How North Korea Used Crypto to Hack Its Way Through the Pandemic

The isolated country continues to find ways to evade sanctions and generate income while operating on the fringes of the global financial system.

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‘Not in This for the Money’: Why Some Families Sue North Korea

Families whose relatives have been abducted or imprisoned by North Korea are seeking to hold the country financially accountable despite the long odds of collecting money from the isolated nation.

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North Korea’s Covid Outbreak Is Scary, and an Opportunity

Kim Jong-un may be ready to re-engage with the world

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In South Korea, Biden Moves to Shore Up Alliance

President Biden said he would consider expanding joint military exercises that were scaled back during the Trump administration.

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China-Style Covid Lockdowns Risk Deepening North Korean Crisis

As infections spread quickly, outside experts are warning that the country’s desire to mimic Beijing’s playbook could worsen a coming disaster.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kim-jong-un, #lee-tae-kyung, #north-korea, #vaccination-and-immunization

North Korea Says Its Covid Outbreak Is Spreading Fast

State media reported 21 new deaths and a huge jump in suspected cases on Saturday, but it was unclear how many had been definitively linked to the coronavirus.

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North Korea Says 6 Dead as Covid-19 Spreads at an ‘Explosive’ Rate

The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said 187,800 people were in quarantine, and state TV showed him wearing a mask for the first time.

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North Korea Reports Its First Covid Cases

The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, ordered a national lockdown after a subvariant of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was found in the capital.

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South Korea Inaugurates Yoon Suk-yeol as President

During his inaugural speech, Yoon Suk-yeol said his country would play a greater role in promoting freedom and human rights around the world.

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President Moon Exchanges Farewell Letters With Kim Jong-un

President Moon Jae-in, who is barred from seeking re-election after his five-year term, and the North’s leader had warm parting words amid a diplomatic stalemate.

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North Korea Launches 2 Short-Range Missiles

The missile test, the North’s 12th of the year, took place as South Korea and the United States were preparing to begin joint military exercises.

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Kim Jong-un Gives Ri Chun-hee, North Korean Anchor, a Luxe Home

Ri Chun-hee, who delivers the news with a soaring, bombastic tenor, received a two-story apartment in a riverside complex from the country’s leader, apparently for her loyalty.

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‘The Sport of Love’: Ping-Pong, the Great Equalizer

Wally Green has played everywhere from Brooklyn to Pyongyang, becoming a beloved American ambassador for table tennis — and international understanding — in the process.

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Was North Korea’s New ICBM Test Faked? Not Entirely.

South Korea says Kim Jong-un disguised an older missile as a new one to exaggerate his country’s weapons achievements when he badly needs political leverage.

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With U.S. Focus on Ukraine, North Korea Launches a Powerful New ICBM

It was the country’s first long-range ballistic missile test since 2017, and it raised the specter of intensified provocations and threats on the Korean Peninsula.

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North Korea Tests New ICBM, Escalating Hostilities

It was the country’s first long-range ballistic missile test since 2017, and it raised the specter of intensified provocations and threats on the Korean Peninsula.

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Transgender Youths Become a Political Issue in Texas

The transgender youth controversy in Texas; the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida; U.S. policy and North Korea.

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North Korea’s Projectile Launch Fails, South Korea Says

The projectile, fired from outside Pyongyang, failed “immediately after liftoff,” the South Korean military said.

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Why North Korea Is Testing Ballistic Missiles

You could be forgiven for forgetting about North Korea, which went quiet for a stretch. Now there’s been a burst of missile tests in the new year.

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U.S. Says North Korea Is Testing a New Intercontinental Missile

The missile, first displayed in 2020, was tested twice in recent days. While it is unclear whether it can reach the U.S., it poses a new military challenge to President Biden in the midst of the Ukraine war.

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North Korea Builds ICBM Base Near China to Deter U.S.

The location is meant to protect its most powerful weapons from pre-emptive strikes, allowing the military to expand an already rapidly growing arsenal.

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North Korea’s Latest Missile Test Appears to Be Its Boldest in Years

Flight data indicates that a launch carried out Sunday was the North’s most powerful since 2017. South Korea said the projectile was a medium-range ballistic missile.

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South Korea Indicts Defector From the North Over Leaflets

South Korea banned the spread of leaflets across the border last year. Park Sang-hak, an outspoken activist who defied the ban, was indicted in a first this week.

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Can Biden Avert a Crisis With North Korea?

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has done six missile tests this month — equal to all of 2021 — and called on the nation to prepare for “long-term confrontation.”

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North Korea Launches 2 Ballistic Missiles, South Korea Says

It was the North’s ​sixth missile test this month, the South Korean military said.

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Why Is North Korea Suddenly Launching So Many Missiles?

Experience has shown Kim Jong-un that saber-rattling is the best way to get Washington’s attention, especially when global affairs are already in a precarious state.

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North Korea Launches 2 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles

The recent missile activity has raised tensions in the region at a sensitive time, and has prompted the United States to call for more sanctions on the North.

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North Korea Threatens ‘Stronger’ Reaction as U.S. Seeks Sanctions Over Missile Tests

The country’s warning came as tensions have crept up over its six missile tests in recent months.

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North Korea Launches 2nd Ballistic Missile in a Week, South Korea Says

The launch came as the U.N. Security Council met to discuss the country’s growing weapons threat.

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North Korea Says It Will Skip Beijing Olympics Because of the Pandemic

The country also blamed “hostile forces” for its decision not to send a delegation to China, its closest ally.

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North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile, the South Says

The North last conducted a test in October, when it fired a newly developed submarine-launched ballistic missile.

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Kim Jong-un’s New Year Resolution: More Food for North Korea

At a party meeting, Mr. Kim made little mention of the United States or South Korea. Instead, he promised to “completely solve the food problem.”

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North Korea Executes People for Watching K-Pop, Rights Group Says

At least seven people have been put to death in the past decade for watching or distributing K-pop videos, as the North cracks down on what its leader calls a “vicious cancer.”

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She Fled North Korea for Freedom. Then She Was Arrested.

The case of “Chrysanthemum” offers a rare look at the covert battle the rival Koreas are waging over North Korean defectors living in the South.

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North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile Hours After Envoys Meet in Washington

The launch came after the special envoys gathered to discuss how to deal with Pyongyang’s growing nuclear capabilities.

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North Korean Soldiers Lie Shirtless on Broken Glass

The country has never been known for its subtlety, and martial-art stunts have long been a mainstay of its propaganda, designed to stoke national pride and instill fear in enemies.

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North Korea Displays Missile Arsenal Amid Stalled Talks

The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, says he doesn’t believe the Biden administration’s assertions that it has no hostile intent against his country.

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North Korea Missile Tests Are Part of a Familiar Strategy

This is not the first time the North has launched missiles or otherwise shown off its arsenal while suggesting that it was open to talks.

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North Korea Continues a Barrage of Missile Tests

The North said it tested a new antiaircraft missile, the second missile test this week and the seventh this year, indicating that it is ramping up its weapons development.

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North Korea Dangles Hopes for Summit and End-of-War Declaration

Kim Jong-un’s sister responds to the South Korean leader’s last attempt to put the peace process back on track, but skepticism abounds.

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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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