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North Korea releases army rice reserves amid shortage: Seoul – Times of India
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North Korea releases army rice reserves amid shortage: Seoul – Times of India

SEOUL: North Korea is releasing emergency military rice reserves as its food shortage worsens, South Korea's spy agency said on Tuesday, with a heat wave and drought reducing the country's supply. The country's moribund economy is continuously being battered by the protracted Covid-19 pandemic, and while mass starvation and social chaos have not been reported, observers expect further deterioration of North Korea's food situation until the autumn harvest. Seoul's National Intelligence Service told a closed-door parliamentary committee meeting that North Korea is supplying rice reserved for wartime uses to citizens left with little food, other laborers and rural state agencies, according to Ha Tae-keung, one of the lawmakers who attended the session. Ha cited the NIS as saying an ongoi...
Kim Jong Un’s head bandage is added to list of health mysteries – Times of India
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Kim Jong Un’s head bandage is added to list of health mysteries – Times of India

SEOUL: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has appeared in recent days with a bandage about the size of a few postage stamps on the back of his head, in the latest episode to stoke speculation about the reclusive leader’s health. The bandage was visible in state media images when Kim appeared at a Korean People’s Army event from July 24 to 27, according to NK News site and the Chosun Ilbo newspaper. There were also images at events in late July in which the bandage was gone and a greenish spot was visible, they said, citing a review of North Korean state media. While the leader’s health is one of the mostly closely guarded secrets in North Korea, it has allowed rare glimpses into the 37-year-old leader’s condition as he tries to revive the economy and battles food shortages. State propaganda for ...
South Korea’s Harvard-taught political boss rips China ‘cruelty’ – Times of India
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South Korea’s Harvard-taught political boss rips China ‘cruelty’ – Times of India

SEOUL: The 36-year-old leader of South Korea’s biggest opposition party said his fellow millennials will push back against Chinese “cruelty” in places like Hong Kong, indicating a tougher line with Beijing if his political group regains power. Harvard-educated Lee Jun-seok, the newly installed leader of the People Power Party, said in an interview with Bloomberg that generational change is taking place and he aims to harness it at home to return his conservative group to the presidency, and abroad to revisit Seoul’s relations with the international community. “We’re definitely going to have to fight against the enemies of democracy,” Lee, the youngest person ever selected to lead a major South Korean political party, said from his office Friday. Lee, who took part in Hong Kong protests ...
North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un’s Weight Loss ‘Worries His Countrymen’
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North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un’s Weight Loss ‘Worries His Countrymen’

Generally, losing weight is considered an effort towards being healthy and attracts appreciation. But North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's weight loss has become a matter of concern for his people.It has been told in a report that the weight of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is decreasing rapidly, due to which the people are getting worried. People are reacting to his health on the national media. Kim Jong's health has garnered a lot of media attention in last year.Reports of Kim Jong being ill are doing rounds in South Korea. It is being told that Kim Jong's weight has been reduced by 20 kg. The state broadcaster has claimed that after watching Kim Jong Un on television, the countrymen were in tears.   20 KG Weight Loss Earlier this month, there was news that 37-y...
North Koreans worry over ’emaciated’ Kim Jong Un, says state media
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North Koreans worry over ’emaciated’ Kim Jong Un, says state media

Everyone in North Korea is heartbroken over leader Kim Jong Un’s apparent weight loss, said an unidentified resident of Pyongyang quoted on the country’s tightly controlled state media, after watching recent video footage of Kim. “Seeing respected general secretary (Kim Jong Un) looking emaciated breaks our people’s heart so much,” the man said in an interview aired by state broadcaster KRT on Friday. “Everyone is saying that their tears welled up,” he said. In the clip, which Reuters could not independently verify, Pyongyang residents were seen watching a big screen on the street showing a concert attended by Kim and party officials after a plenary meeting of their Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). The broadcast did not provide any details on what had led to the weight lo...
Kim’s sister: US has ‘wrong’ views on talks with North Korea – Times of India
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Kim’s sister: US has ‘wrong’ views on talks with North Korea – Times of India

SEOUL: Kim Jong Un’s sister said the US has “wrong” views in thinking North Korea might be offering an opening to return to talks, in comments coming shortly after an envoy for President Joe Biden said the US was ready for dialogue “anywhere, anytime” with Pyongyang. The official Korean Central News Agency released a statement from Kim Yo Jong on Tuesday about two hours before Sung Kim, the US special representative for North Korea, was due to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul to talk about reviving dormant disarmament negotiations with North Korea. Pyongyang has a habit of timing its actions and statements to high-level political events. “It seems that the US may interpret the situation in such a way as to seek a comfort for itself. The expectation, which they chose to h...
Kim Jong Un sister derides US official, dismisses chances for talks
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Kim Jong Un sister derides US official, dismisses chances for talks

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dismissed prospects for an early resumption of diplomacy with the United States, saying Tuesday that US expectations of talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment.” Kim Yo Jong’s blunt statement indicates that the diplomatic impasse over North Korea’s nuclear program is likely to continue unless the North suffers greater pandemic-related economic difficulties and needs urgent outside assistance, some experts said. Hope for a restart of nuclear talks flared briefly after Kim Jong Un said last week that his country must be ready for both dialogue and confrontation, though more for confrontation. US National Security adviser Jake Sullivan called Kim’s comments an “interesting signal.” On Tuesday, Kim Yo Jong de...
US national security adviser says comments by North Korea’s Kim Jong Un are ‘interesting signal’ – Times of India
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US national security adviser says comments by North Korea’s Kim Jong Un are ‘interesting signal’ – Times of India

NEW YORK: US national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday said Washington sees comments this week by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he is ready for dialogue and confrontation with President Joe Biden, as an "interesting signal." "His comments this week we regard as an interesting signal and we will wait to see whether they are followed up with any kind of more direct communication to us about a potential path forward," Sullivan said in an ABC News interview. Source link
North Korean leader Kim tightens ruling party discipline, appoints new politburo members – Times of India
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North Korean leader Kim tightens ruling party discipline, appoints new politburo members – Times of India

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reinforced the ruling Workers' Party discipline and appointed new members of its powerful politburo, state media KCNA reported on Saturday. The party's central committee held a plenary meeting for a fourth and last day where it reviewed organisational and ideological issues for its central leadership organ. Some members of the leadership expressed "remorse for failing to live up to the expectations," after Kim pointed out "serious problems" with their lifestyle, KCNA said, without elaborating. The central committee's powerful politburo also elected Thae Hyong Chol, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, as a new member, and U Sang Chol, an official at the party's Central Auditing Commission, as an alternate member, KC...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calls for greater military power – Times of India
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calls for greater military power – Times of India

PYONGYANG: North Korean media is reporting that leader Kim Jong Un attended an expanded meeting of the Central Military Commission and called for greater military power on Saturday. Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, reported that Kim attended the meeting the previous day, reported NHK World. It said participants discussed "important tasks" related to national defense, with a focus on rapid changes in the situation around the Korean Peninsula and "the internal and external environment of our revolution." Kim reportedly urged the military to be on "high alert" as it carries out its mission to defend the country. Earlier in a major change to North Korea's ruling party, Kim Jong Un had a new second-in-command. The position was created in January as part of a revisio...
North Korea shoring up loyalty in face of Covid-19 pandemic: Analysts – Times of India
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North Korea shoring up loyalty in face of Covid-19 pandemic: Analysts – Times of India

SEOUL: Behind its self-imposed coronavirus barricade, North Korea is more isolated than ever and authorities are reinforcing loyalty to the regime in the face of desperate times, analysts say. The impoverished country -- which is under multiple sets of international sanctions over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes -- has long struggled to feed itself, suffering chronic food shortages. The North was the first country to impose a strict lockdown when it sealed its border in January last year to stop the virus spreading from neighbouring China, where it first emerged before sweeping the world. Pyongyang insists it has yet to see any cases of the virus -- a claim that analysts doubt -- but it has paid a huge economic price for the blockade, with leader Kim Jong Un admitti...
North Korea’s Kim appears in public for the first time in month – Times of India
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North Korea’s Kim appears in public for the first time in month – Times of India

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in about a month, with state media showing him at a Party meeting that discussed ways to improve the country’s deteriorating economy. Kim, wearing his signature black Mao suit, said it was time to take “additional state measures for solving pending problems urgent for the economic work and people’s living,” according to official Korean Central News Agency Saturday. A plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Party will be held in early June, KCNA said. Kim also reviewed the “execution of major policy tasks in different fields” in the meeting, the state media said. North Korea’s economy has shown little sign of growth this year after its worst contraction in decades as it continues to struggle with the pandemic...
North Korean leader calls for meeting to review battered economy
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North Korean leader calls for meeting to review battered economy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has presided over a meeting of his ruling party in his first public appearance in about a month, and called for a larger political conference to discuss efforts to salvage a decaying economy. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that Kim expressed appreciation that a lot of works were being sped up thanks to the ideological enthusiasm and fighting spirit of self-reliance  demonstrated by the party and his people. But he also said there was a need to correct deflective matters and called for a plenary meeting of the Workers’ Party’s Central Committee to review overall state affairs for the first half of 2021. The party announced that the plenary meeting was set for early June. Kim’s appearance at Friday’s Politburo mee...
Joe Biden, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in express willingness to engage North Korea – Times of India
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Joe Biden, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in express willingness to engage North Korea – Times of India

US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (ANI)WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday injected fresh urgency into attempts to engage North Korea in dialogue over its nuclear weapons program with Biden saying he would meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right conditions. At a joint news conference, Biden and Moon both said the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is their goal. Biden said he was "under no illusions" about the difficulty of getting North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenals after his predecessors failed. "We both are deeply concerned about the situation," Biden said. North Korea thus far has rebuffed US entreaties for diplomacy since Biden took over from Donald Trump, who had three s...