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North Korea fires possible submarine-launched missile

North Korea fires possible submarine-launched missile

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A North Korean missile launch is being investigated as a possible test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, according to South Korean officials.The secretive state fired at least one projectile towards its eastern sea in what appeared to be a display of improved military capabilities. If North Korea has developed a missile which can be launched from a submarine, this means the weapons could travel further than the current range. The US is due to restart nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang this week after talks fell apart in February.It is understood North Korea has been willing to offer partial denuclearisation in return for the US lifting crippling sanctions and providing security guarantees. Advertisement ...
Prices stabilize in North Korea, but growth is negative, think tank says

Prices stabilize in North Korea, but growth is negative, think tank says

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Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Prices and exchange rates have stabilized in North Korea since Kim Jong Un fully assumed power in 2012, a South Korean think tank said in a report released Monday. The stabilization of key macroeconomic indicators does not mean the economy has been making progress, despite claims from the regime. North Korea registered negative GDP growth in 2017 and 2018, South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported. The North Korea economic review from South Korea government-run Korea Development Institute published Monday credited the stabilization of prices in the Kim Jong Un era to changes in policy, including less state intervention in North Korean agriculture. "After the North Korean authorities' currency reform failed several times, and prices surged, they gave up state control...
Report: Upcoming North Korea-U.S. nuclear talks aimed at drafting agreement

Report: Upcoming North Korea-U.S. nuclear talks aimed at drafting agreement

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SEOUL, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Working-level talks expected to take place between the United States and North Korea late this month are part of a process to draft an agreement to be signed at the countries' next summit, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper in Japan said Thursday. Earlier this week, the North expressed a willingness to hold working-level talks with the United States in late September in what would mark a resumption of the negotiating process that reached a deadlock with February's no-deal summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Choson Sinbo newspaper said the upcoming talks are a "process to discuss and fine-tune the content to be included in an agreement to be signed at a summit" and therefore, the negotiating teams bear a heavy responsibility....
North Korea defector’s death reveals plight of trafficked women

North Korea defector’s death reveals plight of trafficked women

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NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The deaths of a North Korean defector and her infant son in their apartment in southern Seoul have shocked South Koreans and the growing community of North Koreans in the country. The incident, first reported in late July, is also shedding light on the difficulties faced by South Korea's overwhelmingly female population of North Korean refugees, as their numbers surpass 33,000. Jung Gwang-il, founder of activist group No Chain in Seoul, told UPI defectors are "immensely angry" over the neglect that contributed to the death of the woman -- identified only by the surname Han -- and her young son. Jung, a defector who's led efforts to break North Korea's information blockade with flash drives, said Han slipped through the cracks of South Korea's support system for...