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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...

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)

S. Korea calls for N. Korea to further investigate shooting

Sep. 25, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Saturday it will request North Korea to further investigate the killing of a South Korean government official who was shot by North Korean troops after being found adrift near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary while apparently trying to defect. Seoul could...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

Japan's newly minted prime minister steps into UN limelight

Sep. 25, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister, stepping from the shadows of his longtime supporting role, said Saturday in his debut at the U.N. General Assembly that he’s willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any conditions. The offer comes as Yoshihide Suga — only...

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....

Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized over the killing of S. Korean official

Sep. 25, 2020 1:30 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apologized over the killing of S. Korean official.
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...

Lt. Gen. Ahn Young Ho, left, a top official at the South Korean military's office of the Joint Chiefs of staff, gives a briefing on North Korea's shooting of a South Korean government official as Defense Minister Suh Wook listens at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. South Korea said Thursday North Korean troops shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire, after they found him on a floating object in waters near the rivals' disputed sea boundary. (Ha Sa-hun/Yonhap via AP)

Seoul: North Korea kills S. Korean official, burns his body

Sep. 24, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that North Korean troops fatally shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire after finding him on a floating object near the countries' disputed sea boundary. South Korean officials condemned what they...