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May 2021 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- What Is Aim of Termination of "Missile Guidelines" KCNA 31 May 2021 -- Kim Myong Chol, an international affairs critic, issued the following article titled "What is the aim of the termination of 'missile guidelines'":
- North Korea slams termination of US pact curbing South Korea's missile range Press TV 31 May 2021 -- North Korea has denounced the termination of a pact between Washington and Seoul that limited South Korea's ballistic missile program, describing the move as both an "aggression" and "shameful double-dealing."
- DPRK Slams Lifting of South Korean Missile Caps as Example of US' 'Shameful Double-Dealing' - Report Sputnik 31 May 2021 -- During their May 21 meeting in Washington, DC, South Korean President Moon Jae In and US President Joe Biden agreed to lift the guidance on Seoul's use of missiles, which implied restrictions on the development and use of missiles with a range of more than 800 kilometers.
- North Korean Capital Cracks Down on Illegal TVs to Prevent Access to South Korean Broadcasts Radio Free Asia 25 May 2021 -- North Korea has ordered residents of the capital Pyongang to report the number of televisions in each household to stop them from watching banned shows from prosperous, democratic South Korea, sources in the country told RFA.
- Biden, Moon voice willingness to engage with DPRK People's Daily 22 May 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday expressed a shared willingness to engage with Pyongyang, reaffirming the goal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
- Biden, Moon Announce US-South Korea Vaccine Partnership VOA 21 May 2021 -- President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced at a White House meeting Friday a U.S.-South Korea vaccine partnership to expand the manufacture of vaccines and scale up global vaccine supplies.
- North Korea to Top Agenda as Biden Meets with South Korean President at White House VOA 21 May 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden is due to meet Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Moon is only the second world leader Biden has hosted since taking office in January. The visit may be Moon's final trip to the United States as head of state and the last chance to fulfill campaign pledges before his term ends.
- US, South Korea Vow 'Pragmatic Steps' to Reduce Tensions, Denuclearize North Korea Radio Free Asia 21 May 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday said they would pursue diplomacy with North Korea to try to reduce tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs.
- North Korean Security Services Given Food for a Year While Others Go Hungry Radio Free Asia 20 May 2021 -- North Korean authorities have distributed food supplies for a year to law enforcement and other security agencies in a move to shore up loyalty to the regime at a time of general shortages across the country, North Korean sources say.
- South Korea's Moon to promote North Korea diplomacy at summit with US's Biden Press TV 18 May 2021 -- Two days ahead of a summit with US President Joe Biden, South Korean President Moon Jae-in seeks to use the opportunity of his visit to Washington to revive long-stalled talks with North Korea and urge the White House to take the issue more seriously.
- Officials Scared After Sister of North Korean Leader Has Their Colleagues Executed Radio Free Asia 18 May 2021 -- Government officials in North Korea are living in fear after a series of executions of their colleagues on the orders of leader Kim Jong Un's powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, two officials told RFA.
- North Korean Factory Hunts Down Workers Who Fled for Higher-Paying Fisheries Jobs Radio Free Asia 17 May 2021 -- A machinery factory in a North Korean border city has sent agents to track down workers who abandoned their government-assigned jobs when coronavirus idled their plant and headed to the coast to harvest seafood for higher wages, sources in the country told RFA.
- Emergency Anti-epidemic Work Intensified in DPRK KCNA 16 May 2021 -- All fields and units are further intensifying emergency anti-epidemic work in the DPRK.
- Interview: 'Don't Give North Korea Veto Power Over the Free Flow of Information' Radio Free Asia 14 May 2021 -- A law against sending leaflets into North Korea has been in effect in South Korea since March. On May 6, South Korean police searched the office of Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector who had sent leaflets into North Korea. Police then summoned him for questioning four days later. On May 12, RFA Korean Service reporter Albert Hong discussed Park's case with U.S. Congressman Chris Smith, co-chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.
- North Korea Orders Border City to Keep the Lights on at Night to Hide Economic Difficulties Radio Free Asia 13 May 2021 -- North Korea has ordered residents of a city that lies across the border from China to keep their lights on until 10 p.m. every night to hide the fact that the country is suffering from energy shortages, sources in the city told RFA.
- First-phase Socialist Emulation Drive in Construction of 10 000 Flats in Pyongyang Reviewed KCNA 12 May 2021 -- A meeting was held to review the first-phase socialist emulation drive in the construction site of 10 000 flats in Pyongyang, the major offensive front line symbolizing the new period of a great upsurge and turn in socialist construction.
- Hungry North Korean Construction Workers in Pyongyang Rob and Murder Citizens to Buy Food Radio Free Asia 12 May 2021 -- Residents of the North Korean capital Pyongyang are living in fear after construction workers on a major national project in the area have resorted to violent robberies to get enough money to feed themselves, sources in the city told RFA.
- North Korea Orders Farmers to Collect Urine for Fertilizer Amid Shortage Radio Free Asia 11 May 2021 -- North Korea regularly demands a lot from its citizens, from free labor at building sites to food donations for troops. But the latest order to farmers has them wetting themselves with scornful laughter: Each farmer must donate two liters of their urine daily to make fertilizer, sources in the country told RFA.
- S. Korean president says to find way for restored inter-Korean, DPRK-U.S. talks People's Daily 10 May 2021 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that his government will seek to find a way during the remainder of his presidency for restored talks between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and between the DPRK and the United States.
- South Korea's Moon sets final-year goal of 'irreversible peace' with North Press TV 10 May 2021 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said he plans to use his final year in office to achieve enduring peace on the Korean Peninsula amid stalled talks over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
- S. Korean President Pledges to Restore Dialogue with N. Korea VOA 10 May 2021 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in is vowing to spend his final year in office trying to finally bring a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.
- North Korea Orders Youth League Reshuffle for More Effective Self-Criticism Sessions Radio Free Asia 10 May 2021 -- North Korea is ordering local leaders of the country's main youth organization to change reviewers of self-criticism meetings to force young people to snitch on each other "more honestly," sources in the country told RFA.
- Emergency Anti-epidemic Campaign Further Intensified in DPRK KCNA 09 May 2021 -- All sectors and units across the country strictly observe anti-epidemic rules and concentrate efforts on keeping the masses on high alert, while regarding the anti-epidemic work as the most important task of this year.
- North Korea Punishes Local Officials After Secret Document Leaks Radio Free Asia 07 May 2021 -- North Korea has begun cracking down on government officials responsible for handling sensitive documents after dozens of incidents where the documents went missing and secrets were leaked, officials in the country told RFA.
- 'Virus-Free' North Korea Prepares Health Workers for 'War' with COVID-19, Confusing Residents Radio Free Asia 06 May 2021 -- North Korea is confusing its citizens by telling medical workers to prepare for "battle" against coronavirus with stricter quarantine measures, all while still claiming the country remains virus free, sources in the country told RFA.
- Activists Vow to Defy South Korean Ban on Sending Anti-North Leaflets Despite Legal Threat Radio Free Asia 04 May 2021 -- Activists in Seoul vowed on Tuesday to keep sending anti-North Korean leaflets by balloon into the North's territory, shrugging off a South Korean investigation into a balloon launch last week in defiance of a law banning the practice, which Pyongyang called an act of "dirty human scum."
- Biden Hints at More Flexible North Korea Approach VOA 03 May 2021 -- Donald Trump approached North Korea with threats of "fire and fury," followed by made-for-television summits with its leader, Kim Jong Un.
- US Calls on North Korea to 'Engage Diplomatically' VOA 03 May 2021 -- The United States said it is ready to engage diplomatically with Pyongyang to achieve the ultimate goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, following the completion of a months-long U.S. policy review on North Korea.
- Statement of Spokesman for DPRK Foreign Ministry KCNA 02 May 2021 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released the following statement Sunday:
- Statement of DPRK Foreign Ministry Director General of Department of U.S. Affairs KCNA 02 May 2021 -- Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the Department of U.S. Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK, released the following statement Sunday:
- Statement of Kim Yo Jong, Vice Department Director of WPK Central Committee KCNA 02 May 2021 -- Kim Yo Jong, vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), issued the following statement Sunday:
- 14th Plenary Meeting of 14th SPA Standing Committee Held KCNA 02 May 2021 -- The 14th Plenary Meeting of the 14th Standing Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was held on April 30.
- DPRK warns U.S. to face worse consequences after Washington calls Pyongyang "threat" People's Daily 02 May 2021 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned on Sunday that the United States "will face worse and worse crisis" after U.S. President Joe Biden called the DPRK's nuclear program a "serious threat," reported the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
- DPRK's Kim Yo Jong warns ROK over leaflets issue People's Daily 02 May 2021 -- Kim Yo Jong, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and the younger sister of the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Un, slammed the Republic of Korea (ROK) for failing to stop anti-Pyongyang leaflets flown by a "defector group" last week.
- North Korea dismisses 'spurious' US diplomacy as cover for 'hostile acts', warns of corresponding response Press TV 02 May 2021 -- North Korea has lashed out at US President Joe Biden for his comments about Pyongyang's nuclear program, dismissing Washington's talk of diplomacy as "spurious" and warning of a corresponding response to its hostile policies.
- North Korea Slams Biden's New Approach to Diplomacy VOA 01 May 2021 -- North Korea has lashed out at President Joe Biden, warning the U.S. will face a "very grave situation," after the White House announced the broad outlines of its plan for diplomacy with Pyongyang.
- Biden administration takes new approach to N. Korea ARIRANG 01 May 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden has completed a review of North Korea policy, indicating that the administration will use a new approach to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons program.
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