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After Kim-Putin Deal, US Dispatches Carrier Strike Group

Theodore Roosevelt will take part in exercises with South Korea, Japan

(Newser) - A nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier arrived Saturday in South Korea for a three-way exercise involving Japan for stepped-up military training to cope with North Korean threats, which have escalated following the announcement of a security pact with Russia. The arrival of the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group in Busan came...

South Korea May Relent on Selling Weapons to Ukraine

Possible reconsideration of weapons policy comes in response to Russia-North Korea pact

(Newser) - South Korea is not taking North Korea and Russia's newly cemented partnership lightly. Shortly after Vladimir Putin stated that the deal provides for "mutual assistance in the event of aggression against one of the parties," Seoul on Thursday said it was "planning to reconsider the issue...

Report: North Korea Is Building a Wall in the DMZ

Seoul says North Korean troops have stepped up activity in area

(Newser) - It's not big, it's not beautiful, and Mexico certainly won't be paying for it, but North Korea appears to be building a wall near its southern border. The BBC says high-resolution satellite images from a stretch of the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea show that...

Putin, Kim Take Turns in the Limo Driver's Seat

Leaders exchange gifts, one of which is an armored Russian-made Aurus

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin presented his North Korean host with a tea set, an admiral's dirk, and a retro-styled Aurus limousine, the very model he tools around Moscow in. Kim Jong Un counterpresented his guest with works of art depicting Putin, including busts, Reuters reports. Although a Russian spokesman...

Russia's Deal With North Korea Is 'Ominously Ambiguous'

They pledge assistance to each other in the event of 'aggression,' but details will be key

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un made a big deal of their newly cemented partnership on Wednesday, with the Russian leader calling it a "breakthrough" and his North Korean counterpart labeling it a "most powerful agreement." But what exactly does it say? Neither side has released the...

Putin Arrives in North Korea
Sanctioned by US,
2 Dictators Join Forces

Sanctioned by US, 2 Dictators Join Forces

Kim Jong Un vows 'full support' for Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised full support for Russia's war in Ukraine before beginning a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Pyongyang on Wednesday, in a bid to expand their economic and military cooperation and show a united front against Washington. Kim said relations between...

Putin Going to North Korea for First Time in 24 Years

Russia needs conventional weapons for its Ukraine war

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is going to North Korea this week for the first time in 24 years, reports the BBC . The Russian leader traveled there early in his presidency, and he welcomed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a visit last year . This reciprocal two-day trip by Putin, which begins...

South Korean Troops Fire More Warning Shots After 2nd Border Violation

North Korean soldiers once again did not return fire

(Newser) - South Korean soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals' land border Tuesday morning for the second time this month, South Korea's military said. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said around 20 to 30 North Korean soldiers, while engaging in unspecified...

After Balloon Battle, S. Korea Says North Is Setting Up Speakers

Says North Korea is installing its own propaganda loudspeakers along the border

(Newser) - South Korea's military on Monday said it's detecting signs that North Korea is installing its own loudspeakers along their heavily armed border, a day after the South blared anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts for the first time in years as the rivals engage in Cold War-style psychological warfare. The South'...

Neighbors Again Trade Balloons
Neighbors Again Trade Balloons

Neighbors Again Trade Balloons

North Korea's launch follows neighbor's leaflet dump

(Newser) - North Korea resumed flying balloons on Saturday in a likely attempt to drop trash on South Korea again, South Korea's military said, two days after Seoul activists floated their own balloons to scatter propaganda leaflets in the North. Animosities between the two Koreas have risen recently because North Korea...

North Korea: We've Made Our Point With Balloon Drop

The 260 large white balloons held bags said to contain excrement

(Newser) - A top defense official said North Korea will "temporarily halt dropping trash over the border" in balloons after South Korea promised "unendurable measures" in retaliation. "We've let the South Koreans experience enough of how dirty it feels and how much joint effort it takes to clean...

North Korea's Latest Spy Satellite Launch Fails

Rocket exploded in mid-air, according to state media

(Newser) - North Korea says its attempt to put another spy satellite into orbit has failed. North Korea's state media said a rocket carrying the spy satellite exploded in mid-air on Monday. State media said the explosion was possibly caused by engine failure. The rocket was launched Monday night, hours after...

US Companies Inadvertently Gave $7M to North Korea

American charged in fraud scheme that saw North Koreans pose as remote US workers

(Newser) - Citizens of North Korea are snagging remote jobs with US companies and funneling earnings into their country's missile program, federal authorities said Thursday in announcing fraud charges against a US woman accused of facilitating such a scheme. Christina Chapman, 49, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, is among five people facing...

Kim Jong Un Finding New Ways to Vent Against South
Kim's New Tactic Against
South Korea: Removing Lights
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Kim's New Tactic Against South Korea: Removing Lights

North Korean leader has streetlights removed from inter-Korean roads

(Newser) - Amid bombastic threats of war, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has found a much smaller-scale way to vent against South Korea. He had crews remove streetlights from the only remaining roads that connect the two countries, reports the Korea Herald . The pair of inter-Korean roads were built about 20...

The 'North Korean Goebbels' Dies at 94

Pyongyang propaganda chief helped build the Kim dynasty

(Newser) - Kim Ki Nam, a North Korean propaganda chief who helped build personality cults around the country's three dynastic leaders, has died at 94, the North's state media said. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said the country's current leader, Kim Jong Un, visited the body...

What North Korea's Rare Visit to Iran Could Signal

Little is revealed, but speculation abounds

(Newser) - The trip garnered a single sentence on the subject from the Korean Central News Agency but far more analysis outside of North Korea. That sentence confirmed the country on Tuesday sent a delegation helmed by External Economic Relations Minister Yun Jong Ho to Iran. It's the first time Pyongyang...

North Korean TV Blurs BBC Gardener's Jeans

Alan Titchmarsh jokes that censors have given him 'a bit of street cred'

(Newser) - BBC presenter Alan Titchmarsh says he feels like he's been given a "bit of street cred" by North Korean censors. A 2010 episode of his gardening show, Alan Titchmarsh's Garden Secrets, recently aired on North Korea's Central TV but his legs were blurred to hide the...

Experts: North Korean Spy Satellite Is 'Alive'

Orbital maneuvers show Pyongyang can control the Malligyong-1

(Newser) - The spy satellite that North Korea launched in November is "alive," though it's not clear whether it's spying on anything, experts say. In a blog post Tuesday, satellite expert Marco Langbroek at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands said changes in the Malligyong-1 satellite's...

North Korean Nuclear Attack 'Has Never Looked So Credible'

Nuclear development continues as weapons sales to Russia jolt economy

(Newser) - With the world distracted by wars in Europe and the Middle East, North Korea has grown into an even greater threat to the West, with increased war rhetoric , a growing nuclear arsenal, and a cozy relationship with Russia . Leader Kim Jong Un has "exploited a fractured global order to...

Putin Gives Kim a Car in Honor of Their Special Relationship

The gift underscores the close ties between Russia and North Korea, state media says

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has gifted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a Russian-made car for his personal use in a demonstration of their special relationship, North Korea's state media reported Tuesday. The report didn't say what kind of vehicle it was or how it was shipped. But...

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