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Mystery woman spotted near Kim Jong-un in recent months sparks speculation

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  • An unidentified woman has recently been seen in Kim Jong-un’s inner circle.
  • First noticed in February, the mysterious woman is often seen by Kim’s side wearing a suit dress and glasses while carrying a black handbag.
  • The woman, who is speculated to be Kim’s relative, is estimated to be in her 30s or 40s.
  • She was at Kim’s side last week during a concert, and was also seen carrying folders during Kim’s speech to North Korea’s parliament.

A mystery woman spotted in Kim Jong-un’s inner circle in recent months is sparking speculation about her identity.

The woman was first noticed in February and has since been photographed near Kim. She is typically seen wearing a suit dress with glasses and carrying a black handbag. 

North Korea passes ‘irreversible’ law declaring itself a nuclear weapons state

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  • On Friday, North Korean state media reported the passing of new legislation permitting the launching of nuclear weapons.
  • In the official report released by KCNA, the nuclear forces are a “powerful means of defending the sovereignty, territorial integrity and fundamental interests of the state.”
  • In his speech at the Thursday SPA meeting, Kim Jong-un emphasized his will to “never give up nuclear weapons” and accused the U.S. of attempting to weaken the country.
  • North Korea’s response came soon after the 2022 Seoul Defense Dialogue and a Tokyo trilateral meeting between the United States, South Korea and Japan.

North Korea has passed an “irreversible” law declaring itself a nuclear weapons state.

On Friday, North Korean state media reported the passing of new legislation permitting the preemptive launching of nuclear weapons when the leadership is threatened. The new law updated the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) previous stance of maintaining their nuclear weapons until other countries also denuclearized and not using them preemptively against non-nuclear powers.

North Korea records first COVID-19 deaths after ‘explosive’ outbreak

  • North Korea has recorded its first COVID-19 deaths after the hermit nation reported an “explosive” outbreak that possibly infected over 350,000 people.
  • Around 18,000 people experienced new “fever cases” on Thursday alone.
  • One of the six people who have died as of Friday was reportedly infected with the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron.
  • The country has called the outbreak in Pyongyang a "major national emergency" but has yet to confirm the exact number of confirmed positive cases.
  • News of its first-ever COVID-19 death was confirmed after the government imposed “maximum emergency measures,” including a nationwide lockdown, to contain the outbreak in the capital.
  • Some experts stated that a significant outbreak could quickly overwhelm North Korea’s poorly equipped health facilities. They also pointed out that only a few of the country’s 25.8 million citizens have been vaccinated.

North Korea has recorded its first COVID-19 deaths after the hermit nation reported an “explosive” outbreak that possibly infected over 350,000 people.

Around 18,000 people in the East Asian country experienced new “fever cases” on Thursday alone. One of the six people who have died as of Friday was reportedly infected with the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron.

North Korea launches 3 ballistic missiles amid its first COVID outbreak

  • On Thursday, North Korea fired three ballistic missiles towards the sea, just hours after confirming its first-ever coronavirus outbreak.
  • They are the first missiles to be fired since South Korea’s conservative new president Yoon Suk-yeol took office on Tuesday.
  • The news also comes amid U.S. President Biden’s scheduled visit to South Korea’s capital next week. Concerns about North Korea’s weapons are expected to be a high-priority topic.
  • Kim announced that there would be a complete lockdown of cities to stop the spread of the virus. He communicated that control of transmissions was critical to eliminate the spread as quickly as possible.
  • The country’s largely unvaccinated population of 26 million is likely to suffer more casualties, as a result of its poor healthcare system, than its industrialized nation counterparts.

On Thursday, North Korea fired three ballistic missiles towards the sea, just hours after confirming its first-ever coronavirus outbreak.

The short-range missiles were just the latest weapons demonstration, among the over 13 reported launches this year alone. 

North Korea fires ballistic missile, Japan and South Korea report, in 13th launch this year

  • Japan and South Korea reported that North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.
  • The latest test was North Korea's 13th launch of the year, including the reportedly failed missile test on March 16 and an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on March 24. 
  • In response, the U.S. military said in a statement: “While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel, territory, or that of our allies, we will continue to monitor the situation,” read the statement.
  • After North Korea’s military parade on April 25, Kim Jong-un vowed to develop nuclear arms "to deter war."
  • "True peace can be trusted and national dignity and national sovereignty can be guaranteed by the powerful self-defense force that can overcome the enemy," he warned. 

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, marking yet another launch since leader Kim Jong-un warned of “preemptive” use of nuclear weapons.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff determined that the North Korean government launched the missile from Sunan, a district in Pyongyang. 

Why only the poorest North Koreans live in the country’s high-rise penthouses

  • A new 80-story residential skyscraper in North Korea is part of the country’s growing efforts to build thousands of apartments for residents; however, defectors are saying that a lack of working elevators and sufficient water supply has resulted in the top floors being undesirable to many.
  • The large-scale housing development is a goal and point of pride for Kim Jong Un, who has vowed to build thousands of high-quality apartments.
  • In North Korea, housing options are assigned, and the buying and selling of homes are illegal.
  • The editor of Daily NK, a Seoul-based news publication covering stories about North Korea, says many believe the apartments are not ready to be inhabited and that while some include furniture, many don’t have working water.

North Korea has finished construction of an 80-story residential skyscraper complete with penthouses in the capital of Pyongyang, but only some of the least fortunate in the country reportedly choose to live on the top floors of the country’s high-rise apartments. 

Defectors have said that many North Koreans take issue with the higher floors of these apartments due to a lack of working elevators, electrical issues, minimal water supply and poor overall safety and quality, according to Reuters

North Korea broadcasts dramatic, movie-style video of Kim Jong-un overseeing ICBM launch

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  • North Korea’s Hwasong-17 missile launch featured a dramatic action movie-like video of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and his military officials as they oversaw its success.
  • The 15-minute segment, which was aired on state television, featured the North Korean leader and military officials walking in slow-motion with the missile behind them.
  • Kim was also seen removing his black sunglasses and checking his watch in slow-motion before the video showed enchanting shots of the Hwasong-17 missile.

North Korea’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch yet featured a dramatic, Hollywood-style film of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and his military officials as they oversaw its success.

The 15-minute segment was aired on state television on Friday afternoon to highlight the importance of the launch for Kim. The stylized action movie-like video featured the North Korean leader and military officials walking in slow-motion with the missile behind them.

U.S. sanctions Russia, North Korea after Pyongyang launches missile that can reach Washington

  • The U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on Russia and North Korea on Thursday for the transfer of sensitive items to Pyongyang’s missile program.
  • The move was made on the same day Kim Jong-un ordered the launch of a Hwasong-17, believed to be North Korea’s longest-range weapon and the world’s largest road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
  • The missile reached a maximum altitude of 3,880 miles (approximately 6,244 kilometers) and traveled 680 miles (approximately 1,094 kilometers) before landing in waters between North Korea and Japan.
  • If it followed a normal trajectory, the missile could reach the East Coast of the United States.

The U.S. has imposed new sanctions on Russian and North Korean entities and individuals over the transfer of sensitive items to Pyongyang’s missile program, the State Department announced on Thursday.

The move was made on the same day North Korea fired its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) yet — the Hwasong-17 — under the orders of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rides white horse, limps in new documentary celebrating his achievements

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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un can be seen riding a white horse in a new documentary that celebrates his 2021 accomplishments.
  • It does not go into specifics about the country’s recent “hardships,” but North Korea faces food shortages during a drought and floods and has closed its borders to keep COVID-19 at bay.
  • "This video showed his motherly side where he completely dedicated his own body to realize people's dreams," the narrator is quoted as saying.

Kim Jong-un can be seen riding a white horse in a new documentary that celebrates his purported accomplishments in 2021, including conducting more missile tests, visiting a construction site and identifying ways to stop the spread of the pandemic.

The 110-minute film was broadcast in North Korea on Tuesday and showed the hermit kingdom leader addressing the nation’s “worst-ever hardships,” Reuters reported. It also showed Kim riding on a white horse into the sunset on a beach.

North Korea bans laughing, drinking for 11 days on 10th anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s death

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On the 10th anniversary of former supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-il’s death last week and the beginning of the country’s 11-day bereavement mandate, a noticeably slimmer Kim Jong-un made an appearance to commemorate his father’s death.

Death anniversary: Donning his trademark black leather coat, North Korean’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un, 37, stood in front of thousands of North Koreans who attended the memorial service at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum of the late leader, on Friday, according to Reuters. North Korea’s flag was also flown at half-mast as part of the commemoration.

‘You love sending rockets all over the place’: Trump says he gave ‘Rocket Man’ cassette to Kim Jong-un

Donald Trump claimed he played Elton John's 'Rocket Man' to North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump recalled in a recent speech that he gave Kim Jong-un a cassette player and a tape featuring the 1970s Elton John song “Rocket Man.”

A gift for “Rocket Man”: The former U.S. President was speaking during the first night of his four-date “History Tour” at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, on Saturday when he claimed that he let the North Korean leader listen to the song, reported Business Insider.