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Pyongyang must be ready for ‘both dialogue & confrontation’ with US, N. Korea’s Kim says

Pyongyang must be ready for ‘both dialogue & confrontation’ with US, N. Korea’s Kim says

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
North Korea needs to be ready for both dialogue and confrontation with Washington, the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said in his first direct statement on policy towards the “newly emerged” US administration. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un provided a “detailed analysis” of Joe Biden’s administration during a plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee, state-run KCNA reported on Friday. Kim “clarified appropriate strategic and tactical counteraction and the direction of activities to be maintained in the relations with the US in the days ahead” to senior party officials, sharing his views on the “newly emerged” US administration. The General Secretary stressed the need to get prepared for both dialogue and confrontation, especia...
Kim Jong Un warn of food shortages in North Korea amid longer Covid restrictions

Kim Jong Un warn of food shortages in North Korea amid longer Covid restrictions

CRISIS, FOOD, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, PRESIDENT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned of possible food shortages and called for his people to brace for extended Covid-19 restrictions as he opened a major political conference to discuss efforts to salvage a broken economy. The North's official Korean Central News Agency also said on Wednesday that Mr Kim called for discussions on how the North should deal with the "current international situation", though it did not mention any specific comments from Mr Kim about the US or South Korea. North Korea has so far ignored the allies' calls to resume nuclear negotiations that have stalled for two years following the collapse of Mr Kim's ambitious summitry with former President Donald Trump. Those talks derailed over disagreements in exchanging relief from crippling US-led sanctions ...
North Korean leader calls for meeting to review battered economy

North Korean leader calls for meeting to review battered economy

Asia, ECONOMY, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has presided over a meeting of the ruling party in his first public appearance in about a month, calling for a larger political conference to discuss salvaging the country’s decaying economy. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Mr Kim expressed appreciation that a lot of works were being speeded up thanks to the “ideological enthusiasm and fighting spirit of self-reliance” demonstrated by the party and his people. But he also said there was a need to correct “deflective matters” and called for a plenary meeting of the Workers’ Party’s Central Committee to review overall state affairs for the first half of 2021. The party announced that the plenary meeting was set for early June. Mr Kim’s appearance at Friday’s Politbu...
North Korea Slams Israel for Turning Gaza Into ‘Huge Human Slaughterhouse,’ ‘Massacring Children’

North Korea Slams Israel for Turning Gaza Into ‘Huge Human Slaughterhouse,’ ‘Massacring Children’

Asia, CRISIS, DIPLOMACY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, NORTH KOREA
North Korea has condemned Israel for turning the Gaza Strip "into a huge human slaughterhouse and place of massacring children" after the latest violent conflict between Jerusalem and Hamas. In a statement on Friday, the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said "Israel's horrific crime of killing the bud-like children, yet to be bloomed, is a severe challenge to the future of humankind and a crime against humanity." "It is no exaggeration to say that the whole Gaza Strip has turned into a huge human slaughterhouse and a place of massacring children," the ministry continued. "Soon after the end of the bombardment, [Israel Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and the Israeli authorities are trying to conceal their crime of killing even the children." It added that internatio...
North Korea: Kim Jong-un waging war on slang, jeans, foreign films

North Korea: Kim Jong-un waging war on slang, jeans, foreign films

Asia, BREAKING NEWS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, PRESIDENT, UN Human RiGHTS, WORLD
Kim Jong-Un admitted recently that North Korea was going through its "worst situation" thanks in part to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: AFP / KCNA via KNS North Korea has recently introduced a sweeping new law which seeks to stamp out any kind of foreign influence - harshly punishing anyone caught with foreign films, clothing or even using slang. But why? Yoon Mi-so said that she was 11 when she first saw a man executed for being caught with a South Korean drama. His entire neighbourhood was ordered to watch the execution. "If you didn't, it would be classed as treason," she told the BBC from her home in Seoul. The North Korean guards were making sure everyone knew the penalty for smuggling illicit videos was death. "I have a strong memory of the man who was blindfolded, ...
N.Korea slams end to U.S. guidelines limiting S.Korea missile range

N.Korea slams end to U.S. guidelines limiting S.Korea missile range

Asia, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, Security, WORLD
North Korea's state media on Monday criticised the recent termination of a pact between the United States and South Korea that capped the development of South Korea's ballistic missiles, calling it a sign of Washington's "shameful double-dealing." South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced the abolishment of the joint missile guidelines that had limited the country's development of ballistic missiles to a range of 800 km (500 miles) after his first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden earlier this month. North Korea's official KCNA news agency carried an article by Kim Myong Chol, who it described as an "international affairs critic," to accuse the United States of applying a double standard as it sought to ban Pyongyang from developing ballistic missiles. The United St...