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# North Korea

Last week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
US soldier who crossed North Korean border released and now in US custody
King sprinted into North Korea while on a civilian tour of a border village on 18 July.
Last month
September 2023
Kim Jong Un gifted drones on his departure from Russia
The six-day trip focused largely on military matters.
Russian defence minister shows Kim Jung Un missiles and warship
The Korean leader visited nuclear-capable bombers as he reached the port of Vladivostok.
Putin accepts Kim Jong Un's invitation to visit North Korea
Kim told Putin yesterday he was sure Russia would win a “great victory” over its enemies while visiting Russia yesterday.
Kim Jong Un says Russia will win a 'great victory' over its enemies at summit with Putin
Kim will later oversee a display of the potential of Russia’s Pacific fleet in Vladivostok, Putin announced.
North Korea's Kim Jong Un en route to Russia in armoured train to meet Vladimir Putin
Experts suggest Putin is seeking artillery shells and antitank missiles from North Korea for Moscow’s war on Ukraine.
North Korea has launched new nuclear attack submarine, local media reports
Kim Jong Un described the latest addition to his fleet as crucial to standing up to the naval might of the US and its Asian allies.
White House warns North Korea would 'pay a price' if it supplies Russia with weapons
The Kremlin has said it is unable to confirm whether Kim Jong Un will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue.
August 2023
North Korea fires two ballistic missiles as part of 'tactical nuclear strike drill'
The test was prompted by military exercises held by South Korea and the US, state media said.
North Korea says it attempted a spy satellite launch which 'failed due to an error'
State media said the error which caused the launch to fail was “not a big issue”.
North Korea preparing long-range missile tests and spy satellite launch, says South Korea
The South’s spy agency says the tests are partly in response to major US-South Korean military drills.
North Korea claims 'racial discrimination' drove US soldier to defect
Travis King was due to fly back to America in July but instead slipped out of South Korea’s main airport and ran across the border into the North.
Kim Jong Un orders sharp increase in missile production
Kim’s push to produce more weapons comes days before South Korea and the US begin annual military drills.
North Korea 'responds' to UN efforts to discuss detained American soldier Travis King
King ran across the demilitarised zone and over the border into North Korea last month.
July 2023
Russian and Chinese officials join Kim Jong Un at a North Korean military parade
At least four new North Korean military drones were towed on trailers through Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung square.
China and Russia send officials to North Korea for Korean War commemorations
The visits suggest North Korea is further opening up after years of pandemic isolation.
North Korea fires missiles ahead of key anniversary
South Korea’s defence ministry said two ballistic missiles flew about 400 kilometers before falling into the sea.
North Korea fires 'several cruise missiles' into sea amid silence over US soldier
Pyongyang has yet to respond to inquiries about Travis King, who broke away from a tour group visiting the Demilitarized Zone this week.
'Get him!': Witness recalls US soldier's dash across border North Korea
Private Second Class Travis King crossed the border into North Korea this week.
South Korea warns North that using its nukes would mean the 'end' of its regime
Korean relations are at one of their lowest points, as Pyongyang ramps up weapons testing and the South and US boost military cooperation.
North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into sea, says South's military
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said they flew some 550 kilometres before splashing into the Sea of Japan.
American who crossed into North Korea at DMZ is a US soldier
A spokesperson for the US said the soldier crossed into the country “willfully and without authorisation”.
April 2023
Biden says North Korea using nuclear weapons would cause the 'end' of its regime
South Korean leader Yoon Suk Yeol agreed to increase his country’s cooperation with the US during a visit to Washington.
North Korea says missile launched yesterday was new solid-fuel long-range ICBM
The missile landed in between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
North Korea fires missile believed to be new type of weapon
The potentially new type of missile prompted an evacuation order on Japan’s northernmost island.
Kim Jong Un has vowed a 'practical and offensive’ expansion of North Korea's nuclear arsenal
He met with senior military officials to discuss war preparations in the face of US-South Korean military exercises.
North Korea warns ‘offensive action’ over US-South Korea military drills
Animosity heightened in recent weeks as the pace of both the allies’ military exercises and the North Korean weapons demonstrations increased.
March 2023
North Korea's Kim Jong Un calls for ramping up production of 'weapon-grade nuclear material'
Kim Jong Un’s latest threat came as a US Navy carrier strike group arrived in South Korea.
North Korea claims to have tested ‘nuclear-capable underwater drone'
Analysts are sceptical the device presents a major new threat but the test underlines the North’s commitment to raising nuclear threats.
North Korea fires long range missile just hours before South Korea-Japan summit
The launch, North Korea’s third this week, was a potent reminder of the regional security challenges.
North Korea launches two missiles to sea, as US and South Korea hold military drills
South Korea’s military called the launches ‘a grave provocation’.
Kim Jong Un supervises live-fire drill as North Korea simulates attack on South
It comes a day after South Korea’s military detected the North firing at least one short-range ballistic missile toward the sea.
This year
North Korea fired 'long-range' ballistic missile - Seoul
South Korea and the US are due to discuss how they would respond to nuclear weapon use by Pyongyang.
North Korea locks down capital over 'respiratory illness', report says
Residents of Pyongyang have been ordered to stay in their homes
Kim Jong Un calls for 'exponential increase' of North Korea's nuclear arsenal
Kim Jong Un is reported to have said the country must ‘overwhelmingly beef up the military muscle’ in 2023.
Last year
North Korea fires three missiles into Sea of Japan
It marks the end of a year of growing tensions on the Korean peninsula.
North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan, Seoul's military says
It comes days after the country announced a successful test of a solid-fuel motor for a new weapons system.
North Korea fires barrage of artillery shells into maritime buffer zone with the South
About 130 artillery rounds were simultaneously fired today at 14:59 pm (05:59 Irish time) from two separate sites.
North Korean missile may have had range to hit US mainland, Japan says
The intercontinental ballistic missile is believed to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone this morning.
North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into the sea
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the missiles flew around 130 kilometres toward the North’s western sea.