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Japanese donations likely funded Unification Church projects in North Korea

Mar, 16/08/2022 - 8:22am
The Unification Church used large sums of money collected from Japanese followers and donors to build a car factory in North Korea, a former high-ranking intelligence officer in Tokyo told NK News, amid intense scrutiny on the church in the aftermath of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination.  While the church’s fundraising in Japan is […]
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When North Korea invited East German secret police to Pyongyang – Ep. 249

Mar, 16/08/2022 - 5:55am
Before the mid-1980s, North Korea and East Germany did not have the most robust relationship despite both being allies of the Soviet Union and their similar situations as the communist half of a divided country. That all changed when founding leader Kim Il Sung decided to host one of the largest events in North Korean […]
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Washington backs Yoon’s plan to provide aid to North Korea if it disarms

Mar, 16/08/2022 - 1:13am
The U.S. “strongly supports” South Korea’s efforts to engage North Korea in dialogue and denuclearize the peninsula, a State Department spokesperson said Monday, endorsing Seoul’s plan to boost the DPRK economy if it disarms. “We strongly support the ROK’s aim to open a path for serious and sustained diplomacy with Pyongyang,” spokesman Ned Price said […]
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China resumes North Korea border tourism despite COVID restrictions on DPRK side

Lun, 15/08/2022 - 12:01pm
Chinese border cities reopened tourist spots overlooking North Korea this month following the reported elimination of local COVID-19 transmission in the region, creating potential headaches for Pyongyang’s anti-epidemic policies as it warns that new variants could blow over from abroad.  The Millennium Cliff City Scenic Area, a tourist attraction in Baishan that features a glass-floor […]
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Kim Jong Un exchanges letters with Putin on bolstering North Korea-Russia ties

Lun, 15/08/2022 - 11:57am
Russian leader Vladimir Putin asserted that his country will expand its “comprehensive and constructive bilateral relationship” with North Korea in a letter to Kim Jong Un, DPRK state media reported Monday, weeks after Pyongyang recognized Moscow-backed breakaway republic in eastern Ukraine. Putin added that strengthened ties will benefit “the safety and stability of the Korean […]
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Yoon floats new details of ‘audacious’ plan to revitalize North Korea’s economy

Lun, 15/08/2022 - 11:34am
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol outlined new details of his vision to improve North Korea’s economy and soothe inter-Korean tensions if Pyongyang takes “genuine and substantive” steps toward denuclearization. The president made the remarks during a Liberation Day speech in Seoul on Monday, saying his country could offer a “large-scale food program,” overhaul the DPRK’s […]
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North Korea accuses UN chief of ‘pouring gas on flames’ of peninsula tensions

Lun, 15/08/2022 - 10:04am
North Korea’s foreign ministry questioned the impartiality of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday, accusing him of pouring “gasoline over flames” by endorsing Pyongyang’s denuclearization. The statement came after Guterres met with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Friday and expressed his “full support for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) of the Korean […]
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North Korea lifts COVID-19 restrictions across country — but not near borders

Sab, 13/08/2022 - 1:16pm
North Korea has lifted mask and other COVID-19 restrictions for most of the country days after leader Kim Jong Un announced “victory” against the virus, according to state media on Saturday. Kim claimed on Wednesday the country had completely exterminated the viruses in DPRK territory just three months after the country’s first known COVID-19 outbreak. […]
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Seoul police probe Christian activist for spreading pro-North Korea materials

Ven, 12/08/2022 - 1:03pm
Seoul police recently raided the office and home of a religious activist last month over what he says are accusations that he published pro-North Korea materials in violation of South Korea’s National Security Act (NSA). The Seoul Metropolitan Police confirmed to NK News on Thursday that it is investigating pro-unification pastor Jung Dae-il and seized […]
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Breakaway Luhansk republic seeks North Koreans help to rebuild from Ukraine war

Ven, 12/08/2022 - 12:08pm
North Korean workers could help restore destroyed infrastructure and buildings in the breakaway Ukrainian region of Luhansk, an official from the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) said Friday, as it publicized a meeting with a DPRK diplomat to discuss the issue for the first time. The talks between Rodion Miroshnik, the LPR’s ambassador to Moscow, and […]
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100,000 North Korean soldiers won’t fight in Ukraine. But a few dozen might.

Ven, 12/08/2022 - 12:02pm
100,000 North Korean soldiers are poised to storm into Eastern Europe to aid their Russian brothers-in-arms, a move that could turn the tide in the “special military operation” against the “Ukrainian Nazis.” Or at least that’s what defense pundit Igor Korotchenko would have you believe, in recent comments made to Russian state TV and picked […]
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Ask a North Korean: How do you move to a new house in the DPRK?

Ven, 12/08/2022 - 11:10am
“Ask a North Korean” is an NK News series featuring interviews with and columns by North Korean defectors, most of whom left the DPRK within the last few years. Readers may submit their questions for defectors by emailing and including their first name and city of residence. Today’s question is about how and when […]
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China’s retaliation over Taiwan endangers cooperation on North Korea: Experts

Ven, 12/08/2022 - 10:57am
In the wake of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, China responded not only by firing a barrage of missiles into waters surrounding the island, but also by suspending or canceling cooperation with the U.S. on a range of issues — a development that could have repercussions for the Korean Peninsula. Beyond just […]
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How North Korea is embracing more entertaining propaganda for the TikTok era

Ven, 12/08/2022 - 5:39am
North Korean propagandists have always tried to follow and imitate pioneering media trends from elsewhere. Wherever possible they strive to beat the enemy with their own weapons, using innovative technologies to create DPRK versions of contemporary or historical events.  With the leadership operating under the belief that the destiny of the Kim family-led state depends […]
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North Korea’s ‘strengthened rhetoric’ around nukes concerning, US says

Ven, 12/08/2022 - 4:18am
The U.S. is concerned about North Korea’s “strengthened rhetoric” surrounding nuclear weapons, a State Department spokesman said Thursday, shortly after DPRK state media aired an expletive-laden speech by the leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong threatening the South. Principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel also said that the U.S. is “prepared to make both short and longer-term […]
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Refuting China, South Korea says THAAD interceptors not up for ‘negotiation’

Gio, 11/08/2022 - 1:19pm
Decisions about THAAD missile interceptors to defend against North Korean threats are not a matter for “negotiation” with China, a South Korean presidential official said Thursday, a day after Beijing’s foreign ministry claimed Seoul agreed not to expand the missile defense system. The controversy started after the countries’ foreign ministers met for five hours in […]
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Kim Yo Jong’s accusation that Seoul spread COVID sets stage for future violence

Gio, 11/08/2022 - 1:10pm
An obscenity-filled speech by the North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong this week, accusing Seoul of spreading COVID-19 and threatening to “exterminate” ROK leaders, set the stage for future violence against South Korea, experts told NK News on Thursday. Kim delivered the invective at a national meeting on Wednesday, at which leader Kim Jong […]
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North Korea pushes forward medical cooperation with Gabon and Mali

Gio, 11/08/2022 - 9:14am
North Korean diplomats in Gabon and Mali have met with local officials in recent weeks to push forward medical cooperation with the two African nations, the latest example of Pyongyang’s efforts to maintain economic ties on the continent during the pandemic. DPRK Ambassador Kim Myong Sik met with Gabon’s health minister Guy Patrick Obiang Ndong […]
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North Korea declares COVID-19 ‘eradicated,’ implies Kim Jong Un caught virus

Gio, 11/08/2022 - 3:21am
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “declared victory” over the country’s recent COVID-19 outbreak at a national meeting Wednesday, stating the country had “eradicated” the virus despite a weak health system and lack of vaccines, according to state media. But while celebrating the end of the “quarantine war,” Kim said the DPRK will maintain anti-epidemic […]
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South Korea, China won’t let THAAD be ‘stumbling block’ in relationship: Beijing

Mer, 10/08/2022 - 11:58am
The top diplomats of South Korean and China agreed Tuesday not to allow THAAD missile defenses to become a “stumbling block” in bilateral ties, according to Beijing’s foreign ministry, after Seoul asserted its right to deploy interceptors against North Korean threats. Tuesday’s five-hour meeting in Qingdao between South Korean foreign minister Park Jin and his […]
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