North Korea looms large over US-Japan talks

The U.S. and Japan presented a united front on the complete, verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization (CVID) of North Korea as the two countries conducted security talks in Washington. (April 19)

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Shanahan: NKorea did not test ballistic missile

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is confirming that North Korea conducted a test launch on Wednesday, but he declined to provide any details. (April 18)

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North Korea celebrates Kim Il Sung’s birthday with flower show

The 21th Kimilsungia Festival is held in Pyongyang as part of the annual commemorations for the anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s founding leader Kim Il Sung.

North Korea holds sweet sculpture show

An exhibition in North Korea showcases sculptures made from sugar and biscuit to mark the birthday of former leader Kim Il Sung, which is known within the country as the Day of the Sun and celebrated on April 15 every year.

Trump wants North Korea sanctions to remain

President Donald Trump says sanctions against North Korea will continue for now. In an Oval Office meeting with the South Korean President, he said the sanctions aimed at Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons program are at a “fair” level. (April 11)

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Foreign participants double at North Korea marathon

Twice as many foreigners as last year ran Pyongyang’s annual marathon, tour firms said, as reduced tensions see visitor numbers rise in isolated North Korea.