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Kim Jong Un Has a New Toy Aimed at US, South Korea

Military spy satellite is aimed to stem 'US imperialists and [South] Korean puppet villains'

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un examined a finished military spy satellite, which his country is expected to launch soon, during a visit to his country's aerospace agency, where he described space-based reconnaissance as crucial for countering the US and South Korea. As the AP reports, Kim during Tuesday'...

S. Koreans Are Nervous. Enter the 'Washington Declaration'

It reaffirms the US commitment to protect the country and deter the North

(Newser) - The US hasn't docked a nuclear ballistic missile submarine in South Korean waters since the 1980s. That's about to change under the "Washington Declaration," which President Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol are set to announce Wednesday. The agreement outlines stepped-up deterrence commitments the...

Kim Jong Un: We've Completed First Spy Satellite

Planned launch date was not disclosed

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country has completed the development of its first military spy satellite and ordered officials to go ahead with its launch as planned, state media reported Wednesday. During his visit to the North’s aerospace agency Tuesday, Kim stressed it’s crucial to...

Kim: We'll Expand Nuclear Arsenal 'Exponentially'

N. Korean strongman calls for nuclear scientists to boost production of weapons-grade material

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for his nuclear scientists to increase production of weapons-grade material to make bombs to put on his increasing range of weapons, the AP reports. The report in state media Tuesday followed a series of missile launches—seven launch events in this month...

Trump Dishes on Coming Book of 'Incredible' Correspondence

Former POTUS says letters include a lot of 'ass-kissing'

(Newser) - While promoting his upcoming book, former President Trump on Tuesday gave more details of what exactly the world can expect from the collection of correspondence. Of the big names featured in the book—which will include Queen Elizabeth II, former President George W. Bush, former President Obama, Chinese President Xi...

South Korea Shares Intel on Kim Jong Un's Kids

National Intelligence Service still suspects the 39-year-old has 3

(Newser) - South Korea's top intelligence agency on Tuesday dished on what it knows about Kim Jong Un's children—all three of them. Standout details, per Reuters and the AP :
  • Yes, the agency again confirmed Kim has three children, with the eldest being a boy. They were born in 2010,

Trump: Kim Jong Un Is 'Not Happy With the US'

Former president complains that N. Korea leader 'feels threatened'

(Newser) - Former president and current presidential candidate Donald Trump does not approve of his successor's handling of North (and South) Korea. "Kim Jung Un [sic] of North Korea, who I got to know and got along with very well during my years as President, is not happy with the...

South Korea: Don't Jump to Conclusions on Kim's Daughter

All the buzz about her being a successor is premature, unification minister says

(Newser) - South Korea on Wednesday said that it’s still premature to determine whether the recently unveiled daughter of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being groomed as her father’s successor. Speculation about the status of Kim's daughter, reportedly named Kim Ju Ae and aged about 10, has...

Kim Jong Un Has a New Girl on His Arm

Girl believed to be the North Korean strongman's daughter, Ju Ae, is highlighted at military event

(Newser) - The signals out of North Korea are getting stronger that Kim Jong Un has picked, or at least is grooming, a successor: His daughter, Ju Ae, believed to be his second child. The North Korean strongman put the girl front and center in photos distributed by state media at what...

Kim Jong Un Has Grim 2023 Resolutions

North Korean leader wants to expand nuclear arsenal 'exponentially,' orders more powerful ICBM

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the “exponential” expansion of his country’s nuclear arsenal and the development of a more powerful intercontinental ballistic missile, state media reported Sunday, after he entered 2023 with another weapons launch following a record number of testing activities last year, the AP...

What Did Debut of Kim's Daughter Mean?

Kim Jong Un's move could signal break from family's patrilineal rule, pundit says

(Newser) - Speculation is swirling about North Korean leader Kim Jung Un's decision to debut his daughter at Friday's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Photos released Saturday by state media show the father and daughter walking hand in hand next to the huge missile, inspecting the Hwasong-17 with Kim'...

North Korea Debuts Kim's 'Beloved Daughter'

It's the first time pics of the child, who's never been mentioned, have emerged

(Newser) - North Korea has unveiled the little-known daughter of its leader Kim Jong Un at a missile launch site, attracting keen attention to a fourth-generation member of the dynastic family that has ruled North Korea for more than seven decades. The North's state media said Saturday that Kim had observed...

Ex-SK Leader Giving Up Kim Jong Un's Gifts

Moon Jae-in is embroiled in odd row over Pungsan dogs—not with Kim, but with SK government

(Newser) - In May, Moon Jae-in left office in South Korea, taking his two dogs, Gomi and Songgang, with him. Now, he's giving up the pair of Pungsan pups, a gift from Kim Jong Un, in an odd row not with Kim, but with the current Seoul government. The BBC notes...

Kim Jong Un: Nuclear Forces Ready for 'Actual War'

Analysts say North Korean leader has been emboldened by Putin's rhetoric

(Newser) - With Vladimir Putin warning that nuclear strikes are an option in the Ukraine war, Kim Jong Un apparently doesn't want to feel left out. The North Korean dictator warned Thursday that the country's nuclear forces have demonstrated "their full preparedness for actual war to bring the enemies...

North Korea Boasts of New Tactic for Missiles

Nation fires one from an underwater silo

(Newser) - North Korea has been firing off a series of missile tests in recent weeks, and one of them came from a silo that was underwater, reports the Washington Post . The North said Monday that it successfully launched a missile from an inland reservoir, per the AP . It's the first...

Trump's Fav Presidential Perk: 'So Many Rich Friends'
Trump, Kim Jong Un
Might Still Be in Touch

Trump, Kim Jong Un Might Still Be in Touch

Book reveals Trump's casual racism, apparently ongoing relationship with North Korean leader

(Newser) - We already know Maggie Haberman's upcoming book on President Trump claims he vowed not to leave the White House and clogged toilets trying to flush away papers . Now new revelations are flooding out ahead of Tuesday's release of Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking ...

Kim Jong Un: North Korea Will Never Give Up Nukes

Country's leader says Pyongyang needs the weapons to counter the US

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed his country will never abandon the nuclear weapons it needs to counter the United States, which he accused of pushing to weaken the North’s defenses and eventually collapse his government, state media said Friday. Kim made the comments during a speech Thursday...

Kim's Sister: 'No One Barters Their Destiny for Corn Cake'

She was criticizing Yoon Suk-yeol's offer of aid in exchange for denuclearization

(Newser) - The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has come out swinging against South Korea's president Yoon Suk-yeol, whom she calls a "really simple" man who should "shut his mouth." Kim Yo Jong made the comments Friday in rejecting an offer of economic aid in...

Good News: N. Korea Declares Victory Over COVID
Good News: N. Korea
Says It Has Defeated COVID

Good News: N. Korea Says It Has Defeated COVID

Sister says Kim Jong Un was 'seriously ill'

(Newser) - North Korea has declared a resounding victory over COVID-19—but experts are as skeptical of the claim as they were over the country's claims to have no cases before an outbreak of "fever" spread "explosively" starting in late April. The New York Times reports that according to...

Kim Jong Un Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapons

North Korean leader gives fiery speech on Korean War armistice anniversary

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he’s ready to use his nuclear weapons in potential military conflicts with the United States and South Korea, state media said Thursday, as he unleashed fiery rhetoric against rivals he says are pushing the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war. Kim’...

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