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U.S. extends travel ban on North Korea for 1 yr.

U.S. extends travel ban on North Korea for 1 yr.

The U.S. Department of State has extended ban on its nationals to travel to North Korea by another year, citing a risk of detention for U.S. passport holders. The extension was contained in a public notice published by the U.S. Federal Register. “The department of state has determined that there continues to be serious risk […]

North Korea lifts virus lockdown of border city: KCNA

North Korea lifts virus lockdown of border city: KCNA

North Korea said Friday it had lifted a three-week lockdown that was imposed on a border city after a defector believed to be carrying the coronavirus sneaked back into the country. The secretive nation has insisted it has had no cases of COVID-19 — a claim international experts say is unlikely, given the spread of […]

North Korea’s Kim sends aid to city locked down over coronavirus

North Korea’s Kim sends aid to city locked down over coronavirus

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the distribution of aid to the border city of Kaesong after the area was locked down last month to fight the coronavirus, state media said Sunday. Authorities raised the state of emergency to the maximum level for the city in July, saying they had discovered the country’s […]

Chinese vessels fishing illegally in North Korea waters ― Study

Chinese vessels fishing illegally in North Korea waters ― Study

A huge fleet of Chinese fishing boats has been operating illegally in North Korean waters catching hundreds of millions of dollars worth of squid, a study showed Wednesday. The competition from hundreds of larger, better-equipped Chinese vessels was forcing North Korean fishermen to poach in Russian waters, according to a group of international researchers involved […]

North Korea’s Kim berates officials over troubled flagship hospital

North Korea’s Kim berates officials over troubled flagship hospital

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated officials for their “careless” construction of a flagship hospital in Pyongyang and ordered those responsible to be sacked, state media reported Monday. The North has long used giant infrastructure projects to try to burnish the government’s credibility, including housing developments in Pyongyang and the continuing Wonsan-Kalma tourism development, […]