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N. Korea accuses U.S. of involvement in anti-gov’t protests in Cuba | SOURCE: Yonhap News Agency

North Korea accused the United States of meddling in Cuba’s internal affairs and instigating anti-government demonstrations to bring down the Caribbean country. North Korea and Cuba have maintained close relations since establishing diplomatic ties in 1960. In April, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent multiple congratulatory messages to Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, expressing hope that relations between the two countries will “grow stronger.”

SOURCE: Yonhap News Agency


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North Korean envoy calls for co-operation with Russia to counter United States | Source: The Globe and Mail

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in Vladivostok, Russia, on April 25, 2019.

North Korea intends to strengthen co-operation with Russia to counter the United States, and peace on the Korean peninsula will not be possible until American troops are withdrawn, Pyongyang’s ambassador to Russia told. Ambassador Sin Hong-chol’s comments come after senior North Korean leaders warned this week that South Korea and the United States would face repercussions for their decision to go ahead with annual joint military drills.

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North Korea Threatens ‘Crisis’ in Last-Ditch Bid to Sway Seoul | Source: Bloomberg

South Korean army soldiers stand guard at a military post in Paju, near the border with North Korea, on Aug. 2.

North Korea threated a “security crisis” over U.S.-led military drills, in what appeared to be a campaign to pressure South Korea’s pro-engagement president for greater support before he leaves office next year. Training exercises scheduled to start Monday risk sinking a two-week-old deal between Seoul and Pyongyang to improve ties.

Source: Bloomberg


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North Korea rejects call from Seoul after warning South Korea is engaging in ‘perfidious behavior’ | Source: RT

North Korea refused to answer a routine call on the inter-Korean hotline, after Kim Jong-un’s sister accused South Korea of behaving deceitfully by proceeding with a planned annual joint military drill with the US. South Korea and the United States are due to begin computer-simulated exercises next week, as part of annual joint military drills.

Source: RT


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US Secretary of State to urge ASEAN to ‘fully implement’ North Korea sanctions | Source: NK News

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken hopes to persuade members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to fully implement North Korea sanctions. The U.S. has long called for ASEAN to downgrade its diplomatic ties with North Korea.

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North Korea Wants Sanctions Eased to Restart Talks with US | Source: Fars news

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) wants international sanctions banning its metal exports and imports of refined fuel and other necessities lifted in order to restart denuclearization talks with the United States. The briefing came a week after the DPRK and the ROK restored hotlines the former suspended a year ago.

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North Korea criticises Britain for plan to deploy warships in Asia | Source: Strait Times

North Korea criticised Britain for a plan to permanently deploy two warships in the Asia-Pacific region this year, calling it a “provocation”. The plan comes as London steps up its engagement in Asia after expressing growing alarm in recent months over China’s territorial ambitions in the region, including Taiwan.

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North shows anger over South Korea going for joint military drill with US | Source: Anadolu Agency

North Korea has expressed displeasure over South going ahead with joint military drills with the US forces. The warning from Pyongyang came as North and South resumed cross-border communication lines that were cut off by Pyongyang last year in June.

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US outlines increased missile defenses as North Korean threats ramp up | Source: NK News

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during the system’s first operational test at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii on Oct. 5, 2011.

The Pentagon will introduce better interceptors and bolster its missile defense posture to respond to challenges including North Korea’s continued development of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). “Despite economic sanctions and the continued impact of COVID-19, North Korea continues to modernize and increase the survivability, lethality and diversification of its missile force,” Top U.S. defense official said.

Source: NK News


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China promises economic support for sanctions-hit neighbour North Korea | Source: South China Morning Post

North Korean ambassador to China Ri Ryong-nam (left) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi link arms in Beijing on Thursday. Wang reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to “traditional friendship” with the North.

China has pledged to keep up strategic communication with North Korea and help the sanctions-hit nation cope with worsening economic problems amid a prolonged nuclear stalemate with the US, at a time when both are being targeted as security threats by the United States and its allies.

Source: South China Morning Post


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