North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said no to outside relief for recent floods to protect the country from the coronavirus, the state-run media said Friday.
North Korea’s nuclear complex at Yongbyon may have been significantly damaged by flooding at the Kuryong River, said a U.S. research institute on Wednesday.
Areas near the inter-Korean border in Gyeonggi have lost fishing vessels and sustained extensive damage after multiple, abrupt discharges from an upstream dam operated by North Korea during the prolonged monsoon season.
The U.S. State Department on Tuesday expressed deep concern over the human rights situation in North Korea, vowing to continue efforts to allow residents in the regime to access independent information from abroad.
The United Nations and South Korea say they are ready to help North Korea recover from heavy flooding this month, but Pyongyang remains publicly tight-lipped about reaching out for assistance, instead stressing self-reliance through its state media.
South Korea’s Ministry of Unification is pushing to inspect operations at dozens of groups registered as humanitarian organizations for North Korea, prompting activists to cry foul at what they claim is a crackdown from Seoul.
Mobile phones are becoming more popular in North Korea, with roughly 18 percent of the population now thought to own heavily-restricted smartphones and feature phones.
South Korea on Thursday approved a plan to provide $10 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea through a UN-affiliated international organization.
Alex Wong, the U.S. deputy special representative for North Korea, said in a Senate hearing Wednesday that the United States is ready to negotiate the dismantling of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
The U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) chief warned Tuesday that North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons and that the country's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests could pose a threat to the U.S. mainland.