North Korea said Friday that leader Kim Jong Un called for stronger capability to cope with any foreign provocation as he met with military officers ahead of annual drills next month between South Korea and the United States that Pyongyang views as an invasion rehearsal.
North and South Korea exchanged messages Tuesday in communication channels that have been dormant for more than a year and agreed to improve ties - positive steps but ones that still leave any resumption of stalled negotiations to rid the North of its nuclear weapons a long way off.
America's No. 2 diplomat on Friday expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the coronavirus pandemic and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program.
Top U.S. and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to try to convince North Korea to return to talks on its nuclear program, which Pyongyang has insisted it won't do in protest of what it calls U.S. hostility.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's mention of a 'great crisis' created by a 'crucial' failure in national pandemic measures during a ruling party meeting has triggered outside speculation about how bad the situation in North Korea really is.
Heartbroken North Koreans have been worrying tearfully about leader Kim Jong Un's 'emaciated looks,' state media quoted a local resident as saying, in a rare acknowledgement of foreign speculation about his weight loss.
The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dismissed prospects for an early resumption of diplomacy with the United States, saying Tuesday that U.S. expectations of talks would 'plunge them into a greater disappointment.'
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the Biden administration -- but more for confrontation -- state media reported Friday, days after the United States and others urged the North to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned about possible food shortages and urged the country to brace for extended COVID-19 restrictions as he opened a major political conference to discuss national efforts to salvage a broken economy.