Sunny Skies Dominate South Korea’s Weather Outlook for SaturdayNorth Korea Ceases Operation of Spy Radio Station Amidst Heightened Inter-Korean Tensions

SEOUL - South Korea's 12 major cities are set to experience predominantly sunny weather on Saturday, as detailed in the latest forecast provided at 9:01 a.m. According to the Yonhap News Agency, most regions will enjoy clear skies with zero chance of rain, marking a pleasant day ahead for the country.

The temperature ranges vary across different cities. Seoul, the capital, is expected to see a high of 4°C and a low of -5°C under sunny conditions. Similarly, Incheon and Suwon will experience sunny weather, with highs of 3°C and 4°C and lows of -4°C and -6°C, respectively. Cheongju and Daejeon are also forecasted to have sunny skies, with Cheongju reaching a high of 5°C and a low of -4°C, and Daejeon slightly warmer at 6°C high and -5°C low.

Chuncheon will see a high of 4°C and a low of -8°C, maintaining the sunny trend. Gangneung stands out with a slightly different weather pattern, expecting cloudy skies and a 20% chance of rain, with temperatures ranging from a high of 5°C to a low of -2°C.

Other cities, including Jeonju, Gwangju, Jeju, Daegu, and Busan, will also enjoy sunny weather. Jeonju is set for a high of 7°C and a low of -3°C, Gwangju at 8°C/-2°C, and Daegu also at 8°C/-2°C. Jeju, known for its milder climate, will have a pleasant 11°C high and a low of 3°C. Busan, a major port city, is forecasted to experience a high of 10°C and a low of 1°C, all under sunny skies.

Overall, South Korea is gearing up for a bright and clear Saturday, with most cities expecting sunny weather and negligible chances of rain.

SEOUL - In a significant move, North Korea has ceased the operation of Pyongyang Radio, a station historically used for broadcasting encrypted messages to spies in South Korea. This step, observed since Saturday, includes the suspension of both radio broadcasts and access to the station's website.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, this development follows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's directive to "readjust and reform" organizations managing inter-Korean affairs, outlined during a key Workers' Party meeting last month. This decision is amidst escalating tensions between North and South Korea. Pyongyang Radio, known for transmitting series of mysterious numbers presumed to be coded instructions to agents in South Korea, had resumed such broadcasts in 2016 after a 16-year hiatus following the first historic summit between the two Koreas in 2000.

Additionally, North Korea held a meeting on Friday to decide the dissolution of organizations responsible for civilian exchanges with South Korea. The KCNA stated that all relevant bodies, including the North Side Committee for Implementing June 15 Joint Declaration and others focusing on national reconciliation and reunification, will undergo readjustment.

The meeting also emphasized developing a new reunification policy, labeling "South Korean puppets" pursuing the North's collapse and unification by absorption as the "main enemy of the DPRK to be completely wiped out." DPRK, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is the official name for North Korea.

These measures align with North Korea's recent provocations and Kim Jong-un's declaration of inter-Korean ties as relations between "two states hostile to each other." At the year-end ruling party meeting, Kim called for increased preparations to "suppress the whole territory of South Korea" and sought a "fundamental change" in dealing with the South.

As part of these efforts, North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui led early discussions this month to dismantle the United Front Department, responsible for relations with South Korea. This action follows a period of heightened tensions marked by North Korea firing around 350 artillery shells into waters off its west coast between January 5 and 7, representing the first live-fire drills near the sea border since December 2022.

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