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Destination Pyongyang: 50-year search for father after N. Korean hijack

5 December 2019; AFP: Half a century ago a North Korean agent hijacked the flight carrying Hwang In-cheol's father. Pyongyang never returned him, and the search has defined his son's life.

Hwang was just two when he last saw his father and knows him only through photographs, but he has spent much of his adult life campaigning for him.

A producer for South Korean broadcaster MBC, Hwang Won was starting a business trip on a domestic Korean Air flight from Gangneung to Seoul's Gimpo airport on December 11, 1969.

N.Korea Chief Of General Staff Expresses Disappointment Over U.S. Military Threat

PYONGYANG, Dec 5 (NNN-KCNA) – Pak Jong Chon, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army, of North Korea (DPRK), said, he was disappointed to hear U.S. President, Donald Trump’s remarks on Tuesday, in which Trump said he may use armed forces against the DPRK.

“I heard that the U.S. president made undesirable remarks about the DPRK on Dec 3, during the NATO summit in Britain,” he said.

North Korea: Kim supervises latest weapons test

PYONGYANG, Nov 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) - North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un supervised Thursday’s test of what it called a “super-large multiple launch rocket system”, Pyongyang’s state media said Friday, hinting that it could be the last in that series.

Pyongyang fired what South Korea described as “unidentified projectiles” on Thursday, as nuclear talks between the North and the United States remain deadlocked.

Time running out on North Korea’s deadline to US on nukes

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump have signaled their affection for each other so regularly it might be easy to miss rising fears that the head-spinning diplomatic engagement of the past two years is falling apart.

Pyongyang has issued increasingly dire warnings to Washington to mind a year-end deadline to offer some new initiative to settle the nations’ decades-long nuclear standoff.

Kim orders N. Korea artillery firing, drawing Seoul rebuke

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops to practice firing artillery near a disputed sea boundary with rival South Korea, Pyongyang’s state media reported Monday, drawing a quick rebuke from Seoul.

It was the latest sign of impatience from Kim amid worries that nearly two years of U.S.-North Korean diplomacy will fall apart if Washington doesn’t meet Pyongyang’s year-end deadline to offer a new initiative to settle their long-running standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons program.

DPRK Not Interested In Summit With U.S. That Brings Nothing To Pyongyang

PYONGYANG, Nov 19 (NNN-KCNA) – An official of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said, Pyongyang was no longer interested in another DPRK-U.S. summit, that “brings nothing” to his country.

In a statement, Kim Kye Gwan, adviser to the DPRK’s Foreign Ministry, said, he learned that, U.S. President, Donald Trump, called for another DPRK-U.S. summit.

Trump addressed DPRK top leader, Kim Jong Un, saying, “I am the only one who can get you where you have to be. You should act quickly, get the deal done. See you soon!”

Europeans urge strict sanctions enforcement on North Korea

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) — European members of the UN Security Council called for the strict enforcement of international sanctions against North Korea, after a closed-door meeting prompted by Pyongyang’s latest missile test.

“International sanctions must remain in place and be fully and strictly enforced,” they said in a statement read by French ambassador Nicolas Riviere.

Joining France in the statement was Belgium, Germany, Poland and Britain as well as Estonia, which becomes a council member in January.

Fate of future DPRK-U.S. dialogue depends on U.S. attitude: DPRK

PYONGYANG, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Sunday that the fate of future DPRK-U.S. dialogue depends on Washington.

In a statement by the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, the DPRK blamed the United States for the failure of the recent working-level talks in Sweden and said it has no intention for further negotiations unless Washington changes its "hostile policy."

N.Korea says to hold nuclear talks with US on Saturday

1 October 2019; AFP: North Korea and the United States will hold working-level nuclear talks on Saturday, Pyongyang said, signalling the resumption of a dialogue process that has been effectively stalled since the collapse of a summit in February.

The two sides agreed to have "preliminary contact" on October 4 and hold working-level negotiations the following day, the North's vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

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