Two Koreas restore severed communications in surprise thaw – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes SEOUL: North and South Korea signalled a surprise thaw in relations on Tuesday, announcing a restoration of cross-border communications that were severed more than a year ago and revealing that their leaders had exchanged a series of letters. The North unilaterally cut off all official military and political communication links in June last year after … Read more

North Korea says it’s facing worst food shortage in decade – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes SEOUL: North Korea is facing its worse food shortages in more than a decade, it said in a report to the United Nations, giving the world notice Pyongyang is bracing for one of its biggest domestic challenges since Kim Jong Un took power. Food production dropped to its lowest level in 2018 due to “natural … Read more

South Korea’s Harvard-taught political boss rips China ‘cruelty’ – Times of India

Reading Time: 9 minutes SEOUL: The 36-year-old leader of South Korea’s biggest opposition party said his fellow millennials will push back against Chinese “cruelty” in places like Hong Kong, indicating a tougher line with Beijing if his political group regains power. Harvard-educated Lee Jun-seok, the newly installed leader of the People Power Party, said in an interview with Bloomberg … Read more

China, North Korea Leaders Vow To Strengthen Ties: Report

Reading Time: 5 minutes China and North Korea had signed a treaty of cooperation in the event of an armed attack in 1961 (File) Seoul: Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have vowed to bring their relations to a “new stage” as the two countries mark the 60th anniversary of a friendship pact, Pyongyang’s … Read more

Kim Jong Un: Seoul spy agency: No sign North Korean leader has been vaccinated – Times of India

Reading Time: 8 minutes SEOUL: There is no sign that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been inoculated against the coronavirus and his country hasn’t received any foreign vaccines, South Korea’s spy agency said Thursday. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers in a closed-door briefing that it hasn’t detected any information that North Korea has acquired vaccines, … Read more

Kim Jong Un Lost As Much As 44 Pounds, South Korean Spies Say

Reading Time: 6 minutes Kim Jong Un warned last month that the “food situation is now getting tense. (File) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lost up to 44 pounds but has no major health issues affecting his rule, according to a South Korean lawmaker briefed by a spy agency. The National Intelligence Service estimated that Kim recently lost … Read more

North Korea Reshuffle Signals Military Policy Not Top Priority Now: Analysts

Reading Time: 7 minutes Kim Jong Un has been frustrated by officials not accurately carrying out his directives. (File) Seoul: New photos confirm North Korea has demoted a military leader in a reshuffle that left the ruling party’s top body dominated by civilians, possibly signalling leader Kim Jong Un’s focus on the economy and frustration with bureaucratic failures, analysts … Read more

Kim Jong-Un berates North Korean officials for ‘crucial’ virus lapse – Times of India

Reading Time: 8 minutes SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated top officials for failures in the coronavirus prevention that caused a “great crisis,” using strong language, that raised the specter of a mass outbreak in a country that would be scarcely able to handle it. The state media report on Wednesday did not specify what “crucial” lapse … Read more

Kim Jong Un Says “Great Crisis” Caused By Unspecified Quarantine Lapse

Reading Time: 8 minutes North Korea sees Covid as a threat to its struggling economy and Kim Jong Un’s rule, Cheong added. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said a “grave” situation stemming from quarantine negligence has created a crisis, hinting at Covid risks that could affect his rule after his regime has denied it has had any infections. … Read more

‘Great crisis’: Kim berates North Korean officials for ‘crucial’ virus lapse – Times of India

Reading Time: 8 minutes SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has berated top officials for failures in coronavirus prevention that caused a “great crisis”, using strong language that raised the specter of a mass outbreak in a country that would be scarcely able to handle it. The state media report on Wednesday did not specify what “crucial” lapse … Read more