Contents tagged with North Korea

  • Japan to equip its warplanes with long-range cruise missiles

    The Government of Japan is considering mounting air-to-ground cruise missiles on national Air Self-Defense Forces’ fighters to protect against the North Korean threat, as reported by the newspaper, Asahi.

    It is noted that the associated research costs will be included in the fiscal 2018 budget plan (which starts on April 1, 2018).  According to the newspaper’s source, the government is especially interested in the acquisition of Lockheed Martin Corp's JASSM air-to-ground missile which has a …

  • Kremlin: Russia preparing for military outcome of the situation with North Korea

    Russia is preparing for whatever military development with North Korea may soon arise, said the Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, RIA Novosti reports.

    In response to the question of whether Russia is preparing measures in case of a "military solution against the DPRK," Patrushev replied, "We are assessing it, preparing for it. It will not be a surprise to us."

    Answering a question about whether there is a threat to Russia in the situation with North Korea, the …

  • Media: North Korea gave a letter to Russia expressing its readiness to attack the US

    RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing a source familiar with the situation, that in October, after arriving at the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK passed a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin through the Russian Chairwoman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko. In the latter the North Korean authorities expressed Pyongyang's readiness to carry out a nuclear strike against the United States.

    "This …

  • Russian Ambassador to the US: At the next meeting Trump and Putin will discuss Syria and North Korea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump will meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit where they could discuss the fight against terrorism and conflicts in Syria and North Korea, as stated by Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, RIA Novosti reports.

    According to Antonov, "You don't have to be a politician or a diplomat to understand that the main problem is the fight against international terrorism." Antonov believes that …

  • German Foreign Minister: the controversy between the US and Russia is the greatest threat to the world

    Normalization of relations between Russia and the United States is necessary to improve the world situation, stated the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, in an interview published in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag on Sunday.

    "The completely undermined relationship between the US and Russia is the greatest threat to world peace. If North Korea is able to get nuclear weapons, then other countries will follow it. Only the US and Russia can jointly prevent …

  • Media: Trump repeatedly criticized Japan for not shooting down North Korean missiles

    During phone calls with leaders of countries in South-East Asia between August and October, US President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Japan for not shooting down the North Korean ballistic missiles flying over its territory, reported Kyodo news agency with reference to diplomatic sources.

    According to Kyodo’s investigation, the American leader expressed extreme dissatisfaction regarding the absence of any action by Tokyo. “They should have shot them down. Why didn’t they shoot down the …

  • China increased exports to North Korea by 21 percent over the current year

    China's exports to North Korea in the first three quarters of 2017 increased by 20.9% in annual terms, according to customs data.

    Exports from China to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea amounted to $2.55 billion in the period of January to September. However, imports from North Korea in the first nine months fell 16.7% and total trade grew by only 3.7%, reports Vesti Finance.In September, the United Nations Security Council voted to strengthen sanctions against North Korea. Fuel …

  • Russia says North Korea recognized annexation of Crimea

    North Korea considers the Crimea’s accession to Russia legitimate, as stated by the Russian embassy in Pyongyang.

    According to Russian diplomats, a new political atlas of the world has been published in the DPRK, in which the Crimea is painted in the same colors as Russia. The Embassy published photos to confirm it.

    Employees of the Russian embassy stated that they asked the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs to comment on the map. The response they received was that "the Republic respects the …

  • Putin says he knew about the existence of nuclear bomb in North Korea for a long time

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Kim Jong-Il had already told him about the North Korean nuclear bomb in early 2000, and that the situation had not changed in the ten-year existence of the country under Western sanctions, TASS news agency reported.

    "In 2001, when I was on my way to pay a visit to Japan, I made a stop in North Korea, where I had a meeting with the father of the country’s current leader. It was back then when he told me that they had a nuclear bomb. Moreover, (the …

  • Media: Most North Korean workers are returning home from China

    North Koreans who were working in China are returning en masse to their homeland due stricter rules for obtaining and extending visas after the UN Security Council imposed sanctions.

    "In the first half of 2017, about 20,000 North Koreans worked in the Chinese city of Dandong along the border with the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea). However, their number has significantly decreased now that China has strengthened sanctions,” Yonhap reports.

    On September 12th, Chinese authorities …