuters

Fake news: Kim and Trump lookalikes draw the crowds in Hanoi

Today 06:59 GMT

Howard X was dressed in a Mao suit with a badge featuring the late North Korean leader and Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il.. “I thought it was the real Kim Jong Un when I looked at his back, but oh well, it is not,” said Lee Sang-hyuk, a South Korean student doing volunteer work in Vietnam.

Days before the second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in Vietnam’s capital, a Kim impersonator appeared on Friday at the Metropole Hotel, a back-up location for the meeting.

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Kim Jong Ale, Rocket man T-shirts and Trump-themed haircuts: Vietnam embraces landmark summit

Today 06:59 GMT

As President Trump's second summit with Kim Jong Un quickly approaches, the Vietnamese city where it is set to be held is bustling with new business - including the sale of T-shirts with the North Korean dictator's face on them, Trump and Kim-themed haircuts and drinks like the "Kim Jong Ale.". Designer Truong Thanh Duc says he's already sold about 300 of his novelty T-shirts, which are emblazoned with Kim's face alongside the phrase "Roket Man," the nickname Trump coined for the despot. Another T-shirt pictures Trump and Kim together below the word "Peace," according to Reuters.

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Source: Reuters

North Korea warns of food crisis, slashes rations before next...

Today 06:59 GMT

North Korea has warned that it is facing a food shortfall of some 1.4 million tons in 2019 and has been forced to almost halve rations, blaming high temperatures, drought, floods and United Nations sanctions in a memo seen by Reuters on Thursday.

North Korea said it would import 200,000 tons of food and produce about 400,000 tons of early crops, but that it would still be left with a gap and from January would cut daily rations to 300 grams (10.5 ounces) per person from 550 grams.

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Source: The Guradian

US briefing: Roger Stone, North Korea aid and North Carolina election

Today 06:59 GMT

Roger Stone, the veteran political dirty trickster and close ally of Donald Trump, faced a sharp rebuke from the federal judge overseeing his ongoing criminal case on Thursday, after he posted her picture on Instagram alongside an image that appeared to show the crosshairs of a gun.

North Korea has appealed to the United Nations for foreign aid, with almost half the country’s population suffering food shortages caused by drought, floods and international sanctions.

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US must address North Korea's abhorrent human rights record at Trump-Kim summit, report urges

Today 06:59 GMT

“There is a clear nexus between human rights and national security: forced labor for the regime – labor that is likely being used as part of the missile and weapons program, and which is likely being used as a guinea pig population to test chemical and biological weapons,” asserted Olivia Enos, policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation and author of a new report titled: “Leveraging U.S. Law to Advocate for Human Rights in Talks with North Korea.” The report underscored that “diplomacy should be tied not only to concessions on its nuclear program but to human rights improvements,” noting that forced labor serves as a financial resource for the continued development of North Korea’s rogue missile and nuclear program.

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Source: Common Domain

Here’s what to expect, and what not to, in the second round Trump-Kim summit

Today 06:59 GMT

There may be some flashy headlines coming out of the second meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam next week, but foreign-policy analysts say not to expect any big breakthroughs that would dismantle the nuclear program in North Korea, formally end the Korean War, or stop U.S. economic sanctions.

“There’s a great deal of pressure on both leaders to produce tangible results out of this second meeting, since the first meeting effectively laid out a statement of principles between the two leaders about what the endgame or the outcome of these negotiations should be,” Cha said on a press call on Thursday which briefed reporters on the upcoming summit. “The only tangible concession that was really made in Singapore was the president’s decision, impulsively, to suspend U.S.-South Korean military exercises,” Cha said.

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Source: The Guradian

North Korea appeals for food aid as regime cuts rations due to drought and sanctions

Today 01:29 GMT

North Korea has issued an international appeal for help to combat food shortages after drought and floods led to a poor harvest, worsening the impact of UN sanctions.

The 15-member UN security council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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Fox News Poll: Half of voters favor military action against North Korea

Friday 21:50 GMT

Just over half of voters perceive North Korea as a “major” threat to U.S. national security, and about the same number support taking military action to stop the country’s nuclear weapons program.

Around the same time North Korea displayed new long-range missiles at a military parade and test fired a ballistic missile ahead of a U.S.-China summit.

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Vietnamese barber giving out free Trump-Kim haircuts to mark second summit

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

A barber in Vietnam is offering up free haircuts for anyone looking to freshen up before the upcoming second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Thae Yong Ho, who defected to South Korea in 2016, said in a news conference in Seoul that next week's meeting in Vietnam will be a failure if Trump can't get Kim to declare he will abandon all of his nuclear facilities and weapons and return North Korea to the nuclear non-proliferation agreement.

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Source: Global News

Trump-Kim summit: Why peace would be a win for North Korea

Thursday 08:59 GMT

With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War.

Whatever grand proclamations are made, establishing real peace will go well beyond just another Trump and Kim summit.

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Trump's big challenge at the upcoming North Korea summit

Thursday 08:59 GMT

TRUMP ANNOUNCES ANOTHER NORTH KOREA NUKE SUMMIT – HERE'S THE BIG MISTAKE HE SHOULD NOW AVOID. Recently, Human Rights Watch delivered a blistering assessment of political and civil rights in Vietnam.

First and foremost, North Korea will have to deliver a full and verifiable declaration of all of its nuclear capabilities. For that to happen, Kim will have to be brave enough to take steps that demonstrate his country is done being an outlaw nation.

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Source: Reuters

North Korea's Kim to travel to Vietnam by train, summit at...

Thursday 08:04 GMT

Vietnam is preparing for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to arrive by train for his summit in Hanoi next week with President Donald Trump, two sources with direct knowledge of security and logistics planning told Reuters on Wednesday.

It could take Kim at least two and a half days to travel the thousands of kilometers through China by train, from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to Vietnam, meaning he would have to set off later this week in time for his planned Feb. 25 arrival.

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Source: The Guradian

North Korea accused of abducting its former ambassador's daughter

Thursday 18:10 GMT

Italy has said “those responsible will pay” if reports that the daughter of the North Korea’s former ambassador to Rome was forcibly taken back to Pyongyang after her father went into hiding are correct.

Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean diplomat who defected to South Korea while serving as deputy ambassador to London in 2016, said the couple’s daughter – believed to have been attending high school in Rome – was repatriated before she made an attempt to reunite with her parents.


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