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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 »

Experts Watch Kim Jong Un's 'Personal Train'

Is the North Korean leader dead? Has his younger sister already seized power?

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un is in a "vegetative state" or flat-out dead after a failed heart surgery. Or he's got COVID-19. Or just a sprained ankle. The rumor mill is turning after reports emerged that a Chinese medical team had been dispatched to help North Korea's leader in... More »

Kim Jong Un Is Said to Be 'Vegetative' or Dead

But Reuters says it can't confirm his condition

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un is either vegetative or dead after undergoing a failed cardiovascular procedure on April 12, according to Asian media reports—but Reuters has been unable to confirm or deny. All reports agree that China has sent a team of doctors and officials to North Korea to advise on... More »

Kim: 'Gravely Ill' or Doing Just Fine?

South Korea refutes reports that North Korean leader's health is in danger

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un hasn't been seen in public in more than a week , but South Korea is refuting reports that the North Korean leader's health is in danger. The denial came soon after a CNN report claiming that the US is monitoring intelligence suggesting Kim is "in... More »

Pyongyang: There Was No 'Nice Note' From Kim to Trump

North Korea denies Trump's Saturday claim

(Newser) - President Trump said Saturday that he had recently gotten "a nice note" from Kim Jong Un, but by the following day, North Korea was denying its leader had sent any such thing. "There was no letter," Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said, per the New York Times and... More »

No One's Seen Kim Jong Un in a Week

N. Korean leader seemingly didn't appear at tribute to grandfather, triggering buzz about his health

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un doesn't typically miss showing off whenever his famous relatives are honored during North Korean national holidays. That's why there are now whispers as to why he didn't show (or wasn't shown by state media) in a Wednesday birthday tribute to his grandfather, Kim... More »

North Korean Fighter Jets Allegedly Fire Missiles

After suspected cruise missile tests in the morning

(Newser) - South Korea says North Korean fighter jets have fired missiles off the North’s east coast, the AP reports. A South Korean defense official says the North launched several fighter jets after it conducted suspected cruise missile tests on Tuesday morning. The official says the North Korean fighter jets fired... More »

Kim Jong Un's Sister's Rise Continues

Kim Yo Jong reappointed to North Korea's politburo

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, was appointed to North Korea's politburo in 2017 but is believed to have been removed last year after a second Kim-Trump summit fell through. Now she's been reinstated, the Guardian reports. Kim Yo Jong has long been a close... More »

N. Korea: Trump Wrote, Wants to Help With Virus

As Kim fires off missiles anew

(Newser) - President Trump sent a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seeking to maintain good relations and offering cooperation in fighting the viral pandemic, Kim’s sister said Sunday. The correspondence came as Kim observed the firing of tactical guided weapons over the weekend, drawing criticism from South... More »

N. Korea Fires Weapons After Threat of 'Momentous Action'

Japan says at least 3 ballistic missiles were fired

(Newser) - North Korea fired three short-range projectiles off its east coast on Monday, South Korea’s military said, two days after the North threatened to take “momentous” action to protest outside condemnation over its earlier live-fire exercises. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the three launches were made from... More »

Kim Jong Un's Sister Issues Biting First Statement

Kim Yo Jong's words are for South Korea

(Newser) - It's the first statement she has ever issued, and it's harsh. Kim Yo Jong is both Kim Jong Un's sister and a close aide, and she didn't hold back in her Tuesday statement directed at South Korea, which had the day prior chided the North for... More »

North Korea Fires Unidentified Projectiles

Coronavirus may have caused lull in testing

(Newser) - North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into its eastern sea on Monday, having apparently resumed weapons demonstrations after a months-long hiatus that could have been forced by the coronavirus crisis in Asia. The launches came two days after North Korea’s state media said leader Kim Jong Un supervised an... More »

North Korea's Purebred Horses Aren't Home Grown

Customs data shows the country imported a dozen last year

(Newser) - An odd footnote to the story of Kim Jong Un's 2019 rides up a snowy sacred mountain on a white horse: It turns out North Korea imported 12 purebred horses from Russia in October, the same month as Kim's first ride. Reuters reports that customs data shows the... More »

Kim Jong Un's Aunt Makes Appearance, Ending Rumors

Kim Kyong Hui hadn't been seen in years, and some thought she'd been executed

(Newser) - She was once an influential figure in North Korea, but Kim Kyong Hui hadn't been seen in public in six years. However, the aunt of Kim Jong Un just made a public appearance, putting an end to rumors she had been executed after her nephew came to power, reports... More »

Trump Sent Kim a Birthday Note. Kim Remains Unmoved

Adviser to Kim Jong Un says North Korea feels 'deceived by the US,' nuclear talks unlikely

(Newser) - Everyone appreciates a birthday card, and Kim Jong Un is likely no exception, but that doesn't mean President Trump's well wishes to the North Korean leader have cleared the path for more nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and the US. Per CNN , a top adviser to Kim said via... More »

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