US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea for joint drills

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in the South Korean port of Busan on Friday ahead of the two countries’ joint military exercise that aims to show their strength against growing North Korean threats. The joint drills will be the first involving a US aircraft carrier in the … Read more

EXPLAINER: What help are North Korean weapons to Russia?

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is apparently moving to sell millions of rockets and artillery shells — many of them likely from its old stock — to its Cold War ally Russia. Russia has called a US intelligence report on the purchasing plan “fake.” But US officials say it shows Russia’s desperation with … Read more

US says Russia buying weapons for Ukraine war from North Korea amid “severe supply shortages”

Washington — The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for its ongoing fight in Ukraine, according to a newly downgraded US intelligence finding. A US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence determination, said Monday that the … Read more

US says Russia buying weapons for Ukraine war from North Korea amid “severe supply shortages”

Washington — The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for its ongoing fight in Ukraine, according to a newly downgraded US intelligence finding. A US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence determination, said Monday that the … Read more

N. Korea may send workers to Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As the war in Ukraine stretches into its seventh month, North Korea is hinting at its interest in sending construction workers to help rebuild Russian-occupied territories in the country’s east. The idea is openly endorsed by senior Russian officials and diplomats, who foresee a cheap and hard-working workforce that could … Read more

What to Make of Kim Yo Jong’s Twisted COVID ‘Revenge’ Threat Against South Korea

SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s kid sister Kim Yo Jong is brandishing the threat of germ warfare in retaliation for balloon launches from South Korea that she blames for spreading COVID-19 in the North. Kim Yo Jong, in a speech carried on North Korean state TV, said, after having considered “various counteraction plans, our … Read more

North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a striking speech before thousands of North Koreans, leader Kim Jong Un’s sister said he suffered a fever while guiding the country to victory over the coronavirus. She blamed rival South Korea for the outbreak and vowed “deadly” retaliation. Kim Yo Jong, a powerful official in charge of inter-Korean … Read more

North Korea pushes traditional medicine to fight COVID-19

PAJU, South Korea (AP) — As a medical student in North Korea, Lee Gwang-jin said he treated his fevers and other minor ailments with traditional herbal medicine. But bad illness could mean trouble because hospitals in his rural hometown lacked ambulances, beds, even electricity at times needed to treat critical or emergency patients. So Lee … Read more

North Korea blames the COVID outbreak on South Korean balloons

North Korea is blaming its COVID-19 outbreak on “alien things” — including balloons flown from South Korea. The state media report said the hermit kingdom’s epidemic prevention center had found COVID clusters in the town of Ipho near its southeastern border with South Korea and that some Ipho residents with feverish symptoms traveled to Pyongyang. … Read more

North Korea blames the COVID outbreak on South Korean balloons

North Korea is blaming its COVID-19 outbreak on “alien things” — including balloons flown from South Korea. The state media report said the hermit kingdom’s epidemic prevention center had found COVID clusters in the town of Ipho near its southeastern border with South Korea and that some Ipho residents with feverish symptoms traveled to Pyongyang. … Read more