U.S. Considered Blacklisting Two Chinese Banks Over North Korea Ties

By Christian Berthelsen April 13, 2018 U.S. shelved plan to sanction lenders seen as vital to system Firm allegedly used AgBank, China Construction for laundering U.S. officials alarmed by public displays of Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile technology last summer considered taking the provocative step of blacklisting two of China’s biggest banks from the U.S. financial…

John Bolton: A complex worldview that just might work for Trump

Tom Rogan  April 10, 2018 12:00 AM  Long before John Bolton was named as President Trump’s new national security adviser, a position he assumes on Monday, his name sparked diametrically opposite reactions in Washington. Some have long lauded the former undersecretary of state and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for his near absolute commitment…

UN advisor criticizes Maersk’s shipment for North Korea

  BY OLE ANDERSEN, TOMAS KRISTIANSEN Published  23.03.18 at 11:25 No companies should accept a risk of getting caught transporting components for sanctioned North Korean missiles, says former UN monitor and sanctions advisor to ShippingWatch. Photo: /ritzau/AP/Wong Maye-E It is not acceptable for subsidiaries in major international transport companies to claim that they did not know what…

U.N. Links North Korea to Syria’s Chemical Weapon Program

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ FEB. 27, 2018 Photo Smoke billowed last week after an airstrike on the besieged neighborhood of eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus. Credit Ammar Suleiman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images UNITED NATIONS — North Korea has been shipping supplies to the Syrian government that could be used in the production of chemical…

North Korean Trojan Activity – BANKSHOT, HARDRAIN and BADCALL

SystemTek – The Technology Experts – Providing technology news and information online since 1999   Three new trojans known as BANKSHOT, HARDRAIN and BADCALL have been identified as being created and operated by the advanced North Korean threat group known as HIDDEN COBRA. BANKSHOT consists of several proxy application tools intended to disguise command and…

South Korea asks U.N. to allow sanctioned North Korea official to attend Olympics

Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – South Korea asked the United Nations on Wednesday for an exemption to allow a sanctioned North Korean official to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister Kim Yo Jong. Pyongyang told Seoul that Choe Hwi, chairman of…