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Pyongyang will use Olympics to “weaken” ROK-U.S. alliance: South Korean MND, By Dagyum Ji
Defense ministry says DPRK may demand end to joint drills in exchange for PyeongChang participation
The South Korean military on Friday said it believes North Korea will attempt to drive a wedge between the allies and ask Seoul to put a stop to U.S.-ROK joint military drills in exchange for its participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Ministry of National Defense (MND) shared the assessment of this year’s security
Inter-Korean progress: what’s motivating Pyongyang? By Fyodor Tertitskiy
The DPRK has made important gains, but when PyeongChang is over little will have changed
Recent developments surrounding inter-Korean relations, including the agreement to allow athletes from the DPRK to participate in the Winter Olympics, have led to optimism in some quarters that the rapprochement might lead to a mid-to-long-term de-escalation of the situation on the peninsula. Beginning with Kim Jong Un’s suggestion to hold talks in his New Year speech to People of nort korean.
Seoul to “regularize” high-level inter-Korean talks, boost civilian exchanges, By Dagyum Ji
Unification ministry says plans have been “kicked into high gear” by PyeongChang Olympics
The South Korean Ministry of Unification (MOU) on Friday unveiled plans to “regularize” high-level talks between the two Koreas and promote civilian inter-Korean exchanges, in a briefing with Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon. At a 2018 policy briefing by five government ministries, the MOU said it planned to “regularize and systemize South-North talks” to restore inter-Korean.
N. Korean delegation to visit South for art troupe performance talks on Saturday, By Dagyum Ji
Hyon Song Wol, head of the Samjiyon Orchestra, to lead DPRK’s preliminary inspection team
Pyongyang will dispatch a delegation to South Korea on Saturday to discuss practical issues related to a performance next month by a DPRK art troupe, Seoul’s unification ministry announced on Friday. North Korea on Friday proposed sending a preliminary inspection team to examine facilities for the performance, due to take place in the South during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.North Korea’s best-known female pop star, Hyon Song Wol, was part of the reclusive state’s delegation to rare talks with the South on Monday. Who is this woman and why was she there?
On the hunt for North Korea’s last Siberian tigers, By Greg Noone
The researchers – both international and Korean – behind the search for the elusive big cat
The Siberian, or Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is celebrated as a national animal of Korea. It is also widely considered to be extinct on the peninsula.
Where at the beginning of the twentieth century the animal’s range encompassed the endless forests of what is now the Russian Far East, Manchuria, and Korea, now it is largely confined to a handful of reserves dotted throughout Primorsky Krai, Khabarovsk Krai, and northern China.Only around five hundred Siberian tigers remain in the wild, stalking wild boar or roe deer through the woods, or else stalked themselves by avid wildlife documentarians eager to capture the elusive cat on film.
It was to find a way to prove this that, in 1997, brought Anatolii Kachur to Pyongyang. As deputy director at the Pacific Geographical Institute in Vladivostok, Kachur had been involved in conservation projects in the region for almost two decades.The organization had been exchanging data on Siberian tigers with scientists from the DPRK for a number of years, yet without sources of funding, no joint field survey had been attempted.
A pitch to UNESCO broke this impasse. “When the funding was approved, we immediately contacted the Korean side and arranged a meeting,” Kachur says.
The talks in Pyongyang proved difficult; access to the desired survey sites by foreign conservation workers was not a realistic possibility. On the last day of negotiations, however, the mood abruptly changed.“According to our Korean colleagues, the final decision was made by Kim Jong Il, who personally considered the goals of this project and approved its implementation.”