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.
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.”
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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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.
The country took a confrontational stance against the United States in its first official remark directed at President Biden’s administration.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
But as he pledged to advance the country’s weaponry, the North Korean leader also said he did “not rule out diplomacy.”
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Mr. Woodward reveals that President Trump sought to play down the severity of the coronavirus and repeatedly denigrated the U.S. military.
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!”
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.
The country has reported extensive flood damage. But its leader, Kim Jong-un, says that humanitarian aid might bring in Covid-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Closing the border with China crippled the regime’s few remaining methods, legal and otherwise, for bringing in much-needed foreign currency.
He’s fierce. She’s fiercer. Or so goes their game.
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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“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.
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.
“Basically, Trump’s trying to dunk on Obama but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is blocking all his shots,” Jimmy Fallon said on Thursday.
Kim Yo-jong’s deepening power and “revolutionary” bloodline make her a potential candidate to replace her brother in patriarchal North Korea.
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.
The North destroyed the building where officials from both countries had recently worked side by side, South Korea said.
In a statement marking the second anniversary of a historic summit meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump, the North said its hopes had faded into a “nightmare.”
The North’s leadership says it will now treat the South as an “enemy,” the latest sign of chilling relations between the two Koreas.
The North compared the United States to a setting sun, taking notice of the unrest over George Floyd’s killing. It also threatened to scrap deals with South Korea.
The Justice Department unsealed an indictment accusing nearly three dozen people of using shell companies to launder billions through the global financial system.
After another weekslong absence from public view, Mr. Kim convened his top military body to promote top aides specializing in nuclear and missile forces.
Government watchdogs say skirting the rules against subordinates doing chores hints at a broader disregard for ethics restrictions.
The reports of gunfire came two days after the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, reappeared in public after three weeks of absence and rumors about his health.
Weeks of speculation about Mr. Kim’s health brought home an alarming fact: No one knows who will control North Korea, or its nuclear weapons, should he die.
The North Korean leader’s reported appearance comes after weeks of unsubstantiated news reports suggesting that Mr. Kim was “brain-dead” or “in grave danger” after heart surgery.
Pyongyang has adhered to a long tradition of maintaining silence on speculation about its leader and his family.
Comments by the country’s unification minister represent the South’s most categorical rebuttal of reports that the North’s leader may be incapacitated.
Rumors about the North Korean leader’s health — and speculation over his possible death — have only increased over the past two weeks.
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