2018 in North Korea

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See also: Other events of 2018
Years in North Korea
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2018 in South Korea

2018 in North Korea was marked by attempts by the government to develop its international relationships, particularly in regards to South Korea. In February, North Korean athletes marched alongside their South Korean counterparts under the Korean Unification Flag at the 2018 Seoul Olympic Games. North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un met with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in three times during the year. Kim also travelled to Beijing to meet with China’s Xi Jinping, and to Singapore for talks with USA's Donald Trump.



  • 3 January: The Seoul–Pyongyang hotline is restored to use after almost two years in preparation for high-level talks concerning North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics.[3]
  • 9 January: North and South Korea agree in the high-level talks for more than two years that North Korean athletes will enter the Winter Olympics.[4][5]


The Pyongyang military parade.
North and South Korea marched together under the Korean Unification Flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
  • 8 February: A military parade of 13,000 soldiers is held in Pyongyang. The February 8 date is unusual for parades which are usually held on the Day of the Sun (15 April) or the Military Foundation Day (25 April).([7]


Chung Eui-yong of the South Korean delegation shakes hands with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang.




Kim Jong-un (left) and Donald Trump (right) shaking hands




Scheduled events

See also


  1. ^ a b Heekyong Yang; Smith, Josh (1 January 2018). "North Korea's Kim 'open to dialogue' with South Korea, will only use nukes if threatened". Reuters. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  2. ^ Axon, Rachel (10 December 2017). "IOC encourages North Koreans to compete in Pyeongchang, but it's unclear if they will". USA Today. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  3. ^ Kim, Hyung-Jin (3 January 2018). "North Korea reopens cross-border communication channel with South Korea". Chicago Tribune. AP. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  4. ^ Sang-Hun, Choe (8 January 2018). "North Korea to Send Athletes to Olympics in South Korea Breakthrough". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. ^ "North Korea accepts Olympics talks offer". BBC News. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  6. ^ "N. Korea to send 22 athletes in three sports to PyeongChang Winter Olympics: IOC". Yonhap. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  7. ^ Berlinger, Joshua (7 February 2018). "North Korea sends clear message with missile parade on eve of Olympics". CNN. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  8. ^ Talmadge, Eric (9 February 2018). "At Olympic Games, Kim Jong Un's sister takes VIP seat". ABC News. AP. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  9. ^ "North Korea confirms dismissal of top military general". Channel NewsAsia. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  10. ^ Landler, Mark (8 March 2018). "North Korea Asks for Direct Nuclear Talks, and Trump Agrees". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  11. ^ "North Korea's Kim Jong Un visited China for secret summit". NBC News. NBC News. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Behind-the-scenes stories of 2018 inter-Korea summit unveiled". The Straits Times. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  13. ^ "North Korea reportedly hands Trump another big win by releasing US prisoners". Business Insider. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  14. ^ Delk, Josh (12 May 2018). "North Korea will open air space, invite media to cover dismantlement of nuclear test site". The Hill. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  15. ^ Samuels, Brett (15 May 2018). "North Korea warns US it could pull out of planned summit with Trump". The Hill. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  16. ^ "North Korea nuclear test tunnels at Punggye-ri 'destroyed'". BBC News. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

External links

  • Kim Jong Un (1 January 2018). "New Year Address". Naenara.
  • Kim Sung Il (3 January 2018). "New calendars reflect North Koreans' disinterest in propaganda". Daily NK.
  • Seol Song Ah (15 December 2017). "Kim Jong Un's birthday still not a national holiday". Daily NK.
  • — (20 December 2017). "North Koreans shun propaganda calendars". Daily NK.

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