Oct 19, 2019

U.S. presented tourism plans to North Korea during denuclearization talks

Cars carrying members of the North Korean delegation in Sweden. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. officials developed and presented a long-term plan to help North Korea establish a sought-after tourism hub in exchange for denuclearization during recent talks in Stolkholm, Bloomberg reports, citing Hankook Ilbo newspaper.

Why it matters: North Korea has tested weapons repeatedly in recent months, after talks with the U.S. came to a standstill in February. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has tried to build a resort in the Wonsan-Kalma coastal area, per Bloomberg.

  • The October meeting in Stockholm marked the first negotiations in 8 months between the two countries.

But, but, but: North Korean envoy Kim Myong Gil said the U.S. arrived "empty-handed," at the negotiation table, writes Bloomberg.

  • North Korea also called the U.S. position on weapons "sickening" in October.

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South Korea: U.S. "very actively" coaxing North Korea to return to nuclear talks

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Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's national security adviser, said on Sunday that the United States is “very actively” trying to convince North Korea to return to negotiations ahead of an unofficial deadline for dialogue, Reuters reports.

Background: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un warned in October that the U.S. had until year’s end to take a "substantial step to make complete and irreversible withdrawal" of its "hostile policy." Chung said South Korea is taking North Korea's deadline "very seriously."

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North Korea deems latest round of missile tests a success

Kim Jong-un. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

North Korea deemed its latest round of super-large multiple rocket launcher tests on Thursday afternoon a success, per state news agency KCNA, Reuters reports.

The big picture: The same weapon was tested both in August and September, as talks between the U.S. and North Korea over nuclear weapon development remain up in the air.

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Global pork prices soar as swine fever infects herds in eastern Asia

South Korean quarantine officials block people from entering an infected area. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

African swine fever, a deadly pig disease, is killing hundreds of millions of hogs in eastern Asian countries, causing a global surge in pork and bacon prices, according to Bloomberg.

Why it matters: African swine fever is not known to infect or harm humans, but it can kill most pigs in a week and has the potential to disrupt pork markets and threaten food-insecure countries.

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