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N Koreans mark founder's birthday amid economic difficulties

Apr. 15, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Mask-wearing North Koreans danced in a plaza or climbed a Pyongyang hill on Thursday to mark the 109th birthday of the country's founder amid pandemic fears and economic woes. April 15, called “The Day of the Sun” in North Korea, is the...

Kim compares North Korea's economic woes to 1990s famine

Apr. 09, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for waging another “arduous march” to fight severe economic difficulties, for the first time comparing them to a 1990s famine that killed hundreds of thousands. Kim had previously said his country...

South Korea's opposition party wins 2 key local elections

Apr. 08, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s conservative opposition party has won sweeping victories in mayoral by-elections in the country’s two biggest cities, a blow to President Moon Jae-in ahead of next year’s presidential vote. Oh Se-hoon of the opposition...

EXPLAINER: Why is North Korea skipping the Tokyo Olympics?

Apr. 07, 2021 04:57 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea, citing the coronavirus, has become the world's first country to drop out of the Tokyo Olympics. It's true that the North is extremely sensitive about COVID-19, knowing that a widespread outbreak in a country with an already...

Kim says North Korea facing its 'worst-ever situation'

Apr. 07, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has acknowledged his country was facing the “worst-ever situation” as he addressed thousands of grassroots members of his ruling party during a major political conference in Pyongyang. Experts say Kim is...

Japan extends its own North Korean sanctions another 2 years

Apr. 06, 2021 02:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan extended its own sanctions against North Korea for another two years as Pyongyang continues to develop its nuclear weapons without any progress in resolving the abductions of Japanese nationals. Japan bans all trade between the countries and prohibits...

North Korea says it won't participate in Tokyo Olympics

Apr. 06, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea became the first country to drop out of the Tokyo Olympics because of coronavirus fears, a decision that underscores the challenges facing Japan as it struggles to stage a global sporting event amid a raging pandemic. A website run...

South Korean foreign minister meets Chinese counterpart

Apr. 03, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — South Korea’s foreign minister met his Chinese counterpart in the southern Chinese city of Xiamen on Saturday, as Seoul seeks to improve ties with its top trading partner even as U.S.-China relations remain strained. Ahead of the trip, South Korea's...

N. Korea calls South's leader 'a parrot raised by America'

Mar. 29, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called South Korea’s president “a parrot raised by America” Tuesday, resuming its trademark derisive rhetoric against its rivals amid renewed animosities on the Korean Peninsula. Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North...

UN renews mandate of North Korea experts, asks missile probe

Mar. 26, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday to renew the mandate of U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea hours after members met to discuss Pyongyang’s latest test firings of banned ballistic missiles. The...