North Korea is threatening a “merciless strike” against the US, While Donald Trump sends a new warship to the South China Sea amid the conflict with Kim Jong-un. Here are live updates and the latest news on North Korea. Veteran former US politician and diplomat Bill Richardson has offered to visit North Korea to secure the release of three detained Americans and a Canadian. The former New Mexico governor and congressman previously visited North Korea in the

1990s to encourage the release of detained Americans. And today he announced he helped to do the same again, and had made the proposal in a letter to the North Korean mission to the United Nations. He argued in the letter it was in North Korea’s interest to free the detainees unconditionally, “in the light of its failure to properly take care and handle” US student’s Otto Warmbier’s case. READ MORE