Former President Donald Trump reportedly "thought it would be really cool" to offer North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a ride "back home to Pyongyang" on Air Force One after the pair concluded a 2019 meeting, according to Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton.
Three North Korean hackers were charged Wednesday over a plot to steal $1.3 billion in crypto and traditional currencies from banks and individuals.
Newman School of Journalism's Peter Beinart fears that, to appease political rivals at home, President Joe Biden is "accepting policies like sanctions that enjoy bipartisan support, even if they are morally indefensible and endanger American power."
One of the defendants is a North Korean operative who was charged in the 2018 Sony Pictures hack.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un presided over the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Korean Workers' Party, reiterating a call for more advanced nuclear weapons and a new approach to foreign affairs, including with South Korea.
A new report by Korea Peace Now! with expert contributions argues a formal declaration of the end of the Korean War "would create unparalleled new momentum toward the creation of a lasting and stable peace regime in the region."
A few weeks before Biden's inauguration, Kim spoke at a Workers' Party Congress meeting in Pyongyang and called the U.S. his country's "biggest enemy," the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported, according to Reuters.
"The ROK Government expects the new U.S. administration and North Korean authorities to move forward in building relations through dialogue and negotiations in a more flexible manner," a South Korean Unification Ministry told Newsweek.
"It was decided to pursue related measures so that there would be no gaps in efforts to advance the ROK-US relations and advance the peace process on the Korean Peninsula ahead of the launch of the new administration," South Korean officials said in a statement sent to Newsweek.
The military parade featured what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, which if operational would make it more difficult for the U.S. to neutralize Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.
"They are the idiot and top the world's list in misbehavior as they are only keen on things provoking world laughter," Korean Workers' Party Central Committee Vice Director Kim Yo Jong, sister of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, said.
Kim's regime is currently holding a major party congress in Pyongyang as North Korea waits for President-elect Joe Biden to take office.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un wants to build both "tactical" and "super-large" nuclear weapons capable of "preemptive and retaliatory strike capabilities" against targets up to 15,000 kilometers away.
"I hope that this North Korean party congress will serve as an opportunity to contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula and the development of inter-Korean relations," a South Korean Foreign Ministry official told Newsweek.
"North Korea has two options to deal with an economic crisis: defense, or attack," Ruediger Frank, head of the University of Vienna's Department of East Asian Studies, told Newsweek, adding "it seems Kim Jong Un has decided in favor of the defensive option."
"I was taught to believe I had to protect him with my life," Lee Young Guk, a former bodyguard for late North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Il just before he would lead the nation, said in a yet unaired interview.
These are some of the numbers that represent an unforgettable and very tumultuous year.
The summit will coincide with President-Elect Joe Biden's inauguration and may indicate how Kim will approach the incoming administration.
"Now Koreans expect Joe Biden to continue what Trump started," South Korean researcher Lee Sang Sin, who authored a popular opinion study on issues facing the peninsula, said. "The Singapore Agreement is still valid and Biden has no reason to ignore it."
Peace, freedom and prosperity for all Koreans cannot be achieved by standing on the sidelines. We also favor civil society involvement, especially women's groups, in overtures toward North Korea.
Public health experts and North Korea watchers have been skeptical of Pyongyang's claim to have stopped coronavirus.
Hawkish foreign minister Ri Son Gwon has not been seen in public since August, and experts have suggested Kim could be lining up a more diplomatic replacement.
We are unable to admit the obvious, that at least in the short-to-medium term, North Korea will not give up its nuclear weapons, the only tool it has to deter Washington in a crisis.
The State Department is now also believed to have been compromised by hackers reportedly acting under orders from Moscow.
Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said he was disappointed at the lack of denuclearization progress and urged the incoming Biden team to build Trump's dialogue.
"Donald Trump has opened up something and if you use it well, it could result in something that's meaningful," Philip Yun, a former State Department senior adviser who specializes in North Korea, told Newsweek.
Also among the top five were North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un at number two, Kenosha police-shooting victim Jacob Blake at number four and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman.
The economic pressure strategy pursued by the Obama-Biden administration failed to stop nuclearization, and there's no evidence it'll do better the second time around. It's time for a fresh approach.