The photo shows North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (C) giving a speech during a welcome banquet at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Amur region.//AFP

Rising tension on Korean Peninsula is dangerous 

This week’s visit to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is extraordinary, given the circumstances in both countries. The meeting was intended to strengthen…

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) during their meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur region on September 13.//AFP

North Korea will make Russia ties ‘number one priority’ : Kim

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un said Wednesday that his country would make bilateral ties with Russia its “number one priority”, as he held a rare summit with President Vladimir Putin….

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

N.Korea’s Kim stresses ‘strategic importance’ of Russia ties ahead of Putin summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said his visit to Russia shows the “strategic importance” of the two countries’ ties, state news agency KCNA reported on Wednesday ahead of an expected summit…

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Photo : North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un/AFP

Korea reopens its borders to citizens living abroad: KCNA

North Korea has moved to further open up from strict pandemic-era isolation, with state media reporting Sunday that citizens living abroad have been allowed to reenter the country. State-run KCNA…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a key military factory in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 14, 2023. KCNA via REUTERS

North Korea’s Kim orders making more missiles ahead of S.Korea, US drills

SEOUL, Aug 14 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for an increase in missile production to help secure “overwhelming military power” and be ready for war,…

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A view of a missile displayed during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 27, 2023, in this image released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. KCNA via REUTERS

Russian, Chinese officials join Kim Jong Un at North Korea military parade

Chinese and Russian officials stood shoulder to shoulder with Kim Jong Un as they reviewed North Korea’s latest nuclear-capable missiles and new attack drones at a military parade in Pyongyang,…

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North Korea’s Kim shows off banned missiles to Russian minister

Russia’s defence minister accompanied North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to a defence exhibition that featured the North’s banned ballistic missiles as the neighbours pledged to boost ties, North Korean…

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(File Photo) People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test. Pyongyang routinely conducts weapons tests. (AFP)

North Korea fires missiles ahead of key anniversary

Pyongyang conducted twin missile launches late Monday, ahead of Korean War anniversary celebrations that will be attended by Chinese dignitaries in the first foreign delegation visit to the country since…

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US submarine arrives in South Korea amid tensions over North Korea

A U.S. nuclear-powered submarine arrived in South Korea on Monday (July 24), only days after the first U.S. nuclear armed submarine made port in the country in four decades, as…

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This photo taken on November 16, 2020 shows an oil tanker ship unloading crude oil at the port in Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong province. Photo by AFP.

China told to stop tankers in its waters reaching N. Korea

The Group of Seven nations, the European Union and three other countries are urging China to expel oil tankers from its waters that appear to be taking fuel to North…

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US soldier fled to North Korea after served 2 months in South Korea prison on assault charge

An American soldier who had served nearly two months in a South Korean prison, fled across the heavily armed border into North Korea, U.S. officials said Tuesday, becoming the first…

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Blinken says US, China both want to ‘stabilise’ ties

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday he agreed with China’s leadership on the need to “stabilise” relations but that he was “clear-eyed” on vast disagreements. “In every meeting,…

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Nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches a naval base in Busan, South Korea, Friday, June 16, 2023. (Gang Duck-chul/Yonhap via AP)

US guided-missile submarine arrives in South Korea, a day after North Korea resumes missile tests

The United States deployed a nuclear-powered submarine capable of carrying about 150 Tomahawk missiles to South Korea on Friday, a day after North Korea resumed missile tests in protest of…

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US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. (Source: AFP)

Biden, Yoon warn North Korea of nuclear response to any attack

US President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk Yeol warned North Korea it would face a nuclear response and the “end” of the leadership there if Pyongyang uses its…

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President Joe Biden and South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday, April 26, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US to dock nuclear subs in SKorea for 1st time in 40 years

Presidents Joe Biden and Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday will sign an agreement that includes plans to have U.S. nuclear-armed submarines dock in South Korea for the first time in…

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South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol (R) and his wife Kim Keon-hee (L) board a plane as they leave for Washington at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam on April 24, 2023. – South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol flew to Washington on April 24, for a six-day state visit, as the allies move to bulk up military cooperation over North Korea’s expanding nuclear threats. (Photo by YONHAP / AFP)

South Korea’s Yoon heads to US ahead of Biden summit

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol flew to Washington Monday for a six-day state visit, as the allies move to bulk up military cooperation over North Korea’s expanding nuclear threats….

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North Korean leader orders spy satellite launch as planned, state media reports

SEOUL (Reuters)  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered officials to launch the first spy satellite as planned, saying that boosting reconnaissance capabilities is a priority to counter “threats” from the United…

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North Korea fires missile, Japan retracts take-cover warning

North Korea fired a ballistic missile of intermediate range or longer on Thursday, South Korea and Japan said, prompting an alert for residents in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido to…

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North Korea tests another nuclear-capable underwater drone

North Korea conducted another test of a nuclear-capable underwater attack drone, state media said on Saturday, the latest in a show of force against the U.S. and South Korea. The…

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FILE PHOTO: People watch a television news screen showing a picture of North Korea’s recent test-firing of a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), at a railway station in Seoul on March 17, 2023. North Korea said the projectile it test-fired on March 16 was an intercontinental ballistic missile known as Hwasong-17, the state news agency KCNA reported. AFP / Jung Yeon-je

High level of activity at N. Korean nuclear complex: US think tank

Satellite imagery has indicated a high level of activity at North Korea’s main nuclear complex after leader Kim Jong Un ordered the production of weapons-grade nuclear material be ramped up,…

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US, S.Korea kick off largest drills in five years

South Korea and the United States kicked off their largest joint military exercises in five years on Monday, after nuclear-armed Pyongyang warned such drills could be seen as a “declaration…

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This picture taken on March 9, 2023 and released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 10 shows North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (R) observing the Mars Artillery Unit, responsible for important operational missions of the Korean People’s Army Western Front, as it conducts fire attack training, at an undisclosed location. STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

North Korea adopts war deterrence measures: state media

North Korea has decided to take “important practical” war deterrence measures, state media reported Sunday, a day before Seoul and Washington begin their largest joint military drills in five years….

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Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

Kim’s sister warns N. Korea ready to act against US, South

The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Tuesday that the country is ready to take “quick, overwhelming action” against the United States and South Korea, as…

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N. Korea ballistic missile appears to have landed in Japan’s EEZ: PM

A suspected ballistic missile fired from North Korea on Saturday is believed to have landed within Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said. “It appears the ballistic missile fired by North Korea landed…

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Kim calls for ‘exponential increase’ of N. Korea’s nuclear arsenal

Kim Jong Un has called for an “exponential” increase in North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, including mass producing tactical nuclear weapons and developing new missiles for nuclear counterstrikes, state media said Sunday. In a report at the end of a key…

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People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on December 23, 2022 after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles according to South Korea’s military. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)

Seoul says warning shots fired after N. Korea drone incursion

(AFP) – South Korea accused the North of flying “several” drones across their shared border on Monday, prompting Seoul’s military to deploy warplanes and fire warning shots to ward them…

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The South Korean and American flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea, August 23, 2016. Courtesy Ken Scar/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS

South Korea, U.S. consider live-fire drills amid North Korea threats

South Korea and the United States are considering staging their first large-scale joint live-fire demonstration in six years in 2023 amid North Korea’s growing military threats, Seoul’s defence ministry said…

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North Korea fires more artillery shells into sea in response to South Korea drills -KCNA

North Korea said on Tuesday it had ordered military units to fire more artillery shells into the sea, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported, in response to South Korea’s ongoing drills across…

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U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines (Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS)

U.S. intelligence assessments on Ukraine, Russia, China and N. Korea

The U.S. intelligence community expects the reduced tempo in fighting in Ukraine to continue in coming months, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said on Saturday (December 03)….

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A man watches a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on November 2, 2022. / AFP

N Korean missile lands close to S Korean waters for ‘first time’, Seoul military says

North Korea fired at least 10 missiles Wednesday, including one that landed close to South Korea’s territorial waters and prompted a rare warning for people on an island to shelter…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a visit to the Central Officers School of the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 18, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

U.S. says North Korea policy unchanged after nuclear remark raises eyebrows

The United States said on Friday its policy towards North Korea had not changed after a senior U.S. official responsible for nuclear policy raised some eyebrows by saying Washington would…

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People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on October 9, 2022. (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

North, South Korea trade warning shots on maritime border

(AFP) – South Korea’s military fired warning shots at a North Korean ship before dawn on Monday, deeming the vessel had crossed the adversaries’ disputed maritime border, prompting the North…

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Lee Rae-jin, the older brother of a South Korean fisheries official who was fatally shot and burned at sea by North Korean soldiers in 2020, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Ansan, South Korea, August 8, 2022. To match Insight SOUTHKOREA-NORTHKOREA/KILLING REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

S.Korean court issues arrest warrants for former security leaders over official slain by North

A South Korean court on Saturday issued arrest warrants for a former defence minister and a former coast guard chief over their alleged mishandling of the death of a state…

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A TV screen shows a file image of North Korea’s military exercise during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. / AP

North Korea fires artillery shells near border with S. Korea

North Korea fired artillery shells near its sea boundaries with South Korea late Tuesday, a day after the South began annual military drills to better deal with North Korean provocations….

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File photo shows a South Korean soldier takes a position in front of a cosmetic shop during an anti-terror drill as part of the massive annual “Hoguk Exercise” at a subway station in Seoul. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)

South Korea kicks off military drills amid talk of North Korean nuclear test

South Korea’s troops kicked off their annual Hoguk defense drills on Monday, designed to boost their ability to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats amid simmering tension over…

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un attends the opening ceremony of the Ryonpho Greenhouse Farm to mark the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party, in North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 11, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS/File Photo

N.Korea fires missile, flies warplanes near border as South imposes sanctions

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Friday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of launches by the nuclear-armed…

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un oversees a missile launch at an undisclosed location in North Korea, in this undated photo released on October 10, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

N.Korea says missile tests simulate striking South with nuclear weapons

North Korea‘s recent flurry of missile tests were designed to simulate showering the South with tactical nuclear weapons as a warning after large-scale navy drills by South Korean and U.S. forces, state…

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A TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea’s missile launch with file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is seen at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. / AP

North Korea launches more missiles as US redeploys carrier

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters Thursday after the United States redeployed an aircraft carrier near the Korean Peninsula in response to Pyongyang’s previous launch…

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In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, an Army Tactical Missile System or ATACMS, missile is fired during a joint military drill between U.S. and South Korea at an undisclosed location in South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. / AP

Seoul’s reprisal blows up after North Korean missile success

A malfunctioning South Korean ballistic missile blew up as it plowed into the ground Wednesday during a live-fire drill with the United States that was a reprisal for North Korea’s…

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SOUTH KOREA’S F-15K FIGHTER JETS AND U.S. F-15 FIGHTER JETS PARTICIPATING IN BOMBING DRILLS / FIGHTER JETS DROPPING BOMBS / EXPLOSION OVER TARGET / Reuters

US, S.Korea conduct ‘precision bombing drill’ after N.Korea missile launched

South Korean and US fighter jets carried out precision bombing drills Tuesday, Seoul’s military said, in response to North Korea firing an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile over Japan. “With the participation of four…

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North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile which flew over Japan Photograph: Richard A Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, prompting Tokyo to activate the country’s missile alert system and order people to take shelter. The last time North Korea fired a missile over…

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US Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in South Korea Thursday on a trip to strengthen Washington’s alliance with Seoul, a day after nuclear-armed North Korea tested more ballistic missiles. DC POOL / AFP

US VP Harris lands in S. Korea after North’s missile tests

US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in South Korea Thursday to strengthen Washington’s alliance with Seoul, a day after nuclear-armed North Korea tested more ballistic missiles. Harris, who landed at Osan airbase after a trip to Tokyo to attend…

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People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on September 25, 2022. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

North Korea fires ballistic missile, Seoul says

(AFP) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile Sunday, Seoul’s military said, just days after a US aircraft carrier arrived for joint drills with the South in a show of…

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A South Korean war veteran holds the national flag during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Cheorwon, South Korea, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

S.Korea offers talks with N.Korea to discuss reunion of separated families

South Korea on Thursday offered talks with North Korea to discuss a reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, in its first direct overture since President Yoon Suk-yeol…

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The South Korean and American flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea, August 23, 2016. Picture taken on August 23, 2016. Courtesy Ken Scar/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

South Korea, U.S. begin military drills amid N.Korea backlash

SEOUL, Aug 22 (Reuters) – South Korea and the United States began their annual joint military drills on Monday with a resumption of field training, officials said, as the allies seek to tighten readiness posture over North Korea‘s potential…

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Ukraine Deputy Foreign Minister Dmytro Senik, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, South Korea Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup, Netherlands Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren, Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, China’s State Councilor and Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe and Laos’ Major General Chanthong Sonetaath chat before the ministerial working lunch during the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Jun 11, 2022. (Photo: Reuters/Caroline Chia)

South Korea says it will boost defence capacity to counter North Korean threat

SINGAPORE, June 12 (Reuters) – South Korean Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup said on Sunday that his country would enhance its defence capabilities and work closely with the United States and Japan to counter North…

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A North Korean flag flutters on top of a 160-metre tower in North Korea’s propaganda village of Gijungdong, in this picture taken from the Tae Sung freedom village near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), inside the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

North Korea fires volley of missiles, Japan condemns provocation

SEOUL, June 5 (Reuters) – North Korea fired eight short-range ballistic missiles towards the sea off its east coast on Sunday, likely its largest single test, a day after South…

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New South Korean government’s new approach

In his inaugural speech, newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was very succinct about his administration’s foreign policy agenda, which will focus on the promotion of a liberal democracy,…

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People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of Pyongyang Station in Pyongyang, North Korea April 27, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Russia would consider North Korea request for COVID vaccine supply

May 13 (Reuters) – Russia will promptly consider any request from North Korea for COVID-19 vaccine supplies, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “North Korean comrades are well aware of our various inoculations, they are…

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FILE – An employee of the Kyonghung Foodstuff General Store disinfects the showroom in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Before acknowledging domestic COVID-19 cases, Thursday, May 12, 2022, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist system was protecting its 26 million people from “a malicious virus” that had killed millions around the world. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)

EXPLAINER: What’s behind North Korea’s COVID-19 admission?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Before acknowledging its first domestic COVID-19 cases, North Korea spent 2 1/2 years rejecting outside offers of vaccines and steadfastly claiming that its superior socialist…

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A woman walks past a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul on May 4, 2022. – North Korea fired a ballistic missile on May 4, South Korea’s military said, just a week after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to boost Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal at the “fastest possible speed”. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

North Korea fires submarine-launched missile after US nuclear warning

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile Saturday, Seoul said, its second missile launch in three days after the United States warned Pyongyang could be preparing for a nuclear test….

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FILE PHOTO: General view during the test firing of what state media report is a North Korean “new type” of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released on March 24, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

U.S. special representative for N.Korea to visit Seoul to discuss missile launches

SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. envoy for North Korea will visit Seoul next week for meetings with South Korean counterparts to discuss the international response to the North’s recent intercontinental…

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North Korea fires ‘multiple rocket launchers’: Seoul

North Korea fired multiple rocket launchers on Sunday, Seoul said, the latest in a series of provocations by the nuclear-armed nation to heighten tensions in the region. Pyongyang launched a string of…

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Suspected N.Korea missile fails after launch over Pyongyang

SEOUL, March 16 (Reuters) – North Korea fired an “unknown projectile” on Wednesday which appeared to fail immediately after launch, South Korea’s military said, amid reports that the nuclear-armed North…

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People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 5, 2022. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea claims new test of ‘reconnaissance satellite’ component

North Korea carried out “another important test” towards the development of a reconnaissance satellite, state media said Sunday, but analysts warned it was a thinly-veiled ballistic missile launch, just days before South Korea elects…

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Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations

At UN, Thailand votes to condemn Russia’s aggression in Ukraine

During the 11th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Thailand has joined 140 countries voting in favour of the resolution to condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, while…

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People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pyongyang, North Korea May 15, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo.

COVAX cuts North Korea’s vaccine allotment after no deliveries accepted

SEOUL (Reuters) – The COVAX global COVID-19 vaccine-sharing programme has scaled back the number of doses allocated for North Korea, international aid organisations said, as the country has so far failed to arrange for…

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North Korea fires unidentified ‘projectile’: South’s military

North Korea fired an “unidentified projectile” Sunday, the South’s military said, its seventh weapons test this month in one of the most intense spates of launches on record as the…

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North Korea fires two missiles in latest testing frenzy, South Korea says

Nuclear-armed North Korea fired what appeared to be two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, South Korea‘s military said on Thursday, in what would be the sixth…

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In this photo taken during Dec. 27 – Dec. 31, 2021 and provided on Jan. 1, 2022 by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 4th launch this year

SEOUL (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea’s military said, with the apparent goal…

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This photo provided on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, by the North Korean government shows a missile test from railway in North Pyongan Province, North Korea, on Jan. 14, 2022. North Korea on Jan. 15 said it test-launched ballistic missiles from a train in what was seen as an apparent retaliation against fresh sanctions imposed by the Biden administration. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea says it test launched missiles from train

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday said it test launched ballistic missiles from a train in what was seen as an apparent retaliation against fresh sanctions imposed…

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FILE – This photo provided by the North Korean government shows what it says a test launch of a hypersonic missile on Jan. 11, 2022 in North Korea. North Korea on Friday, Jan. 14, berated the Biden administration for imposing fresh sanctions against the country over its latest missile tests and warned of stronger and more explicit action if Washington maintains its “confrontational stance.” Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

N. Korea fires fresh missiles in response to US sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles in its third weapons launch this month, officials in South Korea said,…

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Biden imposes first sanctions over North Korea weapons program after missile tests

The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed its first sanctions over North Korea’s weapons programs following a series of North Korean missile launches, including two since last week. The sanctions targeted…

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North Korea fires second suspected missile in less than a week

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea, South Korea’s military said Tuesday, ratcheting up tensions less than a week after Pyongyang reported testing a hypersonic missile. The early-morning launch came as the UN Security Council met in New York to…

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In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. / Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korea holds key meeting as Kim marks 10 years in power

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea opened a key political conference Monday to review past projects and discuss new policies amid the pandemic and a diplomatic deadlock with the…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Eighth Conference of Military Educationists of the Korean People’s Army at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea in this undated photo released on December 7, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS/File Photo

North Korea’s Kim praises ‘fresh heyday’ in China relations as longtime envoy departs

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised outgoing Chinese Ambassador Li Jinjun for helping to improve relations between Pyongyang and Beijing, state media reported on Thursday, as the envoy left office after seven…

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Citizens visit the bronze statues of their late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, on the occasion of 10th anniversary of demise of Kim Jong Il. (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho)

NKorea calls for unity on anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday commemorated the 10th anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il’s death with calls for greater public loyalty toward his son and…

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A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

North Korea fires ballistic missile: South’s military

Seoul (AFP) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of tests by Pyongyang as a US…

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This picture taken on October 11, 2021 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 12 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un giving a speech during the opening ceremony of The Defence Development Exhibition “Self-Defence-2021” in Pyongyang. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

North Korea’s Kim says US is ‘root cause’ of tensions

Seoul (AFP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong has blamed the United States for tensions on the peninsula and accused the South of hypocrisy, state media reported Tuesday, as he…

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This handout image Courtesy of Netflix shows a scene of South Korea’s “Squid Game” Season one. – A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit “Squid Game” blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon to go global. It features South Korea’s most marginalised, including the deeply in debt, a migrant worker and a North Korean defector, competing in traditional children’s games for the chance to win 45.6 billion won ($38 million) in mysterious circumstances. And losing players are killed. (Photo by YOUNGKYU PARK / Netflix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / NETFLIX / YOUNGKYU PARK ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Squid Game: South Korea’s latest cultural phenomenon

Seoul (AFP) – A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit “Squid Game” blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon…

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A North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Two Koreas reopen hotlines as North urges South to mend ties

SEOUL (Reuters) – The two Koreas on Monday restored their hotlines that the North severed months ago, with Pyongyang urging Seoul to step up efforts to improve relations after criticising what it called double standards over weapons…

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This photo provided on Oct. 1, 2021, by the North Korean government shows what North Korea claims to be the test firing of a newly developed anti-aircraft missile in North Korea, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea says 4th new test-firing was anti-aircraft missile

SEOUL (AP) — North Korea said Friday it had test-fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile in the fourth round of weapons firings in recent weeks, even as it pushes to…

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South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday that her country will take steps to repair ties with South Korea, and may even discuss another summit between their leaders, if the South drops what she described as hostility and double standards. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea

SEOUL (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, the latest in a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang…

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This combination of photos provided by the North Korean government on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, shows long-range cruise missiles tests held on Sept. 11 -12, 2021 in an undisclosed location of North Korea. North Korea says it successfully test fired what it described as newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, its first known testing activity in months that underscored how it continues to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea test-fires new ‘long-range cruise missile’: KCNA

Seoul (AFP) – North Korea test-fired a new “long-range cruise missile” over the weekend, state media reported Monday, with the United States saying the nuclear-armed country was threatening its neighbours and beyond….

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A North Korean flag flutters at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

North Korea puts hazmat suits on parade for national day, but no missiles

SEOUL, Sept 9 (Reuters) – North Korea celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its foundation with a night time military parade, state media reported on Thursday, publishing photographs of marching rows…

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This file satellite handout image provided by GeoEye on August 22, 2012 and taken on August 6, 2012 shows the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre in North Korea. (Photo by GeoEye Satellite Image / AFP)

North Korea appears to have restarted nuclear reactor: UN agency

Nuclear-armed North Korea appears to have restarted its plutonium-producing reprocessing reactor in a “deeply troubling” development, the UN atomic agency has said, a possible sign Pyongyang is expanding its banned…

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Thousands evacuated as floods hit North Korea: state TV

More than a thousand homes were damaged and about 5,000 people evacuated in North Korea after flooding caused by heavy rains, the country’s state broadcaster reported, with swathes of farmland…

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South Koreans working at North Korea’s Kaesong industrial complex are seen stranded in a waiting room of an office controlling border crossing in Paju on March 9, 2009 following North Korea severing of inter-Korean communications lines used for the passage of people to its Kaesong industrial complex. North Korea put its military on combat alert on 9 March, 2009 as US and South Korean troops began a major joint exercise, and warned that any attempt to block its upcoming satellite launch would spark a war. AFP PHOTO/WON DAI-YEON (Photo by WON DAI-YEON / AFP)

Two Koreas restore severed communications in surprise thaw

Seoul (AFP) – North and South Korea signaled a surprise thaw in relations on Tuesday, announcing a restoration of cross-border communications that were severed more than a year ago and…

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This picture taken on June 29, 2021 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 30 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) attending an enlarged meeting of the 2nd Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee at the 8th congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea at the Party Central Committee Headquarters in Pyongyang. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

Top North Korean officials sacked after ‘crucial’ Covid-19 incident

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un replaced several senior officials after a “crucial” coronavirus incident, state media reported Wednesday, potentially signalling a breach in the country’s epidemic defences. Pyongyang closed…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front C) attending the third day sitting of the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang on June 17, 2021. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

Kim told North Korea to prepare for ‘dialogue and confrontation’ with US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said his country needs to prepare for “both dialogue and confrontation” with the United States under President Joe Biden, state media reported Friday….

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This picture taken on April 15, 2021 released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 16 shows fireworks launched in Pyongyang to celebrate the country’s founder and Eternal President Kim Il Sung’s birthday. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

North Korea marks anniversary of founder’s birth

North Korea marked the anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung Thursday, with mask-wearing citizens placing flowers before his statue in Pyongyang. The grandfather of the current leader Kim…

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File photo / Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister, listens to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, during a performance of North Korea’s Samjiyon Orchestra at National Theater in Seoul, South Korea. / AP

N. Korea calls South’s leader ‘a parrot raised by America’

SEOUL — North Korea called South Korea’s president “a parrot raised by America” Tuesday, resuming its trademark derisive rhetoric against its rivals amid renewed animosities on the Korean Peninsula. Kim…

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This picture taken on March 25, 2021 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 26, 2021 shows a test fire of newly developed new-type tactical guided projectile in an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

North Korea claims the latest missile launched new ‘tactical guided projectile’

North Korea has tested a new “tactical guided projectile” with a solid-fuel engine, state media said Friday after the nuclear-armed country carried out its first substantive provocation since US President Joe Biden’s…

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North Korea’s Kim lambasts officials for economic ‘defeatism’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused top officials of “self-protection and defeatism” and largely blamed them for the country’s economic plight, state media reported Friday. At a meeting…

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FILE PHOTO: Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un attends wreath laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Pool

North Korean leader’s sister is ‘de facto second-in-command’, South Korean lawmaker says

South Korea’s intelligence agency believes that Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is serving as his “de facto second-in-command” but has not necessarily been…

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People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, May 2, 2020. Kim made his first public appearance in several weeks as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, state media said Saturday, ending an absence that had triggered global rumors that he was seriously ill. The sign reads: “Kim Jong Un attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer factory.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un appears in public amid health rumors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang,…

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FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks as he takes part in a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in this image released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2020. KCNA/via REUTERS/File Photo

North Korean media silent on Kim’s whereabouts as speculation on health rages

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean state media on Wednesday made no mention of new appearances by leader Kim Jong Un, a day after intense international speculation over his health was…

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Family of Thai woman thought abducted by North Korea encouraged by Japanese response

The nephew of a Thai woman, believed to have been kidnapped and held captive in North Korea 42 years ago, has been in Japan attending an international meeting of relatives…

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Anocha’s Abduction – Why We Should Care

Anocha Panjoy was kidnapped by North Korean secret agents 41 years ago. Why should Thai society, especially those who were born after the incident occurred, care about her disappearance?

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Xi and Kim hail ‘immortal’ China-North Korea relationship

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to promote a “long-term, sound and stable” relationship with North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said Sunday, as the two countries mark 70 years of diplomatic…

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(Photo) The flag of North Korea is seen in Geneva, Switzerland, June 20, 2017/REUTERS (Pierre Albouy)

North Korea fires missiles into sea, says South Korea, nuclear talks in doubt

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired two short-range missiles early on Thursday from its eastern coast, South Korea’s military said, the first missile test since leader Kim Jong Un and…

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(Photo) Xi is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

North Korea lauds China ties as Xi wraps up trip

North Korea lauded its ties with historic ally China on Friday as Xi Jinping wrapped up a highly symbolic two-day visit to his nuclear-armed neighbour, with both countries facing deadlock…

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(Photo) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a banquet in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on June 21, 2019 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

China’s President Xi completes state visit to North Korea: China state media

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping has departed North Korea, following a two-day state visit, Chinese state media reported Friday. Xi’s visit was the first by a Chinese leader…

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(Photo) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on June 21, 2019 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

Xi, Kim say boosting China-North Korea ties good for regional peace: KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that amid “serious and complicated” international affairs strengthening bilateral ties was good for both countries…

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North Korea U.N. Ambassador Kim Song speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., May 21, 2019./REUTERS

North Korea warns U.S. over seized ship at rare U.N. news conference

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea stepped up its campaign on Tuesday for the United States to return a seized cargo ship belonging to Pyongyang, warning Washington that it had…

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Malaysia frees Vietnamese woman accused in killing of North Korean leader’s half-brother

A Vietnamese woman who spent more than two years in a Malaysian prison on suspicion of killing the half-brother of North Korea’s leader was freed on Friday, a court translator…

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Trump promises North Korea ‘AWESOME’ future ahead of summit

Hanoi (AFP) — US President Donald Trump touted North Korea’s “AWESOME” future if his “friend” Kim Jong Un, whom he meets for a high-stakes dinner later tonight, agrees to give…

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North Korea holds giant 70th Anniversary Mass Games

The biggest show on earth made a comeback as North Korea put on its all-singing, all-dancing propaganda display, the ‘Mass Games’, for the first time in 5 years on September…

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North Korea holds 70th anniversary parade, without ICBMs

September 9, 2018 North Korea holds a huge military parade and mass rally in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung square to mark the seventieth anniversary of its founding on 9 September…

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