Latest North Korea government News

S Korean group floats balloons toward North amid animosities

Jul. 07, 2022 02:10 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korea activist said Thursday he launched more huge balloons carrying COVID-19 relief items toward North Korea, days after the North vowed to sternly deal with such activities and made a highly questionable claim they were a source of the virus. ...

Seoul spy agency files charges against ex-chiefs over NKorea

Jul. 06, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s spy agency filed charges on Wednesday against two of its former directors over their handling of separate border incidents with North Korea in recent years which prompted criticism that Seoul's previous liberal government improperly appeased the North to...

North Korea slams US-South Korea-Japan military cooperation

Jul. 02, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday slammed the United States, South Korea and Japan for pushing to boost their trilateral military cooperation targeting the North, warning that the move is prompting urgent calls for the country to reinforce its military capability. ...

N. Korea suggests balloons flown from South brought COVID-19

Jul. 01, 2022 02:04 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea suggested Friday its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea — a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasing tensions over its nuclear program. ...

North Korea works to prevent flood damages amid COVID crisis

Jun. 28, 2022 05:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Koreans were working intensively to protect crops, factory equipment and other assets from potential damage from days of heavy rainfall, state media said Tuesday, as outside observers worry any flooding could aggravate the country’s economic hardships amid its...

Seoul urges China, Russia to prevent North Korean nuke test

Jun. 27, 2022 06:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A top South Korean official said Monday that North Korea is increasingly targeting the South with its nuclear arms program, and urged China and Russia to persuade the North not to conduct a widely expected nuclear test. Unification Minster Kwon Youngse’s...

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. ...