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Saturday, August 20, 2011

DPRK leader Kim Jong Il arrives in Russia ahead of summit meeting

Special train seen here crossing a bridge on a previous visit
In a rare foreign visit confirmed by state-run KCNA, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Saturday arrived via his armored train in Russia, where he will discuss economic projects and meet with President Dmitry Medvedev. His present visit is the first since 2002.

A Kremlin statement described the upcoming summit between leaders as the “main event” during Kim’s trip to the Far East and Siberian regions. The trip comes at a time when the Stalinist dictatorship is both pushing for aid and facing international pressure to resume nuclear talks, suspended since early 2009.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Increasing U.S. Aid Offers: $900,000 Pledged to Help North Korea Cope With Flooding

The United States will contribute as much as $900,000 in emergency assistance to help the DPRK cope with recent flooding, the State Department announced.

The U.S. Agency for International Development will provide the aid to North Korea’s Kangwon, North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces through NGOs.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Excellent election system

This is my 24th visit to the DPRK, but it is the first time I have ever visited a polling station here.
Looking round the poll, I have been greatly impressed by the free and democratic elections and I have had a better understanding of the DPRK's reality.
In the DPRK every citizen is eligible to vote and to be elected. Those who have worked a lot for the people are elected as deputies.
The popular election system of the DPRK is really excellent.
What I'd like to say more is that whenever I visit the country I can see more and more modern structures rising here and there. And I realize the developing reality of the country.
I will come to the DPRK in 2012 to join the Korean people commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung. 

By Wim van der Bijl, director of the art building material company of the Netherlands

Sunday, August 14, 2011

DPRK not going to collapse any time soon

Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about North Korea these days, with loaded words like “reform” and “collapse” on the tips of many tongues. Few, however, can speak of the secretive country from what they have seen with their own eyes.

Walters Keats, president of Illinois-based Asia Pacific Travel LTD (APTL), can talk from experience -- the tour operator has visited the North some 25 times. The country, he finds, is in the midst of change.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Shelling Reported in Disputed Korean Waters

South Korea says it has responded to artillery fired into a Yellow Sea flashpoint on Wednesday.
South Korea’s military says it fired three warning shots into the Yellow Sea, an hour after North Korean shelling was heard close to their disputed sea boundary.

North Korea seeking rice deal with Myanmar

North Korean trade officials visited Myanmar this week to discuss a possible deal to import Burmese rice to ease major food shortages at home, a government official said on Wednesday. 

A meeting was held on Tuesday in the country's biggest city, Yangon, but the terms of the agreement and how North Korea planned to pay for the rice were not known, the official told Reuters, requesting anonymity.
A North Korea-flagged cargo ship named Tumangang has been docked in the port city since Monday. Witnesses and a Reuters photographer said the vessel appeared empty and no cargo was seen being loaded or unloaded.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chinese warships visit N. Korea on goodwill visit

Two Chinese warships arrived at a North Korean port Thursday on a goodwill visit to mark the 50th anniversary of a mutual assistance treaty between the countries.

Footage from Associated Press Television News in North Korea showed citizens chanting "friendship" as they welcomed the Chinese ships Luoyang and Zheng He at the North's east coast port of Wonsan.