Categories for North Korea

31,970. 12/31/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said his country no longer felt bound by its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, its official media reported on Wednesday [1-1-20], the strongest indication yet that the country could soon resume such tests. Mr. Kim also said the world would witness a new strategic weapon ‘in the near future,’ according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, though no details were provided. North Korea has not conducted a long-range missile test or a nuclear test in more than two years. Mr. Kim had announced his moratorium at a time when he hoped negotiations with the United States — and his budding personal relationship with President Trump — would prompt the United States to begin lifting crippling sanctions. Mr. Trump, who has met Mr. Kim three times, has often cited the North’s restraint as a major diplomatic achievement.”

Choe Sang-Hun, “North Korea Is No Longer Bound by Nuclear Test Moratorium, Kim Says,” The New York Times online, December 31, 2019

31,461. 12/9/2019

HUMAN RIGHTS/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “The Trump administration has refused to support a move by members of the United Nations Security Council to hold a discussion Tuesday [12-10-19] on North Korea’s rampant human rights abuses, effectively blocking the meeting for the second year in a row. The American action appeared aimed at muting international criticism of Pyongyang’s human rights record in the hope of preserving a tenuous diplomatic opening between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the authoritarian leader of North Korea. Tensions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim have broken out into the open in recent days. On Monday [12-9-19], North Korea called Mr. Trump a ‘heedless and erratic old man’ after the American president warned that Mr. Kim could lose ‘everything’ if he resumed military provocations like nuclear or long-range missile tests before the 2020 elections in the United States.”

Edward Wong and Choe Sang-Hun, “Trump Officials Block U.N. Meeting on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea,” The New York Times online, December 9, 2019

31,351. 12/8/2019

NATO/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….with the U.S. Presidential Election in November. North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised. NATO, China, Russia, Japan, and the entire world is unified on this issue!”

Donald Trump,, December 8, 2019 10:17 am

31,350. 12/8/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SINGAPORE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore. He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere….

Donald Trump,, December 8, 2019 10:17 am

30,712. 11/17/2019

JOE BIDEN/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Mr. Chairman, Joe Biden may be Sleepy and Very Slow, but he is not a ‘rabid dog.’ He is actually somewhat better than that, but 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!

-Donald Trump,, November 17, 2019 9:58 am

28,268. 9/10/2019

DEMS/IRAN/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/RUSSIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Next week, Democrats in Congress will have a golden opportunity to take a strong and principled stand against President Trump’s dangerous moves to resurrect the nuclear arms race. So far, Trump has set a treacherous course for U.S. nuclear policy. He is tearing down arms control treaties that were carefully constructed over decades with bipartisan support. He is building new weapons at tremendous cost that will increase nuclear threats to the world. He has impulsively threatened nations (North Korea) with nuclear attack and has pushed others (Iran) to resume nuclear activities that they had ended. Trump has been in office for less than three years, and the world is already a more dangerous place. Far from earning our trust on nuclear policy, he has given us reason to be deeply concerned. Unfortunately, the executive branch has sweeping authority when it comes to nuclear weapons.”

William J. Perry and Tom Z. Collina, “How to Starve Trump’s Lust for Nukes,” Politico, September 10, 2019

28,052. 9/2/2019

MILITARY/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As North Korea fired off a series of missiles in recent months — at least 18 since May — President Trump has repeatedly dismissed their importance as short-range and ‘very standard’ tests. And although he has conceded ‘there may be a United Nations violation,’ the president says any concerns are overblown. Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, Mr. Trump explained recently, just ‘likes testing missiles.’ Now, American intelligence officials and outside experts have come to a far different conclusion: that the launchings downplayed by Mr. Trump, including two late last month, have allowed Mr. Kim to test missiles with greater range and maneuverability that could overwhelm American defenses in the region. Japan’s defense minister, Takeshi Iwaya, told reporters in Tokyo last week that the irregular trajectories of the most recent tests were more evidence of a program designed to defeat the defenses Japan has deployed, with American technology, at sea and on shore.”

David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, “North Korea Missile Tests, ‘Very Standard’ to Trump, Show Signs of Advancing Arsenal,” The New York Times online, September 2, 2019

27,538. 8/16/2019

MILITARY/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korea launched at least two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday [8-16-19], South Korea’s military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea’s president as ‘impudent’ and vowed that inter-Korean talks are over. The North has protested against joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, largely computer-simulated, which kicked off last week, calling them a rehearsal for war. It has also fired several short-range missiles in recent weeks. North Korea fired two more short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Friday morning, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement. Japan’s defense ministry said it did not see any imminent security threat from the latest projectile launch. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial information indicated at least one projectile was fired by North Korea and appeared to be similar to the short-range missiles fired in previous weeks. Another official said the United States was consulting with South Korea and Japan.”

Josh Smith and Jack Kim, “North Korea fires missiles, derides South Korea’s Moon as ‘impudent’,” Reuters, August 16, 2019

27,332. 8/10/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future! A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!” 

Donald Trump,, August 10, 2019 6:58 am

27,331. 8/10/2019

NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercise are over. It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises. It was…..”

Donald Trump,, August 10, 2019 6:58 am

27,327. 8/9/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korea fired two projectiles off its east coast on Saturday [8-10-19], hours after President Trump said he had received a ‘very beautiful letter’ from the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un. The projectiles were launched from Hamhung, a coastal town northeast of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, the South Korean military said in a brief statement. The North’s missiles flew 248 miles, the South’s military said. It was the second weapons test by North Korea this week. North Korea launched what South Korea called two short-range ballistic missiles on Tuesday, part of a series of tests of short-range ballistic missiles and large-caliber multiple rocket launchers that began late last month. North Korea has been carrying out the tests to express its anger at a joint military drill the United States and South Korea are scheduled to begin on Sunday and to gain leverage in bilateral talks that Washington hopes to start soon with the North, analysts said.”

Choe Sang-Hun, “North Korea Launches Projectiles Despite ‘Beautiful Letter’ From Kim Jong-un to Trump,” The New York Times online, August 9, 2019

27,326. 8/9/2019

CIA/MEDIA/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Kim Dong-chul, an American businessman in Rason, a North Korean special economic zone near the border with Russia, was leaving a local government office on Oct. 2, 2015, when he was stopped by a 34-year-old army veteran he had hired as a secret informant…Mr. Kim knew he had just been set up, but it was too late. It was the beginning of a 31-month incarceration in North Korea that included torture, a conviction on espionage charges and forced labor in a prison camp. Mr. Kim was the longest-held American in North Korea when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew there in May last year. Mr. Pompeo returned home with Mr. Kim and two other American hostages, a triumphant moment for President Trump. Now, in a memoir entitled ‘Border Rider,’ published in South Korea in June, Mr. Kim, 65, recounts how he became a decorated foreign investor in North Korea, then spied for the Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, and ended up as Prisoner No. 429.”

Choe Sang-Hun, “Missionary, Businessman, Prisoner, Spy: An American’s Odyssey in North Korea,” The New York Times online, August 9, 2019

27,321. 8/9/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [8-9-19] praised a ‘beautiful letter” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Hours later, the regime launched further projectiles as a warning against joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. On Saturday, Trump slammed the ‘ridiculous and expensive’ joint exercises in a tweet, indicating he’ll meet with Kim ‘in the not too distant future’…North Korea had five rounds of weapons demonstrations in the past two weeks — including another launch of two projectiles Saturday local time, according to South Korea. Trump had dismissed the previous tests, saying they were just for short-range missiles. He added that Kim wrote in the ‘very personal letter’ that he is not happy with the U.S.-South Korea joint exercises.”

Rishika Dugyala, “After ‘beautiful letter’and more N.K. launches, Trump says he’ll meet with Kim again,” Politico, August 9, 2019 1:47 am

27,241. 8/7/2019

NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “South Korea has agreed to pay substantially more money to the United States in order to defend itself from North Korea. Over the past many decades, the U.S. has been paid very little by South Korea, but last year, at the request of President Trump, South Korea paid $990,000,000..”

Donald Trump,, August 7, 2019 5:21 am

27,143. 8/2/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Kim Jong Un and North Korea tested 3 short range missiles over the last number of days. These missiles tests are not a violation of our signed Singapore agreement, nor was there discussion of short range missiles when we shook hands. There may be a United Nations violation, but..” 

Donald Trump,, August 2, 2019 10:05 am

27,142. 8/2/2019

NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…..Chairman Kim does not want to disappoint me with a violation of trust, there is far too much for North Korea to gain – the potential as a Country, under Kim Jong Un’s leadership, is unlimited. Also, there is far too much to lose. I may be wrong, but I believe that……”

Donald Trump,, August 2, 2019 10:05 am

27,141. 8/2/2019

NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Chariman Kim has a great and beautiful vision for his country, and only the United States, with me as President, can make that vision come true. He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!”

Donald Trump,, August 2, 2019 10:05 am

26,954. 7/26/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [7-26-19] downplayed North Korea’s missile tests that took place the day before, saying he wasn’t surprised by the short range launches and shrugging off the volatile nation’s warning to South Korea. Despite North Korea calling the tests a ‘solemn warning’ to its southern neighbors, Trump argued to reporters in the Oval Office that he didn’t view the incident as a setback to potential nuclear talks with leader Kim Jong Un because ‘many people have those missiles’…A reporter then said the president didn’t sound surprised by the tests, to which Trump responded: ‘Not at all.’ The Associated Press reported that North Korea called the tests a ‘solemn warning’ targeted at ‘South Korean military warmongers.’ Though Pyongyang pointedly avoided calling out the U.S., the test of ‘a new type of tactical guided weapon’ came as the U.S. and South Korea planned to hold joint military drills in the region. But the president brushed off those concerns, as well, asserting that they weren’t his problem.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump downplays latest North Korean missile tests,” Politico, July 26, 2019 5:53 pm

26,448. 7/11/2019

CHINA/FOREIGN POLICY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As he tries to tackle the greatest challenges to American power in Asia, President Trump is overturning policy toward China and North Korea that for decades was as canonical as Confucian ritual. With North Korea, he is engaging with the enemy in hopes that negotiations will yield a surrender of nuclear weapons. With China, Mr. Trump says the United States must take a big step back from an economic relationship that has strengthened a formidable rival. The shifts were prompted by internal changes in each country, combined with Mr. Trump’s unorthodox instincts and the views of his senior Asia advisers. The administration now has growing bipartisan support in Washington to widen an emerging global conflict with China and build diplomacy with North Korea.

-Edward Wong, “Trump’s Asia Gamble: Shatter Enduring Strategies on China and North Korea,” The New York Times online, July 11, 2019

26,183. 7/1/2019

NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….In the meantime, our teams will be meeting to work on some solutions to very long term and persistent problems. No rush, but I am sure we will ultimately get there!”

Donald Trump,, July 1, 2019 5:17 pm

26,182. 7/1/2019

NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It was great being with Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea this weekend. We had a great meeting, he looked really well and very healthy – I look forward to seeing him again soon….” 

Donald Trump,, July 1, 2019 5:16 pm

26,179. 7/1/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/JOE BIDEN/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday [7-1-19] lambasted Donald Trump over recent foreign policy decisions, dismissing the president’s historic trip into North Korean territory over the weekend as a photo-op, while blaming Trump for the deterioration of relations with Iran. Over the weekend, Trump met with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, for the third time in his presidency and became the first sitting American president to step foot in the isolated country. The meeting, which took place in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, was capped off by Trump’s stepping onto the North Korean side of the line in a made-for-TV moment that Democrats immediately denounced as a photo-op, despite both sides agreeing to restart nuclear talks. The New York Times reported afterward that the administration is considering agreeing to a ‘freeze’ of North Korea’s nuclear weapons arsenal as opposed to a more comprehensive denuclearization pact, a notion rejected by national security adviser John Bolton, who was absent from Sunday’s summit.

Caitlin Oprysko, “Biden dings Trump for his handling of North Korea and Iran,” Politico, July 1, 2019 4:11 pm

26,176. 7/1/2019

MEDIA/NORTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WHITE HOUSE STAFF: “Stephanie Grisham, the new White House press secretary, returned from the Demilitarized Zone with a bruise on her arm after physically pushing North Korean officials to clear a way for American journalists to cover President Trump’s meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. In a video of the clash, Ms. Grisham can be seen — iPhone in one hand — wedging her body between a railing and a throng of men crowding a hallway. ‘Go,’ she commanded a group of journalists as she held back the North Koreans, opening a path for the journalists. Making her first mark in the job by fighting, physically, for press access, Ms. Grisham offered a stark contrast to how Sean Spicer, Mr. Trump’s first press secretary, introduced himself to the world when he assumed the same position. Dressed in an ill-fitting suit, Mr. Spicer had stood at the White House lectern and stated, falsely, that Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd drew the ‘largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.’”

Annie Karni, “Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s New Press Secretary, Literally Pushes for Press Access,” The New York times online, July 1, 2019

26,175. 7/1/2019

NATIONAL SECURITY/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As President Trump reveled in his historic weekend stroll into North Korea, administration officials were sharply at odds on Monday [7-1-19] over what demands to make of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, while preparing to restart negotiations on a nuclear deal. Pushing an internal debate into the open, John R. Bolton, the national security adviser and the most prominent hawk in the administration, reacted angrily to a report in The New York Times about the possibility of a deal to effectively freeze North Korea’s nuclear activity in return for American concessions. Some officials are considering a freeze as a first step toward a more comprehensive agreement for Mr. Kim to give up his entire nuclear program. Mr. Bolton has long insisted that the North Koreans dismantle their nuclear program and give up their entire arsenal of warheads before getting any rewards.”

Edward Wong, “Trump Officials Are Split Over Approach to North Korea Talks,” The New York Times online, July 1, 2019

26,174. 7/1/2019

IVANKA/NORTH KOREA/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Set against a tense, eerie silence in the landmine-riddled mountains separating South and North Korea, the Demilitarized Zone may be the highest-stakes negotiation site on earth. It’s not the sort of place for mistakes. It is the latest spot where Ivanka Trump has tried her hand at statecraft. On Sunday [6-30-19], Ms. Trump, the president’s elder daughter, used an impromptu meeting between her father and Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, to further slip into the role of unofficial spokeswoman and budding stateswoman for the Trump administration. With her husband, fellow senior adviser Jared Kushner, at her side, Ms. Trump delivered news interviews, posed for photos and met Mr. Kim. Earlier in the day, Ms. Trump had repeated what her father has often said about dealing with the North: that it would be free of crippling sanctions and clear for an economic boom if Mr. Kim were to dismantle his nuclear program. Scant evidence suggests that Mr. Kim is taking the steps to do this, but on Sunday, two Trumps rewarded him with a visit.”

Katie Rogers, “Ivanka Trump Tests Her Diplomatic Chops and Riles a Legion of Critics,” The New York Times online, July 1, 2019