North Korea-China February trade roundup

North Korea-China February trade roundup

China’s crude oil cut off to North Korea continued into 2015, as deliveries of other oil products also tumbled in February, Chinese trade figures for last month show. While North Korean imports o…

March 30th, 2015
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China blocks North Korean international bank membership

China blocks North Korean international bank membership

China is not allowing North Korea to become a member of the newly established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), sources told the financial news site Emerging Markets. The new bank, propo…

March 30th, 2015
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Seoul: No negotiations with North Korea for detainees' release

Seoul: No negotiations with North Korea for detainees' release

SEOUL — South Korea is not considering sending envoys or making an offer to North Korea in exchange for the release of Christian missionaries detained by the North on espionage allegations, Seoul's …

March 30th, 2015
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Japan police raid pro-North Korea group residences

Japan police raid pro-North Korea group residences

Japanese police raided the residences of six Chongryon’ members Thursday, including the home of its chairman Ho Jong Man. Japanese police said the trading company Toho, based in Tokyo and owned b…

March 28th, 2015
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Ninety-five percent ROK intelligence capability from U.S. - former defense official

Ninety-five percent ROK intelligence capability from U.S. - former defense official

South Korea relies on the U.S. for 95 percent of its intelligence capabilities, a former ROK defense ministry official said in a conference on Thursday. "We (South Korea) have to particularly incre…

March 27th, 2015
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North Korea arrests two South Korean nationals on espionage charges

North Korea arrests two South Korean nationals on espionage charges

North Korea claims it has arrested two South Korean spies in Dandong, a border city between China and the DPRK on March 26. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) identified the two men as Kim Kook-…

March 27th, 2015
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North Korean cheerleaders may still attend sporting event

North Korean cheerleaders may still attend sporting event

Former South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik  said on March 25 he is hopeful that the North Korean cheerleading squad will attend the Gwangju Summer Universiade, and hopes for a torch relay spann…

March 26th, 2015
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S. Korean officials given the cold shoulder at Kaesong

S. Korean officials given the cold shoulder at Kaesong

SEOUL — North Korea blocked observers including members of the Presidential committee, which Pyongyang condemned for seeking unification by regime change, from observing its healthcare facilities K…

March 26th, 2015
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Experts skeptical of North Korea's rare earth mineral claims

Experts skeptical of North Korea's rare earth mineral claims

Recently launched tourism website DPRK Today has reiterated claims that North Korea has huge quantities of rare earth minerals (REEs), however South Korean experts are highly skeptical of the news. …

March 26th, 2015
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Activists to send 'Interview' copies to North Korea if no apology

Activists to send 'Interview' copies to North Korea if no apology

SEOUL — The head of a defector activist group said Wednesday that his organization will go forward with its plan to send leaflets and copies of The Interview to North Korea if it doesn't apologize f…

March 25th, 2015
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Mongolia keen to ship coal through North Korean port

Mongolia keen to ship coal through North Korean port

Mongolia will suggest a customs tariff-free plan to transport coal for export through the North Korean port of Rajin at a meeting of the Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD) next month…

March 25th, 2015
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North Korea advertises May Day Stadium, calls for sporting achievements

North Korea advertises May Day Stadium, calls for sporting achievements

North Korean state media outlet Naenara published an advertorial on Tuesday promoting the 150,000-seat May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, whose refurbishments were completed in late 2014. The article li…

March 25th, 2015
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North Korean oil tankers change delivery routes

North Korean oil tankers change delivery routes

Several members of North Korea’s oil tanker fleet changed their offloading destination in February, plying the shortest possible route from Russian terminals to the North Korean port of Sonbong, jus…

March 24th, 2015
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Natural resources development can help Korean unification: geologist

Natural resources development can help Korean unification: geologist

The natural resource industry can play an essential role in establishing energy stability following Korean unification and should be promoted, South Korean geologists gathered at a symposium in Seoul …

March 24th, 2015
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North Korea reports progress in modernizing domestic railway

North Korea reports progress in modernizing domestic railway

North Korea said on Monday that it is making progress on ongoing projects to modernize the country’s railway infrastructure. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), paraphrasing an official from t…

March 24th, 2015
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