The following article is an opinion piece by Ian Bowers, an associate professor at the Royal Danish Defence College in Copenhagen. Views expressed in opinion articles are exclusively the author’s own and do not represent those of NK News. The day after North Korea’s most recent missile test, South Korean and U.S. forces launched eight […]
The U.K.’s controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda could make it more difficult for North Korean defectors to settle in the country, or even result in recent arrivals’ deportation to the East African nation, defector organizations and an expert told NK News. Connect: North Korea, a London-based nongovernmental organization (NGO), said defectors whose […]
SEOUL, June 24 (Xinhua) -- South Korean residents and peace activists rallied near the presidential office in central Seoul Thursday to protest against the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in the country.
The protesters said that all the procedures of the U.S. missile shield deployment have been abnormal and illegal, given the deployment decision without consent fro
seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un doubled down on his nuclear arms buildup in the face of 'hostile forces' as he wrapped up a key military meeting in Pyongyang where officials approved unspecified new operational duties for frontline army units.
North Korean state media on Friday said members of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Military Commission, during a three-day meeting that ended Thursday, decided
North Korean workers vowed “thousandfold revenge” against the U.S. as part of the first large-scale events to celebrate an anti-American holiday in five years, according to state media Friday, signaling a shift in propaganda strategy after years of censoring and hiding anti-U.S. content. In a report on the workers’ gathering to mark the June 25 […]
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A protest against the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) was held in South Korea on Thursday. Local residents and peace activists said the formal THAAD deployment under the name of normalization wo
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and top military officials adopted a new “major military action plan” for “frontline” units along the border with South Korea, according to state media on Friday, a move experts said could refer to a change in nuclear weapons policy. The decision came during a three-day Central Military Commission (CMC) […]
The new U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Philip Goldberg will arrive in Seoul early next month, an informed source told NK News on Thursday, filling a more than yearlong vacancy as Washington seeks both new sanctions on North Korea and talks with Pyongyang. The former coordinator for U.N. sanctions on North Korea is scheduled to […]
SEOUL, June 23 (Xinhua) -- South Korean residents and peace activists who had protested against the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) rallied on Thursday near the presidential office in Yongsan district in central Seoul.
Around a hundred people for the anti-THAAD association told a press conference that all the procedures of the U.S. missile shield deployment have been abnormal a
South Korea should equip the military with weapons that can bring “crushing defeat” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the state arms procurement agency’s new chief said in an inauguration speech on Thursday. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol tapped longtime bureaucrat and army reserve brigadier general Eom Dong-hwan to serve as head of the […]
North Korean founding leader Kim Il Sung once famously promised that every citizen would soon be able to eat meat (that is, pork) soup daily. However, three decades of attempts to create a state-controlled system of pig farming ended in failure. Instead, it was a rare, officially sanctioned turn to the private market that brought […]
Australia and Canada will join planned ballistic missile defense drills involving the U.S., South Korea and Japan later this year, informed sources told NK News, in what one expert said are exercises that prepare in part for the possibility of North Korean attacks. The Pacific Dragon drills will take place in waters off Hawaii in […]
A North Korean state media company has launched a new propaganda campaign featuring young girls who film selfie-style vlogs on topics ranging from COVID-19 quarantine to Harry Potter, an NK News investigation has found. The new campaign is promoted in part through a fake Twitter persona and appears to be part of efforts to win […]
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and top military officials discussed “enhancing” the operability of “front-line” units on the second day of a Central Military Commission (CMC) meeting Wednesday, while appearing to display a map of the South Korean east coast, according to state media. The CMC also discussed “revising operational plans according to the […]
North Korean state media reported the country's leader Kim Jong Un has convened a meeting of senior military officials.
The official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday the meeting of the Central Military Commission began Tuesday and would involve reviewing defense work so far this year and confirming "crucial and urgent tasks" to expand military capabilities and implement defense policies.
South Korea announced the successful launch of its indigenously developed Nuri rocket on Tuesday, a major step forward in Seoul’s ambitions to enter into a global space race that experts say North Korea could use as further justification to accelerate its own rocket development. The Nuri, also known as the Korea Space Launch Vehicle II […]
The U.S. “doesn’t get” information operations against North Korea, and South Korea is ill-equipped to fight a war that could involve DPRK tactical nuclear weapons, the defense researcher Bruce Bennett told NK News. Efforts to deter Pyongyang from testing nuclear weapons and missiles with sanctions don’t work because they don’t have personal consequences for Kim […]
North Korea will likely suffer bad harvests this year due to too little snowmelt and rainfall in recent months, according to a new World Food Programme (WFP) report, raising further concerns about food shortages in the country a year after it confronted a “food crisis.” “Reduced production of both winter and spring crops” will notably […]
South Korea’s unification minister said Tuesday that he is willing to meet “anytime, anywhere” with his North Korean counterpart, pledging to pursue engagement to transform “strained inter-Korean relations.” Kwon Young-se also stressed that the conservative Yoon administration will abide by past inter-Korean agreements “on dialogue and cooperation,” while monitoring further DPRK “provocations” ahead of a […]