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April 2019 - North Korea Special Weapons News

  • North Korean official censures Pompeo for 'dangerous' remarks Press TV 30 Apr 2019 -- A senior North Korean official has strongly denounced US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his "stupid and dangerous" remarks last week that the US would "change paths" should diplomacy with Pyongyang not succeed.
  • Activists Urge China to Not Repatriate N. Korean Defectors VOA 30 Apr 2019 -- Activists are urging China not to repatriate seven North Koreans who were detained in an eastern Chinese province after leaving their homeland.
  • Kremlin Spokesman Praises Kim as 'Professional, Well-Trained' Leader Sputnik 28 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un proved to be a professional and well-trained head of state during his recent expanded-format talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian Far East, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.
  • Bolton: US Ignored $2 Million Bill from North Korea VOA 28 Apr 2019 -- The U.S. signed a document agreeing to pay North Korea $2 million for the medical care of American Otto Warmbier who had been detained by Pyongyang, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday, but then ignored the bill and never paid it.
  • Lawmakers Back US-N. Korea Talks; Analyst Questions Strategy VOA 27 Apr 2019 -- As Kim Jong Un returns from a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, questions linger as to the diplomatic support Kim garnered from Putin, and what will happen next in negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington. Meanwhile, a long-time observer of politics on the Korean Peninsula urges Washington and Seoul to re-examine the assumption underlying their strategy toward North Korea.
  • Documents Show Indonesia Released Banned N. Korean Coal VOA 27 Apr 2019 -- Indonesia has released seized North Korean coal in apparent violation of U.N. sanctions, posing a challenge to U.S.-led international efforts to crack down on Pyongyang's sanctions evasion, according to U.N.monitors and court documents.
  • KCNA Commentary Terms U.S.-S. Korea Joint Military Exercises Aggressive, Not Defensive KCNA 27 Apr 2019 -- The U.S. and the south Korean authorities keep pushing the situation of the Korean peninsula and the region to an undesirable phase, defying public criticism and opposition at home and abroad.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Leaves Vladivostok KCNA 27 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, left Vladivostok on April 26 after successfully wrapping up his historic visit to the Russian Federation.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Returns Home after Concluding Visit to Russian Federation KCNA 27 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, returned home by the private train at dawn on Saturday after successfully concluding his visit to the Russian Federation.
  • DPRK's Kim returns home after Russia visit People's Daily 27 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), returned home by train Saturday morning after concluding his first visit to Russia, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.
  • N. Korea Fumes, South Celebrates on Summit Anniversary VOA 27 Apr 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed continued outreach to North Korea on Saturday, saying the path to peace on the Korean Peninsula was irreversible despite temporary setbacks.
  • Putin To Brief China On Kim Talks, Says Willing To Share Details With U.S. As Well RFE/RL 26 Apr 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Beijing to brief Chinese leaders on his just-concluded summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said he is also willing to share details of the talks with the United States.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Meets President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin KCNA 26 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, met with Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of the Russian Federation, on April 25.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Hold Talks with President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin KCNA 26 Apr 2019 -- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un had talks with Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of the Russian Federation, on April 25.
  • DPRK's Kim sets off for home after meeting Putin People's Daily 26 Apr 2019 -- Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un wrapped up his first three-day trip to Russia and left here for home on Friday.
  • Putin, Kim hold "fruitful" talks on Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, bilateral cooperation People's Daily 26 Apr 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un on Thursday said that they had substantial discussions on bilateral ties and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue during their first-ever meeting.
  • North Korea's Kim slams US for 'bad faith' in Hanoi talks Press TV 26 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says the US acted in "bad faith" in Vietnam when President Donald Trump and his team held talks with him in Hanoi.
  • Kim: US Acted in 'Bad Faith' in Hanoi Sputnik 26 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday that the US "took a unilateral attitude in bad faith" during the February 27 to 28 summit between the two countries in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Putin: US guarantees not enough for North Korea to denuclearize Press TV 25 Apr 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes US security guarantees will probably not be sufficient to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.
  • After Meeting Kim, Putin Advocates Phased Denuclearization Approach VOA 25 Apr 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could give up his nuclear weapons if he first receives security guarantees.
  • Kim, Putin hold first ever summit Global Times 25 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their first ever summit on Thursday afternoon during which they discussed ways to peacefully settle Korean Peninsula issues in the aftermath of the fruitless US-North Korea summit in Hanoi.
  • Putin, Kim pledge closer ties in first summit Press TV 25 Apr 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un have met in their first summit, in Russia's Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok, pledging closer ties between their countries.
  • North Korea Pledges to Provide Military Response to US-South Korea Drills Sputnik 25 Apr 2019 -- The North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country condemned South Korea on Thursday for conducting joint air force drills with the United States on the Korean Peninsula and promised a reciprocal response from the country's own armed forces.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Arrives at Vladivostok, Russian Federation KCNA 25 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, arrived at Vladivostok, the Russian Federation on Wednesday.
  • China welcomes Russian input on Peninsula Global Times 24 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's visit to Russia is a "win win" opportunity as it will help Pyongyang seek political and economical assistance, as well as offering Russia an opportunity to increase its input on the Peninsula issue, said Chinese analysts.
  • N Korea Dismisses Main Interlocutor in Denuclearisation Talks With US - Reports Sputnik 24 Apr 2019 -- Pyongyang has dismissed North Korea's main interlocutor in denuclearisation talks with the United States Kim Yong Chol as head of United Front Department of the North Korean Workers' Party, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.
  • Report: N. Korea Using Cryptocurrency to Fund Weapons Program VOA 24 Apr 2019 -- North Korea is using cryptocurrency markets to evade global sanctions and is likely using the virtual money to fund its weapons of mass destruction programs, according to a new report from the London-based Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
  • North Korea's Kim in Russia for Meeting With Putin VOA 24 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in the far eastern region of Russia for his first ever meeting with Vladimir Putin, which Kim says is the initial step toward closer ties with Moscow.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Leaves for Russian Federation KCNA 24 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, left here by a private train at dawn on Wednesday to visit the Russian Federation.
  • Kim Jong Un, Putin Set for Talks in Russia Thursday VOA 23 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to travel this week to the far-eastern Russian city of Vladivostok for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • North Korean Leader Kim Departs By Train For Meeting With Putin In Vladivostok RFE/RL 23 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has left Pyongyang by train to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok.
  • North Korean leader departs for Russia to meet Putin Press TV 23 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has departed for Russia, aboard his special train, for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin, state media reported.
  • Putin to host North Korea's Kim in Russia Press TV 23 Apr 2019 -- North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un will "soon" travel to Russia on his first ever meeting with President Vladimir Putin, state media say.
  • Delegation of Ministry of People's Armed Forces of DPRK Leaves for Russia KCNA 22 Apr 2019 -- A delegation of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea led by Army General No Kwang Chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces, left here on Monday to take part in the 8th Moscow seminar on international security. -0-
  • Putin, Kim to discuss bilateral ties, Korean denuclearization: Kremlin People's Daily 20 Apr 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un will discuss bilateral relations, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and regional cooperation, the Kremlin said Friday.
  • North Korea slams John Bolton's 'stupid' remarks Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- North Korea has lambasted as "nonsense" remarks by US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has called on Pyongyang to show seriousness in giving up its nuclear weapons, warning that "nothing good" will come of such comments.
  • Pompeo: 'I'm still in charge of' North Korea negotiation team Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is still in charge of nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea a day after Pyongyang said it wanted Pompeo to be disengaged from the stalled negotiations.
  • Kim Jong-un Says Ready to Cooperate With Russia for Peace on Korean Peninsula Sputnik 19 Apr 2019 -- North Korea's chairman Kim Jong-un has expressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin his readiness to cooperate in order to reach peace on the Korean Peninsula and to develop relations between the two states.
  • North Korea's Kim to Meet with Russian President Putin VOA 18 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to meet later this month in Moscow.
  • North Korea: Pompeo Not Welcome at Nuclear Negotiations VOA 18 Apr 2019 -- North Korea is demanding that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo no longer take part in any further talks involving its nuclear weapons program.
  • U.S. Secretary of State Slammed KCNA 18 Apr 2019 -- Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the Department of American Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, gave the following answer to a question raised by the KCNA on Thursday as regards the fact that Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of the State, is letting loose reckless remarks and sophism of all kinds against us every day:
  • North Korea hints it wants Pompeo removed from US talks Press TV 18 Apr 2019 -- North Korea suggests that it wants US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo disengaged from stalled negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, blaming the top American diplomat for the derailment of bilateral talks.
  • North Korea's Kim 'oversees test-fire of tactical weapon' Press TV 18 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has overseen the test-firing of a new type of "tactical guided weapon," North Korean state media report, the first public test since the collapse of a second round of top-level negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.
  • Kremlin Says North Korean Leader To Visit Russia Later This Month RFE/RL 18 Apr 2019 -- The Kremlin has announced that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to visit Russia within the next 12 days.
  • North Korea Demands Pompeo's Removal From Nuclear Talks With US Sputnik 18 Apr 2019 -- The highly anticipated second meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi ended abruptly earlier this year without agreement after Washington refused to offer North Korea any relief from its economic sanctions while pushing for the country's complete nuclear disarmament.
  • Kim Jong Un Watches 'Tactical' Guided Weapon Test - North Korean State Media Sputnik 18 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the testing of a "tactical" guided weapon Wednesday, an event the country's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) described as "of very weighty significance."
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Guides Test-Fire of New-Type Tactical Guided Weapon KCNA 18 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Armed Forces of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, supervised and guided a test-fire of a new-type tactical guided weapon conducted by the Academy of Defence Science on Wednesday.
  • US monitor detects 'possible nuclear activity' at North Korea site Press TV 17 Apr 2019 -- A US-based monitor says it has detected possible signs of fresh reprocessing of radioactive material into bomb fuel at one of North Korea's main nuclear sites.
  • North Korea Tests New 'Tactical Guided Weapon' VOA 17 Apr 2019 -- North Korea has tested a new "tactical guided weapon," the latest display of Pyongyang's military capabilities, state media reported Thursday.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Guides Flight Drill of Unit 1017 of KPA Air and Anti-Aircraft Force KCNA 17 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Armed Forces of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Tuesday guided the flight drill of the combat pilots of Unit 1017 of the Air and Anti-aircraft Force of the Korean People's Army.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Inspects Sinchang Fish Farm KCNA 17 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Armed Forces of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, together with his wife Ri Sol Ju Tuesday inspected the Sinchang Fish Farm.
  • Trump and Pompeo disregard Kim's deadline for nuclear talks flexibility Press TV 16 Apr 2019 -- US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo have disregarded comments made earlier by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un which urged Washington to change its sanctions-based policy by an end-year deadline.
  • Kim Set to Meet Putin, With Trump on Both Men's Minds VOA 16 Apr 2019 -- Since emerging from his international isolation just over a year ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been a busy man.
  • S.Korean president says to push for summit with DPRK leader People's Daily 15 Apr 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he will actively push for another summit meeting with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to help resume dialogue between the DPRK and the United States.
  • S Korea's Moon pushes for 4th summit with N Korea's Kim Press TV 15 Apr 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called for a fourth summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with the aim of helping salvage faltering denuclearization negotiations between Pyongyang and Seoul's ally the US.
  • Pyongyang opens new department store Global Times 15 Apr 2019 -- A modern department store providing commercial and catering services opened on Monday in Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, in the country's latest move to showcase its economic facilities to the world.
  • North Korea despaired of continuing talks with US IRNA 15 Apr 2019 -- Two rounds of talks between the US and North Korean leaders have so far failed to achieve tangible results and continuation of this trend has made Pyongyang's officials despaired of continuing negotiations with the American side to achieve a win-win deal.
  • DPRK Leader Kim Could Visit Russia Next Week - Reports Sputnik 15 Apr 2019 -- In late March, South Korean media reported that Kim Chang Son, the de facto chief of staff for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, visited Moscow to discuss a visit to Russia by the latter.
  • In response to top DPRK leader, U.S. expresses cautious expectation of 3rd summit People's Daily 14 Apr 2019 -- In response to the latest remarks of Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), over his possible third summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, Washington on Saturday highlighted the progress made after the Hanoi meeting and expressed cautious expectation of the third summit.
  • Kim Jong-un says 3rd summit with Trump possible on certain conditions Global Times 13 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), said he is willing to meet the US president again on certain conditions, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Saturday.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Makes Policy Speech at First Session of 14th SPA KCNA 13 Apr 2019 -- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made a policy speech "On Socialist Construction and the Internal and External Policies of the Government of the Republic at the Present Stage" at the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Friday.
  • First Session of 14th SPA of DPRK Finishes KCNA 13 Apr 2019 -- The First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea continued at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Friday.
  • Congratulations to Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un from President Xi Jinping KCNA 13 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, received a congratulatory message from Xi Jinping, president of the People's Republic of China, on Friday.
  • North's Kim says US must stop 'way of calculation', gives deadline Press TV 13 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says the United States has raised the risk of returning to past tensions after the collapse of his second summit with President Donald Trump, stressing that yet another meeting between the two leaders is only possible if Washington comes with the right attitude.
  • North Korea Vows to Continue Military Buildup to Repel Possible Invasion Sputnik 13 Apr 2019 -- North Korea will continue increasing its military capabilities in the face of persisting risks to its sovereignty, the nation's leader, Kim Jong-un, said in a statement published by state media.
  • Kim Jong Un Calls on US to Stop Its 'Way of Calculation' - Report Sputnik 13 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the breakdown in talks with the United States has raised the risk of returning to past tensions, highlighting that he is interested in another meeting with US President Donald Trump only if the US stops "its current way of calculation", according to Reuters, which cited the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
  • Kim Re-Elected As State Affairs Commission Chair, N Korea Constitution Reviewed Sputnik 13 Apr 2019 -- The North Korean lawmakers have also named Choe Ryong Hae as the new nominal head of state, the Yonhap news agency and Reuters reported Friday, citing the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Elected as Chairman of DPRK State Affairs Commission KCNA 12 Apr 2019 -- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA).
  • First Session of 14th SPA Held KCNA 12 Apr 2019 -- The First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea took place at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Thursday.
  • SPA Session Discusses State Budget KCNA 12 Apr 2019 -- At the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK, Deputy Ki Kwang Ho made a report on summing up of the fulfillment of the state budget of the DPRK for Juche 107 (2018) and its state budget for Juche 108 (2019) that had been put under full deliberation at the SPA Budget Committee.
  • Kim Says He's Open to 3rd Summit with Trump VOA 12 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he will give the U.S. until the end of the year to make a "courageous decision" on stalled nuclear talks, warning of "very bleak and very dangerous" consequences if Washington does not change its approach.
  • North Korea Might Abandon Moon as Mediator With US VOA 12 Apr 2019 -- North Korea might begin turning away from South Korean President Moon Jae-in after he failed to secure sanctions relief from U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to the White House, experts said Thursday.
  • Top DPRK leader re-elected as head of state panel Global Times 12 Apr 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), was elected again as chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) of the DPRK, the official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) reported on Friday.
  • Xi hails Kim's re-election Global Times 12 Apr 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping sent congratulations Friday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on his re-election as chairman of his country's State Affairs Commission (SAC).
  • North Korea appoints man under US sanctions as new head of state Press TV 12 Apr 2019 -- North Korea has named a new head of state, replacing a senior leader charged with representing Pyongyang in international engagements.
  • Moon, Trump Agree Top-Down Approach in Nuclear Diplomacy With N Korea - Seoul Sputnik 11 Apr 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump have agreed on a top-down approach in the nuclear diplomacy with North Korea, Reuters reported Thursday, citing a South Korean adviser.
  • Kim: North Korea must deal blow to countries imposing sanctions Press TV 11 Apr 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his country must deal a "serious blow" to those countries that seek to break Pyongyang with sanctions by reaching self-reliance.
  • Trump: Third Summit With North Korea's Kim 'Could Happen' VOA 11 Apr 2019 -- Sitting alongside South Korea's president at the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed willingness to hold another summit with North Korea's leader to try to reach a sweeping denuclearization deal.
  • New port opens between China, North Korea Global Times 09 Apr 2019 -- In the latest move to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations with North Korea, China on Monday opened a new road port in Ji'an, Northeast China's Jilin Province.
  • Moon Travels to Washington to Revitalize N. Korea Talks VOA 09 Apr 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in heads for Washington Wednesday, where he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday. Moon said previously he hoped his trip to the United States will revitalize stalled talks with North Korea that collapsed after Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement during their February summit in Hanoi.
  • Royal Navy vessel identifies evasion of North Korea sanctions UK MOD 05 Apr 2019 -- A Royal Navy vessel conducting United Nations sanctions enforcement against North Korea has successfully tracked an illegal transfer at sea.
  • Seoul impounds South Korean ship for violation of sanctions on North: Report Press TV 03 Apr 2019 -- Seoul has reportedly impounded a South Korean vessel for the first time on the suspicion that it violated United Nations economic sanctions on North Korea.
  • Moon Stays Positive on Denuclearization Talks Following N. Korean Embassy Raid VOA 02 Apr 2019 -- North Korea has called a daylight raid on its Madrid embassy in February a "grave terrorist attack" and called for a full investigation into the incident that took place the week preceding the second summit between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump.
  • Malaysia drops murder charge against second woman in Kim Jong-nam's case Press TV 01 Apr 2019 -- Malaysian prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a Vietnamese woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2017, sentencing her, instead, to over three years in jail for a lesser charge.



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