15th November 2018
AP — For North Korean factory managers, a visit by leader Kim Jong Un is the highest of honors and quite possibly the most stressful event imaginable. The chief engineer at the Songdowon General Foodstuffs Factory had looked forward to the visit for nearly a decade. Read More
7th November 2018
The Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (Finma) has urged firms to update their policies in line with new information issued by global anti-money laundering body the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). New documents published include FATF’s Public Statement urging members to apply a number of counter measures to countries with ‘serious… Read More
26th October 2018
AP — The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on the Singapore-based director of a commodities company accused of laundering money for North Korea through the U.S. financial system. The Department of Justice also unsealed criminal charges against the person, Tan Wee Beng, accusing him of “a… Read More
5th October 2018
AP — North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests have stopped, but its hacking operations to gather intelligence and raise funds for the sanction-strapped government in Pyongyang may be gathering steam. U.S. security firm FireEye raised the alarm Wednesday over a North Korean group that it says… Read More
24th September 2018
AP — Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won’t be reduced until it completes “denuclearization” after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North’s main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a… Read More
7th September 2018
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has given his first time line for denuclearisation, aiming for the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, Seoul officials said on Thursday, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would “get it done together”. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet… Read More
18th July 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump said he discussed North Korea’s nuclear weapons program with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their meeting on Monday, and that the two leaders also discussed reducing nuclear weapons worldwide. – Reuters, 17 July 2018. Link to Reuters. Read More
2nd July 2018
AP — The United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Sunday, although U.S. intelligence reported signs that Pyongyang doesn’t intend to fully give up… Read More
27th June 2018
AP — Bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday calls for stringent congressional oversight of U.S. nuclear diplomacy with North Korea and any deal President Donald Trump strikes with Kim Jong Un. It comes two weeks after Trump met Kim at a historic summit in Singapore that yielded a North… Read More
26th June 2018
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he will not put a timeline on negotiations for North Korea’s denuclearisation, contradicting a senior defence official who said Washington would soon present a timeline to North Korea with “specific asks.” Speaking to CNN in a telephone interview conducted on Sunday and… Read More
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EU agency: Cocaine dealers’ technology use complicates busts

AP — The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the trade. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction agency… Read More