If US-DPRK summit takes place June 12 "we'll be ready," says @PressSec.
@POTUS spoke with reporters on the south lawn today. When asked about the North Koreans, the president said: "Everybody plays games" - then he looked at a reporter and said: "You know that better than anybody."
Trump says possible North Korea summit 'could even be on the 12th'
Trump says US 'talking to' North Korea after canceling summit, says "everybody plays games."
Seoul will keep working to create a mood for dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said during a joint press conference with Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz
on @POTUS: "It's not if he ends the North Korean program, it's how and when."
Germany won't utter a word of criticism of Trump - says it "regrets" cancellation of North korea talks. Government spokeswoman calls on Kim Jong Un to '"create conditions" for continuation of dialogue. One could almost forget that North Korea continues to offer talks to go ahead
: Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell.
"German government regrets that the planned meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cannot take place," says deputy government spokesperson @m_fietz
: Democrats are so obviously rooting against us in our negotiations with North Korea. Just like they are coming to the defense of MS 13 thugs, saying that they are individuals and must be nurtured, or asking to end your big Tax Cuts and raise your taxes instead. Dems have lost touch.
KCNA: "As long as the U.S. and south Korea continue to hold joint military exercises, the sky over the Korean peninsula will not be clear even a single day and it would be hard to guarantee the present trend toward detente and the peace and stability in the region."
KCNA: "A researcher of the Disarmament and Peace Institute of the DPRK Foreign Ministry made public a commentary titled 'Who Is to Blame for Escalation of Tensions on Korean Peninsula' on Friday."
KCNA: "The international community is required to see with awakened eyes that the U.S. and south Korean warlike forces have escalated the situation through military provocations like the jointexercises whenever important agreements were reached between the north and the south."
KCNA: "All facts clearly prove once again that the joint military exercises which the U.S. holds in the Korean peninsula are the root cause of the escalation of tension in the region and that they have something to do with the U.S. Asia domination strategy."
KCNA: "This is clearly evidenced by the involvement of B-52 strategic bombers in the 2018 Max Thunder and the original plan to hold it as the U.S.-Japan-south Korea combined air drill involving fighters of Japan and south Korea."
KCNA: "Clear is the ultimate purpose sought by the U.S. in continuously holding joint military exercises going against the atmosphere of detente created on the Korean peninsula. That is to further spur the formation of the U.S.-Japan-south Korea triangular military alliance."
KCNA: "He in the commentary denounced the U.S. for having staged the madcap 2018 Max Thunder joint air combat drills to be the largest against the DPRK from May 11 through 25 and thus ruptured the north-south high-level talks."
2 month ago
The aftermath of last explosio in Punggye-ri, North Korea
Final explosion: the third tunnel in Punggye-r, North Korea
North Korean group backs enforcement of inter-Korean peace declaration
2 month ago
@chesh: Here come the bangs. This is the Western tunnel - built for larger nuclear tests than September 2017. Wait for the second explosions
2 month ago
@chesh: Another tunnel in Punggye-ri, this one unused. The colonel who opens it told us it could be used for a nuclear detonation tomorrow if they wanted. Keen to stress the tunnel was intact, contra media reports.
Witness the "spectacular" demolition of one of North Korea's "nuclear test sites" in Punggye-ri
2 month ago
This is the wreckage of the observatory near the northern tunnel in Punggye-ri. It's just wood. We had our doubts about all of these wooden huts. They make spectacular explosions but seemed fairly empty, @chesh report
Philippines president to visit South Korea in June, South Korea says
KCNA: "Whenever the DPRK set forth the most reasonable and fair proposals, the LKP and other conservative forces have never accepted them with sincerity."
2 month ago
The northern tunnel - the site of North Korea's five other nuclear test, including the last, massive one in September 2017. This would be the first tunnel to be 'demolished' report @chesh
KCNA: "Traitor Hong Jun Phyo, representative of the LKP, took the lead in crying out for confrontation with the fellow countrymen. He hurled mud at the DPRK, claiming that it is a shutdown show, there is nothing new and it has no particular meaning."
In the morning foreign journalist arrived at Jaedok-ri, the closest station to the test site in Punggye-rim, report Sky News Asic correspondent @chesh
2 month ago
Foreign jouranlist cabin on the overnight train from DPRK`s Wonsan to Punggye-ri. All the windows were shut and we were ordered not to open them. In the dining car we were served a ten course banquet – report @chesh
@chesh: Last 3 hours the hotel in Wonsan was on lock down: I was sent back to my room. Not sure why. The internet went out. We weren't allowed access to the satellite because of 'technical reasons' - APTN insisted there were none. Odd
Moon Jae-in and his top aides flattered Donald Trump, wined and dined Kim Jong Un and scrambled for weeks to keep Trump and Kim on track to the negotiating table. With talks off, it's arguably Seoul that is left in the most uncertain position.
KCNA: "They are keen on making Japan a country which can conduct a war so as to realize the old dream of the 'Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere'. Such moves will bring Japan nothing good, and the militarist war chariot will be led only to the abyss of ruin."
2 month ago
Very clear picture showing NK nuclear tests site map. Only several entrances to tunnels were demolished.
China foreign ministry says noted Trump says he still willing to meet Kim Jong Un North Korea
China foreign minstry says all sides need to show goodwill on Korean Peninsula issue, hopes US and North Korea can meet each other halfway, promote denuclearisation process and be patient
Commander of the U.S. Forces Korea general Vincent Brooks: "I am not worried about it (cancellation of US-NK summit) because the opportunity is not lost. It is just delayed. Don't worry about what happened last night because it may have been too early to celebrate, it is also too early to quit. Never quit."
2 month ago
North Korean Uriminzokkiri website carries pictures of Punggye-ri nuclear test site demolition
2 month ago
Rally outside US embassy in Seoul
Japanese government to keep close eye on U.S.-North Korea situation after Donald Trump cancels planned summit with Kim Jong Un
Japan PM Shinzo Abe backs US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un
Putin: We had "counted" on the summit to be "the beginning to the whole process of denuclearization Kim Jong Un on his part did everything he promised to do, even blew up some tunnels on their sites and after this we hear the US is canceling."
U.S., South Korea to pursue talks between Washington and Pyongyang
2 month ago
Something interesting is happening at our hotel in Wonsan. We've been told to stay inside and not look out the windows. Most of us are assembled in the press center. Our minders don't seem to know what's going on. It may be no big deal, but you never know in North Korea – report @willripleyCNN
KCNA: "The dismantlement of the nuclear test ground is a vivid manifestation of the DPRK government's fixed peace-loving stand to join in the international aspiration and efforts for total halt to the nuclear test and make positive contribution to building a nuclear free world."
KCNA: "The members of the international press corps were briefed on the methods and order of dismantlement of the test ground, and went round tunnels where nuclear tests had been carried out in the past, tunnels ready for immediately and safely conducting powerful nuclear tests."
KCNA: "The tunnels and all kinds of equipment, information communications and power systems and construction and operation equipmentinstalled at the observation center, control center and research institute in the northern nuclear test ground, were dismantled and withdrawn."
KCNA: "After the publication of the decisionof the WPK Central Committee on dismantling the nuclear test ground, relevant institutions including the Nuclear Weapons Institute of the DPRK immediately stopped all preparations and projects for nuclear tests."
Ex-President Lee asks for selective attendance at court hearings
South Korea president Moon expresses regret after opposition parties torpedo his constitutional revision proposal
KCNA: "Pointing out that there is no impossibility for the Korean people dynamically advancing by dint of self-relianceand they do whatever they make up their mind to do, he stressed the need to create and develop everything our own way by relying on our efforts."
KCNA: "Years ago, he unrolled a plan for building a large-scale fishing village zone in the areas of Koam, Tapchon and Chonapho favorable for developing the fishing industry and set forth the task for building modern Koam-Tapchon Railways as a preceding process."
2 month ago
Actual video that shows demolition of North Korea Punggye-ri underground nuclear test site.
North Korea's state-run media says U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to scrap a planned summit with Kim Jong Un next month is not in line with the world's wishes and it is still willing to resolve issues with America
2 month ago
First images on CNN of North Korea Punggye-ri underground nuclear test site destruction.
North Korea says summit with U.S. urgent to resolve 'grave hostile relations'
"For it to be a success denuclearization has to be the end state, it has to be the outcome" of dialogue, according to the US official briefing reporters at the @WhiteHouse.
"We had dialogue just below the president's level," replies official to question of whether @POTUS called @moonriver365 and @AbeShinzo.
"The president wants to give every opportunity to a peaceful resolution of this crisis," says senior @WhiteHouse official. "The president has been willing to keep the door open from the beginning."
"President Trump is willing to pursue diplomacy as far as it can possibly be pursued," adds the WH official responding to my question about a split in the administration between those who favor diplomacy and hardliners who say DPRK can never be trusted to abide by any deal.
"We simply couldn't get them to pick up the phone," says the senior WH official in the briefing room, referring to the North Koreans and describing their "radio silence."
Senior WH official: The US delegation sent to prepare the summit in Singapore "waited and waited But the North Koreans never showed up."
Senior White House official says @realDonaldTrump dictated letter to North Korea's Kim Jong Un himself
Senior White House official: @POTUS still looks forward to meeting Kim - "someday."
: I have decided to terminate the planned Summit in Singapore on June 12th. While many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead potentially, I believe that this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and indeed a setback for the world
Sources in Seoul say Blue House caught by surprise and it appears even that ROK President @moonriver365 was not informed by the @WhiteHouse in advance of @POTUS letter calling off the June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un
Parties to DPRK talks will require "nerves of steel," says @antonioguterres and the UN secretary-general urges diplomacy to continue
"Based on the recent statement on North Korea I've decided to terminate the planned summit in Singapore on June 12," @POTUS says on camera
"I hope that Kim Jong Un will ultimately do what is rightfor his people who are suffering greatly and needlessly." says @POTUS
Japan and South Korea ready to respond with US to any "reckless acts by North Korea," adds @POTUS
"If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and action, I am waiting," says @POTUS, adding until then sanctions and "the maximum pressure campaign will continue."
"Hopefully everything is going to work out well with North Korea," says @POTUS, adding that a summit could happen "at a later date."
Trump says he believes `Kim Jong Un wants to do what's right,' says it's up to North Korean leader to seize opportunity
"We have a wonderful dialogue" with Kim, replies @POTUS to reporters' question. "I really believe we have a great opportunity."
Moon says denuclearization of Korean Peninsula should not be delayed
President Trump says he's waiting to see if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will again "engage in constructive dialogue.
Moon expresses 'deep regret' over cancellation of U.S.-North Korea summit: Blue House
Moon urges direct talks between leaders of U.S., North Korea: Blue House
South Korea's presidential office says it's trying to figure out Trump's intention
US Secretary of State: We were ready to hold a meeting with the North Korean side and demanded Pyongyang to identify its preparatory teams for the summit and did not receive a response to this request
South Korea's presidential Blue House seems blind-sided by Trump's cancelation of the summit: "We are attempting to make sense of what, precisely, President Trump means," says spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.
Trump blames North Korean 'anger', 'hostility' for summit cancellation
"You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they never have to be used" - Trump to Kim cancelling the summit
US president Trump says inappropriate at this time to have planned summit, says he looks very much forward to meeting Kim some day
U.S. President Donald Trump says his planned summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on 12 June will not take place but he still looks forward to meeting the North Korean leader some day
2 month ago
Trump issues letter to Kim Jong Un cancelling their summit.
President Trump calls off Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un
North Korean state media: "We will continue to join hands with the world peace-loving people in building a nuclear-free peaceful world, a new independent world where the dream and ideal of humanity are realised."
2 month ago
North Korean state media fuu statement about dismantled nuclear test site by exploding the tunnels
"It has been confirmed that there were neither leakage of radioactive materials nor any adverse impact on the surrounding ecological environment," says Nuclear Weapons Institute of DPRK, KCNA
North Korean state media report confirms: "Dismantling the nuclear test ground was done in such a way as to make all the tunnels of the test ground collapse by explosion and completely close the tunnel entrances"
North Korea says it 'completely' dismantled nuclear test site
US Defence Secretary Mattis on DPRK/North Korea and talks:
"I don't think there would have been anything that has come up that has surprised us. Certainly not our intelligence community. And so we’ll watch the diplomats, and our hopes will be with them"
YTN in South Korea reports that the explosions at Punggye-ri took place through the day. Twice in the morning, four times in the afternoon
"Physically a phase-in may be necessary for DPRK denuclearization," repeats @POTUS in interview with @kilmeade recorded yesterday for @foxandfriends
Sky News has witnessed what North Korea claims to be the destruction of its nuclear test tunnels in Punggye-ri
North Korea carries out what it says is the demolition of its nuclear test site in the presence of foreign journalists.
North Korea shows 'pre-emptive' goodwill gesture with nuke site removal
North Korea completes dismantling of Punggye-ri nuclear test site
KCNA: "It is also an important undertaking for accelerating the advance of the revolution by providing all the service personnel and people with firmer confidence in socialism and by training the masses to be more powerful beings."
KCNA: "To give full play to the advantages of Korean-style socialism is a noble work for adding luster to the undying feats of the great leaders who built true socialism centered on the popular masses."
KCNA: "Only when socialism preserves the nature as a genuine society of the people and fully demonstrates its advantages, can it display the might as invincible socialism that the popular masses resolutely defend and add luster to and as steadily prospering, vital socialism."
KCNA: "It presents itself as a very urgent requirement to fully display the advantages of socialism that we are faced with the weighty task of further accelerating the advance of the Korean revolution with firm confidence in victoryThe foundation of socialism is the people"