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North Korean diplomat: Talks with U.S. are “possible”

North Korean diplomat: Talks with U.S. are “possible”

World
SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A top North Korean diplomat has reportedly said a dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington "is possible," given the right conditions.Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the North's ambassador to the United Nations Ja Song Nam arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, where he told reporters that talks with the United States could be on the cards.When asked what kind of conditions would check the boxes, Ja said they would have to be "conditions the North requires."Experts say the reclusive regime is seeking Washington's acceptance of North Korea as a nuclear state which could be a precondition for talks."The North wishes to hold a one-on-one negotiation with Washington. President Trump is all about doing business so the regime appears to be aiming to maximize i...
U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

U.N. political chief meets North Korean vice foreign minister

World
SEOULl, South Korea, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The United Nations political chief met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk during a rare four-day trip to Pyongyang.U.N. Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in the North Korean capital Tuesday, a week after Pyongyang conducted its new intercontinental ballistic missile test.The North's Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the two officials had "exchanged views on areas of common interest regarding U.N. agencies in cooperating with North Korea."Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity," Kyodo News reported.During his stay, Feltman is also expected to meet Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who extended the invitation to Pyo...
Parasites, infections in N. Korean soldier who defected reveal country's conditions

Parasites, infections in N. Korean soldier who defected reveal country's conditions

Health
Hospital records from a soldier who defected from North Korea this month offer telling details about health problems in the closed country. The 24-year-old soldier had parasitic infections and a dangerous hepatitis infection — conditions that speak to poor sanitation and rough conditions in North Korea. Most shocking, perhaps, are reports of large parasitic worms, some measuring 11 inches, recovered from his intestines. "An estimated 5 million people in North Korea have intestinal roundworms. That's 20 percent of the population," said Dr. Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor. Doctors found the parasites — likely Ascaris roundworms — while repairing intestinal damage from multiple bullet wounds the soldier sustained during his escape. The eggs of
Trump: Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles

Trump: Japan could shoot down North Korean missiles

World
US President Donald Trump has said Japan could shoot North Korean missiles "out of the sky" with military equipment bought from the US.Japan's PM Shinzo Abe meanwhile said his country could intercept missiles "if necessary".The two leaders were speaking to reporters at the close of Mr Trump's first state visit to Japan.North Korea has fired long-range ballistic missiles over Japanese territory twice in recent months.Trump vows to tackle N Korea on Asia tripOn Monday, while answering questions at a press conference, Mr Trump said Mr Abe was "going to purchase massive amounts of military equipment" from the US.Referencing North Korea's missiles, he said Mr Abe could "shoot them out of the sky" when he completed the purchase, which he said would provide jobs to Americans as well as "safety fo...
North Korean hackers 'stole warship blueprints'

North Korean hackers 'stole warship blueprints'

Technology
North Korean hackers have stolen classified blueprints for warships and submarines, it has been claimed.They accessed and stole roughly 40,000 documents after penetrating the computer systems of Daewoo Shipbuilding last year, according to a South Korean politician who attended an intelligence briefing.Kyeong Dae-soo, a member of the main opposition party in the National Assembly, was informed of the hack by the South Korean Defence Ministry and other military agencies.Among the reportedly stolen information was roughly 60 classified documents describing weapons systems and test data for submarines and destroyers.Mr Kyung said: "We are almost 100% certain that North Korean hackers were behind the hacking and stole the company's sensitive documents."A spokesperson for Daewoo Shipbuilding sai...