BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a northern Chinese port city and pledged his continuing commitment to denuclearization ahead of his expected summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, state media said Tuesday. The meeting Monday and Tuesday in Dalian is the second between Xi and Kim in recent weeks, following Kim’s March visit to Beijing — his first since taking power six years ago. In comments carried Tuesday night by Chinese state media, neither leader was quoted as directly referring to either the planned Trump meeting or Kim’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in late last month. However, state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying China “supports North Korea to stick to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and supports North Korea and the U.S. in solving the peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation.” Trump tweeted Tuesday that he planned to speak with Xi later in the day to … [Read more...] about China reports meeting between Xi, North Korea’s Kim
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A North Korean plane lands in an airport in Dalian, China, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The plane arrived as Japanese and South Korean media speculated that a high-ranking North Korean official was visiting the Chinese port city. (Minoru Iwasaki/Kyodo News via AP) BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping has held talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a northern China port city, Chinese state media reported Tuesday. The meeting held Monday and Tuesday in Dalian is the second between the two men in recent weeks, following Kim’s March visit to Beijing — his first since taking power six years ago. Xi hosted a welcome banquet for Kim and the two leaders strolled along the coastline at a government guesthouse and had lunch together on Tuesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. “In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the top leaders of the two parties and the two countries had an all-round and in-depth exchange of views on China-DPRK relations and major issues of … [Read more...] about China’s Xi, North Korea’s Kim meet for ‘in-depth exchange’
By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea’s ruling class has in recent months abandoned Western social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Alphabet’s Google and dramatically increased its use of tools that cloak internet activity, according to cyber security research published on Wednesday. The reclusive country’s small percentage of internet-connected leaders is preferring to use Chinese services such as Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu, U.S.-based cyber intelligence firm Recorded Future said in a report. Between December 2017 and March 15 this year, North Korea’s elite increased by 1,200 percent its use of services such as virtual private networks and the Tor anonymity used to obfuscate internet activity, the firm said. Recorded Future said it analysed internet protocol ranges associated with North Korea and other open-source information in its research. Priscilla Moriuchi, director of strategic threat development at Record Future and author … [Read more...] about North Korea’s elite quitting Facebook, concealing internet activity
Despite President Trump’s “maximum pressure,” there is no sign of economic crisis in the North. Does that make its leader, Kim Jong-un, less likely to give up his weapons? By CHOE SANG-HUNAPRIL 20, 2018 SEOUL, South Korea — On a dark February night, the trucks unloaded their contraband near Hyesan, a North Korean town across a narrow river from China. As border guards looked the other way, workers used carts to pull the cargo of metal ore — tungsten, lead, zinc, copper and gold concentrates, all banned from export under United Nations sanctions — across the frozen river.By sunrise, all that was left were tire tracks and footprints across the river’s frozen surface.A North Korean witness told an acquaintance living in South Korea that ore, as well as other materials, was being smuggled into China at the crossing almost every night. He said smugglers also headed the other way, moving sugar, flour and 50-kilogram sacks of fertilizers into … [Read more...] about Sanctions Are Hurting North Korea. Can They Make Kim Give In?
Intelligence analysts have discovered a new strand of North Korean malware that could be used in a cyber attack against the United States. Documents obtained by Foreign Policy from the Department of Homeland Security issued in December last year indicate that “advanced persistent threat actors” are using “newly discovered destructive malware that shares a number of similarities to the destructive malware” used in previous cyber attacks.“This is the first known instance since 2014 that North Korea-tied destructive malware has been seen,” the report states. In 2014, the regime was alleged to have conducted a cyber attack on Sony Entertainment after the release of the action comedy film The Interview which told the story of two journalists sent to North Korea to assassinate dictator Kim Jong-un.The report says that although it is not certain that Pyongyang is behind the new strand of malware, the … [Read more...] about Intelligence Analysts: North Korea Has Developed More Advanced Malware