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September 2019 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- Ex-Adviser Bolton Repeats Call for War With North Korea, Despite Firing by Trump Sputnik 30 Sep 2019 -- Even though US President Donald Trump showed him the door earlier this month, former national security adviser John Bolton hasn't backed away from his differences with the president, telling academics and policy wonks Monday that North Korea won't give up nuclear weapons and regime change may be the only option.
- North Korea Hopes to Hold Working-Level Talks with US 'Soon' - Deputy Envoy Sputnik 30 Sep 2019 -- Pyongyang hopes that the United States and North Korea will hold working-level talks in the near future, North Korean Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Kim In Ryong said on Monday.
- DPRK reports 'little progress' since historic June 2018 summit with US UN News 30 Sep 2019 -- Lack of progress in achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula is "entirely attributable" to the United States, a senior official from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) told the UN General Assembly on Monday.
- North Korea Blames US for Stalled Denuclearization Talks VOA 30 Sep 2019 -- North Korea said Monday that tensions remain high with the United States and little has been achieved diplomatically, a year after the historic summit between the adversaries.
- Experts: Another Trump-Kim Summit Hinges on Denuclearization Agreement VOA 30 Sep 2019 -- Another summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would hinge on Washington and Pyongyang agreeing on a denuclearization process through working-level talks, experts say.
- Report: North Korea Using Companies Registered in Britain to Bypass Nuclear Sanctions VOA 30 Sep 2019 -- North Korean efforts to evade international sanctions have been aided by companies registered in Britain, according to an investigation by the London-based Royal United Services Institute.
- North Korean Traders Smuggle Chinese Pig Feed Despite Swine Fever Scare Radio Free Asia 30 Sep 2019 -- Amid a region-wide African swine fever (ASF) epidemic in Asia, North Korean trading companies have been smuggling large-scale quantities of Chinese pig feed, possibly exacerbating the spread of the disease into the Korean peninsula, sources say.
- Kim Jae Ryong Inspects Several Units KCNA 29 Sep 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 several units in the field of national economy.
- DPRK Will Further Strengthen Friendly and Cooperative Relations with NAM Member States: Head of Its Delegation KCNA 29 Sep 2019 -- Head of a delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made a speech at NAM Foreign Ministerial Meeting on September 26 during the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly.
- Pak Pong Ju Inspects Units in South Phyongan Province KCNA 28 Sep 2019 -- Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the WPK, made field survey of several units in South Phyongan Province.
- DPRK Delegation Head Makes Speech at UNGA High-Level Meeting KCNA 28 Sep 2019 -- The head of the delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made a speech at the UNGA High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage on September 23.
- Japan deems China as greater threat than N Korea, citing its rising military might Press TV 27 Sep 2019 -- Japan has replaced North Korea with China as the top security threat to the country, citing Beijing's growing defense expenditure and strength as well as its expansion of military activities in the region.
- China Replaces North Korea as Primary Defense Threat in Japan's Annual Report Sputnik 28 Sep 2019 -- Though Pyongyang has posed increased security concerns for Japan in recent weeks, the island country's annual defense report has listed Beijing as its number one threat to national security, citing major strides in China's military and cyber sectors.
- DPRK Extends Economic Development Zones KCNA 27 Sep 2019 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is directing efforts to the establishment of economic development zones (EDZ) where special privileges for business activities are guaranteed.
- DPRK official regrets lack of progress in talks with U.S., but places hope in Trump People's Daily 27 Sep 2019 -- A senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Friday that he was frustrated by the lack of progress in talks with the United States and continued demands for its unilateral disarmament, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
- Border Guards Detain Three North Korean Vessels With 262 Sailors in Russian Exclusive Economic Zone Sputnik 27 Sep 2019 -- According to the Russian authorities, the trespassing boats and everyone on board were transferred to the port city of Nakhodka.
- Statement by Advisor to Foreign Ministry of DPRK KCNA 27 Sep 2019 -- Kim Kye Gwan, advisor to the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, released the following statement on September 27:
- Chinese Government Employees Gripe About Forced Travel to North Korea Radio Free Asia 25 Sep 2019 -- Sources in China alleged last week that Chinese authorities are forcing government employees to take tours to North Korea several times per year, as part of an initiative to improve Sino-Korean friendship and provide Pyongyang with economic assistance.
- Despite UN Sanctions, North Koreans at Work in Senegal VOA 24 Sep 2019 -- North Korea has quietly reopened a construction firm in Senegal in an apparent violation of United Nations sanctions targeting Pyongyang's nuclear programs, VOA Korean has confirmed.
- Republic of Korea President proposes DMZ as future 'peace and cooperation district' on Peninsula UN News 24 Sep 2019 -- The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas could be transformed into an "international peace zone" and even included on a UN list of global cultural heritage, world leaders in the UN General Assembly heard on Tuesday.
- Seoul to Boost Humanitarian Aid to North Korea Based on Progress of Denuclearisation- Reports Sputnik 24 Sep 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said during a meeting with Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly that Seoul was willing to increase humanitarian aid to North Korea, depending on the possible progress in the denuclearisation of the peninsula, Korean Broadcasting System outlet reported.
- Japanese Officials Alarmed After Defense Systems Unable to Detect Recent North Korea Tests Sputnik 24 Sep 2019 -- Tokyo's inability to track Pyongyang's new, short-range missiles, some of which could reach Japan, during their recent tests has government officials concerned that North Korea's new weaponry may be too advanced for current defense systems - leaving Japan vulnerable.
- North Korean Officials Angry that Pyongyang Refused Seoul's Help with Swine Fever Radio Free Asia 23 Sep 2019 -- Officials in North Korea are blaming their government for ignoring requests from South Korea to cooperate to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) on the Korean peninsula, local sources say.
- Statement by Roving Ambassador of DPRK Foreign Ministry KCNA 20 Sep 2019 -- Kim Myong Gil, roving ambassador of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, released the following statement on Friday:
- North Korea welcomes Trump's firing of 'nasty' Bolton Press TV 20 Sep 2019 -- North Korea has welcomed the move by US President Donald Trump to fire his national security adviser John Bolton, who espoused a standoffish view of how America had to deal with Pyongyang.
- North Korea May be Preparing to Launch Nuclear Missile-Capable Submarine - Reports Sputnik 20 Sep 2019 -- North Korea could possibly be preparing to deploy a new ballistic missile-capable submarine, the Japanese broadcaster NHK reported, citing independent US researchers.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Sends Reply Message to General Secretary Xi Jinping KCNA 20 Sep 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), sent a reply message to Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and president of the People's Republic of China, on September 19.
- More International Cooperation Called Key to Curbing North Korea's Sanction Evasion VOA 19 Sep 2019 -- Increased international cooperation is essential for curtailing the ship-to-ship transfers that Pyongyang continues to use to evade sanctions, said a former United Nations panel expert on North Korean sanctions enforcement.
- North Korean Migrants Remaining in Russia Experience Discrimination, Human Rights Abuses Radio Free Asia 18 Sep 2019 -- As Russian authorities ramp up efforts to comply with U.N. sanctions on North Korea, North Korean migrants in Vladivostok are experiencing verbal abuse among the migrant worker community, discrimination from Russians, and human rights violations perpetrated by police, local residents told RFA's Korean Service.
- Russia Detains At Least 160 North Korean Poachers, Summons Envoy RFE/RL 18 Sep 2019 -- Russian border guards have detained at least 160 North Korean nationals who they say were illegally fishing in Russian waters.
- N Korea's Arsenal May Grow to 40 Nukes Next Year – Researcher Sputnik 18 Sep 2019 -- A pundit from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has estimated that North Korea could double its arsenal of nuclear warheads by next year.
- For North Korea, More Leverage and More Big Demands Ahead of Talks VOA 18 Sep 2019 -- If North Korea soon resumes nuclear talks with the United States as promised, it could be entering the negotiations with an improved bargaining position following a summer of missile tests and a perception that the U.S. alliance structure in Northeast Asia has begun to weaken.
- Japan Hit for Illegal Intrusion into DPRK's Exclusive Economic Zone: Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry KCNA 17 Sep 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 September 17 with regard to Japan's intrusion into our exclusive economic zone.
- Self-Reliance Is Consistent Line to Be Maintained in State Building and Activities: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 17 Sep 2019 -- There is no immutable mode in developing the state and social system, but the fundamental principle of progress and development that one should solve everything and open a shortcut to a leap with one's own efforts in any case does not change, says Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in an article, and goes on:
- N.Korea's Charge d'Affaires in Russia to Be Summoned to Foreign Ministry Over Schooners Sputnik 17 Sep 2019 -- North Korea's charge d'affaires in Russia will be summoned to the Foreign Ministry in connection with the detention of North Korean schooners, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
- For Separated Koreans, Memories Fading and Time Running Out VOA 16 Sep 2019 -- Jin Gyeong-sun was in his early 20s when he fled Pyongyang during the Korean War, heading to South Korea and leaving behind two sisters and a brother in the North.
- North Korea: 'Denuclearization' Talks Possible if 'Threats' Removed VOA 16 Sep 2019 -- North Korea says it may be willing to discuss "denuclearization" with the United States if unspecified "threats and hurdles" to its security and development are addressed.
- North Korea calls for security guarantees to resume talks with Washington Press TV 16 Sep 2019 -- North Korea has called on the United States to provide security guarantees as a precondition to the resumption of stalled nuclear negotiations between the two sides.
- Director General of Department of U.S. Affairs of Foreign Ministry of DPRK Releases Statement KCNA 16 Sep 2019 -- The director general of the Department of U.S. Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Monday made public the following statement:
- Review of Rodong Sinmun KCNA 16 Sep 2019 -- Following are major news items and articles in Rodong Sinmun on Monday:
- Rodong Sinmun Calls for Rounding Off Fall Harvest and Threshing in Time KCNA 16 Sep 2019 -- Today the agricultural front is the outpost for defending socialism, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in an editorial.
- With New North Korea-US Talks Likely, Will a Deal Result? VOA 15 Sep 2019 -- Promised talks this month between the United States and North Korea will give President Donald Trump yet another chance to conclude a deal with the reclusive nation, something that has eluded several of his predecessors.
- Trump Says Fourth Kim Meeting Possible VOA 13 Sep 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met three times since June 2018. Trump says round four could soon happen. But Korea watchers are more focused on long-delayed working-level talks.
- China welcomes DPRK-US dialogue resumption Global Times 13 Sep 2019 -- China on Thursday said it welcomed the positive signals from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on resuming talks with the United States, calling on the US side to take practical measures to ease tensions and promote talks.
- US sanctions three North Korea-linked hacking groups blamed for cyber attacks Press TV 13 Sep 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on three hacking groups allegedly sponsored by the North Korean government.
- US Targets Three Hacking Groups for North Korean 'Malicious Cyber Activity' Sputnik 13 Sep 2019 -- North Korea's government announced on 8 September that it was ready to resume talks with the United States in the second half of September. DPRK leader Kim Jong-un has been calling for more flexibility on the part of Washington, particularly with regard to sanctions, amid stalled talks between Pyongyang and the United States.
- Treasury Sanctions North Korean State-Sponsored Malicious Cyber Groups US Treasury 13 Sep 2019 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions targeting three North Korean state-sponsored malicious cyber groups responsible for North Korea's malicious cyber activity on critical infrastructure.
- North Korea Forces Workers Returning from Russia to Snitch on Each Other Radio Free Asia 13 Sep 2019 -- North Korean authorities are conducting ideological examinations on workers who have returned from Russia, attempting to discover if any have seen South Korean movies or TV shows when they were abroad, sources say.
- China urges US to take steps to ensure North Korea talks resume Press TV 12 Sep 2019 -- China has welcomed North Korea's recent "positive signals" on resuming denuclearization talks with the United States, urging Washington to adopt an approach more conducive to dialogue in response to Pyongyang's goodwill.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Guides Test-Fire of Super-large Multiple Rocket Launcher Again KCNA 11 Sep 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 the test-fire of super-large multiple rocket launcher again on Tuesday.
- North Korea's Kim Jong Un Supervises 'Super-Large Multiple' Rocket Launcher Tests Sputnik 11 Sep 2019 -- North Korea leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of a "super-large multiple" rocket launcher early Tuesday, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
- North Korea Fires Projectiles Hours After Calling for Talks VOA 09 Sep 2019 -- North Korea fired two unknown projectiles Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang said it is willing to reopen denuclearization talks with the United States.
- DPRK Fires Two Unidentified Missiles Sputnik 10 Sep 2019 -- North Korea has launched two unidentified projectiles from its western region toward the East Sea on Tuesday, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean military.
- DPRK First Vice Foreign Minister Issues Statement KCNA 09 Sep 2019 -- Choe Son Hui, first vice foreign minister of the DPRK, issued the following statement on Monday:
- If US toys with old scenario, talks will fail: North Korea Press TV 09 Sep 2019 -- There will not be any deal between North Korea and the United States if Washington "toys with an old scenario" with regard to bilateral negotiations, says a senior North Korean official.
- Pyongyang Calls on US to 'Quit Current Calculation Method', Meet for Talks This Month Sputnik 09 Sep 2019 -- New talks between the US and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) may soon be scheduled, as both sides issued statements showing their willingness to resume denuclearization negotiations cut off in February.
- North Korea: Willing to Restart Nuclear Talks with US VOA 09 Sep 2019 -- North Korea said Monday it is willing to reopen denuclearization talks with the United States in late September, but warned that Washington needs to come up with fresh ideas or risks jeopardizing the negotiations.
- Xi congratulates Kim on DPRK's founding anniversary People's Daily 09 Sep 2019 -- President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message on Monday to Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on the country's 71st founding anniversary.
- DPRK Damaged by Typhoon-13 KCNA 08 Sep 2019 -- Damage occurred in the DPRK by Typhoon-13 that hit the country between about 14:00 on Saturday and 00:00 on Sunday.
- North Korea appoints new military chief amid weapons development Press TV 07 Sep 2019 -- North Korea appoints a new military commander with expertise in artillery, as it presses ahead with its nuclear weapons program while prospects of denuclearization talks with the US appear to be "disappointing."
- Expert: North Korean Call for UN to Cut Aid Staff Seen as Pressure for Sanctions Relief VOA 07 Sep 2019 -- North Korea's call on the United Nations to cut its international staff involved in humanitarian work there could be a move to gain leverage over sanctions relief, a human rights expert said Thursday.
- US Democrats to Trump: North Korean Denuclearization Requires Tougher Diplomacy Radio Free Asia 06 Sep 2019 -- A group of Democratic U.S. Senators Thursday delivered a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to reevaluate his diplomatic approach toward North Korea in light of a spate of missile tests that Washington has played down.
- KCNA Commentary Urges S. Korean Military Warmongers to Behave Themselves KCNA 06 Sep 2019 -- The south Korean military warmongers are running high fever in their moves to introduce F-35As.
- S.Korean PM calls for early resumption of DPRK-U.S. working-level talks People's Daily 05 Sep 2019 -- South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on Thursday called for an early resumption of working-level talks between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States to settle lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
- North Korea tells UN to cut international aid staff: Report Press TV 05 Sep 2019 -- North Korea has reportedly asked the United Nations (UN) to reduce the number of the international staff it deploys in the country by the end of the year due to the failure of the world body's programs.
- Hundreds of North Korean Workers Return Home From Vladivostok Airport Radio Free Asia 05 Sep 2019 -- A large number of North Korean workers are returning home from Vladivostok, Russia, where they had been deployed for the past three months to earn foreign currency for the North Korean regime while getting paid several times what they could doing the same jobs in their home country.
- Vice-Chairman of C.C., WPK Meets Chinese FM KCNA 05 Sep 2019 -- Ri Su Yong, member of the Political Bureau and vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), met and had a talk with Wang Yi, state councilor and foreign minister of the People's Republic of China, who paid a courtesy call on him on Wednesday.
- Experts: China Could Be 'New Road' Touted by North Korea VOA 04 Sep 2019 -- China may be a "new road" for North Korea if diplomacy with the United States fails, experts say.
- North Korea Issues New Lapel Badge Featuring Kim Jong Il Radio Free Asia 03 Sep 2019 -- North Korean authorities are distributing among the country's elite a newly issued lapel badge featuring the portrait of former leader Kim Jong Il, father of current leader Kim Jong Un. The newest badge is replacing the more common double-portrait badge, which features Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il together, leading some to speculate that Kim Jong Un is attempting to deemphasize his grandfather in favor of his father, thereby boosting his own importance.
- Chinese FM Here KCNA 02 Sep 2019 -- Wang Yi, state councilor and foreign minister of the People's Republic of China, arrived here Monday at the invitation of Ri Yong Ho, foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. -0-
- Kim Jae Ryong Inspects Several Units in South Hwanghae Province KCNA 02 Sep 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 several agricultural units in South Hwanghae Province.
- Chinese Foreign Minister to Visit DPRK Amid Stalled Denuclearization Talks Sputnik 02 Sep 2019 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will kick off his three-day trip to North Korea on Monday amid the stalled process of the Korean Peninsula denuclearization.
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