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U.N. sanctions against North Korea could block $1.3 billion, analyst says

U.N. sanctions against North Korea could block $1.3 billion, analyst says

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions could block as much as $ 1.3 billion in capital inflows to North Korea, a South Korean analyst said Wednesday.Kang Sun-joo, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul, said in a report released Wednesday the Security Council has imposed nine sanctions against North Korea since 2006, when Pyongyang conducted its first nuclear test, News 1 reported.Recently adopted resolutions 2371 and 2375 included severe measures that include the freezing of North Korea individual and entity assets related to nuclear weapons development, and bans on the export of North Korean coal, iron ore, fishery products and textiles.The sanctions also include inspection of ships suspected of carrying banned products and...
North Korea's hacking abilities 'beyond imagination,' defector says

North Korea's hacking abilities 'beyond imagination,' defector says

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North Korea's hacking capabilities are "beyond imagination," one former computer expert for the North told ABC News in the wake of Tuesday's report that the nation had stolen secret intelligence documents, including the U.S.-South Korean war strategy. Secret intelligence documents and photos unilaterally collected by the U.S. military were among the stolen cache of South Korea’s classified documents by North Korean hackers, but the totality of what was stolen remains unknown, according to South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Cheol-hee. Malware contamination of the intranet server of the cyber command that occurred in September last year was confirmed by the South Korea’s Defense Ministry in May but this is the first glimpse of the scope of the damage. The stolen trove tot
Rex Tillerson visits China as North Koreans 'tire' of anti-U.S. rallies

Rex Tillerson visits China as North Koreans 'tire' of anti-U.S. rallies

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Sept. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to meet with Chinese officials on Saturday in a trip that could be an opportunity to provide Beijing with clarification, regarding recent comments from U.S. President Donald Trump on North Korea.The visit comes at a time when North Koreans say ordinary people are weary of anti-American propaganda.Tillerson's meeting will come a day after the White House officially confirmed Trump's trip to Asia, which is to take place from Nov. 3 to 14 and is to include state visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.China may be seeking an explanation from Tillerson regarding Trump's recent tweets, including one warning North Korea "they won't be around much longer," The New York Times reported.Tillerson, meanwhile, has been...
Analyst: North Korea owns dozens more submarines than South

Analyst: North Korea owns dozens more submarines than South

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Sept. 27 (UPI) --North Korea retains far more submarines in its fleet than South Korea, and the underwater vehicles could be deadly when mounted with nuclear-tipped submarine-launched ballistic missiles.According to South Korean analyst Park Yong-han, a military expert once affiliated with the Korea Institute for Defense Analysis, North Korea has 80 submarines, while South Korea retains 18.Writing for local newspaper JoongAng Daily, Park said the North Korean submarine that poses the greatest threat is the 2,000-ton Sinpo or Gorae-class sub, which it developed by reverse engineering Russia-made Golf-class submarines.The Sinpo-class vehicles are dangerous because they are capable of carrying SLBMs and are being built "continuously," according to South Korea's defense ministry in 2014.North ...
North Korea accuses US of declaring war

North Korea accuses US of declaring war

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceNorth Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers.Ri Yong-ho said this could apply even if the warplanes were not in North Korea's airspace.The White House dismissed the statement as "absurd". The Pentagon warned Pyongyang to stop provocations.A UN spokesman said fiery talk could lead to fatal misunderstandings.Mr Ri's comments were a response to Mr Trump's tweet that the North Korean leadership would not "be around much longer" if they continued their rhetoric."The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country," Mr Ri told reporters as he was leaving New York, where he had addressed the UN General...