UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs to visit North Korea, By Hamish Macdonald
Delegation will mark the first official visit to the DPRK by a UN political chief since 2010
North Korean iron, coal exports at zero in October: Beijing, By Leo Byrne
Imports of other types of iron continued, however, despite PoE recommendations
Chinese trade figures show North Korean exports of coal and iron ores dropped to zero in October, in line with UN measures prohibiting the trade passed earlier in the year. While China continued to buy DPRK coal and iron in August and September, stretching the wording of UN resolutions, the most recent trade figures indicate
What rumors of Tillerson’s ouster could mean for North Korea, By Jonathan R. Corrado
At a critical time, the President’s relationship with the Secretary of State is troubled
Rumors are swirling in DC that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could soon be fired and replaced with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo. This possibility highlights divergences within the administration over, among other things, the U.S.’s top foreign policy priority: North Korea. Given the urgency of the situation and the focus it has received in time.
Kim Jong Un’s November: Got the guns, now for the butter, By Tristan Webb
The return of Byungjin, and the continued role of Jo Yong Won, “Kim Jong Un’s shadow”
November was full of interesting developments for those interested in the North Korean leadership and the ruling party’s narratives. This article reviews: the major (and almost certainly enduring) political significance of the Hwasong-15 launch; further signs, detected in this column since August, that there may be concern within the leadership about too much focus on The return of Byungjin, and the continued role of Jo Yong Won.
Number of malaria cases in N. Korea down for fourth consecutive year: WHO, By Dagyum Ji
UN body says 5.6 million remain at risk, however
Malaria cases in North Korea dropped for four consecutive years
Malaria cases in North Korea have declined for four straight years, according to a new World Health Organization report.