North Korea's Olympic Committee has decided not to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games in order to protect its players from the world public health crisis caused by Covid-19, the country's sports ministry says.
After meeting with South Korean officials in Seoul, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States will complete its North Korea policy review in coming weeks, and that both pressure and diplomatic options are on the table.
Pyongyang did not appear to put on show any of its ICBMs, unlike at its previous parade in October, when it revealed a huge new ICBM on an 11-axle vehicle that analysts said was the largest road-mobile, liquid-fuelled missile in the world.
“Whoever takes office in the US, its basic nature and hostile policy will never change,” Kim Jong-Un said as he declared the US once again as North Korea's "main enemy."
Pyongyang displays previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles at an unprecedented pre-dawn military parade to mark 75th anniversary of ruling Workers' Party.
The report by an independent panel of experts monitoring UN sanctions said several countries, which it did not identify, believed North Korea's past six nuclear tests had likely helped it develop miniaturised nuclear devices.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "the North Koreans have given mixed signals," choosing to engage in a way that can not bring any solutions.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a video conference meeting of the ruling party's Central Military Commission, where members decided to suspend the military plans. Kim's sister warned last week of military action against the south.
Kim Yeon-chul, South Korea's point man for relations with the North, resigned over heightened tensions on the peninsula days after Pyongyang blew up its liaison office with the South.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry says the destruction of the building happened in the North Korean border town of Kaesong.
South Korea made the statement after the sister of North Korea's leader warned of retaliatory measures against the country over anger toward defectors sending back propaganda leaflets.
For several days, North Korea has lashed out at South Korea, threatening to close an inter-Korean liaison office and other projects if the South does not stop defectors from sending leaflets and other material into the North.
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