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United States holds back-channel talks with North Korea

09 May 2017

"I was speechless, I was in shock", his wife said in an emotional interview with CNN. The charges against him have also not been made clear.

North Korea is known for its loud and belligerent rhetoric in the face of what it deems to be threats to its leadership, and the reference to ferreting out anyone involved in the plot could suggest not only action overseas but possible purges or crackdowns at home. Limac's website reportedly showed that Ryonbong and Limac representatives discussed advancing the relationship in 2011, and 14 Limac employees visited North Korea as part of a company-sponsored vacation in 2014.

While it is no surprise that Trump and the US were the target of a verbal attack, it is shocking to see North Korea lash out as their only ally on the worldwide stage.

North Korea appears to have built up its weapons program with a little bit of outside help.

Another source familiar with North Korean affairs told RFA from Dandong that recent pressure from China had directly affected the livelihoods of traders on both sides of the river.

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On Friday, North Korea accused the US and South Korea of an attempted assassination attempt on Kim Jong Un.

Former Kedah coach Tan Cheng Hoe, touted as a future assistant boss, could fill in as caretaker coach after leaving the 2016 Malaysia Cup champions last month. Or, as some have speculated, the American prisoners could be used as human shields if the USA attacks North Korea's nuclear infrastructure. No details were offered.

The Korean Central News Agency did not say whether the cases are connected, Bloomberg reported.

"A string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China every day only to render the present bad situation tenser", the KCNA said in a commentary.

In April, KCNA said another man, Tony Kim - also known as Kim Sang Duk - was detained for "hostile acts" toward the North Korean regime.

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A group of North Korean officials is meeting with former USA officials in Oslo for a round of informal talks known as Track 1.5. It has also test-fired ballistic missiles a few times this year. It conducted a fifth nuclear test on September 9, 2016.

North Korea's state news agency announced Sunday that security services had detained Kim Hak-song "on suspicion of hostile acts against the state".

North Korean officials said that they were conducting a "detailed investigation" of Kim Hak-song's alleged crimes and gave no further details, though Reuters cited online posts from the professor, who identified himself as a Christian missionary.

A third US citizen, Kim Sang Dok, who was associated with the same school, was detained in late April for hostile acts, according to the North's official media.

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