North Korea

News in Brief 28 May 2019

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North Koreans trapped in ‘vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption, repression’ and endemic bribery: UN human rights office

Bribery is the main way people in North Korea get food, healthcare, shelter and work, a new UN human rights office report said on Tuesday.

Human rights agenda in North Korea has not seen ‘any progress at all’: UN expert

The international community must put human rights ahead of policy changes, when it comes to negotiations with North Korea, which is officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). That’s the advice of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights for the nation, Tomas Quintana, who says  shared findings of his latest report with Liling Huang of UN News's Chinese Unit. 

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UN relief chief assesses scale of needs in North Korea, welcomes government engagement

North Korea has very clear humanitarian needs which the international community can help to resolve, the UN’s top humanitarian official said on Thursday, after his first visit to the country, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  Relief chief Mark Lowcock described how one in five children there, suffers from stunted growth. He told Daniel Johnson a lack of funding and international sanctions was hampering the delivery of vitally needed food and medicines, “which isn’t what anybody wants”.

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Visiting North Korea, UN relief chief spotlights funding shortfall to meet humanitarian needs

The United Nations is seeking to raise $111 million to meet humanitarian needs in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where millions of people face malnutrition, a shortage medicines, and lack of access to safe drinking water, the Organization’s top relief official said on Wednesday.

North Korea: ‘Time to talk human rights’, says UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday urged North Korea to open a dialogue with him in parallel to the ongoing diplomatic efforts being undertaken on peace and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

News in Brief 15 May 2017 (PM)

UN chief condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch

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Security Council debates DPRK nuclear issue

The Security Council has been discussing what the UN Secretary-General calls one of the longest standing and most serious issues facing the international community: denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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News in Brief 13 February 2016 (AM)

UN chief condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch

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“Frightening” nuclear test in North Korea

“Frightening” is how a presumed nuclear test in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, has been described by the head of the CTBTO, the UN agency tasked with banning the t

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