North Korea blames COVID outbreak on South Korean balloons

North Korea blames COVID outbreak on South Korean balloons

North Korea is blaming its COVID-19 outbreak on “alien things” — including balloons flown from South Korea. The state media report said the hermit kingdom’s epidemic prevention center had found COVID clusters in the town of Ipho near its southeastern border with South Korea and that some Ipho residents with feverish symptoms traveled to Pyongyang. … Read more

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Shangri-La Dialogue: China blasts US 'bully', says it will 'fight to the end' for Taiwan

Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. • China’s Defense Minister today accused the US of being a “bully” and “hijacking” countries around the region during a combative speech in which he said his country would “fight to the very end” to stop Taiwanese independence. • South Korea will “dramatically” … Read more

South Korea, US launch eight missiles in response to North Korea

South Korea, US launch eight missiles in response to North Korea

Seven were fired by South Korea and one by the US, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, which said they demonstrated that “even if North Korea provokes with missiles from multiple locations, (South Korea and the US have) the ability and readiness to immediately strike with precision.” North Korea fired eight short-range … Read more

US intelligence assessing whether North Korea tested missile with properties not seen before

US intelligence assessing whether North Korea tested missile with properties not seen before

CNN — The US intelligence community is trying to determine whether North Korea tested a ballistic missile with properties the US has not seen before earlier this week, according to three US officials. North Korea’s launch of three ballistic missiles on Wednesday included one that flew an unusual trajectory, according to the officials. The missile … Read more

US, Japan and South Korea focus on semiconductors as Biden visits Asia

US, Japan and South Korea focus on semiconductors as Biden visits Asia

TOKYO — As US President Joe Biden visits Japan and South Korea, the three countries are looking for common ground on the world stage. One place they’re finding it is semiconductors. A first stop for Biden on his first swing through Asia as president was a Samsung factory in South Korea. “These little chips, only … Read more

North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress

North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms, even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across his unvaccinated populace and hinted at easing virus restrictions to nurse a decaying economy. The outbreak has caused concern about … Read more

‘Squid Game’ Star Lee Jung-jae’s Movie Bloodbath ‘Hunt’ Rattles Cannes

'Squid Game' Star Lee Jung-jae's Movie Bloodbath 'Hunt' Rattles Cannes

Hunt is—excitingly or disappointingly, depending on your preferences—not a gritty, character-based reboot of the Impossible mission franchise, but instead a political thriller from South Korea, made by Squid Game’s breakout star Lee Jung-jae in his directorial debut. The fact that Hunt is so clearly a debut, with all the messy, bumpy execution that that implies, … Read more

As Biden visits Asia, China launches South China Sea drills

As Biden visits Asia, China launches South China Sea drills

China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with US President Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea and Japan ByThe Associated Press May 20, 2022, 1:31 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BEIJING — China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea … Read more

Secret Service agents sent home from South Korea after drunken incident

Secret Service agents sent home from South Korea after drunken incident

Two Secret Service employees were shipped back to the US from South Korea this week following an alcohol-fueled confrontation with a local cab driver ahead of President Biden’s trip to the country, according to multiple reports. ABC News reported Friday that an agent and an armed physical security specialist assigned to go to Seoul to … Read more

Biden: Korean chip plant a model for deeper ties to Asia

Biden: Korean chip plant a model for deeper ties to Asia

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden opened a trip to Asia on Friday by touring a South Korean computer chip factory that will be the model for another plant in Texas, offering it as a way to deepen ties with the Indo Pacific and fuel technological innovation and foster vibrant democracies. “So much … Read more