UN chief Antonio Guterres will meet with leaders of Ukraine and Türkiye this week, as Kiev reports an "unprecedented" cyberattack on its nuclear energy agency's website and fighting rolls into its 175th day.
Moscow and Pyongyang to expand bilateral relations, Russian President Putin tells North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un in a letter, says North Korean state media.
North Korea's Kim Yo-jong blames Seoul's propaganda leaflets for the country's Covid outbreak even as Pyongyang declares "shining victory" against the disease.
Pelosi, who visited Seoul earlier this week, became the highest-ranking US official to visit the Joint Security Area between the two Koreas since Donald Trump met North Korea's Kim Jong Un there in 2019.
"Work at Punggye-ri nuclear test site paves way for additional nuclear tests for development of nuclear weapons," says a UN report prepared by independent sanctions monitors.
Washington and Seoul agree to maintain a strong and extended deterrence against North Korea, expressing concern over rising threats posed by the isolated nation's nuclear programme.
North Korea said earlier this month it was on a path to "finally defuse" its first publicly declared coronavirus crisis even as Asian neighbours experience a resurgence in infections driven by Omicron subvariants.
While Kim has increasingly threatened his rivals with nuclear weapons, it’s unlikely that he would use them first against the superior militaries of the US and its allies, observers say.
South Korean ministry officials say the country will allow access to North Korean broadcasts to encourage Pyongyang to take similar steps and prepare for future unification.
The World Health Organization has cast doubts on North Korea's reports, saying last month it believed the situation was getting worse, not better, amid an absence of independent data.
Kim Jong-un convenes unprecedented gathering that focuses on the ruling party's powerful sections that monitor and police loyalty of officials and members across the country.
South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol issued the warning at his first meeting with the top military commanders since he took office in May.
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