N Korea: Kim fires senior economic official amid deepening crisis

North Korea’s border closure, drop in trade and raw material shortages may lead to perfect storm, analysts warn. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ripped into the performance of his cabinet and fired a senior economic official he appointed a month ago, saying they had failed to come up with new ideas to salvage […]

Kim Jong Un says US is North Korea’s ‘biggest enemy’

North Korean leader says no matter who is in power in the US, the true nature of American policies towards Pyongyang never changes. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the United States is his nuclear-armed nation’s “biggest enemy”, state media reported on Saturday. “Our foreign political activities should be focused and redirected on subduing […]

Kim says N Korea to take military capabilities to ‘higher level’

North Korean leader says to secure a ‘peaceful environment’ he wants to strengthen the country’s defence capabilities. Kim Jong Un has promised to expand North Korea’s military capabilities, state media reported on Thursday, even as the country faces international sanctions and pressure over its nuclear weapons programme. Kim, who marks 10 years in power this […]

Kim says last five years ‘worst of the worst’ for North Korea

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un admitted the country’s economic development plan had fallen short in “almost all areas” as he opened a rare congress of the ruling Workers’ Party, state media reported on Wednesday. Kim called the past five years “unprecedented” and the “worst of the worst” time for the country. “The surest and […]

North Korea’s Kim marks New Year with visit to family tomb

The North Korean leader also thanked the people for their support in a letter shared by state media. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marked the arrival of 2021 with a handwritten letter to the country’s citizens and a visit the tomb of his father and grandfather, state media reported, but there was no immediate […]

North Korea prepares for key party congress as challenges mount

The first congress in more than four years will take place amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a change in US President. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un chaired a Politburo meeting on preparations for a rare party congress in early January that is expected to set new economic and political goals for the country, state […]

US accuses China of ‘flagrant violation’ of North Korea sanctions

US Department of State alleges China is ‘seeking to undo’ United Nations sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear programme. The US Department of State on Tuesday accused China of “flagrant violation” of its obligation to enforce international sanctions on North Korea and said the United States would offer rewards of up to $5m for […]

North Korea’s Kim tours typhoon-hit area as ‘casualties’ reported

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un toured coastal areas hit by a typhoon, and ordered 12,000 core party members to join in the recovery effort on Saturday, while dismissing a provincial party chief, state media reported on Sunday. North Korea’s state-run television,  KRT, carried footage of Kim convening a meeting with North Korean officials and […]