Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and his father Kim Jong-il reportedly applied for Western visas using Brazilian passports back in the 1990’s. Reuters published what it claims are photocopies of Brazilian passports held by both Kim Jong-un and Kim Jong-il, which they used to apply for visas.
In a symbolic act at the opening of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, North and South Korea’s delegations marched together under the unification flag.
Beijing-owned Air China airline has ended flights to the capital of North Korea Pyongyang, due to a lack of passenger demand. Flights were “temporarily suspended due to unsatisfactory business operations,” said an Air China employee.
United States president Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday that he believes, like Xi, that a solution can be found to the North Korean nuclear issue, a day after warning Pyongyang of the grave danger of developing nuclear weapons.
Foreign tourists in North Korea are invariably steered to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang, which documents the isolated nation’s crucible years: the 1950-53 war that split the Korean Peninsula in two. In effect there is a detailed explanation of atrocities by the “US aggressors” committed during the war.
North Korea's display of missiles and nuclear weapons seems more directed to challenge Xi Jinjping's China than United States and president Donald Trump. In effect the timing of events seems to indicate Pyongyang is clearly on tack to disappoint and embarrass Beijing.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is in Japan for a round of trade and security talks. During her stay, the Mrs. May will hope to further along progress over an ambitious trade deal with Japan ready for when Britain quits the European Union.
The United Nations Security Council will meet late Tuesday to discuss the latest North Korea missile launch. North Korea fired a ballistic missile that passed over Japan early Tuesday local time, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered his country's military on Tuesday to display its capabilities that can overwhelm North Korea should the communist state decide to attack, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.
The United Nations Security Council approved tough new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday including a ban on coal and other exports totaling more than US$1 billion — a huge bite in its total exports, valued at US$3 billion last year. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley praised the new sanctions, telling council members after the vote that it is the single largest economic package ever leveled against the North Korean regime.