This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission. Russia says it is working on retaliatory measures against the United States after Washington imposed sanctions on a Russian company and its head for helping North Korea evade United Nations sanctions. “These restrictions have been introduced without providing any evidence and on the basis of unfounded accusations,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on August 16. The U.S. Treasury Department said on August 15 that it was taking actions against three shipping companies based in China, Singapore, and Russia, as well as the head of the Russian shipping firm, Profinet Pte. Download our FREE Mobile App –

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This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission. Russia says it is working on retaliatory measures against the United States after Washington imposed sanctions on a Russian company and its head for helping North Korea evade United Nations sanctions. “These restrictions have been introduced without providing any evidence and on the basis of unfounded accusations,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on August 16. The U.S. Treasury Department said on August 15 that it was taking actions against three shipping companies based in China, Singapore, and Russia, as well as the head of the Russian shipping firm, Profinet Pte. Download our FREE Mobile App –

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North Korea faces consequences this week due to their lack of progress in the denuclearization process – as do Russian and Chinese shippers who were helping North Korea violate sanctions. The Trump Administration imposed economic consequences on three shipping companies who allegedly aided North Korea in evading sanctions by re-routing shipments through ports in China and Russia, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. The companies – based in China, Russia and Singapore – received sanctions from the U.S. Treasury Department that block their U.S.-based assets and prohibit Americans from conducting business with them. Treasury continues to implement existing sanctions on North Korea, targets shipping industry and other facilitators of #DPRK UN

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North Korea faces consequences this week due to their lack of progress in the denuclearization process – as do Russian and Chinese shippers who were helping North Korea violate sanctions. The Trump Administration imposed economic consequences on three shipping companies who allegedly aided North Korea in evading sanctions by re-routing shipments through ports in China and Russia, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. The companies – based in China, Russia and Singapore – received sanctions from the U.S. Treasury Department that block their U.S.-based assets and prohibit Americans from conducting business with them. Treasury continues to implement existing sanctions on North Korea, targets shipping industry and other facilitators of #DPRK UN

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It will take scientists months to determine how many sets of Korean War remains were in 55 boxes handed over by North Korea, officials with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Tuesday at the White House. DPAA Director Kelly McKeague and John Byrd, director of scientific analysis for the agency, also said the remains were in “moderate to poor” condition. “There is a scientific process to estimate that,” Byrd said about the number of remains included in the boxes. “I wish it were very fast, because I think a lot of people would like to know. The families would love to know that information, but unfortunately it’s going to take months.”

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It will take scientists months to determine how many sets of Korean War remains were in 55 boxes handed over by North Korea, officials with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Tuesday at the White House. DPAA Director Kelly McKeague and John Byrd, director of scientific analysis for the agency, also said the remains were in “moderate to poor” condition. “There is a scientific process to estimate that,” Byrd said about the number of remains included in the boxes. “I wish it were very fast, because I think a lot of people would like to know. The families would love to know that information, but unfortunately it’s going to take months.”

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A recent report revealed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be meeting with another major foreign leader this year, and at that leader’s “urgent” request. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is prepared to meet Kim “at an early date,” according to North Korean state media, reported Wednesday by Channel News Asia. It would be the first meeting between the two leaders. Putin had sent a telegram to Kim in which he congratulated Kim on the Aug. 15 National Liberation Day of North Korea, marking the end of Japanese rule over the Korean Peninsula. Putin also “stressed his desire and readiness to establish a dialogue,” a Kremlin spokesman said. President Putin

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A recent report revealed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be meeting with another major foreign leader this year, and at that leader’s “urgent” request. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is prepared to meet Kim “at an early date,” according to North Korean state media, reported Wednesday by Channel News Asia. It would be the first meeting between the two leaders. Putin had sent a telegram to Kim in which he congratulated Kim on the Aug. 15 National Liberation Day of North Korea, marking the end of Japanese rule over the Korean Peninsula. Putin also “stressed his desire and readiness to establish a dialogue,” a Kremlin spokesman said. President Putin

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Relations between North Korea and South Korea continue to improve, as officials just announced the next big summit between the two nations. North and South Korean officials confirmed that their leaders will be holding a summit this September in Pyongyang, according to a CNN report on Monday. The summit was confirmed after senior officials from the two nations held several meetings on Monday in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two countries. “We agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit within September in Pyongyang,” both countries said in a joint statement reported by Yonhap News. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! An exact

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Relations between North Korea and South Korea continue to improve, as officials just announced the next big summit between the two nations. North and South Korean officials confirmed that their leaders will be holding a summit this September in Pyongyang, according to a CNN report on Monday. The summit was confirmed after senior officials from the two nations held several meetings on Monday in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two countries. “We agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit within September in Pyongyang,” both countries said in a joint statement reported by Yonhap News. Download our FREE Mobile App – The Highest Rated Military News App in the World! An exact

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The two Koreas have agreed to hold high-level talks Monday to prepare for another summit between their leaders, even as nuclear talks between the North and the United States have stalled. Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon will lead the South Korean delegation to the meeting on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom, which straddles the heavily fortified border, the ministry said Thursday. The North offered to hold the talks but has yet to announce its chief delegate, a ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy. The two sides planned to discuss preparations for another summit as well as review the implementation of agreements

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The two Koreas have agreed to hold high-level talks Monday to prepare for another summit between their leaders, even as nuclear talks between the North and the United States have stalled. Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon will lead the South Korean delegation to the meeting on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom, which straddles the heavily fortified border, the ministry said Thursday. The North offered to hold the talks but has yet to announce its chief delegate, a ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department policy. The two sides planned to discuss preparations for another summit as well as review the implementation of agreements

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The U.S. isn’t being naive in taking North Korea at its word on denuclearization, national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday. “There’s no one in this administration starry-eyed about” the idea that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime will rid itself of nuclear weapons capability, Bolton said on “Fox News Sunday.” Still, the time may well come when Trump concludes that Kim isn’t acting in good faith, he said. Trump is giving a “master class” in how to hold the door open to Pyongyang, Bolton said. If Kim can’t figure how to walk through it, “even the president’s fiercest critics won’t be able to say he didn’t open it wide

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The U.S. isn’t being naive in taking North Korea at its word on denuclearization, national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday. “There’s no one in this administration starry-eyed about” the idea that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime will rid itself of nuclear weapons capability, Bolton said on “Fox News Sunday.” Still, the time may well come when Trump concludes that Kim isn’t acting in good faith, he said. Trump is giving a “master class” in how to hold the door open to Pyongyang, Bolton said. If Kim can’t figure how to walk through it, “even the president’s fiercest critics won’t be able to say he didn’t open it wide

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Hiding illicit nuclear programs might be getting harder, thanks to new ways of gleaning and combining clues from various rivers of digital data. That’s the conclusion of new research funded in part by the U.S. Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Satellites offer one kind of information; social media another — particularly inside countries that may be trying to flout inspections. But large volumes of satellite imagery and social media data aren’t similar. You can have one analyst examine satellite pictures and another look at social media posts to see if they align, but the process is time-consuming and generally far from comprehensive. The study’s authors developed a method for fusing

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Hiding illicit nuclear programs might be getting harder, thanks to new ways of gleaning and combining clues from various rivers of digital data. That’s the conclusion of new research funded in part by the U.S. Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Satellites offer one kind of information; social media another — particularly inside countries that may be trying to flout inspections. But large volumes of satellite imagery and social media data aren’t similar. You can have one analyst examine satellite pictures and another look at social media posts to see if they align, but the process is time-consuming and generally far from comprehensive. The study’s authors developed a method for fusing

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The Pentagon notified the family of a U.S. service member missing since the Korean War that his dog tags were among the human remains recently turned over by North Korea, officials said Thursday. The dog tags are the first sign that the 55 boxes of bones and other effects delivered last week by North Korea may contain the remains of U.S. service members, potentially bringing closure to families who have waited decades to know what happened to relatives who fought in the war. But Pentagon officials said that the painstaking process of identifying the remains is just beginning and could take months or in some cases years, as forensic scientists seek

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The Pentagon notified the family of a U.S. service member missing since the Korean War that his dog tags were among the human remains recently turned over by North Korea, officials said Thursday. The dog tags are the first sign that the 55 boxes of bones and other effects delivered last week by North Korea may contain the remains of U.S. service members, potentially bringing closure to families who have waited decades to know what happened to relatives who fought in the war. But Pentagon officials said that the painstaking process of identifying the remains is just beginning and could take months or in some cases years, as forensic scientists seek

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A U.S. senator has warned that China is preventing the U.S. and North Korea from reaching a resolution in denuclearization talks. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, during which he said he thinks China is “trying to run the clock out.” “I think the only reason we are moving forward with North Korea is that President Trump convinced China and North Korea he was serious about them giving up their nuclear program. In return they’ll have security prosperity,” he said. “Having the remains returned to the United States is much appreciated by the families in the country as a whole. But we’re looking for complete

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A U.S. senator has warned that China is preventing the U.S. and North Korea from reaching a resolution in denuclearization talks. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, during which he said he thinks China is “trying to run the clock out.” “I think the only reason we are moving forward with North Korea is that President Trump convinced China and North Korea he was serious about them giving up their nuclear program. In return they’ll have security prosperity,” he said. “Having the remains returned to the United States is much appreciated by the families in the country as a whole. But we’re looking for complete

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