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Good News: N. Korea Declares Victory Over COVID
Good News: N. Korea
Says It Has Defeated COVID

Good News: N. Korea Says It Has Defeated COVID

Sister says Kim Jong Un was 'seriously ill'

(Newser) - North Korea has declared a resounding victory over COVID-19—but experts are as skeptical of the claim as they were over the country's claims to have no cases before an outbreak of "fever" spread "explosively" starting in late April. The New York Times reports that according to...

Kim Jong Un Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapons

North Korean leader gives fiery speech on Korean War armistice anniversary

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he’s ready to use his nuclear weapons in potential military conflicts with the United States and South Korea, state media said Thursday, as he unleashed fiery rhetoric against rivals he says are pushing the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war. Kim’...

North Korea: Balloons From South Brought COVID

The claim is very likely false

(Newser) - North Korea suggested Friday its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea—a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasing tensions over its nuclear program, the AP reports. Activists for years have flown balloons...

N. Korea Blamed for $100M Crypto Heist

But country's holdings have been hit by crash in values

(Newser) - Cryptocurrency heists aren't as lucrative as they were before the recent crash in values, but hackers apparently linked to North Korea still managed to make off with up to $100 million in a cyberattack on a US company last week, analysts say. Reuters reports that investigators have spotted tell-tale...

North Korea Is Fighting Another Disease Outbreak

Experts believe it's cholera or typhoid

(Newser) - North Korea is battling another disease along with a COVID-19 outbreak—but in true North Korea style, the country is not being forthcoming about how many people are affected or exactly what disease is involved. The official Korea Central News Agency says Kim Jong Un has sent medicine to help...

North Korea Apparently Fired Artillery Tests: Seoul

South Korean capital is just 30 miles from border and long-range guns

(Newser) - North Korea test-fired suspected artillery pieces into the sea on Sunday, South Korea's military said, days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for greater defense capability to cope with outside threats. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that it detected several flight...

Over 35 Minutes, a Barrage of Missile Tests in North Korea

8 missiles fired from at least 4 locations on Sunday

(Newser) - North Korea test-fired a barrage of short-range ballistic missiles from multiple locations toward the sea on Sunday, South Korea’s military said, extending a provocative streak in weapons demonstrations this year that US and South Korean officials say may culminate with a nuclear test explosion. Possibly setting a single-day record...

Seoul: N. Korea Launches Missiles After Biden Visit

Test of presumed ICBM, other missiles came as president was returning to DC after trip to region

(Newser) - North Korea launched three missiles Wednesday morning, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the South Korean military. The tests came on the heels of President Biden's visit to the region earlier this week. The first launch was probably a Hwasong-17, the largest known ICBM in the North's...

Everyone Masked Up at State Funeral, Except Kim Jong Un

North Korea says its COVID outbreak is easing, but many are skeptical

(Newser) - A huge number of North Koreans including leader Kim Jong Un attended a funeral for a top official, state media reported Monday, as the country maintained the disputed claim that its suspected coronavirus outbreak is subsiding. Since admitting earlier this month to an outbreak, North Korea has only stated how...

At This Point, Vaccines Aren't What North Korea Needs

One expert suggests it's too late for mass vaccinations to help

(Newser) - North Korea isn't exactly fighting fire with fire when it comes to COVID, at least according to the BBC's monitoring of state media. The country of 25 million has no stockpile of or access to anti-viral drugs, so its population is reportedly being advised to turn toward less...

NK Shuns Outside Help as COVID Cases Skyrocket

Kim criticized officials for 'non-positive attitudes' and 'slackness'

(Newser) - North Korea on Wednesday added hundreds of thousands of infections to its growing pandemic caseload but also said a million people have already recovered from suspected COVID-19 just a week after disclosing an outbreak, which it appears to be trying to manage in isolation as global experts express deep concern...

North Korea's Sudden COVID Spike Is Looking Grim

'Fever' has spread across the country 'explosively' since late April

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un criticized officials over slow medicine deliveries and mobilized the military to respond to a surge in suspected COVID-19 infections, as his nation struggled to contain a fever that has reportedly killed dozens and sickened nearly a million others in a span of three days....

Fever Has 'Spread Explosively Nationwide' in North Korea

Country confirms a COVID death for the first time

(Newser) - Update: A day after North Korea confirmed for the first time that it had recorded COVID cases within its capital came this: confirmation of its first COVID death—and cases well beyond Pyongyang. Per state media, five others died after experiencing a fever, but those have not been confirmed as...

Judge: US Marine Could Be Murdered if Extradited to Spain

Judge hopes higher authority will intervene

(Newser) - Update: The life of a US Marine veteran accused of participating in a 2019 raid on the North Korean embassy in Spain may be in danger if he is extradited to Spain to face charges, a judge warned in her recent ruling on the case. She ruled that Christopher Ahn...

N. Korea Accused of Continuing Its 'Provocative Streak'

South Korea says its neighbor launched ballistic missile on Saturday, likely from submarine

(Newser) - North Korea flight-tested a ballistic missile that was likely fired from a submarine on Saturday, South Korea's military said, continuing a provocative streak in weapons demonstrations that may culminate with a nuclear test in the coming weeks or months. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch...

With Tensions Rising, a New Strike From North Korea

S. Korean, Japanese officials say the North fired ballistic missile toward waters off its eastern coast

(Newser) - North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters on Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his nuclear arsenal "at the fastest possible pace" and threatened to use them against rivals. The launch, the North's...

Kim Says He Won't Limit Nuclear Arms to Deterrence

North Korean leader says development of weapons will continue quickly

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned again that his nation could preemptively use its nuclear weapons if threatened, as he praised his top army officials for a large military parade in the capital, Pyongyang, this week, the AP reports. Kim expressed the "firm will" to continue developing his...

Activist Resumes Sending Balloons to N. Korea

Park Sang-hak says he sent 1M leaflets over border

(Newser) - A South Korean activist said Thursday he launched a million propaganda leaflets by balloon into North Korea this week, in his first such campaign while standing trial for past leafleting under a contentious new law that criminalizes such actions. The law that took effect in March 2021 and punishes anti-Pyongyang...

Kim Jong Un Warns of an 'Unexpected 2nd Mission'

North Korean leader vows to speed up nukes program, to use them if provoked

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to accelerate the development of nuclear weapons and threatened to use them if provoked, in a speech he delivered at a military parade that featured powerful missiles capable of targeting the country's rivals, state media reported Tuesday. Kim's remarks suggest he'...

Kim Swaps Goodbye Letters With South Korea's Moon

He thanks outgoing South Korean president for working toward peace

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un had warm parting words for his South Korean rival, whose government North Korean officials previously called idiotic. The AP reports the North Korean leader thanked President Moon Jae-in for working to improve relations between the two countries over his single five-year term, which will end May 10,...

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