Voices from Russia

Friday, 26 January 2018

DPRK Sends Rare Announcement to All Koreans, Calls for Unification


On Thursday, after a joint meeting of DPRK government and political leaders, state media outlet KCNA sent a rare announcement addressed to “all Koreans at home and abroad”:

We should make a breakthrough for unification without the help of other countries. All Koreans should promote contact, travel, and cooperation between the DPRK and the ROK; Pyongyang will smash all challenges against reunification of the Korean peninsula. Koreans should wage an energetic drive to defuse the acute military tension and create a peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula. Military tension on the Korean peninsula is a fundamental obstacle for the improvement of inter-Korean relations and unification. Joint military drills with outside forces have been unhelpful for the development of relations between the DPRK and the ROK. This year is meaningful for both Koreas as it’s the 70th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK whilst the ROK will host the Winter Olympics next month.

The DPRK didn’t provide details why the meeting occurred, but the statement said it aimed to support leader Kim Jong-un’s remarks regarding unification in his New Year’s address.

24 January 2018




Wednesday, 17 January 2018

DPRK Ready to Send Delegation to Pyeongchang Paralympics


On Wednesday, Yonhap news agency reported that the DPRK wants to send a delegation to the Paralympics in Pyeongchang in the ROK. Pyongyang officials put forward the initiative at Wednesday’s working-level talks in Panmunjom on the participation of a DPRK delegation in the Olympic Games. A ROK Unification Ministry official said:

The North informed the South of its broad plan to send a delegation to the Winter Games and the Paralympics.

The ROK will host the Paralympics on 9-18 March after the Winter Olympics on 9-25 February.

17 January 2018



Monday, 15 January 2018

Pyongyang Accuses Washington of Undermining Inter-Korean Talks


On Monday, Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the DPRK’s ruling party, wrote that the DPRK accused the USA of attempting to disrupt its dialogue with the ROK. The newspaper wrote:

Washington is preparing to deploy strategic military assets around the Korean Peninsula. The USA is repeating its pledge not to ease sanctions and pressure until the DPRK abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. It is throwing cold water on an atmosphere of reconciliation. The DPRK has various options that it can use against Washington at the appropriate time.

Early this year, we saw the first signs of a thaw in relations between the DPRK and the ROK. The two countries held talks at the ministerial level on 9 January, for the first time since December 2015, in Panmunjom, a small village located in the DMZ. The sides agreed that the DPRK would send a delegation, including officials, to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in the ROK. Seoul and Washington also postponed their annual military drills, as they upset Pyongyang.

15 January 2018



Friday, 12 January 2018

VVP Calls UAV Attack on Syrian Base “Provocation”… Describes Kim Jong-un as “Very Competent and Mature”


President Putin said at a meeting with leading Russian media figures:

The UAV attack on the Russian base in Syria was a provocation aimed at destroying previous agreements. The provocateurs weren’t Turkish. We know who they are, who paid who for this provocation, and what the actual sum was. As for this kind of incident, there’s nothing good about them. These actions also aimed at undermining Russia’s relations with Turkey and Iran. We understand it perfectly well, so we’ll work together. The UAVs used in the attack on the Russian base in Syria were disguised as homemade items, but actually had high-tech equipment. As for these attacks, they were undoubtedly well-prepared. We know when and where these UAVs were handed over [to the attackers], and how many of them there were.



President Putin told leading Russian media figures:

We believe it’s necessary to conduct negotiations on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. The DPRK has nuclear weapons and an ICBM with a range of about 13,000 kilometres (8,078 miles), which can practically reach any point of the globe, at any rate, it can hit any potential enemy. Now, of course, [Kim] is interested in cooling the situation down. He’s a very competent and mature politician. I think that settlement of the Korean peninsula’s nuclear problem is possible in the end, no matter how difficult it might seem. This could happen if all participants in this process, including the DPRK, could be sure that they could guarantee their security without nuclear weapons.


11 January 2018


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