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  • North Korea fires two cruise missiles: Seoul defence ministry Aug 17, 2022 11:06 AM IST

    North Korea fires two cruise missiles: Seoul defence ministry

    "Early this morning, we detected that North Korea fired two cruise missiles into the West Sea from Onchon, South Pyongan province," a ministry official told AFP. "The US and South Korean military authorities are analysing detailed specifications such as flight distance."

  • South Korea president Yoon Suk-yeol says any talks with North Korea should be more than show Aug 17, 2022 07:43 AM IST

    South Korea president Yoon Suk-yeol says any talks with North Korea should be more than show

    Yoon Suk-yeol repeated his calls for North Korea to end its nuclear weapons development and begin denuclearization in exchange for phased economic aid.

  • US, South Korea, Japan hold missile defense exercise with eye on North Korea, China Aug 16, 2022 09:32 AM IST

    US, South Korea, Japan hold missile defense exercise with eye on North Korea, China

    It was the first time the three countries have held such drills since 2017, after relations between Seoul and Tokyo hit their lowest in years in 2019 amid renewed historical disputes dating to Japan's 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula.

  • South Korea offers North Korea economic benefits for denuclearisation Aug 15, 2022 10:04 AM IST

    South Korea offers North Korea economic benefits for denuclearisation

    South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, a conservative who took office in May, said North Korea's denuclearization would be key for peace in the region and the world.

  • North Korea lifts mask mandate, distancing rules after declaring COVID victory Aug 13, 2022 08:36 AM IST

    North Korea lifts mask mandate, distancing rules after declaring COVID victory

    Under the shift to a "normal" anti-epidemic system from a "top-level" system, North Korea dropped the mask-wearing obligation and other rules such as limit on service time of commercial and public facilities in all areas except border regions, according to the official KCNA.

  • North Korea Says Its COVID-19 Outbreak Is Over Aug 11, 2022 04:32 PM IST

    North Korea Says Its COVID-19 Outbreak Is Over

    Kim, speaking at a meeting with national health officials, said his government would downgrade its anti-disease vigilance to an “ordinary” level as of Friday

  • North Korea to convene parliament, anti-epidemic meeting amid zero COVID claim Aug 08, 2022 06:11 AM IST

    North Korea to convene parliament, anti-epidemic meeting amid zero COVID claim

    The North Korean Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), the isolated state's rubber-stamp parliament, will meet on Sept. 7 to discuss laws on medicines, self-guard and space development, according to the official KCNA.

  • North Korea denounces Pelosi for deterrence talks during South Korea visit Aug 06, 2022 08:11 AM IST

    North Korea denounces Pelosi for deterrence talks during South Korea visit

    North Korean state media KCNA said Pelosi's remarks were part of a U.S. scheme to escalate tensions in the Korean peninsula.

  • North Korea marks end of first COVID wave, but risks persist Aug 05, 2022 06:27 AM IST

    North Korea marks end of first COVID wave, but risks persist

    While state media said the "anti-epidemic situation ... has entered a definite phase of stability", rather than boasting of victory, North Korea said it would "redouble efforts to maintain perfection in the execution of state anti-epidemic policies".

  • Nancy Pelosi vows support to denuclearise North Korea, plans to visit Korea border Aug 04, 2022 11:04 AM IST

    Nancy Pelosi vows support to denuclearise North Korea, plans to visit Korea border

    A joint statement was issued after Pelosi met South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo in Seoul, during which they expressed concerns over the North's evolving nuclear and missile threats.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calls for readiness to quickly mobilise nuclear war deterrent Jul 28, 2022 06:26 AM IST

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calls for readiness to quickly mobilise nuclear war deterrent

    Kim also warned South Korea's Yoon Suk-yeol administration and its military could be annihilated if it makes "dangerous" attempts, the news agency said.

  • North Korea says it is nearing end of COVID crisis as Asian neighbours fight resurgence Jul 18, 2022 10:47 AM IST

    North Korea says it is nearing end of COVID crisis as Asian neighbours fight resurgence

    The North says 99.98% of its 4.77 million fever patients since late April have fully recovered, but due to an apparent lack of testing, it has not released any figures of those that proved positive.

  • North Korea may be behind new $100 million cryptocurrency hack, experts say Jun 30, 2022 09:15 AM IST

    North Korea may be behind new $100 million cryptocurrency hack, experts say

    The cryptoassets were stolen on June 23 from Horizon Bridge, a service operated by the Harmony blockchain that allows assets to be transferred to other blockchains.

  • North Korea says U.S. is setting up Asian NATO; vows stronger defence Jun 27, 2022 11:58 AM IST

    North Korea says U.S. is setting up Asian NATO; vows stronger defence

    The North Korean criticism comes amid concern it could be preparing its first nuclear test in five years and after a recent agreement between South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden to deploy more U.S. weapons if deemed necessary to deter the North.

  • EXPLAINER: Is North Korea moving nukes to its border? Jun 24, 2022 04:16 PM IST

    EXPLAINER: Is North Korea moving nukes to its border?

    North Korea already has thousands of conventional weapons aimed at South Korea and nearly 30,000 U.S. forces stationed there along its tense border with rival South Korea

  • North Korea talks of new army duties suggest nuclear deployment Jun 23, 2022 04:15 PM IST

    North Korea talks of new army duties suggest nuclear deployment

    State media reported Thursday that North Korea discussed giving additional responsibilities to front-line army units at a significant military meeting. Analysts believe this action suggests North Korea intends to deploy battlefield nuclear weapons targeting South Korea along the two countries' tense border.

  • North Korea faces infectious disease outbreak amid COVID battle Jun 16, 2022 03:57 PM IST

    North Korea faces infectious disease outbreak amid COVID battle

    On Thursday, North Korea claimed an unnamed intestine epidemic in a rural region, adding to the restricted country's struggles with chronic food shortages and a wave of COVID-19 infections.

  • North Korea expands restoration at nuke test site to second tunnel: Report Jun 16, 2022 06:14 AM IST

    North Korea expands restoration at nuke test site to second tunnel: Report

    Work and preparations at Tunnel No. 3 at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility are apparently now complete and ready for a possible nuclear test, the Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a report, citing commercial satellite imagery.

  • North Korea spent as much as $642 million on nukes in 2021, report estimates Jun 15, 2022 06:22 AM IST

    North Korea spent as much as $642 million on nukes in 2021, report estimates

    There is no confirmed data on North Korea's nuclear spending, or the size of its arsenal. Since 2006 it has conducted at least six nuclear tests, and appears to be preparing to resume testing for the first time since 2017.

  • US to keep up North Korea pressure; Seoul urges China to use influence Jun 14, 2022 07:36 AM IST

    US to keep up North Korea pressure; Seoul urges China to use influence

    Blinken told reporters following a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin the United States remained open to dialogue with North Korea but Pyongyang had ignored the calls and instead tested missiles and made preparations to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017.

  • North Korea fires multiple artillery shots, South Korea says Jun 13, 2022 06:48 AM IST

    North Korea fires multiple artillery shots, South Korea says

    The Joint Chiefs of Staff gave no other details but added it had decided to issue a statement late in the evening as the shots were of a traditional type, with relatively short range and low altitude.

  • North Korea gets its first woman foreign minister Jun 11, 2022 03:05 PM IST

    North Korea gets its first woman foreign minister

    Choe Son-hui is a career diplomat who served as a close aide to Kim Jong Un during nuclear talks with the United States and accompanied the him leader to summits with then US president Donald Trump.

  • WHO: COVID cases and deaths falling nearly everywhere Jun 08, 2022 10:21 PM IST

    WHO: COVID cases and deaths falling nearly everywhere

    According to a World Health Organization weekly report released Wednesday, the number of new coronavirus infections and deaths reported worldwide decreased last week, with the exception of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

  • South Korea, US launch eight missiles in response to North Korea missile tests Jun 06, 2022 06:52 AM IST

    South Korea, US launch eight missiles in response to North Korea missile tests

    The action is a demonstration of "the capability and readiness to carry out precision strike" against the source of North Korea's missile launches or the command and support centres, South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited the South Korean military as saying.

  • US, South Korea, Japan envoys meet on North Korea nuclear tension Jun 03, 2022 10:38 AM IST

    US, South Korea, Japan envoys meet on North Korea nuclear tension

    US Special Representative Sung Kim met his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, Kim Gunn and Funakoshi Takehiro, after a U.S. assessment that the North was preparing its Punggye-ri test site for what would be its seventh nuclear test.

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