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State Department, North Korea disagree over whether latest nuclear talks broke down

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North Korea claimed Saturday that negotiations with American diplomats over the totalitarian country’s nuclear program had broken down Saturday, though the State Department later said the comments “do not reflect the content or the spirit” of the discussions.

North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, told reporters through a translator outside Pyongyang’s embassy in Stockholm that working-level talks between officials from Washington and Pyongyang in Stockholm “have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off.”

“The U.S. raised expectations by offering suggestions like a flexible approach, new method and creative solutions, but they have disappointed us greatly and dampened our enthusiasm for negotiation by bringing nothing to the negotiation table,” Kim added, according to Reuters.

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“The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK [North Korea] counterparts,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said, adding that the U.S. representatives had agreed to return to the negotiating table in two weeks. It was not immediately clear whether the North Koreans had agreed to do the same.

“The United States and the DPRK [North Korea] will not overcome a legacy of 70 years of war and hostility on the Korean Peninsula through the course of a single Saturday,” Ortagus said. “These are weighty issues, and they require a strong commitment by both countries. The United States has that commitment.”

The discussions took place days after North Korea test-fired an underwater-launched missile, saying the test “ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat … and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defense.”  The missile flew 280 miles and reached a maximum altitude of 565 miles, higher than any other short-range weapons North Korea has test-fired in recent months.

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North Korea resumed missile tests after the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam collapsed in February over how much sanctions relief Washington should provide Pyongyang in exchange for partial nuclear disarmament. Diplomatic relations between the two nations have largely been in stasis since, with the exception of a brief thaw in June when Kim and Trump met at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

The first summit between the two leaders, which took place last year in Singapore resulted in a vague denuclearization agreement but few concrete results.

Earlier Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped “that the North Koreans came with spirit and willingness to move forward to implement what President Trump and Chairman Kim agreed to back in Singapore.”

“We’re mindful that this will be the first time we have had a chance to have a discussion in quite some time and that there remains a lot of work that will have to done by the two teams,” Pompeo said in Athens, where he is on the final leg of a tour of Southern Europe.

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He added that Washington hoped the meeting in Sweden would lead to “a set of dialogues that could take place in the coming weeks and months that will really deliver on the commitments that were made in Singapore.”

However, ousted National Security Advisor John Bolton openly criticized the Trump administration’s North Korea policy Monday, saying Kim Jong Un “will never give up weapons voluntarily.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Korea blocks high-rise windows to prevent information leaks: report

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North Korea has blocked windows in some Pyongyang high-rises in an apparent effort to prevent people from spying on government buildings and leaking information, according to reports.

Images taken by NK News revealed Friday that windows of buildings that overlook a complex in central Pyongyang have been blocked out with opaque covers or one-directional slats.

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According to the report, images of the Changchun complex tower from a year ago appear to show windows without any obstructions, but pictures taken in September show the same windows completely covered.

Sources told the Daily NK that several other buildings overlooking the newly renovated Workers Party of Korea headquarters and other luxury apartments built specifically for senior government officials have had windows obstructed as well.

“The authorities have blocked off the windows of apartments higher than important institutions like the KWP Headquarters,” the source told the Seoul-based outlet.

The window coverings only begin at certain floors, fueling suspicions.

It’s unclear what officials are trying to conceal, but North Korea has recently been trying to develop the ability to fire ballistic missiles from submarines, which are harder to detect in advance.

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On Thursday, Pyongyang confirmed its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in three years.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report. 

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North Korea confirms underwater-launched missile, calls it ‘new phase’ for limiting outside threats

North Korea confirmed Thursday that its recent ballistic missile launch was successfully fired from below water, calling the test a “new phase” for containing outside threats.

The Hermit Kingdom launched the Pukguksong-3 missile Wednesday, its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in three years, just days before stalled nuclear talks with Washington were scheduled to resume this weekend.

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The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the missile test in the waters off its east coast was successful and “ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat to (North Korea) and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defense.”

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An image provided by a North Korean news agency shows an underwater-launched ballistic missile. Officials said the missile traveled twice as high as the orbit of the international space station. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The missile flew about 280 miles and reached a maximum altitude of 565 miles, higher than any other short-range weapons North Korea test-fired in recent months, said South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo. The missile traveled twice as high as the orbit of the international space station before coming down in the Sea of Japan.

North Korea released photos of the missile rising from the sea in a cloud of flames and smoke. A launch platform could not be identified from the photos.

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The KCNA didn’t elaborate on whether the missile was fired from a submarine, an escalation that had earlier concerned officials around the world.

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While the North Korean news agency didn’t elaborate on how the missile was launched, U.S. officials have said it was not fired from a submarine as was initially reported. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

However, U.S. officials told Fox News Wednesday that the missile was not fired from a submarine, as initially reported, suggesting it had been fired from a barge or a type of underwater platform.

The nation does not have operational submarines that can carry ballistic missiles in its small fleet.

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North Korea has been trying to develop the ability to fire ballistic missiles from submarines, which are harder to detect in advance. However, testing appeared to have been tabled amid talks with Washington.

Nuclear talks have been stalled since February, when President Trump and Kim Jong Un walked away from their second summit without a deal.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Morgan Phillips and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump says third summit with Kim Jong Un ‘could happen soon’ amid stalled nuclear talks

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The third summit between President Trump and North Korea strongman Kim Jong Un is still a possibility, the president said Monday.

The meeting “could happen soon,” Trump said on the sidelines of meetings at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

“We’ll see,” he said when asked what it would take for another face-to-face with Kim. “Right now, people would like to see that happen. I want to know what’s going to be coming out of it. We can know a lot before the summit takes place.”

Denuclearization talks have been stalled for several months. While North Korea again embarked on so-called missile diplomacy — conducting eight weapons tests since July — Pyongyang said earlier this month the country was open to talks with Trump in “late September,” according to state-run media.

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North Korea has demanded that the U.S. lift crippling economic sanctions in order to move forward and possibly dismantle its nuclear program on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who met with Trump on Monday, said he expects the nations to hold another summit, and for talks to resume.

“I always marvel at your imagination and bold decision-making,” Moon said to Trump.

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The White House reportedly received a letter last week from North Korea inviting Trump to visit Pyongyang.

Trump has previously touted his good relationship with Kim Jong Un, saying in August he received a “beautiful letter” from the dictator.

“The relationship has been very good,” Trump reiterated Monday. “We’ll see what happens. But we’d like to see if we can do something. And if we can, that would be great. And if we can’t, that’s fine.”

In June, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot in in the Hermit Kingdom, meeting briefly with Kim at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea.

It was the first time the two had met in person since their failed second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February.

Trump and Kim’s historic first summit took place in June 2018 in Singapore.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dennis Rodman makes bold prediction about Kim Jong Un on ‘Fox & Friends’

Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman made a bold prediction Thursday.

It wasn’t about who is going to win the NBA championship or whether James Harden will win the MVP award. It wasn’t about whether Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could co-exist with the Brooklyn Nets or whether Chris Paul will be on the move from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Rodman predicted the next step for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the U.S. and the Hermit Kingdom seem to be far apart on a denuclearization deal.

Rodman, who appeared on Fox & Friends,” was asked whether he thought President Trump could make a deal with Kim after talks broke down during their second summit in Vietnam earlier this year.

“I think he can,” Rodman said before making his bold, Joe Namath-like guarantee.

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“I think the fact that people better watch out for this: Kim Jong Un will be in America in 18 to 24 months. I guarantee it.”

Co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Rodman to clarify whether it would be a visit as a head of state or defection from North Korea.

“He’s coming to do one thing, to visit America,” Rodman retorted.

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Rodman, who has visited North Korea independently, has continuously praised Trump for meeting with Kim. He said Thursday he believes Trump was doing a “great job” connecting the U.S. and North Korea.

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North Korea’s Kim invites Trump to Pyongyang in letter: report

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The White House reportedly received a letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un inviting President Trump to visit Pyongyang, which could be the first overture before the potential fourth official visit.

The White House and State Department did not immediately respond to Reuters to confirm the report in South Korea’s Joongang Ilbo newspaper. The letter reportedly pre-dated the country’s last short-range launch from a week ago.

The recent White House shakeup could have implications in these discussions.

North Korea long expressed disdain for John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser. Pyongyang called him a “warmonger” and “defective human product” who glorified regime change and pre-emptive strikes.

Last week, Trump went so far as to accuse Bolton of scaring Kim away from negotiations by mentioning the “Libya model” last year in discussing what an agreement to denuclearize North Korea might look like.

Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011 after renouncing weapons of mass destruction.

Trump said Kim wanted “nothing to do with John Bolton.” And the president said he didn’t blame the North Korean leader for being upset.

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Still, “the change of one adviser is unlikely to dramatically alter the course of U.S. policy,” said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at South Korea’s Ewha Womans University.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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US sanctions North Korean hacking groups it says stole millions around the world

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The U.S. Treasury on Friday sanctioned three hacking groups it says have links to North Korea’s intelligence bureau and have stolen millions from banks and other entities around the world.

Lazarus Group and two of its sub-groups, Bluenoroff and Andariel, are controlled by North Korea’s primary intelligence agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), which is also involved in arms trading, the Treasury Department said in a release.

The groups have “likely stole around $571 million in cryptocurrency alone, from five exchanges in Asia between January 2017 and September 2018,” according to the department.

“Treasury is taking action against North Korean hacking groups that have been perpetrating cyberattacks to support illicit weapon and missile programs,” said Sigal Mandelker, under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. “We will continue to enforce existing U.S. and U.N. sanctions against North Korea and work with the international community to improve cybersecurity of financial networks.”

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The U.S. government’s action makes it easier to seize any assets the hacking groups may have within the jurisdiction of American financial institutions, though they are likely to be limited if they exist at all.

Lazarus Group was created in 2007 and infamously hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, shortly before the release of “The Interview,” a comedy about an assassination plot against Kim Jong Un.

Lazarus was also responsible for the 2007 WannaCry 2.0 ransomware attack that affected at least 150 countries and shut down about 300,000 computers, crippling one-third of the U.K.’s National Health Service hospitals.

The group targets governments and militaries, as well as entertainment, financial, manufacturing, media, publishing and international shipping companies, the Treasury Department said. Its tactics include destructive malware, cyberespionage, money heists and theft of data.

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North Korea formed the Bluenoroff group so it could hack financial institutions in response to increased economic sanctions. By 2018, the group had attempted to steal more than $1.1 billion and had reportedly carried out successful attacks on banks in Bangladesh, Chile, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam.

The group targeted at least 16 organizations in 11 countries, Treasury said. It also with Lazarus Group to steal some $80 million from the Central Bank of Bangladesh’s New York Federal Reserve account.

“By leveraging malware similar to that seen in the SPE cyberattack, Bluenoroff and Lazarus Group made over 36 large fund transfer requests using stolen SWIFT credentials in an attempt to steal a total of $851 million before a typographical error alerted personnel to prevent the additional funds from being stolen,” Treasury said.

The third group sanctioned Friday, Andariel, was first seen in 2015 and is said to target South Korea in order to “collect information and to create disorder,” the Treasury Department said. In 2016, the group hacked the South Korean defense minister’s personal computer and targeted the Defense Ministry’s intranet to steal military intelligence.

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Andariel conducts malicious hacking operations within the defense industry, businesses, financial services infrastructure, foreign businesses, governments and private corporations, the Treasury Department said.

The group also developed malware to hack online poker and gambling sites and hacked into ATMs to steal bank card information in order to either withdraw cash or steal customer information for sale via the black market.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US adversaries laud John Bolton’s White House departure

Both loved and hated in the foreign policy establishment, this week’s sudden ouster of John Bolton as national security adviser is likely to be embraced by America’s adversaries, analysts say.

“Nations such as North Korea, Iran and Venezuela have some short-term reasons to be happy that Bolton is gone,” Harry Kazianis, a national security expert at Washington’s Center for the National Interest, told Fox News. “Clearly, his goal was to see the eventual demise of all of these regimes, or that their economies are so weakened by sanctions that they posse little-to-no threat to U.S. interests. So, at least for the moment, some of the pressure is off.”

The Iranian regime wasted no time in addressing the news, indicating that while his removal was a “sigh of relief” it would not pave the way to direct talks between Washington and Tehran.

“As the world was breathing a sigh of relief over the ouster of #B_Team’s henchman in the White House, Pompeo & Mnuchin declared further escalation of #EconomicTerrorism against Iran,” tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who was recently personally slapped with U.S. sanctions. “Thirst for war – maximum pressure – should go with the warmonger-in-chief.”

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cautioned the U.S. to first “abandon warmongers and warmongering policies,” according to the country’s Tasnim News Agency. Tehran’s state-operated IRNA news agency, quoting their envoy to the United Nations, said Wednesday that the “departure of U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton from President Donald Trump’s administration will not push Iran to reconsider talking with the U.S.”

However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the aftermath of Bolton’s departure, told reporters that he could foresee a meeting between Trump and the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the United Nations General Assembly this month. Iran’s government spokesperson Ali Rabiei asserted on Twitter that Bolton was perhaps the biggest obstacle to such diplomacy, referring to him as the “biggest proponent of war & economic terrorism.”

Bolton has long taken an aggressive stance against the Islamic Republic. He was a known evangelist for regime change and intervention.

He was also viewed as an obstacle between Trump and his quest to compel North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to abandon his burgeoning nuclear weapons arsenal. After talks fell apart earlier this year, Pyongyang officials leveled the blame on Bolton and characterized him as “dim-sighted.”

Bolton’s firing – or resignation, as the departed national security advisor describes it – came after the dizzying revelation that Trump had canceled a secret meeting scheduled between himself and Taliban representatives in Camp David this week. Pompeo had been carefully crafting a peace deal with the Afghanistan-based group as a means of the U.S. exiting the 18-year war, while Bolton is reported to have firmly opposed such a diplomatic solution.

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The ex-NSA’s hawkish stance and seeming appetite for military-centric approaches steadily fell out-of-fashion in the West Wing, experts observed.

“Bolton and Trump were clearly at odds when it comes to the basic formulation of defining U.S. interests,” Kazianis said. “Trump wants a more restrained foreign policy with a focus on old fashioned great power politics, and that means less of a focus on the types of regimes America will negotiate with and more of a pure focus on bettering America’s standing in the world.

“While John Bolton has vast foreign policy experience, his basic vision for America’s role in the world belongs in the history books. We must remember why so many American’s voted for Trump in the first place: to put America’s interests first above all else.”

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Yet closer to home, in Venezuela, Bolton’s farewell has many in the anti-Maduro camp feeling nervous. Bolton was a chief architect of squeezing the Caracas regime earlier this year. And although his combative strategy has failed to cause Maduro to fall, he was seen by many opposition advocates as a beacon of hope.

“Maduro officials took the news of the firing of John Bolton as a victory for the regime,” Arnaldo Espinoza, the Caracas-based Managing Editor of America Digital, told Fox News. “Economic Vice President, Tareck El Aissami, tweeted that Bolton was the ‘worst liar and the person who has done the most damage to our country. The truth beat out the demons of war.’”

Espinoza said that Venezuelan political analysts are taking a cautious approach, waiting to see who will step next into Bolton’s shoes.

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Furthermore, Bolton was deemed a strongman standing in the way of warmer ties between Russia and the U.S.

The news of his removal also had the Kremlin clapping.

Dmitry Novikov, the first deputy chairman of the Russian State Duma’s committee on international affairs, called the move “positive news,” the Moscow Times reported.

“Perhaps a figure will come who will advocate a more moderate policy toward Russia,” Novikov is said to have postured.

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But whether this puts the United States in a stronger or more demure diplomatic standing in the world’s eyes remains to be seen.

“His removal is good news for U.S. security,” said Defense Priorities Policy Director, Benjamin Friedman, in a statement. “President Trump has said he wants to end long-running U.S. conflicts abroad, negotiate an end to the nuclear crisis in Iran and North Korea, improve relations with other great powers, and ensure our allies contribute far more to their own defense. The incoming National Security Advisor should be someone who supports these positions and is committed to implementing – rather than thwarting – them.”

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Trump is expected to announce the new NSA next week. The position does not require Senate confirmation.

But even with Bolton out, others say the White House is not likely to follow the same line.

“They (U.S adversaries) won’t be happy once they figure out it is Trump’s foreign policy, and Trump isn’t going to sign up for a bad deal. Don’t expect much change,” said James Carafano, an expert in national security and foreign policy challenges at The Heritage Foundation. “We should expect continued tough stances against Russia, China, Venezuela, and Iran going forward. Trump’s foreign policy is ‘America First.’ While his style is unconventional, his actual policies are not.”

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State media: Kim Jong Un supervised North Korea’s firing of super-large rocket launcher

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw Tuesday’s testing of a super-large multiple rocket launcher, state propaganda organ KCNA said late Tuesday.

Two short-range projectiles were fired hours after the North indicated a willingness to resume denuclearization talks with the United States later this month.

The projectiles were fired from South Pyongan Province, which surrounds the capital city of Pyongyang, and landed in the waters off North Korea’s east coast, South Korean officials said.

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People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Seoul Railway Station Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Kim was accompanied by senior military personnel and officials with the Workers’ Party of Korea during the tests, KCNA said. He said the weapons system “has been finally verified in terms of combat operation” and “running fire test” is what remains to be done. It was not clear what such a test would entail.

KCNA reported that Kim said future tasks and steadily attaining goals to cutting-edge national defense were also needed.

President Trump has downplayed a slew of recent weapons tests by the North this year. The latest was the tenth such launch since May. He has said the short-range firings do not violate any agreements.

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Before Tuesday’s launchings, North Korean officials said they would be willing to restart denuclearization negotiations with American officials.

Talks between Trump and Kim fell apart in February when Trump rejected Kim’s demand for sanctions relief in exchange for partial denuclearization.

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Dennis Rodman says US-North Korea peace agreement ‘could still work’

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman thinks President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un can still make a deal to have peace on the Korean Peninsula.

“I think that it could still work. I just think that we need to stay on the right path to make it work,” Rodman told Reuters on Monday. “So, I think that people should not give up on the U.S. trying to engage with North Korea in a good, safe manner.”

Denuclearization talks between the two nations have stalled, and North Korea again embarked on so-called missile diplomacy Tuesday by firing two unidentified projectiles into the East Sea — the country’s eighth weapons test since July. North Korea has demanded that the U.S. lift crippling economic sanctions in order to move forward and possibly dismantle its nuclear program.

This is not the first time Rodman, 58, has weighed in on the North Korea issue. He famously played for the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s and has called Kim his “best friend.” Kim is said to be a big fan of the Bulls and Rodman, who first visited North Korea as a private citizen in 2013 and met Kim. During one of his trips to North Korea, Rodman organized a basketball game and famously sang “Happy Birthday” to Kim.

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Rodman has said his “basketball diplomacy” could help ease tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, and he sent a letter to President Trump offering to help after the second Trump-Kim summit collapsed with no deal in February.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said over the weekend, before the latest launches, that the U.S. “was hopeful that in the coming days or perhaps weeks we’ll be back at the negotiating table with them [North Korea].”

“I think Kim Jong Un wants peace,” Rodman said. “I know him very well, I think he wants peace.”

“[…] People don’t realize that he wants to move on into the 21st Century. I think he doesn’t want to give up his country. I don’t blame him. But I think, you know, everything else is in the way,” Rodman said, referring to the denuclearization talks.

North Korea had said Monday it was open to another round of talks with the U.S. later this month, according to state-run media.

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Rodman, who appeared on the Trump-hosted reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2009 and was fired, also said this week that Trump had him on the show “to help and guide me … because I was out there being buck wild, doing my thing, having a good time.”

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“That’s his way of showing that he cares about me,” Rodman said of Trump.

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Trump and Kim had an impromptu meeting at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea in June, and President Trump crossed the border to briefly enter North Korea – the first sitting U.S. president to do so.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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