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Kim: N. Korea Has 'Thoroughly Prevented' Any COVID Cases

He urges country to stay vigilant after 'shining success'

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked "unimaginable and irretrievable crisis," state media said Friday. Despite the warning, Kim reaffirmed North Korea’s claim to not have had a single case of COVID-19, telling a ruling party... More »

Leaflets on Kim's Wife Were 'the Last Straw'

Russian ambassador says 'propaganda' featuring Ri Sol Ju was 'a special kind of dirty'

(Newser) - We may now know why North Korea was so upset with a recent round of anti-Pyongyang leaflets floated across the border from South Korea. Leaflets launched May 31—two weeks before North Korean officials blew up a joint liaison office —included provocative, Photoshopped images of Kim Jong Un's... More »

North Korea Suspends Military Retaliation Against South

After weeks of ramping up tensions, a de-escalation

(Newser) - North Korea said Wednesday that Kim Jong Un suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea, in an apparent slowing of the pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. Last week, the North had declared relations with the South as fully... More »

North Korea: We're Sending in the Troops

Country vows to resume military exercises, reestablish guard posts near southern border

(Newser) - South Korea's unification minister is offering to resign a day after North Korea blew up the joint liaison office on its side of the border and accused its neighbor of acting like a "mongrel dog." Kim Yeon-chul put forth his resignation while claiming responsibility for worsening relations... More »

North Korea Just Blew Up Liaison Office With South

North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South Korea in North's city of Kaesong

(Newser) - Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, issued an ominous-sounding warning over the weekend, and it looks like she's made good on her word: the North blew up the joint liaison office it shared with South Korea in the North Korean border city of... More »

Kim Jong Un's Sister Issues a Threat to Her 'Enemy'

Kim Yo Jong flexes her muscle in explosive speech

(Newser) - The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened military action against South Korea as she bashed Seoul on Saturday over declining bilateral relations and its inability to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border, the AP reports. Describing South Korea as an "enemy,"... More »

North Korea Warns US of Election 'Hair Raiser'

Ministry says US should 'hold its tongue'

(Newser) - Countries that plan to interfere in the elections of other nations don't normally inform the target of their intentions—but North Korea likes to do things its own way. The country's Foreign Ministry warned Thursday that the US election in November could be in jeopardy if Washington doesn'... More »

N. Korea Has a Creative New Cottage Industry

It's selling sand. That's right

(Newser) - Experts say North Korea earned at least $22 million last year in illegally selling, uh, sand. "This is one of the most unique cases of North Korean sanctions evasion behavior that we've seen," Lucas Kuo, an analyst with the nonprofit Center for Advanced Defense Studies, tells CNN... More »

N. Korea: We're Done Talking

Country has reportedly ended all communication with its 'enemy' South Korea

(Newser) - South Korea's missed phone call with North Korea on Monday wasn't just a one-time hiccup. Though officials in the North did answer a later call, North Korea now says it has cut all communication with its "enemy" to the south, including through the North-South joint liaison office,... More »

S. Korea on Daily Phone Call to North: They Didn't Pick Up

First time since joint liaison office opened in 2018 that one of 2 daily phone calls was dissed

(Newser) - North Korea and South Korea have two daily phone calls: one at 9am and one at 5pm, no matter what, as part of an initiative that began in 2018 to keep communication flowing and ease tensions between the two nations. But on Monday, the former didn't pick up when... More »

North Korea Taunts US Over Protests

'Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House'

(Newser) - North Korea has taken note of the George Floyd protests, and it's not exactly sending a note of support. "Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House," says a statement in one of the main state-run newspapers. "This is the reality in... More »

North Korea Has a New Kim Jong Un Revelation

The regime's leader doesn't have 'chukjibeop,' according to an official news report

(Newser) - North Korea's official newspaper is reporting that Kim Jong Un can't actually bend space and time. As the regime's Rodong Sinmun newspaper revealed this week: "In realistic terms, a person cannot suddenly disappear and reappear by folding space." A South Korean official told Yonhap News... More »

Russia to Kim: Here, Have a Medal

Moscow has decided to honor Kim Jong Un's commemoration of WWII Soviet soldiers

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a commemorative World War II medal to the recently resurfaced Kim Jong Un . The North Korean leader was awarded "for his great personal contribution to the commemoration of dead and buried Soviet citizens on the territory of [North Korea] and showing concern about... More »

Trump Is 'Glad' to See Kim Back

Arms talks have made little progress despite their personal diplomacy

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has been welcomed back to the world stage, after nearly three weeks out of public view. President Trump tweeted that, "I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!" Trump shared state media photos of Kim, smiling and talking, purportedly at the... More »

Shots Fired at Korean Border

N. Korean soldiers fire several shots at S. Korean guardpost, South fires back

(Newser) - North and South Korean troops exchanged fire along their tense border on Sunday, the South’s military said, the first such incident since the rivals took unprecedented steps to lower front-line animosities. While Sunday’s incident is a reminder of persistent tensions, it didn’t cause any known casualties on... More »

Kim Resurfaces in State Media

Ruler hadn't been seen in public since April 11

(Newser) - North Korean state media say leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in 20 days, during which speculation about his health flourished. The Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that he attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer factory in Suncheon, near the capital of... More »

Here's What Pompeo Had to Say About Kim Jong Un

Secretary of state says 'we haven't seen him'

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo didn't have much to add when asked about Kim Jong Un Wednesday, but he did say the US is monitoring the situation. Asked by Fox News to comment on reports that the North Korean leader is gravely ill or dead, the secretary of state said, per the... More »

'Unusual Moves' Give Clue on Kim Jong Un

Website that monitors N. Korea says boats off the coast of Wonsan suggest that's where leader is

(Newser) - No one knows for sure if Kim Jong Un is dead or alive , or if someone else has already wrested power from him , but satellite images taken by a website that monitors North Korea offer new hints as to the whereabouts of the nation's leader. Per NK Pro , luxury... More »

South Korea: We Know Where Kim Jong Un Is

But details on why the North's leader remains out of sight are still not known

(Newser) - North Korea's Kim Jong Un still has not appeared in public amid wide-ranging speculation about his health. On Tuesday, however, a top South Korean official said his nation at least knows where Kim is. "The government is aware of Kim Jong Un’s location," said Unification Minister... More »

South Korea: We Don't Buy Rumors About Kim

Government in Seoul casts doubts on reports of him being in dire condition

(Newser) - As Kim Jong Un remains out of the public eye, South Korea is firmly denouncing reports that the North Korean leader is in dire health. The South's unification minister, Kim Yeon-chul, told a closed-door forum in Seoul that the South has "enough intelligence to confidently say that there... More »

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