Dance party in Pyongyang

Dance party in Pyongyang

 

Young North Koreans dance in the streets of Pyongyang on Aug. 25, 2016, during a party celebrating the 56th anniversary of the Day of Songgun. Songgun, meaning military first, was a centerpiece policy of the country’s late former leader Kim Jong-il. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (KCNA-Yonhap) (END)

 

Source : Yonhap News Agency

Seoul says Pyongyang is ready for nuke test any time

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s Ministry of Unification said on Monday that North Korea could conduct its fifth nuclear test whenever it wants, amid growing speculations that the reclusive country may be planning another detonation following increased activity detected at its underground nuclear site.

“North Korea seems to be fully prepared to carry out a nuclear test at any time (when the order is given by its leader Kim Jong-un). South Korea is closely monitoring every move at the North’s test site in close cooperation with the United States,” unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said at a regular press briefing.

South Korean and U.S. intelligence sources said Sunday they had detected a spike in movement of vehicles and personnel at the North’s nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, in the northwestern part of North Korea. The rise in movement comes after Seoul and Washington on July 8 announced their plan to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea by 2017.

The ministry didn’t provide any further details on the North’s preparations for a possible nuclear test.

This undated computer graphic image shows North Korea's national flag, the scene of its nuclear test and a satellite image of its nuclear test site in Punggye-ri. (Yonhap)

This undated computer graphic image shows North Korea’s national flag, the scene of its nuclear test and a satellite image of its nuclear test site in Punggye-ri. (Yonhap)

Early on Monday, Japan’s Kyodo News said that signs have been spotted of North Korea preparing to carry out a nuclear test as early as this month, citing government officials from South Korea and Japan.

North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, drawing international condemnation and U.N. sanctions. It conducted its fourth test in January of this year, that caused the United Nations to slap the toughest ever sanctions to date on the country.

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North Korea’s sends 2nd passenger jet to Kuwait in June

North Korea’s national carrier, Air Koryo, sent a second passenger plane to Kuwait in June after a two-month suspension, the U.S.-based Voice of America reported Wednesday.

Air Koryo did not operate the Pyongyang-Kuwait route in March and April but resumed the route for one flight last month.

Based on data from Flight Radar 24, a website that tracks flights around the world, VOA said Air Koryo flight JS161 heading for Kuwait from Pyongyang was spotted by radars flying above the North Korean city of Sonchon, North Pyongan Province, at 5:43 p.m. on June 28.

The plane was later spotted flying westward over China’s northeastern city of Shenyang to the Middle East region and was presumed to have already arrived in Kuwait after a stopover at Islamabad, Pakistan, according to VOA report.

The North Korean flight normally conducts a transit and re-fueling stop in Islamabad on the Pyongyang-Kuwait route.

The North’s Air Koryo is known to be operating the Pyongyang-Kuwait route to mainly transport North Korean workers to and from the Middle East country.

North Korea is reportedly experiencing hardships as it has been under strict international sanctions for its nuclear and missile tests earlier this year. The U.N. Security Council resolution passed in early March included a ban on the export of aviation fuel to the reclusive country. (Yonhap)

Source : The Korea Herald

Tea house in Pyongyang

Tea house in Pyongyang

An employee is at work at “Ryongwang” tea house in downtown Pyongyang in this photo obtained by Yonhap News Agency on June 14, 2016. Coffee, beverages and other food items from Japan, often a target of North Korea’s harsh broadsides, were available. The photo is one of some 1,000 taken May 4-24 in Pyongyang and Sinuiju, a North Korean city near the border with China. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)

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Traffic control in Pyongyang

Traffic control in Pyongyang

A public security official, his motorcycle parked next to him, monitors traffic in Pyongyang in this photo obtained by Yonhap News Agency on June 14, 2016. The photo is one of some 1,000 taken May 4-24 in Pyongyang and Sinuiju, a North Korean city near the border with China. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)

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North Korea’s young vanguard holds rally in Pyongyang

N. Korea's young vanguard holds rally in Pyongyang

Members of North Korea’s young vanguard hold a rally in Pyongyang on May 24, 2016, where they vowed to carry out the decision of the recently closed congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was named the new chairman of the WPK at the congress that ended on May 9. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap) (END)

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