(PYONGYANG) LATEST: After North Korea fired missiles they now mull over reviving ‘all temporarily-suspended’ defense activities #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.22: On Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers’ Party to discuss important policies, which included possible countermeasures against the US’ “hostile policy and military threat,” as cited in state media.

#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: North Korean authorities want to bolster the country’s defenses and are considering restarting “all temporarily-suspended activities,” state media announced on Thursday. While no details on the matter were revealed, media analysts suggested that these activities might include a return to tests of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

The politburo examined the possibilities of “restarting all temporarily-suspended activities” and “immediately bolstering more powerful physical means” in order to make preparations for a “long-term confrontation with US imperialism.” 

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North Korean officials stated that the US’ hostile military strategy has reached a “danger line” that cannot be ignored any longer. They referred to the joint US-South Korea military drills held in the last few years, including the most recent air exercises in November 2021. 

New sanctions independently imposed by the US, the most recent ones being adopted in mid-January, were also cited among subjects of concern.

The announcement was made ahead of an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting, being held to discuss missile tests conducted by North Korea throughout January.You can share this story on social media:

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(PYONGYANG, N.K.) Chainalysis Hacking Report: N.K. hackers stole almost $400m (£291m) worth of digital assets in at least seven attacks on cryptocurrency platforms last year, a report claims #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.16: The attacks mainly targeted investment firms and centralised exchanges: North Korea has routinely denied being involved in hack attacks attributed to them.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Business News Report: North Korea hackers stole $400-million of cryptocurrency in 2021, report says from 2020 to 2021, the number of North Korean-linked hacks jumped from four to seven, and the value extracted from these hacks grew by 40%,” Chainalysis said in a report.

Stock image of hands typing on a laptop keyboard

Blockchain analysis company Chainalysis said it was one of most successful years on record for cyber-criminals in the closed east Asian state.

The hackers used a number of techniques, including phishing lures, code exploits and malware to siphon funds from the organisations’ “hot” wallets and then moved them into North Korea-controlled addresses, the company said.

Cryptocurrency hot wallets are connected to the internet and cryptocurrency network and so are vulnerable to hacking. They are used to send and receive cryptocurrency, and allow users to view how many tokens they have.

Many experts recommend moving large amounts of cryptocurrency not needed day-to-day to “cold” wallets, which are disconnected from the wider internet.

Chainalysis said it is likely that many of last year’s attacks were conducted by the so-called Lazarus Group, a hacking group which the US has applied sanctions against. 

The group is believed to be controlled by North Korea’s primary intelligence bureau, the Reconnaissance General Bureau.

The Lazarus Group has previously been accused of involvement in the “WannaCry” ransomware attacks, the hacking of international banks and customer accounts and cyber-attacks on Sony Pictures in 2014:

“Once North Korea gained custody of the funds, they began a careful laundering process to cover up and cash out,” the report on last year’s cyber attacks added.

A United Nations panel that monitors sanctions on North Korea has accused Pyongyang of using stolen funds to support its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes as a way to avoid international sanctions.

Separately, in February last year, the US charged three North Korean computer programmers with a massive hacking spree aimed at stealing more than $1.3bn in money and cryptocurrency.

The cyber attacks affected companies from banks to Hollywood movie studios, the Department of Justice said.

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(PYONGYANG) LATEST: North Korea has fired a suspected ballistic missile, less than a week after it launched what it claimed was a hypersonic missile according to KCNA #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.12: Japan’s coast guard also reported the launch, saying North Korea had fired a “ballistic missile-like object”.

#AceDailyNews says local media reports that North Korea fires second suspected missile in six days: South Korea said it detected the launch at 07:27 local time on Tuesday (22:27 GMT on Monday).

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Eighth Conference of Military Educationists of the Korean People"s Army at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea in this undated photo released on December 7, 2021.
Kim Jong-un vowed to bolster the North’s defences during a key meeting of the ruling party in December last year

BBC World News: It comes shortly after six countries issued a statement urging the North to cease its “destabilising actions”.

“Our military detected a suspected ballistic missile fired by North Korea from land towards the East Sea,” South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said, adding that intelligence authorities from South Korea and the US were in the process of conducting a detailed analysis. 

The latest launch underscores North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s pledge to bolster the country’s defences as part of its policy priorities for 2022, which were outlined during a key meeting in December.

On Monday, the US mission to the United Nations, joined by France, the Irish Republic, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Albania, issued a joint statement condemning last week’s apparent test.

“These actions increase the risk of miscalculation and escalation and pose a significant threat to regional stability,” said US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

The group called for North Korea “to refrain from further destabilising actions… and engage in meaningful dialogue towards our shared goal of complete denuclearisation.”

Another test – but why now?

North Korea has welcomed in the new year with two missile tests in quick succession. 

Today’s test could be timed to coincide with a UN Security Council meeting in New York – where the US and its allies condemned last week’s launch. 

But it could also serve several other functions. 

One could be to divert public attention from an increasingly severe economic situation in the country, which has been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Another could be to get the attention of Washington, which has shown little interest in resuming negotiations with Pyongyang after the failed summit between former President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in 2019. 

There a third reason, which is less often reported. North and South Korea are engaged in what observers say is an increasingly intense arms race, with both sides working to perfect smaller, more accurate and more deadly missile systems with which they can threaten each other’s leaderships. 

The latest tests come as Pyongyang struggles with food shortages due to a coronavirus blockade that has severely affected its economy.

At the end-of-year meeting of the ruling party, Mr Kim said the country was facing a “great life-and-death struggle”, adding that increasing development and improving people’s living standards were among this year’s goals.

UN officials had earlier warned that vulnerable children and elderly people in North Korea were at risk of starvation.

The US has been calling for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang’s relationship with President Joe Biden’s administration has so far been fraught with tension.

North Korea has also repeatedly accused South Korea of double standards over its military activities.

South Korea recently tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile, which it said was needed as deterrence against North Korea’s “provocations”.

Why does North Korea keep launching missiles?

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(PYONGYANG, N.K.) KCNA REPORT: North Korea claims to have fired a ‘hypersonic’ ballistic missile that successfully hit its target #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.07: The launch on Wednesday was the secretive state’s first since October and was detected by several militaries in the region, drawing condemnation from the United States, South Korea and Japan.

#AceDailyNews says according to KCNA News Report: North Korea tests ‘hypersonic’ missile that flies ‘five times speed of sound’ according to MetroUK by Thursday 6 Jan 2022 12:11 pm

North Korea tests 'hypersonic' missile that flies 'five times speed of sound'
A view of what state news agency KCNA reports is the test firing of a hypersonic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea (Picture: Reuters)

Hypersonic weapons usually fly towards targets at lower altitudes, rather than up into space and back down on steep trajectories, and can achieve more than five times the speed of sound – or about 3,850mph.

News agency KNCA reported: ‘The successive successes in the test launches in the hypersonic missile sector have strategic significance in that they hasten a task for modernising strategic armed force of the state.’

It said the ‘hypersonic gliding warhead’ detached from its rocket booster and manoeuvred 75 miles laterally before it ‘precisely hit’ a target 430 miles away.

While it has not tested nuclear bombs or long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) since 2017, analysts say North Korea has in recent years developed and launched a range of more manoeuvrable missiles and warheads likely aimed at being able to overcome missile defences such as those wielded by South Korea and the US.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (Picture: STR/KCNA Via KNS/AFP via Getty)

Ankit Panda, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said: ‘My impression is that the North Koreans have identified hypersonic gliders as a potentially useful qualitative means to cope with missile defence.’

Hypersonic weapons are considered the next generation of arms that aim to rob adversaries of reaction time and traditional defeat mechanisms.

Photos of the missile used in Wednesday’s test show what analysts said is a liquid-fueled ballistic missile with a conical-shaped Manoeuvrable Reentry Vehicle (MaRV) blasting off from a wheeled launch vehicle in a cloud of flame and smoke.

It is a different version than the weapon tested last year, and was first unveiled at a defence exhibition in Pyongyang in October, Mr Panda said.

People watch a TV showing an image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. North Korea said Thursday it has successfully launched a hypersonic missile as part of efforts to modernize its strategic weapons systems, days after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his military forces despite pandemic-related difficulties. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People watch a TV showing an image of North Korea’s missile launch during a news programme (Picture: AP)

In a call with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the launch.

The US State Department said they also discussed cooperation to achieve complete denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Talks aimed at persuading North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile arsenal have been stalled since a series of summits between leader Kim Jong Un and then-US President Donald Trump broke down with no agreement.

Joe Biden’s administration has said it is open to renewed talks, but Pyongyang has said US overtures are empty rhetoric without more substantive changes to ‘hostile policies’ such as military drills and sanctions.

The latest test came just hours before South Korean President Moon Jae-in attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a rail line he hopes will eventually connect the divided Korean peninsula, casting doubts over his hopes for an eleventh-hour diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea before his five-year term ends in May.

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(PYONGYANG, N.K.) JUST IN: North Korea has confirmed it successfully tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: North Korea has carried out a flurry of weapons tests in recent weeks, launching what it said were hypersonic and long-range weapons…..

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News North Korea claims test of new submarine-launched missile: State news outlet KCNA said the missile had “advanced control guidance technologies”, which could make it harder to track.

A photo released on 19 October by KCNA apparently showing a test of a new North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile
KCNA released a photo apparently showing North Korea’s missile being launched from a submarine

The UN prohibits it from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

Ballistic missiles are considered more threatening than cruise missiles because they can carry more powerful payloads, have a longer range and can fly faster.

North Korean state media on Wednesday said its latest missile had new “controlling and homing” technology which allowed it to move laterally. It was also capable of “gliding and jumping movement”. It released pictures of the missile as well.

It said it was fired from the same submarine that launched an older missile in a 2016 test.

This missile was one of many new weapons put on display at a defence exhibition in Pyongyang last week.

Reports did not mention leader Kim Jong-un, suggesting he did not attend the test.

On Tuesday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said one missile had been launched from the port of Sinpo, in the east of North Korea where Pyongyang usually bases its submarines.

It landed in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, and travelled about 450km (280 miles) at a maximum height of 60km. 

Why ‘submarine-launched’ is significant

In October 2019, North Korea tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile, firing a Pukguksong-3 from an underwater platform.

At the time, KCNA said it had been fired at a high angle to minimise the “external threat”.

However, if the missile had been launched on a standard trajectory, instead of a vertical one, it could have travelled about 1,900km. That would have put all of South Korea and Japan within range.

Being launched from a submarine can also make missiles harder to detect and would allow North Korea to deploy its weapons far beyond the Korean Peninsula.Why does North Korea keep launching missiles?

The latest launch comes as South Korea develops its own weapons, in what observers say has turned into an arms race on the Korean peninsula.

Seoul is holding what is said to be South Korea’s largest ever defence exhibition this week. It will reportedly unveil a new fighter jet as well as guided weapons like missiles. It is also due to launch its own space rocket soon.

North and South Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War, which split the peninsula into two countries and which saw the US backing the South, ended in 1953 with an armistice.

Kim Jong-un said last week that he did not wish for war to break out again. He said his country needed to continue developing weapons for self-defence against enemies, namely the US which he accused of hostility.

Meanwhile, South Korean, Japanese and US intelligence chiefs are meeting in Seoul to discuss North Korea.

The US envoy to North Korea, Sung Kim, is expected to discuss how to restart dialogue with Pyongyang, including on whether there should be a formal declaration of the end of the Korean War.

This week he reiterated the stance of US President Joe Biden’s administration that it is open to meeting with North Korea without pre-conditions. 

Previous talks between the US and North Korea broke down due to fundamental disagreements on denuclearisation. 

The US wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons before sanctions can be eased, but North Korea has so far refused.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Oct.20: 2021:

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(PYONYANG, N.K.) JUST IN: Fires two ballistic missiles into the waters of the ‘Sea of Japan’ and confirms that they hit their target in the test #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.15: North Korea reportedly fired two ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast Wednesday, in the direction of Japan, prompting Japan’s prime minister to denounce the action as “absolutely outrageous,” according to reports.

#AceDailyNews says North Korea reportedly fires 2 ballistic missiles; Japan’s Suga rips test as ‘absolutely outrageous’ and after the launch, the U.S. military reaffirmed commitment to America’s allies in the region: NORTH KOREA SAYS ‘STRATEGIC’ LONGE-RANGE CRUISE MISSILES HIT TARGETS IN TEST: North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles across its east coast, South Korea’s military says, its first ballistic missile test in six months.

People watch a TV broadcasting file footage of a news report on North Korea firing what appeared to be a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast, in Seoul
South Korean television broadcast file footage in report about the North’s latest test with ballistic missiles

The tests, a breach of UN resolutions, came as South Korea and China held meetings in an effort to get the North to resume denuclearisation talks.

The launches show the North has continued to develop its weapons despite a severe economic crisis.

Hours later, the South tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile.

The test of the missile known as SLBM was pre-planned and not in reaction to the North’s latest launches. It makes South Korea the seventh country in the world with such technology.

President Moon Jae-in, who attended the test, said South Korea now had “sufficient deterrence to respond to North Korea’s provocations at any time”, urging the South to continue increasing its weapons programmes to “overwhelm North Korea’s asymmetric power”.

The tests by both Koreas highlighted an arms race on the peninsula, as negotiations with North Korea remain stalled. The US wants the country to give up its nuclear and missile programmes in exchange for sanctions relief, but the North has refused.

The short-range missiles the North fired on Wednesday flew around 800 km (500 miles) at a maximum altitude of 60km, and were launched from central inland areas of the country, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

They flew east towards the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, the JCS added, saying South Korea and the US were conducting analysis to determine which type of missile was used.

The US Indo-Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose an immediate threat to US personnel, territory, or allies, but that they highlighted the “destabilising impact of [North Korea’s] illicit weapons programme”.Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the launch “outrageous”, saying it threatened peace and security in the region.Experts say Pyongyang carries out such tests to improve its technology while trying to increase its leverage in negotiations with Washington.”It’s extraordinary timing that you have not one but two Koreas testing ballistic missiles on the same day,” Prof John Delury at Yonsei University told AFP news agency. “It does speak to the fact that there’s an arms race in this region.”Earlier, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, in Seoul, and said all parties should work to promote peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”Not only North Korea but other countries are carrying out military activity,” he said. “All of us should make efforts in a way that helps resume dialogue.”

FOX News The latest missile firings by North Korea came several days after it reportedly tested newly developed long-range missiles over the weekend, reports said.

“The firings threaten the peace and safety of Japan and the region and are absolutely outrageous,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said, according to The Associated Press. “The government of Japan is determined to further step up our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingencies.”

“The government of Japan is determined to further step up our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingencies.”— Yoshihide Suga, prime minister of Japan

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks in Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 9, 2021. (Associated Press)

South Korea’s Yonhap News reported the latest firing, citing information from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, which were conducting an analysis of the situation, Yonhap reported.

Hours after the North Korean launch, South Korea fired a missile of its own from a submarine in an event that had been scheduled in advance, Yonhap reported.

The U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command also confirmed Wednesday’s test in a statement, pledging commitment to America’s allies in the region:

“We are aware of the missile launch and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK’s illicit weapons program. The U.S. commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ironclad.”

The Associated Press initially reported that only one projectile had been fired and did not identify it as a ballistic missile, but updated its story around 1:20 a.m. ET Wednesday, claiming as Yonhap did that two ballistic missiles had been fired.

Japan’s coast guard said both projectiles landed in international waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, the AP reported.

According to the AP, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the North Korean projectile flew toward the waters of the Korean Peninsula’s east coast on Wednesday. It gave no further details.

Wednesday’s development followed reports Monday of North Korean missile tests that occurred over last weekend – tests that ended a yearlong pause in the nation’s testing of projectiles, the AP reported.

People watch a TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea's long-range cruise missiles tests with images in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. (Associated Press)

North Korea said Monday it tested a newly developed cruise missile twice over the weekend. North Korea’s state media described the missile as a “strategic weapon of great significance,” implying they were developed with the intent to arm them with nuclear warheads.

Many experts say the North Korean test suggested North Korea is pushing to bolster its weapons arsenal amid a deadlock in nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.

The latest launch came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul for meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other senior officials to discuss the stalled nuclear diplomacy with the North.

Moon said South Korea’s government plans to hold an unscheduled national security council meeting later Wednesday, the AP reported.

Talks between the United States and North Korea have stalled since 2019, when the Americans rejected the North’s demand for major sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling an aging nuclear facility. Kim’s government has so far rejected the Biden administration’s overtures for dialogue, demanding that Washington abandon its “hostile” policies first.

The North’s resumption of testing activity is likely an attempt at pressuring the Biden administration over the diplomatic freeze after Kim failed to leverage his arsenal for economic benefits during the presidency of Donald Trump.

Fox News’ Lucas Y. Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this story.Dom Calicchio is a Senior Editor at FoxNews.com.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.15: 2021:

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(PYONGYANG, N.K) Party Conference Report: Kim Jong-un warns citizens of tough times ahead after the #COVID19 #pandemic as foreign diplomats plan to leave the country as lawmakers plan crackdown on smuggling and theft #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: In a rare admission of looming hardship, the authoritarian leader of the single-party state on Thursday called on officials to “wage another, more difficult ‘Arduous March’ in order to relieve our people of the difficulty, even a little”

‘Kim Jong-un warns of North Korea crisis similar to deadly 90s famine he has told citizens to prepare for hard times ahead, following warnings from rights groups that the country faces dire food shortages and economic instability’ Speaking at a party conference, Mr Kim appeared to compare the situation to the devastating 1990s famine, estimated to have killed hundreds of thousands’

Kim Jong-un is shoring up support within his party as times get tough: He’s making sure that the warnings are coming from him – perhaps so that when things get worse, he can point the finger at his officials for not acting on his orders.He can also pin blame for the dire economy on the Covid-19 pandemic and the strict economic sanctions designed to curb his nuclear weapons programme.And yet his regime continues to design and test new missiles.The weapons tests are something we can all see on satellite images and state media photos, and use them to question world leaders about how they are going to act.The North Korean people cannot get images of their suffering to us without the risk of being imprisoned or shot.Unseen, and according to warnings by their own leader, they now face going hungry amid a looming humanitarian crisis.Why is North Korea in trouble?Tightly controlled by the government, North Korea’s economy is one of the least free in the world and is said to be highly inefficient. The enormous cost of maintaining the military and security structures has left very little for the ordinary North Korean. The almost complete border closure aims to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in a country that does not have the public health infrastructure to handle an outbreak.However there are indications that Pyongyang is feeling pressure to reopen borders at least a bit, Mr Zwirko said. “North Korea has shown signs of wanting to increase trade with China again. They have passed a law a few months ago to help facilitate border trade,” he said.”But fundamentally, North Korea remains extremely paranoid about the virus. They’d really have to change and trust in the ability to disinfect goods that would come through.”North Korea claims that so far the border shutdown has kept it Covid-free, though analysts doubt this claim. North Korean potato propaganda is making a comeback… but what does it mean?

‘Kim made his rare admission of looming hardship at a party conference: North Korea has shut its borders due to the coronavirus pandemic: Trade with China, its economic lifeline, has come to a standstill’

This is on top of existing international economic sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme:

What did Kim say?

The Arduous March is a term used by North Korea officials to refer to the country’s struggle during the 1990s famine, when the fall of the Soviet Union left North Korea without crucial aid. The total number of North Koreans who starved to death is not known, but estimates range up to 3 million.

North Korea often struggles to feed its people

“It is not unusual for Kim Jong-un to talk about difficulties and hardship but this time the language is quite stark and that’s different,” Colin Zwirko, North Korea analyst at NK News, told the BBC. 

“Last October for instance, he gave a speech where he said that he himself failed to bring about enough changes. But mentioning explicitly that he’s decided to carry out a new Arduous March is not something he has said before.”

Earlier this week, Mr Kim had warned the country faced the “worst-ever situation” and “unprecedentedly numerous challenges”.

How bad is the situation? 

There have been warnings for months that the people of North Korea are struggling.

Reports of hardship appear to be coming especially from towns near the Chinese border, where smuggling would have been a huge earner for many.

The price of corn, the staple diet for most of rural North Korea, has reportedly fluctuated enormously and at times a kilogram of corn has cost more than a month’s wages.

Lina Yoon, a researcher from Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a recent report citing unnamed contacts in the country that “there is barely any food going into the country from China”.

“There are so many more beggars, some people died from hunger in the border area, and there’s no soap, toothpaste, or batteries,” she wrote: Russians leave North Korea on hand-pushed trolley

The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korean Human Rights, Tomás Ojea Quintana, warned last month in a report of a “serious food crisis” already leading to malnourishment and starvation: Deaths by starvation have been reported, as has an increase in the number of children and elderly people who have resorted to begging as families are unable to support them: “ It is unclear whether any aid at all is currently coming into the country. North Korea has rejected offers of external aid and almost all diplomats and aid workers, including staff of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), have left.

Meanwhile North Korea’s border closures means trade with China dropped by 80% last year from levels that had already fallen significantly in 2018 when the UN expanded sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear programme. 

Reports suggest North Korea restricted imports of staple foods from China last August and then cut almost all trade, including food and medicines, in October.

The country has also ramped up punishments for smuggling, describing it as “anti-socialist” and “enemy” behaviour, according to HRW.

North Korea was also hit by two major storms last summer, which caused flooding that is believed to have damaged crops, exacerbating the shortages.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Apr.19: 2021:

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(PYONGYANG, N.K.) #Coronavirus Report: The North tried to hack at least one South Korean pharmaceutical company developing a #Covid19 vaccine, lawmaker Ha Tae-keung told reporters after attending a closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.28: North Korea conducted a cyberattack on companies connected with vaccine development, an official in South Korea has said, citing intelligence report: The lawmaker who is a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, said the NIS did not specify which company had been targeted, but there was no damage from the hacking attempts:

US-based cyber security firm Cybereason said earlier this month a group of hackers from North Korea was targeting companies working on the research and development of Covid-19 vaccines, and similar claims were made by Microsoft: https://t.me/c/1099420761/2094372

The software giant made allegations against Russian hackers as well: However, Russian officials previously said they did not see any reason for such cyber intrusions, as the country is developing several vaccines by itself:

Pyongyang did not comment on the recent allegations: In May, it denounced the accusations of cyber warfare made by the US as a smear campaign: North Korea announced in July that it was developing its own vaccine for Covid-19.

#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Nov.28: 2020:

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ Impose Financial Sanctions on Companies Allegedly Involved in Arms Trading ‘

#AceNewsReport – SOUTH KOREA: June.26: South Korea imposed financial sanctions Friday on a Syrian research center and six Taiwanese individuals and companies for their alleged involvement in arms trading with Pyongyang, AFP reported.

This is the first time such measures have been taken against a group or individual outside the Korean Peninsula.

Among the blacklisted are Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center and Taiwanese companies – Global Interface Company, Trans Merits and Trans Multi Mechanics.

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PYONGYANG: ‘ Opening App Instagram on Mobiles issues warning of Blacklisted ‘

#AceNewsReport – PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – Warnings are appearing on Instagram accounts in North Korea that claim access to the popular photo-sharing app is being denied and the site blacklisted for harmful content.

Opening the app with mobile devices on the North Korean carrier Koryolink has resulted in a notification in English saying: “Warning! You can’t connect to this website because it’s in blacklist site.” A similar notice in Korean says the site contains harmful content, though that is not mentioned in the English version.

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NORTH KOREA: ‘ Claims the US targeted them with Live Anthrax ‘

#AceNewsReport – NORTH KOREA:June.12: Pyongyang has accused the United States of using “biological warfare schemes” to target North Korea with live anthrax and wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to investigate.

North Korea Claims US Targeted them with Live Anthrax '
‘ North Korea Claims US Targeted them with Live Anthrax ‘

The accusations were made in a letter to the UNSC and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon from North Korea’s ambassador to the UN Ja Song Nam.

The letter, which was dated June 4, was made public on Friday and comes after US defense officials revealed in late May that low concentration samples of live anthrax were mistakenly shipped to labs in 19 states and to at least 70 labs in four countries, including a US facility based in South Korea. Australia, Britain, and Canada have also reported receiving shipments of the deadly bacteria.

Anthrax bacteria

According to the US Defense Department, the anthrax was supposed to have been killed before it was shipped to laboratories for research, a practice that has been carried out successfully for ten years.

“The United States not only possesses deadly weapons of mass destruction…but also is attempting to use them in actual warfare against [North Korea],” Nam wrote in his letter.

Referring to the delivery as “the gravest challenge to peace and a hideous crime aimed at genocide,” the letter also “strongly requests the Security Council take up the issue of the shipment of anthrax germs in order to thoroughly investigate the biological warfare schemes of the United States.”

Pyongyang has been openly critical of the US’ military presence in South Korea, and has strongly objected annual US-South Korean military exercises which it views as a threat.

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke dismissed the allegations on Friday, telling reporters in Washington that they were “ridiculous” and “didn’t merit a response.”

The US House of Representatives announced on Wednesday that a thorough investigation has been launched into the incident, and vowed that they will hold the Defense Department accountable for the error.

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PYONGYANG: ‘ NORTH KOREA REJECTS SOUTH KOREA’S HIGH LEVEL TALKS MEETING ‘

#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – October 29 – North Korea rejected South Korea’s proposal for high-level talks this week, Yonhap news agency quoted the South Korean Unification Ministry as saying Wednesday.

“We express disappointment that it become difficult to open high-level talks on Oct. 30, as we proposed, due to North Korea’s attitude,” the ministry’s spokesman, Lim Byeong-cheol, said at a press briefing.

North Korea responded via fax, expressing its opposition to the spread of leaflets across the border, adding that the South was not interested in talks, and demanding an end to the dissemination of leaflets.

Several activist groups in South Korea have been spreading the leaflets, criticizing the North Korean regime.

South Korea has repeatedly stated that it will not try to control activists’ freedom of speech, calling the North’s demands “unjust.”

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NORTH KOREA: ‘ BARS ENTRY TO FOREIGN TOURISTS AND TRAVELLERS OVER EBOLA CRISIS ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 23 – North Korea will bar entry to foreigners on tourist trips from Friday because of Ebola concerns, Reuters said, citing tour operators.

“As of tomorrow, tourists from any country, regardless of where they have recently visited, will not be permitted to enter,” said Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company based in China.

It was not clear if the Pyongyang ban also covered non-tourist members of the diplomatic or business community.

RT Reported. 

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SEOUL: ‘ NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR SETS-UP TIMER RELEASED LEAFLETS CONDEMNING PYONGYANG’S DICTATORSHIP’

South Korea-based activists recently launched balloons loaded with propaganda leaflets over the country’s heavily militarized northern land border, triggering a volley of gunfire between border security guards and forcing a bilateral relations dialog to the point of collapse.

Leaflets - Screenshot from 2014-10-16 17:41:35

The airborne leafleting effort is nothing new. Lee Min-bok, a North Korean defector, and his group, the Campaign For Helping North Korea in Direct Way (sic), have used balloons to send printed messages, CDs and even little radios tuned for uncensored news and information, into the country since at least 2003.

North Korean defector Lee Min-bok sets up timer to release leaflets condemning Pyongyang’s dictatorship after balloon carrying the propaganda crosses in the country, Pocheon, South Korea, Oct. 15, 2014.North Korean defector Lee Min-bok sets up timer to release leaflets condemning Pyongyang’s dictatorship after balloon carrying the propaganda crosses in the country, Pocheon, South Korea, Oct. 15, 2014.

“The balloon launch is a primitive humanitarian activity for human rights, which opens eyes, ears and mouths of North Korean people that have been closed by the North Korean regime,” said Lee, an evangelical Christian and former North Korean agricultural scientist.

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SEOUL: ‘ North and South Korea Hold First Top-Level Military Talks Behind Close Doors ‘

#AceNewsServices – SEOUL – October 15 – South and North Korea held their first high-level military talks in seven years on Wednesday, but failed to reach agreement on pending issues such as inter-Korean clashes near the tense western maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said.

“The two representatives of both countries held the closed-door contact involving military officials from 10 a.m. at the truce village of Panmunjom after North Korea proposed the meeting to discuss the recent exchange of fire between their patrol boats in the Yellow Sea,” defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said.

The meeting, which ended at 3:10 p.m., failed to produce any meaningful agreements “due to the differences between the two sides,” he added.

Last week, South and North Korean patrol boats briefly exchanged fire after a North Korean naval vessel violated the NLL, the de facto maritime border in the Yellow Sea.

Heightening tensions further, the communist country on Friday fired anti-aircraft machine guns at balloons containing leaflets criticizing the authoritarian regime.

After some of the shots landed south of border, the two sides traded machine gun fire.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Pyongyang demanded the South “ban its ships from entering the areas it claims as the inter-Korean sea border, stop civic groups from sending propaganda leaflets and refrain from slander including in the press,” Kim said.

Drawn by the U.S.-led United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, the NLL acts as the de facto sea border between the two Koreas. It is not recognized by Pyongyang.

In response, South Korea called on the North to abide by the NLL, stressing that it is “not possible for the democratic government to control civic groups or media,” according to the ministry.

“Despite being very serious throughout the talks with a will to improve the bilateral ties, the two sides failed to narrow the differences, which caused the meeting to end without specific agreements,” Kim said.

The talks between generals on both sides were reportedly held at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

The South’s Defense Ministry declined to comment on the report, AFP said.

The last time such discussions were held in December 2007.

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KOREA: ‘ North and South Exchange Gunfire As Propaganda Leaflets Denounce Pyongyang Regime ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 10 – North and South Korean soldiers have exchanged gunfire across their mutual border after gas-filled balloons

' Gas-Filled Balloons filled with Propaganda to Denounce Pyongyang Regime '

‘ Gas-Filled Balloons filled with Propaganda to Denounce Pyongyang Regime ‘

With propaganda leaflets denouncing the Pyongyang regime were floated from the South Korean township of Hapsuri.

At 2 pm local time (0500 GMT) Friday, North Korean border guards sprayed bullets across the border.

South Korean soldiers retaliated and both sides peppered each other with gunfire for some time.

No casualties were reported on either side, yet some residents of Hapsuri had to be evacuated.

Earlier and for the first time in three years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wasnot on a list of dignitaries at a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.

An official state media dispatch listed senior government, military and party officials who paid their respects at an event marking the party’s 69th anniversary, but not Kim.

It said a flower basket with Kim’s name on it was placed before statues of his father and grandfather, both of whom also ruled North Korea. Kim, who is thought to be 31, hasn’t been seen performing his customary public duties in state media since he attended a concert Sept. 3.

He had been walking with a limp and was more overweight than usual in images that aired before that.

An official documentary from late last month described him as dealing with “discomfort,” which led to international speculation that he may be ill. (AP)

Sources: AP – RT – Kyodo – Euronews

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NORTH KOREA: ‘ Kim Jong-Un Disappears Whereabouts Unknown ‘

#AceNewsServices – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 08 – North Korea’s portly 31-year-old supreme leader has not been seen in public in more than month at a time when a high-level delegation has made a surprise visit to South Korea in an apparent peace initiative.

' Surprise Visit of a High-Level Delegation from North Korea visits South Korea '

‘ Surprise Visit of a High-Level Delegation from North Korea visits South Korea ‘

His disappearance from public view has stirred rumours of coups, health problems and even a low-grade civil war in the Hermit Kingdom. Though it could be linked to our recent post on his leadership being a puppet government, either way his whereabouts are still unknown.    

Kim Jong Un, who succeeded his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, was last seen Sept. 3 attending a music concert with his wife Ri Sol Ju. The state newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed the pair sitting in front-row seats for the performance by an all-girl troupe, the BBC reports.

He was a no-show when the North Korean parliament convened Sept. 26 for its second session of the year. On Tuesday, Kim Jong Un did not attend a national meeting to mark the 17th anniversary of the election of his father as general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea,the South Korean Yonhap news agency reports.

A recent official documentary only shows footage from August of the North Korean leader limping while commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of the country’s founder.

The film mentioned he had been feeling “discomfort,” the BBC reports. 

His sudden low profile coincides with the surprise visit Saturday by a high-level North Korean delegation to the South Korean port city of Incheon to attend the close of the Asian Games, which included North Korean athletes.

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#AceNewsServices – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – October 07 – A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed sea border off the peninsula’s west coast and fired shots back before retreating, a South Korean defence official said.

There were no casualties on the South Korean side and none of the shots by either side was aimed at the other’s vessel, he told Reuters.

' South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border '

‘ South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border ‘

It was the latest in a series of similar altercations near Yeonpyeong island, which was bombed by the North in 2010 killing four people, including two civilians.

' South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border '

‘ South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border ‘

The area near Yeonpyeong has been the scene of clashes in the past that killed scores of sailors on both sides, with North Korean vessels frequently crossing the so-called Northern Limit Line, which it refuses to recognise as the maritime border.

The stand-off came after a surprise visit by the highest-level delegation by North Korea at the weekend, comprised of a top military aide to the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, who met South Korean officials.

They agreed to resume dialogue on improving ties that had been cut off in February, raising hope for a breakthrough in the relationship between the rivals which remain in a technical state of war under a truce ending their 1950-53 war.

In 2010, a South Korean navy ship patrolling the area was hit and sunk in a torpedo attack killing 46 of the sailors on board. South Korea blames the North for the attack but Pyongyang denies involvement.

The attack led to the South cutting off all political and commercial exchange with the North except for a factory zone in the North Korean city of Kaesong where South Korean companies operate manufacturing facilities.

In recent years, Seoul has allowed small private groups to visit the North, mostly on humanitarian or religious trips.

(Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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NORTH KOREA: ‘ Counter-Intelligence Officer Claims Kim Jong-Un is Now a Puppet Leader as Pyongyang is Placed in Lock-Down ‘

#AceNewsServices – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 04  – A former North Korean counter-intelligence officer has claimed that Kim Jong-Un is no longer in control of the nation and is now just a ‘puppet leader’.

Jang Jin-sung, who used to be an influential officer in Kim Jong-il’s propaganda division, made the sensational assertion at a September conference in Holland attended by several elite exiles, it’s been reported.

The capital, Pyongyang, meanwhile, has been placed into lock-down with even the elite banned from entering or leaving, according to a respected news site. This adds weight to Jin-sung’s claim, as a North Korean expert said that this kind of measure is only put in place when a coup has taken place – or is suspected.

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NORTH KOREA: ‘ Regional Arms Race on the Cards Should US Deploy Missile Defence System (THAAD) in South Korea ‘

#AceNewsServices NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 2 – North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) warned on Thursday of a regional arms race that could escalate if an advanced US missile defence system is deployed in South Korea.

The deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) “will entail political and military confrontation, and will lead to the arms race in North-East Asia,” the agency said in a commentary published in local newspapers.

The warning comes in response to Washington’s statements that the possible deployment of the THAAD, a key element of the multi-layered global US missile defence program, is set to counter the growing military threat from North Korea.

A top American defence official, Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work, told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency on Tuesday that Washington and Seoul are in talks about the possible deployment of the THAAD.

The US has already moved one THAAD battery to the Pacific island of Guam “in response to North Korean provocations,” he said.

The KCNA news agency said the United States is seeking to use South Korea “to fulfil its strategy aimed at gaining dominance in the Asia-Pacific”, and then “a major armed conflict could erupt.”

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