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Russia decries Japan-U.S. defense alliance.

Russia is concerned that Japan is allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for a U.S. military buildup in north Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions.

Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States.

- GMA News - PH

North Korea: U.S. Is 'World's Biggest Terrorist Sponsor'.

North Korea's state media have turned the tables on the United States, accusing America of being the "world's biggest terrorist sponsor" after the State Department officially issued that label to the rogue communist state.

- Breitbart - US

Castro meets North Korea minister amid hope Cuba can defuse tensions.

HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday amid hopes the Communist-run island might be able to convince its Asian ally to avert a showdown with the United States.

- Reuters - US

North Korean economy keeps humming despite ever-tighter sanctions.

North Korea imports more than it exports, so it has unseen revenue.         

- USA TODAY - US

Eight men found washed ashore in Japan are North Korean.

Japanese police said Friday they are investigating eight men found on Japan’s northern coast who say they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down.         

- USA TODAY - US

Nuclear fears see more Chinese visitors giving North Korea the cold shoulder this winter.

Chinese tour operators have either halted or cut down on the trips they are offering to North Korea as ongoing political tensions and low tourist numbers take their toll. Multiple North Korean nuclear and missile tests have prompted the international community to enact new rounds of sanctions banning the country from ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Eight North Koreans were Found off the Coast of Japan.

The Japanese police have found 8 North Koreans in a yacht port in the northwest of Honshu Island. They explained they were fishermen and their wooden vessel was thrown out on the shore after it broke down, reports novinite.bg.  However, the suspicions are that they are fugitives of the Pyongyang regime. The incident is on ...

- Novinite - BG

Russia: Asia should not be militarized under pretext of countering North Korea.

Russia is opposed to the militarization of Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea and is concerned by US plans to deploy part of its global missile defense system in the region, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday

- BDNews24 - BD

Russia takes Tokyo to task over defense alliance with Washington.

Russia is concerned that Japan is allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for a US military build-up in north Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

- GMA News - PH

North Korea replaces guards after soldier fled across border under hail of gunfire: reports.

North Korea appears to have replaced all of its guards at a jointly patrolled border area where a North Korean soldier defected last week under a hail of gunfire, according to South Korean media. Military officials said Friday they could not confirm the report.

- Global News - CA

France's Le Drian says China is 'well placed to push' North Korea to talks

BEIJING - China has leverage to persuade North Korea to go back to talks over its nuclear ambitions, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday, after meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

- Reuters - US

China denies closure of key border bridge with North Korea

China on Friday denied reports that the closure of a key border bridge connecting it with North Korea was aimed at punishing the reclusive Communist state for its defiance over its nuclear programme.

- Zee News - IN

An Attack from Just One of These U.S. Nuclear Submarines Would Destroy North Korea

Sebastien Roblin Security, Asia Everything you need to know about the Ohio-Class Submarine  The Ohio class will serve on until the end of the 2020s, and may even receive some additional acoustic stealth upgrades until they are replaced by a successor, tentatively dubbed the Columbia class. With estimated costs of ...

- The National Interest - US

U.S., South Korea Plan Joint Military Exercises Next Month

Military exercises involving thousands of troops and hundreds of U.S. and South Korean aircraft will take place on the Korean Peninsula next month, in the latest show of force aimed at deterring North Korea.

- Wall Street Journal - US

North Korea replaces guards, fortifies border after defection

North Korea has replaced dozens of guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea following the dramatic defection of one of its soldiers last week, a report said Friday. The 24-year-old soldier, identified only by his surname, Oh, is recovering in a South Korean hospital after being shot at least four times ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Boat washes ashore in Akita with eight aboard claiming to be North Korean fishermen

Eight men claiming to be fishermen from North Korea were found in Akita Prefecture after their wooden boat broke down and drifted to a port, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Newsweek causes stir by reporting 'Japan wants war' with North Korea

A Newsweek story that apparently misinterpreted the results of an opinion poll carried out by a Japanese news agency last week is creating a public ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Russia takes Tokyo to task over defense alliance with Washington

MOSCOW - Russia is concerned that Japan is allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for a U.S. military build-up in north Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

- Reuters - US

Russia is complaining that Japan and South Korea are arming themselves against North Korea

via Lockheed Martin Russia's foreign minister complained that the North Korea crisis is causing Japan and South Korea to more heavily arm themselves. South Korea and Japan have expressed interest in getting more US missile defenses. Russia fears that with a global network of missile defenses, the US could one day launch a ...

- Business Insider - US

China closing main road connection with North Korea

China says it is temporarily closing its main road connection with North Korea.

- FOX News - US

Surgeon says North Korea's wounded defector a 'nice guy,' likes CSI

Surgeon John Cook-Jong Lee speaks about the young man known only as Oh, badly wounded by fellow North Korean soldiers when scrambling across the border to the South

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Report: N. Korea Replaces Border Guards After Defection

North Korea appears to have replaced all of its guards at a jointly patrolled border area where a North Korean soldier defected last week under a hail of gunfire, South Korean media said Friday. Military officials said they could not confirm the report. Yonhap news agency cited an unnamed intelligence source saying there ...

- Voice of America - US

8 Men Washed Ashore in Japan Say They're North Korean

Japanese police are investigating eight men found on Japan's northern coast who say they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down. Akita prefectural police found the men late Thursday after receiving a call that suspicious men were standing around at the seaside in Yurihonjo town,...

- Newser - US

North Korea replaces guards after solider fled across border under hail of gunfire: reports

North Korea appears to have replaced all of its guards at a jointly patrolled border area where a North Korean soldier defected last week under a hail of gunfire, according to South Korean media. Military officials said Friday they could not confirm the report.

- Global News - CA

Russia takes Tokyo to task over defense alliance with Washington

Russia is concerned that Japan is allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for a U.S. military build-up in north Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

- The Daily Star - LB

US, S. Korea to stage massive air exercise in show of force

SEOUL, Nov 24 — The United States will send stealth fighters to a large-scale air force drill with South Korea next month, the US military said today, in a new show of force aimed at North Korea. The massive five-day annual exercise comes as...

- The Malay Mail - MY

North Korea replaces guards, fortifies border after defection

The report said around 35 to 40 North Koreans normally stand guard at the Joint Security Area , which is located at the Panmunjom truce village -- the only portion of the border where forces from the two sides stand face-to-face.

- Times Of India - IN

Main link between China and North Korea to be cut when Friendship Bridge closes 'for repairs'

A bridge connecting China and North Korea will be suspended for maintenance, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Friday. The closure of the Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge in Dandong, Liaoning province will only be “temporary” as the North Korean side carries out maintenance, foreign ministry spokesman ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

N Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and US soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector’s rescue.

- BDNews24 - BD

North Korea digs DMZ trench after recent defection

The North fortifies the spot where one of its soldiers defected last week.

- BBC - UK

North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

SEOUL - North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.

- Reuters - US

8 thought to be North Korean fishermen wash ashore in Japan

Japanese authorities are investigating eight men found on Japan's northern coast who say they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down.

- FOX News - US

Report: N. Korea replaces border guards following defection

North Korea appears to have replaced all of its guards at a jointly patrolled border area where a North Korean soldier defected last week under a hail of gunfire, South Korean media said Friday.

- FOX News - US

North Korea may have replaced its entire border security team after defection

Pyongyang may have replaced its entire security force at the border after a North Korean soldier, under a hail of gunfire, defected into South Korea last week.

- FOX News - US

Report: N. Korea replaces border guards following defection

- Townhall.com - US

8 Men Washed Ashore in Japan Say They Are North Korean

Japanese police are investigating eight men found on Japan's northern coast who say they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down. Akita prefectural police found the men late Thursday after receiving a call that suspicious men were standing around at the seaside in Yurihonjo town,...

- Newser - US

Calls to break N Korea's information barrier intensify

Direct engagement with reclusive nation's people seen as key to regime change push from within

- Financial Times - US

Report: N. Korea replaces border guards following defection

North Korea appears to have replaced all of its guards at a jointly patrolled border area where a North Korean soldier defected last week under a hail of gunfire, according to South Korean media. Military officials said Friday they could not confirm the report.

- Stars and Stripes - US

'North Korean' men wash up on Japan coast

Japanese police are investigating eight men who have turned up on Japan's northern coast. The men are said to be from North Korea and appear to be fishermen whose vessel ran into trouble, rather than defectors.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

North Korea fortifies border and sacks guards after soldier's daring defection

North Korea reportedly replaces guards and fortifies a section of its border where a soldier staged a defection last week, while South Korean and US soldiers are decorated for their role in his rescue.

- ABC News - AU

N.Korea replaces soldiers; S.Korea awards medals after defector’s border dash

SEOUL -- North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.

- GMA News - PH

Diplomatic solution to North Korean crisis could come through Cuba: Trudeau

Trudeau says Cuba has decent diplomatic relations with North Korea, which may allow Canada to send messages to the country

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Border without doctors? South Koreans urge more funding for trauma care after defector drama

SEOUL - A defector's treatment for critical injuries suffered during a dramatic dash from North Korea has highlighted a shortage of South Korean trauma doctors and again underscored Seoul's lack of preparedness in the event of hostilities with Pyongyang.

- Reuters - US

North Korea Is a Bad Actor—but That Doesn't Make It a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Doug Bandow Security, Asia Redesignating Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism is a political act, a declaration that the DPRK is on Washington's naughty list. President Donald Trump demonstrated his contempt for the law in naming North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. But he only followed precedent. Also listed ...

- The National Interest - US

1.2 Million Casualties: If North Korea Attacked Los Angeles with a Nuclear Weapon

Daniel R. DePetris Security, North America All the more reason why there should never be a second Korean War.  What would an actual nuclear exchange between the United States and North Korea look like? How many civilians would be killed? How much of Pyongyang or Los Angeles would be pulverized in a nuclear ash cloud? And ...

- The National Interest - US

South Korea Has a Secret Weapon If North Korea Starts a War

Kyle Mizokami Security, Asia And Kim can't match it.  In modern Korea's relatively short history, amphibious warfare has played a key and pivotal role. The United Nations essentially liberated South Korea from invasion with a single amphibious stroke, and the country has maintained a large and powerful Marine Corps ever ...

- The National Interest - US

Calls to break down North Korea's information barrier intensify

Direct engagement with reclusive nation's people seen as key to regime change push from within

- Financial Times - US

North Korea replaces troops at border where defecting soldier sprinted across

North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier staged a daring defection ...

- The Japan Times - JP

North Korea 'Punishes' Border Troops Over Defection

North Korean troops who were unable to stop one of their colleagues defecting across the border on November 13 have been replaced. South Korean intelligence sources told Yonhap news agency that border security personnel at the Joint Security Area have been withdrawn after the most high-profile defection across the ...

- Novinite - BG

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