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North Korea LIVE: North Korea currently 'not interested in diplomacy' with the US

A North Korean official has reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching mainland US.

  • Oct 17, 09:33 PM (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.

    Find out more: India is North Korea's second biggest trade partner after China

  • Oct 17, 08:12 PM (IST)

    Whether North Korea will launch a nuclear missile attack on the US mainland is best left to its conscience. A potential offensive against the world's most powerful military, however, raises a question: Can the US protect itself from such an occurrence?

    Read to find out: Can the US intercept a North Korean missile flying towards it?

  • Oct 17, 07:40 PM (IST)

    North Korea's economy could collapse in a year: High-ranking defector

    North Korea is so weak its economy might not last long under tough United Nations sanctions, a high-ranking defector said Monday in his first public speaking engagement in the US, according to a report by CNBC.

    The former insider's view of dictator Kim Jong Un's oppressive regime comes just as North Korea's deputy UN ambassador stepped up the tough talk. "Nuclear war may break out any moment," Kim In Ryong said Monday.

  • Oct 17, 06:45 PM (IST)

    North Korea says 'will negotiate only after attaining capability to strike mainland US'

    North Korea will be interested in negotiating with the US only after its missiles are capable of reaching mainland US.

    As per a report by the CNN, an official from Pyongyang made it clear that the North Korean regime will be interested in using the diplomatic option only after achieving an offensive capability.

    Read the full story here.

  • Oct 17, 06:10 PM (IST)

    North Korea's missiles have a range of starting from 150 kilometres to upwards of 10,400 kilometres. Its hunger for power is evident and it does have nuclear weapons in its arsenal. But how dangerous is the threat?

    Click here to find out.

  • Oct 17, 05:15 PM (IST)

    Israel to help South Korea build military drones

    Israel's largest defence contractor is helping to build drones for South Korea's military, which is in a perpetual standoff with neighbouring North Korea, and also for the country's civilian market, the company said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

    State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said it partnered with Kankuk Carbon, a South Korean company specializing in composite material, to develop a new generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

  • Oct 17, 02:30 PM (IST)

    The world once laughed at North Korean cyberpower, but that is no longer the case. Find out why.

  • Oct 17, 01:34 PM (IST)

    US Navy Seals tasked with North Korea 'decapitation' strike could be part of exercises

    A unit of US special forces tasked with carrying out “decapitation” operations may be aboard a nuclear-powered submarine docked in the South Korean port of Busan, the nation’s newswire reported on Monday, citing a defence source.

    The USS Michigan, an 18,000-metric ton submarine, arrived in Busan on Friday, ahead of a ten day joint US-South Korean drill led by the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, reports The Telegraph.

    The US Navy maintains that the Michigan, known for carrying special-ops teams, is docked in a “routine port visit.” The US military also denies training for decapitation missions or regime change, and does not typically comment on Navy SEAL deployments.

  • Oct 17, 01:00 PM (IST)

    North Korea is so weak its economy might not last long under tough United Nations sanctions, a high-ranking defector said Monday in his first public speaking engagement in the US, reports CNBC.

    The former insider's view of dictator Kim Jong Un's oppressive regime comes just as North Korea's deputy UN ambassador stepped up the tough talk.

    But North Korea may just be bluffing.

    "I don't know if North Korea will survive a year [under] sanctions. Many people will die," said Ri Jong Ho, a former senior North Korean economic official. He was speaking through a translator at the Asia Society in New York.

    Read full story here.

  • Oct 17, 12:44 PM (IST)

    Easey Commercial Building is an unassuming mid-rise office tower on Hennessy Road, an artery that runs through Hong Kong's busy Wan Chai district. The structure sits among scenery that's classic Hong Kong: bright lights, tall buildings, people rushing about.

    But camouflaged in the normalcy is a business that seemingly exists in name only.

    Take the elevator to the Easey building's 21st floor, and in room 2103 is the registered office of Unaforte Limited Hong Kong. It's a company accused by the United Nations of violating sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea's official name) for helping the country make money internationally, funding everything from its nuclear weapons program to the lavish lifestyles of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and Pyongyang's most important players, reports CNN.

    read more, here.

  • Oct 17, 11:17 AM (IST)

    A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal.

    North Korea is not ruling out diplomacy, but "before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States," the official said.

  • Oct 17, 10:00 AM (IST)

    The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan told Reuters on Tuesday. “We eventually don’t rule out the possibility of direct talks,” Sullivan said after a briefing with his Japanese counterpart, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama.

  • Oct 17, 09:16 AM (IST)

    North Korea warned countries at the United Nations on Monday in a statement: don’t join the United States in military action against the Asian state and you will be safe from retaliation, reports Reuters. The caution was contained in a copy of North Korean Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In Ryong’s prepared remarks for a discussion on nuclear weapons by a UN General Assembly committee. However, Kim did not read that section out loud.

    “As long as one does not take part in the US military actions against the DPRK (North Korea), we have no intention to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any other country,” according to Kim’s prepared remarks. “The entire US mainland is within our firing range and if the US dares to invade our sacred territory even an inch it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe,” the statement read.

  • Oct 17, 09:10 AM (IST)

    North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador has warned that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment”, reports AP.

    Kim In-ryong told the UN general assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defence. He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year using “nuclear assets” and said what is more dangerous is what he called a US plan to stage a “secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership”.

  • Oct 16, 09:52 PM (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.

    Find out more: India is North Korea's second biggest trade partner after China.

  • Oct 16, 09:22 PM (IST)

    Sanctions adding pressure on North Korea 

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in compliance with a United Nations Security Council resolution.

    Last week, Malaysia, which until recently had been one of Pyongyang's closest friends, had halted all imports from North Korea, as part of global efforts to cut off funding over its nuclear and missile programmes.

  • Oct 16, 08:50 PM (IST)

    Whether North Korea will launch a nuclear missile attack on the US mainland is best left to its conscience. A potential offensive against the world's most powerful military, however, raises a question: Can the US protect itself from such an occurrence?

    Read to find out: Can the US intercept a North Korean missile flying towards it?

  • Oct 16, 08:31 PM (IST)

    The North Korea vs US rhetoric has picked pace in the past few weeks. It threatens to destabilise the global balance. Both countries have, in the recent weeks, exchanged verbal volleys prompting comments from Japan and China too. US President Donald Trump has called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" while Pyongyang has likened the US President to a "barking dog". 

    Catch up with all the updates in the Trump vs Kim Jong Un episode here.

  • Oct 16, 07:59 PM (IST)

    Russia reopens ferry route to North Korea

    Russia has resumed sea trips to isolated North Korea after a two-month break, the RIA news agency reported on Monday quoting the head of the company operating the route, according to a Reuters report.

    The vessel, North Korean-flagged Mangyonbong, left the Russian port of Vladivostok for North Korea's Rajin on Sunday, RIA said citing the company's director general Vladimir Baranov.

    The ferry line, the only one between the two countries, was opened in May to carry passengers, predominantly Chinese tourists, and cargoes.

    But it stopped operating in August because the port in Vladivostok refused to provide services to the vessel after the company failed to pay for them, RIA reported citing a port official.

  • Oct 16, 07:43 PM (IST)

    Putin signs decree imposing restrictions on North Korea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in order to comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution, according to Reuters.

    The resolution, about special economic measures, was a response to Pyongyang's missiles tests in late 2016.

  • Oct 16, 07:14 PM (IST)

    US military to practice evacuating Americans out of South Korea

    The US military on Monday said that it would practice evacuating non-combatant Americans out of South Korea in the event of war and other emergencies, as the two allies began a joint naval exercise amid heightened tensions with North Korea, according to a The New York Times report.

    The evacuation drill, known as Courageous Channel, is scheduled from next Monday through Friday and is aimed at preparing US “service members and their families to respond to a wide range of crisis management events such as non-combatant evacuation and natural or man-made disasters,” the US military said in a statement.

  • Oct 16, 06:48 PM (IST)

    Trump to tour Asia with focus on North Korea

    US President Donald Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii between November 3-14, the White House said on Monday, amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, according to Reuters.

    Trump will "call on the international community to join together in maximizing pressure on North Korea," the White House said in a statement, and will meet family members of Japanese citizens who have been abducted by North Korea.

  • Oct 16, 06:19 PM (IST)

    North Korea's missiles have a range of starting from 150 kilometres to upwards of 10,400 kilometres. Its hunger for power is evident and it does have nuclear weapons in its arsenal. But how dangerous is the threat?

    Click here to find out.

  • Oct 16, 05:48 PM (IST)

    North Korea allows racetrack gambling as a new source of hard currency amid sanctions

    Punters in North Korea who once risked three years hard labour for gambling are now able to bet on local horse races as the isolated country scrambles to unearth new sources of hard currency amid intensifying international sanctions, according to Reuters.

    North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has been building resorts, swimming pools and other luxurious leisure facilities in what experts say is a bid to capture some of the individual wealth generated by growing private markets for goods and services.

    A series of races took place at the Mirim Horse Riding Club, one of Kim's flagship leisure developments, near Pyongyang on Sunday, according to North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

  • Oct 16, 05:15 PM (IST)

    South Korea and the United States began week-long joint Navy drills

    South Korea and the United States began week-long joint Navy drills in the waters around the Korean peninsula on Monday, amid high tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programme, according to Reuters.

    About 40 Navy ships from both countries, including the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, are taking part in the exercises on the east and west coasts of the peninsula from October16 to October 20, a spokesman for the South's defence ministry said on Monday.

  • Oct 16, 04:49 PM (IST)

    Russia condemns North Korea's nuclear tests

    Moscow has condemned North Korea’s nuclear tests and has calls on North Korea and the international community to comply with all United Nations (UN) resolutions, Russian news agencies quoted the speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper house as saying on Monday, according to a report by Reuters.

  • Oct 16, 04:26 PM (IST)

    The joint naval exercises that began on Monday in the waters off the Korean Peninsula involve fighter jets, helicopters and 40 naval ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

    South Korean navy spokesperson Jang Wook told reporters the drills are aimed at practicing how to respond to a potential naval provocation by North Korea and improving the allies' combined operational capability. 

  • Oct 16, 03:57 PM (IST)

    Joe Lieberman, who was Democrat Al Gore's running mate in the 2000 US Presidential elections, suspects collusion between North Korea and Iran.

    "The extent to which Iran and North Korea are working together is the only question. It is not whether they are working together, it is how much they are working together," he said in an interview to Fox News. "We know that North Korean designs for intercontinental ballistic missiles have been reflected in the intercontinental ballistic missiles Iran has put up."

  • Oct 16, 03:32 PM (IST)

    Those joint naval drills between the US and South Korea have not drawn any immediate reaction from North Korea. However, the North’s foreign ministry accused the United States of provoking the country by mobilising the aircraft carrier and other war assets near the peninsula.

    “Such military acts compel (North Korea) to take military counteraction,” said Kim Kwang Hak, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies at the ministry, told Associated Press. “We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense, including a salvo of missiles into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.”

  • Oct 16, 03:05 PM (IST)

    Moscow condemns North Korea’s nuclear tests and calls on North Korea and the international community to comply with all UN resolutions, Russian news agencies quoted the speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper house as saying on Monday.

    Valentina Matvienko’s comments came at a meeting with a South Korean parliamentary delegation in St Petersburg. Russia has been trying, so far unsuccessfully, to persuade the delegations of North and South Korea to hold direct talks.

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