Some analysts warn of the possibility of tests around the 80th and 110th anniversaries of the birthdays of Kim Jong Un's late father and grandfather in February and April.
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The U.S. military's plan in South Korea will ban dining at restaurants outside the bases and visiting indoor malls, bars, clubs, gyms, amusement parks, theaters and massage parlors
Deepening internal strife and a series of political blunders are throwing the campaign of the leading presidential candidate from South Korea's opposition into disarray.
President Moon Jae-in granted a special pardon to Park last week, citing her deteriorating health.
Lee Jae-myung also pledged to put aside "strategic ambiguity" in the face of an intensifying Sino-U.S. rivalry, vowing pragmatic diplomacy instead.
North Korea has continued to rebuff entreaties for diplomacy since U.S. President Joe Biden took over from Donald Trump, who had three summits with leader Kim Jong Un.
Economic expansion is chewing away at some of the country's most popular beaches — a trend exacerbated by climate change, which has brought rising water levels and unpredictable weather.
Moscow doesn't recognize the zone, while Beijing said that all countries should have freedom of movement there.
The city is part of a push for a "self-reliant" economy as the country faces international sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.
South Korea's defense budget is at new highs, with less restrictions on its missile program and plans for the nation's first aircraft carrier, among other advanced weapons.