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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, […]

North Korea says no need for talks with US

North Korea says no need for talks with US

North Korea does “not feel any need” to resume talks with Washington, a senior diplomat for the country said Saturday, days after Seoul called for a summit as it seeks improved ties with Pyongyang. The statement by the North’s vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui came after former US national security advisor John Bolton on […]

Kim signals North Korea to keep border closed

Kim signals North Korea to keep border closed

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned against the “hasty” relaxation of anti-coronavirus measures, state media reported Friday, indicating the country will keep its borders closed for the forseeable future. The nuclear-armed North closed its borders in late January as the virus spread in neighbouring China and imposed tough restrictions that put thousands of its […]

South Korea says Bolton’s Trump-Kim narrative ‘distorted’

South Korea says Bolton’s Trump-Kim narrative ‘distorted’

South Korea’s presidential office on Monday accused former US national security advisor John Bolton of distorting facts and jeopardising future negotiations with his scathing account of Donald Trump’s North Korea summit strategy. Bolton’s forthcoming memoir “The Room Where it Happened” takes both Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to task for their handling of […]

North Korea warns South to drop ‘nonsensical’ denuclearisation talk

North Korea warns South to drop ‘nonsensical’ denuclearisation talk

North Korea on Saturday issued another angry statement against Seoul, this time excoriating it for “nonsensical” statements on the stalled dialogue about Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons. South Korea has been the target of a wave of angry statements recently from the North, which has accused Seoul of allowing defectors to launch leaflets critical of leader Kim […]

North Korea, South Korea exchange gunfire at border

North Korea, South Korea exchange gunfire at border

North Korean troops fired multiple gunshots towards the South in the DMZ dividing the peninsula on Sunday, prompting South Korean forces to fire back, Seoul said. The rare exchange of gunfire comes a day after North Korean state media reported that leader Kim Jong Un had made his first public appearance in nearly three weeks […]