UN World Food Programme warns could suspend work in North Korea

Strict coronavirus restrictions imposed by North Korea could force the World Food Programme to suspend operations in the country, where chronic malnutrition is rife, a report on the UN organization’s website said Tuesday.The impoverished country – which is under international sanctions

North Korea made attempts to steal COVID-19 vaccine technology from Pfizer: Yonhap citing NIS

North Korea has made attempts to steal COVID-19 vaccine technology by hacking Pfizer Inc, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday citing the National Intelligence Service.

Kim blames everyone but himself for North Korea’s economic failures

South Korea: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ripped into the performance of his Cabinet and fired a senior economic official he appointed a month ago, saying they’d failed to come up with new ideas to salvage an economy in decay.The report by state media on Friday comes during the toughest p

South Korea seeks to reassure aging residents after raising COVID-19 vaccine questions

SEOUL: With one of the fastest aging populations in the world, South Korea has sought to reassure elderly residents as it said it would push ahead with AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine but is still examining its efficacy for people older than 65.A panel of South Korean advisers has urged cauti

North Korea shows off new submarine-launched missiles after rare party congress

North Korea displayed what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a parade on Thursday night, state media reported, capping more than a week of political meetings with a show of military might. Clad in a leather coat and fur hat, leader Kim Jong Un smiled and waved as

South Korean court confirms 20-year prison term for ex-president Park

SEOUL, South Korea: South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 20-year prison term for former President Park Geun-hye over bribery and other crimes as it wrapped up a historic corruption case that marked a striking fall from grace for the country’s first female leader and conserv

North Korea threatens to build more nuclear weapons over US 'hostility'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to expand his country's nuclear arsenal and develop more sophisticated atomic weapons systems, saying the fate of relations with the US depends on whether it abandons its hostile policy. Mr Kim’s comments, made on Friday during a ruling party meeti

Kim vows to improve ties with outside world at party meeting

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un underscored the need to drastically improve his nation’s ties with the outside world as he addressed a major political conference for the third consecutive day. State media said Kim also reviewed relations with rival South Korea but didn’t elaborate on

South Korea reviews AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

SEOUL: South Korea is reviewing AstraZeneca’s request for approval of its coronavirus vaccine, as it expands a ban on private gatherings of more than four people to the whole country with daily cases topping more than 1,000 in four days.The drug safety ministry said will aim to approve the B

South Korea extends distancing rules for 2 weeks

South Korea is extending stringent distancing rules for two more weeks as authorities seek to suppress a viral resurgence, while confirming its first case of an apparently more contagious coronavirus variant detected in South Africa.   Health Minister Kwon Deok-cheol said on Saturday the se

North Korea’s Kim thanks people in rare New Year’s cards

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked the public for their trust and support “in the difficult times” and wished them happiness and good health in his first New Year’s Day cards sent to his people.Kim usually gives a televised speech on Jan. 1, but he is wid

South Korea logs second-highest daily tally of COVID-19 cases

SEOUL: South Korea posted its second-highest daily number of coronavirus cases on Saturday as outbreaks at a prison, nursing homes and churches continued to grow, prompting authorities to plead for a halt to all year-end gatherings.The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said there

South Korea reports record coronavirus surge, ramps up testing

SEOUL: South Korea has reported its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections on Christmas Day, as the prime minister pleaded for vigilance to arrest a viral surge that has worsened hospitalization and deaths.The 1,241 new cases confirmed by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency o

S. Koreans Line up for Virus Tests as Cases Surge

Long lines snaked from coronavirus testing sites in the South Korean capital of Seoul on Saturday as the country reports 1,053 more confirmed cases, the fourth straight day over 1,000. Thousands took advantage of free tests being offered temporarily in the capital area. The government is struggl

Six South Koreans Die of COVID Awaiting Hospital Beds

Six people suffering from COVID-19 have died in South Korea this month while waiting for hospital beds and hundreds can not get admitted as surging coronavirus infections overload the health system, officials and media said on Friday. South Korea reported 1,062 new coronavirus cases on Friday, it

South Korea reports record coronavirus deaths as lockdown fears spark panic buying

SEOUL: South Korea reported a record number of coronavirus deaths on Thursday as the country’s biggest wave of infections since the start of the pandemic strained hospital resources and sparked panic buying in anticipation of a harsh new lockdown.The coronavirus had claimed another 22 lives

South Korea tightens curbs in Seoul as COVID-19 cases hit 9-month high

South Korea will impose heightened social distancing rules for the capital Seoul and surrounding areas, local media reported on Sunday, as health authorities struggle to contain the largest wave of coronavirus infections in nine months.The decision comes after the government implemented unpreceden

South Korea bans year-end parties as coronavirus case spike again

SEOUL: South Korean authorities announced a ban on year-end parties and some music lessons on Sunday and said public saunas and some cafes must also close after coronavirus infections surged at their fastest pace since the early days of the pandemic.South Korea has been one of the world’s co