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Jul 21, 2015

North Korea says not interested in Iran-like nuclear talks with U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, the isolated country’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement said North Korea’s nuclear program was an “essential deterrence” against U.S. foreign policy toward the reclusive country, which the North views as hostile.

Jul 20, 2015

U.S. Admiral says his South China Sea surveillance flight ‘routine’

SEOUL (Reuters) – A top U.S. Navy admiral said he joined a routine surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea on Saturday and that the U.S. was committed to freedom of navigation in the region.

Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, confirmed at a press roundtable in Seoul on Monday that he had been aboard the seven-hour flight of a Boeing P-8 surveillance plane, but gave no specific details about the flight.

Jul 14, 2015

Two-wheeled revolution: Pyongyang installs bike lanes

SEOUL, July 14 (Reuters) – North Korea has installed cycle
lanes on major thoroughfares running through Pyongyang in an
apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents as more people
have the cash to spend on bicycles to get around.

Bicycles are an expensive but popular mode of transport for
many in an impoverished and reclusive country where private car
ownership, although on the rise, is still rare.

Jun 26, 2015

North Korea to foreigners: don’t bring in subversive media, porn

SEOUL, June 26 (Reuters) – North Korea has warned foreigners
living in Pyongyang not to share outside media on memory sticks
with its citizens, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a
note, cracking down on what the isolated country called
“undesirable content”.

The vast majority of North Koreans have no access to outside
Internet or foreign media, but people regularly share films,
music and literature on easily-concealed USB sticks that are
passed from person to person.

Jun 26, 2015

Pyongyang to foreigners: don’t bring subversive media, porn

SEOUL, June 26 (Reuters) – North Korea has warned foreigners
living in Pyongyang not to share outside media on memory sticks
with its citizens, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a
note, cracking down on what the isolated country called
“undesirable content”.

The vast majority of North Koreans have no access to outside
Internet or foreign media, but people regularly share films,
music and literature on easily-concealed USB sticks that are
passed from person to person.

Jun 25, 2015

Lattes and Mars bars on sale at N.Korea’s gleaming new airport terminal

SEOUL, June 25 (Reuters) – Designer shirts, duty free
watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await
visitors to North Korea, according to photos of Pyongyang’s new
airport terminal released by state media on Thursday.

Three pages of Thursday’s ruling Workers’ Party official
daily newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, were devoted to images of
leader Kim Jong Un and his wife inspecting shops, restaurants
and waiting areas in a large, glass-fronted terminal building
state media said would open on July 1.

Jun 22, 2015

North Korea’s fledgling markets provide buffer against drought

SEOUL, June 22 (Reuters) – Despite a severe drought this
year, North Korea’s fledgling markets and private farm plots
should provide a buffer against a famine of the sort that
devastated the totalitarian nation in the 1990s.

The 1994-1998 famine killed hundreds of thousands of people,
but experts say the emergence of grassroots markets and an
unofficial economy since then mean most North Koreans can grow
and trade food independently of the state, decreasing the risk
of widespread starvation.

Jun 17, 2015

North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.

The country suffered a devastating famine in the 1990s and has relied on international food aid, but support has fallen sharply in recent years, because of its curbs on humanitarian workers and reluctance to allow monitoring of food distribution.

Jun 13, 2015

North Korea restricts access to uncensored mobile Internet

SEOUL, June 13 (Reuters) – Foreigners in North Korea no
longer have access to the country’s 3G network, the country’s
mobile phone provider said in a message sent to its subscribers
in the country.

North Koreans are unable to access outside uncensored
Internet, except for on rare occasions, but foreign residents
and visitors to the isolated country are able to buy 3G mobile
SIM cards which are largely unrestricted.

Jun 12, 2015

Popular Pyongyang tourist spot the Koryo Hotel catches fire

SEOUL (Reuters) – A section of the Koryo Hotel, one of the oldest and best known hotels in Pyongyang, caught fire on Thursday, sources who witnessed the fire in the North Korean capital told Reuters.

Images obtained by Reuters showed plumes of black smoke billowing from the bridge connecting the two 43-storey towers of the 143-metre (469-feet) structure, which lies a short distance from Pyongyang’s bustling train station and the Taedong river that cuts through the city.