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North Korea Celebrates Lunar New Year with Traditional Festivities and Emphasis on Socialist Customs

North Korea Celebrates Lunar New Year with Traditional Festivities and Emphasis on Socialist Customs

PYONGYANG, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – In North Korea, the Lunar New Year, a significant cultural holiday, is observed with traditional customs similar to those in South Korea, including the exchange of bows (sebae) and sharing rice cake soup (tteokguk) with family. However, the state promotes a distinct celebration of the holiday in line with [...]

U.S. Monitoring N.K. Nuke Test Possibility, Pursuing MDL Tension Reduction: Pentagon Official

U.S. Monitoring N.K. Nuke Test Possibility, Pursuing MDL Tension Reduction: Pentagon Official

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The United States is monitoring the possibility of what would be North Korea’s seventh nuclear test, while working with South Korea to “effectively” manage tensions along the inter-Korean border, a senior Pentagon official has said. Vipin Narang, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, made the remarks [...]

S. Korea Reviewing Damages Suit over N. Korea’s Illegal Operation of Kaesong Complex

S. Korea Reviewing Damages Suit over N. Korea’s Illegal Operation of Kaesong Complex

SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s unification ministry said Wednesday it is closely reviewing legal aspects needed to sue North Korea over its illegal operation of the now-shuttered joint industrial complex in the North’s border city of Kaesong. The Donga Ilbo, a local newspaper, reported Wednesday that the government plans to lodge a [...]

Rising N.K. Threats Raise Questions over U.S. Policy Efficacy

Rising N.K. Threats Raise Questions over U.S. Policy Efficacy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric, persistent weapons tests and pursuit of sturdier military ties with Russia are raising questions over whether it is time for the United States to recalibrate its policy and take a more creative approach. After taking office in early 2021, the Joe Biden administration unveiled a [...]

North Korea’s Varied Missile Platforms Present Challenges for South Korea’s Air Defense

North Korea’s Varied Missile Platforms Present Challenges for South Korea’s Air Defense

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea’s recent series of missile launches using diverse platforms indicate its efforts to develop more powerful and harder-to-detect weapons, posing a challenge to South Korea’s missile defense system, experts said Monday. North Korea tested an array of missiles under development at the start of the year, including a [...]

North Korea Displays Map Emphasizing Northern Peninsula in Distinctive Red Hue

North Korea Displays Map Emphasizing Northern Peninsula in Distinctive Red Hue

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea’s state-run broadcasting station on Wednesday aired a map that highlights only the northern part of the Korean Peninsula in red after its leader vowed to no longer seek reconciliation and unification with South Korea. In the initial segment of a program broadcast on Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central [...]

North Korea Ceases Operations of Radio Station Traditionally Used for Sending Coded Messages to Spies in Seoul

North Korea Ceases Operations of Radio Station Traditionally Used for Sending Coded Messages to Spies in Seoul

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea is pressing ahead with measures to disband its inter-Korean organizations, apparently stopping a radio station previously used to send encrypted messages to its spies in South Korea. As of Saturday, the North appears to have stopped broadcasting the state-run Pyongyang Radio and cut off access to its [...]

Military Set to Resume Drills Halted under 2018 Inter-Korean Accord Buffer Zones

Military Set to Resume Drills Halted under 2018 Inter-Korean Accord Buffer Zones

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s military is expected to resume exercises in buffer zones set under a 2018 inter-Korean military accord as they have become effectively invalid after North Korea’s recent artillery firing, officials said Tuesday. On Monday, the South’s military said it will resume artillery firings and drills near the sea [...]

Eurasia Group Calls N. Korea, Russia, Iran ‘Axis of Rogues’ in 2024 ‘Top Risk’ Forecast

Eurasia Group Calls N. Korea, Russia, Iran ‘Axis of Rogues’ in 2024 ‘Top Risk’ Forecast

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — A U.S.-headquartered political risk consultancy named North Korea, Russia and Iran an “axis of rogues” in a report on its forecast of this year’s “top risks” on Monday, warning their deeper alignment and mutual support will pose a growing threat to global stability. Eurasia Group released the “Top Risks [...]