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North Korea mobilizes military to battle epidemic

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has criticized top public health sector officials for their “irresponsible work attitude” amid a widening outbreak of Covid-19, ordering the country’s military forces to provide assistance stabilizing the situation.  Speaking at an emergency politburo meeting on Sunday, Kim Jong-un issued an order “on immediately stabilizing the …

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North Korea suffers major spike in ‘fever’ outbreak

North Korea has reported a massive surge in a mysterious “fever” outbreak, including almost two dozen additional deaths and tens of thousands of new cases. Kim Jong-un called the epidemic one of the greatest “turmoils” in the nation’s history. Health officials confirmed 174,440 “new cases of fever” nationwide and 21 …

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North Korea confirms first deaths in mass ‘fever’ outbreak

North Korean officials have confirmed several deaths in a mysterious fever outbreak, including one person who tested positive for Covid-19 – reportedly the country’s first verified coronavirus case since the pandemic began. Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have fallen ill with an unknown ailment in recent weeks, the state-run …

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US voices North Korea nuke test fears

North Korea may return to testing nukes before the month’s end for the first time since 2017, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing on Thursday. The prediction was “consistent with the DPRK’s recent public statements and destabilizing actions, including the test launch of multiple intercontinental …

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North Korea declares Covid emergency

North Korea has announced a national emergency after its first officially acknowledged Covid-19 outbreak, imposing tough quarantine measures after long claiming to have kept cases at zero throughout the pandemic. The ruling Workers’ Party of Korea “discussed the problem of coping with the quarantine crisis” during a meeting on Thursday, …

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North Korea fires ‘projectile’ into Sea of Japan – Seoul

North Korea has fired an unidentified projectile into the Sea of Japan, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Saturday. Yonhap news agency quoted a military source as saying the weapons test likely involved a ballistic missile. The reported missile test is the second conducted by the …

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South Korea joins NATO cyber defense

South Korea has become the first Asian member state of NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE), the country’s Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday. In a statement cited by the media outlet, Seoul’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) said it plans to “strengthen our cyber response capabilities to a …

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North Korea’s Kim issues nuclear warning

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promised to take decisive action and “crush” any “hostile” foreign power, just days after saying Pyongyang would advance its own atomic arsenal “at the fastest possible speed.” Speaking after a meeting with senior officials involved in organizing a major military parade earlier this week, Kim pointed to …

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North Korea names culprit in worsening Ukraine crisis

North Korean state media issued a scathing condemnation of US President Joe Biden on Saturday, decrying his “senility” and diagnosing a “problem in his intellectual faculty.” US sanctions on Russia will backfire, the article by the official KCNA news agency claimed, with Washington being the “final loser” on the world …

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North Korea reveals nuclear red-line

Pyongyang’s nuclear forces would have no other choice, but to respond if the South decides to attack the country, Kim Yo Jong, a key adviser to her brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has said. It was her second warning in three days, following Seoul’s claim that it could …

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