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October 2017 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- North Korea denies involvement in global ransomware attack Press TV 31 Oct 2017 -- North Korea has denounced Britain's allegation that Pyongyang has been involved in a global ransomware attack as a "wicked attempt" to cause an outcry against North Korea.
- Trilateral Cooperation Needed to Combat North Korean Threat AFPS 31 Oct 2017 -- The world is united against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and nations are working together to counter the dangers of Kim Jong Un's ambitions, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Oct. 29 following the trilateral military meeting with South Korean and Japanese leaders.
- 200 people feared dead in tunnel collapse at North Korea nuclear test site: Report Press TV 31 Oct 2017 -- More than 200 people are feared to have lost their lives after a tunnel collapsed at North Korea's nuclear test site early last month, a report says.
- Mattis: White House Could Order Nuclear Strike if North Korean Attack 'Imminent' Sputnik 31 Oct 2017 -- During his testimony before Congress, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the White House has "rehearsed" their response to a North Korean nuclear attack. He added that Washington would fire a nuclear weapon at North Korea for two reasons: a North Korean attack, or a "direct imminent... attack."
- Pyongyang Unveils Plan to Accelerate Space Satellite Program Sputnik 31 Oct 2017 -- North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a commentary laying out the country's plans to send more satellites into space over the next five years. The program "can contribute to improving the economy and people's lives," the article reads.
- One More Nuke Test Could Cause Collapse at North Korean Test Site Sputnik 31 Oct 2017 -- According to a Nam Jae-cheol, the director of the Korea Meteorological Administration, just one more nuclear test by North Korea could destabilize its underground testing site and shoot radioactive material into the atmosphere.
- North Korea Prepares City Evacuations, Blackout Drills as US Threat Increases Sputnik 30 Oct 2017 -- Multiple sources have told NK News that North Korea has been conducting unprecedented mass evacuation and blackout drills in cities and towns along the east coast of the country as tensions between North Korea and the US continue to rise.
- Inside 'Satan's' Lair: The Lock-Tight Ukrainian Rocket Plant At Center Of Tech-Leak Scandal RFE/RL 28 Oct 2017 -- Some of Ukraine's most highly classified military secrets lie within the 4-meter-high, razor-wire topped walls that ring an otherwise nondescript compound on the edge of this gritty industrial city.
- Mattis: U.S. Will Not Accept Nuclear-Armed North Korea AFPS 28 Oct 2017 -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reiterated that the United States will not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.
- Mattis warns of 'massive military response' to North Korea Press TV 28 Oct 2017 -- Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said the United States would never accept a nuclear North Korea, warning of a "massive military response" to any use of nuclear weapons against Washington or its allies.
- Don't let security crisis overshadow human rights situation in DPR Korea - UN expert UN News 27 Oct 2017 -- The international security crisis over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) must not overshadow the human rights situation of millions of ordinary citizens in the country, a United Nations human rights expert has said.
- Britain: North Korea Was Behind May Global Cyberattack VOA 27 Oct 2017 -- British Security Minister Ben Wallace said Friday Britain believed "quite strongly" that North Korea was responsible for a global cyberattack earlier this year.
- Briefing by Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby On the Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea US Dept. of State 26 Oct 2017-- Special Briefing by Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
- Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea US Dept. of State 26 Oct 2017 -- Today, consistent with the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, the State Department released our third report on DPRK human rights abuses and censorship, identifying Jo Kyong-Chol (Commander of the Military Security Command), Sin Yong Il (Deputy Director of the Military Security Command), Jong Yong Su (Minister of Labor), Ri Thae Chol (First Vice Minister of the Ministry of People's Security), Kim Kang Jin (Director of the External Construction Bureau), Ku Sung Sub (North Korean Consul General in Shenyang, China), Kim Min Chol (Second Secretary at the DPRK Embassy in Vietnam), the Military Security Command, External Construction Bureau, and Cholhyun Construction as responsible for serious human rights abuses or censorship in North Korea.
- N. Korean Debt to Sweden Remains Unpaid After Four Decades VOA 26 Oct 2017 -- More than four decades after selling 1,000 Volvos to North Korea, Sweden is still trying to get paid for the cars.
- Russia thwarting US efforts on North Korean nuclear issue: Trump Press TV 26 Oct 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has accused Russia of thwarting efforts to solve the North Korean nuclear issue while praised China for being helpful in this regard.
- Trump Says Russia Hindering U.S. Efforts To Rid North Korea Of Nuclear Weapons RFE/RL 26 Oct 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has said that Russia is hindering U.S. efforts to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons, while China has been helpful.
- North Korea: Take hydrogen bomb test threat 'literally' Press TV 25 Oct 2017 -- A high-ranking North Korean official has warned that Pyongyang's threats of testing a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean should be taken "literally."
- Russia criticizes US, regional allies' missile warning drills over Korean Peninsula Press TV 24 Oct 2017 -- Russia has criticized the United States for conducting joint military drills with its regional allies, Japan and South Korea, over the Korean Peninsula in a declared aim of preparing to counter any potential threat posed by North Korea's ballistic missiles.
- UN Security Council Expands List of Items Banned From Export to North Korea Sputnik 24 Oct 2017 -- The UN Security Council has expanded export prohibitions to North Korea. The UN committee that monitors sanctions against Pyongyang has added 32 goods to the list of banned items that have both civilian and military uses.
- Japan's PM vows to 'deal firmly' with N Korea immediately after he won elections Press TV 23 Oct 2017 -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to "deal firmly" with North Korea, immediately after he won a landslide "super-majority" in the snap elections he had called, for an increased mandate to deal with the "crises" facing his country.
- North Korea Insults 'Lunatic' Trump For Preparing 24-Hour Nuke Patrols Sputnik 23 Oct 2017 -- Following a bombshell report late Sunday evening that the US is preparing to put its B-52 nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert, a North Korean editorial blasted US President Donald Trump as a "hooligan" and a "lunatic."
- Repeated nuclear tests at North Korean peak can cause mount to collapse: Report Press TV 21 Oct 2017 -- North Korean Mount Mantap, under which a series of nuclear tests were conducted, appears to have suffered serious geological damage, known as "tired mountain syndrome," a report says.
- India Implements Further Restrictions on Trade With North Korea Sputnik 21 Oct 2017 -- Following tensions between the US and North Korea, bilateral trade between India and North Korea has been on the decline. There was $133.43 million worth bilateral trade the two nuclear powers in 2016-17 as compared to $198.78 million in the previous fiscal.
- North Korea says nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for Pyongyang Press TV 20 Oct 2017 -- North Korea has emphasized the "life and death" importance of its defensive nuclear prowess in repelling enemy threats against the country.
- Uganda expels North Korean military experts, companies over UN sanctions Press TV 20 Oct 2017 -- The Ugandan Foreign Ministry says it has expelled North Korean military experts and representatives of North Korean companies amid efforts to comply with the United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program.
- North Korea Extends Global Olive Branch With Diplomatic Letter, Recipients Blase Sputnik 20 Oct 2017 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has dispatched an open letter to the administrations of various countries throughout the world, hoping they will support them in their dispute with the "heinous and reckless" Trump administration. Reactions from some recipients have been little but mocking.
- N Korea Plans to Pacify US, Vows to Respond to Fire With Fire - Foreign Ministry Sputnik 20 Oct 2017 -- As tensions over North Korea's nuclear program keep mounting, the North Korean foreign ministry said that Pyongyang won't hold talks on its nuclear weapons and added that the Americans would have to put up with the DPRK's nuclear status.
- US: North Korea Months Away From Being Able to Hit US with Nuclear Missile VOA 19 Oct 2017 -- North Korea is likely just months away from being capable of striking the United States with a nuclear missile, according to two top U.S. officials.
- North Korea threatens to launch 'unimaginable' strike on US Press TV 19 Oct 2017 -- North Korea has threatened to launch an "unimaginable" strike on the United States as massive joint US-South Korean naval drills are underway off the Korean Peninsula, involving colossal American aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan.
- N Korea Vows to Hit US With 'Unimaginable' Strike if US-S Korean Drills Continue Sputnik 19 Oct 2017 -- Pyongyang could stage an unprecedented strike on the US at an unexpected time, the North Korean state run news agency KCNA warned on Thursday. The threat came as the South Korean and US navies conduct massive joint drills amid increasing tensions over the north's nuclear and missile ambitions.
- North Korea's Nuclear Testing Site Crumbling, But Far From Finished Sputnik 19 Oct 2017 -- North Korea's nuclear testing site may be literally falling apart, with geologists claiming that repeated underground nuclear tests have fractured and perforated the rock beneath the mountainous testing ground that has hosted six nuclear tests in the last 11 years.
- North Korea Building New Ballistic Missile Submarine Sputnik 18 Oct 2017 -- North Korea initiated construction of a new ballistic missile submarine, US intelligence officials told the Diplomat's Ankit Panda October 17.
- DPRK slams U.S. for sending warships, nuclear-capable bombers to Korean Peninsula People's Daily 17 Oct 2017 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday slammed the United States for sending aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean Peninsula as the "last-ditch efforts of the U.S. driven to the tight corner" by Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
- US, Japan agree to pile toughest diplomatic pressure on North Korea Press TV 17 Oct 2017 -- The United States and Japan have agreed to pile the toughest possible diplomatic pressure on North Korea amid tensions about Pyongyang's intensified nuclear and weapons program.
- Russia, EU impose fresh sanctions on North Korea Press TV 17 Oct 2017 -- Russia and the European Union (EU) have slapped tougher restrictions on North Korea as part of the international efforts to stop Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
- Joint Russia-N Korea Projects Won't Be Frozen, Yet No New Projects - Minister Sputnik 17 Oct 2017 -- A senior Russian official has commented on the prospects of cooperation between Russia and North Korea after sanctions being imposed on Pyongyang by Moscow.
- North Korea Supports Ban on Nuclear Weapons, But to Abandon Them Only After US Sputnik 17 Oct 2017 -- North Korea's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Kim In Ryong says that Pyongyang supports the idea of a complete ban on nuclear weapons in the world, but intends to keep its nuclear arsenal while the United States is in possession of one.
- S. Korea to seek delivery of businessmen's request for visit to DPRK People's Daily 16 Oct 2017 -- South Korea's unification ministry said Monday that it will seek how to deliver the request of South Korean businessmen for their visit to Kaesong, a border town of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to the DPRK side.
- North Korea Says US Actions 'Forced' Pyongyang to Create H-Bomb Sputnik 16 Oct 2017 -- North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb in September prompting a UN resolution toughening sanctions on Pyongyang.
- Report of Taiwan helping in U.S.-North Korea war 'groundless': MND CNA 16 Oct 2017 -- A report claiming that Taiwan's Navy could offer humanitarian assistance if a war were to break out between the United States and the North Korea is "groundless" and "pure speculation," the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.
- North Korea will not negotiate with hostile US: Diplomat Press TV 16 Oct 2017 -- Amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has told the United Nations that it will not negotiate the dismantling of its nuclear weapons unless the US reversed its "hostile" policy.
- US, South Korea launch week-long naval drills involving 40 warships Press TV 16 Oct 2017 -- South Korea and the United States have kicked off week-long war games in the waters around the restive Korean Peninsula, in a move that could lead to a new surge in tensions with the North.
- Tense US-North Korea Standoff Slowly Escalates VOA 16 Oct 2017 -- As the tense nuclear standoff between North Korea and the United States continues to escalate, the risk of military conflict grows, while hopes for a peaceful solution remain remote.
- Diplomacy with Pyongyang 'until the first bomb drops,' Tillerson vows Press TV 15 Oct 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praises his boss's policy towards North Korea, vowing to continue diplomacy "until the first bomb drops."
- North Korea threatens Australia with 'disaster' Press TV 15 Oct 2017 -- North Korea has threatened Australia with "disaster" for aligning itself with South Korea and the United States in stepping up pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
- N Korea Rationalizes Nukes and Missiles as Way to Protect Itself From US Sputnik 15 Oct 2017 -- A member of North Korea's Parliament spoke about the threat of destruction the country faces from the United States.
- Tillerson on N Korea: US to Continue Diplomatic Efforts 'Until First Bomb Drops' Sputnik 15 Oct 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has commented on Washington's stance on the North Korean issue and the Iranian nuclear deal after Donald Trump's decision not to certify Tehran's compliance with the agreement.
- North Korea Blasts Trump as a 'Strangler of Peace' Sputnik 15 Oct 2017 -- A new round in the US-North Korea war of words came Sunday, with a Pyongyang state-run newspaper calling American President Donald Trump a "strangler of peace" who is pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of war."
- S Korea Prepares for Drills With US, But Urges North to Return to Negotiations Sputnik 15 Oct 2017 -- South Korean parliament speaker and a North Korean parliamentarian are both attending the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly. Seoul urges talks, Pyongyang refuses due to the upcoming US-South Korean joint drills on the Peninsula and political pressure.
- Washington's, Seoul's Actions Leave No Chance for Any Talks - N Korean Lawmaker Sputnik 15 Oct 2017 -- A member of the North Korean delegation to the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union has criticized the upcoming South Korean-US war games amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang has repeatedly slammed the joint drills in the region, saying that they risk provoking a further escalation.
- N Korean Lawmaker: Pyongyang Is Capable of Defending Its 'Peaceful Future' Sputnik 15 Oct 2017 -- The First Deputy Speaker of the North Korean parliament warned on Saturday that Pyongyang is capable of assaulting any foe that would hinder the "bright and peaceful" way of the country's future.
- North Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-South Korea drill: Report Press TV 14 Oct 2017 -- A South Korean newspaper has claimed that the North is "highly likely" preparing to test-launch a ballistic missile prior to an upcoming joint naval drill by Washington and Seoul.
- N Korea Threatens to Strike Guam if Trump Doesn't Reign in His Twitter Flaunting Sputnik 14 Oct 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has soundly gained the reputation of a person who does not hesitate much before taking to social media to speak out loudly, from praising jobs in the domestic labor market to waging a war of words against "little rocket man" Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea.
- NATO chief warns of 'devastating consequences' of any war with N Korea Press TV 13 Oct 2017 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned that military action against North Korea could trigger "devastating consequences" amid US President Donald Trump's war threats.
- UAE stops issuing new visas for N Korean workers, pulls Abu Dhabi ambassador Press TV 13 Oct 2017 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced it will stop issuing visas for North Korean workers and put an end to the mission of Abu Dhabi's non-resident ambassador to Pyongyang.
- 'Closer to the Trigger': North Korea Renews Promise to Bomb Guam if Attacked Sputnik 13 Oct 2017 -- Pyongyang rattled its "sword of justice" Friday by vowing to attack the US territory of Guam with a "salvo of missiles," one day after stating that it will complete its nuclear weapons program no matter how much international pressure the nation faces.
- NATO Collective Defense Response to North Korea Attack 'in Early Stages' - Envoy Sputnik 13 Oct 2017 -- Article 5 of the NATO founding treaty enshrines the principle of collective defense which has been invoked for the first time in the wake of September 11 terrorist attack. Now the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear program triggers the speculations about a possible collective response from NATO Allies.
- North Korea's nuclear program 'very, very far advanced': Trump Press TV 12 Oct 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has said North Korea's nuclear and missile program is now "very, very far advanced," and placed blame on former President Barack Obama and others for not doing enough to contain it.
- Pyongyang Vows to Finish Nuclear 'Sword of Justice' Sputnik 12 Oct 2017 -- Despite mounting international sanctions aimed at crippling North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs, the country shows no signs of denuclearizing under the leadership of Kim Jong-un.
- Trump: North Korea a 'Problem That Has to Be Solved' VOA 11 Oct 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday characterized North Korea as "a problem that has to be solved."
- U.S. strategic bombers fly over Korean Peninsula in show of force against DPRK People's Daily 11 Oct 2017 -- Two U.S. strategic bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula Tuesday night in an apparent show of force against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Wednesday.
- North Korea's missile program non-negotiable: FM Press TV 11 Oct 2017 -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says his country's nuclear program guarantees peace and safety in the region, stressing Pyongyang's missile activities will not be up for negotiations.
- Under the Radar: N Korean Special Forces Master Paraglider Attacks Sputnik 11 Oct 2017 -- According to a South Korean military source, paragliders could be used for surprise nighttime attacks against the military facilities of Seoul and Washington.
- North Korea Says Trump 'Lit a Fuse of War' VOA 11 Oct 2017 -- North Korea's foreign minister says President Donald Trump "lit a fuse of war" on the Korean peninsula with his threat that the U.S. would "totally destroy" Pyongyang if attacked.
- Trump Discusses 'Range of Options' to Respond to North Korean Aggression VOA 10 Oct 2017 -- As U.S. President Donald Trump pondered possible military strikes against North Korea, his military, along with South Korea and Japan, staged a combined show of force against Pyongyang with missile firing exercises off both the east and west coasts of the Korean peninsula on Tuesday.
- US Army Chief of Staff: 'No risk-free options' on North Korea Press TV 10 Oct 2017 -- US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley has warned that there are "no risk-free options" in solving the challenge of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
- N Korea hackers in possession of Washington-Seoul war plan: MP Press TV 10 Oct 2017 -- A lawmaker in Seoul says North Korean hackers have managed to steal a series of top-secret military documents, including a joint US-South Korean plan for war with Pyongyang.
- South Korean Authorities: DPRK Hacked Defense Ministry, Stole War Plans Sputnik 10 Oct 2017 -- South Korean lawmakers have claimed that hackers from that other Korea broke (electronically) into the South Korean Defense Ministry and stole large amounts of information - including a plan to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and several of his top lieutenants.
- Pyongyang: CIA Tried to Assassinate Kim Jong-un With Biochemical Weapon Sputnik 10 Oct 2017 -- North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, reported to be paranoid about the possibility of an assassination, is alleging the US Central Intelligence Agency tried to do just that this week.
- Report: N. Korean Hackers Steal US-S. Korea Assassination Plan for Kim Jong Un VOA 10 Oct 2017 -- Computer hackers from North Korea are believed to have stolen a large number of classified military documents from South Korea, including plans to "decapitate" the North's leadership.
- Kim Jong Un tasks DPRK with nuclear, missile development People's Daily 09 Oct 2017 -- Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader, Kim Jong Un, has tasked the nation to go forward with nuclear and missile development despite numerous UN sanctions, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday.
- US Army 'must stand ready' in face of North Korean threat: Mattis Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that the United States Army "must stand ready" in the face of a North Korean threat in case a "diplomatically led" solution with the country does not work.
- Russia, China repeat calls for restraint over North Korea following Trump's remarks Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- Russia and China have repeated their calls for restraint over North Korea amid fears that hawkish stances adopted by US President Donald Trump could spark a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
- N Korea leader: Nuclear program 'powerful deterrent' against US threats Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has defended Pyongyang's nuclear program as a "powerful deterrent" against US threats, playing down the effect of the Washington-backed UN sanctions slapped on his country over its military activities.
- Pentagon Chief Says US Army Must Ensure Having Military Options Over N Korea Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has shed light on the Pentagon's stance on the North Korean issue amid controversial remarks made by President Donald Trump, saying that "only one thing will work" with regard to Pyongyang.
- Pyongyang Preparations? South Detects 'Some Movement From Missile Facilities' Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- South Korean and US forces have ramped up their reconnaissance operations amid fears that North Korea is preparing to test-launch a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US West Coast.
- Trump: US Policy on North Korea Has Failed for 25 Years VOA 09 Oct 2017 -- President Donald Trump said Monday that U.S. attempts to deal with North Korea have failed for more than two decades.
- Trump says "only one thing will work" with DPRK People's Daily 08 Oct 2017 -- US President Donald Trump said Saturday that "only one thing will work" with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) after past talks with Pyongyang had yielded no results.
- Trump rejects diplomacy with N Korea, hints at military action Press TV 08 Oct 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has rejected diplomatic means for dealing with North Korea's escalating missile and nuclear weapon testing, suggesting that a military response is the only option against Pyongyang.
- Trump Says 'Only One Thing Will Work' In Dealing With North Korea RFE/RL 08 Oct 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says "only one thing will work" in dealing with North Korea, but he did not make clear what that would be.
- Sweet Nepotism: Kim Jong Un Promotes Younger Sister to DPRK Inner Circle Sputnik 08 Oct 2017 -- DPRK head Kim Jong Un has promoted his younger sister Kim Yo Jong to a position of political authority within the country's ruling party.
- Kim Jong-un Says North Korean Nukes 'Protecting Sovereignty' Amid US 'Threats' Sputnik 08 Oct 2017 -- Amid US President Donald Trump's promises to "do what needs to be done" with regard to North Korea as "only one thing will work" hinting at a possible military action against Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un has praised the country's nuclear weapons as a means of "safeguarding peace" on the Korean Peninsula.
- S Korea, US Allegedly Increase Surveillance of N Korea Sputnik 08 Oct 2017 -- South Korea and the United States are on alert after a Russian lawmaker's warning about Pyongyang's ballistic missile test-firing and are maintaining heightened reconnaissance using U-2S, RC-800 and RF-16 planes.
- DPRK Condemns US War on Terror as Pretext for World Building Sputnik 08 Oct 2017 -- Pyongyang has accused Washington of using its ongoing War on Terror to manipulate governments and other entities around the world.
- North Korea's Kim Calls Nuclear Weapons Program a 'Treasured Sword' VOA 08 Oct 2017 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is defiantly calling his country's nuclear weapons program a "treasured sword" to protect it against aggression, even as U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continue to pressure his regime.
- Germany Moves Against Berlin Hostel Paying Rent to North Korea VOA 08 Oct 2017 -- As Germany moves to implement sanctions against North Korea's nuclear weapons program, its efforts seem to be at odds with a private business in Berlin.
- Analyst Raises Scenario of China's Takeover of North Korea, Others Have Doubts VOA 07 Oct 2017 -- A longtime editor of a magazine that specializes in global power politics recently put forth a scenario where China would stage a takeover of North Korea, giving Washington and the rest of the world a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula.
- Senior CIA Official: Kim Jong-Un Doesn't Want Conflict, He's "Very Rational' Sputnik 05 Oct 2017 -- A senior CIA official at the Agency's newly-created Korea Mission Center has broken ranks with President Donald Trump, stating North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is "very rational."
- Russia Concerned With N Korean Nuke Tests, Warns Against Escalation - Putin Sputnik 04 Oct 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow is concerned with North Korea's continuing nuclear tests but noted that "belligerent rhetoric" surrounding the problem may lead to unwanted escalation, calling on the parties to hold direct talks.
- US Intelligence Officials Call North Korean Leader 'Very Rational' VOA 04 Oct 2017 -- Despite Kim Jong Un's repeated provocations and willingness to engage in heated rhetoric, top U.S. intelligence officials say the North Korean leader is not crazy.
- Cairo says N Korean arms seized in 2016 was not bound for Egypt military Press TV 03 Oct 2017 -- Egypt has rejected a Washington Post report that a shipment of North Korean weapons seized last year at Suez Canal had been destined for its military.
- Now is not the time to talk with N Korea, White House says Press TV 03 Oct 2017 -- The White House is sending mixed signals about negotiations with North Korea after US President Donald Trump's comment, indicating that diplomacy with the Asian nuclear power is a waste of time.
- North Korea Threatens Japan With 'Nuclear Clouds' in Response to Pressure Sputnik 03 Oct 2017 -- According to media reports, North Korea has threatened Japan with "nuclear clouds" if pressure against Pyongyang continues.
- Mattis: Pentagon 'Fully' Supports State Department on North Korea VOA 03 Oct 2017 -- The Pentagon "supports fully" U.S. State Department efforts to find a diplomatic solution with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday.
- Egypt Seizes Massive Weapons Haul from North Korean Smugglers Sputnik 02 Oct 2017 -- Egyptian port authorities seized a North Korean ship stuffed with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) that was part of an illegal weapons smuggling scheme in August 2016, the Washington Post reported on Monday. The incident is the apparent root of tensions between Egypt and the US, allies who have been at odds in recent months for ambiguous reasons.
- North Korean Missiles Moved from Research Center Ahead of Likely New Launch Sputnik 02 Oct 2017 -- North Korea's upcoming national holidays, combined with intelligence from South Korean and US sources that Pyongyang has recently moved missiles from a research and development facility, have experts warning that a new weapons test of some sort by the country may be imminent.
- S. Korea says in close cooperation with U.S. on DPRK communication channels People's Daily 01 Oct 2017 -- South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Sunday that it was closely cooperating with the United States to keep communication channels with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- Trump: Tillerson 'Wasting His Time' Negotiating With North Korea VOA 01 Oct 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to undercut his top diplomat Sunday, saying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is "wasting his time" trying to negotiate with North Korea's leader.
- Trump: Tillerson 'wasting his time' trying to negotiate with North Korea Press TV 01 Oct 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has suggested that direct communications with North Korea will not resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang, saying that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is "wasting his time" by trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
- US diplomatic channels with N Korea not 'open forever' Press TV 01 Oct 2017 -- The United States diplomatic channels with North Korea are not "open forever," says the US State Department.
- Diplomatic Channels Open for DPRK Now, but Not 'Forever' - US State Department Sputnik 01 Oct 2017 -- US State Secretary Rex Tillerson acknowledged that there were open channels for communications with North Korean leader, however, Pyongyang is not willing to engage in a negotiation process. Now Trump's administration is sending a clear message to North Korea.
- US Has Channels to DPRK, but Pyongyang Not Interested in Talks Sputnik 01 Oct 2017 -- Turns out that, despite mounting tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the United States actually has direct channels for communication with the North Korean regime, however, Pyongyang has shown no interest in talks.
- Trump issued directive ordering military, diplomatic bids against N Korea: Sources Press TV 01 Oct 2017 -- US President Donald Trump issued a directive early in his administration outlining a strategy of pressure against North Korea involving multiple government agencies that led to the use of military cyber-capabilities, administration officials say.
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