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North Korea Likely Behind $100 Million Crypto Theft

Reuters reports: North Korean hackers are most likely behind an attack last week that stole as much as $100 million in cryptocurrency from a U.S. company, three digital investigative firms have concluded. The cryptoassets were stolen on June 23 from Horizon Bridge, a service operated by the Harmony blockchain that allows assets to be transferred to other blockchains. Since then, …

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US Warns North Korea Against Nuke Test: Swift Action

Star & Stripes reports: A nuclear test by North Korea will prompt a “swift and forceful response,” a senior U.S. diplomat said in Seoul on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap News Agency. North Korea would face unified action by several countries should it detonate a nuclear device in violation of existing U.N. Security Council resolutions, Wendy Sherman, deputy secretary of …

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Kim Jong Un Blasts His Own Officials As COVID Rages

Agence France-Presse reports: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un criticised “irresponsible” officials over the country’s pandemic response and ordered the army to help distribute medicine, state media said on Monday, as Seoul offered Covid-19 aid. More than a million people have been ill with what Pyongyang refers to as “fever”, state media said, despite leader Kim ordering nationwide lockdowns in a …

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North Korea Reports 350,000 Likely COVID Cases

Reuters reports: At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and hundreds of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said on Friday, offering hints at the potentially dire scale of country’s first confirmed outbreak of the pandemic. The data represents an unprecedented admission of an “explosive” outbreak in a country that had reported no …

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North Korea Enters Nationwide COVID Lockdown

The Associated Press reports: North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak after holding for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world. The outbreak forced leader Kim Jong Un to wear a mask in …

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North Korea Tests Missile Meant To Carry Tactical Nuke

The BBC reports: North Korea says it has successfully tested a new weapon, which it says will significantly enhance its tactical nuclear capabilities. Photos show the country’s leader Kim Jong-un smiling and clapping as he watches the new missile’s launch. Experts believe this is a sign that North Korea is planning to test a compact nuclear weapon soon – in …

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Pence Blames Biden For North Korea’s ICBM Test

The Hill reports: Former Vice President Mike Pence said on Friday that the Trump administration “stood up to Kim Jong Un” and blamed the Biden administration for North Korea’s latest missile test. “The fact that for the first time in more than four years, Kim Jong Un fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that went into space and landed in the …

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North Korea Test-Fires Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Axios reports: North Korea tested a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday for the first time since 2017, raising new alarms about its ability to strike the United States, according to South Korean and Japanese officials. The banned long-range missile, which Japan says flew to an altitude of 3,728 miles and covered a distance of 596 miles, threatens to destabilize …

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Startup Pitched Tasing Migrants With Their Drones

The Intercept reports: Brinc, a rising star among the many companies jockeying to sell drones to police, has a compelling founding mythology: In the wake of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, its young founder decided to aid law enforcement agencies through the use of nonviolent robots. A company promotional video obtained by The Intercept, however, reveals a different vision: …

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North Korea To Execute Man For Smuggling Copies Of “Squid Game,” Seven Teenagers Sentenced To Prison

Radio Free Asia reports: North Korea has sentenced to death a man who smuggled and sold copies of the Netflix series “Squid Game” after authorities caught seven high school students watching the Korean-language global hit show, sources in the country told RFA. The smuggler is said to have brought a copy of Squid Game into North Korea back from China …

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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles Off Coast [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: North Korea launched two ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, the country’s first ballistic missile test in six months and a violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that ban North Korea from conducting such tests. Hours after the missiles were launched, South Korea announced that its president, Moon Jae-in, had just …

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North Korean Media Frets About Kim’s Weight Loss

Reuters reports: Everyone in North Korea is heartbroken over leader Kim Jong Un’s apparent weight loss, said an unidentified resident of Pyongyang quoted on the country’s tightly controlled state media, after watching recent video footage of Kim. The rare public comment on Kim’s health come after foreign analysts noted in early June that the autocratic leader, who is believed to …

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North Korea Withdraws From Olympics, Cites COVID

The Guardian reports: North Korea’s sports ministry said on Tuesday that it will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics this year to protect its athletes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made at a meeting of North Korea’s Olympic committee, including its sports minister Kim Il guk, on 25 March the ministry said on its website, called Joson Sports. …

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North Korea Warns Biden Admin Not To “Cause A Stink”

The Associated Press reports: In North Korea’s first comments directed at the Biden administration, Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister [photo] on Tuesday warned the United States to “refrain from causing a stink” if it wants to “sleep in peace” for the next four years. Kim Yo Jong’s statement was issued as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary …

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BBC: Trump Offered Kim A Ride On Air Force One

The BBC reports: Trump’s second summit with Kim Jong-un, in Hanoi, Vietnam, did not go to plan. As negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear programme broke down, Trump left abruptly, saying to the press: “Sometimes you just have to walk.” But before he departed, the then US president did make one astonishing offer to Kim. Matthew Pottinger, the top Asia expert …

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REPORT: North Korea Executed COVID Rule-Breaker

NPR reports: North Korea is taking increasingly harsh measures to stop the coronavirus from entering the country, including executing an official in August who violated anti-virus rules, South Korean intelligence officials told lawmakers on Friday. In a closed-door briefing to a parliamentary intelligence committee on Friday, the officials told lawmakers that the executed North Korean had brought goods through customs …

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Kim Letter: “There’s A Magical Force Between Us”

Mediaite reports: Bob Woodward sat down with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley to discuss his new book, Rage, and shared conversations he had with President Donald Trump about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, as well as reading some of the “love letters” that were exchanged between the two world leaders. Woodward told Pelley that Trump repeatedly said to him that …

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Upcoming Book To Reveal Trump-Kim “Love Letters”

CNN reports: First it was fear, now it’s rage. Following up on his 2018 best-selling book “Fear,” legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward’s new book on President Donald Trump — titled “Rage” — will have stunning details about the President’s behavior and decision making, according to sources familiar with the book. According to multiple sources familiar with the book, Woodward conducted …

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Book: Trump Wanted To Give Kim Self-Autographed Copy Of Elton’s “Rocket Man” In Order To Curry Favor

The Daily Beast reports: In the summer of 2018, the president spent an immoderate amount of time fixating on delivering a Donald Trump-signed CD featuring Elton John’s 1972 hit “Rocket Man” to Kim Jong Un. But he wasn’t only trying to please the North Korean dictator with a disc that included a track with a song title of the nickname …

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Trump “Glad” To See Kim Jong Un Is “Back And Well”

The BBC reports: US President Donald Trump has said he is “glad” that Kim Jong-un has re-emerged and appears to be healthy. “I, for one, am glad to see he is back, and well!” Mr Trump tweeted, after the North Korean leader reportedly attended the opening of a fertiliser plant. It was Mr Kim’s first public appearance in almost three …

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