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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...

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...

Russia: North Korea 'exodus' will continue amid hardship

Apr. 01, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — MOSCOW — Russia’s embassy in North Korea says the country is suffering severe shortages of medicines and necessary goods amid the coronavirus pandemic. Despite claiming to be coronavirus free, North Korea has sealed off its borders as part of...

UN takes no action on latest North Korea missile tests

Mar. 30, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council took no action after a brief meeting Tuesday on North Korea’s latest ballistic missile tests, the first since U.S. President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20 and a violation of U.N. sanctions. Council diplomats said all...

US eyes additional UN action on N. Korea after missile tests

Mar. 29, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it's looking at “additional actions” that the United Nations might take to respond to North Korea’s recent missile tests. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield wasn’t specific about...

North Korea snaps back at Biden over criticism of launches

Mar. 26, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday snapped back at President Joe Biden’s criticism of its ballistic missile tests, calling his comments a provocation and encroachment on the North’s right to self-defense and vowing to continuously expand its “most thoroughgoing and...

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...

N Korea confirms missile tests as Biden warns of response

Mar. 26, 2021 02:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday confirmed it had tested a new guided missile, as President Joe Biden warned of consequences if Pyongyang escalates tensions amid stalled nuclear negotiations. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the two...