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N. Korean ex-spy who blew up jetliner: Don’t trust Kim Jong Un

DAEGU CITY, South Korea — She’s a killer with a soft voice and a sharp blue suit. And not just any killer. Kim Hyon-hui is a mass murderer, a former spy for North Korea who blew up a passenger jet in 1987 on orders from Kim Jong Un’s father. She says he wanted to sabotage the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. Kim Hyon-hui Mac William Bishop / for NBC News And with the Olympics returning to South Korea in just over two weeks in PyeongChang, she’s warning the world not to…

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Tokyo prepares for war with mass evacuation amid missile warning

Hundreds of residents fled an amusement park today as they took part in the city’s first missile evacuation practise  Loudspeakers across the city warned off a simulated missile attack and urged people to shelter indoors or go underground. A voice on the speaker told the Tokyo Dome Amusement Park: “An advisory about a missile launch was just issued. Everyone, please stay calm and seek shelter in the basement. Those who are already indoors, please stay there.” “An advisory about a missile launch was just issued. Everyone, please stay calm and seek…

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North Korea THREAT: US should inspect Kim’s ships selling Iran missiles amid WW3 fears

North Korea sell missiles to Iran and should be stopped by the United States an East Asia expert has said.  The accusation comes as North Korea has refused to shut down its nuclear programme, sparking World War 3 fears.  North Korea has entered talks with South Korea and during discussions, the country’s decided that they will march together at the Winter Olympics.  Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Gordon Chang, the author of ‘Nuclear Showdown’ warned about Kim Jong-un’s relationship with Iran.  He said: “One thing that the US should do is…

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Briefing: What to expect at the Olympics

The Winter Olympics are coming to Asia for only the third time and feature new sports, with the aim of attracting a more diverse global audience. WHERE IS PYEONGCHANG? Pyeongchang is the name of both a city and county in the rugged eastern mountains of the Korean Peninsula, just 50 miles from the demilitarized zone that separates North Korea and South Korea. Olympic organizers are capitalizing the “c” – making it PyeongChang – to avoid confusion with the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. (A Kenyan delegate to a United Nations…

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Kim Jong-un sending world ‘mixed signals’ as he calls for nuclear talks warns France

GETTY North Korea appeared bent on boosting its nuclear capability, says French minister French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said North Korea appeared bent on boosting its nuclear capability despite sending out mixed signals.  Pyongyang has attempted to thaw relations in recent days during talks with South Korea.  South Korean President Moon Jae-in said a thaw in relations between the two Koreas ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics presented a “precious chance” for the United States and North Korea to discuss the North’s weapons programmes. But North Korea continues to…

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USA and North Korea set to come face to face as South Korea tries to engineer talks

Mr Moon said he wanted to ensure inter-Korean meetings ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics led to talks between officials from Pyongyang and Washington over Kim Jong-un’s weapons programmes. After a year of growing tensions in the region, diplomacy focused on sport enabled the International Olympic Committee to announce that North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games. Mr Moon said the Olympics provided a “precious chance to open the door” for a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue and establishment of peace on the Korean…

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Tokyo holds 1st missile attack drill, reveals 5-minute window to flee

TOKYO — Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill on Monday with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces that would double as shelters in the event of a North Korean missile strike. The choreographed evacuations at a fairground and park ringing the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium involved around 300 volunteers. A volunteer directs participants during an evacuation drill at the Tokyo Dome City amusement park. Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters Small groups of protesters scuffled with police as they demonstrated against what they criticized as a…

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Olympic Cooperation Between North and South Korea Has Provoked Protests in Seoul

(SEOUL, South Korea) — Conservative activists burned a large photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the head of the North’s extremely popular girl band passed by them Monday during her visit to Seoul amid a flurry of cooperation between the rivals ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Hyon Song Wol, a Pyongyang celebrity who heads the Moranbong Band hand-picked by Kim, began a two-day visit on Sunday, triggering media frenzy in South Korea about the woman who is also in charge of the North’s…

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Four months later, military vets still on a mission in Puerto Rico

TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico — Just before 9 a.m., Jason Maddy drives up to a nondescript park for his latest mission. He’s meeting his team for yet another trek to the mountains. The Iraq War veteran seems thinner than he was just several months ago. The long days have weighed on him. He’s foregone sleep. He looks tired. But he has a purpose. “They are Americans,” he says. “They deserve help, they deserve support, and they deserve not to be forgotten.” Saturday marked four months since Hurricane Maria slammed into…

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Pyongyang’s secret weapon? Mystery as North Koreans executed by Kim Jong-un return to life

Last year, Kim Jong-un was accused of murdering his half-brother Kim Jong-nam who had been exiled from the country after falling out of favour with their father Kim Jong-il. The former heir apparent to the North Korean regime was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, where he had been travelling under a pseudonym. While an autopsy confirmed Kim Jong-nam’s cause of death, those executed inside the secretive state have been Kim Jong-un’s ex-girlfriend Hyon Song-wol was believed to have been executed along with a dozen well-known performers by…

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