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June 2017 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- US sanctions Chinese bank over alleged illicit ties with North Korea Press TV 30 Jun 2017 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on a Chinese bank, accusing it of laundering money for North Korean companies.
- Trump Assails 'Brutal' North Korea Regime, Vows To Protect Allies RFE/RL 30 Jun 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has assailed the "reckless and brutal regime" in North Korea and said there was a "strong, solid plan" to deal with Pyongyang's illicit nuclear and ballistic-missile programs.
- Trump, Moon Present Unified Front Against North Korea VOA 30 Jun 2017 -- President Donald Trump on Friday declared the U.S. has run out of patience with North Korea, as he met with his South Korean counterpart at the White House.
- South Korea, US should offer concessions to North: South Korean president Press TV 29 Jun 2017 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in says Seoul and Washington should offer concessions to North Korea if Pyongyang meets their demand on a temporary halt to its nuclear program before it ultimately dismantles that program.
- On Trump-Moon Agenda: What to Do About Kim Jong Un VOA 29 Jun 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday evening hosts South Korean President Moon Jae-in for cocktails and dinner, a prelude to talks the next day on the "very urgent threat posed by North Korea," according to a senior White House official.
- US revising military options for North Korea: Report Press TV 29 Jun 2017 -- The Pentagon has finished revising its options against North Korea and will soon present them to President Donald Trump, American officials say.
- North Korea Vows to Pursue Nuclear Program Despite Western Pressure Sputnik 29 Jun 2017 -- North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Kim In Ryong said that North Korea is not going to succumb to pressure of the United States and its allies and will persist in building its nuclear program.
- North Korea vows to kill former South Korea President Park Press TV 28 Jun 2017 -- North Korea has put on its list of wanted people for execution the name of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, saying she and her spy chief had plotted to kill North Korea's leader.
- Pyongyang Demands Extradition of South Korean Ex-President Park for Execution Sputnik 28 Jun 2017 -- Pyongyang demanded extradition of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Lee Byung-ho, the former chief of South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS), according to local media.
- US Lawmakers Ready North Korea Travel Ban VOA 28 Jun 2017 -- Both chambers of Congress are readying legislation to bar Americans from traveling to North Korea after the death of a U.S. citizen held by Pyongyang and amid the continued detention of three others.
- Executions, Brutal Purges Prompted High-level North Korean Official to Defect VOA 27 Jun 2017 -- Editor's Note: In a two-part series, VOA's Korean Service spoke with senior-level North Korean defector Ri Jong Ho in his first public interview since his defection in late 2014.
- Sanctions Pinching North Korea Regime, High-level Defector Tells VOA VOA 27 Jun 2017 -- A senior North Korean defector told VOA Korean that the current efforts to tighten economic sanctions on the North are effective and could over time destabilize Kim Jong Un's regime.
- US, North Korea Dialogue Essential for Resolving Peninsula Dispute - Moscow Sputnik 27 Jun 2017 -- A dialogue between the United States and North Korea is the primary dispute settlement mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Sputnik.
- Not Negotiable: North Korea Sticks to Its Guns on Nuclear Weapons Sputnik 25 Jun 2017 -- Pyongyang has reminded Seoul that its nuclear weapons program will continue, regardless of any diplomatic overtures for peace.
- South Korea invites North to participate in 2018 Winter Olympics to boost peace Press TV 24 Jun 2017 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has invited North Korea, his country's archenemy, to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports can serve as a peace maker and the invitation is thus aimed at easing incessant tensions between the two neighbors over Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs.
- DPRK says death of U.S. student Warmbier "mystery" People's Daily 23 Jun 2017 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Friday the death of American student Otto Warmbier days after his release was a "mystery," as his health indicators and examination results were all normal when he left DPRK.
- North Korea censures US for 'smear campaign' over student's death Press TV 23 Jun 2017 -- Pyongyang has criticized Washington for its handling of the death of a student who was returned to the United States after falling ill in custody, saying accusations that Otto Warmbier was tortured in North Korea are a pure "smear campaign."
- North Korea Denies Responsibility in Warmbier's Death, Slams Washington Sputnik 23 Jun 2017 -- North Korea has denied that it put deceased American student Otto Warmbier through cruel or torturous treatment during his 17-month detention in the country. Instead, the Hermit Kingdom is arguing that the US has orchestrated a "smear campaign" against them.
- Insults in Print: North Korean Newspaper Calls Trump 'Reckless War Machine' Sputnik 23 Jun 2017 -- On Thursday a North Korean state newspaper called US President Donald Trump a "reckless war machine" and a "lunatic." The report, published in Rodong Sinmun, suggested that Trump could try to distract from political issues in his own country by launching a preemptive strike against Pyongyang.
- Beijing Opposes Pyongyang's Actions in Violation of UNSC Resolutions Sputnik 23 Jun 2017 -- China is against any provocations of North Korea involving the use of ballistic missile technology, which violates the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the country's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday.
- US Urges China to Step Up Pressure on North Korea VOA 21 Jun 2017 -- The United States pushed China during high-level security talks on Wednesday to step up diplomatic and economic pressure to rein in the Kim Jong Un regime in North Korea, but defense analysts said Washington may have to lower its expectations, due to Beijing's strategic relationship with Pyongyang.
- U.S., China Affirm North Korean Threat, Mattis Says AFPS 21 Jun 2017 -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he and the top U.S. diplomat affirmed with high-ranking Chinese officials today that North Korea's nuclear missile program is a threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Trump: China failed to rein in North Korea's nuclear program Press TV 21 Jun 2017 -- US President Donald Trump says China has failed to persuade North Korea to rein in its nuclear program, ratcheting up the rhetoric after an American student detained by Pyongyang died days after his release.
- US demands liberation of three Americans held in North Korea Press TV 21 Jun 2017 -- The United States has called on North Korea to release "as soon as possible," three Americans who are still detained by Pyongyang, following the death of the college student, Otto Warmbier.
- U.S.-China Talks On North Korea Start In Washington RFE/RL 21 Jun 2017 -- The threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missiles was at the top of the agenda as high-ranking U.S. and Chinese officials began a day of talks in Washington on June 21..
- China Doing Utmost to Address North Korea Nuclear Issue Without Outside Pressure Sputnik 21 Jun 2017 -- Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated that China is playing an important and constructive role solving North Korea's nuclear issue.
- Trump Calls North Korea's Treatment of Warmbier 'a Disgrace' VOA 20 Jun 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Korea's treatment of American college student Otto Warmbier was "a total disgrace" and suggested that he might not have died if Pyongyang had allowed him to return home sooner to the United States.
- North Korean Supreme Leader Paranoid About Navy SEAL Assassination - Spy Agency Sputnik 16 Jun 2017 -- If you've been thinking you haven't seen much of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, you're right. The 33-year-old is apparently so afraid of being assassinated that he's cut way back on public appearances, according to South Korea's top espionage agency – making his latest meeting with former NBA star Dennis Rodman extra precious.
- S.Korean president proposes unconditional dialogue with DPRK if provocations stopped People's Daily 15 Jun 2017 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday proposed an unconditional dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) if Pyongyang stops any nuclear and missile provocations.
- North Korean nukes threaten global peace: Pentagon chief Press TV 13 Jun 2017 -- US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said North Korea's nuclear weapons program poses a "clear and present danger" to international peace and security.
- South Korean military says suspected DPRK drone spies on THAAD site People's Daily 13 Jun 2017 -- A South Korean military source has said that a suspected drone of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which was found last week near the east inter-Korean border, spied on the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) deployment site in southeast South Korea.
- Seoul Finds North Korean Drone Spying on THAAD Site Sputnik 13 Jun 2017 -- According to media reports, South Korea has found a crashed small North Korean camera-equipped drone after it spied on the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.
- S. Korean president emphasizes need for denuclearized Korean Peninsula People's Daily 12 Jun 2017 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday reiterated the need to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula during a meeting with the visiting special envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
- 'North Korea's Denuclearization is Matter of Survival for South Korea' Sputnik 12 Jun 2017 -- South Korea reiterated its call for ending Pyongyang's nuclear program.
- Kim Jong-un's Assassinated Brother May Have Received Money From US Intelligence Sputnik 12 Jun 2017 -- Kim Jong-nam, the slain half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, had $120,000 in cash in his possession on the day of his assassination, which he may have received from the US intelligence services, media reported Monday, citing Malaysian investigators.
- Addressing Board, UN atomic energy chief takes up DPR Korea safeguards issue UN News 12 Jun 2017 -- The head of the United Nations atomic energy agency today briefed its governing board on its activities, including nuclear safeguards issues with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran, and nuclear technology's contributions to countries' development.
- North Korea slams delivery of four extra THAAD launchers to South Press TV 10 Jun 2017 -- North Korea has slammed the clandestine delivery of four extra launchers of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system to South Korea in May.
- North Korea says tested 'new type' of missile Press TV 09 Jun 2017 -- North Korea says it has successfully tested a "new type" of surface-to-ship cruise missiles, which have a longer range than the missiles it already had in its inventory.
- Report: North Korea Has Successful 'Ground-to-sea Cruise Rocket' Launch VOA 08 Jun 2017 -- North Korea successfully tested a new "ground-to-sea cruise rocket" that is capable of striking enemy battleships staging a military attack, the country's KCNA news agency said Friday.
- North Korea test-launches barrage of missiles: Seoul Press TV 08 Jun 2017 -- North Korea has test-fired several projectiles which are thought to be surface-to-ship missile, says Seoul.
- EU Extends Sanctions Against North Korea After Latest Missile Test Sputnik 08 Jun 2017 -- The European Union imposed new sanctions against North Korea targeting four entities and 14 persons, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution passed on June 2, the Council of the European Union said in a press release on Thursday.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry Calls for Restraint After N Korean Missile Launches Sputnik 08 Jun 2017 -- China called for restraint following the recent North Korean missile launches in order to prevent further escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday.
- North Korea Fires Several Ballistic Missiles - South Korean Military Sputnik 08 Jun 2017 -- The South Korean military is reporting that North Korea fired several ground-to-ship missiles from Wonsan, Gangwon Province, early Thursday morning, according to Yonhap News Agency.
- North Korea Apparently Test Fires Land-to-Ship Missiles, South Korea Says VOA 07 Jun 2017 -- North Korea apparently has test launched several land-to-ship missiles, South Korea says.
- North Korean Air Force Practices Sinking Aircraft Carriers Sputnik 05 Jun 2017 -- Facing serious pressure from the United States, North Korea's leadership responded with a new air force exercise which involved strikes against simulated enemy aircraft carriers.
- North Korea 'fully rejects' UNSC sanctions, vows to continue with nuclear, missile programs Press TV 04 Jun 2017 -- North Korea says it "fully rejects" the fresh wave of sanctions imposed on some of its companies and individuals by the United Nations Security Council, vowing to continue with its nuclear and missile programs without a delay.
- North Korea Rejects New UNSC Sanctions, Intends to Continue Nuclear Buildup Sputnik 04 Jun 2017 -- Pyongyang gave a strong condemnation and rejection to the latest UN Security Council resolution to expand sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear and missile activities, according to the statement of the North Korean Foreign Ministry.
- N Korea: US interceptor test a risky move Press TV 03 Jun 2017 -- A North Korean military spokesman says that US's missile interceptor system cannot stop our "shower of nuclear strike."
- UN Security Council imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea over missile tests Press TV 03 Jun 2017 -- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has imposed a fresh array of sanctions on North Korea in response to a number of missile tests carried out by Pyongyang this year.
- Pentagon Chief Says North Korea's Nuclear Pursuits 'Clear And Present Danger' RFE/RL 03 Jun 2017 -- Washington regards North Korea's accelerated push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other countries as a "clear and present danger," U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says.
- UN Security Council agrees to blacklist DPRK individuals, entities People's Daily 03 Jun 2017 -- The UN Security Council on Friday agreed to add more individuals and entities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to its sanction list in response to the country's repeated ballistic launches.
- UN Security Council adds individuals and groups to DPR Korea sanctions list UN News 02 Jun 2017 -- Strongly condemning the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today decided to apply existing sanctions to 14 individuals and four entities.
- UN Security Council Sanctions More North Korean Companies, Individuals VOA 02 Jun 2017 -- The U.N. Security Council increased international pressure on North Korea on Friday to give up its pursuit of a nuclear bomb, adding 14 individuals and four companies to its sanctions lists.
- Beijing Rebuffs Claims of China's Special Influence on North Korea Sputnik 02 Jun 2017 -- Western concepts of China having special influence on North Korea come from a lack of understanding of the history of the North Korean nuclear program crisis, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday.
- Treasury Sanctions Suppliers of North Korea's Nuclear and Weapons Proliferation Programs US Treasury 01 Jun 2017 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated six entities and three individuals, and identified three entities, in response to North Korea's ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and continued violations of United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions.
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