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Kim Jong-un buries mentor amid North Korea Covid crisis

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Kim Jong-un attended the funeral for a top North Korean official, state media reported on Monday, helping carry his coffin, as the country maintained the much-disputed claim that its coronavirus outbreak is subsiding....

Kim Jong-un calls North Korea’s response to Covid outbreak ‘inadequate’

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has criticised his country’s response to its first officially confirmed Covid-19 outbreak as “immature”, accusing government officials of inadequacies and inertia as fever cases swept t...

Kim Jong-un calls in the army to respond to North Korea’s Covid-19 crisis

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Kim Jong-un has criticised North Korea’s pandemic response and ordered the army to help distribute medicine, state media said Monday, as the country said 50 people had died since first reporting an outbreak of Covid-1...

Kim Jong-un oversees missile test that North Korea claims advances nuclear program

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North Korea has test-fired a new weapons system, under the supervision of leader Kim Jong-un, that it claims will boost the efficiency of its tactical nuclear weapons, state media reported. The “new-type tactical guid...

North Korea confirms barrage of missile tests as Kim Jong-un visits arms factory

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North Korea has test-fired more long-range cruise missiles and short-range ballistic missiles, state media says, part of a record-breaking streak of launches this year. Pyongyang has conducted six weapons tests since ...

Rollercoasters, horses and weight loss: 10 years of Kim Jong-un image politics

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Three generations of the Kim family have ruled North Korea with absolute authority since 1948, and analysts say the regime has used carefully crafted images to ensure their power. Outsiders regard Kim as a ruthless t...

From ‘tempestuous’ child to little rocket man: 10 years of Kim Jong-un

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It was not, perhaps, the image Kim Jong-un would have wanted to project in his first public appearance as the latest authoritarian leader of North Korea in 2011. As wailing citizens exhibited their grief along the sno...

Slim Kim Jong-un: North Korean leader believed healthy despite weight loss

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has recently lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) but remains healthy and is trying to increase public loyalty to him in the face of worsening economic problems, South Korea’s spy agency...

Kim Jong-un orders hotline with the South to reopen as he condemns ‘cunning’ US

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Kim Jong-un has condemned a US offer of dialogue as a “facade”, state media reported, but said he had ordered officials to restore communication lines with South Korea to “promote peace”. Speaking in parliament on Wed...

Kim Jong-un to face human rights abuse claims in Japanese court

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A Japanese court has summoned North Korea’s leader to face demands for compensation by several ethnic Korean residents of Japan who say they suffered human rights abuses in North Korea after joining a resettlement pro...

Kim Jong-un rejects Covax vaccine offer as North Korea fights pandemic in ‘our style’

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered officials to wage a tougher epidemic prevention campaign in “our style” after he turned down some foreign Covid-19 vaccines offered via the UN-backed immunisation program. D...

Kim Jong-un signal for help could mark a turning point in North Korea’s Covid fight

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Almost 18 months after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, North Korea has come close to conceding that its attempts to keep the virus from its borders have failed. While North Korea’s state-controlled media have not ...

Kim Jong-un: apparent weight loss prompts speculation over North Korean leader’s health

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The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has prompted more speculation about his health after recent photographs suggested he had lost weight. Kim, whose heavy frame has drawn global interest since he became the country’...

Kim Jong-un warns of historic economic crisis in North Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for another “arduous march” against severe economic difficulties, appearing to compare the situation to a 1990s famine during which hundreds of thousands of people died. Kim ...