Russia undermining North Korea sanctions, says Pompeo

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has accused Russia of undermining the international sanctions on North Korea. Mr Pompeo said the sanctions are necessary to maintain pressure on North Korea to convince Pyongyang to stop its nuclear program and give up its nuclear weapons. “Russia has actively attempted to undermine the U.N. Security Council resolutions,…

South Korean President pushing for North Korean denuclearisation before 2019

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is continuing to push for “irrevocable progress” in North Korean denuclearisation by the end of the year, preparing for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The focus of the Pyongyang summit between the two Korean leaders will be on achieving denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. South Korea’s…

Trump cancels Pompeo North Korea trip amid concerns over nuclear progress

US President Donald Trump cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea over concerns that North Korea was not progressing in its goals agreed to at the nuclear summit in June. This is the first time Mr Trump has acknowledged North Korea’s apparent lack of movement towards denuclearisation, despite characterising the meeting as…

Pompeo confident North Korea will end nuclear program

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed optimism about North Korea ending its nuclear program within the timeline set in an agreement between the two countries. “I’m optimistic that we will get this done in the timeline and the world will celebrate what the U.N. Security Council has demanded,” Pompeo said. “The work has…

North Korea returns US war remains

North Korea has handed over 55 boxes believed to be the remains of US soldiers from the 1950-53 Korean War, fulfilling part of their agreements from the US-North Korea summit in June. US President Donald Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un for the handover of the boxed remains, which were wrapped in the UN…

Mike Pompeo in North Korea for “clarification” on nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in North Korea to try and reach an agreement on the details of US President Donald Trump’s agreement with North Korea that seeks to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula. Both sides have said they need to “clarify” some things regarding the deal, which Mr Trump has already hailed as…

North Korea may still be developing nuclear weapons

US intelligence believes North Korea may still be developing its nuclear weapon capabilities, increasing its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at secret sites, according to an NBC News report. The report cited US intelligence officials, and contradicts US President Donald Trump’s statement that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”, made…

OPINION: Donald Trump’s Big Gamble On North Korea

Only time will tell us whether the meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump was a success for those of us living in Australia. Most of us want to see fewer nuclear weapons in the world and in our region and, if their number can’t be reduced, less of a threat that those missiles will…

Trump prefers instinct to prepared noted with North Korea summit

US President Donald Trump will reportedly rely on his own instincts rather than briefing books and prepared note cards according to people formerly involved in the administration. Despite a number of briefings both verbal and written to prepare him for his meeting with Kim Jong-Un, Mr Trump still prefers his own instinct. The reports come…

Will they or won’t they: US-North Korea summit back on

US President Donald Trump has reversed his earlier decision to cancel his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the meeting is back on again. This announcement comes just eight days after Mr Trump cancelled the summit due to Pyongyang’s “open hostility”. The announcement comes following a meeting between Mr Trump and Kim Yong-Chol,…