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South Korea Takes a Guess at Kim's Weight

North Korean leader is estimated to be nearly 310 pounds, based on AI analysis

(Newser) - North Korea keeps a tight lid on personal information about Kim Jong Un, but a South Korean lawmaker is happy to speculate. Yoo Sang-bum told reporters that an intelligence report by the South estimates Kim now weighs more than 300 pounds and is in all-around bad health, reports Reuters. "...

Kim's Sister Slams 'Gangster-Like' US After Failed Spy Satellite Launch

Says US criticism of North Korea's military spy satellite is hypocritical

(Newser) - The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday accused the United States of “gangster-like” hypocrisy for criticizing her country’s failed launch of a military spy satellite and insisted a successful launch will be made soon, the AP reports. Kim Yo Jong said North Korea’...

North Korea Says Spy Satellite Launch Failed

Launch prompted evacuation orders in S. Korea, Japan

(Newser) - North Korea said its attempt to put the country’s first spy satellite into orbit failed Wednesday, an apparent embarrassment to leader Kim Jong Un over his push to boost his military capability in the protracted security tensions with the United States and South Korea. A statement published in state...

North Korea Warns Japan: Spy Satellite Is Going Up

Pyongyang says it's 'indispensable' to monitor 'reckless' US-South Korea military exercises

(Newser) - North Korea said Tuesday it would launch its first military spy satellite in June and described space-based reconnaissance as crucial for monitoring the United States' "reckless" military exercises with rival South Korea. The statement came a day after North Korea notified Japan's coast guard that it plans to...

Kim Jong Un Has a New Toy Aimed at US, South Korea

Military spy satellite is aimed to stem 'US imperialists and [South] Korean puppet villains'

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un examined a finished military spy satellite, which his country is expected to launch soon, during a visit to his country's aerospace agency, where he described space-based reconnaissance as crucial for countering the US and South Korea. As the AP reports, Kim during Tuesday'...

S. Koreans Are Nervous. Enter the 'Washington Declaration'

It reaffirms the US commitment to protect the country and deter the North

(Newser) - The US hasn't docked a nuclear ballistic missile submarine in South Korean waters since the 1980s. That's about to change under the "Washington Declaration," which President Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol are set to announce Wednesday. The agreement outlines stepped-up deterrence commitments the...

Tobacco Giant to Pay US $635M for Violating N. Korea Sanctions

British American Tobacco admits that subsidiary conspired to bust sanctions

(Newser) - The world's second-largest tobacco company has agreed to cough up $635 million plus interest to American authorities to settle a North Korea sanctions-busting case. British American Tobacco admitted that a subsidiary conspired to violate US sanctions by selling tobacco products to North Korea between 2007 and 2017, the BBC...

Kim Jong Un: We've Completed First Spy Satellite

Planned launch date was not disclosed

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country has completed the development of its first military spy satellite and ordered officials to go ahead with its launch as planned, state media reported Wednesday. During his visit to the North’s aerospace agency Tuesday, Kim stressed it’s crucial to...

North Korea: This ICBM Was Like No Other

Country claims ICBM launched Thursday was a solid-fuel version

(Newser) - North Korea's neighbors reported the country launched a missile on Thursday morning, and on Friday, Pyongyang said it wasn't just any missile: The regime claimed it tested a solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time, which the AP frames as "a possible breakthrough in its...

Kim: We'll Expand Nuclear Arsenal 'Exponentially'

N. Korean strongman calls for nuclear scientists to boost production of weapons-grade material

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for his nuclear scientists to increase production of weapons-grade material to make bombs to put on his increasing range of weapons, the AP reports. The report in state media Tuesday followed a series of missile launches—seven launch events in this month...

Pyongyang Claims New Weapon Can Cause 'Radioactive Tsunami'

Underwater attack drone was tested this week, according to state media

(Newser) - North Korea claimed Friday to have tested a nuclear-capable underwater drone designed to generate a gigantic "radioactive tsunami" that would destroy naval strike groups and ports. Analysts were skeptical that the device presents a major new threat, but the test underlines the North's commitment to raising nuclear threats,...

N. Korea: Latest Launch Simulated Nuclear Attack on South

Kim Jong Un calls for country's nuclear forces to increase readiness for war

(Newser) - North Korea on Monday described its latest ballistic missile launch as a simulated nuclear attack on South Korea as leader Kim Jong Un called for his nuclear forces to sharpen their war readiness in the face of his rival's expanding military exercises with the United States. The report by...

As Historic Summit Looms, North Korea Launches ICBM

South Korea, Japan leaders are meeting at first such summit in 12 years

(Newser) - Amid the biggest South Korea-US joint military exercises in five years—and hours before a Tokyo summit between the leaders of South Korea and Japan—North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday morning. It was Pyongyang's third weapons test this week, and its fourth ICBM test in less...

South Korea Shares Intel on Kim Jong Un's Kids

National Intelligence Service still suspects the 39-year-old has 3

(Newser) - South Korea's top intelligence agency on Tuesday dished on what it knows about Kim Jong Un's children—all three of them. Standout details, per Reuters and the AP :
  • Yes, the agency again confirmed Kim has three children, with the eldest being a boy. They were born in 2010,

Kim's Sister: North Korea Is Ready to Act Against US

Kim Yo Jong speaks out after US-South Korea military drills

(Newser) - The influential sister of North Korea’s leader warned Tuesday that her country is ready to take “quick, overwhelming action” against the United States and South Korea, a day after the US flew a nuclear-capable B-52 bomber in a demonstration of strength against the North, the AP reports. Kim...

North Korea's 'Provocative Streak' Just Widened

Pyongyang says it test-fired 4 long-range cruise missiles on Thursday

(Newser) - North Korea said Friday it test-fired long-range cruise missiles off its eastern coast a day earlier, adding to a provocative streak in weapons demonstrations as its rivals step up military training. The launches, which were later confirmed by South Korea's military, were intended to verify the reliability of the...

Trump: Kim Jong Un Is 'Not Happy With the US'

Former president complains that N. Korea leader 'feels threatened'

(Newser) - Former president and current presidential candidate Donald Trump does not approve of his successor's handling of North (and South) Korea. "Kim Jung Un [sic] of North Korea, who I got to know and got along with very well during my years as President, is not happy with the...

Could North Korea See Another 'Arduous March'?

Nation is mired in its worst food shortage since its mid-'90s famine

(Newser) - As North Korea continues to launch ICBMs and lob threats , it's also contending with a familiar problem: a food shortage, though this time experts say it's particularly bad. Per Fox News , South Korea's Unification Ministry says the food situation "seems to have deteriorated" in its northern...

Kim's Sister Warns of 'Using the Pacific as Our Firing Range'

As North Korea carries out its 2nd weapons test in 3 days

(Newser) - North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its eastern coast on Monday in its second weapons test in three days. South Korea's military said it detected the two missile launches from a western coastal town just north of Pyongyang. Japan said both missiles landed in the waters between...

US Fighter Jets Fly After North Korea's Latest Test

Pyongyang launches ICBM, and US puts on a show of force later with South Korea

(Newser) - North Korea said Sunday its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test was meant to further bolster its “fatal” nuclear attack capacity and threatened additional powerful steps over military drills between the United States and South Korea. The United States responded by flying long-range supersonic bombers in a show of force...

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