North Korea: Kim Jong-un orders construction of giant tourist resort – would you visit?

North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un has set out his vision for a coastal tourist paradise which he wants to be ready for autumn 2019. The project is to be built at Wonsan-Kalma, a large development on the east coast of the Hermit Country – and Kim Jong-un has been pictured overseeing construction. In all the […]

A Malaysian court has found there is enough evidence to mount a case against the women charged with murdering the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Reuters/Fuji TV/AP The trial against two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to continue.  A court ruled Thursday there was enough evidence presented by prosecution to mount a case.  The women have been asked to enter their defense. They face death penalty on charges. KUALA […]

The US sanctioned Chinese and Russian entities for helping North Korea cash in on its billion-dollar smuggling schemes

Thomson Reuters The US sanctioned Chinese and a Russian entities on Wednesday for helping service the illegal cigarette and alcohol trade in North Korea.  According to the US Treasury, North Korea’s cigarette smuggling has reportedly netted the Kim regime over $ 1 billion per year. Profits from the cigarette trade and other smuggling schemes are […]

North Korea mysteriously forbids tourists to visit until September – but no one knows why

North Korea has frozen all tourist visa applications that are underway until 9 September, tour company Kyoryo Tours revealed today. The move comes after visits by Chinese tourists were suspended by North Korea capital Pyongyang.  The reason for the suspension of tourist visas is as yet unknown, Kyoryo Tours have said in a statement.  One […]

The US says it’s talking with North Korea ‘virtually every day,’ but they’re getting nowhere

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst The US and North Korea are in direct communication “virtually every day,” according to a US State Department spokeswoman. Talks appear to have hit a roadblock as both sides are beginning to publicly express their frustration with each other. The US is concerned about reports that North Korea is continuing to advance its […]

4 Russian soldiers killed by avalanche in North Caucasus mountains

An avalanche in the Russian Caucasus region has killed four members of the Russian National Guard, regional military authorities have announced. The tragedy in the mountainous region of Kabardino-Balkaria happened during routine exercises in the area, according to Interfax. The National Guard has expressed condolences and promised full support to the victims’ families. They also […]

North Korea slams US after Pompeo’s call to maintain sanctions pressure on Pyongyang

The recent moves by Washington “are not helpful at all for building confidence” in relations with Pyongyang, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told a security forum in Singapore, according to a statement cited by Reuters. Moreover, advancing “unilateral demands will further deepen mistrust, instead of reviving trust,” the minister said. He cautioned that the US shouldn’t […]

Trump heaps praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late-night tweet, suggests another meeting could happen ‘soon’

Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty President Donald Trump in a late-night tweet praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after his regime provided the US with what are believed to be the remains of US service members who died during the Korean War era. Trump also appeared to suggest that there could be a second meeting […]

North Korea’s missile program reportedly continues after Trump and Kim Jong Un’s pledge to promote ‘peace and prosperity’

Evan Vucci/AP North Korea is reportedly continuing to build missiles at a research facility despite its leader’s pledge to work toward “peace and prosperity” on the Korean Peninsula, The Washington Post reported on Monday night. US intelligence officials familiar Pyongyang’s operations say that new evidence, including recent satellite photos, suggest the regime is producing at […]

Trump’s North Korea policy hangs by a thread — but he may be the only one who can fix it

Kevin Lim/THE STRAITS TIMES/Handout/Getty Images North Korea returned the remains of 55 bodies, thought to belong to US servicemembers, on Friday. The repatriation — on the 65th anniversary of the armistice that paused the Korean War — was a commitment Kim made at his summit with Donald Trump. Every other element of Trump’s North Korea […]