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A North Korean diplomat in Cuba defected to South Korea in November, a possible blow to leader Kim

Jul. 16, 2024 06:12 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s spy agency said Tuesday that a senior North Korea diplomat based in Cuba has fled to South Korea, the latest defection by members of the North's ruling elite that likely hurt leader Kim Jong Un's push to bolster his leadership. The...

Sister of North Korean leader Kim hints at resuming flying trash balloons toward South Korea

Jul. 14, 2024 19:47 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed Sunday to respond to what she called a fresh South Korean civilian leafleting campaign, signaling North Korea could soon resume flying trash-carrying balloons across the border. Beginning in late...

Sister of North Korean leader Kim calls South Korea's live-fire drills 'suicidal hysteria'

Jul. 07, 2024 22:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called South Korea’s recent front-line live-fire drills “suicidal hysteria” as she threatened unspecified military steps Monday if further provoked. The warning by Kim Yo Jong came after South...

Seoul says North Korea has resumed balloon launches likely to drop trash in South Korea

Jun. 24, 2024 10:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea resumed launches of balloons likely carrying trash toward South Korea on Monday night, South Korea's military said, in the latest round of a Cold War-style campaign on the Korean Peninsula. The launches came days after North Korean leader Kim...

South Korea summons Russian ambassador as tensions rise with North Korea

Jun. 21, 2024 19:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the country’s new defense pact with North Korea on Friday, as border tensions continued to rise with vague threats and brief, seemingly accidental incursions by North Korean troops. Earlier Friday,...

South Korea resumes broadcasting anti-North Korea propaganda at border in response to trash balloons

Jun. 09, 2024 22:49 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea resumed broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda through loudspeakers in border areas Sunday in retaliation for the more than 1,000 trash- and manure-filled balloons the North had sent over the last couple of weeks. Hours later, the powerful...

Will North Korea fly trash balloons into South Korea again? A look at rising tensions between them

Jun. 07, 2024 05:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans were alert Friday for possible new launches by North Korea of balloons carrying rubbish into the South, a day after Seoul activists flew their own balloons to scatter political leaflets in the North. Any resumption of trash balloon launches...

North Korea's trash balloons deepen tensions with the South. Here's what's happening between rivals

Jun. 04, 2024 11:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Animosities between North and South Korea are rising sharply again over an unusual cause: The North's rubbish-carrying balloons. In the past week, North Korea floated hundreds of huge balloons dumping manure, cigarette butts, scraps of cloth, waste...

North Korea flies trash balloons over the South as leader Kim doubles down on satellite ambitions

May. 29, 2024 08:12 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea flew hundreds of balloons carrying trash and manure toward South Korea in one of its most bizarre provocations against its rival in years, prompting the South’s military to mobilize chemical and explosive response teams to recover objects and debris in...

Kim's sister denies North Korea has supplied weapons to Russia

May. 16, 2024 22:22 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un again denied Friday that her country has exported any weapons to Russia, as she labeled outside speculation on North Korea-Russian arms dealings as “the most absurd paradox.” The U.S., South...