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    • 320+ company Autumn International Trade Fair kicks off in Pyongyang
      The 14th annual Pyongyang Autumn International Trade Fair opened on Monday and included over 320 participating companies, according to a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) report and NK News comparisons to previous years’ reporting. As President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un drove past the Three-Revolution Exhibition House where the trade fair was taking place Tuesday morning, inside were companies from a variety of foreign countries – including some which were showing off goods prohibited for trade under international sanctions. Videos and images posted in domestic and foreign outlets on Tuesday confirmed the participation of overseas companies ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-18By Colin Zwirko
    • Kim, Moon hold first round of talks in Pyongyang
      North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Tuesday afternoon for the first round of talks in what is expected to be a three-day summit. The talks lasted from 1545 to 1745 local time at the headquarters of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK): the first time that the leaders of the two Koreas have met at that venue. Moon wrote “the heart of the nation is united in peace and prosperity” in a visitors book before the talks began. In opening remarks, Kim Jong Un praised the South Korean President’s efforts to improve ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-18By Oliver Hotham
    • Seoul denies reports North Korea requested visit by ROK business leaders
      The ROK presidential office on Tuesday insisted Seoul had independently made the decision to include business leaders in its special delegation to this week’s inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.  A total of 17 business people are accompanying South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his three-day visit to the North Korean capital this week. Among them are Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong, Hyundai Group CEO Hyun Jeong-eun, LG Group Chairman Koo Kwang-mo, and SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won. Senior Secretary to the President for Public Communication Yoon Young-chan on Tuesday said Seoul had decided to bring the business people. “I’ve come ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-18By Oliver Hotham
    • Bridging the gap: fixing the growing daylight between Seoul and Washington
      “President Trump can’t make the North Koreans walk through the door he’s holding open. They’re the ones that have to take the steps to denuclearize and that’s what we’re waiting for.” White House National Security Advisor John Bolton. Federalist Society, 10 September Intentionally or otherwise, National Security Advisor John Bolton’s comments earlier in the month reveal the current state of play between Washington and Pyongyang in the log-jammed denuclearization talks. Bolton’s statement tells us that the United States has retained little leverage against North Korea, such that it is unable to reason with, coerce, or persuade the Kim regime ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-18By Oliver Hotham
    • Exceptional Wonsan flights raise prospect of South Korean delegation visit
      Two non-scheduled Air Koryo flights from Pyongyang to the coastal city of Wonsan on Tuesday evening have been observed on the departure board at Sunan International Airport, a picture seen by NK News showed. Because of the same-day arrival of a major South Korean delegation led by President Moon Jae-in – and that the Pyongyang-Wonsan route typically only flies on Mondays – the added services could suggest a high-level visit there by parts or all of the Seoul delegation. “The airport staff didn’t seem to know what they were or why there were two of the flights (on the board),” ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-18By nknews
    • Moon Jae-in arrives in Pyongyang for third summit with Kim Jong Un
      South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Pyongyang’s Sunan Airport Tuesday morning, beginning what will be the third summit between the two men this year. The summit is set to last until Thursday, and will see the two leaders hold talks on denuclearization, the signing of a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War, and efforts to relieve inter-Korean military tensions, among other issues. The trip represents Moon Jae-in’s first to Pyongyang – and the third inter-Korean summit to take place in the North Korean capital. Former South Korean Presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-18By Oliver Hotham
    • U.S. accuses Russia of violating North Korea sanctions
      U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Monday said Moscow was violating UN resolutions on North Korea during an emergency session of the UN Security Council (UNSC). But during a heated back and forth, Moscow countered earlier remarks from Haley who claimed Russia was pressuring the UN Panel of Experts (PoE) tasked with monitoring DPRK sanctions enforcement into redacting their mid-year report. At the emergency UNSC meeting, Haley followed up her comments by claiming that Moscow was breaking the UN’s restrictions on North Korea. “Why after voting for sanctions 11 different times is Russia backing away from them? We ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-17By Leo Byrne
    • What’s on the agenda for the fifth inter-Korean summit?
      This week’s third meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un comes at a critical time for Seoul: nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang are at a stalemate, and Moon faces challenges, both domestic and international, to his peninsula policy. It will also serve as a critical test of Moon’s ability to bridge the gap between U.S. President Donald Trump and the DPRK leader. Seoul and Pyongyang have agreed to discuss three key issues: improving inter-Korean relations, mediation and promotion of DPRK-U.S. dialogue, and the elimination of military tensions and war risks. Notable is ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-17
    • Denuclearization to be “central issue” at Moon-Kim summit: Blue House
      South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to discuss denuclearization in depth with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during two days of scheduled meetings this Tuesday and Wednesday, the Blue House chief of staff told reporters on Monday. In a briefing laying out plans for the upcoming summit, which will run from September 18-20, Presidential Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok said that progress on denuclearization must be made through leader-to-leader discussions. While the topic had been mostly left to discussions between North Korea and the U.S. in the past, Im said it would “now be a very important central issue” to ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-17By Colin Zwirko
    • Sea freight service between N. Korea and Vladivostok to begin Tuesday: Interfax
      A new freight shipping service between North Korea’s Rajin Port and Russia’s Vladivostok Port is set to begin Tuesday, the route’s operators told Russian media late last week. The route will be operated by the InvestStroiTrest company, Interfax reported, and will use the DPRK-flagged 600 ton “Pyuong Hua” ship to run the weekly service. “We start the process of sea transportation of goods from September 18 from the port of Vladivostok to Rajin,” InvestStroiTrest director Vladimir Baranov was quoted as having said. “A small steam-ship ‘Pyuong Hua’ ([under] the flag of the DPRK) will be involved,” Baranov added. “It is planned that ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-17By Oliver Hotham
    • Vladivostok’s Eastern Economic Forum: what progress on North Korea?
      Underscoring its desire for increased economic participation in East Asia, North Korea made a debut appearance at this year’s Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. Representing the DPRK was former ambassador to Russia Kim Yong Jae, who currently heads the Ministry of External Economic Relations. Kim Yong Jae’s sideline chats with senior Russian figures reflected the duality of  Moscow’s policies toward the DPRK. On the one hand, North Korea is important for Russia’s broader Asian strategy, which includes re-asserting the modern Russian Federation as a Pacific power. On the other, ties with the DPRK are crucial for Russia’s strategic ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-17By Oliver Hotham
    • North Korean cargo ship returns to Chinese coal port
      Another North Korean vessel arrived at a Chinese bulk port Thursday, its third such visit in recent months to the same area which is equipped to handle sanctioned commodities like coal, the NK Pro ship tracker shows. The visit represents another instance of DPRK ships calling in ports other than Dalian in recent weeks, marking a possible uptick in North Korean-flagged vessel traffic in the region. The 9750-tonne Kwang Myong arrived and docked at Longkou port on Thursday. Satellite imagery indicates the vessel pulled up at a berth which handles coal, with spoils visible nearby. The previous visits in May and ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-14By Leo Byrne
    • Russia pressured UN panel to alter North Korea sanctions report: Haley
      Russia pressured an independent UN panel into altering a North Korea related sanctions report as it implicated Russian actors in sanctions breaches, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN – Nikki Haley – said in a press release on Thursday. The interim report, prepared by the Panel of Experts (PoE), was submitted to the UNSC this week after being blocked by Russia in August. Russia disagreed with “certain elements of the report”, Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia told media on August 30. While the report has now been submitted to the UNSC, according to the UN Mission at the UN, it is ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-14By Hamish Macdonald
    • North Korea highlights consumer products, economy in new propaganda
      North Korean state media on Friday released four new official propaganda posters focused on economic development, with one prominently featuring several recognizable domestic consumer brands. The inclusion of such branded consumer products represents a first in several years for the line of primary propaganda posters, which receive attention in state newspaper Rodong Sinmun and other outlets and which are displayed throughout the country. Click to enlarge | Photo: KCNA The release of the new posters was accompanied by an article in Friday’s Rodong saying the new batch was produced to “rally the people to carry out the campaign for increased production ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-14By Colin Zwirko
    • Two Koreas open liaison office at Kaesong Industrial Complex
      Seoul and Pyongyang on Friday began operation of a joint liaison office at the DPRK’s now-shuttered Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC).  At an opening ceremony, ROK Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon said the liaison office, which will house resident representatives from Seoul and Pyongyang, would serve as a “cradle for the co-prosperity” of the two Koreas. “I hope South and North Korean authorities and experts can discuss a variety of discussions in the field of railways, roads, forestry, and other issues, and push forward joint research on the implementation of the October 4 Declaration and new economic initiatives.” In his speech, Cho ... read more
      Source: NK NewsPublished on 2018-09-14By [email protected]