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# Kim Jong-un

This year
# missile tests
North Korea says missile launched yesterday was new solid-fuel long-range ICBM
The missile landed in between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
# fire and fury
Kim Jong Un has vowed a 'practical and offensive’ expansion of North Korea's nuclear arsenal
He met with senior military officials to discuss war preparations in the face of US-South Korean military exercises.
# Nuclear Weapons
North Korea's Kim Jong Un calls for ramping up production of 'weapon-grade nuclear material'
Kim Jong Un’s latest threat came as a US Navy carrier strike group arrived in South Korea.
# radioactive tsunami
North Korea claims to have tested ‘nuclear-capable underwater drone'
Analysts are sceptical the device presents a major new threat but the test underlines the North’s commitment to raising nuclear threats.
# Pyongyang
North Korea launches two missiles to sea, as US and South Korea hold military drills
South Korea’s military called the launches ‘a grave provocation’.
# Donald Trump
Trump to publish book of private letters from Oprah, Kim Jong-un, Princess Diana and more
Many of the letters being published in the book date back to before Trump’s presidency.
# Nuclear Weapons
Kim Jong Un calls for 'exponential increase' of North Korea's nuclear arsenal
Kim Jong Un is reported to have said the country must ‘overwhelmingly beef up the military muscle’ in 2023.
Last year
# nuclear missiles
North Korea says it has tested and deployed 'tactical nuke' cruise missiles
Officials in Seoul and Washington have been warning for months that Pyongyang is ready to conduct another nuclear test.
North Korea law allows for nuclear first strike, makes ownership of missiles 'irreversible'
‘The status of our country as a nuclear weapons state has become irreversible’, leader Kim Jong Un said.
# Coronavirus
Kim Jong Un criticises officials over spiralling North Korea Covid outbreak
The country reported 232,880 new cases of “fever” as of Tuesday evening, bringing the total number to 1.72 million with 62 deaths.
# Coronavirus
Kim Jong Un deploys military to aid pandemic response as North Korean outbreak surges
Failing to slow the virus could have dire consequences for North Korea.
# North Korea
North Korea reports 15 more 'fever' deaths amid Covid outbreak
North Korea has no Covid vaccines, antiviral treatment drugs or mass-testing capacity.
# North Korea
North Korea confirms 21 new deaths as it battles Covid-19
The country had previously held for more than two years to the widely doubted claim that it had kept the virus out.
# Pyongyang
North Korea reveals six deaths after admitting first Covid outbreak
Experts have warned the virus could be devastating in a country with a broken health care system.
# Pyongyang
North Korea orders national lockdown after confirming first Covid-19 cases
The country had never admitted to a case of the virus and had imposed a rigid coronavirus blockade of its borders since 2020.
# Pyongyang
North Korea fires submarine-launched missile after US nuclear warning
The US State Department warned that Pyongyang could be preparing for a nuclear test “as early as next month”.
# North Korea
Kim Jong Un vows to bolster nuclear force capability
The North Korean leader made the remarks in a speech he delivered during a military parade.
# Missile Test
North Korea confirms 'most significant weapon test' in years
The reported flight details make it the most powerful missile North Korea has tested since 2017.
# Pyongyang
North Korea fires two suspected missiles in fourth launch this year
The country has been ramping up tests in recent months of new missiles designed to overwhelm missile defences in the region.
# North Korea
North Korea says it test launched ballistic missiles from a train
South Korea said it detected the North firing two missiles into the sea in its third weapons launch this month.
# tensions
North Korea fires second suspected ballistic missile in less than a week
The early-morning launch came as the UN Security Council met in New York to discuss last week’s test.
# North Korea
North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea
The launch followed a speech by Kim Jong Un last week in which he said North Korea would continue to build up its military capabilities.
All time
North Korean leader urges officials to overcome the country’s ‘grim situation’
Kim Jong Un called for improved living conditions in a speech on the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.
# Yongbyon
Satellite photos show North Korea expanding uranium enrichment plant
North Korea calls the complex “the heart” of its nuclear programme.
# Parade
'Masks and missiles don't mix': North Korea holds giant military parade, ignoring pandemic fears
The state is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party.
# tensions
Kim Jong Un apologises for 'disgraceful' shooting of South Korean fisheries official
The official was shot dead on Tuesday by North Korean soldiers.
# North Korea
North Korea places border city in lockdown over fears of first Covid-19 patient
Pyongyang claims testing has shown the person is “suspected to be infected”.
# Trump
Kim Jong Un 'gets huge laugh' over Trump's perception of relationship, ex-aide John Bolton claims
Bolton spoke to ABC News for his first interview ahead of tomorrow’s release of his tell-all book.
# demilitarised zones
North Korea 'blows up liaison office' as tensions rise with South Korea
North Korea’s military has recently threatened to move back into zones that were demilitarised under inter-Korean peace agreements.
# Korean Peninsula
North Korea severs communication with the South over defectors sending anti-Kim leaflets over the border
Defectors have sent leaflets to the North by balloon and bottle criticising Kim Jong Un over his weapons programmes and human rights abuses.
# North Korea
Kim Jong Un makes first public appearance in 20 days amid rumours of ill health
The Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim attended the ceremony Friday in Sunchon with other senior officials.
# Speculation
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is 'alive and well', South Korea security advisor says
There has been speculation over Kim’s health following his absence from a key anniversary last week.
# North Korea
Satellite photos locate Kim Jong Un’s train as health rumours persist
Speculation has been rife since the leader skipped the April 15 commemoration of the 108th birthday of his grandfather.
# Speculation
South Korea plays down reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 'grave danger after a surgery'
CNN cited a US official saying that Washington was “monitoring intelligence” on the matter.
North Korea says Trump wrote letter offering cooperation in 'anti-epidemic work'
This comes as a hiatus in disarmament talks between the two nations drags on.
# North Korea
Kim Jong-un calls for ‘military counter-measures’ ahead of highly-anticipated New Year address
Kim spoke for seven hours during the ruling Workers’ Party meeting in Pyongyang.
# Nuclear Threat
Trump says North Korea's threat of 'Christmas gift' to US may be a 'beautiful vase as opposed to a missile test'
Nuclear talks between the US and North Korea have been stalled since a February summit fell apart.
# Nuclear Threat
North Korea conducts another 'crucial test' at long-range rocket site
North Korea continues to pressure the Trump administration over an end-of-year deadline to salvage faltering nuclear negotiations.
# weapons test
Trump warns Kim Jong Un had 'everything' to lose through hostility towards US
This comes as Pyongyang said it had carried out a major new weapons test.
# tensions
North Korea conducts 'very important test', according to state media
Pyongyang has carried out a number of launches at the same site where the latest test occurred.