Contents tagged with North Korea

  • 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 …

  • North Korean vessel seizes Russian yacht in Sea of Japan

    A presumably North Korean vessel has seized a Russian yacht in the Sea of ​​Japan. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vladivostok is verifying information regarding this, Russia’s Interfax news agency reports.

    "We cannot yet confirm or deny this information. We are checking this information, and have sent inquiries to the Russian consulate in the DPRK," said Vladimir Konovalov, the First Secretary of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Delegation in Vladivostok.

    He specified that the …

  • North Korea threatens the US with 'a nuclear strike' if provoked

    North Korean newspaper Rodong has made a statement that tests of the "Hwasong-12" ballistic missile "demonstrated the ability of the DPRK to strike the continental United States at any time."

    "If Washington dares to commit a provocation against Pyongyang, the DPRK will strike a just nuclear strike that will turn the US into ashes," the article published by the newspaper states.

    The newspaper considers it "a bluff and a ridiculous cowardly action by the US to attempt to intimidate the DPRK by …

  • A ferry service for cargo and passengers was launched between Russia and North Korea

    The Russian company InvestStroyTrest opened a cargo and passenger ferry service between the ports of Rajin (North Korea) and Vladivostok, previously passenger vessels from the DPRK did not go to Russia, as reported by Interfax.

    The ManGyongBong ferry previously carried passengers and cargo to the Japanese port of Niigata until 2006, however, after the DPRK missile tests, they were banned from entering Japan.

    The vessel is able to carry 193 passengers, and up to 1,000 tons of cargo, including 2 …

  • Russia denies the Pentagon’s report that the North Korean missile fell close to its borders

    The missile launched by North Korea on Sunday night landed 500 kilometers from the territory of Russia, as state by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    "The ballistic target was followed by a missile warning system for 23 minutes of its flight before the fall into the central part of the Sea of Japan (about 500 km from the territory of Russia)," the statement of the Russian Ministry of Defense reads.

    The Ministry states that the trajectory of the North Korean missile was not in the direction of …

  • Russia puts its air defense systems into a state of high readiness following North Korea’s missile launch

    The air-defense systems in the Far East region of Russia have been placed into a state of  high readiness  following North Korea’s missile launch. While Russia understands that it is not the target of the launch, it must protect itself from possible incidents, stated the Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federation Council, Victor Ozerov, RIA Novosti news agency reports.

    On Sunday, North Korea fired a missile from its launch site near its border with China, in the …

  • Kremlin called US decision to monitor Russia’s ports ‘a step towards war’

    Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of the Russian Parliament) Konstantin Kosachev said  that the US bill which requires the monitoring of Russian ports to enforce the sanctions on North Korea can be equated to “a declaration of war”, RIA Novosti reports.

    "This Bill, I hope, will never be implemented, because it assumes a forceful inspection of all ships by American navy”, he stated.

    Kosachev stressed that “such a scenario is unthinkable …

  • U.S. may begin to monitor Russia’s eastern ports over North Korean sanctions

    The administration of the White House plans to undertake special monitoring of several Russian ports in Primorsky Krai in light of the implementation of sanctions against North Korea. Such a provision is included in a bill adopted Thursday by the U.S. Congressional House of Representatives.

    If the law is passed, the U.S. president will be obliged to provide congressmen with a full report annually, for a period of five years, on the ports and airports involved in the violation of sanctions …

  • North Korea accuses the US and South Korea of an assassination attempt on its leader

    Pyongyang accused the United States and South Korea of planning an assassination of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Yonhap news agency reports.

    According to the report of the North Korean Ministry of State Security, the US and South Korea entered the country in order to kill Kim Jong-un using biochemical substance.

    North Korea, in its turn, threatened to attack the US and South Korean Secret Services.

    "We will ferret out and mercilessly destroy to the last one the terrorists of the U.S. …