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N. Korean incomes improving but far below South: Seoul 18 Dec 2017

N. Korean incomes improving but far below South: Seoul

North Koreans enjoyed the fastest improvement in their incomes for five years in 2016, Seoul’s statistics agency has said — but Southerners are still more than 20 times better off. Per capita incomes averaged 1.46 million won ($1,340) in the North last year, Statistics Korea said in statement, up five per cent. It was the […]

Russia warns US against escalation of tensions over North Korean nuclear program 17 Dec 2017

Russia warns US against escalation of tensions over North Korean nuclear program

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has warned about an escalation of tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program after Washington toughened its position on Pyongyang. “It is sad that this powerful element of demands for further pressure on Pyongyang has once again appeared in the American position,” Ryabkov told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency […]

Japan mulls record defense budget to counter North Korea: Report 16 Dec 2017

Japan mulls record defense budget to counter North Korea: Report

Japan plans to increase its defense budget to a record high level for the next fiscal year, allocating money to purchase more American weapon systems to counter North Korea. The Japanese government is expected to set aside 5.19 trillion yen (approximately 46 billion US dollars) for defense in the country’s initial budget proposal for the fiscal […]

N Korea’s Kim vows to turn country into world’s strongest nuclear power 13 Dec 2017

N Korea’s Kim vows to turn country into world’s strongest nuclear power

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said that he will turn his country into the “world’s strongest nuclear power.” According to North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, Kim made the remarks while addressing workers behind the north’s latest missile test on Tuesday, adding that Pyongyang “will victoriously advance and leap as the strongest nuclear power and military […]

German FM condoms N Korea’s missile test 30 Nov 2017

German FM condoms N Korea’s missile test

issuing a statement Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel condoned north Korea’s missile test. The statement reads, “On behalf of the German Government, I condemn North Korea’s ballistic missile test in the strongest possible terms. This represents another breach of international law on the part of North Korea, whose irresponsible actions represent an enormous threat to international […]

North Korea Says New ICBM Puts US Mainland within Range of Nuclear Weapons 29 Nov 2017

North Korea Says New ICBM Puts US Mainland within Range of Nuclear Weapons

TEHRAN – North Korea said it had successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put all of the US mainland within range, declaring it had achieved its long-held goal of becoming a nuclear power. Wednesday’s missile test, North Korea’s first since mid-September, came a week after US President Donald Trump put North […]

We still hope for diplomacy with Pyongyang, Tillerson says despite Trump’s move 21 Nov 2017

We still hope for diplomacy with Pyongyang, Tillerson says despite Trump’s move

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Washington is still hopeful for diplomacy with North Korea amid mounting s pressure against nuclear-powered Pyongyang. The former ExxonMobil CEO made the comments after US President Donald Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terror on Monday. “We still hope for diplomacy,” Tillerson told a White House […]

North Korea’s Missiles No Threat to Anyone 23 Sep 2017

North Korea’s Missiles No Threat to Anyone

TEHRAN – An American human rights lawyer and a professor at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law said North Korea has no plans to attack any country, including the US first, noting that Pyongyang’s missiles serve defensive and deterrent purposes. “I do not view North Korea’s missile launches as a threat to anyone. It […]

North Korea fires missile over Japan’s Hokkaido Island 15 Sep 2017

North Korea fires missile over Japan’s Hokkaido Island

North Korea has fired yet another missile over Japan, Japanese and Korean media say, a few hours after Pyongyang threatened to “sink” its south eastern neighbor. The missile launch from Pyongyang on early Friday prompted officials to ask people in the Japanese island of Hokkaido to take shelter, local media reported. The missile flew for about […]

Putin repeats call for engagement with North Korea 06 Sep 2017

Putin repeats call for engagement with North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for engagement with North Korea, reiterating that the US-led sanctions against Pyongyang will not resolve the intensifying tensions with the Asian country. “Without political and diplomatic tools, it is impossible to make headway in the current situation; to be more precise, it is impossible at all,” Putin said at […]