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  • North Korea tells WHO it's still virus-free Apr 07, 2021 09:39 AM IST

    North Korea tells WHO it's still virus-free

    It shut its borders, banned tourists and jetted out diplomats. It still severely limits cross-border traffic and has quarantined tens of thousands of people who have shown symptoms.

  • Explained: Why is North Korea skipping the Tokyo Olympics? Apr 06, 2021 05:59 PM IST

    Explained: Why is North Korea skipping the Tokyo Olympics?

    North Korea has previously boycotted Olympics and other international sports events for political reasons or failed to appear when none of its athletes or teams qualified. But this is the first time North Korea has pulled out of a major international sports event citing an infectious disease, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry.

  • North Korea says it won't participate in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 pandemic Apr 06, 2021 11:08 AM IST

    North Korea says it won't participate in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has already pushed back the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, which were originally scheduled for 2020, and organisers have scrambled to put in place preventive measures.

  • Explained: North Korean missiles getting more agile, evasive Mar 27, 2021 12:39 PM IST

    Explained: North Korean missiles getting more agile, evasive

    The two short-range missiles the North fired into the sea this week were its first meaningful provocation since the inauguration of President Joe Biden, who on Thursday delivered a restrained response to the launches, saying “there will be responses if they choose to escalate.”

  • North Korea launches suspected ballistic missiles Mar 25, 2021 10:43 AM IST

    North Korea launches suspected ballistic missiles

    North Korea is banned from developing any ballistic missiles under UN Security Council resolutions, and is under multiple international sanctions over its weapons programmes.

  • North Korea fired two cruise missiles off west coast on March 21, US still open to dialogue Mar 24, 2021 07:09 AM IST

    North Korea fired two cruise missiles off west coast on March 21, US still open to dialogue

    The North Korean activity involved weapons systems at the low end of the spectrum that were not covered by U.N. Security Council testing bans, two senior officials of the Biden administration told reporters in a briefing call on Tuesday.

  • Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un share messages reaffirming China-North Korea alliance Mar 23, 2021 09:39 AM IST

    Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un share messages reaffirming China-North Korea alliance

    The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday leader Kim Jong Un called for stronger “unity and cooperation” with China in the face of challenges posed by “hostile forces” while exchanging messages with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

  • Kim Jong Un lays blame at officials for North Korea's economic failures Feb 12, 2021 09:24 AM IST

    Kim Jong Un lays blame at officials for North Korea's economic failures

    The report by state media on Friday comes during the toughest period of Kim’s nine-year rule. The diplomacy he had hoped would lift U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear program is stalemated, and pandemic border closures and crop-killing natural disasters last year deepened the damage to an economy broken by decades of policy failures.

  • Torture, forced labour rife in North Korea, UN says as US mulls sanctions Feb 02, 2021 04:45 PM IST

    Torture, forced labour rife in North Korea, UN says as US mulls sanctions

    North Korea denies the existence of political prison camps and last July denounced Britain for announcing sanctions against two organisations that the British government has said are involved in forced labour, torture and murder in the camps.

  • North Korea threatens to build more nukes, cites US hostility Jan 09, 2021 07:25 PM IST

    North Korea threatens to build more nukes, cites US hostility

    Kim said he won’t use his nuclear weapons first unless threatened. He also suggested he is open to dialogue if Washington is too, but stressed North Korea must further strengthen its military and nuclear capability to cope with intensifying US hostility.

  • Kim Jong Un opens North Korean congress by admitting policy failures Jan 06, 2021 02:16 PM IST

    Kim Jong Un opens North Korean congress by admitting policy failures

    In an opening speech at the congress that began Tuesday, Kim Jong Uh said that “almost all sectors fell a long way short of the set objectives” under a previous five-year development plan established at the 2016 congress, according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

  • North Korea's Kim thanks people in rare New Year's cards Jan 01, 2021 04:39 PM IST

    North Korea's Kim thanks people in rare New Year's cards

    North Korea is one of the world’s most cloistered countries, and it’s virtually impossible to independently confirm whether all its 25 million people received Kim’s letter.

  • North Korea vows to redevelop mountain tour site despite pandemic Dec 20, 2020 02:19 PM IST

    North Korea vows to redevelop mountain tour site despite pandemic

    Some experts say North Korea may be putting pressure on South Korea in order to benefit from an economic engagement as the pandemic is aggravating North Korean economic woes.

  • Suspected North Korean hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine maker AstraZeneca: Sources Nov 27, 2020 06:00 PM IST

    Suspected North Korean hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine maker AstraZeneca: Sources

    The hackers posed as recruiters on networking site LinkedIn and WhatsApp to approach AstraZeneca staff with fake job offers, the sources said. They then sent documents purporting to be job descriptions that were laced with malicious code designed to gain access to a victim's computer.

  • From 'love' to 'thug': Joe Biden win to change US-North Korea dynamic Nov 09, 2020 01:57 PM IST

    From 'love' to 'thug': Joe Biden win to change US-North Korea dynamic

    Donald Trump's bizarre diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang veered from mutual insults and threats of war to "love letters" and the first ever meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

  • Kim Jong-un sheds tears while apologising to North Korea over failures Oct 12, 2020 10:35 PM IST

    Kim Jong-un sheds tears while apologising to North Korea over failures

    A visibly emotional Kim Jong-un admitted that he could not live up to the faith and trust that the people of North Korean had in him and apologised for the same saying he is “really sorry.”

  • North Korea unveils new intercontinental ballistic missile at military parade Oct 10, 2020 06:53 PM IST

    North Korea unveils new intercontinental ballistic missile at military parade

    Also displayed were the Hwasong-15, which is the longest-range missile ever tested by North Korea, and what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

  • Kim Jong Un addresses military parade, says no COVID-19 cases in his country Oct 10, 2020 05:14 PM IST

    Kim Jong Un addresses military parade, says no COVID-19 cases in his country

    Kim Jong Un thanks the military for helping in recovering from a series of damaging storms over the summer, and praises the country's efforts to prevent any coronavirus outbreak.

  • Japan's military seeks record $52 billion budget Sep 30, 2020 02:39 PM IST

    Japan's military seeks record $52 billion budget

    The military budget has been rising steadily for nearly a decade, with Japan saying it feels threatened by China's vast military resources and territorial disputes, as well as unpredictable North Korea.

  • North Korea’s nuclear facility affected by typhoons: Report Sep 26, 2020 09:21 PM IST

    North Korea’s nuclear facility affected by typhoons: Report

    According to the website's report on September 25, commercial satellite imagery of the Yongbyon facility revealed damage to a dam that controls the water level of a river near the complex.

  • North Korean propaganda gets a YouTube makeover: Fewer parades, more pizza Sep 13, 2020 07:30 AM IST

    North Korean propaganda gets a YouTube makeover: Fewer parades, more pizza

    YouTube and other social media platforms give North Korea an easy way to spread propaganda and push a more modern, upbeat message: We’re just like you.

  • Kim Jong Un showed off executed uncle's headless body: Trump Sep 11, 2020 04:17 PM IST

    Kim Jong Un showed off executed uncle's headless body: Trump

    The North has never officially stated how Jang was executed, although multiple reports say an anti-aircraft gun was used.

  • 'Severe' punishment for North Korean officials after typhoon casualties Sep 05, 2020 10:33 AM IST

    'Severe' punishment for North Korean officials after typhoon casualties

    Typhoon Maysak brought heavy downpours across North Korea earlier this week, with footage showing a street inundated with water in the eastern port town of Wonsan, Kangwon province.

  • In the line of succession? 7 things you need to know about Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong Aug 24, 2020 03:46 PM IST

    In the line of succession? 7 things you need to know about Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong

    While the succession plan of the North Korean regime is not known publicly, it is widely believed that Kim Yo-jong would be a front runner to take over the reins of the secretive country from her brother Kim Jong-un.

  • North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in coma, sister declared de facto second-in-command: Report Aug 23, 2020 10:45 PM IST

    North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in coma, sister declared de facto second-in-command: Report

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo-jong has been entrusted with the responsibility of managing diplomatic relations with the United States and South Korea.

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