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North Korea fires projectiles into waters off the east coast, South Korea’s military says

North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The projectile was fired around 6:40am on Tuesday the Joint Chiefs statement said, adding that the South Korean military is “maintaining a readiness posture” for potential “additional launches.” […]

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Kim Yo-jong: Kim Jong-un’s influential sister open to resume talks if hostile policies end

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s influential sister has hinted at the will to resume talks with South Korea if it ends its “hostile policies”. Kim Yo-jong was responding to a renewed call from the South to officially declare an end to the Korean War. The conflict, which split the peninsula into two, ended in 1953 […]

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North Korea expanding uranium enrichment at Yongbyon nuclear complex, satellite images show

Satellite images show North Korea expanding a uranium enrichment plant at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, a sign that it is intent on boosting the production of bomb materials, experts say. A report from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey said photos taken by satellite imagery company Maxar showed construction in an area […]

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Queen Elizabeth II sent message of congratulations to North Korea on national day

Queen Elizabeth sent a message of congratulations to the people of North Korea on their national day. The message was sent on behalf of the Queen by the UK’s Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) “as has been done before,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said. This is standard practice on other national days across the world, […]

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North Korea test fires two ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan

North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles across its east coast, South Korea’s military says, its first ballistic missile test in six months. The tests, a breach of UN resolutions, came as South Korea and China held meetings in an effort to get the North to resume denuclearisation talks. Just days earlier, the North fired […]

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North Korea tests 1,500km new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan

North Korea tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, state media reported on Monday. Tests staged over the weekend saw missiles travelling as far as 1,500km away, according to KCNA. It suggests the country is still capable of developing weapons despite food shortages and an economic crisis. The test of […]

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IN PICTURES: North Korea throws night parade to celebrate 73rd birthday

North Korea held an annual parade to commemorate the 73rd founding day. Military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang Late-night parade was held to celebrate the 73rd founding anniversary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Soldiers march during the paramilitary parade at Kim Il Sung square Multiple rocket launchers and tractors carrying […]

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North Korea parades soldiers wearing hazmat suits to commemorate founding day

North Korea held an annual parade to commemorate the 73rd founding day, however the state did not display any major ballistic missiles. State media pictures showed night time parade military march of soldiers wearing hazmat suits. Fire trucks, tractors and fireworks were also on display. The Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un was photographed without a mask […]

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Kim Jong-un calls for urgent action to combat ‘danger’ of climate change

North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un has highlighted the danger of climate change as the country faces a severe food shortage. Typhoons last year badly impacted vital crops, while weeks of drought followed by heavy monsoon rains have damaged them this year as well. He said measures to overcome “abnormal climate” were needed, and also […]

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North Korea rejects three million Chinese-made Sinovac Covid-19 jabs

North Korea has asked that almost three million Covid-19 jabs offered to it be redirected elsewhere, the UN says. A spokesperson said the country had asked that the shots be relocated to harder hit nations in view of global vaccine shortages. Chinese-made Sinovac shots were offered under the Covax programme which aims to help poorer […]

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North Korea may have restarted its 5-megawatt Yongbyon nuclear reactor, UN atomic agency says

North Korea has supposedly restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, the UN atomic agency has said in a report. Plutonium, which is used for nuclear weapons, is believed to be produced at the reactor’s complex. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was expelled by Pyongyang in 2009 but relies on satellite imagery to carry out assessments. […]

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North Korea exports 300,000 bottles of rice-based beer to China amid food crisis

North Korea exported over 300,000 bottles of rice-based beer to China in July, according to the latest trade data, a month after DPRK leader Kim Jong Un declared a “food crisis” and the need for emergency food distribution. According to China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC), North Korea exported $39,604 worth of beer totaling 163,852 […]