Jon Herskovitz
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A television screen showing news footage of a North Korean missile test, in Seoul, on Sept. 13.
Nov 20, 2023
South Korea warns North's Kim to halt imminent satellite launch
Seoul told Pyongyang "to immediately stop” preparations for another launch after two previous efforts failed.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 20, 2023
Kishida’s support rate hits new lows in three major polls
Polls by three major newspapers — the Yomiuri, Asahi and Mainichi — showed Kishida’s support rate at 24%, 25% and 21%, respectively.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, along with his daughter, walks away from an intercontinental ballistic missile in this undated photo released on Nov. 19, 2022
Nov 17, 2023
Kim Jong Un’s daughter marks a year as country’s propaganda star
The preservation of the family rule is inextricably tied to the country’s weapons program
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un welcomes Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a meeting in Pyongyang on Oct. 19.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 2, 2023
North Korea sent Russia 1 million rounds of artillery, Seoul says
There have been about 10 shipments of weapons from North Korea to Russia since August, according to South Korea's National Intelligence Service.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov takes part in a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Pyongyang on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 19, 2023
Russian foreign minister pledges support for North Korea
The trip by Sergey Lavrov is part of a series of high-profile meetings between the neighbors that started in July.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets Russian President Vladimir Putin on  Sept. 13.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 28, 2023
Mystery Russian plane in Pyongyang stokes concerns of arms deals
Data from FlightRadar24 indicates the plane returned to Russia on Thursday after having been on the ground in North Korea for about two days.
Lee Jae-myung (center), leader of South Korea's opposition Democratic Party, arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on Tuesday.
Sep 27, 2023
South Korean court rejects arrest warrant for opposition leader
Last week, several members of Lee Jae-myung’s own party broke ranks and voted to allow an arrest warrant for the sitting lawmaker to proceed.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Sep 21, 2023
South Korean leader warns Russia and North Korea on arms deals
Both Washington and Seoul say that Moscow has used North Korean weapons against Ukraine for a long time.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Sep 11, 2023
North Korean weapons cache gives Kim a role in the Kremlin’s invasion
Kim Jong Un is expected to cross into Russia this week for his first trip outside the peninsula in four years for talks with Vladimir Putin.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends what state media report was a launching ceremony for a new tactical nuclear attack submarine in North Korea, in this picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on Friday.
Sep 8, 2023
North Korea holds ceremony for new ‘tactical nuclear’ submarine
The country’s state media released photos Friday of a ceremony for the vessel, which appeared to have 10 missile tubes, attended by leader Kim Jong Un.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu Guozhong
Sep 7, 2023
China sending officials to North Korea before Kim’s Russia trip
The Chinese group led by Liu Guozhong will travel to North Korea for celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the country’s founding on Saturday.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during a ceremony commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement at Busan Cinema Center in Busan, South Korea, on July 27.
Aug 16, 2023
South Korea leader seeks breakthrough in deterring Kim Jong Un
Yoon expects the summit with Kishida and Biden will lead to agreement on ways to enhance their response to nuclear threats from North Korea.
People attend a mass rally denouncing the U.S. in Pyongyang on Tuesday.
Jul 27, 2023
North Korea, China and Russia mark Korean War anniversary
The celebrations come at a crucial time for Kim Jong Un as he seeks to ease up on pandemic border controls that slammed the brakes on his economy.
Russian and North Korean flags fly above a street in Vladivostok, Russia, in 2019. As Pyongyang prepares to mark the Korean War's 70th anniversary, Kim Jong Un's regime has Russia to thank.
Jul 26, 2023
North Korea’s depleted coffers are filling up again thanks to Russia
New funds are enabling Kim Jong Un to ignore financial incentives designed to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table.
Japan Times
Jul 10, 2023
North Korea threatens to shoot down U.S. spy planes
A spokesman for North Korea’s Defense Ministry said the U.S. was engaging in "the most undisguised nuclear blackmail” by planning to bring a nuclear-armed submarine to the Korean Peninsula.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2023
South Korea salvages North’s spy satellite in intelligence win
Experts said the recovered pieces could provide information about the secretive state’s rocket program and give clues about possible sanctions violations.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
Two Koreas speed up drone race after unprecedented incursions
South Korea’s cabinet this week approved plans for a new drone command to be set up by the military.
Japan Times
Jun 18, 2023
Failed North Korean rocket is intelligence win for Kim’s foes
A North Korean satellite launch that ended in failure will provide a trove of information about the secretive state’s rocket program as South Korea salvages large sections from the bottom of the sea.
Japan Times
Apr 24, 2023
As Yoon heads to U.S., Russia’s war puts focus on huge South Korean artillery stockpiles
President Yoon Suk-yeol has indicated his government may be open to changing its policy about providing lethal aid to Ukraine under certain conditions.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2023
North Korea’s top diplomat tells G7 that nuclear weapons will stay
The message served as a reminder that leader Kim Jong Un may try to force his way on to the agenda when G7 leaders hold their annual summit next month in Japan.


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