The suspected “first” coronavirus victim in North Korea is reportedly a man who is said to have illegally entered the country from neighboring South Korea. As a result of the incident, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un held an emergency meeting with top government officials.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has downplayed the possibility of a new summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un before the forthcoming U.S. presidential election. Trump and Kim first met on June 12, 2018, in Singapore.
US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who is on an official visit to Seoul and Tokyo, said today that Washington is not keen on meeting with North Korean officials, at a time when there is a negotiation stalemate between the two countries. Biegun is on an official visit to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has called off his announced military action against South Korea. The nation’s state media has announced that the leader has halted the plans to better assess the situation. South Korea says that its neighbor has also removed its propaganda speakers at the border.
North Korea has declared that it has exhausted all avenues to overcome nuclear threats from the United States. Kim Jong Un is reportedly getting frustrated by the lack of progress involving talks with the United States, which could help reopen his country’s economy.
In recent months, relations between North and South Korea have deteriorated sharply. On June 16, Pyongyang blew up the building of the joint communications headquarters for engagement with South Korea, which was located in the vicinity of the border city of Kaesong.
North Korea has threatened to destroy the United States in the event of renewed war on the Korean Peninsula. This statement came via North Korean Embassy in Moscow. “A new round of the Korean War will add a particularly sensational event to the history of mankind, which will put an end to another empire, whose name is the United States,” said representatives of Pyongyang.
Over 800 people are quarantined in North Korean stopgap quarantine-centers. This is according to a recent report released by the Daily North Korea, a South Korean newspaper that covers agendas related to its northern neighbor. According to the publication, the North Korean government is using motels, resorts and education institutions to board coronavirus patients.
North Korea has announced it will cut off all inter-Korean communication lines with the South, including hotlines between leaders of the two countries. Pyongyang said it was the first in a series of actions, describing South Korea as an “enemy.” On Tuesday, the first regular call from South Korea to the North Korean liaison office was unanswered.
A tweet has been made by the Editor-In-Chief of The Global Times calling for China to increase its number of nuclear warheads. This is not the first tweet of this nature within the same week. The suggested increase is to 1,000 nuclear warheads. Calls for an expansion of the nuclear arsenal were also published in the article in the The Global Times.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un only travels by trains. The North Korean National airline Air-Koryo has never flown Kim. It is unknown, if the North Korean leader has ever taken a flight. His father, Kim Jong-II never traveled by plane either and always used a train. The late Kim Jong-II was rumored to have a fleet of six personal trains, which included 90 armored luxury cars.
North and South Korea exchanged fire along the border on Sunday morning, bringing about tension between the two countries. The last time the two sides exchanged fire on the border was in 2014, with North Korean soldiers also shooting at a defector in 2017. However, the South did not fire back.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has been seen again in public, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), after 20 days of absence. This puts a stop to rumors about the state of his health, and possible death. As per photos released by the state-run KCNA, Kim was seen opening a fertilizer plant in Sunchon, north of the capital Pyongyang.
North Korea’s state news agency, KCNA, reported that Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un attended the opening of a fertilizer factory on May 1. It was the first time in 20 days, since April 12, that Kim’s movements were reported, and some foreign media reported that his health had deteriorated.
South Korean officials have poured cold water on swirling rumors suggesting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is dead. Speaking to CNN, Moon Chung-in, a top adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that the North Korean leader is in good health, and that there’s nothing out of the ordinary.
Following yet another weekend of rumors about the possible death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, South Korea, as well as China, asserted on Monday that Kim was very much alive. Moon Chung-in, a special adviser on national security to the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, put it plainly: “Our government position is firm, Kim Jong-Un is alive and well.”
The world has lately been treated to days of rumors and innuendos about the whereabouts and possible death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. However, in what appears to be a hint that the Supreme Leader could actually be alive and kicking, the Chinese channel CCTV reports activity from Kim Jong-un.
US President Donald Trump is wishing North Korea’s Kim Jong-un well. Trump said so on Tuesday during his daily coronavirus press conferences. But Trump also emphasizes that he has neither received nor rebuffed stories that the North Korean leader is in serious condition after an operation.
South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s ruling Democratic Party of Korea, and its allies, have won 180 of the 300 parliamentary seats contested on Wednesday. The opposition United Future Party won 103 seats. The National Election Commission released the interim results on Thursday.
U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed reaching out to North Korea and Iran to provide humanitarian support in these dire times. Iran has confirmed receiving the offer, which it deems to be in bad faith. Its Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has castigated the Trump administration for it. North Korea has, on the other hand, welcomed the offer.
North Korea made a confirmation on Friday that it had successfully tested a super-large multiple launch rocket system on Thursday and that the nation’s leader Kim Jong-un was present during the test. On Thursday, the North Korean regime fired two short-range projectiles with the new system from near the coastal town of Yeonpo, in the province of South Hamgyong, on the east coast of the country.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has cast doubts on the possibilities of holding a future summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The state-controlled news agency, KCNA, reported the information on Thursday night. At the same time, Kim is hoping for President Trump to change on several issues.As late as September 9, Kim announced that he was ready to meet with Donald Trump to discuss nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.
Just a few hours after announcing Pyongyang’s willingness to resume dialogue with the United States, the North Korean government made a new missile launch on Tuesday. According to sources from the General Staff of the South Korean Armed Forces, two shots were fired towards the direction of the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.
North Korea on Friday fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the sea, South Korea joint chiefs revealed. Today’s projectiles are the sixth, in less than a month. According to South Korea, the projectiles were fired from near Tongchon, a town in southwestern Kangwon Province, and fell into the sea of Japan.
North Korea has rejected any peace talks with South Korea. They seems to be angered by the leader of the South. The North Korean Alliance Committee has issued a statement that appears to be a rebuke to South Korean President Moon Jae-In. In a statement, North Korea said it had nothing to say.
Kim Jong-un doubled down and conducted his second missile launch in less than a week. The first missile was detected at 5.06, followed by another at 5.27. The two were shot from a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle at a point near Wonsan port, on the east coast of the peninsula, the same area where last week’s missiles were fired. The projectiles were similar to those of the last week, according to a General Staff statement, which added that “the successive launches by North Korea do not lead to reduce tensions and we urge you to stop them.”
The North Korean government said Friday the missiles launched yesterday are new tactical weapons designed to send a “solemn warning” to South Korea to stop importing armaments and conducting joint military exercises with the United States. The launch of two short-range missiles on Thursday was the first since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump met last month in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.
The missiles that North Korea fired on Thursday are “a new type of guided tactical weapon,” the official KCNA news agency said on Friday. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un “took it upon himself to organize and led” the trial of the “ultramodern weapon system,” which is “a solemn warning to the South Korean warlock military,” said KCNA. The announcement of the official news agency refers to the Thursday’s launch by North Korea of two short-range missiles that fell in the Sea of Japan.
Kim Jong-un inspected a new submarine in what looks like a new gesture to pressure the US within the framework of denuclearization talks. While negotiations remain stagnant, North Korea does not stop its military development. North Korean propaganda media yesterday claimed that Kim reviewed the submarine, with a deployment near the waters of the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas).
Monday was another bad day for Chinese tech giant Huawei. The Washington Post dropped a major bombshell on the company regarding alleged (highly-illegal) dealings in North Korea, and Czech Radio added another involving activities in their own country. The news adds fresh and serious doubts about the company’s potential western footprint, and bolster’s Washington’s case that the giant is a threat to American national security and users’ privacy. President Trump met tech CEOs in the White House Monday, partially to discuss what to do about it.
Today following the world news can be seen in a world at unrest. In these countries especially is apparent World Unrest:
Khazakhstan – The world’s largest land locked country and the ninth largest in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers. It is a democratic secular republic with a diverse heritage. After the elections resulting in the overwhelming victory of interim president Toqaev began wave of protests against the lack of fairness in the elections.
President Donald Trump (R) lifted his tariffs against Mexico and Canada, but is he scaling up on China. So what about cars, steel, aluminium, washing machines, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and Huawei?
Cars: Trump asked for and received a government study on car imports. He was particularly angered last November when General Motors announced that it was closing car assembly plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Trump has threatened to impose a 25% tariff on imported cars in retaliation for GM’s moves.
It’s never good when North Korea is in the news. On Thursday, the Hermit Kingdom launched two short-range ballistic missiles in to the Sea of Japan. The pair were similar to one the DPRK test-fired on Friday. Later that day, American authorities seized a coal ship used by North Korea for sanction-busting.
The missile tests were the first by North Korea in more than 500 days. Yet, the self-imposed moratorium on long-range testing remains. The state media, whose prophesies of mass annihilation and lakes of fire normally rival that of any shortwave radio preacher, assured the world that nothing was amiss.
- U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un concluded their two-day nuclear summit in Hanoi, Vietnam with no deal. “Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said at a news conference, following the summit.
- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell criticized Trump for moving away from the post-Cold War Order and insulting our allies. He told America that it needs to take a hard look at itself: “We’re walking away from agreements, we’re walking away from the alliances that we used to have.”
- But that international order is under increasing criticism even from Trump critics, who say its dark underbelly has been on painfully display in the case of Syria. They point out that atrocities routinely go unpunished by the primary stewards of international order.
- Meanwhile, Trump has made progress with North Korean denuclearization. Kim Jung-un recently agreed to allow outside inspectors to confirm the destruction of it’s nuclear testing site. A second meeting between the two leaders and a Peace Treaty ending the 66-year old Korean War may be the next steps.
- Proponents of the “Trump Doctrine” praise the President for disrupting a 70 year arrangement they describe as: our “allies” ceding geostrategic control of their own countries and being rewarded with trade deals that come at the expense of domestic American economic interests.
- Critics of Trump’s foreign policy, both internal and international, are rallying. Senior officials from western democracies are meeting regularly across multiple organizations to “save the liberal world order,” advocate for collective actions, and fill gaps left by any American retreat from its global role.