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Op-Ed: North Korea amassing cryptocurrencies for revenue and trade

Pyongyang - North Korea appears to be intensifying efforts to obtain more bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies as it is banned from the global banking system and subject to new trade restrictions and sanctions promoted by the US and passed by the UN Security Council.

Op-Ed: Academics protest YouTube's closure of North Korean channels

San Bruno - Academics are angry that YouTube has shut down two North Korean news, and propaganda channels and has urged the company to reinstate them as they provided valuable insights about the country including into their nuclear program.

North Korea celebrates nuclear test

Pyongyang - North Korea held a mass celebration for the scientists involved in carrying out its largest nuclear blast to date, with fireworks and a mass rally in Pyongyang.

Shellfish, fire and Party praise: beach breaks, North Korea style

- Take several dozen North Korean clams. Arrange vent-down on concrete slab. Douse liberally with petrol. Ignite. Add fuel until cooked.

Not so jolly hockey sticks for North Korean sports

Pyongyang - When North Korea's ice hockey team arrived in Auckland for an international tournament carrying battered wooden sticks, organisers stepped in to provide high-tech carbon fibre equipment.

Tears in rain: North Korea marks 'Victory Day'

Pyongyang - In heavy rain, North Koreans put down their umbrellas to bow before the mausoleum of founder Kim Il Sung and his son on Thursday as the country marked the end of the Korean War, which it calls Victory Day.

N. Korea official: 'We don't care' about US travel ban

Pyongyang - Washington's ban on US citizens travelling to North Korea will have no effect on the country's tourism industry and Pyongyang does not care about it "at all", a senior development official insisted Tuesday.

N.Korea official: 'We don't care' about US travel ban

Pyongyang - Washington's ban on US citizens travelling to North Korea will have no effect on the country's tourism industry and Pyongyang does not care about it "at all", a senior development official insisted Tuesday.

Last chance to see North Korea for US tourists

Pyongyang - The Westerners lined up on Sunday before giant statues of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il and, on command from their guide, bowed deeply.

Explosions in sky as Pyongyang celebrates ICBM launch

Pyongyang - Fireworks lit up the sky over Pyongyang's Juche Tower as North Korea celebrated its launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a milestone in its decades-long weapons drive.

Op-Ed: Russia and China challenge U.S. policy on North Korea

Moscow - As Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow the two issued a joint statement that called for a simultaneous freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile tests but also on military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea.

New options for Trump as he meets South Korean leader

Washington - CNN reports that revised US military options have been prepared for President Trump according to two US military officials.

Op-Ed: China angry at U.S. sanctions and weapons sales to Taiwan

Washington - Sanctions have been imposed on the Chinese Bank of Dandong with the U.S. Treasury department accusing it of being "a conduit for illicit North Korean activity".

Op-Ed: South Korean President and Trump may clash on policies

This week the new South Korean President Moon Jae-In will visit the United States and have his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Moon's policies towards North Korea are less aggressive than those of the U.S.

Op-Ed: Former NBA star Rodman makes fourth visit to North Korea

Pyongyang - The former NBA star Dennis Rodman claims he was "just trying to open the door" as he visits North Korea for the fourth time. He said he would not raise the issue of Americans detained in the country.

Lessons in loyalty as N.Korea celebrates children's day

Pyongyang - To celebrate Korean Children's Union Day on Tuesday, the pupils of Pyongyang Number Four Primary School threw mock grenades at targets, crawled under a frame and threw themselves over a fence -- all with an imitation AK47 over their shoulders.

Op-Ed: US sanctions more companies and people for supporting North Korea

On Thursday the U.S. blacklisted nine companies and government institutions for alleged support of North Korean weapons programs. The list includes two Russian firms.

Op-Ed: U.S. sends another aircraft carrier to South Korea

In spite of the fact that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this Friday that any military solution would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale", the US is sending another aircraft carrier to the South Korean area.

Op-Ed: North Korea and Russia start ferry service between countries

Just as the United States is trying to isolate North Korea and imposes more sanctions, Russia and North Korea have initiated ferry services between Rajin on the east coast of North Korea and Vladivostok on Russia's east coast.

Op-Ed: U.S. considers talks with North Korea under certain conditions

The United States is willing to consider talks with North Korea but it puts conditions on such talks that are unlikely to be accepted by North Korea.
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