Contents tagged with North Korea

  • Russian ambassador: North Korean workers could help to rebuild Donbas

    Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia that north Korean workers could be involved in the restoration of Ukrainian cities destroyed by the Russian army. Matsegora blamed Ukraine for the destruction.

    "There are prospects for cooperation between the DPRK and the Donbas republics, and they are quite extensive. Highly qualified, hardworking and ready to work in the most difficult conditions, Korean construction workers will be …

  • Russian shipping company hit by U.S. sanctions on verge of bankruptcy

    On November 10, the cargo vessel Diana belonging to the to Vladivostok-based Gudzon Shipping was not allowed to enter the port of Vladivostok. The crew reportedly left the vessel because of unpaid salaries, TASS reports.

    “Because of the North Korea related sanctions imposed by the U.S., the company lost almost all of its contracts and cannot ensure operation of its vessels anymore. The company is also unable to sell its assets because of restrictions imposed by its bank which holds the company’ …

  • EU to impose sanctions against Russia, China and North Korea for cybercrimes

    The European Union has prepared sanctions against Russia, China and North for cybercrimes against a number of countries. The security agencies of Russia, China and North Korea fell under the EU restrictions.

    “EU ambassadors have today decided to adopt asset freezes against Russia's GRU military intel & the intel services of China and NorthKorea over the cyberattacks WannaCry, NotPetya & Cloud Hopper. there will also be visa bans & asset freezes on 6 Russian & Chinese officials,” reported …

  • Putin awards Kim Jong-un 'World War II victory' medal

    Russian President and Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un a World War II Victory medal , Kommersant reports, citing the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang.

    According to the Russian Embassy, the 37-year-old leader of the Workers' Party of Korea was awarded the Jubilee Medal "75 years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945" for his great personal contribution to the perpetuation of the memory of soviet citizens who died and buried in the republic, as …

  • North Korea seizes Russian ship

    North Korea detained a Russian fishing boat with 17 sailors on board, reports Kommersant news outlet with reference to the deputy director of the company that owns the ship, Sergey Sedler.

    According to Sedler, the ship Sakhalin-8 that belongs to the Northeast fishing company traveled from South Korean port Sokcho and headed to the Sea of Japan for crab fishing.

    "At 4 a.m. on July 17 [North Korean] border guards boarded the ship and turned off all means of communication. We did not immediately …

  • Experts: North Korean missiles look very similar to Russian Iskanders

    The three new missiles recently tested by the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un look very similar to the Russian missiles that have been used in Syria, and which Russia has been trying to sell over the years, wrote the Associated Press.

    After a pause with the ballistic missiles launches, which began in late 2017, the head of the DPRK personally supervised the launch of the first missile on Saturday and two more on Thursday.

    According to experts, these missiles are very similar to the Iskander …

  • Kremlin praises Kim Jong-un's negotiation skills

    Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on the talks between the Russian and DPRK leaders. In particular, he emphasized the professionalism and preparedness of Kim Jong-un, reported TASS.

    “Kim Jong-un has an excellent grasp of the material and was very responsive, well-informed on all topics and has his own position. He gives off the impression of a quite experienced, well-educated and very balanced leader,” said the president’s press secretary.

    Peskov also noted that …

  • Putin agrees to visit North Korea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted an invitation from Kim Jong-un to visit North Korea.

    It was reported that during the meeting in Vladivostok, the North Korean leader invited Putin to come to the DPRK at a time convenient for the Russian president and the invitation was readily accepted.

    The South Korean daily business newspaper Maeil Business Newspaper ( also reported Putin’s readiness to come to North Korea.

    The meeting between President of the Russian Federation Vladimir …

  • Putin and Kim Jong Un discuss economic cooperation

    The first round of negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vladivostok on Thursday lasted longer than planned. Mr. Kim traveled 684 km in an armored train to attend the meeting.

    “We have a lot to do to develop trade and economic relations, and to develop humanitarian contacts,” the Russian president commented before the start of the meeting.

    Putin congratulated Kim Jong Un on being reelected as the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission …

  • Kim Jong-un arrives in Russia on armored train

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia at the border station of Khasan Khasansky district of Primorsky Krai, Interfax  reported.

    “Kim Jong-un arrived to Khasan and got off the train,” the agency’s source said.

    A video capturing the arrival shows young Russian women in folk costumes greeting the North Korean leader with a traditional loaf of bread, korovai. Kim Jong-un is wearing a long black cape with a black hat on his head. He is accompanied by the North Korean delegation, …