Contents tagged with North Korea

  • Ukrainian journalist: North Korean hydrogen bomb could not have been developed without Russia’s help

    North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb, most likely with Russia’s assistance, as stated by Ukrainian journalist Alexander Demchenko on Ukrainian Channel 5.

    "I am more than sure that the hydrogen bomb, allegedly developed by North Koreans, was not made without the Russian Federation’s and the Kremlin’s participation, because China and the Russian Federation have these technologies. And surely, Americans do as well, but they will not share such technology. China would not do that either …

  • Putin: The North Korean situation is on the brink of war

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is teetering on the brink of a large-scale conflict. He wrote this in an article on the eve of the BRICS summit, which will be held in Xiamen on September 4-5. The article was published on the Kremlin’s website.

    “I cannot ignore the situation on the Korean Peninsula, which has recently escalated and is teetering on the edge of a large-scale conflict,” said the Russian president.

    Putin stressed that, in Russia's …

  • Former Russian KGB agents have been hired to protect North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

    North Korea has hired former KGB staff as advisors to ensure the security of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported with reference to an unnamed source.

    According to the newspaper, around 10 former KGB employees will be consultants for Kim Jong Un’s bodyguards. It is likely that these are agents from the seventh division of the Second Chief Directorate, which was involved in counter-intelligence.

    Asahi Shimbun reports that the former Russian KGB agents were …

  • North Korea opens a tourist agency in Russia

    An official North Korean travel agency, NKorean, has begun operating in Russia, as reported by the president of the Russian Travel Agencies Union, Sergey Golov.

    According to Golov, the agency offers tourists the ability to visit North Korea and get acquainted with the cultural and spiritual wealth of the country. Tourist programs include visits to attractions and the opportunity to learn about the ideas of Juche socialism and a complete immersion in the culture of the country. The agency's …

  • US introduces sanctions against four Russians over North Korean ties

    The US has added four Russians and one Russian company to the North Korea sanction list, the Ministry of Finance website announced on Tuesday, August 22.

    Russian citizens Irina Huish, Ruben Kirakosyan, Mikhail Pisklin and Andrey Serbin were placed under sanctions. The list also includes Russian company Gefest-M, which the US treasury claims is connected to the Korean Tangun Trading Corporation. As mentioned on the US treasury website, Ruben Kirakosyan is connected to Gefest-M.

    In addition, …

  • Poroshenko invites authors of controversial New York Times article to Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gave instructions to invite the authors of the New York Times article on possible shipments of Ukrainian rocket engines to North Korea.

    “I am grateful to the editorial staff of the New York Times for drawing the world’s attention to the potential of Ukraine’s missile and space complex. It is elegant, but not the best way. We do not pass on rocket technologies, and we support the international non-proliferation regime responsibly. I have given instructions …

  • Kyiv: Russia could have removed Ukrainian engines from Cyclone rockets and sent them to North Korea

    There are between 7 and 20 Cyclone-2 and Cyclone-3 rockets with Ukrainian RD-250 engines in Russia, and it is likely that these are the engines that Ukraine is accused of supplying to North Korea, stated  the Chairman of the State Space Agency, Yuri Radchenko.

    “According to operational information, Russia currently has between 7 and 20 Cyclone-2 and Cyclone-3 missiles, which have these engines (RD-250). There is documentation,” he said.

    According to him, these engines were previously …

  • Ukraine denies accusations of providing space technology to North Korea

    The State Space Agency of Ukraine said that the accusations of Ukraine giving space technology to North Korea are “absolutely baseless”.

    “As of today, not a single space project is being realized with states which are not members of the Missile Technology Control Regime, which makes provisions for the transfer of category I goods. Given the above, any accusations of transferring goods or technology to North Korea which would enable the development of the ballistic program are absolutely …

  • Turchynov: Russian and North Korean regimes are becoming more alike

    In his comment on the introduction of the new US anti-Russian sanctions, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov said that he believes the regimes of Russia and North Korea are becoming more similar to each other, and that the world is beginning to understand this, as reported on the website of the National Security and Defense Council reports.

    "It is symbolic that in the Bill imposing sanctions, which was passed by the Congress, supported by the …

  • The US reported on the existence of the North Korean labor camps in Russia

    Russian authorities are not making sufficient efforts to combat human trafficking, and according to the State Department's annual “Trafficking in Persons Report” published on June 27th, there are thousands of DPRK citizens who work in labor camps in Russia under conditions of slavery.

    “The Russian government has extended bilateral agreements with the DPRK, according to which North Korean labor camps operate in Russia, where thousands of North Korean workers are subjected to forced labor,” the …