North Korea insults Obama with racist barbs, South Korea's Park with sexist ones
North Korea's state media is not a fan of President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
May 9th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
8 months ago

North Korea insults Obama with racist barbs, South Korea's Park with sexist ones

(CNN) - Vitriolic insults hurled by North Korea's state-run media are so frequent that they're usually not news.

But recent KCNA articles use such racially-charged rhetoric that they have drawn criticism from the White House's National Security Council, which called them "particularly ugly and disrespectful."

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Filed under: North Korea • President Obama
April 25th, 2014
08:17 AM ET
8 months ago

Five take-aways from President Obama's news conference in Seoul

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - President Obama will speak with key European leaders about the crisis in Ukraine Friday. But earlier in the day at a joint news conference with President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, Obama acknowledged the sanctions against Russia put in place by the U.S. and its allies may not ultimately change Vladimir Putin's calculus.

"I think that's self-apparent," Obama said when asked if the Russian president may simply remain unresponsive to the economic pressure.

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Filed under: Middle East • North Korea • President Obama • South Korea • Ukraine
January 7th, 2014
08:12 AM ET
12 months ago

Angry Dennis Rodman defends North Korea basketball game

(CNN) - Eccentric basketball star Dennis Rodman Tuesday defended his controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players, saying it was a "great idea for the world."

In an exclusive interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," Rodman reacted angrily when pressed on whether the party should have traveled there given recent events in the secretive country.

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Filed under: North Korea
December 15th, 2013
11:49 AM ET
1 year ago

McCain: CIA did not tell Congress the truth about Levinson

Updated 12:38 p.m. ET, 12/15/2013

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain joined CNN's "State of the Union" from Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday after the Arizona Republican addressed thousands of protesters who are angry over the Ukrainian government's decision to backpedal away from an agreement with the European Union.

McCain spoke about a range of issues happening around the globe, and suggested the Central Intelligence Agency was not truthful to Congress about former FBI agent Bob Levinson, who went missing in Iran seven years ago.

Here are five noteworthy points from the interview.
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Filed under: Iran • John McCain • North Korea • Russia • TV-State of the Union
Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran
December 15th, 2013
09:24 AM ET
1 year ago

Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran

(CNN) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution of his uncle was “an ominous sign” of instability and danger, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Kerry also weighed in on reports about former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran seven years ago. The United States has not stopped efforts to get him released, Kerry told ABC's "This Week."

The secretary of state is on an overseas trip that's taken him to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Vietnam, and will carry him through Manila and Tacloban later this week.
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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • North Korea
Dennis Rodman will go back to North Korea; other ex-NBA players to follow
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman watches a basketball game with Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju in Pyongyang, North Korea in February.
December 4th, 2013
07:49 AM ET
1 year ago

Dennis Rodman will go back to North Korea; other ex-NBA players to follow

(CNN) – Seems like Dennis Rodman can't get enough of North Korea.

The retired basketball star is headed to the reclusive country for the third time on December 18. He'll spend several days helping train the North Korean basketball team, which will play at least one exhibition game against former NBA players in January, according to Paddy Power, the UK-based online betting company sponsoring Rodman's trip.

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Filed under: North Korea
November 30th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
1 year ago

U.S. 'deeply concerned' about citizens held in North Korea, including Newman

(CNN) - The U.S. government is "deeply concerned" about two American citizens detained in North Korea, including 85-year-old Merrill Newman, a National Security Council spokeswoman said.

"Given Mr. Newman's advanced age and health conditions, we urge (North Korea) to release Mr. Newman so he may return home and reunite with his family," said Caitlin Hayden, the NSC spokeswoman.

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Filed under: North Korea
September 8th, 2013
08:09 AM ET
1 year ago

Dennis Rodman arrives in China after North Korea visit

(CNN) – Basketball legend Dennis Rodman arrived in Beijing on Saturday from North Korea without imprisoned American Kenneth Bae.

Rodman, who visited North Korea this week, was tight-lipped about his trip.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • North Korea
Basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives in Pyongyang for second trip in a year
September 3rd, 2013
07:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives in Pyongyang for second trip in a year

(CNN) – Former basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday on a five-day visit amid speculation he may try to negotiate the release of jailed U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

In Beijing, the gateway for flights to Pyongyang, Rodman told Reuters he was on another "basketball diplomacy tour" and would not be discussing the release of Bae.

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Filed under: North Korea
July 27th, 2013
01:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama marks 'forgotten war' on Korean peninsula

Washington (CNN) - No veteran should be forgotten, President Barack Obama said Saturday while commemorating the end 60 years ago of the Korean conflict, sometimes described as the "forgotten war."

He laid a wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall and spoke to veterans and family members with ties to both U.S. and Korean troops, an audience estimated by event organizers to number 5,000.
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Filed under: North Korea • President Obama • South Korea
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