The United States and South Korea are considering curtailing joint military exercises due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus, officials said Monday.
Schools were shuttered, churches told worshipers to stay away and some mass gatherings were banned as cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, the newest front in a widening global outbreak.
The highest-level North Korean diplomat to defect to South Korea will join its main opposition party and run in April parliamentary elections, party officials said Monday.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile from the sea in what may be its first test of an underwater-launched missile in three years.
South Korea and the U.S. will conduct annual joint military exercises despite warnings from North Korea that the drills could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy.
South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots after a Russian military plane twice violated South Korea's airspace.
North Korea slammed South Korea over its deployment of U.S. fighter jets, warning that it will test special weapons of its own to "destroy" the aircraft.
North Korea said that South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington, as it stepped up its pressure on the United States to work out new proposals to salvage deadlocked nuclear diplomacy.
The State Department is concerned that North Korea will use its criminal capabilities—particularly in cybercrime —while it is under U.N.-led sanctions.
A North Korean soldier fled across a heavily fortified border to defect to South Korea, just as the rivals began taking steps to reduce military tensions.