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Finding comfort, and North Korea, in a tiny restaurant

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The little restaurant isn’t much to look at. It’s across the street from an empty lot in a city where bland high-rise apartment buildings sprawl in every direction. Boxes of dried fish are stacked by the front window. A dirty mop stands in the corner. …

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South Korean businesses feel the effects of North Korea’s threats

North Korea has carried out four missile tests over the past few weeks, heightening tensions on the Korean peninsula. Heavy sanctions have been unable to deter Pyongyang and its nuclear weapons programme and aggressive rhetoric is now slowly starting to take a toll on South Korea’s economy. The tensions have been putting off tourists and …

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China influence over North Korea a bluff

Jason Lee / REUTERS The US is pushing China deeper into a corner over the crisis with North Korea. It wants the Chinese to persuade the North Koreans to give up their nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. The popular perception is that Beijing has substantial leverage over Pyongyang, partly …

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CIA Director Pompeo: Trump asks me about North Korea every day

Kim Jong Un. KRT via AP Video/AP CIA Director Mike Pompeo addressed the imminent nuclear threat from North Korea during an interview with MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt which aired Saturday, saying the topic was “at the top” of President Donald Trump’s mind. Pompeo said he and Trump talk for almost an hour every day, …

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US and China agree on complete denuclearization of North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the newly-built Dental Sanitary Goods Factory. KCNA/via Reuters BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be “complete, verifiable and irreversible”, Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks …

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North Korea tests rocket engine for ICBM

North Korea conducted another rocket engine test as part of its efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to multiple reports Thursday. The test follows about a dozen missile launches this year, as well as three engine tests in March. The United States assessed the Thursday test could be …

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The Value—and Limits—of Data on North Korea’s External Relations

North Korea’s external relations provide an important, if sometimes clouded, window into the country. While Pyongyang has not published detailed economic data for decades, mirror statistics from its trading partners provide insight into the state of North Korea’s economy. Data on North Koreans legally entering China provides indicators on the …

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