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DMZ March Blocked, Steinem Goes by Bus Instead

Feminists 'were able to be citizen diplomats,' she says

(Newser) - Female activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea today, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark event. The group of 30 women from 15... More »

N. Korea Claims It Can Make Mini Nukes

Not so fast, says US Joint Chiefs vice chair

(Newser) - China warned us . Less than a month after North Korea says it fired a missile off a submarine, the country's National Defense Commission is now claiming it can craft mini nuclear weapons that fit on the tips of such missiles, Yonhap reports. "We have had the capability... More »

Latest Target of Kim Jong Un's Wrath: Failed Lobster Breeders

Says terrapin farm may 'impair prestige' of Korean Workers' Party

(Newser) - Employees at a terrapin farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang might want to lay low for a while. According to North Korean state news agency KCNA, their Dear Leader isn't too pleased with the way things are managed at Taedonggang Terrapin Farm, which was visited by Kim Jong Un’... More »

Kerry Has Harsh Words for N. Korea: Horrific, Grisly ...

... and 'reckless, grotesque, horrendous'

(Newser) - US Secretary of State John Kerry today accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security commitments. Kerry blamed North Korea for breaking promises, making threats, and showing "flagrant disregard for international law" by continuing to build its... More »

2 Things Give Pause About the North Korea Execution

Some air their doubts about Hyon Yong Chol's execution by anti-aircraft gun

(Newser) - Public execution by anti-aircraft gun was the price of perceived disloyalty for North Korea's defense chief—or was it? The report of Hyon Yong Chol's alleged April 30 execution in front of hundreds came from the mouth of South Korea's National Intelligence Service. Today, the New ... More »

Report: N. Korea Defense Chief Executed by Anti-Aircraft Gun

Spy agency says he fell asleep at military event, disagreed with Kim

(Newser) - Public execution by anti-aircraft gun was the price of perceived disloyalty for North Korea's defense chief, according to South Korea's spy agency. Lawmakers in Seoul say they were told yesterday that military chief Hyon Yong Chol was killed for falling asleep during a military event and for disagreeing... More »

North Korea: We Fired a Missile From Submarine

Test of ballistic missile reportedly successful

(Newser) - North Korea has apparently joined the SLBM club, which, much to the disappointment of the South and the US, stands for submarine-launched ballistic missile. A North Korean newspaper today announced that its test missile "soared into the sky from underwater," reports the Korea Times . It also had photos... More »

North Korea's Latest Feat: Shopping Site

Which is interesting because most people don't have Internet

(Newser) - Online shopping has arrived in North Korea, though it's as isolated from the rest of the world as the country itself, and the vast majority of North Koreans lack the technology to use it. The website Okryu, aimed at smartphone users, offers North Korean products including women's clothing,... More »

NYU Student in North Korea: 'I Wanted to Be Arrested'

Thought arrest could spur a 'great event'

(Newser) - The 21-year-old New York University student arrested in North Korea last month says he "wanted to be arrested." Won Moon Joo was allowed to give an interview to CNN last night, and he says he purposely entered North Korea near the Great Wall of China, crossing two barbed... More »

NYU Student Arrested in North Korea

Won Moon Joo accused of entering country illegally

(Newser) - North Korea said today it has arrested a South Korean student of New York University for illegally entering the country from China last month. Won Moon Joo, who North Korea says has permanent residency in the US and lives in New Jersey, was arrested on April 22 after crossing the... More »

Kim Jong Un Blowing Off Moscow Trip: Kremlin

'Domestic affairs' keeping North Korean leader from first foreign visit

(Newser) - He's not coming. A Kremlin spokesman said today that North Korea's Kim Jong Un, set to make his first official trip abroad since taking power, won't be showing up in Moscow next month to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi... More »

N. Korea Executed 15 for Challenging Kim: Report

One official didn't like his plan for a flower-shaped building

(Newser) - North Korea has reportedly executed at least 15 people this year, including a vice forestry minister who criticized the country's forestation plan. Two South Korean lawmakers, briefed by the country's spy agency, say another senior official was killed for fighting Kim Jong Un's plan to erect a... More »

China Warns US on North Korea's Nukes

Arsenal bigger than US thinks, Beijing's experts say

(Newser) - Even North Korea's closest ally is getting very worried about the country's nuclear arsenal—which may be a lot bigger than we thought. China has warned American nuclear experts that Pyongyang now has around 20 nuclear warheads, and the country has become so good at enriching uranium that... More »

Kim Jong Un Scaled the North's Tallest Peak*

*Here, have some nice pabulum with that propaganda

(Newser) - Today, being the seventh day, presumably Kim Jong Un is resting. But yesterday, the North Korean despot was busily scaling the snowswept 9,000-foot tallest peak in his kingdom, and state media is reporting everything but that he did it in a single bound, reports the BBC . "Climbing Mount... More »

What N. Korean Kids Learn: Kim Jong Un Drove at 3

Kim Jong Un, boy genius, also won yacht races at age 9, per new curriculum

(Newser) - Parents outraged by Common Core can at least be glad their kids aren't being schooled in North Korea. The Telegraph reports that middle school and high school teachers there have been issued a manual to use while teaching a new subject for 2015: "Kim Jong Un's Revolutionary... More »

Look Who's Back: Kim Jong Un's MIA Wife

Ri Sol Ju makes first public showing in months at soccer game with her husband

(Newser) - Someone's been taking that Beatles song "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" a little too seriously. But four months is a long time even by North Korean dictator standards, which may explain why pictures released by the country's state news agency show Kim Jong Un... More »

To N. Korea With Love: Interview Gets Balloon Drop

Defector is balloon-dropping DVDs from South Korea

(Newser) - There was no red carpet and no lines, but The Interview has apparently made its debut in North Korea. A North Korean defector tells AFP that since January he's balloon-dropped thousands of copies of one of the more infamous flicks in recent memory, with his most recent cross-border launch... More »

Kim Jong Un Resurrects 'Pleasure Squad'

New troupe of female entertainers in training in Pyongyang

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un is reportedly taking after his father and recruiting new talent to what has become known as the "pleasure squad." Kim Jong Il was a well-known fan of the troupe of female entertainers, which Kim disbanded after his father's death. But it appears he has... More »

North Korea's Interview Threat Actually Works

Activists postpone DVD balloon airdrop

(Newser) - Almost five years ago, 46 sailors on a South Korean warship were killed in a torpedo attack that Seoul blamed on North Korea—and if North Korea doesn't officially say it's sorry for that ambush by Thursday (the fifth anniversary), an activist group will eventually fly 500,000... More »

North, South Korea Languages Drifting Apart

After 7 decades, about one-third of words are different

(Newser) - On one side of the line that has divided two societies for so long, the words arrive as fast as globalization can bring them—English-based lingo like "shampoo," ''juice," and "self-service." To South Koreans, they are everyday language. To defectors from North Korea,... More »

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