When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent Lunar New Year greetings this year, the first card went to Russian President Vladimir Putin, ahead of leaders from China and other allies of the isolated country, according to its official news agency.
Some academics who study North Korea argue Kim could be looking for Russia to ease any pain if China, which accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea’s trade, steps up sanctions against the isolated country as part of moves to deter its nuclear and missile programs.
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President Donald Trump appeared to commend North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s ability to control his country.
“Not many 27-year-old men could go in and take over a regime,” Trump said in a Reuters interview published Thursday night. “Say what you want, but that’s not easy — especially at that age.”
Continue reading Trump applauded North Korea’s leader after floating the possibility of a ‘major, major’ conflict in the region
The US says it plans to activate a missile defence system in South Korea “within days” and tighten economic sanctions against North Korea.
The announcements from the Trump administration come amid rising fears about the North’s military advances.
Continue reading North Korea: US vows sanctions and will activate Thaad system ‘within days’
Rex Tillerson says US has ‘spoken enough’ about hermit state as Donald Trump prepares to meet Pyongyang’s ally Xi Jinping
North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, sending a clear message to its ally China ahead of the first summit between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Florida on Friday.
Japan called the test “extremely problematic”, while the South Korean foreign ministry said it “threatens the peace and safety of the international community as well as the Korean peninsula”.
However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave a “terse response… unlike the standard diplomatic condemnations that usually follow Pyongyang’s missile tests”, CNN says.
“The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment,” Tillerson said.
Continue reading North Korean missile launch heightens tensions
North Korea has reportedly told its army of hackers to target major world banks and rob them.
This is according to the New York Times, which lists the Bank of America and the European Central Bank as targets for the country’s cyber-criminals.
Continue reading Kim Jong-un ‘has ordered North Korean hackers to rob World Bank, Bank of America’
In a sign of the continuing decline in relations between North Korea and China, Pyongyang moved a number of tanks and armored vehicles away from South Korea to the Chinese border, according to The Chosun Ilbo, citing an anonymous source.
Continue reading North Korea Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border In A Sign Of Rising Tensions
Kim Jong-un had warned in January that Pyongyang would carry out a long-range missile test in the near future.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned North Korea on Friday (3 February) that Pyongyang would face an “effective and overwhelming” response if it used its nuclear weapons.
Continue reading North Korea will face ‘overwhelming response’ if it uses nuclear weapons, warns US defence chief James Mattis