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North Korea's deputy UN ambassador said Tuesday the country plans to launch many more satellites

  • Oct 18, 07:56 PM (IST)

    All measures should be taken to make Pyongyang and Seoul sit down for talks: Russian Speaker

    Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko stressed the necessity to do all that is possible to organize talks between North Korea and South Korea, though Pyongyang is not ready for it yet, according to a report by Russian news agency TASS.

    "There is no other way than negotiations. North Korea is not ready for them yet, but we should do all possible to make them sit down for talks," the parliamentary member said at the final press conference of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union assembly (IPU).

  • Oct 18, 07:32 PM (IST)

    North Korea's spate of cyber attacks worldwide finds a majority of its launches from foreign computers. Many such hackers can be launching cyber attacks on the behalf of North Korea, according to a New York Times report.

  • Oct 18, 06:29 PM (IST)

    North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Tuesday the country plans to launch many more satellites and accused the United States of trying to block its efforts to help peacefully develop outer space, the Washington Post reported .

    Kim In Ryong told a U.N. General Assembly committee meeting on “International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space” that the country’s five-year plan for 2016-2020 includes development of “practical satellites that can contribute to the economic development and improvement of the people’s living.”

  • Oct 18, 05:49 PM (IST)

    North Korea congratulated China on its 19th Communist Party Congress on Wednesday amid increasingly frayed relationships between the traditional allies, as China tightens sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

    The central committee of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea said that China had made “great progress in accomplishing the cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics” under the correct guidance of the Communist Party.

    Read the full story here.

  • Oct 18, 04:20 PM (IST)

    Seoul's Unification Minister said on Wednesday (Oct 18) that it is highly unlikely that North Korea will relinquish its nuclear weapons, as it nears the completion of its weapons programme, reports The Straits Times.

    "The possibility that North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons is extremely low," Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon said at a forum hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Seoul on Wednesday.

    "I used the term 'extremely low' to express it on a softer note. It would not be incorrect to say there is actually almost no chance that North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons because it views it as its lifeline," he added, indicating that Pyongyang's nuclear programme is not a mere bargaining chip for its leader Kim Jong Un.

    "Experts expect (its nuclear weapons programme to be completed) in two years. There is a possibility that (the North) might reach their goal next year," Mr Cho said.

    The minister's statement comes amid the international community's mounting efforts to get Pyongyang back to dialogue for denuclearisation.

  • Oct 18, 03:43 PM (IST)

    Diplomats from the United States, South Korea and Japan met in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss how to respond to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, reports USA Today.

    US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said that Washington continues to view diplomacy as the primary means for solving the crisis, but added that the allies must be prepared for “any eventuality”.

    “Our objective is, throughout that campaign of pressure, to bring North Korea to the negotiating table without preconditions so that we can achieve our objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” Sullivan said at a news conference after the meeting.

    “Diplomacy is our primary objective and primary means to addressing the threat posed by North Korea. But we need to be prepared to respond to any eventuality given the unpredictable nature of the regime in Pyongyang,” he added.

  • Oct 18, 02:55 PM (IST)

    The Trump administration has not ruled out direct talks with North Korea but the United States and its allies must be “prepared for the worst” if diplomacy fails, the deputy secretary of state said on Tuesday, reports New York Post.

    ​“Eventually, we don’t rule out the possibility of course of direct talks,” John L. Sullivan said during a meeting in Japan, Reuters reported.

    “Our focus is on diplomacy to solve this problem that is presented by the DPRK. We must, however, with our allies, Japan and South Korea and elsewhere, be prepared for the worst, should diplomacy fail,” he said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

  • Oct 18, 01:58 PM (IST)

    Hillary Clinton has said that China should play a more active role in pressuring North Korea, arguing it would help the isolated country return to the negotiation table over its nuclear program, reports Nikkei Asian Review.

    The former US Secretary of State called for patience in diplomacy, referring to the years of intensive discussions that lead to the Iran nuclear deal framework.

    "We all have a stake in trying to persuade China to take a more active role in helping us to contain and deter North Korea," said Clinton at the 18th World Knowledge Forum in Seoul.

    "If they take a more out-front role" in trying to "tighten and absolutely enforce sanctions," she said, there would be pressure on and consequences for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

  • Oct 18, 11:52 AM (IST)

    A Japanese survivor of one of the only two nuclear attacks ever conducted in history has appealed to world leaders to abandon the weapons of mass destruction and enact a comprehensive ban on their production, testing and possession, reports Newsweek.

    "None of them having (nuclear) weapons will contribute toward having peace,"  Tokuko Kimura, 82, said Monday at an anti-nuclear weapons event in New York City, according to The Japan Times.

    Kimura was 10 years old when the US Air Force dropped the so-called "Fat Man" atomic bomb on her city of Nagasaki in August 1945. The event, along with a second atomic bombing on the Japanese city of Hiroshima three days later, killed at least 250,000 people and brought an end to World War II. It also introduced the world to the vast destructive capabilities of nuclear power, inspiring similar programs in other countries, the most recent being North Korea. As the world's first nuclear power threatens to disarm the latest, Kimura urged all governments to outright ban such weapons.

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  • Oct 18, 11:50 AM (IST)

    Despite their disagreements in the recent past over nuclear tests, China is North Korea's go-to friend when it comes to business. North Korea imported 85 percent of its goods worth USD 3.47 billion from China in 2015. In the same year, North Korea exported about 83 percent of goods worth USD 2.83 billion to the manufacturing superpower.

    On the global front, India has been a critic of North Korea's nuclear tests and has also criticised its ties with Pakistan and its support for the Kashmir conflict.

    The more surprising fact is that India comes right after China as North Korea's second biggest trade partner among all other countries who maintain trade relations with the communist state.

  • Oct 18, 11:24 AM (IST)

    North Korea's deputy UN ambassador said Tuesday the country plans to launch many more satellites and accused the United States of trying to block its efforts to help peacefully develop outer space, reports AP.

    Kim In Ryong told a U.N. General Assembly committee meeting on "International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space" that the country's five-year plan for 2016-2020 includes development of "practical satellites that can contribute to the economic development and improvement of the people's living."

    As a party to several space treaties, North Korea's space development activities are "all ground on legal basis in all aspects," Kim said.

    But he said the United States is "going frantic to illegalize our development of outer space," claiming the effort violates UN sanctions.

    Read full story here.

  • Oct 18, 11:15 AM (IST)

    Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are “dangerous and short-sighted”, reports Reuters.

    “There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive (over North Korea),” said Clinton, stressing the need for greater pressure on North Korea and diplomacy to bring Pyongyang to talks. “Picking fights with Kim Jong Un puts a smile on his face,” Clinton said, but did not mention Trump by name.

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