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U.N. rights official urges easing of North Korea sanctions over coronavirus strain

15 Oct 2020

SEOUL A U.N. human rights official has called on the international community to urgently consider lifting sanctions on North Korea that may be worsening problems from its coronavirus lockdown, according to a draft report released on Thursday.

N.Korea's Kim pledges thousands of new homes as economic push begins

14 Oct 2020

SEOUL North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to build at least 25,000 homes over the next five years as citizens begin an 80-day campaign to achieve economic goals despite growing crises, state media said on Wednesday.

Analysis: 'I have failed' - Kim Jong Un shows tearful side in confronting North Korea's hardships

13 Oct 2020

SEOUL North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to shed tears at the weekend as he thanked citizens for their sacrifices, in the most striking demonstration yet of how he is relying on his "man of the people" persona to tackle his country's deepening crises.

North Korea's Kim tearfully thanks troops, apologises for failures

12 Oct 2020

SEOUL North Korean leader Kim Jong Un became visibly emotional during a speech at a military parade over the weekend as he thanked troops for their sacrifices and apologised to citizens for failing to improve their lives. | Video

Analysis - North Korea's Kim speaks softly, shows off new military might

11 Oct 2020

SEOUL North Korea's unprecedented nighttime military parade on Saturday showcased an unusually broad array of new weapons, from a show-stopping "monster" ballistic missile to previously unseen battle tanks.

North Korea unveils 'monster' new intercontinental ballistic missile at parade

10 Oct 2020

SEOUL North Korea unveiled previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles at an unprecedented predawn military parade on Saturday that showcased the country's long-range weapons for the first time in two years. | Video

N.Korea state media quiet ahead of expected military parade

10 Oct 2020

SEOUL, Oct 10 North Korea was expected to hold a large military parade on Saturday, possibly displaying new strategic weapons, but there was no immediate sign that state television would air the event live.

China's Xi says intends to deepen relations with North Korea - KCNA

09 Oct 2020

SEOUL In a congratulatory message to Kim Jong Un for the founding anniversary of North Korea's ruling party, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he intends to deepen relations with Pyongyang, North Korean state media reported on Saturday.

North Korea prepares for military parade despite coronavirus concern; Kim may speak

09 Oct 2020

SEOUL North Koreans wearing medical masks have gathered in the capital of Pyongyang, state media reported this week, ahead of what is expected to be a big military parade on Saturday, possibly featuring the country's latest ballistic missiles.

Explainer: What a North Korean holiday may reveal about Kim Jong Un's plans

08 Oct 2020

SEOUL North Korea is expected to use a major holiday this weekend to showcase its military power, highlight domestic political messages, and galvanize citizens at a time when the country faces increasing economic hardship and isolation.

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