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Weapons of Kim Jong Un's Destruction? Old USB Drives

Groups hope to smuggle 2K into N. Korea every month, laden with movies, TV

(Newser) - Got any old flash drives gathering dust in a drawer? There's a growing movement to get them into the hands of ordinary North Koreans, loaded with Western movies and shows in the hopes of offering a more realistic look at the outside world Pyongyang paints as utterly bleak. Andy... More »

Report: North Korea Executes Army Chief

He was found guilty of pursuing personal gains, corruption: sources

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has executed another top military official , sources say. Army Gen. Ri Yong Gil, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army, was reportedly executed last week after being found guilty of pursuing personal gains and corruption. Appointed military chief in 2013, Ri was spotted... More »

North Korea's Satellite Is Flailing, Useless: US Official

It's tumbling in orbit over the poles, US official says

(Newser) - North Korea's long-range rocket achieved its supposed goal of getting a satellite into space over the weekend. It was not so successful, however, in that the satellite, Kwangmyongsong 4, is now tumbling in its orbit. US Strategic Command notes the satellite and a rocket booster stage "are in... More »

UN to N. Korea: 'Significant' Sanctions on the Way

'There can be no business as usual,' says US ambassador to UN

(Newser) - The UN Security Council has issued a statement strongly condemning North Korea's rocket launch and pledging to "expeditiously" adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions. The statement approved by all 15 council members at an emergency meeting on Sunday underscored that launches using ballistic missile technology,... More »

North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

It's seen as a test for banned missile technology

(Newser) - North Korea defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the UN and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the US mainland. The rocket was fired from North Korea's west coast and tracked separately by the governments Japan... More »

South Koreans Rename Their Country 'Hell'

Welcome to South Korea's 99%

(Newser) - For young South Koreans, hell isn't just "other people"—it's just about everything. Their complaints include long hours, low pay, irregular paychecks, jobs without benefits or security, and the sense that wealthy people have it far too easy, the Washington Post reports. "It’s hard... More »

North Korea Detained US Student After 'Hotel Incident'

'My belief is that Otto kept it to himself out of hope it might go unnoticed'

(Newser) - There are still few details about the "hotel incident" that led to the detention of a 21-year-old American college student earlier this month while visiting North Korea, Reuters reports. Otto Warmbier was preparing to leave the country Jan. 2 when he was detained at Pyongyang Airport, according to the... More »

N. Korea Arrests US Student on 'Party Tour'

Otto Frederick Warmbier was arrested Jan. 2 on a tourist trip

(Newser) - North Korea says it has detained an American student from the University of Virginia who visited the country as part of a "New Year's Party Tour." A rep for Chinese travel company Young Pioneer Tours says undergraduate commerce student Otto Frederick Warmbier, 21, was arrested at Pyongyang... More »

Hangover-Free Booze Is Now Supposedly a Thing

Except North Korea "invented" it, so it's probably not really a thing

(Newser) - While some North Koreans have kept busy exchanging propaganda packages with South Korea and supposedly making H-bombs , other good citizens have reportedly invented the thing the world really needs: a ginseng-derived booze that doesn't cause hangovers. Citing an article in the Pyongyang Times, CNBC notes that the brewing process... More »

Pyongyang Floats 1M Propaganda Leaflets South

Seoul has been blaring K-pop music over border

(Newser) - North Korea has launched an estimated 1 million propaganda leaflets by balloon into South Korea amid increased tension between the rivals following the North's supposed recent nuclear test, Seoul officials said Monday. A Cold War-style standoff has flared since the North's claim on Jan. 6 that it had... More »

Shots Fired After S. Korea Spots Pyongyang Drone

The drone got away, Seoul says

(Newser) - South Korea on Wednesday fired 20 machine gun warning shots after a North Korean drone briefly crossed the rivals' border, South Korean military officials say. It's the first time shots have been fired in what has so far been a Cold War-style standoff between the Koreas in the wake... More »

North Korea: We've Got a US Prisoner

Man IDed as Kim Dong Chul tells CNN he spied on North for the South

(Newser) - "I'm asking the US or South Korean government to rescue me," was the plea of the man "frogmarched" into a Pyongyang hotel room in front of a CNN reporter. That man said his name is Kim Dong Chul and that he's a naturalized American citizen... More »

Message to Kim: US Sends Bomber on Korean Fly-By

Show of force in wake of alleged H-bomb test

(Newser) - A powerful US B-52 bomber flew low over South Korea on Sunday, a clear show of force from the United States as a Cold War-style standoff deepened between its ally Seoul and North Korea following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test. North Korea will read the fly-over of a bomber capable... More »

Seoul Blares Propaganda on Kim Jong Un's Birthday

Broadcasts expected to draw furious response from North

(Newser) - As world leaders debated ways to penalize North Korea's claim of an H-bomb test , South Korea voiced its displeasure with broadcasts of anti-Pyongyang propaganda across the rivals' tense border Friday, believed to be the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The broadcasts will likely draw a furious... More »

S. Korea to North: We're Turning On the Loudspeakers

South to resume propaganda broadcasts after purported H-bomb test

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un isn't going to like his birthday present from South Korea, which says it will resume loudspeaker broadcasts into North Korea on Friday—Kim's birthday—as fallout for Pyongyang's purported test of a hydrogen bomb , though the White House has its doubts , per the Wall ... More »

White House: We Don't Think That Was an H-Bomb

Early analysis suggests North Korea is exaggerating, says US

(Newser) - A sentence sure to please anyone worried about the idea of Kim Jong Un having an H-bomb in his arsenal: White House spokesman Josh Earnest says initial analysis results are "not consistent with North Korean claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test,” reports the Washington Post . It could... More »

China Fuming Over N. Korea 'H-Bomb Test'

Beijing plans to lodge strong protest with ally

(Newser) - North Korea's main ally says it "firmly opposes" Pyongyang's purported hydrogen bomb test and is monitoring the environment along its border with the North near the test site. China plans to summon North Korea's ambassador in Beijing to the Foreign Ministry to lodge a strong protest,... More »

The Science Behind North Korea's H-Bomb Claim

At the very least, it could have been a 'boosted' atomic blast

(Newser) - Did North Korea really join the H-bomb club ? It will take weeks for the rest of the world to confirm the exact nature of Pyongyang's latest test. In the meantime, here's a look at the science involved in the process:
  • Fission vs. fusion: The Atlantic explains the
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N. Korea: We Tested H-Bomb

Explosion caused 5.1 quake

(Newser) - A tense 2016 lies ahead on the Korean Peninsula after a North Korean nuclear test that could mark an alarming leap forward in the country's technology. Pyongyang claims that it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb for the first time, though experts say the Wednesday morning explosion— believed to have... More »

2 North Korean Doctors Dead After Wives Inject Them

The wives are apparently doctors, too

(Newser) - Strange deaths involving North Koreans keep getting stranger—only this time the incident occurred in Cambodia. Two doctors, both in their 50s and working in Phnom Penh, got so drunk last weekend that their wives, who are also both doctors, decided to inject them with some kind of "medicine... More »

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