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UN: North Korea Obtains Foreign Cash in Cruel Way

Forced labor is a human rights violation one UN official wants brought before ICC

(Newser) - North Korea is saddled with sanctions for its nuclear testing , but Pyongyang has found at least one way to buck the system, the UN now acknowledges: bring in foreign currency via forced labor outside the country , reports CNN . And it's no small chunk of change the nation is said... More »

North Korea Talks Tough on Big Anniversary

Kim says North can give US 'any kind of war'

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation leadership. The parade,... More »

N. Korea Frees NYU Student After 5 Months

Joo Won-moon, 21, is back home in South Korea: Seoul

(Newser) - Five months after he was detained for allegedly entering North Korea illegally, 21-year-old Joo Won-moon , 21, has put the hermit nation behind him. Seoul says the South Korean citizen and permanent resident of the US was handed to South Korean officials at the border on Monday after he was initially... More »

Detained NYU Student Says N. Korea Is Great

Pyongyang paraded Joo Won-moon, 21, in front of media today

(Newser) - A South Korean citizen and resident of the US who has been detained in North Korea for five months was presented to the media in Pyongyang today and said he hasn't been able to contact his family but wanted them to know he's healthy. Joo Won-moon, 21, a... More »

N. Korea: We're Ready to Use Nukes Against US

Pyongyang says it has restarted all atomic bomb fuel production plants

(Newser) - A day after threatening rocket launches, North Korea declared today that it has revamped and restarted all its atomic bomb fuel production plants. The back-to-back announcements—which many outside analysts consider threats designed to spur talks with the US that could eventually provide impoverished North Korea with concessions—will push... More »

CIA: Clinton's Email Had Classified Information

But State Dept. rep says 'classification is rarely a black and white question'

(Newser) - Since July, Hillary Clinton's team has been fighting findings by the intelligence community's inspector general that she housed classified information on her private email server. But a special intelligence review by the CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency just bolstered the original proclamation, finding that two emails she... More »

Pyongyang Airport's Internet Lounge Is Missing Something

Two somethings, if you count keyboards

(Newser) - Pyongyang's shiny new airport building has all the features international travelers have come to expect, though some lose their luster upon closer examination. Case in point: Its Internet room appears to be missing the Internet. On two recent trips through the airport by the AP, the room's three... More »

Korea Deal: N. Says Sorry, South Cuts Propaganda

Deal struck after marathon 30 hours of talks to deescalate tensions

(Newser) - South Korea says it has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts in a matter of hours after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that maimed two South Korean troops, and CNN reports that it will lift its "semi-state of war." South Korean national security adviser... More »

50 N. Korean Subs Go Missing

S. Korea military official says subs have disappeared off radar, raising concern

(Newser) - Top government officials from the Koreas met over the weekend in the border town of Panmunjom to discuss keeping the peace , Reuters reports. But North Korea seems to be hedging its bets after a South Korean military official said that 50 of its northern foe's submarines have disappeared, the... More »

North, South Korea Back Off War Footing at Deadline

They hold rare peace talks after days of threats

(Newser) - The West is not waking up to a shooting war between North and South Korea, despite an ultimatum by the North to that effect. Instead: peace talks. Pyongyang had demanded that the South dismantle its propaganda-blaring loudspeaker systems along the border by about 4am Eastern or risk "all-out war,... More »

N. Korea Says It Is in 'Quasi-State of War'

Pyongyang orders troops to be ready for battle by tonight

(Newser) - More tough talk from North Korea: The country says its troops are now in a "quasi-state of war" and they've been ordered to be battle-ready by this evening, reports the AP , which notes that a "quasi-state of war" has existed along the Korean border for decades. The... More »

North, South Korea Fire at Each Other

South fires back after Pyongyang rocket hits

(Newser) - Things are heating up between the Koreas once again: North Korea and South Korea fired at each other today in the first such clash on land since a deadly attack on a South Korean island in 2010, the New York Times reports. After the North fired what is believed to... More »

Report: Kim Jong Un Purged Vice Premier With Gun

Leader's 'reign of terror' shows no sign of letting up

(Newser) - You'd think Kim Jong Un would've tired of executions by now, but sources tell Yonhap News that North Korea's Vice Premier Choe Yong-gon was executed by shooting in May, apparently after he "expressed discomfort" over Kim's forestation policy; his work performance was also found lacking,... More »

South Korea: North Crept Across Border, Planted Mines

South swears 'severe retaliation' after 2 soldiers lose legs

(Newser) - Two South Korean soldiers maimed near the border with North Korea last Tuesday were victims of a North Korean attack, officials say. The South Korean Defense Ministry claims North Korean soldiers crept across the 2.5-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone to plant mines outside the South's guard post near Paju, reports... More »

North Korea Quits Time Zone of 'Wicked Imperialists'

Country will switch to Pyongyang Time next week

(Newser) - What time it is in Korea will soon depend on which side of the DMZ you are on. North Korea says is abandoning the time zone imposed on it by "wicked Japanese imperialists" in 1910 and creating its own time zone, 8.5 hours ahead of GMT and 30... More »

North Korea Launch Pad Seems to Have Gotten Bigger

Which could mean it can now launch longer-range missiles: report

(Newser) - Rumors of a new North Korea rocket launch are circulating again as government sources inform Yonhap news agency that the country has almost finished modifiying the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. A taller, 220-foot launch tower—a full 55 feet longer than the previous tower—has been spotted via satellite imagery.... More »

What About a N. Korea Nuke Deal? Pyongyang Reacts

'We do not have any interest at all,' says rep

(Newser) - US officials wondering whether the landmark nuclear deal with Iran would make North Korea reconsider its own nuclear program have their answer: Absolutely not. Though North Korea, like its ally Iran, is sanctioned by the US, EU, and UN, a foreign ministry rep for Pyongyang says its development of nuclear... More »

Inside North Korea's Bizarre, Compulsory Elections

Voters were "singing and dancing" as they cast their ballots

(Newser) - To say North Koreans turned out in droves to vote in state elections yesterday would be an understatement, because state media are reporting 99.7% voter turnout, Sky News reports. That's only the first eyebrow-raiser about the country's electoral process, held every four years so voters can "... More »

This Band Will Make History in North Korea

Slovenia's Laibach will be first foreign group to perform in Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea is opening its borders to the first foreign band to put on a show, and Slovenian pop group Laibach isn't exactly a predictable choice. The band, known for wearing military uniforms on stage, has a "bad boy reputation," director Morten Traavik, who's arranged several... More »

South Korea: North Says It 'Purged' Defense Chief

Hyon Yong Chol is out; Gen. Pak Yong Sik is in

(Newser) - North Korea has officially confirmed the purging of its defense chief two months after Seoul's spy service said he had been executed for disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean official said today. South Korea's National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in May that People's Armed... More »

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