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North Korea holds huge military parade as Kim Jong Un vows nuclear might

By KIM TONG-HYUNG SEOUL:North Korea rolled out developmental ballistic missiles designed to be launched from submarines and other military hardware in a parade that punctuated leader Kim Jong Un’s defiant calls to expand his nuclear weapons program. State media said Kim took center stage in Thursday night’s parade celebrating a major ruling party meeting where […]

Kim Jong Un’s big plan to grow North Korea’s economy faces harsh reality

By Josh Smith SEOUL:Kim Jong Un’s ambitious new plan for the next five years is aimed at developing North Korea’s shattered economy, but the proposals may falter in the face of major crises that have already stalled the young leader’s current projects. In remarks released this weekend, Kim blamed international sanctions as well as unanticipated […]

North Korea toughens rules of entry to sea to fight coronavirus

By HYUNG-JIN KIM SEOUL: North Korea is further toughening restrictions on entering seawaters as part of elevated steps to fight the coronavirus pandemic, state media said Sunday, two days after South Korea said the North had banned sea fishing. The Korean Central News Agency reported the country is mobilizing more anti-virus units and establishing strong […]

North Korea building two submarines, one capable of firing ballistic missiles

By Sangmi Cha SEOUL: North Korea is building two new submarines, including one capable of firing ballistic missiles, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday, following a closed-door briefing by the South’s National Intelligence Service. North Korea has a large submarine fleet but only one known experimental submarine capable of carrying a ballistic missile. “One […]

South Korea spy agency says no signs North Korea’s Kim Jong Un received heart surgery

SEOUL: There are no signs North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received heart surgery when he disappeared from state media for three weeks, but he reduced public activity due to coronavirus concerns, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday. Kim attended the completion of a fertiliser plant, North Korea’s official media said on Saturday, the first […]

South Korea says Kim Jong Un did not have surgery, as two Koreas exchange gunfire

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not undergo surgery during his almost three week absence from public life, South Korean news outlet Yonhap said citing a senior government official, as the two Koreas exchanged gunfire around the border on Sunday. The South Korean official declined to provide reasons for believing that Kim did […]

South Korea says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un may be trying to avoid coronavirus

SEOUL:Fear of catching the coronavirus could have kept North Korean leader Kim Jong Un away from state ceremonies for a key holiday in mid-April, a South Korean minister said on Tuesday as speculation swirled over Kim’s whereabouts and health. The speculation erupted following Kim’s unprecedented absence from public ceremonies on the April 15 birth anniversary […]

South Korea maintains Kim Jong Un health rumors are untrue

SEOUL: South Korea’s government has dismissed rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in fragile condition, as speculation about his health intensifies amid the North’s silence on his whereabouts. There are concerns, particularly in Seoul and Washington, about what would happen to North Korea and its nuclear program if anything had actually happened […]

Seoul sees no suspicious activity in North Korea amid Kim Jong Un concerns

SEOUL: The South Korean government said Tuesday no unusual activity has been detected in North Korea after unconfirmed reports described leader Kim Jong Un as in fragile condition after heart surgery. The presidential Blue House says it had no information about the rumors on Kim’s health. Speculation often surfaces about North Korea’s leadership based on […]

Kim Jong Un was in critical condition after surgery

NEW DELHI: Mystery surrounded Kim Jong Un’s health after U.S. and South Korean officials gave differing accounts of the North Korean leader’s condition after his unusual absence from recent holiday celebrations. Kim was in critical condition after undergoing cardiovascular surgery last week and the Trump administration wasn’t sure of his current health, said U.S. officials, […]

Koreas break ground on railways but sanctions block project

By KIM TONG-HYUNG SEOUL: North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won’t be crossing the border anytime soon. The ceremony at the North Korean border town of Kaesong came weeks […]

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