North Korea

  • Moon condoles death of S.Korean official
    Seoul, September 28 (IANS): South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday expressed his condolences and offered a public apology over the death of a civil servant in a shooting by North Korean troops, calling it a "regrettable and unfortunate" incident. "Regardless of how the victim went to the North Korean waters, I offer words of deep condolences and consolation to the bereaved family members over their grief," Yonhap News Agency quoted the President as saying.
  • North Korea warns of naval tensions during search for slain South Korean
    SEOUL, September 27 (Reuters): North Korea said on Sunday it is searching for the body a South Korean official killed by its troops, but warned that South Korean naval operations in the area threatened to raise tensions by intruding across a disputed sea border. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology on Friday for the fatal shooting of the South Korean fisheries official in North Korean waters, according to Seoul. South Korea's military has accused th
  • Seoul to demand Pyongyang for additional probe into official's killing
    Seoul, September 26 (IANS): Seoul will demand North Korea for an additional probe into the killing of a South Korean official near the sea border, the presidential office here said on Saturday. According to the South Korean military, North Korean troops on September 22 shot the 47-year-old official who was adrift in its waters and incinerated his body. He was reported missing the previous day while on duty near the Yellow Sea border island of Yeonpyeong. Although North Korea admi
  • Japan's new PM calls for better ties with South Korea, cooperation on North Korea
    TOKYO/SEOUL, September 24 (Reuters): Japan's new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, spoke to South Korea's president for the first time on Thursday, calling for both countries to repair their frayed ties and cooperate to counter any threat from North Korea. Relations between the two U.S. allies have deteriorated sharply over the past year over war-time history and trade, in particular the issue of Korean labourers forced to work at Japanese firms during Japan's 1910-19
  • North Korea leader tours typhoon-hit area, directs recovery effort
    SEOUL, September 6 (Reuters): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un toured coastal areas hit by a typhoon, and ordered 12,000 core party members to join the recovery effort on Saturday, while dismissing a provincial party chief, state media reported on Sunday. North Korea's state-run television KRT carried footage of Kim convening a meeting with North Korean officials and walking in the typhoon-hit area. While Kim surveyed the damage caused by a typhoon that battered coas
  • US urges N. Korea to return to dialogue
    WASHINGTON/SEOUL, SEPTEMBER 3 (IANS): The US has renewed its call on North Korea to return to the negotiating table, saying it cannot remain isolated and that there was a brighter future for the country and its people, the media reported on Thursday. "This administration has gone far further than any other in taking strong actions to let North Korea know that they are going to have to negotiate," the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency quoted David Stilwell, Assistant Secretary
  • No sign North Korea reprocessed plutonium in past year, still enriching uranium, IAEA says
    VIENNA, September 2 (Reuters): There is no sign North Korea reprocessed spent fuel from its main nuclear reactor into plutonium in the past year, but it seems to have continued to enrich uranium, the other potential fuel for atom bombs, the U.N. atomic watchdog said. The International Atomic Energy Agency has not had access to North Korea since the secretive communist state expelled its inspectors in 2009. Pyongyang pressed ahead with its nuclear weapons programme and soon resu
  • Kim Jong-un visits typhoon-hit area
    Seoul, August 28 (IANS): North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a typhoon-hit area in the country's Hwanghae province and called for all-out efforts to minimize damage to fields and a reduction in harvests, state-media reported on Friday. The state-media reports however, did not reveal the exact day of his visit, but it appeared to have come hours after typhoon Bavi passed along the North's western coastline on Thursday, reports the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency. During
  • North Korean leader's sister is 'de facto second-in-command', South Korean lawmaker says
    SEOUL, August 20 (Reuters): South Korea's intelligence agency believes that Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is serving as his "de facto second-in-command" but has not necessarily been designated his successor, a South Korean lawmaker said on Thursday. Believed to be in her early 30s, Kim Yo Jong is the leader's only close relative with a public role in politics, recently spearheading a new, tougher campaign to put pressure on South
  • North Korea to set new five-year plan in January as economy struggles
    SEOUL, August 20 (Reuters): North Korea's ruling party will hold a congress next year to decide a new five-year plan, state media reported on Thursday, after a party meeting noted serious delays in improving the national economy and living standards. The plenary meeting of the ruling Workers' Party on Wednesday convened a congress for January to set forth "a correct line of struggle and strategic and tactical policies" after reviewing lessons from the past fiv
  • Kim Jong-un appoints new premier
    Seoul, August 14 (IANS): North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appointed a new premier during a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, state-media reported on Friday. According to Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the appointment was made during the meeting on Thursday. Workers' Party Vice Chairman Kim Tok-hun took over as the country's new premier, while replacing Kim Jae-ryong, Yonhap News Agency quoted the KCNA as saying
  • Facilities at N.Korean nuclear complex may be damaged by flood
    SEOUL, AUGUST 13 (IANS): Significant flooding has taken place along a river near North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear complex, and facilities could have been damaged as a result, a monitoring website said on Thursday. The Washington-based website 38 North, a think tank monitoring North Korea, made the analysis based on satellite imagery from August 6, saying that "water had reached the two pump houses that service the reactors" at the Yongbyon nuclear complex, reports Yonhap
  • North Korea brings aid supplies to border town under lockdown - state media
    SEOUL, August 9 (Reuters): North Korea's ruling party has delivered special aid packages of food and medical equipment to residents of Kaesong, near the border with the South, after imposing a lockdown there due to COVID-19 concerns, state media said on Sunday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency and imposed a lockdown on the small border town last month after a person, who defected to South Korea in 2017, returned to Kaesong across the highly fortified bo
  • WHO says North Korea's COVID-19 test results for first suspected case 'inconclusive'
    GENEVA/SEOUL, August 5 (Reuters): North Korea's test results for a man suspected of being the country's first coronavirus case were inconclusive, though authorities have quarantined over 3,635 primary and secondary contacts, a World Health Organization official told Reuters. On July 26 North Korea said it had declared a state of emergency and locked down the border city of Kaesong after a person who defected to South Korea three years ago returned across the fortified b
  • North Korea has 'probably' developed nuclear devices to fit ballistic missiles - U.N. report
    UNITED NATIONS, July 4 (Reuters): North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons program and several countries believe it has "probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles," according to a confidential U.N. report. The report by an independent panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions said the countries, which it did not identify, believed North Korea's past six nuclear tests had likely helped it develop
  • North Korea steps up coronavirus prevention after first possible infection
    SEOUL, July 28 (Reuters): North Korea introduced tougher prevention measures against the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, state media reported, after it locked down the border town of Kaesong to tackle what could be its first publicly confirmed case of the respiratory disease. Strict quarantine measures and the screening of districts were in progress, and test kits, protective clothing, and medical equipment were being rapidly supplied, the North's KCNA state news agency
  • North Korea declares emergency in border town over first suspected COVID-19 case
    SEOUL, July 26 (Reuters): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency and a lockdown in a border town after a person suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus returned from South Korea after illegally crossing the border, state media said on Sunday. If confirmed, it would be the first case officially acknowledged by North Korean authorities. Kim convened an emergency politburo meeting in response to what he called a "critical situation in which th
  • More than 40 countries accuse North Korea of breaching U.N. sanctions
    NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters): More than 40 countries accused North Korea on Friday of illicitly breaching a United Nations cap on refined petroleum imports and called for an immediate halt to deliveries until the end of the year, according to a complaint seen by Reuters. The 15-member U.N. Security Council imposed an annual cap of 500,000 barrels in December 2017 in a bid to cut off fuel for North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. But in a complaint
  • North Korea ranks worst in nuclear material security
    SEOUL, JULY 23 (IANS): North Korea's handling of nuclear materials remains the worst in the world, a non-profit group said on Thursday. According to the report by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a Washington-based group working to curb the threat of nuclear terrorism and accidents, North Korea ranked the last among the 22 countries reviewed in terms of the security of its nuclear materials, scoring just 19 points out of a total of 100, reports Yonhap News Agency. North K
  • Probe launched into Kim Jong-un's sister over liaison office demolition
    SEOUL, JULY 16 (IANS): South Korean prosecutors have launched a probe into Kim Yo-jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, and the Pyongyang's military chief on charges of blowing up an inter-Korean liaison office last month, officials said here on Thursday.   The unprecedented and symbolic probe into Kim Yo-jong, who serves as the first vice department director of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, and Army Gen. Pak Jong-chon, chief of the