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  •  North Korea s military said Thursday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so according to its state media It rejected accusations of arms trade between the two countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine Earlier this month a U S state department spokesperson said Russia may be in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea which would violate multiple UN Security Council UNSC resolutions on the North In response a top North Korean military official issued a rare press statement We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them the vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment at the North s defense ministry said in the English language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The KCNA did not mention the name of the official We condemn the U S for thoughtlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its base political and military aim the official added calling the rumour aimed at tarnishing the country s image DPRK stands for the North s official name the Democratic People s Republic of Korea Still the official defended the North s right to develop arms and export them and took aim at UN Security Council s resolutions against Pyongyang Not only the development production possession of military equipment but also their export and import are the lawful right peculiar to a sovereign state We have never recognised the UNSC unlawful sanctions resolution against the DPRK which was cooked up by the U S and its vassal forces the official said Seoul s unification ministry tasked with handling inter Korean affairs declined to comment formally on the North s claim Pyongyang has recently touted its friendly ties with Moscow despite Russia s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year In July the North officially recognised two pro Russian separatist people s republics in eastern Ukraine Donetsk and Luhansk becoming the world s third nation to do so after Russia and Syria YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N. Korea’s military denies exporting weapons, ammo to Russia
     North Korea s military said Thursday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so according to its state media It rejected accusations of arms trade between the two countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine Earlier this month a U S state department spokesperson said Russia may be in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea which would violate multiple UN Security Council UNSC resolutions on the North In response a top North Korean military official issued a rare press statement We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them the vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment at the North s defense ministry said in the English language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The KCNA did not mention the name of the official We condemn the U S for thoughtlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its base political and military aim the official added calling the rumour aimed at tarnishing the country s image DPRK stands for the North s official name the Democratic People s Republic of Korea Still the official defended the North s right to develop arms and export them and took aim at UN Security Council s resolutions against Pyongyang Not only the development production possession of military equipment but also their export and import are the lawful right peculiar to a sovereign state We have never recognised the UNSC unlawful sanctions resolution against the DPRK which was cooked up by the U S and its vassal forces the official said Seoul s unification ministry tasked with handling inter Korean affairs declined to comment formally on the North s claim Pyongyang has recently touted its friendly ties with Moscow despite Russia s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year In July the North officially recognised two pro Russian separatist people s republics in eastern Ukraine Donetsk and Luhansk becoming the world s third nation to do so after Russia and Syria YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N. Korea’s military denies exporting weapons, ammo to Russia
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    N. Korea’s military denies exporting weapons, ammo to Russia

    North Korea’s military said Thursday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so, according to its state media.

    It rejected accusations of arms trade between the two countries amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

    Earlier this month, a U.

    S. state department spokesperson said Russia may be in the process of purchasing “millions of rockets and artillery shells” from North Korea, which would violate multiple UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the North.

    In response, a top North Korean military official issued a rare press statement.

    “We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them,” the vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment at the North’s defense ministry said in the English-language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    The KCNA did not mention the name of the official.

    “We condemn the U.

    S. for thoughtlessly circulating the rumor against the DPRK to pursue its base political and military aim,” the official added, calling the “rumour” aimed at “tarnishing” the country’s image.

    DPRK stands for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

    Still, the official defended the North’s right to develop arms and export them, and took aim at UN Security Council’s resolutions against Pyongyang.

    “Not only the development, production, possession of military equipment, but also their export and import are the lawful right peculiar to a sovereign state.

    “We have never recognised the UNSC unlawful ‘sanctions resolution’ against the DPRK, which was cooked up by the U.

    S. and its vassal forces,” the official said.

    Seoul’s unification ministry tasked with handling inter-Korean affairs declined to comment formally on the North’s claim.

    Pyongyang has recently touted its friendly ties with Moscow despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

    In July, the North officially recognised two pro-Russian separatist “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk – becoming the world’s third nation to do so after Russia and Syria.

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  •   Pyongyang on Friday accused the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on North Korean human rights of being a puppet of the US and making unpardonable reckless remarks The accusations came as the new rapporteur Elizabeth Salmon visited Seoul on her first trip since being appointed to the role last month Salmon a Peruvian professor of international law arrived earlier this week and has held meetings with South Korean officials and civic group members including female defectors from the North to discuss the situation in the isolated nuclear armed country We had already made clear our principled stand that we neither recognise nor deal with any special rapporteur who is merely a puppet of the US said an unnamed spokesman for North Korea s foreign ministry in an English statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The spokesman said the rapporteur s activities were cover for an American smear campaign accusing Salmon of daring to make unpardonable reckless remarks encroaching upon our inviolable system and sovereign rights The UN should no longer allow its name and mission to be misused for the US hostile policy towards the DPRK the spokesman added using the acronym for North Korea s official name The statement referred to Salmon as he in an apparent mistake of her gender Salmon said in a statement released Friday that she was fully aware that the DPRK Government opposes country specific human rights mandates including my mandate However that does not mean that we should not try she said adding that she hoped Pyongyang would reconsider and engage with her We should not give up on engagement with the DPRK because what is at stake are the lives of the North Korean people and their human rights she added The UN established the special rapporteur on North Korean human rights in 2004 as international concerns grew over allegations of grave violations in the reclusive state None of the special envoys has been granted access to the country for a fact finding mission
    North Korea says UN human rights expert is ‘US puppet’
      Pyongyang on Friday accused the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on North Korean human rights of being a puppet of the US and making unpardonable reckless remarks The accusations came as the new rapporteur Elizabeth Salmon visited Seoul on her first trip since being appointed to the role last month Salmon a Peruvian professor of international law arrived earlier this week and has held meetings with South Korean officials and civic group members including female defectors from the North to discuss the situation in the isolated nuclear armed country We had already made clear our principled stand that we neither recognise nor deal with any special rapporteur who is merely a puppet of the US said an unnamed spokesman for North Korea s foreign ministry in an English statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA The spokesman said the rapporteur s activities were cover for an American smear campaign accusing Salmon of daring to make unpardonable reckless remarks encroaching upon our inviolable system and sovereign rights The UN should no longer allow its name and mission to be misused for the US hostile policy towards the DPRK the spokesman added using the acronym for North Korea s official name The statement referred to Salmon as he in an apparent mistake of her gender Salmon said in a statement released Friday that she was fully aware that the DPRK Government opposes country specific human rights mandates including my mandate However that does not mean that we should not try she said adding that she hoped Pyongyang would reconsider and engage with her We should not give up on engagement with the DPRK because what is at stake are the lives of the North Korean people and their human rights she added The UN established the special rapporteur on North Korean human rights in 2004 as international concerns grew over allegations of grave violations in the reclusive state None of the special envoys has been granted access to the country for a fact finding mission
    North Korea says UN human rights expert is ‘US puppet’
    Foreign1 month ago

    North Korea says UN human rights expert is ‘US puppet’

    Pyongyang on Friday accused the newly appointed UN special rapporteur on North Korean human rights of being a “puppet of the US” and making “unpardonable reckless remarks”.

    The accusations came as the new rapporteur, Elizabeth Salmon, visited Seoul on her first trip since being appointed to the role last month.

    Salmon, a Peruvian professor of international law, arrived earlier this week and has held meetings with South Korean officials and civic group members, including female defectors from the North, to discuss the situation in the isolated, nuclear-armed country.

    “We had already made clear our principled stand that we neither recognise nor deal with any ‘special rapporteur’ who is merely a puppet of the US,” said an unnamed spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry in an English statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    The spokesman said the rapporteur’s activities were cover for an American smear campaign, accusing Salmon of daring to make “unpardonable reckless remarks encroaching upon our inviolable system and sovereign rights”.

    “The UN should no longer allow its name and mission to be misused for the US hostile policy towards the DPRK,” the spokesman added, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name.

    The statement referred to Salmon as “he” in an apparent mistake of her gender.

    Salmon said in a statement released Friday that she was “fully aware that the DPRK Government opposes country-specific human rights mandates including my mandate.

    ” “However, that does not mean that we should not try,” she said, adding that she hoped Pyongyang would reconsider and engage with her.

    “We should not give up on engagement with the DPRK because what is at stake are the lives of the North Korean people and their human rights,” she added.

    The UN established the special rapporteur on North Korean human rights in 2004 as international concerns grew over allegations of grave violations in the reclusive state.

    None of the special envoys has been granted access to the country for a fact-finding mission.

  •   North Korea on Sunday criticised UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for his dangerous words after he called for the complete and verifiable denuclearisation of Pyongyang during a visit to Seoul Guterres who was in South Korea on a two day visit expressed his clear commitment to North Korea s denuclearisation calling it a fundamental objective to bring peace security and stability to the whole region His comments came as Washington and South Korean officials have repeatedly warned that the North is preparing to carry out what would be its seventh nuclear test But the North s vice foreign minister Kim Son Gyong denounced the UN chief accusing him of showing sympathy to the hostile policy of the United States I cannot but express deep regret over the said remarks of the UN secretary general that grossly lack impartiality and fairness he said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA Kim said complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea was an infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK We advise Secretary General Guterres to be careful in making such dangerous words and deeds as pouring gasoline on flames he added On Thursday Pyongyang blamed Seoul for a Covid 19 outbreak in the North and threatened to wipe out Seoul s authorities North Korea has conducted a record breaking blitz of weapons tests so far this year including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017 Last month the North s leader Kim Jong Un said his country was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul
    North Korea criticises UN chief over denuclearisation call
      North Korea on Sunday criticised UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for his dangerous words after he called for the complete and verifiable denuclearisation of Pyongyang during a visit to Seoul Guterres who was in South Korea on a two day visit expressed his clear commitment to North Korea s denuclearisation calling it a fundamental objective to bring peace security and stability to the whole region His comments came as Washington and South Korean officials have repeatedly warned that the North is preparing to carry out what would be its seventh nuclear test But the North s vice foreign minister Kim Son Gyong denounced the UN chief accusing him of showing sympathy to the hostile policy of the United States I cannot but express deep regret over the said remarks of the UN secretary general that grossly lack impartiality and fairness he said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA Kim said complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea was an infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK We advise Secretary General Guterres to be careful in making such dangerous words and deeds as pouring gasoline on flames he added On Thursday Pyongyang blamed Seoul for a Covid 19 outbreak in the North and threatened to wipe out Seoul s authorities North Korea has conducted a record breaking blitz of weapons tests so far this year including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017 Last month the North s leader Kim Jong Un said his country was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul
    North Korea criticises UN chief over denuclearisation call
    Foreign2 months ago

    North Korea criticises UN chief over denuclearisation call

    North Korea on Sunday criticised UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his “dangerous words” after he called for the complete and verifiable denuclearisation of Pyongyang during a visit to Seoul.

    Guterres, who was in South Korea on a two-day visit, expressed his “clear commitment” to North Korea’s denuclearisation, calling it a “fundamental objective to bring peace, security and stability to the whole region”.

    His comments came as Washington and South Korean officials have repeatedly warned that the North is preparing to carry out what would be its seventh nuclear test.

    But the North’s vice foreign minister Kim Son Gyong denounced the UN chief, accusing him of showing “sympathy” to the hostile policy of the United States.

    “I cannot but express deep regret over the said remarks of the UN secretary-general that grossly lack impartiality and fairness,” he said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

    Kim said “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” of North Korea was “an infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK”.

    “We advise Secretary-General Guterres to be careful in making such dangerous words and deeds as pouring gasoline on flames,” he added.

    On Thursday, Pyongyang blamed Seoul for a Covid-19 outbreak in the North and threatened to “wipe out” Seoul’s authorities.

    North Korea has conducted a record-breaking blitz of weapons tests so far this year, including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017.

    Last month, the North’s leader Kim Jong Un said his country was “ready to mobilise” its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul.

  •   United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday expressed his clear commitment to North Korea s denuclearisation during his visit to Seoul weeks after Pyongyang said it was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent Guterres arrived in Seoul on Thursday following a trip to Japan where he gave a speech to mark the 77th anniversary of the world s first nuclear bomb attack in Hiroshima He has also been to Mongolia I would like to reaffirm our clear commitment to the full verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula of the DPRK he said at his meeting with South Korean president Yoon Suk yeol using North Korea s official name The goal is a fundamental objective to bring peace security and stability to the whole region Guterres told Yoon according to footage broadcast by local media Guterres s comments come as Washington and Seoul officials have repeatedly warned that the North is preparing to carry out what would be its seventh nuclear test On Thursday Pyongyang blamed Seoul for a Covid 19 outbreak in the North and threatened to wipe out Seoul s authorities Pyongyang has conducted a record breaking blitz of weapons tests so far this year including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017 Last month the North s leader Kim Jong Un said his country was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul Guterres delivered a stark warning against the horrors of atomic weapons in New York at a key nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty conference last week which he reiterated in Japan on Monday We are witnessing a radicalisation in the geopolitical situation that makes the risk of a nuclear war again something we cannot completely forget he said at a press conference in Tokyo
    UN’s Guterres expresses ‘clear commitment’ to North Korea denuclearisation
      United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday expressed his clear commitment to North Korea s denuclearisation during his visit to Seoul weeks after Pyongyang said it was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent Guterres arrived in Seoul on Thursday following a trip to Japan where he gave a speech to mark the 77th anniversary of the world s first nuclear bomb attack in Hiroshima He has also been to Mongolia I would like to reaffirm our clear commitment to the full verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula of the DPRK he said at his meeting with South Korean president Yoon Suk yeol using North Korea s official name The goal is a fundamental objective to bring peace security and stability to the whole region Guterres told Yoon according to footage broadcast by local media Guterres s comments come as Washington and Seoul officials have repeatedly warned that the North is preparing to carry out what would be its seventh nuclear test On Thursday Pyongyang blamed Seoul for a Covid 19 outbreak in the North and threatened to wipe out Seoul s authorities Pyongyang has conducted a record breaking blitz of weapons tests so far this year including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017 Last month the North s leader Kim Jong Un said his country was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul Guterres delivered a stark warning against the horrors of atomic weapons in New York at a key nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty conference last week which he reiterated in Japan on Monday We are witnessing a radicalisation in the geopolitical situation that makes the risk of a nuclear war again something we cannot completely forget he said at a press conference in Tokyo
    UN’s Guterres expresses ‘clear commitment’ to North Korea denuclearisation
    Foreign2 months ago

    UN’s Guterres expresses ‘clear commitment’ to North Korea denuclearisation

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday expressed his “clear commitment” to North Korea’s denuclearisation during his visit to Seoul, weeks after Pyongyang said it was “ready to mobilise” its nuclear deterrent.

    Guterres arrived in Seoul on Thursday following a trip to Japan, where he gave a speech to mark the 77th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear bomb attack in Hiroshima.

    He has also been to Mongolia.

    “I would like to reaffirm our clear commitment to the full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, of the DPRK,” he said at his meeting with South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol, using North Korea’s official name.

    The goal is a “fundamental objective to bring peace, security and stability to the whole region”, Guterres told Yoon, according to footage broadcast by local media.

    Guterres’s comments come as Washington and Seoul officials have repeatedly warned that the North is preparing to carry out what would be its seventh nuclear test.

    On Thursday, Pyongyang blamed Seoul for a Covid-19 outbreak in the North and threatened to “wipe out” Seoul’s authorities.

    Pyongyang has conducted a record-breaking blitz of weapons tests so far this year, including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017.

    Last month, the North’s leader Kim Jong Un said his country was “ready to mobilise” its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul.

    Guterres delivered a stark warning against the horrors of atomic weapons in New York at a key nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty conference last week, which he reiterated in Japan on Monday.

    “We are witnessing a radicalisation in the geopolitical situation that makes the risk of a nuclear war again something we cannot completely forget,” he said at a press conference in Tokyo.

  •   North Korea s rubber stamp parliament will hold its next session in September where it is set to discuss new laws and other organisational issues state media said Monday The hermit state s legislative body meets only once or twice a year mostly for day long sessions to approve budgets or other decisions deemed necessary by the ruling Workers Party The 7th Session of the 14th Supreme People s Assembly SPA of the DPRK will be convened in Pyongyang on September 7 the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA reported The session will discuss the issue of adopting the law on the socialist rural development and the law on landscaping and the organisational matter it added Such meetings are carefully monitored by observers for any changes to economic policy or a reshuffle of high ranking officials It is unclear whether leader Kim Jong Un will attend the upcoming meeting Kim did not attend the last session in February this year Under Kim the North has made rapid progress on its weapons programmes and has carried out a record breaking blitz of tests this year including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017 Last month Kim said his country was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with Washington and Seoul Talks with the United States have been deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in 2019 between Kim and then US president Donald Trump over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in exchange The meeting comes as North Korea has reported no new Covid 19 fever cases in recent days Pyongyang has also claimed that everyone who had fallen sick since an Omicron outbreak in May has now recovered In a separate report KCNA said the North would hold a national meeting early this month to review the successes experience and lessons in the state emergency anti epidemic work
    North Korea to convene rubber-stamp parliament in September
      North Korea s rubber stamp parliament will hold its next session in September where it is set to discuss new laws and other organisational issues state media said Monday The hermit state s legislative body meets only once or twice a year mostly for day long sessions to approve budgets or other decisions deemed necessary by the ruling Workers Party The 7th Session of the 14th Supreme People s Assembly SPA of the DPRK will be convened in Pyongyang on September 7 the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA reported The session will discuss the issue of adopting the law on the socialist rural development and the law on landscaping and the organisational matter it added Such meetings are carefully monitored by observers for any changes to economic policy or a reshuffle of high ranking officials It is unclear whether leader Kim Jong Un will attend the upcoming meeting Kim did not attend the last session in February this year Under Kim the North has made rapid progress on its weapons programmes and has carried out a record breaking blitz of tests this year including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017 Last month Kim said his country was ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with Washington and Seoul Talks with the United States have been deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in 2019 between Kim and then US president Donald Trump over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in exchange The meeting comes as North Korea has reported no new Covid 19 fever cases in recent days Pyongyang has also claimed that everyone who had fallen sick since an Omicron outbreak in May has now recovered In a separate report KCNA said the North would hold a national meeting early this month to review the successes experience and lessons in the state emergency anti epidemic work
    North Korea to convene rubber-stamp parliament in September
    Foreign2 months ago

    North Korea to convene rubber-stamp parliament in September

    North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament will hold its next session in September where it is set to discuss new laws and other organisational issues, state media said Monday.

    The hermit state’s legislative body meets only once or twice a year, mostly for day-long sessions to approve budgets or other decisions deemed necessary by the ruling Workers’ Party.

    “The 7th Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK will be convened in Pyongyang on September 7,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

    “The session will discuss the issue of adopting the law on the socialist rural development and the law on landscaping and the organisational matter,” it added.

    Such meetings are carefully monitored by observers for any changes to economic policy or a reshuffle of high-ranking officials.

    It is unclear whether leader Kim Jong Un will attend the upcoming meeting.

    Kim did not attend the last session in February this year.

    Under Kim, the North has made rapid progress on its weapons programmes and has carried out a record-breaking blitz of tests this year, including firing an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017.

    Last month, Kim said his country was “ready to mobilise” its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with Washington and Seoul.

    Talks with the United States have been deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in 2019 between Kim and then president Donald Trump over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in exchange.

    The meeting comes as North Korea has reported “no new Covid-19 fever cases” in recent days.

    Pyongyang has also claimed that everyone who had fallen sick since an Omicron outbreak in May has now recovered.

    In a separate report, KCNA said the North would hold a national meeting early this month to review the “successes, experience and lessons in the state emergency anti-epidemic work”.

  •  North Korea reported zero fever cases Friday for a seventh straight day state media said adding that everyone who had fallen sick since the country confirmed its first Covid 19 infections had recovered The isolated country which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic announced an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a maximum emergency epidemic prevention system State media have meticulously reported the official number of cases deaths treatments and recoveries every day since with leader Kim Jong Un putting himself front and centre of the government s response North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity No new fever cases were reported during the past week and all those receiving treatments have recovered across the country the official KCNA reported Friday The overall anti epidemic situation of the DPRK has entered a definite phase of stability the report added The country will continue to strengthen its monitoring of new COVID 19 sub variants and various diseases and can still mobilise medical workers in case of a crisis it added North Korea has recorded nearly 4 8 million infections since late April with just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent KCNA has reported The country has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid 19 treatment drugs or vaccines experts say In contrast South Korea with its advanced healthcare systems and highly vaccinated population has a reported Covid fatality rate of 0 12 percent according to official data Hard to believe It is hard to believe any country if they say that the confirmed number of patients has suddenly gone to zero Ahn Chan il a North Korean studies scholar told AFP Like its military weapons and nuclear programmes it seems right to say that Covid is also being used to highlight Kim Jong Un s leadership and shore up loyalty regardless of what the truth is Pyongyang said in late May it had started seeing progress in controlling the outbreak but experts including the World Health Organization have repeatedly cast doubt on the claim North Korea is not believed to have vaccinated any of its roughly 25 million people having rejected jabs offered by the WHO s Covax programme The Seoul based specialist site NK News reported that North Korea imported 3 554 invasive ventilators from China in June sharply up from April despite an overall decrease in trade But Yang Moo jin a professor at the University of North Korean Studies told AFP that Pyongyang s claim to have brought the epidemic under control seemed somewhat reliable Things could be getting back to normal as there are no signs of tighter border control no official request has been made to Beijing for medical aid or equipment and Pyongyang based diplomats remain in place he said
    North Korea says ‘all recovered’ after Covid outbreak
     North Korea reported zero fever cases Friday for a seventh straight day state media said adding that everyone who had fallen sick since the country confirmed its first Covid 19 infections had recovered The isolated country which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic announced an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a maximum emergency epidemic prevention system State media have meticulously reported the official number of cases deaths treatments and recoveries every day since with leader Kim Jong Un putting himself front and centre of the government s response North Korea refers to fever patients rather than Covid patients in case reports apparently due to a lack of testing capacity No new fever cases were reported during the past week and all those receiving treatments have recovered across the country the official KCNA reported Friday The overall anti epidemic situation of the DPRK has entered a definite phase of stability the report added The country will continue to strengthen its monitoring of new COVID 19 sub variants and various diseases and can still mobilise medical workers in case of a crisis it added North Korea has recorded nearly 4 8 million infections since late April with just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0 002 percent KCNA has reported The country has one of the world s worst healthcare systems with poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid 19 treatment drugs or vaccines experts say In contrast South Korea with its advanced healthcare systems and highly vaccinated population has a reported Covid fatality rate of 0 12 percent according to official data Hard to believe It is hard to believe any country if they say that the confirmed number of patients has suddenly gone to zero Ahn Chan il a North Korean studies scholar told AFP Like its military weapons and nuclear programmes it seems right to say that Covid is also being used to highlight Kim Jong Un s leadership and shore up loyalty regardless of what the truth is Pyongyang said in late May it had started seeing progress in controlling the outbreak but experts including the World Health Organization have repeatedly cast doubt on the claim North Korea is not believed to have vaccinated any of its roughly 25 million people having rejected jabs offered by the WHO s Covax programme The Seoul based specialist site NK News reported that North Korea imported 3 554 invasive ventilators from China in June sharply up from April despite an overall decrease in trade But Yang Moo jin a professor at the University of North Korean Studies told AFP that Pyongyang s claim to have brought the epidemic under control seemed somewhat reliable Things could be getting back to normal as there are no signs of tighter border control no official request has been made to Beijing for medical aid or equipment and Pyongyang based diplomats remain in place he said
    North Korea says ‘all recovered’ after Covid outbreak
    Foreign2 months ago

    North Korea says ‘all recovered’ after Covid outbreak

    North Korea reported zero fever cases Friday for a seventh straight day, state media said, adding that everyone who had fallen sick since the country confirmed its first Covid-19 infections had recovered.

    The isolated country, which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the start of the pandemic, announced an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang in May and activated a “maximum emergency epidemic prevention system”.

    State media have meticulously reported the official number of cases, deaths, treatments and recoveries every day since, with leader Kim Jong Un putting himself front and centre of the government’s response.

    North Korea refers to “fever patients” rather than “Covid patients” in case reports, apparently due to a lack of testing capacity.

    “No new fever cases were reported during the past week and all those receiving treatments have recovered across the country,” the official KCNA reported Friday.

    “The overall anti-epidemic situation of the DPRK has entered a definite phase of stability,” the report added.

    The country will continue to strengthen its monitoring of “new COVID-19 sub-variants and various diseases” and can still mobilise medical workers “in case of a crisis”, it added.

    North Korea has recorded nearly 4.

    8 million infections since late April with just 74 deaths for an official fatality rate of 0.

    002 percent, KCNA has reported.

    The country has one of the world’s worst healthcare systems, with poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care units, and no Covid-19 treatment drugs or vaccines, experts say.

    In contrast, South Korea — with its advanced healthcare systems and highly vaccinated population — has a reported Covid fatality rate of 0.

    12 percent, according to official data.

    ‘Hard to believe’“It is hard to believe any country if they say that the confirmed number of patients has suddenly gone to zero,” Ahn Chan-il, a North Korean studies scholar, told AFP.

    “Like its military weapons and nuclear programmes, it seems right to say that Covid is also being used to highlight Kim Jong Un’s leadership and shore up loyalty, regardless of what the truth is.

    ”Pyongyang said in late May it had started seeing “progress” in controlling the outbreak but experts, including the World Health Organization, have repeatedly cast doubt on the claim.

    North Korea is not believed to have vaccinated any of its roughly 25 million people, having rejected jabs offered by the WHO’s Covax programme.

    The Seoul-based specialist site NK News reported that North Korea imported 3,554 invasive ventilators from China in June, sharply up from April, despite an overall decrease in trade.

    But Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told AFP that Pyongyang’s claim to have brought the epidemic under control seemed “somewhat reliable”.

    Things could be getting back to normal as “there are no signs of tighter border control, no official request has been made to Beijing for medical aid or equipment, and Pyongyang-based diplomats remain in place”, he said.

  •  Donetsk Regional State Administration on Wednesday urged civilians to timely evacuate from combat areas in Donetsk this was due to the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis According to the Ukrainian authorities they were ready to evacuate up to 395 000 people from Donetsk it said in a statement It said that more than 150 000 people could be evacuated from Donetsk by train to Dnipropetrovsk Cherkasy and Kirovograd as well as to Lviv Ternopil Vinnytsia and Khmelnytsky It was noted that in recent months Donetsk has been one of the epicentres of fighting in the Ukraine crisis UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday hailed what he called substantive progress in ensuring the export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea Today in Istanbul we have seen a critical step forward to ensuring the safe and secure export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea he told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York In a world darkened by global crises today at last we have a ray of hope to ease human suffering and alleviate hunger around the world A ray of hope to support developing countries and the most vulnerable people a ray of hope to bring a measure of much needed stability to the global food system Guterres said More technical work would be needed to materialise today s progress But the momentum is clear that in the end the aim of all parties is not just an agreement between Russia and Ukraine but an agreement for the world he said The Democratic People s Republic of Korea DPRK on Wednesday officially recognised the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA reported Thursday In a statement the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denounced the DPRK s decision as an attempt by Pyongyang to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and severed ties with the DPRK in response Ukraine has begun construction of a dry port for the exports of agricultural products in the northwestern Volyn region the Interfax Ukraine news agency reported Wednesday citing Volyn Governor Yuriy Pohulyaiko This year there will be a lot of challenges with the export of grain and other agricultural products That is why we are building a very large dry port Pohulyaiko said The facility will store grain and other food products and ship them to Europe the official said Now Volyn is preparing to receive grain from a new crop harvested in the southern Zaporizhzhia and Mykolayiv regions Pohulyaiko added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN chief hails progress in talks over Ukraine grain exports
     Donetsk Regional State Administration on Wednesday urged civilians to timely evacuate from combat areas in Donetsk this was due to the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis According to the Ukrainian authorities they were ready to evacuate up to 395 000 people from Donetsk it said in a statement It said that more than 150 000 people could be evacuated from Donetsk by train to Dnipropetrovsk Cherkasy and Kirovograd as well as to Lviv Ternopil Vinnytsia and Khmelnytsky It was noted that in recent months Donetsk has been one of the epicentres of fighting in the Ukraine crisis UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday hailed what he called substantive progress in ensuring the export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea Today in Istanbul we have seen a critical step forward to ensuring the safe and secure export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea he told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York In a world darkened by global crises today at last we have a ray of hope to ease human suffering and alleviate hunger around the world A ray of hope to support developing countries and the most vulnerable people a ray of hope to bring a measure of much needed stability to the global food system Guterres said More technical work would be needed to materialise today s progress But the momentum is clear that in the end the aim of all parties is not just an agreement between Russia and Ukraine but an agreement for the world he said The Democratic People s Republic of Korea DPRK on Wednesday officially recognised the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA reported Thursday In a statement the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denounced the DPRK s decision as an attempt by Pyongyang to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and severed ties with the DPRK in response Ukraine has begun construction of a dry port for the exports of agricultural products in the northwestern Volyn region the Interfax Ukraine news agency reported Wednesday citing Volyn Governor Yuriy Pohulyaiko This year there will be a lot of challenges with the export of grain and other agricultural products That is why we are building a very large dry port Pohulyaiko said The facility will store grain and other food products and ship them to Europe the official said Now Volyn is preparing to receive grain from a new crop harvested in the southern Zaporizhzhia and Mykolayiv regions Pohulyaiko added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN chief hails progress in talks over Ukraine grain exports
    Foreign3 months ago

    UN chief hails progress in talks over Ukraine grain exports

    Donetsk Regional State Administration on Wednesday urged civilians to timely evacuate from combat areas in Donetsk, this was due to the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis.

    According to the Ukrainian authorities, they were ready to evacuate up to 395,000 people from Donetsk, it said in a statement.

    It said that more than 150,000 people could be evacuated from Donetsk by train to Dnipropetrovsk, Cherkasy, and Kirovograd as well as to Lviv, Ternopil, Vinnytsia, and Khmelnytsky.

    It was noted that in recent months, Donetsk has been one of the epicentres of fighting in the Ukraine crisis.

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday hailed what he called “substantive progress’’ in ensuring the export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea.

    “Today in Istanbul, we have seen a critical step forward to ensuring the safe and secure export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea,’’ he told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York.

    “In a world darkened by global crises, today, at last, we have a ray of hope to ease human suffering and alleviate hunger around the world.

    “A ray of hope to support developing countries and the most vulnerable people, a ray of hope to bring a measure of much-needed stability to the global food system,’’ Guterres said.

    More technical work would be needed to materialise today’s progress.

    But the momentum is clear that in the end, the aim of all parties is not just an agreement between Russia and Ukraine, but an agreement for the world, he said.

    The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday officially recognised the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Thursday.

    In a statement, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denounced the DPRK’s decision as an attempt by Pyongyang to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and severed ties with the DPRK in response.

    Ukraine has begun construction of a dry port for the exports of agricultural products in the northwestern Volyn region, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported Wednesday, citing Volyn Governor Yuriy Pohulyaiko.

    “This year there will be a lot of challenges with the export of grain and other agricultural products.

    “That is why we are building a very large dry port,” Pohulyaiko said.

    The facility will store grain and other food products and ship them to Europe, the official said.

    Now, Volyn is preparing to receive grain from a new crop harvested in the southern Zaporizhzhia and Mykolayiv regions, Pohulyaiko added. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  North Korea believed ready to test a new nuclear weapon has ignored multiple US proposals for discussions as well as offers of help in its Covid 19 outbreak a US diplomat said on Tuesday Speaking after Pyongyang launched eight ballistic missiles in a single day on Sunday Sung Kim the US special representative to North Korea said the country has failed to respond to months of public and private communications seeking to address tensions President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have repeatedly said publicly that Washington is seeking diplomatic talks with the Democratic People s Republic of Korea without preconditions Kim said We have also reached out to pass this message through private channels This includes high level personal messages from high ranking US officials to high ranking DPRK officials he told reporters at a briefing Over the past year we ve sent these kinds of messages in multiple ways through third parties directly in writing he added noting that included North Korea s neighbor China Those messages included specific proposals on humanitarian cooperation and assistance with the recent outbreak of Covid 19 in North Korea Kim said However to date the DPRK has not responded and still shows no indication that it is interested in participating he said US officials have shown growing concern over Pyongyang s increased nuclear related activities Kim said Washington believes it will soon carry out its seventh nuclear weapons test after a break of almost five years He also said North Korean officials have made comments suggesting a willingness to use small or tactical nuclear weapons Kim did not say how the United States would react to a new nuclear test US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke in Seoul early Tuesday warning of a swift and forceful response Any nuclear test would be in total violation of UN Security Council resolutions he said On Monday South Korea and the United States fired eight ballistic missiles in response to missile launches from North Korea The United States has always been very clear We seek dialogue with Pyongyang without preconditions Kim said We remain committed to diplomacy even as the DPRK launches an unprecedented number of ballistic missiles
    US says North Korea ignores multiple overtures for talks
     North Korea believed ready to test a new nuclear weapon has ignored multiple US proposals for discussions as well as offers of help in its Covid 19 outbreak a US diplomat said on Tuesday Speaking after Pyongyang launched eight ballistic missiles in a single day on Sunday Sung Kim the US special representative to North Korea said the country has failed to respond to months of public and private communications seeking to address tensions President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have repeatedly said publicly that Washington is seeking diplomatic talks with the Democratic People s Republic of Korea without preconditions Kim said We have also reached out to pass this message through private channels This includes high level personal messages from high ranking US officials to high ranking DPRK officials he told reporters at a briefing Over the past year we ve sent these kinds of messages in multiple ways through third parties directly in writing he added noting that included North Korea s neighbor China Those messages included specific proposals on humanitarian cooperation and assistance with the recent outbreak of Covid 19 in North Korea Kim said However to date the DPRK has not responded and still shows no indication that it is interested in participating he said US officials have shown growing concern over Pyongyang s increased nuclear related activities Kim said Washington believes it will soon carry out its seventh nuclear weapons test after a break of almost five years He also said North Korean officials have made comments suggesting a willingness to use small or tactical nuclear weapons Kim did not say how the United States would react to a new nuclear test US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke in Seoul early Tuesday warning of a swift and forceful response Any nuclear test would be in total violation of UN Security Council resolutions he said On Monday South Korea and the United States fired eight ballistic missiles in response to missile launches from North Korea The United States has always been very clear We seek dialogue with Pyongyang without preconditions Kim said We remain committed to diplomacy even as the DPRK launches an unprecedented number of ballistic missiles
    US says North Korea ignores multiple overtures for talks
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    US says North Korea ignores multiple overtures for talks

    North Korea, believed ready to test a new nuclear weapon, has ignored multiple US proposals for discussions as well as offers of help in its Covid-19 outbreak, a US diplomat said on Tuesday.

    Speaking after Pyongyang launched eight ballistic missiles in a single day on Sunday, Sung Kim, the US special representative to North Korea, said the country has failed to respond to months of public and private communications seeking to address tensions.

    President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have repeatedly said publicly that Washington is seeking diplomatic talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea "without preconditions," Kim said.

    “We have also reached out to pass this message through private channels. This includes high-level personal messages from high-ranking US officials to high-ranking DPRK officials,” he told reporters at a briefing.

    "Over the past year, we've sent these kinds of messages in multiple ways, through third parties, directly in writing," he added, noting that included North Korea's neighbor China.

    Those messages included specific proposals on humanitarian cooperation and assistance with the recent outbreak of Covid-19 in North Korea, Kim said.

    "However, to date, the DPRK has not responded and still shows no indication that it is interested in participating," he said.

    US officials have shown growing concern over Pyongyang's increased nuclear-related activities.

    Kim said Washington believes it will soon carry out its seventh nuclear weapons test, after a break of almost five years.

    He also said North Korean officials have made comments suggesting a willingness to use small or tactical nuclear weapons.

    Kim did not say how the United States would react to a new nuclear test.

    US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke in Seoul early Tuesday, warning of a "swift and forceful" response.

    "Any nuclear test would be in total violation of UN Security Council resolutions," he said.

    On Monday, South Korea and the United States fired eight ballistic missiles in response to missile launches from North Korea.

    "The United States has always been very clear: We seek dialogue with Pyongyang without preconditions," Kim said.

    "We remain committed to diplomacy even as the DPRK launches an unprecedented number of ballistic missiles."

  •  US President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States had offered Pyongyang vaccines against Covid 19 but got no response despite a spiraling epidemic in North Korea where nearly 2 5 million people got sick with fever Biden who is in Seoul on his first trip to Asia as president said the United States and South Korea had also made a new offer of Covid aid to Pyongyang but received no response We have offered vaccines not only to North Korea but also to China and we are ready to do so immediately he told a news conference in Seoul We have no answer he added North Korea reported its first cases of Omicron earlier this month and despite a maximum emergency epidemic campaign the virus has wiped out its population of 25 million unvaccinated people On Saturday North Korean state media reported that nearly 2 5 million people had been sick with a fever with 66 confirmed deaths since the outbreak began He added that the country had intensified its campaign against the epidemic Biden and new South Korean President Yoon Suk yeol expressed concern on Saturday about the growing Covid 19 outbreak in North Korea The ROK and the United States are willing to work with the international community to provide assistance to the DPRK to combat the virus they said in a joint statement Experts have warned of a major health crisis in the North which has one of the worst health systems in the world The impoverished country has poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs or massive testing capacity Yoon said the aid offer was being made in accordance with humanitarian principles separate from political and military issues with Pyongyang The two leaders separately announced they would seek to step up joint military exercises in response to the threat posed by North Korea a suggestion likely to anger Pyongyang which sees the exercises as rehearsals for an invasion
    Biden offers aid, vaccines to Covid-stricken North Korea
     US President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States had offered Pyongyang vaccines against Covid 19 but got no response despite a spiraling epidemic in North Korea where nearly 2 5 million people got sick with fever Biden who is in Seoul on his first trip to Asia as president said the United States and South Korea had also made a new offer of Covid aid to Pyongyang but received no response We have offered vaccines not only to North Korea but also to China and we are ready to do so immediately he told a news conference in Seoul We have no answer he added North Korea reported its first cases of Omicron earlier this month and despite a maximum emergency epidemic campaign the virus has wiped out its population of 25 million unvaccinated people On Saturday North Korean state media reported that nearly 2 5 million people had been sick with a fever with 66 confirmed deaths since the outbreak began He added that the country had intensified its campaign against the epidemic Biden and new South Korean President Yoon Suk yeol expressed concern on Saturday about the growing Covid 19 outbreak in North Korea The ROK and the United States are willing to work with the international community to provide assistance to the DPRK to combat the virus they said in a joint statement Experts have warned of a major health crisis in the North which has one of the worst health systems in the world The impoverished country has poorly equipped hospitals few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs or massive testing capacity Yoon said the aid offer was being made in accordance with humanitarian principles separate from political and military issues with Pyongyang The two leaders separately announced they would seek to step up joint military exercises in response to the threat posed by North Korea a suggestion likely to anger Pyongyang which sees the exercises as rehearsals for an invasion
    Biden offers aid, vaccines to Covid-stricken North Korea
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    Biden offers aid, vaccines to Covid-stricken North Korea

    US President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States had offered Pyongyang vaccines against Covid-19 but "got no response" despite a spiraling epidemic in North Korea, where nearly 2.5 million people got sick with “fever”.

    Biden, who is in Seoul on his first trip to Asia as president, said the United States and South Korea had also made a new offer of Covid aid to Pyongyang but received no response.

    "We have offered vaccines, not only to North Korea but also to China, and we are ready to do so immediately," he told a news conference in Seoul.

    "We have no answer," he added.

    North Korea reported its first cases of Omicron earlier this month, and despite a "maximum emergency" epidemic campaign, the virus has wiped out its population of 25 million unvaccinated people.

    On Saturday, North Korean state media reported that nearly 2.5 million people had been sick with a "fever," with 66 confirmed deaths since the outbreak began.

    He added that the country had "intensified" its campaign against the epidemic.

    Biden and new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol expressed concern on Saturday about the growing Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea.

    "The ROK and the United States are willing to work with the international community to provide assistance to the DPRK to combat the virus," they said in a joint statement.

    Experts have warned of a major health crisis in the North, which has one of the worst health systems in the world.

    The impoverished country has poorly equipped hospitals, few intensive care units and no Covid treatment drugs or massive testing capacity.

    Yoon said the aid offer was being made in accordance with "humanitarian principles, separate from political and military issues" with Pyongyang.

    The two leaders separately announced they would seek to step up joint military exercises in response to the "threat" posed by North Korea, a suggestion likely to anger Pyongyang, which sees the exercises as rehearsals for an invasion.

  •  North Korea fired a submarine launched ballistic missile on Saturday Seoul said its second missile launch in three days after the United States warned that Pyongyang may be preparing for a nuclear test North Korea has dramatically increased its sanctions busting missile launches this year conducting 15 weapons tests including launching an ICBM at full range for the first time since 2017 Saturday s launch comes two days before South Korea is due to swear in a hardline new president Yoon Suk yeol Satellite images indicate that North Korea may be preparing to resume nuclear testing with the US State Department warning on Friday that a nuclear test could take place as soon as this month Our military detected at around 14 07 0507 GMT that a short range ballistic missile suspected to be an SLBM fired from waters off Sinpo South Hamgyong the Seoul Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement Sinpo is a major naval shipyard in North Korea and satellite photos have in the past shown submarines at the facility Japan s coast guard citing information from its defense ministry said North Korea had launched an object probably a ballistic missile and warned its ships to be on the lookout nuclear test Last week while overseeing a large military parade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop his nuclear forces as quickly as possible and warned of possible pre emptive strikes On Friday the United States released a new assessment that said Pyongyang was preparing its Punggye ri test site and may be ready to test there this month State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter said This assessment is consistent with recent public statements from the DPRK itself he added US President Joe Biden is due to travel later this month to Japan and South Korea where concerns over Pyongyang are expected to be high on the agenda A test of North Korea could coincide with Biden s visit with the May 10 inauguration of Yoon who has vowed to take a tougher line with Pyongyang Instead of accepting invitations for dialogue the Kim regime appears to be preparing a tactical nuclear warhead test said Leif Eric Easley a professor at Ewha University in Seoul North Korea carried out six nuclear tests before embarking on unusually high profile diplomacy with the United States with former President Donald Trump meeting leader Kim four times A seventh nuclear test would be the first since September 2017 and would heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula raising the dangers of miscalculations and miscommunication between the Kim regime and the incoming Yoon administration Easley added SLBM South Korea s conventional capability outstrips that of the North and Yoon has called for more US military assets to be deployed to the South an issue likely to be on the agenda when Biden visits Seoul South Korea last year tested its own SLBM putting it among a small group of nations that have such technology It also featured a supersonic cruise missile in what was seen as something of an arms race on the peninsula On Wednesday North Korea tested what Seoul and Tokyo said was a ballistic missile although Pyongyang s state media which usually reports on weapons tests did not comment on the event I suspect today s launch is similar to Wednesday s ballistic missile said Hong Min a researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification It seems that the North is conducting a series of tests to achieve its strategic objective Repeated negotiations aimed at convincing Kim to give up his nuclear weapons have come to nothing For five years under President Moon Jae in Seoul has pursued a policy of engagement with Pyongyang brokering high level summits between Kim and Trump while curtailing joint US military exercises that the North finds provocative But for incoming leader Yoon this subservient approach has been a manifest failure Analysts have said the series of releases indicates North Korea s Kim may be warning Seoul that he is not open to dialogue with South Korea s new government
    North Korea fires submarine-launched missile after US nuclear warning
     North Korea fired a submarine launched ballistic missile on Saturday Seoul said its second missile launch in three days after the United States warned that Pyongyang may be preparing for a nuclear test North Korea has dramatically increased its sanctions busting missile launches this year conducting 15 weapons tests including launching an ICBM at full range for the first time since 2017 Saturday s launch comes two days before South Korea is due to swear in a hardline new president Yoon Suk yeol Satellite images indicate that North Korea may be preparing to resume nuclear testing with the US State Department warning on Friday that a nuclear test could take place as soon as this month Our military detected at around 14 07 0507 GMT that a short range ballistic missile suspected to be an SLBM fired from waters off Sinpo South Hamgyong the Seoul Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement Sinpo is a major naval shipyard in North Korea and satellite photos have in the past shown submarines at the facility Japan s coast guard citing information from its defense ministry said North Korea had launched an object probably a ballistic missile and warned its ships to be on the lookout nuclear test Last week while overseeing a large military parade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop his nuclear forces as quickly as possible and warned of possible pre emptive strikes On Friday the United States released a new assessment that said Pyongyang was preparing its Punggye ri test site and may be ready to test there this month State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter said This assessment is consistent with recent public statements from the DPRK itself he added US President Joe Biden is due to travel later this month to Japan and South Korea where concerns over Pyongyang are expected to be high on the agenda A test of North Korea could coincide with Biden s visit with the May 10 inauguration of Yoon who has vowed to take a tougher line with Pyongyang Instead of accepting invitations for dialogue the Kim regime appears to be preparing a tactical nuclear warhead test said Leif Eric Easley a professor at Ewha University in Seoul North Korea carried out six nuclear tests before embarking on unusually high profile diplomacy with the United States with former President Donald Trump meeting leader Kim four times A seventh nuclear test would be the first since September 2017 and would heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula raising the dangers of miscalculations and miscommunication between the Kim regime and the incoming Yoon administration Easley added SLBM South Korea s conventional capability outstrips that of the North and Yoon has called for more US military assets to be deployed to the South an issue likely to be on the agenda when Biden visits Seoul South Korea last year tested its own SLBM putting it among a small group of nations that have such technology It also featured a supersonic cruise missile in what was seen as something of an arms race on the peninsula On Wednesday North Korea tested what Seoul and Tokyo said was a ballistic missile although Pyongyang s state media which usually reports on weapons tests did not comment on the event I suspect today s launch is similar to Wednesday s ballistic missile said Hong Min a researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification It seems that the North is conducting a series of tests to achieve its strategic objective Repeated negotiations aimed at convincing Kim to give up his nuclear weapons have come to nothing For five years under President Moon Jae in Seoul has pursued a policy of engagement with Pyongyang brokering high level summits between Kim and Trump while curtailing joint US military exercises that the North finds provocative But for incoming leader Yoon this subservient approach has been a manifest failure Analysts have said the series of releases indicates North Korea s Kim may be warning Seoul that he is not open to dialogue with South Korea s new government
    North Korea fires submarine-launched missile after US nuclear warning
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    North Korea fires submarine-launched missile after US nuclear warning

    North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Saturday, Seoul said, its second missile launch in three days after the United States warned that Pyongyang may be preparing for a nuclear test.

    North Korea has dramatically increased its sanctions-busting missile launches this year, conducting 15 weapons tests, including launching an ICBM at full range for the first time since 2017.

    Saturday's launch comes two days before South Korea is due to swear in a hardline new president, Yoon Suk-yeol.

    Satellite images indicate that North Korea may be preparing to resume nuclear testing, with the US State Department warning on Friday that a nuclear test could take place "as soon as this month."

    "Our military detected at around 14:07 (0507 GMT) that a short-range ballistic missile suspected to be an SLBM fired from waters off Sinpo, South Hamgyong," the Seoul Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

    Sinpo is a major naval shipyard in North Korea and satellite photos have in the past shown submarines at the facility.

    Japan's coast guard, citing information from its defense ministry, said North Korea had launched an object "probably a ballistic missile" and warned its ships to be on the lookout.

    - nuclear test -
    Last week, while overseeing a large military parade, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop his nuclear forces "as quickly as possible" and warned of possible "pre-emptive" strikes.

    On Friday, the United States released a new assessment that said Pyongyang was "preparing its Punggye-ri test site and may be ready to test there this month," State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter said.

    "This assessment is consistent with recent public statements from the DPRK itself," he added.

    US President Joe Biden is due to travel later this month to Japan and South Korea, where concerns over Pyongyang are expected to be high on the agenda.

    A test of North Korea could coincide with Biden's visit with the May 10 inauguration of Yoon, who has vowed to take a tougher line with Pyongyang.

    "Instead of accepting invitations for dialogue, the Kim regime appears to be preparing a tactical nuclear warhead test," said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.

    North Korea carried out six nuclear tests before embarking on unusually high-profile diplomacy with the United States, with former President Donald Trump meeting leader Kim four times.

    "A seventh nuclear test would be the first since September 2017 and would heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula, raising the dangers of miscalculations and miscommunication between the Kim regime and the incoming Yoon administration," Easley added.

    – SLBM –
    South Korea's conventional capability outstrips that of the North, and Yoon has called for more US military assets to be deployed to the South, an issue likely to be on the agenda when Biden visits Seoul.

    South Korea last year tested its own SLBM, putting it among a small group of nations that have such technology. It also featured a supersonic cruise missile, in what was seen as something of an arms race on the peninsula.

    On Wednesday, North Korea tested what Seoul and Tokyo said was a ballistic missile, although Pyongyang's state media, which usually reports on weapons tests, did not comment on the event.

    "I suspect today's launch is similar to Wednesday's ballistic missile," said Hong Min, a researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification.

    "It seems that the North is conducting a series of tests to achieve its strategic objective."

    Repeated negotiations aimed at convincing Kim to give up his nuclear weapons have come to nothing.

    For five years under President Moon Jae-in, Seoul has pursued a policy of engagement with Pyongyang, brokering high-level summits between Kim and Trump while curtailing joint US military exercises that the North finds provocative.

    But for incoming leader Yoon, this "subservient" approach has been a manifest failure.

    Analysts have said the series of releases indicates North Korea's Kim may be warning Seoul that he is not open to dialogue with South Korea's new government.