North Korea used the Berlin embassy to procure technology for the nuclear program

North Korea used the Berlin embassy to obtain technology and equipment for its nuclear program, said on Monday the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, as reported by the German public broadcaster DW.

“We determined that procurement activities were taking place there, from our perspective with an eye on the missile program, as well as the nuclear program to some extent,”  the President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, told NDR.

Maassen said the information gathered by North Korea could be used for both civilian and military purposes, although he didn’t specify what can of technology was procured.

“When we detect something of this sort, we prevent it. But we can’t guarantee that we will be able to detect and thwart all cases,” he said.  During the broadcast he also added “that parts for North Korea’s launch program were acquired via other markets or underground buyers had acquired them in Germany”.

People at the North Korea embassy in Berlin didn’t release any comments after the allegation.

The accusations come after a report by the United Nation, which affirms North Korea is bypassing the sanctions by exporting banned commodities, as coal, iron and steel.

 

 

China denies to sell oil to North Korea

Chinese ship

Beijing on Friday rejected accusations it had been sell oil to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions, a day after Trump accused China of being caught “red handed” selling oil to Pyongyang. Few hours later, Seoul released information that supports Trump’s claims, but U.S. officials have not confirmed details of this report.

Hua Chunying, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, denies all accusations and told to reporters that the reports “did not accord with facts”.

“In reality, the ship in question has, since August, not docked at a Chinese port and there is no record of it entering or leaving a Chinese port”, said Hua.

“China has always implemented U.N. Security Council resolutions pertaining to North Korea in their entirety and fulfils its international obligations. We never allow Chinese companies and citizens to violate the resolutions. If, through investigation, it’s confirmed there are violations of the U.N. Security Council resolutions, China will deal with them seriously in accordance with laws and regulations”, added Hua Chunying.

The Chinese boat is among the 10 ships the United States proposed to blacklist for transporting banned item to North Korea, but both China and Russia have asked more time to consider the proposal.

North Korea: radiation contamination is on the rise among North Koreans

North Korea's ballistic missile.

North Korean’s nuclear sites are causing problems to the nearby citizens, as they are spreading a “ghost disease” causing deformations. This is what Korean defectors are saying to the international press.

“So many people died we began calling it ‘ghost disease. We thought we were dying because we were poor and we ate badly. Now we know it was the radiation”, told to NBC News  Lee Jeong Hwa, a defector who was living near a nuclear testing site.

There’s no scientific consensus to support defectors claiming about the nuclear contamination. Lee Jeong Hwa tested negative for radiation, and it’s nearly impossible to prove a direct connection between nuclear testing and other contamination cases.

However, Seoul sources talk about rising problems with the local environment and a rise on babies birth defects.

Kim Jong-un has conducted in six years more tests that during Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung’s regimes combined together, as reported by CNN. Nuclear sites’ satellite images indicate other imminent nuclear tests, while U.S. experts think Pyongyang could conduct a new missile test within days, as reporter by Reuters.

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A Russian diplomat said that an ‘Apocalyptic scenario’ is possible on Korean Peninsula

Kim Jong-un

“A scenario of the apocalyptic development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula exists and we cannot turn our blind eye to it,” said monday the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, during a conference in South Korea, as reported by Russia’s Tass News Agency.

“I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an instinct of self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such negative scenario.”

Morgulov invited for a dialogue with Pyongyang over its nuclear program, stressing the fact the putting the reclusive country under pressure will not yield the desired results.

“We have told North Korea many times that for us [its] nuclear status is unacceptable,” Morgulov reportedly said.

“We continue this work with the North Korean counterparts presenting to them our position.”

The Trump administration has already urged China to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear ambitions.

In September, Kim Jong-un said it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can be placed an ICBM. North Korea later that month fired a ballistic missile over Japan.

The president Trump exchanged bad words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his recent 12-day trip to Asia.

“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!” Trump tweeted.