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Vietnam says Kim murder suspect thought it was a prank

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The Vietnamese woman arrested as a suspect in killing the half-brother of North Korea's leader thought she was taking part in a prank video, Vietnam's foreign ministry said on Saturday. Hanoi had not previously confirmed that Doan Thi...Show More Summary

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

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TOKYO (AP) — China's announcement that it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes. Show More Summary

Why N. Korea may have used VX to kill leader's half brother

Was it a poorly executed assassination or did North Korea want to showcase its stockpile of banned chemical weapons? The use of the highly toxic VX warfare agent to kill … Click to Continue »

Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed brother of N. Korean leader

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Sometime in the hours after poisoning the half brother of North Korea's leader, one of his two attackers began to vomit, Malaysian police said Friday. It was apparently an early indication of the immensely powerful toxin that was used in the killing: the chemical warfare agent VX.

N. Korea’s VX use signals world it’s even more dangerous than we thought

By using one of the world’s deadliest known toxins to carry off a high-profile assassination in Malaysia, North Korea sent a message to the world that it has two types … Click to Continue »

North Korea Avoids Sanctions With Overseas Companies: UN Report

Access to the international banking system helps the regime to move 'money, people and goods, including arms and related materiel, across borders.'

Trump Administration Cancels Back-Channel Talks With North Korea

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The reversal came after an announcement that a chemical weapon was used to kill the estranged half brother of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader.

Here's What North Korean Propaganda Actually Shows

North Korea's propaganda photos aren't just good, well, propaganda; they can also help the West understand what's going on with the country's nuclear program and within Kim Jong-un's regime. In a fascinating piece, the New York Times uses one such photo—Kim debuting what is said to be a new...

Blinking Red: Reconsidering U.S. Approaches to Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity threats range from Russia's influence on the U.S. elections to the ongoing theft by China of industrial intellectual property and North Korea's attacks on U.S. media. The post Blinking Red: Reconsidering U.S. Approaches to Cybersecurity appeared first on Foreign Policy Blogs.

Malaysia warns North Korea to cooperate with investigation

Malaysian police said Saturday that they would issue an arrest warrant for a North Korean diplomat if he refuses to cooperate with the investigation into the deadly attack on North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother. Continue reading ? The post Malaysia warns North Korea to cooperate with investigation appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Kim Jong-nam attack reveals true nature of North Korea

The risk of proliferation of nerve agents to non-state actors is perhaps the most startling concern.

Suspect accused of killing Kim Jong-Nam claims to have been paid $90 for what she thought was a 'baby oil' prank

The Indonesian woman who is one of the suspects arrested over the killing of the half-brother of North Korea's leader, has reportedly told authorities she was paid 400 Malaysian riggits ($90) to carry out what she believed was a prank,...Show More Summary

North Korea wins first medal at Asian Winter Games

North Korea won its first medal at the Asian Winter Games on Saturday as Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik won the bronze medal in the figure skating pairs event        

The show so far, a continuing series

The big news was that China actually started to apply real pressure to North Korea, namely ceasing to buy their coal for the rest of the year.  That may prove a phantom or reversed piece of news, but still it is real progress of some kind, if only in expected value terms.  Did Trump’s antics […] The post The show so far, a continuing series appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

North Korea evades sanctions with network of overseas companies: U.N. report

(Reuters) - North Korea is evading international sanctions with a sophisticated network of overseas companies, enabled partly by its continued access to the international banking system, says a forthcoming United Nations report seen by Reuters.

First planned North Korea-U.S. contact in Trump administration canceled: WSJ

SEOUL (Reuters) - Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were canceled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

Retired Green Beret Warns "There Are Destabilizing Forces At Work Here"

Submitted by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces) via, As of this writing a tremendous number of things are happening in North Korea and Russia. Although these are...Show More Summary

North v. South Korean writing

A rare example of fiction from the 'other' Korea is now available in English: Bandi's Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea, The Accusation -- and in The Guardian translator Deborah Smith now discusses: Do North and South Korea speak the same language ? Yes, but not quite.

Kim Jong Un's half brother was assassinated — here's what we know so far

Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, was killed on February 13. When news of a man getting fatally poisoned at a Kuala Lumpur airport first broke, the event caused a local stir but received relatively little...Show More Summary

??North Korea?: ?Kim Jong-Nam Killed With ‘The Most Toxic Weapon Ever Created’

Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was reportedly assassinated with a chemical known as VX, the deadliest nerve agent ever created. NBC News reported today that the tasteless, colorless, odorless liquid,...Show More Summary

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