North Korea LIVE Update: US bombers train over South Korea

  • Namibia dismisses UN expert's claims on North Korea ties
    Namibia's government on Tuesday rejected accusations by the coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea who accused the southern African nation of not complying with UN Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang, according to Reuters.
    Namibia said that it rejected allegations that it had not submitted a report for more than a year to the Security Council's sanctions committee on North Korea.Tunnel collapse may have killed 200 after North Korea nuclear test: Japanese broadcaster
    A tunnel at North Korea's nuclear test site collapsed after Pyongyang's sixth atomic test in September, possibly killing more than 200 people, Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi said on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation, Reutershas reported.
    About 100 workers at the Punggye-ri nuclear site were affected by the initial collapse, which took place around Sept. 10, the broadcaster said.
    A second collapse during a rescue operation meant it was possible the death toll could have exceeded 200, it added.
    Considering to designate North Korea as terrorism sponsor: White House
    The US is mulling to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, the White House has said, as President Donald Trump embarks on his five-nation Asia trip today during which the issue of the reclusive nation will be taken up prominently.
    "That is an option that's under consideration," the National Security Adviser H R McMaster told reporters at a White House news conference when asked if designating North Korea a State Sponsor of terrorism is an option for the United States.

    • China says has made best effort on North Korea ahead of Trump visit
      A senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday China has made its best efforts to resolve issues on the Korean peninsula, ahead of US President Donald Trump's state visit to Beijing next week when he is expected to press China to do more on North Korea, Reuters has reported.
      Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang said the North Korean nuclear issue would be an important topic up for discussion at the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump.
      China firmly opposes conflict on the Korean peninsula and believes using force is not the correct way to resolve the issue, Zheng told reporters at a briefing in Beijing. China and the United States have a shared interest in peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, Zheng said.
    • In meeting, Trump to push a reluctant Xi to rein in North Korea
      President Donald Trump will further pressure Chinese President Xi Jinping in talks next week to take tougher measures against North Korea, as the United States compiles information for possible new sanctions on Chinese banks working with Pyongyang, according to Reuters.
      Senior administration officials say Trump will try to convince Xi when they meet in Beijing to squeeze North Korea with steps such as limits on oil exports, coal imports and financial transactions.
      It is the latest attempt by Trump to have China, North Korea's only major ally, rein in Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions but it is far from clear if Xi, who has just consolidated his power at a Communist Party congress, will agree.
    Trump, dogged at home, heads on longest presidential Asia trip in years
    Beset by challenges at home, President Donald Trump on Friday embarks on the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than a quarter century, looking for help to pressure North Korea to stand down from a nuclear crisis, according to Reuters.
    Trump's tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from Friday to November 14 will take him out of Washington as is preoccupied with several issues.
    These include an intensifying federal investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election, New York's recovery from an attack that killed eight people and debate over a tax-cut plan that if approved by Congress would be his first major legislative victory.
  • Treasury Blocks Chinese Bank From U.S. Financial System Over North Korea Ties: WSJ
    The Trump administration has officially cut off a small Chinese bank from the US financial system on Thursday, accusing it of helping North Korea develop its illegal ballistic missile program, according to a report by Wall Street Journal.
    The White House had in June said that it planned to sever the Chinese Bank of Dandong from the world’s most important financial system.
    The move marked a new phase in an escalating sanctions regime against North Korea as the White House sought to choke off illicit financial networks.
  • US bomber drills aggravate North Korea ahead of Trump's Asia visit
    Two US strategic bombers conducted drills over South Korea on Thursday, the US Air Force said, raising tensions with North Korea just days before President Donald Trump visits the region seeking to shut down Pyongyang's nuclear programme, according to Reuters.
    News of the drills was first reported by North Korean state news agency KCNA on Friday, which said the exercises involving South Korean and Japanese fighter jets were a "surprise nuclear strike drill".
    "The reality clearly shows that the gangster-like US imperialists are the very one who is aggravating the situation of the Korean peninsula and seeking to ignite a nuclear war," KCNA said.
  • China's Xi says hopes to promote relations with North Korea: North Korean news agency
    Chinese President Xi Jinping replied to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's congratulatory message on China's Communist Party Congress, saying he hopes to promote ties between the two countries, North Korea's state news agency said on Thursday.
    The friendly exchange is relatively routine, but it comes as China has come under intense pressure from the United States to do more to rein in the North's missile and nuclear tests, which have raised tensions globally, according to Reuters.
    China has been increasingly frustrated over ally North Korea's weapons tests in defiance of Unied Nations resolutions, repeatedly calling for restraint and urging all sides to speak and act carefully.
  • South Korea spy agency sees signs of planned new missile test by North
    With just a few days before US President Donald Trump visits Seoul , South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers on Thursday that North Korea may be planning a new missile test, after brisk activity was spotted at its research facilities, Reuters has reported.
    North Korea has carried out a series of nuclear and missile tests in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions, but has not launched any missiles since firing one over Japan on September 15, the longest such gap this year.
  • Trump will not visit DMZ during Asia trip
    A senior administration officials have said that US President Donald Trump will not go be visiting the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the border of North Korea and South Korea during his upcoming Asia trip, Reuters has reported.
    "The president is not going to visit the DMZ. There is not enough time in the schedule," the official told reporters in a background briefing.
    However, Trump will be the first American president to visit Camp Humphreys, a military installation south of Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
    "We thought that would make more sense in terms of its messaging, in terms of the chance to address families and troops there," the official said.

  • World 'running out of time' on North Korea, Trump to tell Asia: White House
    US President Donald Trump will tell leaders on a five-nation Asia tour the world is "running out of time" on North Korea's nuclear crisis and that he will give his strategy to isolate Pyongyang a few months before making adjustments, a top aide said on Thursday.
    Trump will be heading to for Hawaii on Friday. He will then undertake an Asia tour where he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. It will be the longest Asia visit undertaken by an American president in more than 25 years.
    Trump's goal will be to increase international support for an effort to deprive North Korea of resources as leverage to coerce it to give up nuclear weapons, according to Reuters.
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