North Korea can not abandon nuclear programme, ambassador says

Alyssa Bailey
November 18, 2017

The ministry said the duo also noted constructive roles by countries such as China and Russian Federation in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, and agreed to strengthen strategic communication with other related parties based on close coordination between South Korea and the U.S.

A professor at a medical school told the Review that North Korean defectors would often come to South Korea riddled with parasites, with one patient having more than 30 types of roundworms in her body.

Dr Lee added: "I've never seen anything like this in my 20 years as a physician".

"The defector is likely to have had the parasites for a long time". The young man was rushed to hospital in South Korea by helicopter where he has undergone two rounds of emergency surgery.

The soldier was shot by his comrades Monday as he crossed the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

However, the diplomat stated that his country can't give up its nuclear program as it is a "deterrent".

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"(The soldier's condition is) not surprising at all considering the North's hygiene and parasite problems", Choi added. North Korea has not commented on the defection. Inside the soldier's gut, they also found corn, a staple grain of the North Korean diet.

The North uses human feces as fertilizer, according to the BBC. "The parasite infection problem seems to be serious even if it does not represent the entire North Korean population". Use of the corn found in his stomach, which is cheaper than rice but less popular, has increased in years when North Koreans are more anxious about harvests.

The ambassador was speaking at the North Korean mission in Geneva on Friday, as South Korea and the United States agreed in Seoul to keep co-operating towards a peaceful end to the crisis.

About one in four North Korean children grow to be shorter than their South Korean counterparts, according to the World Food Programme.

Satellite images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate that Pyongyang is pursuing an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, a U.S. institute has reported.

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".

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