A defector's parasites and diet expose North Korea's malnourished world

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   READY FOR WAR US warships are conducting drills off the coast of Japan

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this year and test-fired a series of advanced missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles. Between January and September this year, China exported almost 49,000 tonnes of corn to North Korea, compared to only 3,125 tonnes in all of 2016, according to data released by Beijing.

The report said that throughout this year, there had been continued movement of parts and components into and out of two parts yards adjacent to the construction halls in the centre of the shipyard. If the objects are indeed pieces of a pressure hull, they are bigger than what is used for North Korea's current ROMEO-class attack submarines.

An official from South Korea's top spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, told lawmakers on Thursday that North Korea has not secured the key technologies needed to build a ballistic missile that can survive a return through the atmosphere, the Yonhap news agency reported yesterday, citing a "parliamentary source".

Yonhap noted in a story on Friday that Joseph Yun, the top United States nuclear envoy, indicated earlier this week that if North Korea halts nuclear and missile testing for about 60 days, that it might be the signal that Washington needs to resume direct dialogue with Pyongyang.

This means the soldier's body is representative of many North Koreans and potentially insightful for researchers hoping to learn about the wider health of the country. The last time China's special envoy for North Korea visited the country was in February a year ago.

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has reiterated its call to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons as it expressed "grave concern" over North Korea's missile tests, saying these "seriously threaten peace and stability" in the region.

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     USS RONALD REAGAN The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is permanently stationed in Japan
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Yonhap, citing unidentified diplomats in Beijing, said there was a good chance that Mr Song would meet Mr Kim tomorrow. A further 4-5 percent of North Korea's 24 million people serve on active military duty, and another 30 percent are assigned to a reserve or paramilitary unit, according to the US Office of Secretary of Defense.

The North Korean leader is said to rarely meet senior foreign visitors.

Today (Friday), North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Han Tae-song claimed that his country won't negotiate with the U.S. as long as the military cooperation between the USA and South Korea continues.

"As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the USA and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations", he said.

Mr Trump wouldwill announce next week whether the USA will return North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

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