Pvt. Travis King, 23, ran across the heavily fortified border from South Korea and became the first American detained in North Korea in nearly five years.
State media say Kim made the comments during a two-day session of the North’s rubber-stamp parliament which amended the constitution to include his policy of expanding the country’s military nuclear program.
Although Pvt. Travis King's expulsion by North Korea resolves a still-mysterious episode, it almost certainly does not end his troubles. King had been declared AWOL by the U.S. government.
On Tuesday, South Korea rolled tanks, artillery systems, drones and powerful ballistic missiles capable of hitting all of North Korea past Seoul streets.
The North Korean leader has been pushing hard to expand his nuclear arsenal and introduce a slew of new weapons systems.
The North Korean leader reportedly visited munitions factories last week and said North Korea must have “an overwhelming military force" and be fully prepared for any war.
North Korea has remained publicly silent about Pvt. Travis King, who crossed the border, while he was supposed to be heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, after his release from prison in South Korea on an assault conviction.
Pvt. 2nd Class Travis King bolted into North Korea while on a tour of the Demilitarized Zone on Tuesday after he was supposed to leave the country and travel to a base in the U.S.
Activists for years have flown balloons across the border to distribute propaganda leaflets critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
South Korea's military says North Korea’s latest weapons launch apparently ended in failure.
President Donald Trump has arrived at Singapore's government house for a meeting with the island city-state's leader.
North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed are invasion rehearsals.
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his South Korean counterpart at their historic summit that he would be willing to give up his nuclear weapons if the U.S. commits to a formal end to the Korean War and a pledge not to attack the North, Seoul officials said Sunday.Kim also vowed during his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday to shut down the North's nuclear test site in May and disclose the process to experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States, Seoul's presidential office said.While there are lingering questions about whether North Korea will ever decide to fully relinquish its nukes as it heads into negotiations with the U.S., Kim's comments amount to the North's most specific acknowledgement yet that "denuclearization" would constitute surrendering its weapons.U.S. national security adviser John Bolton reacted coolly to word that Kim would abandon his weapons if the United States pledged not to invade.Asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" whether the U.S. would make such a promise, Bolton said: "Well, we've heard this before.
SEATTLE -- Hope is spreading with the possibility of peace on the horizon between North and South Korea.
GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — With a single step over a weathered, cracked slab of concrete, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Friday by crossing over the world's most heavily armed border to greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as "Little Rocket Man."Trump's praise for Kim on Tuesday stood in stark contrast to his previous bellicose rhetoric toward the North Korean leader.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the country is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy.The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbors and the international community to secure peace in the Korean Peninsula and create an "optimal international environment" to build its economy.The announcements came days before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.A separate meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is anticipated in May or June.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea held a military parade and rally on Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, just one day before South Korea holds the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.More than 10,000 troops trained for the parade at a military airfield for several weeks and residents had practiced in plazas around the North Korean capital with bouquets of plastic flowers to spell out slogans during the parade.A South Korean government official said tens of thousands of people participated or watched the parade Thursday morning in Pyongyang.
Horrific tales are being shared by North Korean defectors who fled their homes near the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, with stories of sickened residents and wildlife, and even a deformed baby born without genitals and murdered soon after birth.
President Donald Trump warned North Korea not to "try us" in a speech delivered hours after his surprise visit to the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone was thwarted by bad weather Wednesday.