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November 2020 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- New Official Biography of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Hides His Date and Place of Birth Radio Free Asia 30 Nov 2020 -- North Korea has published an official biography of its leader Kim Jong Un, but the book omits significant details like his date and place of birth and his childhood education in Switzerland, sources in the country told RFA.
- Stricter State Emergency Anti-epidemic Measures Enforced in DPRK KCNA 29 Nov 2020 -- Emergency anti-epidemic system is in full force in the country with endeavors increasing to take cautions against possible porosity and take preemptive measures.
- North Korea Reportedly Enhances Control Measures at Borders Due to COVID-19 Sputnik 29 Nov 2020 -- North Korea, which officially remains coronavirus-free, has enforced stricter control measures at state borders to keep COVID-19 out of the country, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sunday.
- S Korean Spies Say DPRK Executed Lockdown Rule-Breakers, Shut Down Pyongyang in War With COVID-19 Sputnik 28 Nov 2020 -- One official was reportedly executed for importing banned goods into the country amid increased customs controls at the border due to the pandemic. Another senior official was executed on charges of currency exchange fraud.
- Media Claims North Korea Launched a Cyberattack Against Covid Vaccine Developer AstraZeneca Sputnik 27 Nov 2020 -- Also on Friday, a UK regulator confirmed that it had received a formal request from the Government to assess the prospective Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Earlier, an executive from British-Swedish pharma giant said its vaccine could be approved even if its efficacy is no higher than 60 percent.
- Thoroughgoing Anti-Epidemic Measures Taken in DPRK KCNA 25 Nov 2020 -- All the sectors and units in the DPRK are further intensifying the works for strictly carrying out state anti-epidemic measures.
- North Korea Surveys Population for Illiterates, Orders Reading Classes Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2020 -- North Korea has ordered a nationwide survey to identify and educate the country's illiterates, most of whom missed school during widespread famine in the 1990s, sources in the country told RFA.
- More Achievements Made in Various Industrial Sectors of DPRK KCNA 24 Nov 2020 -- Officials and workers in various sectors of the national economy all out in the 80-day campaign have made a series of achievements in attaining their major goals.
- Kim Jong-un's Affluent Nephew Vanished After Interacting With CIA Men, Media Says Sputnik 21 Nov 2020 -- When Kim Jong-un's nephew reportedly arrived in the Netherlands accompanied by a CIA officer, the people who were waiting for him at the airport never saw him enter through the gate.
- Kim Jong-Boom! Nuclear Watchdog Suspects North Korea of Expanding Activities at Secret Facility Sputnik 21 Nov 2020 -- North Korea is thought to have an arsenal of as many as 40 nuclear weapons, as well as the means to deliver them to cities across the continental United States, the nation's main possible foe. Pyongyang carried out its first nuclear test in 2006, four years after being listed in US President George W. Bush's 'Axis of Evil'.
- North Korea Releases 7,000 Prisoners, Orders People to Provide for Them Radio Free Asia 20 Nov 2020 -- North Korea has released some 7,000 labor camp prisoners under an amnesty, but ordered local cash-strapped governments and impoverished residents to foot the bill for housing and feeding the ex-convicts, sources in the country told RFA.
- North Korea Arrests Six Gold Smugglers Who Triggered Hyesan Lockdown Radio Free Asia 20 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea have arrested six people for their connection to the gold-smuggling incident that resulted in a 20-day lockdown of the city of Hyesan, on the country's border with China, local government sources told RFA.
- Newspapers on Importance of Emergency Anti-epidemic Campaign KCNA 19 Nov 2020 -- Leading newspapers of the DPRK on Thursday recall that the 20th Enlarged Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea made a decision to further reinforce the state emergency anti-epidemic system to cope with the ever-worsening global health crisis after discussing the issue in depth.
- US Imposes New North Korea Sanctions Sputnik 19 Nov 2020 -- Although the US and North Korea have made several attempts in the past two years to engage in negotiations, last year talks between the two countries stalled, with Washington refusing to lift sanctions against Pyongyang and reduce its military presence in South Korea unless Pyongyang denuclearises.
- Treasury Sanctions Entities Involved in Exporting Workers from North Korea US Treasury 19 Nov 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on two entities involved in the exportation of forced labor from North Korea.
- US Sanctions Two Russia-based Entities Over North Korean Forced Labor VOA 19 Nov 2020 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury slapped sanctions on two companies operating out of Russia on Thursday for their alleged involvement in the exploitation of forced labor from North Korea.
- Emergency Anti-epidemic Activities Intensified in DPRK KCNA 18 Nov 2020 -- Emergency anti-epidemic units at all levels are taking measures for further tightening the state emergency anti-epidemic system in order to implement the tasks set forth at the 20th Enlarged Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
- Landmine on Chinese Border Kills North Korean Special Forces Officer Radio Free Asia 17 Nov 2020 -- An exploding landmine killed a North Korean officer and maimed another soldier, the latest of dozens of casualties caused by mines laid to deter citizens from illegally crossing the country's border with China, sources told RFA.
- DPRK leader presides over Politburo meeting on nationwide anti-coronavirus measures People's Daily 16 Nov 2020 -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), presided over a Political Bureau meeting on Sunday to discuss the country's efforts to fight COVID-19, state media reported on Monday morning.
- 20th Enlarged Meeting of Political Bureau of 7th Central Committee of WPK Held KCNA 16 Nov 2020 -- The 20th Enlarged Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) was held at the office building of the Central Committee of the WPK on Sunday at a time when the 80-day campaign of loyalty is vigorously underway toward the new victory by tiding over manifold challenges and difficulties in our advance toward the 8th Congress of the WPK under the leadership of the great Central Committee of the WPK.
- North Korea Gives Extra Food and Cash on Mother's Day to Encourage Births Radio Free Asia 16 Nov 2020 -- North Korea's government marked Mother's Day with gifts of cash and extra food to mothers with three or more children, a move aimed at raising birthrates, sources in the impoverished country told RFA.
- Highest Anti-epidemic Vigilance Maintained in DPRK KCNA 15 Nov 2020 -- The emergency campaign for maintaining vigilance and all-people unity of action against inroads of globally spreading COVID-19 is intensified across the DPRK.
- Economic Successes Made in DPRK KCNA 13 Nov 2020 -- Industrial establishments in the DPRK are making collective innovation through the 80-day campaign to greet the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea with signal achievements.
- North Korea Could be 'Training Dolphins for Military Purposes', Report Claims Sputnik 13 Nov 2020 -- Marine mammals are said to be good students when it comes to locating and picking up various objects underwater. They are also much faster than humans, which suggested that dolphins could be a valuable addition to the armed forces.
- Interview: 'North Korean Refugees in China Are Not Protected by Anyone,' Says Refugee-Turned-Lawmaker in South Radio Free Asia 11 Nov 2020 -- Coronavirus-related travel restrictions have led to a sharp decrease in North Koreans settling in South Korea this year, and rights organizations are concerned that hundreds of thousands of refugees may be stranded in China in precarious circumstances.
- Strict Measures Taken to Maintain Perfect Anti-epidemic State in DPRK KCNA 11 Nov 2020 -- The anti-epidemic work is being intensified across the country to maintain the perfect anti-epidemic state and protect the security of the state and the lives of the people from COVID-19.
- North Koreans Told to Join 'Food-Saving Struggle' to Combat Shortages Radio Free Asia 10 Nov 2020 -- North Korea is encouraging people to conserve food, and punishing those who waste it, as part of a national campaign to solve shortages made worse by recent floods, sources in the country told RFA.
- Chilly North Koreans Grumble as Authorities Ban Firewood Trade Ahead of Winter Radio Free Asia 10 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea have banned the sale of firewood in an effort to stem deforestation in the country, a measure that will create hardship for residents looking for ways to keep warm this winter, sources in the country told RFA.
- North Koreans Reject New Anti-Smoking Law, Criticize Leader Kim Jong Un as Chain Smoker Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Citizens of North Korea are rolling their eyes at a recently passed anti-tobacco law, which punishes the people for smoking in public even though it is well known that the country's leader Kim Jong Un is a heavy smoker, sources in the country told RFA.
- North Korea Shuts Down Border City After Guards Caught Smuggling Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea have blocked off the city of Hyesan on the border with China due to coronavirus fears after they discovered that border guards had met with Chinese contacts to engage in smuggling, sources in the country told RFA.
- Brisk Activities of DPRK Red Cross Society for Stable Anti-Epidemic Situation KCNA 05 Nov 2020 -- The DPRK Red Cross Society is waging proactive activities for protecting the people's lives and security of the state from the malignant virus.
- Emergency Anti-epidemic Units Stay Alert in DPRK KCNA 04 Nov 2020 -- The emergency anti-epidemic units of the DPRK are steadily intensifying the work for maintaining the stable anti-epidemic situation by keeping the public anti-epidemic atmosphere and the all-people unity of action.
- Border Reopening Rumors Follow North Korean Repatriation of Stranded Chinese Radio Free Asia 04 Nov 2020 -- Authorities in North Korea and China have temporarily reopened customs offices on their border to allow a group of Chinese stranded since the frontier was closed over coronavirus fears in January to return home, sources on the Chinese side of the border told RFA.
- Anti-Epidemic Activities Intensified at Baby Homes and Orphanages in DPRK KCNA 03 Nov 2020 -- Emergency anti-epidemic rules are strictly observed at baby homes and orphanages in the DPRK.
- N Korea building 2 submarines capable of launching ballistic missiles: South Press TV 03 Nov 2020 -- South Korea's spy agency has alleged that the rival North is building two new submarines capable of launching ballistic missiles.
- North Korea Reportedly Builds Two Submarines Able to Shoot Ballistic Missiles Sputnik 03 Nov 2020 -- The first reports about North Korea's preparations for the construction of advanced ballistic missile submarines appeared in 2016.
- North Korea Mined Areas on Border With China to Prevent COVID-19 Infiltration, Reports Suggest Sputnik 03 Nov 2020 -- The South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) said that North Korea has mined areas along the border with China to protect the country from the infiltration of COVID-19, Yonhap agency reported on Tuesday.
- KCNA Report on Achievements Made in First Month of 80-day Campaign KCNA 03 Nov 2020 -- The Korean Central News Agency released a report on Monday on the achievements made by all the regions, fields and units of the country in the efforts to accomplish the targets for the first month of the 80-day campaign.
- Vegetable Shortages in North Korea Cancel Traditional Kimchi-Making Season Radio Free Asia 02 Nov 2020 -- North Koreans are scrambling for discarded cabbages and radishes this traditional kimchi making season after a series of typhoons pounded the country and created shortages of the key vegetables, sources in the country told RFA.
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