North Korea to convene two key meetings, including one to review anti-epidemic policy

SEOUL (REUTERS) – North Korea will convene two key meetings, including one to review the country’s anti-epidemic policy, in coming weeks, state media said on Monday (Aug 8), as it claims no new Covid-19 cases since late July. The North Korean Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), the isolated state’s rubber-stamp Parliament, will meet on Sept 7 […]

North Korea denounces Pelosi for deterrence talks during South Korea visit

SEOUL (REUTERS) – North Korea denounced US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday (Aug 6) for supporting deterrence against North Korea during her visit to South Korea this week. Mrs Pelosi and her South Korean counterpart, National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, vowed on Thursday to achieve North Korean denuclearisation during her stop in […]

North Korea marks end of first Covid-19 wave, but credibility problems persist

SEOUL (REUTERS) – North Korea on Friday (Aug 5) said all of its fever patients have recovered, marking the end of its first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, but challenges linger with economic hardships deepening and an unvaccinated population exposed to future resurgences, analysts said. While state media said the “anti-epidemic situation … has entered […]

North Korea says will ‘never tolerate’ US accusation of its nuclear programme

SEOUL (REUTERS) – North Korea warned it will “never tolerate” the United States’ criticism of the isolated country’s nuclear programme, calling Washington the “kingpin of nuclear proliferation” and saying it would not allow any encroachment of its sovereign rights. North Korea has conducted missile tests at an unprecedented pace this year and international experts believe […]

Pelosi vows support to denuclearise North Korea, plans to visit Korea border

SEOUL (REUTERS) – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her South Korean counterpart vowed on Thursday (Aug 4) to support efforts to maintain a strong deterrence against North Korea and achieve its denuclearisation. A joint statement was issued after Mrs Pelosi met South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo in Seoul, during which they […]

South Korea, US to resume major field training during combined military drills

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea and the United States will resume long-suspended live field training during their joint military drills, Seoul’s defence ministry said on Friday (July 22), as they work to curb North Korea’s evolving nuclear and missile programmes. The allies are set to kick off their annual summertime exercises next month, after South […]

South Korea’s first homegrown fighter jet completes test flight

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea’s domestically developed fighter jet successfully completed its first test flight on Tuesday (July 19), a defence agency said, amid a push to replace ageing military jets in the face of nuclear and missile threats from neighbouring North Korea. The next-generation aircraft developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) in a project […]