Summary of North Korea’s foreign news this week
SEOUL, 25 Feb. (Yonhap) — Here’s a summary of foreign news from North Korea this week.
North Korea ranked among worst countries for political rights and civil liberties (report)
SEOUL — North Korea has been ranked among the worst countries in terms of freedom, a recent report by a U.S.-funded freedom watchdog revealed on Friday.
In an annual Freedom House report titled “World Freedom 2022”, the North received a combined freedom score of 3 out of 100 – zero points for political rights and 3 points for civil liberties.
Vietnam monitors bank accounts of North Korean embassy employees: report
SEOUL — The Vietnamese government is closely monitoring the bank accounts of North Koreans in the country as part of efforts to implement UN sanctions against Pyongyang, a report by an international organization revealed Thursday.
Southeast Asian country has taken proactive action against Pyongyang’s activities banned by UN Security Council sanctions, says assessment report on Vietnam’s anti-money laundering measures of money released by the Financial Action Task Force. Based in Paris, the organization is responsible for combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
UN rapporteur calls for 60 million COVID-19 vaccines to be sent to North Korea
SEOUL – The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea on Wednesday issued a categorical appeal to the world to donate 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the reclusive country to help it to come out of “isolation”.
Tomas Ojea Quintana made the call as the North’s apparent reluctance to engage with the outside world due to the pandemic would worsen its economic hardship and human rights conditions, and hamper nuclear diplomacy with the regime.
S. Korea’s defense minister, US navy chief discuss regional security, alliance
SEOUL — South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook met with a visiting U.S. Marine Corps chief on Monday to discuss regional security and the bilateral alliance, the Defense Ministry said.
The meeting between Suh and Gen. David H. Berger came as Seoul and Washington seek to strengthen cooperation to counter evolving military threats from North Korea, highlighted by a series of missile launches this month. last.