North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast

The launch on Wednesday was the country’s first ballistic missile test in six months, and violated multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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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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As Afghan Refugee Crisis Unfolds, Koreans Recall ‘Miracle’ Evacuation

The U.S. military evacuated 91,000 people out of a North Korean port in 1950. By some estimates, it was the single largest wartime refugee evacuation in American history until Afghanistan.

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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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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 Korean Weapons Are Likely Here to Stay, Even if Biden Won’t Say It

Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal highlights an uncomfortable truth for Mr. Biden as he prepares to meet South Korea’s president at the White House.

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Korean Art Goes on Show, With Protests From North and South

A rare exhibition, at a museum in Switzerland, brings together works that, despite sharing a common cultural tradition, come from different worlds.

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They Were Promised a Socialist Paradise, and Ended Up in ‘Hell’

Lee Tae-kyung has campaigned tirelessly in South Korea to share the story of the 93,000 people who migrated from Japan to North Korea from 1959 to 1984 and were forced to stay.

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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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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 Korean hackers return, target infosec researchers in new operation

North Korean hackers return, target infosec researchers in new operation

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In January, Google and Microsoft outed what they said was North Korean government-sponsored hackers targeting security researchers. The hackers spent weeks using fake Twitter profiles—purportedly belonging to vulnerability researchers—before unleashing an Internet Explorer zero-day and a malicious Visual Studio Project, both of which installed custom malware.

Now, the same hackers are back, a Google researcher said on Wednesday, this time with a new batch of social media profiles and a fake company that claims to offer offensive security services, including penetration testing, software security assessments, and software exploits.

Once more with feeling

The homepage for the fake company is sleek and looks no different from countless real security companies all over the world.

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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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How Illicit Oil Is Smuggled Into North Korea With China’s Help

New satellite images obtained by The New York Times show that China has allowed tankers to use its infrastructure and territorial waters to deliver oil to North Korea.

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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 Korea Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Malaysia Over U.S. Extradition

The extradition is part of Washington’s efforts to crack down on what it has called widespread sanctions-evading activities by North Korean businessmen and diplomats around the world.

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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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Russians Escape North Korea on a Hand-Pushed Railcar

Russia said some of its diplomats and their family members, including children, had used creative means to leave North Korea, which closed its borders over a year ago because of the pandemic.

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North Korea’s borders are closed, but Russia says some of its citizens found a way out by trolley.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said some of its citizens, including a diplomat and his 3-year-old, left North Korea on a hand-pushed railroad trolley.

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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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He Calls Himself ‘North Korea’s Poet Laureate.’ Two Women Call Him a Rapist.

Jang Jin-sung, the author of “Dear Leader,” has been accused of sexual assault by two women, including a fellow defector from North Korea. He has threatened to sue for defamation.

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North Korean in Diving Gear Crosses Border Into South Korea Undetected

The South Korean military admitted to a lapse in its border security. The crossing marked the second embarrassing breach for the country in recent months.

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Illegal Walkie-Talkies and Other ‘Crimes’ in Authoritarian Societies

The most obscure or innocuous-sounding offenses can take on new meaning in justice systems used by autocrats for their own ends.

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Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

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Declaring Democracy Won’t Be Subverted, Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

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North Korea hackers use social media to target security researchers

Cyber threat from North Korea. North Korean hacker at the computer, on a background of binary code, the colors of the flag of the DPRK. DDoS attack

Enlarge / Cyber threat from North Korea. North Korean hacker at the computer, on a background of binary code, the colors of the flag of the DPRK. DDoS attack (credit: Dmitry Nogaev | Getty Images)

Google has warned it has uncovered an “ongoing” state-backed hacking campaign run by North Korea targeting cyber security researchers.

The Silicon Valley group said its threat analysis team found that cyber attackers posing as researchers had created numerous fake social media profiles on platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn. To gain credibility, they also had set up a fake blog for which they would get unwitting targets to write guest posts about actual software bugs.

After establishing communication with an actual researcher, the attackers would ask the target to work together on cyber vulnerability research and then share collaboration tools containing malicious code to install malware on the researcher’s systems.

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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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The Korean War Emptied the Town. Those Who Rebuilt It May Now Be Rewarded

Hundreds of destitute families moved to a town bordering North Korea after the war. Six decades later, their dream of owning the land they helped cultivate may finally come true.

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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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Loose Screws Help North Korean Defector Give Border Guards the Slip

South Korea said its sensors had malfunctioned, allowing a North Korean to defect undetected, in the military’s most embarrassing border security breach in years.

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U.S. Tried a More Aggressive Cyberstrategy, and the Feared Attacks Never Came

The 2020 election was the biggest test yet of a new approach of pre-emptive action against adversaries trying to hack election infrastructure or wage disinformation campaigns.

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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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South Korea Detains North Korean Who Crossed Demilitarized Zone

The man breached the Koreas’ heavily armed land border, triggering an extensive manhunt in the South, officials said.

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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 Korean Diplomat, Missing Since 2018, Is in Seoul, Lawmaker Says

Jo Song-gil was the North’s acting ambassador to Rome when he vanished, raising the possibility that he had become the highest-ranking official to defect to the South since 1997.

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South Korea Urges Joint Inquiry Into Official’s Killing at Sea

North Korea has apologized for the death of a South Korean government official, but the two countries differ on the circumstances that led to the shooting.

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Kim Jong-un Offers South Korea Rare Apology for Killing of Official

“I am deeply sorry that an unexpected and unfortunate thing has happened in our territorial waters,” the North Korean leader said in a telephone message, officials in the South said.

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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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