US Expresses Alarm Over Strengthening North Korea-Russia Alliance Before Putin's Visit to Pyongyang
South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing the Korean Central News Agency, reported the visit of Russian President Putin from Tuesday to Wednesday, which raises apprehensions regarding the route Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are taking in what apparently seems to be an effort at solidifying their bilateral military alliance. This can affect security dynamics not only on the Korean Peninsula but across the world at large.
North Korea Celebrates Strengthened Relations with Russia on Anniversary of Kim-Putin Summit
The first meeting between Kim and Putin took place on April 25, 2019, in Vladivostok, a city in eastern Russia. They convened again at the Vostochny spaceport in Russia in September of the previous year, as reported by Yonhap news agency.
Growing Discontent Among North Koreans Regarding Leader Kim Jong-un and Hereditary Power Succession, Report
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One notable finding is the growing skepticism among North Koreans regarding Kim Jong-un's leadership and the legitimacy of the Kim family's hereditary power succession. According to the report, a considerable percentage of defectors viewed Kim Jong-un's assumption of power as inappropriate, reflecting a trend of increasing dissatisfaction with the ruling regime.
North Korea Conducts Testing of Underwater Nuclear Weapon System
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The North Korean Defence Ministry characterized the joint maritime exercise as "reckless" military confrontation hysteria.
Pyongyang Abolishes Agencies Handling Inter-Korean Affairs
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The affected bodies include the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, the National Economic Cooperation Bureau, and the Kumgangsan International Tourism Administration, which were established to facilitate inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation.
North Korea Asserts Successful Launch of Solid-Fuel Hypersonic Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile
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The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the missile's flight distance, time, and other specific details were not disclosed.
Nuclear Envoys of South Korea, US, Japan Unite in Condemnation of North Korea's Missile Launch
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Kim Gunn, South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, held discussions with his US counterpart, Jung Pak, and Japanese counterpart, Hiroyuki Namazu, denouncing the missile launch as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.