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May 2019 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- North Korea's US Envoy Executed Following Failed Trump-Kim Summit - Report Sputnik 31 May 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his government are said to have carried out a purge against at least five Foreign Ministry officials, including the country's envoy to the US, following the second official meeting between leaders of the US and Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
- Another North Korea Purge? Experts Are Divided VOA 31 May 2019 -- One of South Korea's most influential newspapers reported Friday that North Korea executed its top envoy to the United States following February's failed summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.
- Minor Hydroelectric Power Stations Conducive to Economic Activities in DPRK KCNA 31 May 2019 -- Drought and high temperature lasting in the DPRK for the second straight year cause difficulties in the electricity output of large-scale hydroelectric power stations.
- High Temperatures to Be Witnessed in DPRK KCNA 31 May 2019 -- According to data of the State Hydro-meteorological Administration in the DPRK, the country will be often affected by a low pressure system passing through its northern part and then by high pressure from the south early in June.
- Press Review KCNA 31 May 2019 -- Following are major news items and articles in newspapers of the DPRK on Friday:
- North Korea executes five envoys to failed US summit: Report Press TV 31 May 2019 -- North Korea has executed its nuclear envoy to the United States and four other diplomats tasked with steering negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.
- North Korea Reportedly Executes Special Nuclear Envoy Over Failed U.S. Summit RFE/RL 31 May 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly executed his special envoy on nuclear talks with the United States in the wake of a failed summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February.
- North Korea accuses US of 'evil ambition' in talks Press TV 30 May 2019 -- North Korea has accused the United States of showing bad faith in negotiations by conducting nuclear and missile tests as well as military drills on the Korean Peninsula.
- Acting US Defense Secretary: China Still Top Priority VOA 29 May 2019 -- Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said Wednesday that China remained his top defense priority, but that message could ring hollow during his current trip to Asia as Iranian threats loom over American plans to focus on great-power competitors.
- Use of Strength Is Not at All Monopoly of U.S.: Policy Research Director of Institute for American Studies, FM of DPRK KCNA 29 May 2019 -- The Policy Research Director of the Institute for American Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK made public the following press statement on May 29:
- Divergence over DPRK missiles issue clouds Abe-Trump summit People's Daily 28 May 2019 -- A cloud of uncertainty had loomed over the summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President Donald Trump due to differing approaches to the recent missile launches of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), local media reported on Monday.
- UN: North Korea Builds Its Military While Its People Starve VOA 28 May 2019 -- The U.N. human rights office has accused the North Korean government of starving its people while building up its military power. It finds people are trapped in a system of endemic corruption and repression, which keeps them mired in lifelong poverty and deprivation.
- North Koreans trapped in 'vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption, repression' and endemic bribery: UN human rights office UN News 28 May 2019 -- Bribery is the main way people in North Korea get food, healthcare, shelter and work, a new UN human rights office report said on Tuesday.
- People in North Korea trapped in vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption and repression – UN human rights report UN-OHCHR 28 May 2019 -- People in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are trapped in a vicious cycle, in which the failure of the State to provide for life’s basic necessities forces them to turn to rudimentary markets where they face a host of human rights violations in an uncertain legal environment, according to a new UN human rights report.
- S. Korean Authorities Launch Provocative Military Drill KCNA 27 May 2019 -- According to media reports, south Korean authorities launched Ulji Thaeguk drill throughout south Korea on May 27.
- Trump Not Bothered by North Korea Missile Tests VOA 27 May 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed differing views Monday on whether recent North Korean missile tests violated a U.N. Security Council resolution, but remained united on the ultimate goal of achieving a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
- Kim Jae Ryong Inspects Various Units KCNA 27 May 2019 -- Kim Jae Ryong, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, member of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and premier of the Cabinet, inspected the Pukchang Thermal Power Complex, East Pyongyang Thermal Power Plant, Sungri Motor Complex, etc.
- North Korea calls America's Bolton 'inordinately ignorant' over missile test remarks Press TV 27 May 2019 -- North Korea has criticized US National Security Adviser John Bolton, calling him a "war fanatic" and a "human defect" that should be banished after the hawkish US official said Pyongyang's latest missile tests violated UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
- DPRK Says Giving Up Missile Launches Means Giving Up Self-Defence - Report Sputnik 27 May 2019 -- North Korea held several launches in early May, including tests of short-range missiles. US National Security Advisor John Bolton has said that Pyongyang had violated the UNSC resolutions.
- Trump Says There is 'Great Respect' Between US and DPRK Sputnik 27 May 2019 -- The statement came during US president Donald Trump's official visit to Japan, prior to bilateral talks between him and Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe. Earlier in the day, Trump met with the new Japanese Emperor Naruhito.
- Experts: Combine US, S. Korean Missile Systems to Boost Defense vs. North VOA 26 May 2019 -- South Korea should integrate its missile defense system with that of the U.S. to maximize the combined capabilities to counter a potential incoming flight of North Korea's missiles across the border, experts said in the wake of Pyongyang's two missile launches in early May.
- Kim Jong Un 'small weapons' do not disturb me, Trump says Press TV 26 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has downplayed North Korea's missile tests amid negotiations with Washington, asserting that he is not disturbed by the "small weapons" fired by Kim Jong Un.
- Trump Downplays North Korean Missile Launches, Says Kim Will Meet Promises RFE/RL 26 May 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has downplayed recent missile launches by North Korea, saying he believes that the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, will follow through on promises he had made.
- Russian Government Donates Wheat to DPRK KCNA 25 May 2019 -- Wheat donated by the Russian government to the DPRK through the WFP arrived here on Saturday. -0-
- Bolton says US open to talking to North Korea, won't change position Press TV 25 May 2019 -- US security adviser John Bolton has called on North Korea to return to talks but ruled out a change of position, after Pyongyang said it will suspend the negotiations unless Washinton changes its "arbitrary and dishonest" stance.
- Trump in Tokyo Downplays Concern About North Korea VOA 25 May 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and his national security adviser are publicly at odds about the seriousness of the threat currently posed by North Korea.
- North Korea Blames US for Failed Talks in Vietnam VOA 24 May 2019 -- North Korea is blaming the United States for deadlocked nuclear negotiations, vowing they will "never be resumed" unless Washington abandons demands for disarmament.
- North Korea suspends talks until US 'changes method' Press TV 24 May 2019 -- North Korea says it is halting its negotiations with the United States over its nuclear and missile programs until Washington changes its zero-sum approach toward Pyongyang.
- Statement by Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry and Letter to UN Secretary General Distributed as U.N. Official Document KCNA 24 May 2019 -- The statement issued by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on May 14 and the letter sent to the secretary-general of the United Nations by the DPRK permanent representative to the UN as regards the incident of dispossession of a DPRK cargo ship by the U.S. were distributed as the official document A/73/877-S/2019/409 of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council on May 23. -0-
- U.S. Is Accountable for Rupture of Hanoi Summit Talks: DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesperson KCNA 24 May 2019 -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on May 24, as regards the attempt revealing within the United States to impute to the DPRK the cause for the rupture of the Hanoi DPRK-U.S. summit talks:
- North Korea Slams Biden as 'Fool of Low IQ' VOA 22 May 2019 -- North Korean state media slammed Joe Biden as an "imbecile" and a "fool of low IQ" Wednesday, Pyongyang's first substantial comments on the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's Noble Love for People KCNA 20 May 2019 -- All thinking and practical activities of Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, are run through with devoted service for the good of the people.
- Sanctions Threaten North Korea's Old and New Elites VOA 19 May 2019 -- By all accounts, North Korea's cash-strapped economy is flagging under crippling international sanctions and the slowdown means the traditional elite and a rising merchant class may be feeling pinched, experts say.
- North Korea Urges UN Chief to Take Action Over Ship's Seizure by 'Gangster' US Sputnik 18 May 2019 -- The US Justice Department on 9 May confirmed that US forces had detained a vessel that had allegedly been shipping coal from North Korea in violation of US sanctions and UN Security Council resolutions.
- DPRK Permanent Representative to UN Sends Letter to UN Secretary General KCNA 18 May 2019 -- Kim Song, permanent representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, sent a letter to Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations, on Friday.
- Rice-transplanting Starts in DPRK KCNA 18 May 2019 -- Rice-transplanting started in the rural areas of the DPRK.
- North Korea asks UN chief to deal with ship seizure by 'gangster' US Press TV 18 May 2019 -- North Korea has called on UN chief Antonio Guterres to interfere in the "illegal" impounding of one of its largest cargo ships by the US, which it described as "a gangster country."
- Severe Drought Witnessed in DPRK KCNA 15 May 2019 -- Severe drought has been lingering in all parts of the DPRK.
- President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il Lauded for Developing DPRK into Powerful Socialist State KCNA 15 May 2019 -- The DPRK which has developed into a dignified and powerful state, invincible socialist fortress, is the most valuable patriotic legacy President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il left by dedicating their whole lives, says Rodong Sinmun Wednesday in an article.
- DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hits out at Outrageous Act of U.S. KCNA 14 May 2019 -- A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made the following statement on Tuesday:
- North Korea calls US seizure of ship 'robbery,' demands immediate return Press TV 14 May 2019 -- North Korea has censured the seizure of one of its cargo ships by the United States as an illegal move that violates the spirit of a summit deal between the leaders of the two countries in June 2018, demanding the ship's immediate release.
- Pyongyang Accuses US of Violating Deal After North Korean Cargo Ship's Seizure Sputnik 14 May 2019 -- The North Korean Foreign Ministry on Tuesday accused Washington of complete disregard of bilateral arrangements "to build new relations" following a recent seizure of a North Korean cargo ship by the US forces.
- Japan Seeks Summit With N Korea Despite Missile Launches - Reports Sputnik 13 May 2019 -- Tokyo still seeks a summit with North Korea over the abduction of its citizens despite Pyongyang's missile firings, the Japanese NHK broadcaster reported on Monday citing Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
- North Korean cargo ship seized by US arrives in American Samoa for inspections Press TV 12 May 2019 -- A North Korean cargo ship seized by the US over claims of having violated Washington-imposed economic sanctions has arrived in the western American territory of Samoa.
- DPRK Foreign Ministry Censures U.S. for Releasing Anti-DPRK Press Statement KCNA 11 May 2019 -- The Policy Research Director of the Institute for American Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on May 11 with regard to the press statement released recently by the U.S. Department of State for the purpose of tarnishing the DPRK's human rights situation on the occasion of so-called "North Korea Freedom Week."
- Trump says DPRK testing not "breach of trust" People's Daily 11 May 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said Pyongyang's recent weapon tests were "very standard" and not "a breach of trust," U.S. media reported.
- North Korea's new missiles surprise experts, alarm US Press TV 11 May 2019 -- Western analysts say the short-range missiles tested by North Korea recently showcased their growing capability, including to better evade US missile systems.
- Trump Denies Recent DPRK Missiles Drill Was 'Breach of Trust' Sputnik 11 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump told Politico on Friday he does not consider North Korea's recent launch of short-range ballistic missiles "a breach of trust".
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Guides Strike Drill of Defence Units in Forefront Area and on Western Front KCNA 10 May 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, guided the strike drill of defence units of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in the forefront area and on the western front on Thursday.
- Top DPRK leader guides strike drill on western front: KCNA People's Daily 10 May 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), guided the strike drill of defense units of the Korean People's Army in the forefront area and on the western front on Thursday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Friday.
- Pentagon Confirms Thursday Launch by DPRK of Multiple Ballistic Missiles Sputnik 10 May 2019 -- South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Thursday North Korea fired unidentified missiles from the country's western province of North Pyongan.
- North Korean Cargo Vessel Connected to Sanctions Violations Seized by U.S. Government US Dept. of Justice 09 May 2019 -- Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director John Brown of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division and Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI's New York Field Office announced today the filing of a civil forfeiture complaint against M/V Wise Honest (the "Wise Honest"), a 17,061-ton, single-hull bulk carrier ship registered in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ("DPRK" or "North Korea").
- US seizes North Korea cargo ship for violating sanctions Press TV 09 May 2019 -- The United States has for the first time seized a cargo ship over what it claims is violating economic sanctions by Washington and the United Nations, another sign that relations between the two countries are once again heading south after a brief thaw.
- US Takes Possession of N. Korean Vessel for Violating Sanctions VOA 09 May 2019 -- The U.S. has taken possession of a North Korean cargo ship for violating international sanctions, a first-of-its-kind seizure that came amid escalating tensions between the two countries over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
- DPRK fires unidentified projectile eastward from northwestern region: Seoul Global Times 09 May 2019 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired an unidentified projectile eastward from its northwestern region Thursday afternoon, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
- North Korea fires several projectiles eastward: South Press TV 09 May 2019 -- North Korea has fired a number of "unidentified projectiles" eastward from an area where one of its missile bases is reportedly located, South Korea's military says, less than a week after the North launch a barrage of projectiles into the Sea of Japan.
- Recent rocket drill 'regular, self-defensive': North Korea Press TV 09 May 2019 -- North Korea says its recent rocket drills were part of the country's "regular" and "self-defensive" military training and did not target anyone.
- North Korea Fires Two Short-Range Missiles VOA 09 May 2019 -- North Korea has fired what appears to be two short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea's military said Thursday. It was the second time Pyongyang fired missiles in less than a week.
- DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Criticizes Some Forces for Making Issue of Its Routine and Self-Defensive Military Drill KCNA 08 May 2019 -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on May 8 with regard to the fact that some forces are making an issue of the DPRK's recent military drill.
- S. Korean Military Authorities Urged to Stop Nonsense KCNA 08 May 2019 -- A spokesman of the delegation of the DPRK's side for the north-south general-level military talks gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on May 8 as regards a litany of rhetoric let loose by south Korean military authorities over the recent reasonable strike drill of the Korean People's Army (KPA):
- Kim Asked Putin to Convey N.Korea's Denuclearisation Stance to China, US - Intel Sputnik 06 May 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help convey North Korea's view of the denuclearisation process to China and the United States, South Korean media reported on Monday, citing the country's National Intelligence Service (NIS).
- Supporting Freedom in North Korea US Dept. of State 06 May 2019
- With Missile Test, North Korea Sends Message to Seoul VOA 06 May 2019 -- By conducting what appears to be its first ballistic missile test in a year-and-a-half, North Korea has presented an obvious challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump, who has refused to relax sanctions on Pyongyang.
- Top DPRK leader guides strike drill of defense units, says KCNA People's Daily 05 May 2019 -- Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), guided the strike drill of defense units in the East Sea of Korea on Saturday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday.
- Trump voices confidence in North Korea deal, 'great' Russia ties Press TV 05 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has expressed confidence in North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and forging a "deal" with Pyongyang as well as "great relationship" with Russia after a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart and despite the North's latest test firing of missiles.
- 'I Am With Him': Trump Is Confident in Kim Jong-un After DPRK's Latest Launch Sputnik 05 May 2019 -- President Trump on Saturday voiced confidence in North Korea's Kim Jong-un after Pyongyang fired what officials said were multiple large-calibre long-range projectiles.
- US Downplays North Korean Missile Launches VOA 05 May 2019 -- The U.S. on Sunday downplayed North Korea's short-range missile launches, saying it believes there still is an opportunity to reach an agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
- North Korea Confirms Test of 'Multiple Rocket Launchers' VOA 04 May 2019 -- North Korea tested "multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons," state media confirmed Saturday, the first comments on a launch that has further raised military tensions.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Guides Strike Drill of Defence Units in Frontline Area and on Eastern Front KCNA 05 May 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, guided the strike drill of defence units in the forefront area and on the eastern front which took place in the East Sea of Korea on Saturday.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to Kumyagang Power Station No. 2 KCNA 05 May 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, gave field guidance to Kumyagang Power Station No. 2 on Saturday.
- DPRK Drills Aimed at Testing Large-Calibre Long-Range MLRS - State Media Sputnik 05 May 2019 -- North Korean drills were aimed at testing large-calibre long-range multiple rocket launchers, tactical guided weapons, the North Korean state-run KCNA news agency reported on Sunday.
- S Korea, US Agree to Deal With Missile Launches by Pyongyang 'Prudently' - Seoul Sputnik 04 May 2019 -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed on Saturday to react "prudently" to the recent missile launches by North Korea, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said.
- DPRK files short-range missile off East Coast Global Times 04 May 2019 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired unidentified short-range projectiles off its east coast Saturday morning, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
- North Korea fires barrage of short-range missiles towards Sea of Japan: South Press TV 04 May 2019 -- North Korea has fired a barrage of short-range missiles towards the Sea of Japan, in first such action in over a year amid deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States.
- North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles - South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Sputnik 04 May 2019 -- Earlier, a report from Yonhap News Agency said that North Korea fired one missile eastward from the coastal city of Wonsan early Saturday morning.
- After Test, South Korea Urges North to Stop Raising Tensions VOA 04 May 2019 -- South Korea called on North Korea to stop raising military tensions, after the North fired a barrage of projectiles into the sea off the east coast of Korea.
- Seoul Confirms North Korea Tests Short-Range Missile VOA 03 May 2019 -- North Korea has test-fired a short-range missile, South Korea said Saturday, in what appears to be Pyongyang’s latest small-scale provocation following the breakdown of nuclear talks.
- North Korean families facing deep 'hunger crisis' after worst harvest in 10 years, UN food assessment shows UN News 03 May 2019 -- More than 10 million North Koreans are suffering "severe food shortages" after the worst harvest in a decade, according to a United Nations food security assessment released on Friday.
- UN: 10 Million-plus N. Koreans Face Hunger This Year VOA 03 May 2019 -- Two U.N. agencies warned Friday that more than 10 million people in North Korea are facing severe food shortages because the recent harvest was the worst in a decade.
- Japan wants to 'break shell of distrust' with North Korea Press TV 02 May 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "unconditionally" in what could potentially lead to the restoration of ties between Tokyo and Pyongyang.
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