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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. "...

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'...

Congress Cheers South Korean Message

Yoon Suk Yeol addresses alliance, 'American heroes' of the Korean War

(Newser) - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol urged ever more strengthening of the US-led security alliance against nuclear-armed North Korea on Thursday, drawing cheers from Congress as he saluted the "great American heroes" who helped preserve his country's democracy in the Korean War. Democratic and Republican lawmakers rose to...

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...

S. Korean Recluses to Nab $500 a Month

Payments meant to help 'hikikomori' reintegrate into society

(Newser) - South Korea's government will offer $500 per month to young recluses in a push to get them to leave their homes. As Bloomberg reports, the country's Ministry of Gender Equality and Family announced a measure Tuesday that could see thousands of dollars put toward education, job counseling, and...

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...

Google Offers Virtual Tour of Restricted Area Near DMZ
Wildlife Is
Flourishing
in the DMZ

Wildlife Is Flourishing in the DMZ

Google project offers virtual tour of restricted zone

(Newser) - The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land between North and South Korea 160 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, has been sealed off for nearly 70 years—but civilians can now see a restricted area near it for themselves through a Google Arts and Culture project. Google, with...

The Lowest Fertility Rate in the World Just Got Lower

South Korea beats its own dismal record—again

(Newser) - South Korea has broken its own dismal record once more. The Asian nation has again notched the world's lowest fertility rate, reporting on Wednesday that data from 2022 shows Korean women bear an average 0.78 children over their lifetime, down from 0.81 the year prior. It marks...

S. Korea Must Pay Survivor of Vietnam War Massacre

It's the first time a court has made such a ruling about atrocities by the nation's troops in the war

(Newser) - In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for similar ones in the future, a court in South Korea has ordered the government to pay a survivor of a massacre during the Vietnam War. The court awarded Nguyen Thi Thanh, 62, about $24,000, reports the New York Times ...

Deadly Cold Rushes Over Asia
Freezing Temps
Wreak Havoc in Asia

Freezing Temps Wreak Havoc in Asia

Parts of Japan could see coldest weather in a decade; more than 100 are dead in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Snow, wind, and freezing temperatures are wreaking havoc across Asia, and in some places it's turned deadly. Earlier this week, more than 120 people died in Afghanistan from the cold, while in China's northernmost city of Mohe, known as "China's North Pole," record lows of...

Snow Causes a 47-Car Pileup
Snow Causes
a 47-Car
Pileup

Snow Causes a 47-Car Pileup

One killed, dozens injured in accident outside Seoul, South Korea

(Newser) - Nearly 50 vehicles collided on an icy highway near the South Korean capital Sunday night, killing one person and injuring dozens, the AP reports. At least 47 vehicles were involved in the accident on the Guri-Pocheon highway, where they skidded on the slippery road and collided in succession, said Hwang...

23 Officials Could Be Charged Over Deadly Crowd Crush

South Korean police are now sending the case to prosecutors

(Newser) - South Korean police are seeking criminal charges including involuntary manslaughter and negligence against 23 officials, about half of them law enforcement officers, for a lack of safety measures they said were responsible for a crowd surge that killed nearly 160 people . Despite anticipating a weekend crowd of more than 100,...

China Apparently Retaliates Against South Korea

It has suspended visas for South Koreans

(Newser) - China suspended visas Tuesday for South Koreans to come to the country for tourism or business in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements on Chinese travelers, the AP reports. A brief notice posted online by the Chinese Embassy in Seoul said the ban would apply until South Korea lifted its...

Military Expresses Sorrow for Not Shooting Down Drones

South Korean leaders promise changes after overflight

(Newser) - South Korea's president on Tuesday called for stronger air defenses and high-tech stealth drones while the military apologized for failing to shoot down North Korean drones that crossed the border for the first time in five years. South Korea's military scrambled warplanes and attack helicopters on Monday, but...

South Korea Sends Fighter Jets After Drones

Defense officials say they responded to breach by North Korea

(Newser) - South Korea said its military fired warning shots and deployed fighter jets and attack helicopters after five North Korean drones breached its airspace Monday. The Korea Times reported that one of the drones reached Seoul before turning back, per the Hill . South Korea did not try to shoot the drone...

South Korea Lightens Up on Sex Dolls

Nation relaxes ban on foreign, full-size dolls after confiscating them for years

(Newser) - Seoul has joyous tidings for South Koreans who found their Christmas haul lacking a little je ne sais quoi: After years of being stymied by customs, the AP reports that citizens are now free to go online and order themselves an imported sex doll. The move ends years of debate...

Space Force Activates First Overseas Base

New unit in South Korea is intended to act as a deterrent and monitor potential aggressors

(Newser) - The US Space Force has put down roots in South Korea, officially launching its first command on foreign soil with a ceremony on Wednesday. The unit will be based at Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul, and will help watch for security threats from North Korea, Russia,...

BTS' Jin Shows Off His Army Buzz Cut
K-Pop Star
Is in the
Army Now

K-Pop Star Is in the Army Now

BTS' Jin shows off his new haircut, begins his mandatory military service

(Newser) - Despite his pleas for fans to stay away, hundreds turned out to see Jin, the oldest member of K-pop group BTS, submit to mandatory military service at an army training center in South Korea on Tuesday, per CNN . After years of delays , band members are expected to submit to mandatory...

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