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Analysts: Biden administration should engage with North Korea soon

Analysts: Biden administration should engage with North Korea soon

World
SEOUL, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Despite a host of pressing domestic issues, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden should take the initiative in restarting diplomacy with North Korea as soon as possible, analysts said during a webinar on Wednesday. "I would contend that there's a very strong case to be made for starting a process with the North Koreans earlier rather than later," said Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "I think it's better to take the initiative before the North Koreans make a provocative move." Advertisement The webinar was co-hosted by Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Stimson Center and the Seoul-based Sejong Institute. DiMaggio pointed to the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, which was placed on the de...
Report: North Korea’s trade with China declined 80% in 2020

Report: North Korea’s trade with China declined 80% in 2020

Business
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Two-way trade between North Korea and its biggest partner, China, fell 80.7% in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to estimates from Seoul's Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. North Korea imported about $ 491.06 million of goods from China last year, while exporting only $ 48 million of commodities and products to its neighbor, the Seoul agency's Shenyang branch said, Seoul Pyongyang News reported Monday. Two-way trade was about $ 539.06 million, reflecting a steep decline from the previous year, the report said. Advertisement Trade activity dropped significantly in February 2020, with two-way trade falling to $ 10.71 million in the immediate aftermath of the coronavirus epidemic that began in Wuhan, China. North Korea shut its 880-mile border with China ...
North Korea denounces ‘cultural, non-socialist’ infiltration

North Korea denounces ‘cultural, non-socialist’ infiltration

World
Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A North Korean entity denounced "cultural and ideological infiltration" during a committee meeting and vowed to block the spread of "corrupting influences," a likely reference to flows of information from the outside world. Korean Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported Thursday the Socialist Women's Union of Korea agreed to take measures against "non-socialist phenomena" during the 10th Plenary Meeting of its sixth central committee on Wednesday in Pyongyang. Advertisement During the meeting, the women's union conducted "in-depth studies and discussions" in order to "thoroughly carry out" decisions reached during North Korea's Eighth Party Congress in January. The Rodong also reported the women's group "suggested new innovative proposals" and analyzed strengths an...

Group: Angry mob targets radio station in north Afghanistan

World
An international journalists group says an angry mob ransacked a local radio station in northern Afghanistan last week after a mosque imam incited the attackers, claiming loud music played by the station had interfered with his prayer serviceBy RAHIM FAIEZ Associated PressJanuary 19, 2021, 9:32 AM• 2 min readKABUL, Afghanistan -- An angry mob ransacked a local radio station in northern Afghanistan last week after a mosque imam incited the attackers, claiming loud music played by the station had interfered with his prayer service, an international journalists group said Tuesday.The International Federation of Journalists condemned the attack last Friday in the city of Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province.It quoted Mohsen Ahmad, director of the Zohra Radio that was targeted in the attack,
‘War with Grandpa’ tops the North American box office with $3.6M

‘War with Grandpa’ tops the North American box office with $3.6M

Entertainment
Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Family comedy The War with Grandpa is the No. 1 film in North America this weekend, earning $ 3.6 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday. The film, which opened on Friday, stars Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken. Advertisement Sci-fi thriller Tenet topped the box office for the previous five weekends, including $ 2.7 million last weekend. It came in at No. 2 this weekend with $ 2.1 million, followed by Hocus Pocus at No. 3 with $ 1.2 million, The New Mutants at No. 4 with $ 685,000 and Unhinged at No. 5 with $ 660,000. Rounding out the top tier are Infidel at No. 6 with $ 205,000, Possessor Uncut at No. 7 with $ 164,000, Yellow Rose at No. 8 with $ 150,000, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back at No. 9 with $ 145,000 and The Broke...