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South Korea, U.S. mark 70th anniversary of Korean War

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:04 PM

The fighting ended with an armistice that was never replaced by a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula divided by the Demilitarized Zone and the two Koreas still technically at war

(FILES) This file handout photo from the National Archives taken on July 18, 1950 at an undisclosed location shows US Army soldiers of the 24th Infantry Regiment loaded on trucks for transport up to the firing line during the Korean War. - Millions of people were swept apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, which separated brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives. The Korean peninsula marks the 70th anniversary of the war on June 25, 2020. (Photo by Handout / National Archives / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATIONAL ARCHIVES" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

North Korea's Kim suspends military plans against South – KCNA

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:44 AM

The North also begin removing loudspeakers from border areas, which they had started setting up just two days ago to broadcast anti-South propaganda

Ex-Trump aide Bolton says North Korea's Kim laughing at U.S. president

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Former US national security advisor John Bolton also says he does not consider Trump to be fit for office and hopes he is a one-term president

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un talk before a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) on June 30, 2019, in Panmunjom, Korea.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

North Korea says millions of leaflets readied against South

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:00 AM

More than '3,000 balloons of various types capable of scattering leaflets deep inside South Korea, have been prepared,' says the Korean Central News Agency

People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, known as the 'Day of the Sun', in Pyongyang on April 15, 2020. (Photo by KIM Won Jin / AFP)

North Korea preparing anti-South leaflet campaign – KCNA

Jun 20, 2020 - 3:42 PM

'Enraged' North Koreans are now 'pushing forward with the preparations for launching a large-scale distribution' of 'leaflets of punishment' into the South, according to a KCNA report

THE DMZ. A general view shows a South Korean guard post along the barbed-wire fence of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, on the South Korean island of Gyodong on June 18, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Seoul's unification minister resigns over North Korea tensions

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:52 PM

South Korean president President Moon Jae-in accepts 'Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul's offer to resign'

South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul reacts as he meets with reporters to announce his offering to resign over the worsening of inter-Korean relations at the government complex in Seoul on June 17, 2020. - North Korea threatened June 17 to bolster its military presence in and around the Demilitarized Zone, a day after blowing up its liaison office with the South, prompting sharp criticism from Seoul. (Photo by - / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

North Korea vows to step up border military activities

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The demolition of the liaison office in the Kaesong Industrial Zone, just across the border in Northern territory, comes after Pyongyang vehemently condemns Seoul over anti-Pyongyang leaflets sent by defectors into the North

BORDER. A South Korean soldier stands at a checkpoint on the Tongil bridge, the road leading to North Korea's Kaesong joint industrial complex, near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas, in Paju on June 17, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Kim Yo Jong: North Korean leader's increasingly powerful sister

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:16 AM

The North has never had a woman leader but speculation swirls over Yo Jong as a potential successor in the event of the death of her brother

POWER. Kim Yo Jong (right), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sibling, talks with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (not pictured) upon her arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on February 9, 2018, to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo / AFP

North Korea blows up inter-Korean liaison office near border with South

Jun 16, 2020 - 3:09 PM

(4th UPDATE) After an emergency meeting, Seoul's National Security Council says it would 'react strongly' if Pyongyang 'continues to take steps that aggravate the situation'

BLOWN UP. South and North Korean officials attend an opening ceremony of a joint liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea, on September 14, 2018. File photo by AFP

North Korea warns South to drop 'nonsensical' denuclearization talk

Jun 13, 2020 - 4:16 PM

South Korea is the target of a wave of angry statements recently from the North, which accused Seoul of allowing defectors to launch leaflets critical of leader Kim Jong-un into its territory

 NORTH KOREAN BORDER. A view of the North Korean side of the border to South Korea. Image from Shutterstock.

North Korea denounces U.S. two years after Singapore summit

Jun 12, 2020 - 4:37 PM

The latest broadside contains some of the harshest criticism Pyongyang has sent Washington's way in recent months, and casts doubt over the future of the two sides' long-stalled nuclear talks process

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore in June 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea warns U.S. to stay out of inter-Korean affairs

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:56 PM

A North Korean official says Washington should 'hold its tongue and mind its internal affairs first' if it wanted to avoid experiencing a 'hair-raiser' and ensure the 'easy holding' of November's presidential vote

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Some 'starving' in North Korea as virus measures deepen food crisis – U.N. expert

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Before the coronavirus crisis, more than 40% of people in North Korea are already considered food insecure, with many suffering malnutrition

FOOD INSECURITY. North Korea's border county of Kaepoong is seen from a South Korean observation post in Paju near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on May 17, 2019. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea to cut communication lines to South

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Calls by the South to the North on their hotlines now go unanswered

BORDER. South Korean soldiers patrol along a barbed wire fence Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, on the South Korean island of Ganghwa on April 23, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

U.N. says both Koreas broke armistice in DMZ shooting

May 26, 2020 - 5:51 PM

But the United Nations Command's investigation is 'unable to definitively determine' whether the North's gunshots were fired 'intentionally or by mistake'

DMZ. South Korean soldiers patrol along a barbed wire fence Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, on the South Korean island of Ganghwa on April 23, 2020. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea discusses new policies for increasing 'nuclear war deterrence' – KCNA

May 24, 2020 - 9:15 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discusses with the Central Military Commission 'crucial measures... for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability' of the military

IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP  IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP

North Korea lashes South as Kim praises China's Xi

May 08, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Kim Jong-un sends Chinese leader Xi Jinping a diplomatic communication congratulating him for China's 'success' in controlling the novel coronavirus epidemic

KIM JONG-UN. A woman walks past a television news screen showing a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a ceremony to mark the completion of Sunchon phosphatic fertiliser factory, at a railway station in Seoul on May 2, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Seoul says Kim Jong-un not believed to have received surgery – report

May 03, 2020 - 8:17 PM

An unnamed official says Seoul had enough grounds to draw the conclusion

This picture taken on May 1, 2020 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 2, 2020 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) visiting the completed Suchon phosphate fertilizer factory in South Pyongan Province, North Korea. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE --- /

North and South Korea exchange gunfire at border – Seoul

May 03, 2020 - 12:58 PM

The rare exchange of gunfire comes following the reappearance a day earlier of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

DMZ. This photo taken on February 11, 2018 shows North Korean flags flying above a pavillon at the dividing line between North and South Korea within the Demilitarized Zone from the Goseong Unification Observatory on South Korea's northeast coast. File by Ed Jones/AFP

Trump 'glad' Kim Jong-un 'is back, and well'

May 03, 2020 - 10:11 AM

US President Donald Trump had downplayed reports on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's poor health

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Why North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's health matters

May 02, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Here is a look at why Kim's health has been the subject of so much conjecture

ON TV. People walk past a television news screen showing a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending a ceremony to mark the completion of Sunchon phosphatic fertilizer factory, at a railway station in Seoul on May 2, 2020.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea's Kim Jong-un makes first appearance in nearly 3 weeks – KCNA

May 02, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The North Korean leader makes a public appearance after weeks of rumors about his ill health or death

This picture taken on May 1, 2020 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 2, 2020 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) visiting the completed Suchon phosphate fertilizer factory in South Pyongan Province, North Korea. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE --- /

FALSE: North Korea ruling party 'confirms' Kim Jong Un's death on April 25

Apr 28, 2020 - 7:00 PM

As of writing, there are no reports from credible news organizations that support this claim

North Korea's Kim 'alive and well' – Seoul

Apr 27, 2020 - 10:36 AM

The adviser says that Kim has been staying in Wonsan – a resort town in the country's east – since April 13, adding: 'No suspicious movements have so far been detected'

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Train likely belonging to North Korea's Kim seen at resort town – U.S. monitor

Apr 26, 2020 - 7:23 PM

United States think tank 38North cautions that the train's presence 'does not prove the whereabouts of the North Korean leader or indicate anything about his health'

ANOTHER TEST. This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

Trump says reports on Kim Jong-un's health 'incorrect'

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Trump criticizes a CNN report saying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ailing

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Seoul plays down report on North Korean leader's health

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:48 AM

(UPDATED) The North Korean leader has not made a public appearance since presiding over a meeting of the Workers' Party politburo on April 11

ALL SMILES. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reacts at a signing ceremony with US President Donald Trump (not pictured) during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Low-key celebrations for North Korea's founder in face of virus

Apr 15, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Pyongyang has imposed tight restrictions against the pandemic that has swept the world since emerging in neighboring China

108TH BIRTHDAY. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung, known as the 'Day of the Sun', in Pyongyang on April 15, 2020. Photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

North Korea fires multiple suspected cruise missiles

Apr 14, 2020 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) The 'multiple projectiles' fired from Munchon in the east of the country were believed to be 'short-range cruise missiles,' the Joint Chiefs of Staff say

MISSILES. This picture taken on March 21, 2020 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 22, 2020 shows a demonstration fire of tactical guided weapons at an undisclosed location in North Korea. File photo by KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

Defector hailed by Trump seeks South Korean parliament seat

Apr 13, 2020 - 2:04 PM

Ji Seong-ho, now 38, works as a rights activist running an organization that has helped around 500 North Koreans make their way clandestinely through China and into third countries from where they can travel to the South

JI SEONG-HO. This picture taken on March 24, 2020 shows North Korean defector and human rights activist Ji Seong-ho, who is running for a proportional representation seat for South Korea's main opposition United Future Party, posing at his office in Seoul. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea's Kim reshuffles top governing body

Apr 13, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Kim Jong-un establishes an iron grip on the levers of authority in his nuclear-armed country since inheriting power in his late 20s in 2011

KIM JONG-UN. This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

Martin Khor: The making of a global activist

Apr 08, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Martin the phenomenon was, in a very real sense, produced by globalization, and he emerged as the anti-thesis to it

MARTIN KHOR. 2013 file photo of Martin Khor. Photo by Fernanda LeMarie - Cancillería del Ecuador on Wikipedia

North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The top US military commander in South Korea, General Robert Abrams, says that Pyongyang's assertion it has no cases is 'untrue'

SCAN. A health worker takes the temperature of a woman amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus at an entrance of the Pyongchon District People's Hospital in Pyongyang on April 1, 2020. Photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

PARTLY FALSE: Coronavirus 'did not reach' Beijing, Shanghai, Russia, North Korea

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:42 PM

The virus spread to Beijing and Shanghai in January, Russia had its first cases in February, while North Korea's claim of being coronavirus-free is largely contested

North Korea slams Pompeo and says will 'walk our way'

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:26 AM

Pompeo has 'unleashed insult at a country with which his president was willing to forge a good relationship', says one North Korean official

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North Korea fires two short-range 'ballistic missiles' into sea

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the North fired the two projectiles from the port city of Wonsan into the Sea of Japan

MORE TESTS? This picture, taken on April 9, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP

North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into sea – Seoul

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:23 AM

The projectiles were fired from North Pyongan province into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say

Embassies close in North Korea as diplomats evacuated over coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:45 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns of 'serious consequences' if the virus reaches his country

LITTLE GIRL. A child has her temperature taken as foreign diplomats and embassy staff prepare to board a flight to Vladivostok at Pyongyang International Airport on March 9, 2020. Photo by Kim Won Jin/AFP

North Korea fires 3 projectiles – South's military

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Monday's launch comes days after Kim sent a personal letter to the South's President Moon Jae-in, offering 'comfort' for the rapid outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a ground jet test. Photo from KCNA/AFP

North Korea releases 3,600 quarantined over virus – reports

Mar 08, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Pyongyang has imposed strict restrictions and closed its borders to try to prevent an outbreak – and insists it has not had a single case of COVID-19

DISINFECTION. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 4, 2020 shows sanitary and quarantine station personnel disinfecting school facilities in the Pyongyang area to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by STR/KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea weapons test was 'long-range artillery' – KCNA

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Kim Jong Un told the troops to keep in mind 'the iron will and ardent patriotism to defend as strong as an iron wall the socialist homeland dearer than their own lives,' KCNA reports

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North Korea fires 'short-range ballistic missiles'

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The launch is the nuclear-armed North's first for more than 3 months and comes as nuclear negotiations with the United States remain at a standstill

U.N. prepared to make humanitarian exemptions for North Korea on coronavirus

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:16 AM

Ill-equipped North Korea has weak medical infrastructure and has cut itself off from the outside world

LEADERS. People pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Kim Jong-un in first appearance in weeks as coronavirus rages next door

Feb 16, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The appearance is Kim's first in 22 days after he attended Lunar New Year festivities, then disappeared from the public eye amid global concern over the coronavirus outbreak

TRIBUTE. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2020 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) visiting his father and former leader Kim Jong Il's mausoleum at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to mark his birthday in Pyongyang. KCNA photo

North Korea says will resume U.S. talks if demands fully met

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:42 PM

'We have been deceived by the US, being caught in the dialogue with it for over one year and a half, and that was the lost time for us,' says North Korea's foreign ministry adviser

WALKING IN NORTH KOREA. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Microsoft seizes web domains used by North Korean hackers

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Microsoft says a federal court allowed it to take control of 50 domains operated by a group dubbed Thallium, which tricked online users by fraudulently using Microsoft brands and trademarks

North Korean leader 'skips' set-piece New Year's speech

Jan 01, 2020 - 4:02 PM

Kim has been giving the annual speech since 2013, after he revives the tradition started by North Korea's founding leader Kim Il-sung

NO NEW YEAR SPEECH. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reacts at a signing ceremony with US President Donald Trump (not pictured) during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Kim 'a man of his word' on denuclearization, Trump says

Jan 01, 2020 - 11:07 AM

US President Donald Trump once again says he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un 'like' each other amid the latter's threats about a 'new strategic weapon'

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un following a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

North Korea ends test moratoriums, threatens 'new' weapon

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'The world will witness a new strategic weapon to be possessed by the DPRK in the near future,' says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

NO MORE MORATORIUM. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's announcement threatens to destroy nuclear diplomacy in the last two years. File photo from Korean Central News Agency/AFP