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North Korea praises Trump but warns on ties

Seoul - Donald Trump has sent a letter to Kim Jong Un detailing a plan to develop ties, state media reported citing the North Korean leader's powerful sister, but she warned their good personal relationship is not enough, as a hiatus in disarmament talks drags...

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

Seoul - North Korea on Saturday fired two projectiles presumed to be short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, Seoul's military said.

No mask, no mistake for North Korea's Kim

Seoul - As he watches his troops firing rockets and artillery shells, one of the many things that marks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un out from the officers alongside him is his coronavirus mask: it isn't there.

Embassies close in North Korea as diplomats evacuated over virus

Seoul - Several embassies in North Korea closed Monday as many diplomats were flown out following weeks of tight quarantine restrictions imposed by Pyongyang over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

North Korea fires projectiles for second time in week

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea on Monday fired what Japan said appeared to be ballistic missiles, the second such weapons test in a week amid a prolonged hiatus in disarmament talks with the United States.

Kim Jong Un offers South Koreans 'comfort' over virus: Seoul

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a personal letter to "comfort" South Koreans fighting the novel coronavirus epidemic just a day after his sister condemned Seoul as a "frightened dog barking", the South's presidential office said Thursday.

N. Korean leader Kim's sister condemns South over drill comments

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister condemned Seoul as a "frightened dog barking" on Tuesday over its response to a weapons drill by Pyongyang, state media reported.

US sanctions, charges two Chinese linked to N. Korean hack

Washington - US authorities on Monday sanctioned two Chinese citizens and accused them of of laundering more than $100 million in cryptocurrency stolen in a 2018 cyberattack linked to North Korea.

North Korea fires 'short-range ballistic missiles'

Seoul - North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles on Monday, the South's military said, weeks after Pyongyang threatened to demonstrate a "new strategic weapon" and its deadline for Washington to offer sanctions relief expired.

Kim warns of 'serious consequences' if virus reaches North Korea

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the "serious consequences" of failing to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country, state media reported Saturday.

UN prepared to make humanitarian exemptions for N. Korea on coronavirus

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday declared that it would adopt humanitarian exemptions to the heavy economic sanctions imposed on North Korea to help the impoverished country fight the novel coronavirus, Germany's ambassador to the UN said.

North Korea imposes 'extraordinary' measures against virus

Seoul - Loudspeakers blaring hygiene messages, foreign ambassadors locked in their compounds and state media demanding "absolute obedience" to health authorities -- North Korea is taking what diplomats call "unprecedented" measures as it seeks to prevent a cri...

Coronavirus threatens North Korea chaos: analysts

Seoul - North Korea's self-imposed isolation in the face of the coronavirus epidemic raging in neighbouring China is its only method of protection from an outbreak that would wreak havoc given its crumbling health system, analysts say.

Former N. Korea diplomat to run in South's elections

Seoul - The highest-profile North Korean defector in the South declared himself a candidate for parliament Tuesday, in a move he said would demonstrate democratic freedoms in his new home.

Pyongyang still importing oil, cars, alcohol illegally: UN

New York - North Korea, which has been hit by a series of UN sanctions, is illegally importing more and more oil and continues to bring in luxury cars and alcohol, according to an annual report delivered Monday to the UN Security Council.

North Korea says may seek 'new path' of weapons build-up

Geneva - Pyongyang on Tuesday warned that it could seek a "new path" and accelerate its weapons programme, after Washington imposed fresh sanctions on North Korean companies amid stalled nuclear talks.

North Korean defector numbers to South lowest since 2001

Seoul - The number of North Koreans defecting to the South dropped to its lowest in nearly two decades last year, Seoul said Monday, continuing a downward trend as Pyongyang tightens controls on movement.

North Korea says will resume US talks if demands fully met

Seoul - North Korea said Saturday it had received Donald Trump's letter wishing a happy birthday to leader Kim Jong Un, but warned it would only return to nuclear talks if Washington fully accepts its demands.

Trump sends birthday greetings to N. Korea's Kim: Seoul

Seoul - US President Donald Trump wished North Korea's Kim Jong Un a happy birthday, Seoul said Friday -- with nuclear talks deadlocked and six years after former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman serenaded Pyongyang's leader.

South Korea's Moon seeks Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for better relations with the North so leader Kim Jong Un can visit Seoul, despite Pyongyang's abandonment of its nuclear and missile test moratoriums.

South Korea's Moon seeks Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for better relations with the North so leader Kim Jong Un can visit Seoul, despite Pyongyang's abandonment of its nuclear and missile test moratoriums.

China calls for easing UN sanctions on N.Korea

New York - A Chinese-Russian resolution aimed at easing international sanctions on North Korea is a "timely" step in the "right direction," China's UN ambassador Zhang Jun said Friday.

North Korea ends test moratoriums, threatens 'new' weapon

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared an end to moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and threatened a demonstration of a "new strategic weapon" soon.

Kim Jong Un: North Korea ending test moratoriums

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared that Pyongyang is abandoning its moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, state media reported Wednesday.

North Korea's Kim calls for 'military countermeasures'

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for "diplomatic and military countermeasures", state media said Tuesday, ahead of a year-end deadline for Washington to change its stance on stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang.

All eyes on 'new way' in Kim Jong Un's New Year speech

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for "offensive measures" to strengthen security ahead of a New Year speech that could flesh out the nuclear-armed nation’s threat to seek a "new way" forward after the expiration of its year-end deadline for...

North Korea's Kim warns of 'grave' economic challenge

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned top ruling party officials of the "grave situation" facing the nuclear-armed state's economy and called for urgent corrective measures.

N. Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of US deadline

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has convened a key meeting of top ruling party officials, state media said Sunday, ahead of a year-end deadline for Washington to shift its stance on stalled nuclear talks.

Former US adviser warns of 'imminent' North Korea risk

Washington - Former US national security adviser John Bolton on Monday sharply criticized President Donald Trump's North Korea policy, warning that the Asian country posed an "imminent" threat.

N. Korea's Kim discusses bolstering military as deadline approaches

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed strengthening his country's military capability with top military officials, state media reported Sunday, with Pyongyang's end-of-year deadline for the US to offer concessions approaching.
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