South Korea and the U.S. military conducted rare missile drills and an American supercarrier repositioned east of North Korea after Pyongyang flew a missile over Japan, one of the allies' sharpest responses since 2017 to a North Korean weapon test.
South Korea has launched its first spy satellite using a rocket operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The nation made a significant stride in bolstering its national security with the successful launch of its first spy satellite, marking a historic moment in the region's escalating space race.
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The US has imposed fresh sanctions, targeting foreign-based agents accused of aiding North Korea in sanctions evasion and supporting its weapons of mass destruction program. The sanctions were announced in coordination with Australia, Japan, and South Korea, emphasizing a collective commitment to curbing North Korea's illicit activities. The move is a response to North Korea's successful launch of its first reconnaissance satellite, designed to monitor U.S. and South Korean military movements.
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In a bold statement, North Korea declares any interference with its satellites as a direct act of war. Stay informed on the latest geopolitical tensions and subscribe for real-time updates.
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In a recent address, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un calls for heightened military readiness in response to potential provocations. Stay informed with the latest developments in international affairs as tensions rise in the Korean Peninsula. Subscribe for more updates on global news and geopolitical events.
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In a bold assertion, North Korea has declared that its first spy satellite, launched earlier this month, has captured images of key United States landmarks, including the White House, Pentagon, and nearby naval stations. This announcement follows a series of claims by Pyongyang, stating that its reconnaissance probe has photographed various significant locations.
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In a significant move, South Korea has suspended parts of its 2018 military agreement with North Korea, designed to lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The decision comes in response to Pyongyang's claim of successfully launching a spy satellite into space, a move perceived as a threat to South Korea's security.
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North Korea Closes , Several Global Embassies.
North Korea is shuttering up to a dozen embassies
around the world, NBC News reports.
Closing up to 25% of its diplomatic missions is
an indicator that the country is having a difficult time
making money overseas due to international sanctions, according to South Korea's unification ministry. .
They appear to be withdrawing as
their foreign currency earning business has stumbled due to the international community’s strengthening of sanctions, making it difficult to maintain the embassies any longer, South Korea's unification ministry, via statement.
This can be a sign of North Korea’s difficult economic situation, where it is difficult to maintain even minimal diplomatic relations with traditionally friendly countries, South Korea's unification ministry, via statement.
According to Seoul’s unification ministry, North Korea previously maintained
53 diplomatic missions overseas.
North Korea also "has formal relations with 159 countries," NBC News reports.
Among the North Korean embassies that will close are those in Spain, Hong Kong and several African countries.
The country's Madrid embassy garnered
attention in 2019 when a group opposing
Kim Jong Un broke in and stole various technology. .
At the time, Pyongyang called the altercation a "grave breach of sovereignty and terrorist attack.".
It also accused America of "refusing to extradite its leader," NBC News reports. .
It also accused America of "refusing to extradite its leader," NBC News reports.
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Hamas fighters likely fired North Korean weapons during their October 7 assault on Israel, a militant video and weapons seized by Israel show, despite Pyongyang’s denials that it sells arms to the militant group. The video was analysed by two experts on North Korean arms. Along with an Associated Press analysis of weapons captured on the battlefield and South Korean military intelligence, the video indicates that Hamas used the F-7 rocket-propelled grenade, a shoulder-fired weapon that fighters typically use against armoured vehicles.
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The United States and South Korea began one of their largest combined military air drills on Monday, with hundreds of warplanes from both sides staging mock attacks 24 hours a day for the better part..