Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
October 2014 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- Seoul, Beijing Express Similar Viewpoint on North Korea's Nuclear Program RIA Novosti 31 Oct 2014 -- South Korea and China said they share "deep concern" regarding recent developments in North Korea's nuclear program and missile technology, and expressed their commitment to prevent Pyongyang from expanding its nuclear weapons capability, according to a statement made Friday by Seoul's chief nuclear envoy.
- Kim Jong Un Guides Flight Drill for Inspection of KPA Air and Anti-Air Force KCNA 30 Oct 2014 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, guided a flight drill for inspection of airmen of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force.
- Kim Jong Un Publishes New Work KCNA 30 Oct 2014 -- Supreme leader Kim Jong Un on Oct. 24 published his work 'To Protect National Heritage Is a Patriotic Undertaking for Adding Brilliance to the History and Traditions of Our Nation'.
- Hostile Forces Hit for Their Moves to Adopt Anti-DPRK 'Human Rights Resolution' KCNA 30 Oct 2014 -- The hostile forces' moves to have an anti-DPRK 'human rights resolution' adopted have reached a graver phase this year, timed to coincide with the U.S. start of all-out confrontation with the DPRK.
- CPRK Secretariat Hits S. Korean Authorities for Delayed Transfer of OPECON KCNA 30 Oct 2014 -- The U.S. and south Korean puppet authorities, at the recent 46th annual security consultative meeting in Washington, agreed to put off the transfer of OPECON (wartime operation control), which had been scheduled by 2015, until security circumstances in around the Korean Peninsula and core military capabilities of the south Korean forces are provided.
- S. Korea Firm in Inter-Korean Complex Folds VOA 30 Oct 2014 -- A South Korean company operating at an inter-Korean industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong is going out of business. This will be the first time a South Korean firm at the joint industrial complex has had to close its business because of financial pressure.
- North Korea Can Miniaturize Nuclear Warheads for Medium-Range Missiles: US Military Expert RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2014 -- A US military expert believes North Korea has the ability to miniaturize nuclear warheads for its medium-range missiles, however Pyongyang does not appear to have technical capacity to conduct tests, Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday.
- Human Rights Groups Plan to Keep Pressure on North Korea VOA 30 Oct 2014 -- This week a top U.N. human rights investigator has held meetings with North Korean diplomats about a possible visit to assess the country's human rights practices. The negotiations come as North Korea tries to prevent the United Nations from referring the country's human rights situation to the International Criminal Court.
- Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to Newly Built Restaurant for Service Personnel KCNA 29 Oct 2014 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, together with Ri Sol Ju gave field guidance to the newly built restaurant for service personnel.
- Kim Jong Un Watches Women's Football Match together with Pyongyangites KCNA 29 Oct 2014 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, watched a women's football match between the national team and the Wolmido team at the remodeled May Day Stadium on Tuesday.
- North, South Korea rule out resumption of talks Iran Press TV 29 Oct 2014 -- North and South Korea have ruled out the resumption of high-level political talks aimed at improving inter-Korean relations, with each side blaming the other for the deadlock.
- WHO: Pyongyang's Ebola Travel Ban Unnecessary VOA 28 Oct 2014 -- The World Health Organization says North Korea did not need to impose a ban on foreign tourists because of fears of the Ebola virus.
- UN expert urges General Assembly to refer DPR Korea rights report to International Criminal Court UN News Centre 28 Oct 2014 -- A United Nations human rights expert called on the General Assembly today to refer a UN-mandated report documenting wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
- N. Korean Arms Progress Called Clear Threat to Seoul VOA 28 Oct 2014 -- U.S. experts say North Korea's significant progress in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon is an undeniable threat to South Korea.
- S. Korea Spy Agency: North Korea Leader Had Ankle Surgery VOA 28 Oct 2014 -- What caused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to begin walking with a cane earlier this month? Ankle surgery, says South Korea's spy agency, as reported by Yonhap news agency on Tuesday.
- S. Korean Defense Chief: Pyongyang Nuke Miniaturization Tech Is 'Significant' VOA 27 Oct 2014 -- North Korea's capability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon appears to have reached "a significant level," according to South Korea's defense chief.
- Exclusive: N. Korean Sports Official Dismisses Purge Rumor VOA 27 Oct 2014 -- A high-level North Korean sports figure rumored to have been purged by the government has told VOA that the media speculation is "completely absurd."
- South Korea's Envoy to Discuss North Korean's Nuclear Threat in China RIA Novosti 27 Oct 2014 -- Hwang Joon-kook, South Korea's nuclear envoy, plans to visit Beijing on Thursday, October 30, in order to discuss North Korea's nuclear program with his Chinese counterparts.
- Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to Completed Pyongyang Baby Home, Orphanage KCNA 26 Oct 2014 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), first chairman of the National Defence Commission (NDC) of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA), gave field guidance to the completed Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage.
- DPRK Will Mercilessly Shatter U.S. and Its Followers' 'Human Rights' Campaign KCNA 25 Oct 2014 -- The U.S. is going mad in its campaign to hurt the dignity of the DPRK and bring down its socialist system by fabricating the non-existent 'human rights issue' as its moves for isolating and stifling the DPRK over its nuclear issue prove unsuccessful.
- DPRK Makes Progress in Economy KCNA 25 Oct 2014 -- The DPRK has made progress in the economic construction.
- Hundreds of South Koreans Clash With Anti-Pyonyang Activists Over Leaflet Campaign RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2014 -- Hundreds of residents of the South Korean town of Paju, located on the border with the North, have clashed with anti-Pyonyang activists, who intended to send tens of thousands of leaflets across the border, AFP reports.
- Kim Jong Un Guides Actual Drill of KPA Combined Units KCNA 24 Oct 2014 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, guided an actual drill between KPA Large Combined Unit 526 and KPA Combined Unit 478.
- Security Decisions Should Continue to Deter North Korea, Official Says AFPS 24 Oct 2014 -- Decisions made at the security and military talks between the United States and South Korea should continue to deter North Korea, Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti said today.
- Pyongyang Calls South Korean Leaflet Campaign 'De-Facto Declaration of War' RIA Novosti 24 Oct 2014 -- Pyongyang has referred to a leaflet campaign, launched by South Korean activists and aimed at criticizing the North's leadership and system, as a "de-facto declaration of war", Yonhap news agency reports, citing the North's reunification committee.
- Work to Prevent Ebola Virus Brisk in DPRK KCNA 23 Oct 2014 -- The DPRK has been making state efforts to prevent Ebola virus now on rapid spread around the world.
- Officials, Shock Brigade Members Commended for Their Labor Feats in Construction of Fruit Farm KCNA 23 Oct 2014 -- The Kosan Fruit Farm is a large fruit producer associated with patriotic devotion of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il.
- Munsu Water Park in DPRK Excites Foreigners' Admiration KCNA 23 Oct 2014 -- The Munsu Water Park on the bank of the picturesque Taedong River in Pyongyang has drawn a large number of visitors for one year since the start of its operation.
- North Korea bans foreign tourists over Ebola fears Iran Press TV 23 Oct 2014 -- North Korea has reportedly decided to close its borders to all foreign tourists in an attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
- North Korea Closes Border to Tourists Over Ebola Fears RIA Novosti 23 Oct 2014 -- North Korea is to close its borders to foreign tourists from Friday because of fears about the Ebola virus, say travel agencies with links to the country.
- Kerry: US May Reduce Military Presence in Asia if Pyongyang Resumes Nuclear Talks RIA Novosti 23 Oct 2014 -- The US is ready to decrease its military force in Asia in the event North Korea resumes negotiations on its nuclear program, reaffirms its commitment to non-proliferation and is ready to destroy all of its nuclear weapons, John Kerry, the US Secretary of State said Wednesday.
- Pyongyang Warns Seoul of Military Response to Propaganda RIA Novosti 23 Oct 2014 -- Pyongyang warned Seoul on Thursday that military action would be taken over the cross-border propaganda leaflets spread by South Korean activists, the Yonhap news agency reported.
- Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to Yonphung Scientists Rest Home KCNA 22 Oct 2014 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, provided field guidance to the completed Yonphung Scientists Rest Home.
- North Korea releases US detainee after six months Iran Press TV 22 Oct 2014 -- North Korea has released one of the three American nationals who were in custody in the country, according to the US State Department.
- Kerry: No Deal in North Korea Prisoner Release VOA 22 Oct 2014 -- North Korea says a detained American was freed this week following 'repeated requests' from U.S. President Barack Obama.
- Report: Image Shows New Submarine in North Korea VOA 20 Oct 2014 -- North Korea may have acquired a new submarine, according to an American researcher who based his findings on a review of commercial satellite imagery from 2010 until now.
- Kim Jong Un Guides Fighter Pilots' Takeoff and Landing Drill on Highway- Airfield KCNA 19 Oct 2014 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, guided the takeoff and landing drill on a highway-airfield conducted by fighter pilots of KPA Air and Anti-Air Force Units 1017 and 458 honored with the title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment.
- Kim Jong Un Meets with Gold Medalists and Their Coaches KCNA 19 Oct 2014 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, met together with Ri Sol Ju players who bagged gold medals at the 17th Asian Games and recent world championships and their coaches.
- China calls for continued efforts to restart talks on Korean Peninsula's denuclearization People's Daily 19 Oct 2014 -- China on Saturday called for continued efforts by related parties to create favorable conditions for restoring the stalled talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- South, North Korea Exchange Fire On Border RIA Novosti 19 Oct 2014 -- South and North Korean troops exchanged fire on Sunday after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) soldiers approached the military demarcation line (MDL) between the two countries.
- Kim Jong Un Provides Field Guidance to Apartment Houses for Educators of Kim Chaek University of Technology KCNA 17 Oct 2014 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, provided field guidance to the completed apartment houses for educators of Kim Chaek University of Technology.
- China Completes Construction of Country's Largest Spaceport: Reports RIA Novosti 17 Oct 2014 -- Construction of the fourth and the largest spaceport in China in the country's southern city of Wenchang has been completed and it is ready for launch, People's Daily reported Friday.
- Chinese Envoy Criticizes US Plans to Deploy Missile Defense System in South Korea RIA Novosti 17 Oct 2014 -- The deployment of a US advanced missile defense system in South Korea currently under consideration in Washington may trigger a strong negative reaction from North Korea, China's deputy chief envoy to the talks urged Friday.
- Kim Jong Un Appears With Cane, Fuels Rumors Of His Health RIA Novosti 17 Oct 2014 -- Kim Jong Un, the First secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, has made his second public appearance, walking with a cane in hand; his mysterious absence of more than amonth is still triggering rumors about the poor shape of his health.
- US Slammed for Its Attempt to Use Nuclear Weapons against DPRK KCNA 16 Oct 2014 -- A spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea made public the following statement Thursday as regards the recent disclosure of the U.S. attempt to use nuclear weapons against the DPRK in case of contingency on the Korean Peninsula:
- S. Korea, DPRK hold general-level military talks People's Daily 15 Oct 2014 -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held general-level military talks on Wednesday at the truce village of Panmunjom, local media reported.
- North, South Korea hold senior-level military talks Iran Press TV 15 Oct 2014 -- North Korea and its southern neighbor have held senior-level military talks for the first time in seven years following a series of recent incidents on their land and maritime borders.
- Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to Newly Built Wisong Scientists Residential District KCNA 14 Oct 2014 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, gave field guidance to the newly built Wisong Scientists Residential District.
- Rodong Sinmun Calls for Implementing North-South Declarations KCNA 14 Oct 2014 -- At a time when the expectation and concern for the improved inter-Korean relations is growing higher than ever before at home and abroad, it presents itself as a very important matter to respect and implement the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration, reunification programme common to the nation, says Rodong Sinmun in an article Tuesday.
- Seoul: Pyongyang Sanctions Unchanged VOA 14 Oct 2014 -- South Korea says its position on North Korean sanctions has not changed despite speculation that Seoul might consider lifting its unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang.
- North Korea leader reappears in public with cane Iran Press TV 14 Oct 2014 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has apparently resurfaced with the help of a walking stick after being absent from public view for more than a month.
- North Korean Leader Reappears in State Media Clutching Cane VOA 14 Oct 2014 -- For the first time in nearly six weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears in public in images released Tuesday by state media.
- State Media: North Korean Leader Appears in Public VOA 13 Oct 2014 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in more than 40 days, resurfacing in state media photos carrying a large cane.
- South Korea troop movements up tensions Iran Press TV 13 Oct 2014 -- South Korea deploys additional military forces to the islands on its border with the North, amid renewed rising tensions between the two rival neighbors.
- South Korea Warns Pyongyang of 'Strong Response' to Further Provocations RIA Novosti 13 Oct 2014 -- South Korea has warned its Northern neighbor that it will pursue a "strong" response if it is provoked in a way that is similar to the recent exchange of fire, Reuters reports on Monday.
- S. Korea Warned against Reckless Acts to Chill Atmosphere of Improving Relations KCNA 12 Oct 2014 -- The spokesman for the north side delegation to the north-south high-level contact released a statement on Sunday in connection with the fact that an anti-DPRK leaflet-scattering operation was conducted in south Korea at a time when the second round of the north-south high-level contact is high on the agenda in the wake of the contact made between the high-ranking officials from the north and the south in Inchon on October 4.
- KCNA Assails S. Korean Authorities for Being behind Leaflet-scattering Operation KCNA 11 Oct 2014 -- Human scum of the 'Alliance for the Movement of Free North' in south Korea on Oct. 10 carried out the leaflet-scattering operation aimed at defaming the dignity and social system of the DPRK despite its repeated warnings.
- North Korea to Scrap High-Level Talks With South Over Anti-Pyongyang Leaflets: Reports RIA Novosti 11 Oct 2014 -- North Korea's state media said Saturday that high-level talks with South Korea could be put off the table following anti-Pyongyang leaflets launched by activists in the South on October 10, The Telegraph reported.
- N. Korea: Talks With South 'All But Scrapped' Following Skirmish VOA 11 Oct 2014 -- North Korea's state media say high-level talks with South Korea are close to collapsing after the two countries traded small arms fire.
- Experts: N. Korean Leadership Views Leaflets as Threat VOA 10 Oct 2014 -- Balloons rarely trigger military provocations - unless they are considered a threat. That is precisely how the North Korean regime views propaganda-filled balloons floated across the border from South Korea.
- ROK, DPRK exchange fires across line People's Daily 10 Oct 2014 -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) exchanged fires in an area near the military demarcation line, Yonhap News Agency and YTN reported citing the South Korean military.
- North, South Korea trade machine gun fire along land border Iran Press TV 10 Oct 2014 -- Seoul military officials say North and South Korea have exchanged fire across their land border after the North shot balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets floated from the South.
- North Korean Leader Skips Ruling Party Anniversary Amid Rumors of Poor Health: Reports RIA Novosti 10 Oct 2014 -- Speculations over the whereabouts of the North Korean leader continue as he failed to make an expected appearance at a major political event in Pyongyang, NK News reported Friday.
- No Sign of Kim Jong Un on Important Anniversary VOA 10 Oct 2014 -- Speculation over the health and political status of Kim Jong Un intensified Friday, as the North Korean leader remained out of public view on an important anniversary for the secretive, communist nation.
- CPRK Secretariat Urges S. Korean Regime to Stop Anti-DPRK Leaflet-scattering Operation KCNA 09 Oct 2014 -- The Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea Thursday released information bulletin No. 1075 in connection with the fact that the riff-raffs of the 'Alliance for the Movement of Free North' in south Korea are mulling conducting on Friday another leaflet-scattering operation hurting the dignity and social system of the DPRK.
- 'Collection of Kim Il Sung's Anecdotes' Vol. 5 Off Press in DPRK KCNA 09 Oct 2014 -- The Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House brought out Vol. 5 of 'Collection of Kim Il Sung's Anecdotes', a cycle of revolutionary anecdotes.
- Media Suspect Kim Jong Un's Sister in Seizing N Korean Leadership RIA Novosti 09 Oct 2014 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been out of the public eye for over a month, and now rumors are brewing that while Kim is recovering, his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, might be running the show, CNN reports.
- Kim Jong Un's Absence Fuels Rumors VOA 09 Oct 2014 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has not been seen in public for more than a month, fueling rumors of serious health or political problems.
- Where in the World Is Kim Jong Un? VOA 08 Oct 2014 -- North Korea's 31-year-old supreme leader has not been seen in public in more than month -- at a time when a high-level Pyongyang delegation made a surprise visit to South Korea in an apparent peace initiative.
- North, South Korean Warships Exchange Warning Shots VOA 07 Oct 2014 -- North and South Korean warships exchanged warning shots near a disputed sea border Tuesday, days after the two sides agreed to high-level talks that many hope could improve inter-Korean relations.
- Two Koreas trade machine gun fires in western sea border: Yonhap People's Daily 07 Oct 2014 -- Naval ships of the two Koreas traded warning fires in the western sea boundary after a patrol ship of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) violated the disputed maritime border, Yonhap News Agency and YTN reported Tuesday.
- Warships of Koreas exchange fire near yellow sea Iran Press TV 07 Oct 2014 -- North and South Korean patrol boats have exchanged fire near the disputed Yellow Sea border, the South Korean Defense Ministry says.
- South Korean Prime Minister Claims North Korea's Nuclear Reactor Up and Running RIA Novosti 07 Oct 2014 -- North Korea's nuclear reactor is thought to likely to be up and running according to a South Korean Foreign Minister, who has dismissed a US think tank's report suggesting that the Yongbyon reactor was shut down by Pyongyang.
- South Korea's Economic Sanctions on North Korea to Remain RIA Novosti 06 Oct 2014 -- Despite the sudden talks on improving relations between North and South Korea, Seoul will not shift its position on economic sanctions against North Korea, Yonhap News reports.
- South Korea President Calls for Regular Talks With North VOA 06 Oct 2014 -- The visit to South Korea of the highest-level North Korean delegation in five years is generating hope for a thaw in the frosty relationship that has blanketed the divided peninsula for decades. South Korea's president is among those expressing such a desire.
- S.Korea confirms DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un's health People's Daily 05 Oct 2014 -- South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-Jae said senior leader from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Yang-Gon told him Saturday that there was no problem with DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un's health, Yonhap news agency reported Sunday.
- N. Korean Official: 'No Problem at All' with Kim's Health VOA 05 Oct 2014 -- A top North Korean official has told South Korea's unification minister there is nothing wrong with Kim Jong Un's health.
- Appeal to All Koreans KCNA 05 Oct 2014 -- All-Korean Committee for Implementation of June 15 Joint Declaration Friday sent an appeal to all Koreans in the north, the south and abroad on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the historic October 4 declaration.
- Spokesman for DPRK FM Slams U.S. Frantic Anti-DPRK Campaign KCNA 04 Oct 2014 -- The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released the following statement Saturday:
- Hwang Pyong So Leaves to Participate in Asian Games KCNA 04 Oct 2014 -- Vice Marshal of the Korean People's Army Hwang Pyong So, vice-chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, left here Saturday by air to participate in the closing ceremony of the 17th Asian Games.
- North Korea Agrees to High-Level Talks With South Korea RIA Novosti 04 Oct 2014 -- After months of tension, North Korea has agreed to high-level talks with its southern neighbor on Saturday, according to a press release by the South Korean Ministry of Unification.
- Pyongyang's Top Officials' Surprise Visit to S Korea Sparks Speculation Over Their Mission RIA Novosti 04 Oct 2014 -- Senior North Korean officials have made a surprise visit to the South Korean city of Incheon, where the closing ceremonies of the Asian Games are taking place today, Saturday, October 4.
- North Korean officials make rare visit to South Iran Press TV 04 Oct 2014 -- Three top North Korean officials, including the country's number two man, pay a rare visit to neighboring South despite tense relations between Pyongyang and Seoul.
- North, South Korea Agree to New Talks VOA 04 Oct 2014 -- North and South Korean officials have agreed to resume high level talks that have been stalled for several months.
- Russian Government Provides Food Aid to DPRK KCNA 03 Oct 2014 -- The ship with the first batch of 50 000 tons of free food aid provided by the government of the Russian Federation to the DPRK arrived in Nampho Port on Friday.
- Source: N. Korea May be Preparing Missile Sales VOA 03 Oct 2014 -- North Korea may be firing up its efforts to woo potential foreign buyers for its missiles.
- North Korea 'ready' to resume talks on nuclear program Iran Press TV 03 Oct 2014 -- North Korea's Ambassador to the UN, So Se Pyong, says his country is ready to resume six-party talks on its nuclear program.
- Kim Jong Un's Sister Assumes State Duties During Brother's Abscence: Reports RIA Novosti 02 Oct 2014 -- Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has assumed state duties while her brother is undergoing medical treatment, The Diplomat magazine for the Asia-Pacific region reported.
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