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North Korea, which has yet to report any confirmed Covid-19 cases despite sharing a border with China, has imposed border closings.(Reuters file photo)

North Korea measures to stem Covid-19 worsen abuses, hunger, says UN expert

Reuters, Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 05:56 PM IST
Humanitarian operations have nearly ground to a halt and only three international aid workers remain in North Korea while relief goods have been stuck at the Chinese border for months.
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Russian diplomats and family members use a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea amid Covid-19 restrictions.(via REUTERS)
Russian diplomats and family members use a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea amid Covid-19 restrictions.(via REUTERS)

Russian diplomats leave North Korea on hand-pushed rail trolley

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | AP, Moscow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 03:20 PM IST
  • North Korea has claimed to be coronavirus-free, but has sealed its borders and halted passenger traffic with other countries.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(AFP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(AFP)

North Korea's Kim appoints new Navy, Air Force Chiefs in 'generation shift'

ANI, Pyongyang
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:05 PM IST
Kim stated that discipline was vital to the very existence of the KPA, noting the need to boost "education and control" in order to ensure that commanding officers have the proper political consciousness and moral convictions.
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A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry report said the prisoners are facing torture, rape, forced labour, starvation and other inhumane treatment.(AP)
A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry report said the prisoners are facing torture, rape, forced labour, starvation and other inhumane treatment.(AP)

North Korea enslaving political prisoners to fund weapons programme: Report

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 08:54 PM IST
According to the report, Pyongyang had been operating a "pyramid fraud-like" scheme to force those held in prison camps to produce quotas of coal and other goods for export.
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A North Korean defector and his children stand in front of a barbed wire fence near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju,(Reuters)
A North Korean defector and his children stand in front of a barbed wire fence near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju,(Reuters)

North Korean defector numbers plunge amid pandemic

AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 06:47 PM IST
The vast majority of Northern defectors first travel to neighbouring China, sometimes staying there for years before making their way on to the South via third countries, and only a handful directly cross the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula.
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North Korean men and women use computer terminals at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea.(AP / File Photo)
North Korean men and women use computer terminals at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea.(AP / File Photo)

North Korea hackers targeted vaccine technology: S Korea spy agency

AP, Seoul
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 06:30 PM IST
The National Intelligence Service (NIS) rarely comments on North Korea-related information it provides to lawmakers at private briefings.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends at a meeting of Central Committee of Worker's Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea.(AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends at a meeting of Central Committee of Worker's Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea.(AP)

North Korea lays out paths to take with South Korea, external affairs

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 05:43 AM IST
Kim, who cemented his power at January's party congress with his election as general secretary, further discussed Pyongyang's five-year policy plan on the second day of the plenary meeting on Tuesday.
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In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps his hands at the ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP)
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps his hands at the ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP)

North Korea ends party meeting with calls for nuclear might

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 11:28 AM IST
The eight-day Workers’ Party congress that ended Tuesday came as Kim Jong Un faces what appears to be the toughest moment of his nine-year rule.
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, center, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, talks with South Koran President Moon Jae-in as they watch a performance of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra at National Theater in Seoul, South Korea. After the name of Kim Yo Jong was found to be missing from North Korea’s newly released lineup for its powerful Politburo, speculation has been rife about the woman widely viewed as the North’s No.2. (Bee Jae-man/Yonhap via AP, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, center, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, talks with South Koran President Moon Jae-in as they watch a performance of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra at National Theater in Seoul, South Korea. After the name of Kim Yo Jong was found to be missing from North Korea’s newly released lineup for its powerful Politburo, speculation has been rife about the woman widely viewed as the North’s No.2. (Bee Jae-man/Yonhap via AP, File)(AP)

Demoted? Pushed aside? Fate of Kim Jong Un's sister unclear

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 10:45 AM IST
The development is a surprise because Kim Yo Jong, who became an alternate member of the Politburo last year, was widely expected to receive a full bureau membership during a ruling Workers’ Party congress that ended Tuesday.
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Palau is a sovereign nation in free association with the United States and hasn't reported a single case of Covid-19.(File Photo / AP)
Palau is a sovereign nation in free association with the United States and hasn't reported a single case of Covid-19.(File Photo / AP)

Covid-19: Here’s the list of countries with no reported case of infection

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 07:28 PM IST
Almost 10 months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 a pandemic, some countries are yet to report a single case of coronavirus.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds at the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.(via REUTERS)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds at the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.(via REUTERS)

Kim Jong Un gets a new job title: General secretary of ruling party

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 07:11 AM IST
It’s largely a symbolic appointment as Kim already was the party’s top leader.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(Reuters/ File photo)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(Reuters/ File photo)

North Korea to pursue more advanced nuclear technology, says Kim Jong Un

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 05:50 AM IST
Kim also plans to develop solid-fuel ICBMs and nuclear submarines, and he is seeking to strengthen intelligence-gathering capabilities with satellites, according to KCNA.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(Reuters)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(Reuters)

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un vows to improve ties with outside world at party meeting

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Seoul
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:59 AM IST
State media said Kim also reviewed relations with rival South Korea but didn’t elaborate on what steps he said he wanted to take.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks on the first day of the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo supplied by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 6, 2021.(via REUTERS)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks on the first day of the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo supplied by North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 6, 2021.(via REUTERS)

Kim tells party congress that North Korea’s economic plan failed ‘tremendously’

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Seoul
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:13 PM IST
Kim said the country had achieved a “miraculous victory” by bolstering its power and global prestige, referring to military advances that culminated in successful tests in 2017 of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the US mainland and a series of meetings with US President Donald Trump.
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Kim is one of the few world leaders yet to congratulate -- or even acknowledge -- Biden’s defeat of President Donald Trump, who dispensed with decades of US foreign policy to hold three meetings with the North Korean leader. There was no mention of the president-elect in the initial accounts of the event.(REUTERS)
Kim is one of the few world leaders yet to congratulate -- or even acknowledge -- Biden’s defeat of President Donald Trump, who dispensed with decades of US foreign policy to hold three meetings with the North Korean leader. There was no mention of the president-elect in the initial accounts of the event.(REUTERS)

Kim Jong Un urges ‘big leap forward’ at rare North Korea congress

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 01:18 PM IST
Remarks reported by state media didn’t mention any plans by Kim to revive stalled negotiations with the US to curtail his nuclear arms program in exchange for easing sanctions choking the state’s paltry economy.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday.(AP Photo)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday.(AP Photo)

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un opens congress with policy failures admission

By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Seoul, South Korea
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:38 AM IST
While underlining the need to start the work to develop the economy under a new five-year plan, Kim reviewed the present status of North Korea’s metal, chemical, electric and other key industries and set unspecified tasks for future development, according to KCNA.
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Kim, who succeeded his father as North Korean leader in 2011, is facing the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule due to the pandemic, several natural disasters last summer and the stalemate over US-led sanctions and his nuclear weapons program.(via REUTERS)
Kim, who succeeded his father as North Korean leader in 2011, is facing the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule due to the pandemic, several natural disasters last summer and the stalemate over US-led sanctions and his nuclear weapons program.(via REUTERS)

‘I will work hard’: North Korea’s Kim thanks people in rare New Year’s cards

By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Seoul
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 10:38 AM IST
Kim usually gives a televised speech on Jan. 1, but he is widely expected to skip the speech this year since he will address the country’s first ruling party congress in five years sometime in early January.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un chaired a politburo meeting on Tuesday to prepare for the congress, state media reported, without specifying an exact date for its start(via REUTERS)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un chaired a politburo meeting on Tuesday to prepare for the congress, state media reported, without specifying an exact date for its start(via REUTERS)

North Korea prepares for major party congress amid growing challenges

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Seoul
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:54 PM IST
As 2020 ends, the young North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is faced with compounding crises caused by international sanctions, natural disasters, and a self-imposed border lockdown aimed at preventing a coronavirus outbreak.
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Uyghurs of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM) listen to their national anthem as they hold a rally to protest the 71st anniversary of the People's Republic of China in front of the White House in Washington, DC.(AFP)
Uyghurs of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM) listen to their national anthem as they hold a rally to protest the 71st anniversary of the People's Republic of China in front of the White House in Washington, DC.(AFP)

Japan to join ‘Five Eyes’ to check China’s clampdown on Uyghurs

By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Tokyo
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:35 PM IST
Five Eyes is a network of five nations -- Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the US who collaborated to better respond to increasing threats by North Korea and China. Japan is on its way to become the ‘sixth eye’.
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters/ File photo)
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters/ File photo)

Japan sets record $52 billion military budget with stealth jets, long-range missiles

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:07 AM IST
Prime Minister Suga is continuing the controversial military expansion pursued by his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, to give Japan’s forces new planes, missiles and aircraft carriers with greater range and potency against potential foes including neighbouring China.
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The two sides have made little progress since Donald Trump walked out of his last summit with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in early 2019.(AP file photo)
The two sides have made little progress since Donald Trump walked out of his last summit with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi in early 2019.(AP file photo)

Donald Trump’s top North Korea envoy urges Kim to return to talks

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 11:57 AM IST
North Korea’s nuclear arsenal remains among the biggest foreign policy challenges awaiting US President-elect Joe Biden.
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Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.(AP)
Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.(AP)

Kim Jong Un’s sister slams Seoul over questioning zero-virus claim

By Associated Press| Posted by Mallika Soni | Seoul
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 05:56 PM IST
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said over the weekend that it’s hard to believe North Korea’s claim that there has been no virus outbreak on its soil. She added that the North has been unresponsive to South Korea’s offer for cooperation to jointly tackle the pandemic.
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Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attends wreath laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)
Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attends wreath laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)

Kim Jong Un’s sister slams Seoul over questioning zero-virus claim

By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Seoul
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 08:46 AM IST
“It can be seen from the reckless remarks made by her without any consideration of the consequences that she is too eager to further chill the frozen relations between North and South Korea,” North Korean leader’s sister, Kim Yo Jong said.
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The Trump administration announced that it had imposed sanctions on Iran’s envoy to Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Hasan Irlu.(AP)
The Trump administration announced that it had imposed sanctions on Iran’s envoy to Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Hasan Irlu.(AP)

US hits Iran’s envoy to Yemen, Chinese firms with sanctions

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:49 PM IST
As it winds down its term, the administration announced that it had imposed sanctions on Iran’s envoy to Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Hasan Irlu, and Al-Mustafa International University for recruiting fighters for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to foment instability in Yemen and in Syria.
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People wearing masks walk at a railway station amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Seoul, South Korea.(Reuters)
People wearing masks walk at a railway station amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Seoul, South Korea.(Reuters)

South Korea diplomat says hard to believe North Korea has no Covid-19 cases

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Seoul, South Korea
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 05:57 PM IST
In an unusually clear official statement, Kang told the annual IISS Manama Dialogue security conference that Pyongyang has not been very responsive to Seoul’s offer to help
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North Korea’s economy is headed this year for its biggest contraction in more than two decades, due in part to Kim Jong Un’s decision to close borders during the coronavirus pandemic(AP)
North Korea’s economy is headed this year for its biggest contraction in more than two decades, due in part to Kim Jong Un’s decision to close borders during the coronavirus pandemic(AP)

For North Korean spies, Vienna provides key gateway to Europe

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Vienna
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 02:19 PM IST
Interviews with a senior western intelligence official with knowledge of North Korea’s espionage network paint a vivid picture of its activities in Europe, including the presence of as many as 10 Ministry of State Security agents, at least one agent operates regularly out of Vienna.
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Novavax spokeswoman Amy Speak said her company was “aware of this threat” and was coordinating with government agencies and private cybersecurity experts.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Novavax spokeswoman Amy Speak said her company was “aware of this threat” and was coordinating with government agencies and private cybersecurity experts.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

North Korea-linked hackers targeted J&J, Novavax in hunt for Covid-19 research

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Washington/London
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 08:20 PM IST
Four people who have investigated the attacks said the spate of hacking attempts began in September, and used web domains mimicking online login portals to try and trick staff at the targeted organisations into revealing their passwords.
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The US State Department accused China of violating its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea.(Reuters)
The US State Department accused China of violating its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea.(Reuters)

US accuses China of ‘flagrant violation’ of North Korea sanctions

By Reuters | Posted by Mallika Soni | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 07:27 PM IST
The US accused China of violating its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 19th Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).(Reuters/ File photo)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 19th Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).(Reuters/ File photo)

Kim Jong Un given experimental Covid-19 vaccine by China, says US analyst

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Seoul
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 02:13 PM IST
Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at the Center for the National Interest think tank in Washington, said the Kims and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated.
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A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines.(AP file photo)
A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines.(AP file photo)

North Korea toughens rules of entry to sea to fight Covid-19

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Seoul
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:23 AM IST
Officials were building firm anti-epidemic measures along border areas to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country, reported Korean Central News Agency.
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