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July 2021 - North Korea Special Weapons News
- US seizes oil tanker vessel over alleged violation of sanctions against North Korea Press TV 31 Jul 2021 -- The United States has seized a Singaporean-owned tanker vessel over alleged violation of international sanctions by making shipments of petroleum products to North Korea.
- United States Seizes Oil Tanker Used to Violate Sanctions Against North Korea US Dept. of Justice 30 Jul 2021 -- A New York federal court today entered a judgment of forfeiture regarding the M/T Courageous, a 2,734-ton oil-products tanker used to make illicit deliveries of petroleum products through ship-to-ship transfers with vessels flagged in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) and direct shipments to the North Korean port of Nampo.
- Wife of North Korean Consul in Russia Dies from COVID-19 Radio Free Asia 29 Jul 2021 -- The wife of a North Korean consul stationed in Vladivostok, Russia, contracted COVID-19 and died this month, RFA has learned from sources in Russia, who said the North lacked the cash to vaccinate its diplomats in the Pacific coast city.
- Seoul Reportedly Plans to Use Restored Hotline to Open Online Dialogue With Pyongyang Sputnik 29 Jul 2021 -- Seoul is planning to use the restored communication line with Pyongyang to organize virtual inter-Korean dialogue during the global pandemic, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, citing a unification ministry official.
- North Korea Watchers Parse Motives Behind Restored Hotline with Seoul Radio Free Asia 28 Jul 2021 -- North and South Korea have restored an inter-Korean hotline cut off last year by Pyongyang amid deteriorated relations, in a move that experts called a positive step, but warned against overinterpreting its significance.
- North, South Korea in talks over reopening liaison office, holding summit Press TV 28 Jul 2021 -- North and South Korea are set to reopen a joint liaison office and hold a summit as part of efforts to restore inter-Korean relations, three South Korean officials have said.
- North, South Korea restore severed hotline Press TV 27 Jul 2021 -- North and South Korea have announced the restoration of cross-border communications, which had been severed amid rising tensions more than a year ago.
- Sherman: US Looks Forward to 'Reliable, Predictable and Constructive' Way Forward with North Korea VOA 23 Jul 2021 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Friday that Washington is waiting for North Korea's response to a proposal for resuming dialogue and looks forward to a "reliable, predictable and constructive way forward" with Pyongyang.
- Wendy Sherman: US, Japan, South Korea stand 'shoulder-to-shoulder' against North Press TV 21 Jul 2021 -- US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman says the United States, Japan and South Korea stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" when it comes to North Korea, despite recent friction in relations between the two Koreas.
- Death of Two North Korean Prisoners Highlights Starvation Diets Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2021 -- Two malnourished North Korean prisoners died in recent weeks, one dropping dead at work and the other beaten to death because she was too weak to do labor, said sources in the country who said coronavirus bans on family visits stopped inmates from supplementing meagre diets.
- North Koreans Alarmed by Starvation Deaths of Well-Off Ethnic Chinese Radio Free Asia 20 Jul 2021 -- The starvation deaths of three ethnic Chinese residents of North Korea, who were cut off from their economic lifeline to China by a border closure to fight the coronavirus pandemic, has shocked North Koreans by showing that the economy is failing even privileged groups, sources in the country told RFA.
- Concern About Fate of 50 North Korean Escapees Sent Home by China Radio Free Asia 19 Jul 2021 -- China has repatriated about 50 North Korean escapees, including air force pilots and others who could face severe punishment including the death penalty, sources on the Chinese side of the border told RFA.
- North Korea to Hold Local Officials Responsible for Rainy Season Crop Losses This Year Radio Free Asia 16 Jul 2021 -- North Korea will punish government officials for failing to take proper measures to prevent flooding of agricultural land ahead of this year's rainy season, sources in the country told RFA.
- Chinese Traders in Dire Straits Over Frozen Border Trade With North Korea Radio Free Asia 15 Jul 2021 -- China's exporters to North Korea are struggling under mounting debt as chemicals, medicines, and metal products ordered by their neighbor decay in warehouses awaiting the reopening of border that has been closed since early 2020 to fight the coronavirus, according to sources in the main Chinese border city.
- North Korea Sets Stern Punishments for 'Anti-Socialist' Acts Radio Free Asia 13 Jul 2021 -- North Korea is trying to reinforce its brand of socialism by punishing citizens for "anti-socialist acts," including distorting the lyrics of revolutionary songs, and forcing party officials to spend an extra two hours a day studying political ideology, sources in the country told RFA.
- North Korea Mobilizes Women for Border Wall Construction Near China Radio Free Asia 12 Jul 2021 -- North Korea is forcibly mobilizing married women living near the border with China to toil away making cement blocks for the construction of a wall, sources in the country told RFA.
- North Korea Cracks Down on Counterfeiting, on the Rise as Economy Worsens Radio Free Asia 08 Jul 2021 -- North Korea has labeled counterfeiters of the country's currency as "traitors who are aligned with external enemies" as starving citizens forge notes worth less than a dollar to buy food and other necessities, sources told RFA.
- South Korean Spies Suggest Kim Jong-un in Good Health Despite Heavy Weight Loss Sputnik 08 Jul 2021 -- South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) has revealed that the leader of its northern neighbour, Kim Jong-un, has no health problems despite losing 10-20 kilograms (22-44 pounds) over the past few months, the Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, citing an official.
- China-North Korea friendship treaty 'remains in effect' all the time: FM spokesperson Global Times 07 Jul 2021 -- The China-DPRK Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, will remain in effect all the time until China and North Korea reach an agreement to amend or terminate it according to the Treaty's regulation, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday, responding to a question about whether the treaty will be automatically extended.
- Facing Chronic Shortfalls, North Korea Tells Citizens to Start Supplying Their Own Food Radio Free Asia 07 Jul 2021 -- North Korea is ordering citizens to start producing their own food to prepare for a long-term food shortage that could last for three years, but ordinary people say that the government is shirking its responsibility, sources in the country told RFA.
- North Korea Faces Worsening Economic Woes amid COVID Lockdown VOA 05 Jul 2021 -- North Korea's coronavirus lockdown has taken a major toll on its economy. Its leader, Kim Jong Un, has hinted at a humanitarian crisis. Some fear the situation could get much worse.
- North Korea Shows No Vaccine Urgency, Despite New Virus Woes VOA 03 Jul 2021 -- North Korea this week reported a mysterious "grave incident" that suggested a major lapse related to its coronavirus response.
- 15th Plenary Meeting of 14th Standing Committee of Supreme People's Assembly of DPRK Held KCNA 02 Jul 2021 -- The 15th 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 at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on July 1.
- North Korea's Kim Says Wants to Strengthen Strategic Relations With China Sputnik 01 Jul 2021 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a congratulatory message to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), in which he expressed his intention to strengthen strategic relations between the two countries, the state KCNA reported on Thursday.
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