While citizens of the capital of Pyongyang have fared relatively well, people in other parts of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea still worry about a scarcity of food. According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reports, due to prolonged drought in 2015, North Korea's total amount of staple grains dropped by nine percent to approximately 5.4 million metric tons compared to 5.9 million metric tons in 2014. While citizens of the capital of Pyongyang have fared relatively well, people in other parts of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea still worry about a scarcity of food. >> A Vietnamese perspective from inside North Korea - P5: The blue, red won >> A Vietnamese perspective from inside North Korea - P4: Visiting North-South border village >> A Vietnamese perspective from inside North Korea - P3: Beer fete >> A Vietnamese perspective from inside North Korea - P2: Immortal leaders >> A Vietnamese … [Read more...] about A Vietnamese perspective from inside North Korea – P6: The food stamp story
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Flooding from heavy rain in North Korea has killed 133 people in its northeast while 395 are missing, with many homes and critical infrastructure destroyed, a U.N. agency said on Monday.News of the natural disaster came as North Korea looked even more isolated from its neighbors and the wider world after its fifth nuclear test last Friday. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report more than 35,500 homes were damaged, two-thirds of them completely destroyed, and 107,000 people had been displaced by the floods. The agency said the death toll and the number of missing people were based on North Korean government data. North Korea's state media reported heavy rain in late August and early September caused extensive damage near the Tumen river. It did not give a death toll from the flooding in its latest report. The U.N. office said damage assessment was based on a visit to the region last week by representatives of U.N. agencies, the International … [Read more...] about North Korea flooding kills 133, displaces 107,000: U.N.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 17, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, Trump also called for a renegotiation of the Paris climate accord, said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in eastern Ukraine, and said he would seek to dismantle most of the U.S. Dodd-Frank financial regulations if he is elected president. The presumptive Republican nominee declined to share details of his plans to deal with North Korea, but said he was open to talking to its leader. "I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," Trump said of Kim. North … [Read more...] about Trump willing to talk to North Korea’s Kim, wants to renegotiate climate accord
Iran's foreign ministry on Sunday urged against "provocative conduct" in the Korean peninsula, saying stability there has been compromised by an American military build-up, media reported. "Our advice to all sides involved is to not stoke tensions by engaging in provocative conduct", ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in remarks reported by the Mehr news agency. "The climate should not remain one of threats", he said. Mehmanparast accused arch-foe United States of provoking the crisis. "The military build-up and provocative acts... by a country situated thousands of kilometres (miles) away is destabilising this region," he said referring to the United States. He said, "the actions of all sides could spin out of control and damage the whole region". Tensions in the peninsula have flared with Pyongyang issuing a series of apocalyptic threats of nuclear war and warning that the safety of foreign diplomats there could not be guaranteed after April 10 if a conflict broke … [Read more...] about Iran calls for calm in North Korea showdown
U.S. President Barack Obama confronted Chinese President Xi Jinping over allegations of cyber theft on Saturday but they agreed at a shirtsleeves summit in the California desert on reining in North Korea. While Obama publicly emphasized the U.S. desire for a "peaceful rise" by China, privately he laid out some specific examples to Xi of what the United States says is Chinese cyber thievery. American officials have voiced increasing alarm at cyber spying from China that has hit U.S. businesses and Obama is under pressure to take steps to stop it amid controversy in America about the extent of his own government's counterterrorism surveillance. The Washington Post reported recently that China had accessed data from nearly 40 Pentagon weapons programs. Obama's message to Xi carried a warning, "that if it's not addressed, if it continues to be this direct theft of United States property, that this was going to be a very difficult problem in the economic relationship," White House … [Read more...] about Obama confronts Xi on cyber theft, affinity found on North Korea