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In this undated photo provided on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from left, visits the typhoon-ravaged rural town of Komdok, North Korea, to inspect recovery works. Kim's inspection was his first public activity after weekend celebrations marking his ruling party’s founding anniversary. 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:

N. Korea's Kim visit typhoon-hit area, warns of 'defeatism'

Oct. 14, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited a typhoon-ravaged rural town and lambasted government agencies for “defeatism,” state media reported Wednesday. In his first public activity after massive weekend celebrations marking the ruling party’s founding...

This image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT, shows a military parade with what appears to be a possible new solid-fuel missile at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Saturday that his country would “fully mobilize” its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a massive military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party. (KRT via AP)

SKorea worries about missile shown in NKorea military parade

Oct. 11, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Sunday urged North Korea to commit to its past disarmament pledges while expressing concerns over the North’s unveiling of a suspected new long-range missile during a military parade. During celebrations marking the 75th birthday of its ruling party in...

This image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT, shows a military parade with what appears to be possible new intercontinental ballistic missile at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Saturday that his country would “fully mobilize” its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a massive military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party. (KRT via AP)

North Korea unveils new weapons at military parade

Oct. 10, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned that his country would “fully mobilize” its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a military parade that unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile and other weapons. Kim, however,...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo, warheads are paraded during a military parade during celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of North Korea's Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. For months, North Korea has been relatively uncombative, as leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, a string of natural disasters and the deepening economic pain from years of tough U.S.-led sanctions. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

North Korea may show new missiles at weekend military parade

Oct. 8, 2020 3:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For months, North Korea has been relatively uncombative, as leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters and the deepening economic pain under years of tough U.S.-led sanctions. But ahead of the 75th founding anniversary of his ruling party this...

FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo made available on Jan. 3, 2019, by the Parish of Farra di Soligo shows North Korea's acting Ambassador to Italy Jo Song Gil, center, holding a model of

Lawmakers: North Korean ex-envoy to Italy defected to South

Oct. 7, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korea diplomat who vanished in Italy in late 2018 lives in South Korea under government protection, lawmakers said Wednesday. If confirmed, Jo Song Gil, North Korea’s former acting ambassador to Italy, would be the highest-level North Korean official to...

FILE - This combination of file photos, show U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 16, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27, 2018. Kim on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 sent a message of sympathy to Trump and his wife Melania, wishing they would recover from the COVID-19 illness, state media reported. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File)

North Korea's Kim wishes Trump recovery from coronavirus

Oct. 2, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday sent a message of sympathy to President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, wishing they would recover from the COVID-19 illness, state media reported. “He sincerely hoped that they would recover as soon as possible. He hoped they...

In this UNTV image, Kim Song, Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations, speaks in person during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. (UNTV via AP)

North Korea on virus threat: 'Under safe and stable control'

Sep. 29, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

North Korea on Tuesday called on the world's governments to “display effective leadership” in the fight against COVID-19 and said its own measures against the pandemic, which it called “preemptive, timely and strong,” ensured it had the threat “under safe and stable control."...

Yoon Seong-hyun, head of the Korea Coast Guard's investigation bureau, speaks during a briefing at the agency in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. South Korea said Tuesday that a government official slain by North Korean sailors wanted to defect, concluding that the man, who had gambling debts, swam against unfavorable currents with the help of a life jacket and a floatation device and conveyed his intention of resettling in North Korea. (Yun Hyun-tae/Yonhap via AP)

South Korea says slain man tried to defect to North Korea

Sep. 29, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday that a government official slain by North Korean sailors wanted to defect, concluding that the man, who had gambling debts, swam against unfavorable currents with the help of a life jacket and a floatation device and conveyed his intention of resettling in...

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a meeting with his senior secretaries at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP)

S. Korea's Moon apologizes over handling of killing by North

Sep. 28, 2020 4:28 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in apologized for the first time Monday for the death of a man who was shot by North Korean troops last week, saying his government failed in its responsibility to safeguard a citizen. The shooting triggered outrage and criticism that Seoul...

A South Korean marine boat patrols near Yeonpyeong island, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a man recently killed by North Korean troops, warning Sunday the alleged intrusion could escalate tensions. (Baek Seung-ryul/Yonhap via AP)

North Korea accuses South of intrusion to find dead official

Sep. 27, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary to find the body of a South Korean official recently killed by North Korean troops, warning Sunday the intrusion could escalate tensions. South Korea denied the accusation. “We urge the South...