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Central North Korean Newspaper Calls for “Revolutionary Spirit” in Response to UN Sanctions, International Disapproval

Central North Korean Newspaper Calls for “Revolutionary Spirit” in Response to UN Sanctions, International Disapproval

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – To no one’s surprise, North Korea remains, at least outwardly, undaunted and defiant in the face of international condemnation over its persistent nuclear weapons program. The official newspaper of the autocratic government, Rodong Sinmun (translated as labor newspaper), lambasted the recent developments in its September 20 issue under the [...]

North Korea’s Only News Channel Shows Off Nation’s Transportation System

North Korea’s Only News Channel Shows Off Nation’s Transportation System

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – A broadcast on September 8 by North Korea’s only official news channel revealed that hydrogen bombs may not have been the only technology development the reclusive nation has been conducting underground. In the Joseon Jungang TV piece, Pyongyang residents are seen riding the subway, with an extra close-up on [...]

North Korea to Host Taekwondo Championships in Pyeongyang

North Korea to Host Taekwondo Championships in Pyeongyang

SEOUL, Sept. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korea said Friday that more than 70 countries and regions have applied to attend the North Korea-led International Taekwondo Federation’s (ITF) championships to be held in Pyongyang later this month. Preparations for the championships slated for Sept. 15-21 are in the final stage, according to the Korean Central [...]

Seoul Raises Concerns Over False Foreign Reports of Inter-Korean Ties

Seoul Raises Concerns Over False Foreign Reports of Inter-Korean Ties

SEOUL, June 30 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea on Friday expressed concerns that some foreign media outlets’ “groundless” reports could hamper inter-Korean relations, apparently pointing to a Japanese report on Seoul’s alleged attempt to implement regime change in North Korea. Japan’s Asahi Shimbun said Monday that the administration of former South Korean Park Geun-hye attempted [...]

Kim Jong-un’s Love of Cigarettes Hampering North Korea’s Anti-Smoking Efforts

Kim Jong-un’s Love of Cigarettes Hampering North Korea’s Anti-Smoking Efforts

SEOUL, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea is again bolstering its anti-smoking efforts, advertising new smoking cessation aids on state television.  On May 30, the Korean Central News Agency introduced a nicotine patch – “a cutting-edge technology quit-smoking aid” – that helps smokers stop their habit. “This highly effective nicotine patch is newly introduced [...]