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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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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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 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 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 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 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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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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​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 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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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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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 Lashes Out at U.S., Saying China Is Eclipsing It

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.

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Kim Jong-un Moves to Increase North Korea’s Nuclear Strength

After another weekslong absence from public view, Mr. Kim convened his top military body to promote top aides specializing in nuclear and missile forces.

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Nobody Has Seen Kim Jong-un for 19 Days. What Does It Mean?

Pyongyang has adhered to a long tradition of maintaining silence on speculation about its leader and his family.

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What Is the Coronavirus Doing to North Korea?

There are no cases here, Kim Jong-un’s government claims, while acting as if its survival were at stake.

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Speculation About Kim Jong-Un’s Health After His Absence From Key Events

North Korea’s leader underwent a cardiovascular procedure earlier this month, according to a South Korean media report citing unidentified sources in the North.

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North Korea Fires Missiles Before South Korea’s Election

The tests of short-range missiles came a day before South Korea holds parliamentary elections amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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