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Kim Calls North Korea Crisis 'Worst Ever'

He compares nation's current economic woes to catastrophic '90s famine

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for waging another "arduous march" to fight severe economic difficulties, for the first time comparing them to a 1990s famine that killed hundreds of thousands. Kim had previously said his country faces the "worst-ever" situation due to several factors, including...

North Korea Decides Olympics Are a No-Go

Country cites coronavirus fears

(Newser) - North Korea will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer, citing coronavirus concerns. It's the first country to pull out of the games, the AP reports. The country's Sports Ministry said on Monday that its national Olympic Committee made the decision on March 25, wanting to "...

Kim Jong Un's Sis Attacks World Leader: 'Parrot Raised by America'

Kim Yo Jong slams S. Korean President President Moon Jae-in after backlash on missile tests

(Newser) - The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is again throwing around insults . Kim Yo Jong referred to South Korea's leader as a "parrot raised by America" on Tuesday following critiques of the North's ballistic missile launches . President Moon Jae-in said the "undesirable" actions, in...

As Biden Issues Warning, North Korea Issues Confirmation

Yes, it tested a new guided missile, country says

(Newser) - North Korea on Friday confirmed it had tested a new guided missile, as President Biden warned of consequences if Pyongyang escalates tensions amid stalled nuclear negotiations. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the two “new-type tactical guided projectiles” accurately hit the target off the eastern coast...

North Korea Launches More Missiles. This Time, It's a Bigger Deal

Because, unlike last time, they were ballistic

(Newser) - For the second time in less than a week, North Korea launched missiles, according to South Korea's joint chiefs of staff. The short-range, ground-based ballistic missiles were launched Thursday morning off North Korea's east coast, toward the sea, CNN reports. They reached an altitude of 37 miles and...

North Korea Conducted Missile Testing This Weekend

Sunday missile tests were just revealed publicly

(Newser) - North Korea fired short-range missiles this past weekend, just days after the sister of Kim Jong Un threatened the United States and South Korea for holding joint military exercises. The missile tests were confirmed by two senior Biden administration officials who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, the AP reports....

US Has Its Answer on North Korea Diplomacy

Americans' attempt is just a 'cheap trick,' official says

(Newser) - North Korea conceded Thursday that the US had attempted to establish contact between the two governments. The Biden administration sent emails and tried several ways to deliver telephone messages, even involving a third country. But the Americans' effort was nothing but a "cheap trick," a foreign ministry official...

Kim Jong Un's Sister Issues a Warning to Biden

In North Korea's first comments directed toward the new US president

(Newser) - For the first time, a high-level regime official in North Korea has addressed remarks directly to President Biden. The warning message took issue with the US and South Korea's joint military drills, which began March 8, the Japan Times reports. "We take this opportunity to warn the new...

US Overture to North Korea Draws No Response
US Awaits Reply
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US Awaits Reply From North Korea

Nations appear to have had no contact in more than a year, administration official says

(Newser) - After four years of US diplomatic efforts with North Korea going nowhere, the new administration has tried to establish a dialogue with the government of Kim Jong Un. Several attempts were made last month, USA Today reports, including one through North Korea's UN mission in New York. A Biden...

She Defected, Vanished, Then Re-Surfaced in the North

But friends of Lim Ji-hyun fear she was abducted and coerced into making propaganda videos

(Newser) - "What happened to Lim Ji-hyun?" It's a question explored in a story by Abigail Haworth at Marie Claire , and one that continues to haunt her friends. As a 23-year-old, Lim defected from North Korea, swimming across the Yalu River into China before making her way to South Korea....

Diplomats Take 34 Hours— and a Push—to Leave N. Korea

Amid restrictions, final leg required hand-pushed rail trolley

(Newser) - A group of Russian diplomats and their families had to travel more than 34 hours just to get out of North Korea, a journey that ended on a hand-pushed cart. Most methods of international travel, including plane and train, have been blocked in North Korea due to the coronavirus pandemic....

North Korean Defector Used Tunnel Unknown to South

Alarms were ignored as man swam ashore, wandered for 6 hours

(Newser) - The North Korean man found in South Korea last week appeared eight times on surveillance cameras without anyone noticing, according to a report from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. Alarms sounded twice after the man came ashore around 1:05am on Feb. 16, but the soldier in charge...

North Korea Offers $10K Bounties on Workers Who Escaped

There are reportedly many living in Russia

(Newser) - North Korea is offering rewards of up to $10,000 for information leading to the capture of North Korean construction workers who escaped in Russia, sources tell Radio Free Asia . UN sanctions put a stop to the issuance of new working visas for North Koreans, and required those already working...

She Was Only 13 When North Korean Agents Took Her

They didn't realize Megumi Yokota was just a kid in 1977 abduction from a beach in Japan

(Newser) - The BBC recounts a harrowing chapter in relations between North Korea and Japan, a stretch from 1977 through the early 1980s when North Korean agents abducted Japanese citizens to help train their spies. North Korea has since admitted to this and apologized, though critics say the North has not acknowledged...

Feds Say Massive North Korea Hack Was Revenge for Movie

Country's agents are 'world's leading bank robbers,' prosecutors say

(Newser) - North Korean operatives are the "world's leading bank robbers," federal prosecutors said Wednesday, announcing charges against three computer programmers in the regime's "General Reconnaissance Bureau." Jon Chang Hyok, Kim Il, and Park Jin Hyok are accused of taking part in cyberattacks that stole and...

Latest South Korean Embarrassment: Guy in Flippers

Possible North Korean defector reportedly swam across border, crawled through beach drain pipe

(Newser) - Soldiers came upon a North Korean man wearing a wetsuit and flippers walking down a road in South Korea on Tuesday. It was "the second embarrassing breach for the South Korean military's border security in recent months" after a North Korean defector traversed the Demilitarized Zone, reaching a...

Kim Jong Un May No Longer Be 'Chairman'

State media now referring to North Korean leader as 'president'

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's wife has appeared in public for the first time in more than a year. Ri Sol Ju, who has a habit of disappearing from the public eye and last appeared in public for the Lunar New Year holiday in January 2020, accompanied her husband to a...

South Korea Has New Accusation Against North Korea

It says its neighbor tried to hack Pfizer; no word on whether the attack was successful

(Newser) - The North Korean regime tried to hack US drugmaker Pfizer in an effort to steal information on the company's coronavirus vaccine, according to South Korea's National Intelligence Service. Lawmakers were briefed on the findings during a closed-door session of the National Assembly's intelligence committee on Tuesday, per...

UN Report: North Korea, Iran Have Teamed Up

Iran denies cooperative missile development

(Newser) - North Korea is funneling millions of dollars stolen by hackers into nuclear weapons, according to a new and confidential UN report, which also points the finger at Iran. The document accuses Kim Jong Un's regime of coordinating "operations against financial institutions and virtual currency exchange houses" to pay...

North Korea Rolls Out 'World's Most Powerful Weapon'

New missiles were on display at military parade

(Newser) - North Korea displayed new submarine-launched ballistic missiles under development and other military hardware in a parade that underlined leader Kim Jong Un’s defiant calls to expand the country's nuclear weapons program. State media said Kim took center stage in Thursday night’s parade celebrating a major ruling party...

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