S Korea arrests church leader for obstructing coronavirus fight

Lee Man-hee heads the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which is linked to more than a third of South Korea’s total cases. Authorities in South Korea have arrested the founder of a secretive Christian sect at the centre of the country’s largest coronavirus cluster on charges of obstructing the government’s efforts to contain the outbreak in […]

North Korea: Defector accused of bringing in COVID was facing sex assault charges

A North Korean defector accused of illegally crossing into the country with coronavirus symptoms last week was facing a sexual assault case when he returned to his homeland. The man, identified only by his surname, Kim, was accused of attacking a female defector in her 20s at his home in South Korea in a complaint […]

North Korea declares emergency over suspected virus case

If confirmed, it would be the first officially recognised case of COVID-19 in North Korea. North Korean authorities imposed a lockdown on the border city of Kaesong after discovering what they say is the country’s first suspected coronavirus case. Leader Kim Jong Un convened an emergency politburo meeting to implement a “maximum emergency system and […]

North Korea declares an emergency over coronavirus: Live updates

City of Kaesong near border with South Korea under total lockdown while Vietnam goes on high alert after new infection. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under total lockdown over coronavirus concerns, and declared a state of emergency to contain a potential outbreak, the […]

South Korea launches first military satellite

The ANASIS-II satellite makes South Korea the 10th country in the world to own a military-only communications satellite. Private operator Space X has launched South Korea’s first military communications satellite into space as Seoul looks to build up its defence capabilities against its nuclear-armed neighbour, North Korea. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), in […]

S Korea rejects US extradition over child abuse site

A South Korean court has denied a US extradition request for the man behind one of the world’s largest child sexual abuse websites. Son Jong-woo, who ran the site Welcome to Video, served 18 months in South Korea for producing and distributing indecent images of children. Following his initial release in April, Son was taken […]