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North Korea warns citizens of “yellow dust” coming from China

North Korea warned its citizens to stay indoors over fears that “yellow dust” which blows in from China could bring coronavirus with it. State broadcaster warned of an influx on Thursday, resulting in the streets of the capital Pyongyang to be virtually empty following the warning. Yellow dust refers to sand from Mongolian and Chinese […]

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North Korea is faking long-range missile development, experts suggest

South Korea has expressed concerns over Pyongyang’s suspected new long-range missile that was displayed in a military parade on Saturday as Seoul urged the resumption of intra-Korean talks. During the military parade celebrating the 75th year of the founding of North Korea’s ruling party in Pyongyang, a variety of weapons systems were shown to a […]

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North Korea unveils ‘massive’ ballistic missile at military parade

In a rare military parade at night on Saturday, attended by Kim Jong-un, the nation displayed an unseen “massive” long range ballistic missile. North Korea typically uses its parades to show off new missiles and weaponry. The parade marked the 75th anniversary of the Workers’ Party. It is the country’s first parade in two years […]

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North Korea’s Kim siblings tour flood-hit towns

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un inspected recovery efforts in a flooded village, damaged by recent typhoons. Along with Mr Kim, his sister reappeared in public for the first time in about two months. Mr Kim praised reconstruction work in Kimhwa County in the country’s southeast during the visit with Kim Yo Jong, KCNA reported. “This […]

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North Korea: Kim Jong-un chairs meeting over typhoon and coronavirus danger

North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, has asked his people and officials to prepare for the dangers posed by coronavirus and a looming typhoon. Kim Jong-un appearance at a party meeting comes after widespread speculation over his health. The nation has not confirmed any Covid-19 cases so far and it is thought that a large outbreak […]

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Kim Jong-un lifts 3-week lockdown in border towns after defector showed coronavirus symptoms

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un lifted a three week lockdown in the city of Kaesong and nearby areas, after a man who defected to the South returned to the border town last month showing coronavirus symptoms, state media said on Friday. Kim made the decision at a politburo meeting convened to discuss the government’s efforts […]

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North Korea’s nuclear arsenal “secures future forever” so no more war, Kim Jong Un says

North Korea will no longer need to fight wars because the nation has a nuclear arsenal that guarantees safety, Kim Jong Un said according to North Korean state media. “With our reliable and effective self-defensive nuclear deterrent, there will be no more war on this earth, and our country’s safety and future will be secured […]

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Kim Jong Un declares emergency in border town over suspected coronavirus case

North Korea has declared an emergency and a lockdown in a border town after a person who illegally crossed over from South Korea is suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus. If confirmed this would be the first case acknowledged by North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened an emergency politburo meeting […]

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North Korean troops lower guard at border with South Korea

North Korea is suspending military action plans against South Korea, the official KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday, as a report from Seoul suggested North Korean troops were taking down loudspeakers reinstalled at the fortified border. Political tensions between the rival Koreas had been rising over Pyongyang’s objections to plans by defector-led groups in the […]

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North Korea ‘secretly stockpiling nuclear warheads’ amid fresh tensions

A new report claims that North Korea has been covertly stashing nuclear warheads during new tensions with South Korea. The rogue state is thought to have produced an additional ten warheads at a secret uranium enrichment facility in Kangson, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Pyongyang has refused to officialise the site in […]

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Defectors prepare packages to send to North Korea despite rising tensions

A North Korean defector-led group on Thursday prepared hundreds of plastic bottles stuffed with rice which they plan to float into North Korea, despite a legal challenge from South Korean authorities and threats from Pyongyang. Citing South Korea’s failure to stop the defectors, North Korea this week blew up the joint liaison office on its […]

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Kim Yo Jong warns military action against South Korea over defectors

The sister of North Korea’s leader has warned of retaliatory measures against South Korea that could involve the military, in the latest escalation of tensions over defectors from the North who have been sending back propaganda and food. Kim Yo Jong, who serves unofficially as one of Kim Jong Un’s top aides, issued the warning […]