The stakes are enormous for Suga, whose political fortunes are closely tied to the games, and for the IOC, which faces scrutiny on whether it is prioritizing money over public health.
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By allowing comment on Kim’s weight, the country's propaganda apparatus supported a familiar theme in the myth-making of regime leaders.
Their meeting was the first among the envoys since Biden took office and came just days after Kim Jong Un said his country is ready for "both dialogue and confrontation."
Periods of prolonged absences have become a bit more frequent for Kim since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The current break is believed to be his seventh since 2020.
Having branded the president-elect an 'imbecile,' Pyongyang has made clear that it prefers dealing with Trump.
In his last full week on the job, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid the groundwork for a plan to allow preemptive strikes on enemy bases.
The coronavirus has further cut the flow of intelligence out of the country, with North Korea slashing traffic across the Chinese border.
Two brothers who led defector groups were questioned by police last week, after the government sought to have them prosecuted over leaflets sent over the border.
On Wednesday, Kim continued to surprise, announcing the suspension of newly announced “military action plans” against South Korea. Hours later, Seoul said it observed North Koreans removing loudspeakers that were recently installed.
Both North Korea and left-leaning supporters of South Korean President Moon Jae-in want him to restore economic ties broken by security tensions. But pleasing them would mean angering U.S. President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, North Korea said it was closing down communication links set up ...