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October 2015 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- North Korea to Hold Rare Party Convention Next Year VOA 31 Oct 2015 -- North Korea's ruling party will hold a rare convention that analysts say is an attempt to solidify Kim Jong Un's rule.
- North Korea ruling party to hold first convention in decades Press TV 30 Oct 2015 -- North Korea says it will hold the biggest convention of the ruling Workers' Party in decades next year.
- UN Urges Russia, China To Allow Probe Of North Korean Abuses RFE/RL 30 Oct 2015 -- A United Nations investigator urged Russia, China, and other countries that have taken in forced labor from North Korea to grant him access to investigate for human rights abuses.
- North Korea Digging Tunnel at Nuclear Test Site Sputnik 30 Oct 2015 -- North Korea has been digging a new tunnel at its nuclear test site, local media reported Friday citing an official.
- UN: North Korea Providing Slave-Like Workers To Russia, China RFE/RL 29 Oct 2015 -- More than 50,000 North Koreans have been sent to work abroad, mainly in Russia and China, in conditions that a United Nations expert says amount to forced labor.
- UN Claims 50,000 North Koreans Work Abroad in Slave-Like Conditions Sputnik 29 Oct 2015 -- According to UN special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, as many as 50,000 North Korean nationals sent overseas have been working in conditions that can be best described as 'forced labor'.
- WHO: 5,000 Deaths from TB in North Korea Last Year VOA 29 Oct 2015 -- About 5,000 North Koreans died of tuberculosis last year according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Official: UN, N. Korea Discuss Possible Human Rights Visit VOA 29 Oct 2015 -- The United Nations' human rights office is in talks with North Korea about a possible visit to Pyongyang by the world body's top human rights official, a U.N. official has told VOA.
- DPR Korea: UN rights expert 'deeply regrets' unchanged human rights situation UN News 28 Oct 2015 -- The international community was strongly urged today by a UN rights expert to maintain effective and meaningful efforts to address the continued dire human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- South Korea navy fires shots to send back North ship Press TV 25 Oct 2015 -- South Korea's navy has fired several warning shots to drive away a North Korean patrol boat that had crossed the disputed maritime border between the two neighbors.
- 2nd group of S.Koreans head for DPRK for family reunion People's Daily 24 Oct 2015 -- The second batch of South Koreans on Saturday headed for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to meet their long-lost DPRK relatives at the reunion event for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
- Koreas Begin Second Round of Family Reunions VOA 24 Oct 2015 -- Hundreds of South Koreans have crossed the border into North Korea for the second round of family reunions this week, connecting families separated for six decades by the political division resulting from the Korean War.
- S. Korea Seeks Nuclear Talks With N. Korea VOA 23 Oct 2015 -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy called for inter-Korean talks to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
- South Koreans enter North for family reunion Press TV 20 Oct 2015 -- Hundreds of South Koreans have entered a resort inside North Korean territory for a new round of family reunions.
- Korean Family Reunions Get Off to Good Start VOA 20 Oct 2015 -- The long awaited reunions of Korean separated families got underway Tuesday as the first group of mostly elderly participants from the South crossed into the North in a caravan of buses.
- N. Korea Calls for Talks on Formal Peace Treaty VOA 19 Oct 2015 -- North Korea Sunday rejected resuming international talks to end its nuclear program and instead called upon the United States to negotiate a formal peace treaty.
- Experts: Pyongyang's Overtures Raise Hope for Talks VOA 16 Oct 2015 -- Prospects for renewed talks with North Korea are rising as Pyongyang appears to moderate its behavior, U.S. experts say.
- S. Korean Official: UN Seeks New Action Over N. Korea Human Rights VOA 14 Oct 2015 -- The United Nations is making a renewed effort to bring North Korean officials to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for human rights violations, a South Korean official told VOA on Wednesday.
- N Korean Ballistic Missiles Not Able to Carry Nuclear Warheads Yet - Seoul Sputnik 12 Oct 2015 -- North Korea does not possess a technology that would allow it to mount nuclear warheads atop its ballistic missiles, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Monday as cited by Xinhua.
- DPRK stages huge military parade marking 70th founding anniversary of ruling party People's Daily 11 Oct 2015 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a huge military parade Saturday afternoon on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, the national capital, marking the70th founding anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea(WPK).
- China committed to enhancing friendly ties, cooperation with DPRK: senior CPC official People's Daily 10 Oct 2015 -- It has been the steadfast policy of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government to enhance and develop friendly and cooperative ties with the DPRK, which serve the common interests of the two parties and the two peoples, a senior CPC official said here Saturday.
- Senior CPC leader meets with DPRK's Kim, delivers letter from Xi People's Daily 10 Oct 2015 -- A senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Friday night presented here a signed letter from CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping to Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- Harris Says North Korea is Pacom's Biggest Worry, Gives Report on Asia Rebalance AFPS 10 Oct 2015 -- North Korea and its unpredictable leader are U.S. Pacific Command's biggest worries, Navy Adm. Harry Harris Jr. told the Military Reporters and Editors Association here yesterday.
- North Korea holds Workers' Party anniversary parade Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- North Korea holds a large-scale military parade, marking the 70th anniversary of the formation of the ruling Workers' Party.
- North Korea says it wants better ties with South Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his country seeks better ties with the neighboring South to protect peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, which has been locked in a circle of military rhetoric over the past years.
- North Korea Showcases Long-Range Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Sputnik 10 Oct 2015 -- During a military parade, North Korea displayed the KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile which has a range of to 10,000 kilometers.
- North Korea's Kim 'Ready to Fight' US VOA 09 Oct 2015 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned that Pyongyang is 'ready to fight any kind of war waged by the U.S.,' as he presided over a major military parade Saturday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ruling Worker's Party.
- North Korea Seen Unlikely to Change Despite Chronic Food Shortage VOA 09 Oct 2015 -- North Korea's food production could drop more than 10 percent this year, raising new concern about the country's constant struggle to feed its people, the U.N. agricultural agency said.
- US within reach of North Korean nukes, says NORAD Press TV 09 Oct 2015 -- North Korea has sufficient technological capability to conduct nuclear attacks against the US mainland, a top US military chief has warned.
- North Korea Preps for Major Military Parade VOA 09 Oct 2015 -- In Pyongyang preparations are under way to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its Workers' Party with one of the largest military parades in North Korea's history.
- Koreas Exchange List of Participants for Reunions VOA 08 Oct 2015 -- South and North Korea Thursday exchanged a list of participants for a rare inter-Korean family reunion, moving closer to an implementation of a key agreement between the two Koreas.
- Report: Markets Expand in N. Korea Despite Crackdown VOA 08 Oct 2015 -- Markets in North Korea have expanded in most cities over the past 10 years, a possible indication that authorities are losing their grip on the country's economy, a new report by a U.S. think tank says.
- DPRKorea urges US to sign peace treaty, create peaceful environment IRNA 07 Oct 2015 -- Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Wednesday urged the United States to respond to its proposal at the 70th UN General Assembly to replace the Armistice Agreement by a peace treaty.
- China to Send Senior Official to North Korea VOA 05 Oct 2015 -- China plans to send a senior official to North Korea this week for commemorations of the founding of North Korea's ruling party, North Korea's state media said on Sunday.
- North Korea Releases Student Held Since April VOA 05 Oct 2015 -- North Korea Monday released a New York University student who had been detained for five months after illegally entering the country.
- De-Escalation of Tensions Key to Solving North Korea's Nuclear Problem Sputnik 04 Oct 2015 -- The North Korean nuclear issue can be settled only in a way that resolves political and military tensions throughout the region and also which guarantees the national security of Northeast Asian countries including North Korea, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said on Sunday.
- Analysts: North Korea Unlikely to Fire Rocket at Anniversary VOA 02 Oct 2015 -- North Korea may not fire a long-range rocket during the country's much-touted party anniversary next week, analysts in Seoul say.
- Even minor provocation can 'freeze' north-south relations on peninsula, DPR Korea leader tells UN UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Ri Su Yong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) denounced the United States for abusing its powers at the UN Security Council and thereby violating the 'sovereignty, dignity, peace and security of our nation.'
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