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Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano

Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcanoMOUNT PAEKTU, North Korea (AP) — Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano.



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Families Separated Since Korean War Reunite In North Korea

Families Separated Since Korean War Reunite In North KoreaFamilies divided during the Korean War tearfully reunited for the first time



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U.S. targets Chinese and Russian firms with breach of North Korea sanctions

U.S. targets Chinese and Russian firms with breach of North Korea sanctionsThe United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of U.S. sanctions aimed at pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear programs. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury said China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co. Ltd and its Singapore-based affiliate SINSMS Pte. Ltd had netted over $ 1 billion a year by exporting alcohol and cigarette products to North Korea.



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US blacklists Russian and Chinese companies trading with North Korea

US blacklists Russian and Chinese companies trading with North KoreaThe US imposed sanctions Wednesday on three foreign companies it accuses of helping North Korea with the illicit shipments of goods to fund its nuclear program. The Treasury Department said it was taking action against the companies, which are based in China, Russia and Singapore, as well as the head of the Russian firm. The move blocks any assets that they may have in US jurisdictions and bans Americans from doing business with them. It comes as the US continues to press for full compliance with international sanctions against North Korea while it continues talks with the North on ending its nuclear program. "The tactics that these entities based in China, Singapore, and Russia are using to attempt to evade sanctions are prohibited under US law, and all facets of the shipping industry have a responsibility to abide by them or expose themselves to serious risks," Steven Mnuchin, the US Treasury Secretary, said in a statement. "Treasury will continue to implement existing sanctions on North Korea, and will take action to block and designate companies, ports and vessels that facilitate illicit shipments and provide revenue streams to the DPRK. "The consequences for violating these sanctions will remain in place until we have achieved the final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea." Those targeted on Wednesday are the China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co. and its Singapore-based affiliate, SINSMS Ltd., along with Russia's Profinet Ltd. and its director general. They are accused of helping North Korea evade international sanctions by re-routing exports and imports through Chinese and Russian ports. The US Treasury said the Chinese company and its Singaporean affiliate had used false shipping documents to export alcohol and tobacco products to North Korea in violation of international sanctions. It said the Russian firm and its director, Vasili Aleksandrovich Kolchanov, provided port services at least six times to North Korean-flagged vessels engaged in sanctions busting oil shipments. 



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Alaska's North Slope Hit by Strongest Quake Ever Recorded in the Region

Alaska's North Slope Hit by Strongest Quake Ever Recorded in the RegionAlaska's North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state's seismologist said



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Japanese man detained in North Korea: report

Japanese man detained in North Korea: reportA Japanese man has been detained in North Korea, and government officials are trying to gather information on his safety, the Asahi Shimbun reported on Saturday. It quoted one of the sources as saying that North Korea could use him as a bargaining chip in any future diplomatic talks. Japan, in addition to demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and missile programs, has also sought the return of abductees kidnapped during the 1970s and 1980s.



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North Korea urges U.S. to drop sanctions as Seoul probes illicit coal shipments

North Korea urges U.S. to drop sanctions as Seoul probes illicit coal shipmentsBy Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean state media on Monday urged the United States to drop sanctions, as South Korea said it was investigating nine cases of coal shipments that potentially violated U.N. resolutions. Pyongyang had demonstrated good faith by ending nuclear weapons testing and returning the remains of U.S. troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, and the resolutions had lost a reason to exist, said the Rodong Sinmun, a mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ Party. The statements came days after a confidential United Nations report concluded that North Korea had not halted nuclear and missile program, in breach of U.N. resolutions, and continued illegal trade in oil, coal and other commodities.



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North Korea's Foreign Minister Shoots Back at U.S. Over Sanctions Warnings

North Korea's Foreign Minister Shoots Back at U.S. Over Sanctions WarningsThe move comes after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke in Sinagpore



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North Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile programme according to confidential UN report

North Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile programme according to confidential UN reportNorth Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters on Friday. The six-month report by independent experts monitoring the implementation of UN sanctions was submitted to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee late on Friday. "(North Korea) has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes and continued to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018," the experts wrote in the 149-page report. The North Korean mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment on the report. The UN report said North Korea is cooperating militarily with Syria and has been trying to sell weapons to Yemen's Houthis. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during ceremonies honoring the 65th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean War Credit: KCNA/ UPI Pyongyang also violated a textile ban by exporting more than $ 100 million in goods between October 2017 and March 2018 to China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Uruguay, the report said. The report comes as Russia and China suggest the Security Council discuss easing sanctions after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met for the first time in June and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization. The United States and other council members have said there must be strict enforcement of sanctions until Pyongyang acts. Hwasong-15 ballistic missiles during a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, February 2018 The UN experts said illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products in international waters had "increased in scope, scale and sophistication." They said a key North Korean technique was to turn off a ship's tracking system, but that they were also physically disguising ships and using smaller vessels. The Security Council has unanimously sanctioned North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products. The experts said "prohibited military cooperation with the Syrian Arab Republic has continued unabated." They said North Korean technicians engaged in ballistic missile and other banned activities have visited Syria in 2011, 2016 and 2017. Inside North Korea – forbidden photos The report said that experts were investigating efforts by the North Korean Ministry of Military Equipment and Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID) to supply conventional arms and ballistic missiles to Yemen's Houthi group. A country, which was not identified, showed the experts a July 13, 2016 letter from a Houthi leader inviting the North Koreans to meet in Damascus "to discuss the issue of the transfer of technology and other matters of mutual interest," according to the report. The experts said that the effectiveness of financial sanctions was being systematically undermined by "deceptive practices" of North Korea. 



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North Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile program: confidential U.N. report

North Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile program: confidential U.N. reportBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Friday. The six-month report by independent experts monitoring the implementation of U.N. sanctions was submitted to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee late on Friday. “(North Korea) has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and continued to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products, as well as through transfers of coal at sea during 2018,” the experts wrote in the 149-page report.



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