September 24, 2023

Tiger king? North Korea says it can help Russia protect endangered cats

DPRK diplomat tauts Pyongyang’s conservation efforts, though Siberian tigers believed to have vanished from peninsula

North Korea is willing to work with Russia to protect the few remaining Siberian tigers in Northeast Asia, Pyongyang’s ambassador to Moscow said Monday, while blaming Japanese colonial rule and the Korean War for wiping out the animals on the Korean Peninsula.

Sin Hong-chol made the remarks during Tiger Forum 2022, part of the ongoing East Economic Forum that he is attending in Vladivostok, and as Pyongyang and Moscow have sought to increase cooperation since the start of the war in Ukraine.