North Korea Reports Test of New Cruise Missile as Arms Race Intensifies

The test was not a violation of U.N. sanctions but signaled the development of increasingly powerful weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

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​North Korea Holds Scaled-Down Parade to Boost National Morale

The parade, which marked the government’s 73rd anniversary, was seen as a celebration of those who have borne the brunt of the regime’s effort to rebuild the economy amid sanctions and the pandemic.

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North Korea Restarted Plutonium-Producing Reactor, U.N. Agency Warns

​The activities at the sprawling nuclear complex in Yongbyon suggest that the country is once again ramping up its nuclear weapons program.

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Kim Jong-un Lost Weight. No One Knows How or Why.

North Koreans say they were “heartbroken” when they saw Kim Jong-un looking “emaciated.” The regime has turned the weight loss into a propaganda victory.

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North Korea to Washington: Timetable on Talks Is Up to Us, Not You

The country turned down an American offer to resume negotiations “without preconditions,” as President Biden’s envoy visited the region.

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Kim Jong-un Says He’s Ready for ‘Dialogue and Confrontation’ With Biden

During a Workers’ Party meeting, the North Korean leader reviewed the new U.S. policy on his country and ordered “counteraction,” state news media reported.

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North Korea Is Facing a ‘Tense’ Food Shortage

Kim Jong-un said addressing food insecurity was “a top priority” in the country, where millions died in a famine during the ’90s.

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Kim Jong-un Calls K-Pop a ‘Vicious Cancer’

South Korean music, movies and dramas are winning the hearts of young North Koreans. Their influence is seen as a threat to Mr. Kim’s grip on society.

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North Korea Releases Its First Response to Moon-Biden Summit

In its first reaction to President Biden’s summit with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, North Korean state media warned of an arms race.

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Biden and Moon Jae-in Get the North Korea Nuclear Crisis Wrong

The U.S. and the South Korean presidents’ approach to solving the North Korean nuclear crisis is doomed to failure.

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North Korea Warns Biden Against ‘Hostile Policy’

An official said President Biden had made “a big blunder” by characterizing the North’s nuclear arsenal as a threat to the United States.

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South Korean Leader Urges Biden to Negotiate With North Korea

In an interview with The New York Times, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged the United States to sit down with North Korea.

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A Quiet Arms Race Is Rapidly Heating Up Between the Two Koreas

The buildup over the last few years has threatened the delicate balance of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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North Korea’s Arsenal Has Grown Rapidly. Here’s What’s in It.

The country has one of the largest standing armies in the world, but much of its equipment is old and obsolete. North Korea has sought to make up for those shortcomings by building nuclear weapons.

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North Korea Fired 2 Ballistic Missiles, U.S. and Japan Say

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan said the test “threatens the peace and security of Japan and the region, and is a violation of United Nations resolutions.”

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North Korea Launches Missile Test as Tensions Rise With U.S.

The test was the first by Pyongyang since President Biden took office and came after it accused the United States and South Korea of raising “a stink” on the Korean Peninsula.

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A Tanker and a Maze of Companies: One Way Illicit Oil Reaches North Korea

We spent months reviewing ship-tracking data, corporate records and satellite imagery to uncover one way North Korea evades strict international sanctions.

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North Korean Threat Forces Biden Into Balancing Act With China

Washington’s recent attempts to communicate with Pyongyang were rebuffed, leaving American officials to appeal to countries in the region to help pressure North Korea.

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North Korea Accuses Washington of Raising ‘a Stink’ in First Comments on Biden

The country took a confrontational stance against the United States in its first official remark directed at President Biden’s administration.

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South Korea Will Pay More for U.S. Troop Presence

South Korea has agreed to increase its payment for the upkeep of American troops by 13.9 percent this year. The deal removes a major thorn in the alliance.

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U.S. Charges 3 North Koreans With Hacking and Stealing Millions of Dollars

The Justice Department unsealed charges against three intelligence officers, revealing more details about incursions on Sony Pictures and the National Health Service in Britain, and other attacks.

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North Korea Unveils New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

Days before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, the North made its latest demonstration of its nuclear might at a Pyongyang military parade.

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​Kim Jong-un Uses Party ​Congress to Double Down on Nuclear Program

The North Korean leader said his economic policies had failed, but he called his nuclear arms buildup one of the great feats “in the history of the Korean nation​.”

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Kim Jong-un Vows to Boost North Korea’s Nuclear Capability as Leverage With Biden

But as he pledged to advance the country’s weaponry, the North Korean leader also said he did “not rule out diplomacy.”

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Kim Jong-un Opens Party Congress With Admission of Failures in North Korea

Mr. Kim convened the first Workers’ Party Congress in five years to revamp his policies as North Korea’s economic woes deepened amid international sanctions and the pandemic.

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Biden to Face Long List of Foreign Challenges, With China No. 1

President Trump will be handing Joseph R. Biden Jr. a difficult cleanup act in America’s relations with many countries. But it may not take much for Mr. Biden to improve the mood.

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North Korea Tells Its People to Stop Smoking. Can Kim Jong-un Quit, Too?

The country is expanding a national campaign against the habit, even as state news media continues to show Mr. Kim puffing away on the subway, at schools and at children’s hospitals.

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To Recognize Misinformation in Media, Teach a Generation While It’s Young

There is no silver bullet to slay internet lies and fictions. But students can be taught to know when information is reliable.

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Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

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North Korea Unveils New ICBM During Military Parade

The weapon appeared to be bigger than the North’s previous long-range missile, indicating that it might be able to fly farther with a more powerful nuclear warhead.

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North Korea Accused of Shooting and Burning South Korean Defector

The body of the fisheries official was set ablaze in the North’s waters for fear he was carrying the coronavirus, South Korean officials said.

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North Korean Propaganda Gets a YouTube Makeover: Fewer Parades, More Pizza

YouTube and other social media platforms give the country an easy way to spread propaganda and push a more modern, upbeat message: We’re just like you.

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5 Takeaways From ‘Rage,’ Bob Woodward’s New Book About Trump

Mr. Woodward reveals that President Trump sought to play down the severity of the coronavirus and repeatedly denigrated the U.S. military.

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Sanders Says Trump Joked About Her ‘Taking One for the Team’ With Kim Jong-un

Sarah Sanders writes in a new book that after Mr. Kim winked at her, President Trump joked that “you’re going to North Korea,’’ “your husband and kids will miss you, but you’ll be a hero to your country!”

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North Korea’s Leader Admits His Economic Goals Have Failed

Kim Jong-un plans to hold a rare Workers’ Party congress in January to chart a new course after the country was hammered by sanctions, floods and the pandemic.

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North Korea, Fighting to Hold Back Virus and Floods, Says No Thanks to Outside Aid

The country has reported extensive flood damage. But its leader, Kim Jong-un, says that humanitarian aid might bring in Covid-19.

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For P.O.W., Landmark Verdict Against North Korea Is Long-Overdue Justice

A former South Korean soldier may never see a penny of the $17,600 awarded by a court last month. But the verdict set a precedent for thousands of others seeking to hold the North and Kim Jong-un accountable for human rights violations.

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North Korea Thinks He Brought Covid-19. South Korea Wants to Arrest Him.

Kim Geum-hyok, the defector who swam back to the North — leading to a coronavirus lockdown — was wanted in South Korea, where he had been accused of rape.

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South Korea Confirms a Defector Swam Back to the North

North Korea is accusing him of bringing Covid-19 across the border. A South Korean news outlet says the 24-year-old man was wanted for questioning over a rape accusation.

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South Korean Lawsuit Filed Against Kim Jong-un’s Sister

The litigation, for the destruction of the inter-Korean liaison office, is largely symbolic because there is no way for prosecutors to bring Kim Yo-jong to court.

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In North Korea, Coronavirus Hurts Like No Sanctions Could

Closing the border with China crippled the regime’s few remaining methods, legal and otherwise, for bringing in much-needed foreign currency.

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Why Did Kim Jong-un’s Sister Become the Face of North Korea?

He’s fierce. She’s fiercer. Or so goes their game.

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For North Korea, Blowing Hot and Cold Is Part of the Strategy

Alternating between raising tensions and ​​extending an olive branch​ — all to confuse the enemy — has been part of the regime’s dog-eared playbook. ​

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Who Can We Trust With the Nuclear Button? No One.

The Cold War is over and all presidents make mistakes. Yet they still have sole control over whether to start a nuclear war.

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North Korea Vows to Dump Millions of Leaflets and Trash on the South

“The time for retaliatory punishment is drawing near,” the North said, threatening to respond to propaganda balloons sent by anti-North Korean activists and defectors in South Korea.

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On North Korea and Iran, Bolton Blames ‘the Split Between Trump and Trump’

In his memoir, the hawkish national security adviser describes a president who simultaneously wanted to sound tough and strike a deal — any deal — that he could portray as a victory.

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Late Night Watches Trump’s Supreme Court Dreams Shatter

“Basically, Trump’s trying to dunk on Obama but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is blocking all his shots,” Jimmy Fallon said on Thursday.

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As Kim Jong-un Turns Hostile to South Korea, His Sister Does the Talking

Kim Yo-jong’s deepening power and “revolutionary” bloodline make her a potential candidate to replace her brother in patriarchal North Korea.

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​North Korea’s Wrecking of Liaison Office a ‘Death Knell’ for Ties With the South

The destruction of the office was a message aimed at President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, who had brokered failed talks between the North and the Trump administration. But it was also a message for Washington.

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​North Korea Blows Up Liaison Office Shared With South Korea

The North destroyed the building where officials from both countries had recently worked side by side, South Korea said.

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