Having branded the president-elect an 'imbecile,' Pyongyang has made clear that it prefers dealing with Trump.
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In his last full week on the job, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid the groundwork for a plan to allow preemptive strikes on enemy bases.
The coronavirus has further cut the flow of intelligence out of the country, with North Korea slashing traffic across the Chinese border.
Two brothers who led defector groups were questioned by police last week, after the government sought to have them prosecuted over leaflets sent over the border.
On Wednesday, Kim continued to surprise, announcing the suspension of newly announced “military action plans” against South Korea. Hours later, Seoul said it observed North Koreans removing loudspeakers that were recently installed.
Both North Korea and left-leaning supporters of South Korean President Moon Jae-in want him to restore economic ties broken by security tensions. But pleasing them would mean angering U.S. President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, North Korea said it was closing down communication links set up ...