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EXPLAINER: Is North Korea moving nukes to its border?

Jun. 24, 2022 07:19 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Is North Korea preparing to deploy tactical nuclear weapons along its tense border with rival South Korea, which is only a short drive from the 26 million people living in and around Seoul, its capital? That's how it looks to many experts paying close...

N. Korea approves new front-line army duties amid tensions

Jun. 24, 2022 06:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doubled down on his nuclear arms buildup to overwhelm “hostile forces” at a key meeting where military leaders approved unspecified new operational duties for front-line army units. Members of the ruling Workers’...

US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security

Jun. 24, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia. Defense Minister Nobuo...

N. Korea talks of new army duties suggest nuclear deployment

Jun. 23, 2022 05:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea discussed assigning additional duties to front-line army units at a key military meeting, state media said Thursday, a move that analysts said indicates it plans to deploy battlefield nuclear weapons targeting South Korea along the rivals’ tense border. ...

North Korean leader convenes military meeting amid tensions

Jun. 21, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is meeting with his senior military officials to discuss national defense policies and continuing his arms buildup following a highly provocative run in ballistic missile testing this year that revived tensions with Washington and Seoul. ...

South Korea launches first satellite with homegrown rocket

Jun. 21, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea conducted its first successful satellite launch using a domestically developed rocket on Tuesday, officials said, boosting its growing aerospace ambitions and demonstrating it has key technologies needed to launch spy satellites and build larger missiles amid...

No nukes? Ukraine-Russian war will shape world's arsenals

Jun. 21, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

The headlines on the newsstands in Seoul blared fresh warnings of a possible nuclear test by North Korea. Out on the sidewalks, 28-year-old office worker Lee Jae Sang already had an opinion about how to respond to North Korea's fast-growing capacity to lob nuclear bombs across...

'It always wins': North Korea may declare COVID-19 victory

Jun. 21, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's only been a month since North Korea acknowledged having a COVID-19 outbreak, after steadfastly denying any cases for more than two years. But already it may be preparing to declare victory. According to state media, North Korea has avoided the mass...

Seoul: No evidence slain official tried to defect to N Korea

Jun. 16, 2022 06:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Overturning its predecessor’s assessment, South Korea’s new conservative government said Thursday there is no evidence that a South Korean official slain by North Korea near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary in 2020 had intended to defect to the North. ...

N. Korea reports another disease outbreak amid COVID-19 wave

Jun. 16, 2022 05:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea reported a new “epidemic" of an intestinal disease on Thursday, an unusual announcement from the secretive country that is already contending with a COVID-19 outbreak and severe economic turmoil. It’s unclear how many people are infected in...