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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...

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
From North Korea

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...

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...

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...

Kim Jong Un's Sister Gets in the Smack-Talk Game

Calls South Korea 'a truly weird group' as North Korea's political meeting ends

(Newser) - North Korea's rare party congress meeting ended Tuesday , but not before leader Kim Jong Un's sister had some things to say about South Korea. Kim Yo Jong, who was apparently demoted during the meeting, spoke out after Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that signs of...

Promotion for Kim Jong Un, With Possible Dis for Sis

N. Korean leader is now general secretary of ruling party, while Kim Yo Jong gets demoted—but why?

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un can now count himself among the same ranks as his late father and grandfather after receiving a coveted promotion from chairman to general secretary of North Korea's Workers' Party on Sunday. The nation's state media describes Kim's new role as "the brain of...

Kim Jong Un Slams N. Korea's 'Biggest Enemy'

Spoiler alert: That would be the United States

(Newser) - President-elect Biden is on the brink of moving into the White House, but as far as Kim Jong Un is concerned, that doesn't change how he views the United States. In fact, per North Korean state media, Kim says the US remains his nation's "biggest enemy" and...

Spy Agency: Kim Jong Un Is Worried About Biden

North Korean leader stressed the need to drastically improve foreign relations

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the need to drastically improve his nation’s ties with the outside world as he addressed a major political conference for the third day. State media said Kim also reviewed relations with rival South Korea but didn’t explain what steps he said...

Kim Jong Un Admits a Failure
Kim Jong Un
Admits a Failure

Kim Jong Un Admits a Failure

Says his economic plan has almost completely failed at rare meeting

(Newser) - At a rare political meeting Tuesday in North Korea, Kim Jong Un admitted his economic policies have almost entirely failed, the AP reports. On the first day of a congress for the ruling Workers' Party, the first in five years, the leader said his five-year economic development plan did not...

Kim Jong Un Sends a Rare Letter to His People

'I will work hard to bring earlier the new era,' Kim Jong Un wrote

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked the public for their trust and support "in the difficult times" and wished them happiness and good health in his first New Year’s Day card sent to his people. Kim usually gives a televised speech on Jan. 1, but he is...

After 9 Years, Kim Jong Un Is Feeling the Squeeze

Party meeting comes as nation is being battered by pandemic, sanctions

(Newser) - Coronavirus restrictions that have significantly limited his public appearances. Warning signals for an economy battered by pandemic-related border closings, natural disasters, and international sanctions. The impending departure of a US president who said he “fell in love” with him. As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the...

Experts: Report on Kim a Sign That Virus Is Roiling N. Korea

Analyst says leader, other North Korean elites have received COVID-19 vaccine from China

(Newser) - His country's attempts to hack pharmaceutical companies apparently failed , but Kim Jong Un got a coronavirus vaccine anyway. That's according to US analyst Harry Kazianis, who reports that the North Korean leader, his family members, and several senior government officials were vaccinated "within the last two to...

Spy Agency: Kim Is Taking 'Irrational' COVID Measures

South Korean lawmakers were told Kim has banned fishing, ordered executions

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered at least two people executed, banned fishing at sea, and locked down Pyongyang as part of frantic efforts to guard against the coronavirus and its economic damage, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Friday. Kim's government also ordered diplomats overseas...

Kim Jong Un Delivers Tearful Apology

Analysts believe pressure on regime is growing

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has been openly criticized by the only person in North Korea allowed to do so—himself. The North Korean leader delivered a tearful apology to his people during a massive military parade Saturday, saying his "efforts and sincerity" had not been enough to "rid our...

Kim Jong Un: We're Ready to 'Fully Mobilize'

And North Korea shows off its big new weapon

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Saturday that his country would "fully mobilize" its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a military parade in which the country unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile and other additions to its growing weapons...

Kim Jong Un Offers Rare Apology
Kim Jong Un
Offers Rare Apology

Kim Jong Un Offers Rare Apology

North Korean leader says he regrets the killing of a South Korean citizen

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has offered a rare apology for what the BBC describes as the first killing of a South Korean citizen by the North in a decade. The South Korean government official may have been trying to defect to North Korea when he disappeared from a government ship, leaving...

North Korea May Be Nearly Ready to Test New Missile

Launch from submarine of a new system would violate Trump's mandate

(Newser) - North Korea is showing signs of preparing for a test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, a step that would cross lines set by President Trump. Experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies see indications of planning for a submarine-based launch in satellite images taken Friday, NBC News...

Sanders Reveals Trump Reaction to Kim Jong Un Flirting

'He f---ing hit on you!' ex-WH press secretary says he exclaimed in incident detailed in new book

(Newser) - Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been making the rounds of late to help her ex-boss stump for November. This week, however, the buzz around Sanders is focused on her upcoming memoir, a copy of which the Guardian got its hands on a few days before its...

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