The White House says U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russia has acquired ballistic missiles from North Korea and is seeking close-range ballistic missiles from Iran as Moscow struggles to replenish arms for its war with Ukraine.
Pvt. Travis King, 23, ran across the heavily fortified border from South Korea and became the first American detained in North Korea in nearly five years.
The U.S. and South Korean governments have repeatedly warned that any attempt by North Korea to use nuclear weapons would result in the end of their government.
The arrival of the USS Ronald Reagan is expected to enrage North Korea, which views the deployment of such a powerful military asset as a major security threat.
State media say Kim made the comments during a two-day session of the North’s rubber-stamp parliament which amended the constitution to include his policy of expanding the country’s military nuclear program.
Although Pvt. Travis King's expulsion by North Korea resolves a still-mysterious episode, it almost certainly does not end his troubles. King had been declared AWOL by the U.S. government.
On Tuesday, South Korea rolled tanks, artillery systems, drones and powerful ballistic missiles capable of hitting all of North Korea past Seoul streets.
Foreign governments and experts believe the North Korean leader will likely supply ammunition to Russia for its war efforts in Ukraine in exchange for receiving advanced weapons or technology from Russia.
Microsoft warned specifically of the dangers artificial intelligence is creating from malicious state actors seeking to influence, confuse, or deceive the U.S. public.
A U.S. official says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may travel to Russia this month to meet with President Vladimir Putin as the Kremlin tries to acquire military equipment for use in its war in Ukraine.
The North Korean leader has been pushing hard to expand his nuclear arsenal and introduce a slew of new weapons systems.
The move is one of several joint efforts expected to be announced as the three countries look to strengthen security and economic ties.
There was no immediate verification that Pvt. Travis King actually made any of the comments about his home country.
The North Korean leader reportedly visited munitions factories last week and said North Korea must have “an overwhelming military force" and be fully prepared for any war.
In March, White House officials said they gathered intel that showed that Russia was looking to broker a deal with North Korea, in which Moscow would provide the North with needed food and other items in return for munitions.
South Korea's military says North Korea has fired at least one ballistic missile into its eastern sea, adding to a recent streak in weapons testing.
North Korea has remained publicly silent about Pvt. Travis King, who crossed the border, while he was supposed to be heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, after his release from prison in South Korea on an assault conviction.
Pvt. Travis King was supposed to be on his way to Fort Bliss, Texas, this week after finishing a prison sentence in South Korea for assault.
Pvt. 2nd Class Travis King bolted into North Korea while on a tour of the Demilitarized Zone on Tuesday after he was supposed to leave the country and travel to a base in the U.S.
North Korea said its launch of the Hwasong-15 ICBM was organized "suddenly" without prior notice at Kim Jong Un's direct order.