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People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. North Korean leader Kim apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident he called unexpected and unfortunate, South Korean officials said.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

N. Korea's Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean

Sep. 25, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official who was apparently trying to defect near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary, saying he’s “very sorry” about the incident, South Korean officials said....

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018 file photo, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. The United Nations makes a point of welcoming all nations, regardless of political persuasion. But in many ways, there's a love-hate relationship between the North and the U.N. One important thing the North gets from the U.N. is a direct point of contact with the 192 other member nations, including a host of countries that would be loath to send their diplomats to pay homage in Pyongyang, pre-eminent among them, the United States.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

For North Korea, UN membership is a key link to larger world

Sep. 24, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Hermit Kingdom? Not quite. To pay close attention to North Korean diplomacy is to notice the many ways it upends the stereotype of the isolated, nuclear-armed wildcard of Northeast Asia. Yes, the country’s propaganda services are prone to rhetoric meant to convey a sense of towering...

This Sept. 17, 2020, photo,  provided by Maxar Technologies shows a parade rehearsal Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.(Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Satellite images show N. Korea preparing for military parade

Sep. 18, 2020 5:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is preparing for a massive military parade in its capital to mark the 75th anniversary of its ruling party next month, satellite images indicated Friday, even as the country strengthens its anti-coronavirus measures. The images, provided by Maxar, a Colorado-based...

Political party members in support of the recovery efforts from typhoon damage parade at the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. A powerful typhoon damaged buildings and flooded roads in North Korea on Monday, the fourth spell of strong wind and rain to hit the country in just over a month. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

North Korea's Kim urges quick recovery from typhoon damage

Sep. 8, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for urgent efforts to rebuild thousands of homes and other structures destroyed by a typhoon that slammed the country’s eastern region last week, state media said Wednesday. Kim during the Workers’ Party meeting Tuesday also...

In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un talks to officials as he visits a damaged area in the South Hamgyong province, North Korea, following a typhoon known as Maysak. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

Seeking unity, NKorea's Kim vows to overcome typhoon damage

Sep. 6, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited typhoon-stricken areas in the northeast, fired a top official there and promised to send 12,000 workers from Pyongyang for recovery efforts, state media reported Sunday. It’s the latest in a series of high-profile visits by Kim...

UN atomic watchdog: N Korea still enriching uranium

Sep. 2, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — There are no signs that North Korea has been reprocessing fuel from its main nuclear reactor into plutonium over the past year, but Pyongyang appears to still be enriching uranium, which could potentially be used in a nuclear weapon, the U.N.'s atomic watchdog said Wednesday. The...

People walk under a damaged tree from a typhoon on a main road in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. A typhoon damaged homes and other buildings, flooded roads and toppled utility poles on the Korean Peninsula before weakening to a tropical storm. (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho)

Typhoon damages buildings, floods roads on Korean Peninsula

Aug. 27, 2020 4:56 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A typhoon barreled through the Korean Peninsula on Thursday, damaging buildings, flooding roads and toppling utility poles before weakening into a tropical storm. No casualties have been immediately reported in either South or North Korea as a downgraded Typhoon Bavi headed into...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, right, helps her brother North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sign a joint statement following the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang, North Korea. In a closed-door briefing to South Korean lawmakers on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, Seoul's spy agency said the stress of managing state affairs caused Kim to recently delegate some of his powers to a select group of senior officials, including his sister Kim Yo Jong, who is now chiefly involved in shaping policies toward Washington and Seoul. (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP, File)

North Korea's leader acknowledges economic shortfalls

Aug. 20, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With unusual candor, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledged his plans to improve the country’s dismal economy aren't succeeding as his ruling party scheduled a rare congress in January to set development goals for the next five years. The Workers’ Party said...

Swedish diplomats leave N. Korea, but embassy remains open

Aug. 18, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish staff have left the country's embassy in North Korea but the diplomatic mission in Pyongyang remains open and is being staffed by local employees, officials said Tuesday. “The main reason is that we have temporarily relocated our diplomats who are either on holiday or are...

FILE - In this Aug. 13 2020, file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a ruling party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea will open a high-profile political conference on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 to discuss unspecified “crucial” crucial issues as it struggles to keep afloat a sanctions-ravaged economy hit further by a global pandemic and devastating flooding. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

North Korea to hold key party meeting amid economic woes

Aug. 18, 2020 5:47 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea will open a high-profile political conference on Wednesday to discuss unspecified “crucial” issues as it struggles to keep afloat a sanctions-ravaged economy hit further by its anti-virus efforts and devastating flooding. The ruling Workers’ Party...