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North Korea Unveils 'Nuclear Attack Submarine'

It's based on Soviet-era technology, analysts say

(Newser) - North Korea has unveiled what the government says is a "nuclear attack submarine" that extends the country's nuclear capabilities by "leaps and bounds." State media released photos of Kim Jong Un at a launch ceremony this week for the "Hero Kim Kun Ok," named...

Kim Shows Banned Missiles to Russian Defense Chief

Some analysts see North Korea, Russia, China as reviving Cold War-era coalition

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un showed off his banned ballistic missiles to Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu on Wednesday in a sign of just how closely aligned the two countries are becoming. Delegations led by Shoigu, the first Russian defense minister to visit North Korea since the fall of...

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...

N. Korea: Latest Launch Simulated Nuclear Attack on South

Kim Jong Un calls for country's nuclear forces to increase readiness for war

(Newser) - North Korea on Monday described its latest ballistic missile launch as a simulated nuclear attack on South Korea as leader Kim Jong Un called for his nuclear forces to sharpen their war readiness in the face of his rival's expanding military exercises with the United States. The report by...

North Korea's 'Provocative Streak' Just Widened

Pyongyang says it test-fired 4 long-range cruise missiles on Thursday

(Newser) - North Korea said Friday it test-fired long-range cruise missiles off its eastern coast a day earlier, adding to a provocative streak in weapons demonstrations as its rivals step up military training. The launches, which were later confirmed by South Korea's military, were intended to verify the reliability of the...

Reports: N. Korea May Have Enough ICBMs to Overwhelm US

Pyongyang trotted out a dozen or so of what it says are Hwasong-17s at Wednesday military parade

(Newser) - North Korea hosted a military parade Wednesday night in Pyongyang, a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the modern-day Korean People's Army. But one attraction in particular rolling down the streets of Kim Il Sung Square is now drawing international attention: what the nation's government claims were a...

N. Korea: US, S. Korea Will Pay 'Horrible Price'

Pyongyang threatens to use nukes over joint military drills

(Newser) - North Korea issued a veiled threat Tuesday to use nuclear weapons to get the US and South Korea to "pay the most horrible price in history," an escalation of its fiery rhetoric targeting the ongoing large-scale military drills between its rivals. Animosities on the Korean Peninsula have been...

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...

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...

US, South Korea Talk About Expanding Exercises

Biden meets new president, who has urged closer ties

(Newser) - After their presidents met Saturday in Seoul, the US and South Korea announced they might broaden their joint military exercises in the face of North Korea's aggressive nuclear missile program. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said the exercises are "key to our combined defense capability" during a...

Kim Jong Un Warns of an 'Unexpected 2nd Mission'

North Korean leader vows to speed up nukes program, to use them if provoked

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to accelerate the development of nuclear weapons and threatened to use them if provoked, in a speech he delivered at a military parade that featured powerful missiles capable of targeting the country's rivals, state media reported Tuesday. Kim's remarks suggest he'...

S. Korea Talks 'Preemptive Strike' as North Threatens 'Disaster'
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Kim Jong Un's Sister Threatens to Go Nuclear

Kim Yo Jong threatens South Korea for the 2nd time this week

(Newser) - Updated: For the second time this week, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated South Korea for touting its supposed preemptive strike capabilities against the North, saying her country’s nuclear forces would annihilate the South’s conventional forces if provoked, the AP reports. In a...

UN: Cyberattacks Fund North Korean Missiles

Millions in cryptocurrency from exchanges go toward restricted systems

(Newser) - A major source of funding for North Korea's government, especially its missile program, is theft, a UN report says. The investigation found that cyberattacks have netted millions in stolen cryptocurrency, the BBC reports, from at least three cryptocurrency exchanges in North America, Europe, and Asia. The findings have been...

North Korea Launches 2nd Hypersonic Missile in a Week

Pyongyang says it hit a target 621 miles away in the sea

(Newser) - For the second time in less than a week, North Korea says it has launched a hypersonic missile. After launching one last Wednesday , Pyongyang said it did so again Tuesday, the BBC reports. This one "precisely hit" a target 621 miles away, the country says. The US, South Korea,...

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...

US Overture to North Korea Draws No Response
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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...

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...

US Agencies: N. Korea Funds Nukes With 'Bank Robbery'

FBI, Treasury, and other agencies say hacking scheme 'may erode confidence' in banking systems

(Newser) - Hackers linked to North Korea's government are trying to rob banks around the world to fund the country's nuclear weapons programs. That's according to the FBI, the US Treasury, US Cyber Command, and Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which warned of the behavior in...

Kim Is Developing Baby Nukes: UN Experts

Report finds North Korea is expanding its nuclear arsenal, ballistic missile program

(Newser) - UN experts say North Korea is flouting UN sanctions by expanding its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program and by exporting coal and illegally importing refined petroleum products in excess of its annual quota. In a report obtained Tuesday by the AP , the experts said that North Korea has also...

North Korea Promises 'Christmas Gift' for US

What it is depends on US actions: official

(Newser) - North Korea says the US could be in for an unpleasant Christmas gift unless denuclearization talks move forward. The veiled threat came Tuesday as Pyongyang denounced little progress in discussions with Washington, reports CNBC . Calls for a "sustained and substantial dialogue" are "nothing but a foolish trick" serving...

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