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N. Korea's weather service relocated to scientists street: report

All News 11:44 June 13, 2016

SEOUL, June 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's state-run weather information service appears to have moved to the so-called scientists street in Pyongyang with expanded weather equipment and up-to-date facilities, a U.S.-based media outlet said Monday, quoting an American researcher.

Curtis Melvin of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that the North's Hydrometeorological Service has been relocated to a new building on the Mirae Scientists Street. He said the move marks the first relocation to the street for a state organization.

Last November, North Korea completed the construction of the Mirae Scientists Street along the Taedong River in the North's capital which has a modern housing complex and service facilities for scientists.

North Korea's weather information service is the equivalent of South Korea's Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

The RFA said the North's weather forecast equipment appears to have been updated, given the fact that the North media last March boasted of the modernization of the weather agency's equipment and facilities.

The scholar said that it is yet to be seen how effectively the North Korea's weather service has become with the improvements in equipment.

According to the Global Environmental Change, a weather academic journal, North Korea is classified as a country with no weather-related information, despite the fact the impoverished country is afflicted with frequent floods and droughts.

Meanwhile, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that North Korean weather officials are also very inactive in their global activities and they scarcely participate in the WMP conferences and meetings.

But the U.N. organization has expressed its willingness to help North Korea upgrade its weather forecast capacity.

Experts have said the North's weather forecast capacity does not seem to have improved since 2011, when WMO made its last inspection of the country, adding that Pyongyang needs to upgrade its meteorological facilities as well as education for experts in the sector.

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