Contents tagged with North Korea

  • US considers cutting Russia off from dollar system

    The US has decided to help the Russian government attain “victory over the dollar”, a goal proclaimed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May, finanz.ru writes.

    The bill to expand the sanctions (“Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018”), put forward by a group of senators from both parties of US Congress, in addition to prohibiting investments in Russian government debt and demanding the return of Crimea to Ukraine, proposes to recognize Russia as a state sponsoring …

  • US Treasury Department imposes sanctions against Russian bank

    On Friday, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on a Russian bank, saying that the bank helped North Korea to circumvent the United Nations bans on the nuclear and missile programs of Pyongyang.

    According to the US Department of Treasury, “Moscow’s Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank facilitated a significant transaction on behalf of an individual designated for weapons of mass destruction-related activities in connection with North Korea”.

    The US Treasury’s press release states that the …

  • Kim Jong-un's private jet spotted in Russia

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's private plane was spotted at Vladivostok airport on Monday, July 9, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports.The plane was at the airport for about three hours. It remains unknown whether Kim Jong-un was on board the aircraft or not.

    Yonhap assumes that the plane could have brought to Vladivostok the officials engaged in preparations for the North Korean leader's possible visit to Russia as part of the Eastern Economic Forum.

    In late May, Foreign Minister of …

  • Russia's Gazprom to build pipeline through North Korea

    Another Russian pipeline to Asia, announced by billionaire and major Gazprom contractor Gennady Timchenko in May, will pass through North Korea.

    Gazprom, which is already engaged in the construction of gas pipelines to Turkey, the EU and China with a total cost of $25 billion, is negotiating a new construction project with South Korea, Gazprom deputy chairman Vitaly Markelov announced on Friday.

    The project in question was mentioned in a memorandum with the South Korean company Cogas in 2008, …

  • Putin receives message from Kim Jong-un

    Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong-nam sent a message from head of state Kim Jong-un to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin replied by inviting the leader of North Korea to Russia,reported TASS.

    "I have the honor to convey to you sincere greetings from Kim Jong-un," said the Korean politician.

    At the meeting, Putin mentioned the summit between the leader of North Korea and U.S. President Donald Trump, saying that this meeting staved off the …

  • During his visit to North Korea Russian Foreign Minister gives Kim Jong Un a box to ‘lock secret things inside’

    After the talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov presented the North Korean leader with a box with a Palekh lacquer miniature. Video of the meeting was published by the Russian Foreign Ministerry on the YouTube .

    "I hope you will like it," Lavrov said at the while giving the gift. Then the Russian Foreign Minister opened the box, took out the key and added that it is possible to "lock secret things [inside]". 

    Kim Jong Un thanked Lavrov with a handshake. …

  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to visit North Korea

    Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov will visit North Korea on May 31, the Press Department of the Foreign Ministry stated, RBC news agency reports.

    Earlier, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova told TASS that “the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is being worked out.” She added that specific dates would be announced through official channels.

    Lavrov was reappointed as …

  • Media: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un plans to visit Russia

    After his first official visit to China, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is likely to travel to Russia, as reported by the South Korean and Japanese media. Moscow, however, has called such considerations baseless rumors.

    From March 25 to March 28, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife visited China, where they met with the Chairman of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in Beijing. Following the talks, both sides announced their intention to develop bilateral relations and …

  • Russian oppositionist: Putin’s statements increasingly resemble the speeches of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stories about the latest types of Russian strategic weaponry are similar to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s attempts to safeguard his power by launching ballistic missiles. Such was the opinion expressed by Russian oppositionist and former State Duma MP Gennady Gudkov in an interview with InfoResist.

    According to the former MP, Russia cannot threaten the world with nuclear weaponry now.

    “More and more, this resembles the attempts of the North Korean …

  • Kremlin: Russia will not recognize US sanctions against North Korea

    Interfax reports that Igor Morgulov, Deputy Minister for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Russia will not recognize unilateral US sanctions against North Korea, nor will it expel North Korean citizens that fall under the US sanctions from Russian territory.

     “We will only comply with sanctions passed by the Security Council of the United Nations. We will not recognize unilateral US sanctions, and we do not have any international obligations to comply with them,” he said.

    On …