Latest Pyongyang News

N. Korea confirms missile tests as Kim visits munitions site

Jan. 27, 2022 21:14 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday its two latest rounds of weapons tests this week were successful while vowing to bolster its nuclear “war deterrent” and speed up the development of more powerful warheads. It appeared North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not...

N. Korea, after harsh 2-year lockdown, slowly reopens border

Jan. 27, 2022 19:24 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After spending two years in a strict lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Korea may finally be opening up — slowly. The reason could reflect a growing sense of recognition by the leadership that the nation badly needs to win outside economic relief. ...

North Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 6th launch in 2022

Jan. 27, 2022 05:32 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its sixth round of weapons launches this month, South Korea’s military said. Experts say North Korea’s unusually fast pace in testing activity underscores an intent to...

Russia and China block new UN sanctions on 5 North Koreans

Jan. 20, 2022 18:35 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the U.N. Security Council on Thursday from imposing sanctions on five North Korean officials in response to Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile tests, a decision criticized by the United States which sought to impose penalties over their roles in...

North Korea slams US, hints at resuming nuclear, ICBM tests

Jan. 20, 2022 04:40 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Accusing the United States of hostility and threats, North Korea on Thursday said it will consider restarting “all temporally-suspended activities” it had paused during its diplomacy with the Trump administration, in an apparent threat to resume testing of nuclear...

North Korean missile tests signal return to brinkmanship

Jan. 17, 2022 23:23 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Grappling with pandemic difficulties and U.S.-led sanctions over his nuclear ambitions, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be reviving his 2017 playbook of nuclear and missile brinkmanship to wrest concessions from Washington and his neighbors. North...

North Korea: Tactical guided missiles fired in latest test

Jan. 17, 2022 20:54 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday it had conducted a test-firing of “tactical guided missiles,” a day after South Korea’s military detected the North launching two ballistic missiles into the sea. Monday’s test was North Korea’s fourth round of missile...

N. Korea fires short-range missiles in 4th launch this month

Jan. 17, 2022 10:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea Monday in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea’s military said, with the apparent goal of demonstrating its military might during paused diplomacy with the United States and pandemic border...

North Korea says it test launched missiles from train

Jan. 14, 2022 19:12 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday said it test launched ballistic missiles from a train in what was seen as an apparent retaliation against fresh sanctions imposed by the Biden administration. The report by the North state media came a day after South Korea’s...

N. Korea fires fresh missiles in response to US sanctions

Jan. 14, 2022 17:48 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles in its third weapons launch this month, officials in South Korea said, in an apparent reprisal for fresh sanctions imposed by the Biden administration for its continuing test launches. ...