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South Korea Points Loudspeakers Across Border

In the past, propaganda broadcasts have brought fire from North Korea

(Newser) - South Korea said Friday it has restarted anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts across the border in response to North Korea's resumption of trash-carrying balloon launches. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that its frontline loudspeaker broadcasts were conducted between Thursday evening and Friday morning in areas...

North Korea Suffers Another High-Level Defection: Seoul

Diplomat Ri Il Kyu, stationed in Cuba, fled to South Korea

(Newser) - South Korea's spy agency said Tuesday that a senior North Korea diplomat based in Cuba has fled to South Korea, the latest defection by a member of the North's elite, reports the AP . The National Intelligence Service confirmed the defection of a North Korean counselor of political affairs...

Kim Jong Un's Sister Slams South's 'Suicidal Hysteria'

Kim Yo Jong issues warning after South Korea's recent front-line live-fire exercises

(Newser) - The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called South Korea's recent front-line live-fire drills "suicidal hysteria" as she threatened unspecified military steps Monday if further provoked. The warning by Kim Yo Jong came after South Korea performed firing exercises in its tense land and sea...

This Lapel Pin Isn't Just a Pin
This Lapel Pin
Isn't Just a Pin

This Lapel Pin Isn't Just a Pin

That Kim Jong Un's face appears on it matters

(Newser) - For the first time, North Korean officials have been seen wearing lapel pins with the image of leader Kim Jong Un, another sign the North is boosting his personality cult to the level bestowed on his late dictator father and grandfather. North Koreans are required to wear pins over their...

Missile Didn't Explode— It Was a Multiwarhead, Says North Korea

South Korea may have misinterpreted the nature of Wednesday missile test, analyst says

(Newser) - North Korea said Thursday it had successfully tested a multiwarhead missile, a sophisticated weapon coveted by leader Kim Jong Un to overwhelm missile defenses in the continental United States, the AP reports. The launch tested the separation and guidance control of individual mobile warheads to ensure the capability of the...

1.5K Trash Balloons Have Descended on South Korea

Hundreds arrived with favorable winds this week

(Newser) - Flights in and out of Incheon, South Korea, were paused for hours early Wednesday when balloons presumably sent by North Korea began descending on the city's airport. More than 1,500 balloons carrying trash, excrement , dirt, worms, and "slashed 'western' clothes" have landed across the country since...

North Korea's Missile Launch Ended in Explosion, Says South

South Korea says suspected hypersonic missile launch failed

(Newser) - A suspected hypersonic missile launched by North Korea exploded in flight on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, a development that comes as North Korea is protesting the regional deployment of a US aircraft carrier for a trilateral military drill with South Korea and Japan. South Korea's Joint Chiefs...

After Kim-Putin Deal, US Dispatches Carrier Strike Group

Theodore Roosevelt will take part in exercises with South Korea, Japan

(Newser) - A nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier arrived Saturday in South Korea for a three-way exercise involving Japan for stepped-up military training to cope with North Korean threats, which have escalated following the announcement of a security pact with Russia. The arrival of the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group in Busan came...

South Korea May Relent on Selling Weapons to Ukraine

Possible reconsideration of weapons policy comes in response to Russia-North Korea pact

(Newser) - South Korea is not taking North Korea and Russia's newly cemented partnership lightly. Shortly after Vladimir Putin stated that the deal provides for "mutual assistance in the event of aggression against one of the parties," Seoul on Thursday said it was "planning to reconsider the issue...

Report: North Korea Is Building a Wall in the DMZ

Seoul says North Korean troops have stepped up activity in area

(Newser) - It's not big, it's not beautiful, and Mexico certainly won't be paying for it, but North Korea appears to be building a wall near its southern border. The BBC says high-resolution satellite images from a stretch of the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea show that...

Putin, Kim Take Turns in the Limo Driver's Seat

Leaders exchange gifts, one of which is an armored Russian-made Aurus

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin presented his North Korean host with a tea set, an admiral's dirk, and a retro-styled Aurus limousine, the very model he tools around Moscow in. Kim Jong Un counterpresented his guest with works of art depicting Putin, including busts, Reuters reports. Although a Russian spokesman...

Russia's Deal With North Korea Is 'Ominously Ambiguous'

They pledge assistance to each other in the event of 'aggression,' but details will be key

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un made a big deal of their newly cemented partnership on Wednesday, with the Russian leader calling it a "breakthrough" and his North Korean counterpart labeling it a "most powerful agreement." But what exactly does it say? Neither side has released the...

Putin Arrives in North Korea
Sanctioned by US,
2 Dictators Join Forces

Sanctioned by US, 2 Dictators Join Forces

Kim Jong Un vows 'full support' for Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised full support for Russia's war in Ukraine before beginning a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Pyongyang on Wednesday, in a bid to expand their economic and military cooperation and show a united front against Washington. Kim said relations between...

Putin Going to North Korea for First Time in 24 Years

Russia needs conventional weapons for its Ukraine war

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is going to North Korea this week for the first time in 24 years, reports the BBC . The Russian leader traveled there early in his presidency, and he welcomed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a visit last year . This reciprocal two-day trip by Putin, which begins...

South Korean Troops Fire More Warning Shots After 2nd Border Violation

North Korean soldiers once again did not return fire

(Newser) - South Korean soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals' land border Tuesday morning for the second time this month, South Korea's military said. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said around 20 to 30 North Korean soldiers, while engaging in unspecified...

After Balloon Battle, S. Korea Says North Is Setting Up Speakers

Says North Korea is installing its own propaganda loudspeakers along the border

(Newser) - South Korea's military on Monday said it's detecting signs that North Korea is installing its own loudspeakers along their heavily armed border, a day after the South blared anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts for the first time in years as the rivals engage in Cold War-style psychological warfare. The South'...

Neighbors Again Trade Balloons
Neighbors Again Trade Balloons

Neighbors Again Trade Balloons

North Korea's launch follows neighbor's leaflet dump

(Newser) - North Korea resumed flying balloons on Saturday in a likely attempt to drop trash on South Korea again, South Korea's military said, two days after Seoul activists floated their own balloons to scatter propaganda leaflets in the North. Animosities between the two Koreas have risen recently because North Korea...

North Korea: We've Made Our Point With Balloon Drop

The 260 large white balloons held bags said to contain excrement

(Newser) - A top defense official said North Korea will "temporarily halt dropping trash over the border" in balloons after South Korea promised "unendurable measures" in retaliation. "We've let the South Koreans experience enough of how dirty it feels and how much joint effort it takes to clean...

North Korea's Latest Spy Satellite Launch Fails

Rocket exploded in mid-air, according to state media

(Newser) - North Korea says its attempt to put another spy satellite into orbit has failed. North Korea's state media said a rocket carrying the spy satellite exploded in mid-air on Monday. State media said the explosion was possibly caused by engine failure. The rocket was launched Monday night, hours after...

US Companies Inadvertently Gave $7M to North Korea

American charged in fraud scheme that saw North Koreans pose as remote US workers

(Newser) - Citizens of North Korea are snagging remote jobs with US companies and funneling earnings into their country's missile program, federal authorities said Thursday in announcing fraud charges against a US woman accused of facilitating such a scheme. Christina Chapman, 49, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, is among five people facing...

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