Week’s Key Developments on North Korea

SEOUL - Key Developments on North Korea This Week

According to Yonhap News Agency, The past week has seen several significant developments concerning North Korea. Here's a summary of the key events:

Jan. 21: North Korea announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed a willingness to visit Pyongyang at an early date. The country also condemned a United Nations Security Council meeting regarding its hypersonic missile test, while South Korea dismissed North Korea's claim of testing an underwater nuclear attack drone as exaggerated and fabricated. Jan. 22: Following North Korea's claimed drone test, the United States deployed a spy plane. Jan. 23: South Korea called on China to protect the human rights of North Korean defectors during a U.N. review. Jan. 24: North Korea reportedly launched several cruise missiles into the Yellow Sea, as per the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Additionally, a report revealed that North Korea-linked hackers stole approximately US$1 billion in cryptocurrency from a record 20 attacks last year. Jan. 25: North Korea announced the test-firing of a new strategic cruise missile and addressed its regional economic challenges, with the leader terming it a 'serious political issue'. Jan. 26: The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported the visit of the Chinese vice foreign minister to North Korea. These developments highlight the ongoing and complex geopolitical dynamics surrounding North Korea.

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