Kim Jong Un

Brother casts doubt on dead Korean defector story

The elder brother of a South Korean official shot in the Yellow Sea and burned by North Korean troops last week denied widespread allegations that his brother had sought to defect. Lee Rae-jin, speaking to foreign correspondents in Seoul, refuted suggestions that his brother had…

N.Korea warns Seoul in search for dead official

North Korea on Sunday warned the South Korean navy to stop crossing into its territorial waters as ships search for the body of a Seoul official shot dead at sea by Pyongyang’s soldiers. State media said the North will begin its own search for the…

S.Korea demands Pyongyang probes shooting death

Seoul said Saturday it will demand further investigation by Pyongyang into the killing of a South Korean official after a rare public apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The fisheries official was shot dead by North Korean soldiers on Tuesday, the first such…

Kim Jong Un issues rare apology to the South

In a highly unusual turn of events, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized to South Korea for the killing of a South Korean civilian that was made public on Thursday. Kim, in a message apparently sent directly to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said…

Kim Jong Un Says Killing of SK Official Should Not Have Happened

SEOUL—Kim Jong Un expressed regret on Friday over the death of a South Korean official, saying it shot him as part of measures to battle the coronavirus, the South’s national security adviser said. North Korea’s United Front Department, in charge of cross-border ties, sent a…

Moon pleads for UN to end the Korean War

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, speaking before the United Nations’ 75th General Assembly, called on the UN and international community to bring to an end the long and lingering Korean War. While Moon’s plea to conclude a war that started in 1950 may appear sound…

John Bolton: Trump Is a ‘Useful Idiot’ to Many Foreign Dictators

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Situation Room” that President Donald Trump has been a “useful idiot” in his dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and North Korean Kim Jong-un. 0…

Mattis slept in his clothes, awaiting nuclear armageddon

It was the sum of all fears — a jingoistic US president poking the leader of a rogue nuclear power, risking a nuclear war. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fictional adventure novel. This was all too real. As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un continued to…

Enough of His Excellency’s ‘personal diplomacy’

“It’s hard to fault President Donald Trump for having tried personal diplomacy,” a diplomatic analyst said in an Asia Times article on Wednesday. “His belief in his personal powers of persuasion and ‘only I can fix it’ approach were a good fit for negotiating with…

North Korea’s social order hit by a perfect storm

While North Korea, like its neighbor China, may very well be handling the Covid-19 pandemic with authoritarian effectiveness, unlike China, North Korea has no real economic or trade engine to provide for its people. As a result, the country is facing an unusually dangerous internal…

NK elite party members sent to aid typhoon recovery

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered 12,000 elite members of his ruling party based in Pyongyang to help with recovery efforts in two rural provinces lashed by a powerful typhoon, state media reported Sunday. Typhoon Maysak brought days of heavy downpours to the…

N.Korea officials face ‘severe punishment’

North Korea has pledged severe punishment for local officials it says failed to protect residents from a typhoon which caused a “serious incident” with dozens of casualties, the ruling party’s newspaper reported. Typhoon Maysak brought heavy downpours across the country earlier this week, with footage…

Kim Jong Un on TV as speculation on health mounts

North Korean state media on Wednesday showed leader Kim Jong Un at a meeting of a top committee issuing warnings about the coronavirus and a looming typhoon, following international speculation over his state of health. Kim’s comments come amid conjecture over his condition after South…

Kim Jong Un likely neither dead nor in a coma

The following story originally ran in specialist media NKNews under the headline “Rumors explained: Is Kim Jong Un really in a coma? Will Kim Yo Jong take over?” It is reprinted in Asia Times with permission Just when it seemed the rumor mill over North…

North Korean Anti-Smoking Website Stirs Coronavirus Speculation

A North Korean state propaganda website announced the creation of a domestically accessible website to help citizens quit smoking on Sunday, news that arrives as Pyongyang expedites the construction of a new hospital and insists it has yet to be affected by the Chinese coronavirus…

Clearing North Korea’s bad debt

This is the first installment of a three-part series. Can North Korea’s regime de-prioritize the building of a nuclear arsenal and refocus on improving its dismal economy? The consensus view is: “Not as long as the Kims are in power. They care only about the…

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.

Scroll to Top