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N. Korea Soldier Walks Across DMZ to Defect

He made it across 2.5 heavily fortified miles

(Newser) - South Korea's military said Thursday that a North Korean soldier had crossed the border between the rivals to defect. South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff said military officials were investigating the North Korean soldier, who defected across the central-east portion of the military demarcation line, which is inside... More »

Model F-16 Wows Crowd at North Korea's First Air Show

Officials aren't saying where they got it

(Newser) - Now here's something you don't see every day: an F-16 fighter jet buzzing through the skies of North Korea and launching fireworks. The plane roaring over people's heads at the country's first air show Sunday was actually a remote-controlled mock-up of the fabled US Air Force... More »

S. Korea: We're Willing to Kill Kim Jong Un

Defense minister delivers blunt comments in parliament

(Newser) - This should calm tensions on the Korean peninsula. Asked in parliament on Wednesday whether South Korea had a plan in place to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should the need arise, the country's defense minister didn't beat around the bush. "Yes, we do have... More »

N. Korea's Internet Just Leaked— All 28 Websites

(Newser) - Have a few minutes? You can peruse all of North Korea's websites. The country's main Domain Name System server was reportedly misconfigured on Monday and a security engineer for Uber took notice. Matthew Bryant was able to access data on all .kp domain names, then shared it on... More »

N. Korea Hints It's Prepping for Forbidden Rocket Launch

State media says Kim Jong Un personally oversaw ground test of rocket engine

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has overseen a ground test of a new rocket engine and ordered a satellite launch preparation, state media said Tuesday, an indication North Korea may soon conduct a prohibited long-range rocket launch, per the AP . The UN and others view the North's space launch project as... More »

North Korea Will Soon Have the Makings for 20 Nukes

It's producing 330 pounds of enriched uranium per year: report

(Newser) - If it doesn't already , North Korea will have the makings for 20 nuclear bombs by the end of the year, experts predict in a new report. The country is believed to be producing 330 pounds of highly enriched uranium per year at one or two sites—enough for six... More »

N. Korea Closer to Becoming International Nuclear Threat

Officials believe it's only a matter of time until it has long-range nuclear missile

(Newser) - North Korea may not be able to launch a nuclear attack on the US, but the Washington Post reports it's getting closer and closer to having that ability, as evidenced by Friday's nuclear test . “It’s a clear indication of progress towards developing a miniaturized nuclear warhead... More »

Quake Was North Korea's Biggest Nuclear Test Yet

Pyongyang says it has reached 'higher level'

(Newser) - In what Seoul called an act of "fanatic recklessness," North Korea carried out its biggest nuclear test yet early Friday, angering allies and enemies alike. The test registered as a 5.3-magnitude quake; Middlebury Institute expert Jeffrey Lewis tells Reuters that signals a blast of up to 30... More »

In Tweak to G-20, North Korea Fires 3 Mid-Range Missiles

Show of force ahead of G-20 summit

(Newser) - North Korea on Monday fired three medium-range missiles that traveled about 620 miles and landed near Japan in an apparent show of force timed to coincide with the Group of 20 economic summit in China, South Korean officials said. North Korea has staged a series of recent missile tests with... More »

'Dead' BYU Student Possibly Abducted by N. Korea 12 Years Ago

And may actually be alive and teaching English in Pyongyang, per report

(Newser) - How did a Brigham Young student who vanished more than a decade ago suddenly (and allegedly) pop up as a teacher in North Korea? The family of David Sneddon—who was 24 when he disappeared in China in 2004—tells KSL that a Yahoo Japan report reveals Sneddon has emerged... More »

Report: Kim Has Man Executed for Nodding Off

South Korean newspaper carries report

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has allegedly had two men put to death using a method he's been said to have used before : by anti-aircraft gun. South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reports by way of an unnamed source that two men were publicly executed earlier this month. It identifies the men... More »

On Day 3 of War Games, North Korea Acts Out

Seoul says missile flew 310 miles, a record for the country

(Newser) - North Korea on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile from a submarine into the sea in an apparent protest against Monday's start of annual South Korea-US military drills . The missile fired from a submarine off the eastern coastal town of Sinpo flew about 310 miles, the longest flight of a... More »

In North Korea, Manbang and Chill?

State-sponsored on-demand TV unveiled

(Newser) - North Korea has its own version of Netflix, apparently. Citing local media, the BBC reports that state broadcaster KCTV has unveiled a set-top box called Manbang that connects to state-controlled intranet and allows viewers to watch, on demand, five TV channels, a number of documentaries "about the leadership,"... More »

As War Games Begin, N. Korea Threatens to Turn DC to 'Ashes'

Cue the military rhetoric amid tensions over defection of top diplomat

(Newser) - South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea's threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal. Such fiery rhetoric by Pyongyang is not unusual, but the latest warning comes at a time of more tension following... More »

Pro-North Korea Video Is Most Disgusting Thing on the Internet

British YouTuber sings North Korea's praises

(Newser) - Apparently the problem with North Korea is we're all being a little too hard on it. Let British YouTube star Louis Cole explain. Cole, whose YouTube page has nearly 2 million subscriptions, released a music video called Surfin in the DPRK following a state-run vacation to North Korea. He... More »

North Korea Suffers 'Highest-Ranking' Defection

Thae Yong Ho has defected to South Korea

(Newser) - A North Korean diplomat stationed in London vanished in mid-July, and Seoul is now explaining why: Thae Yong Ho has defected to South Korea, in what the BBC reports could be the "highest-ranking" defection North Korea has experienced. The New York Times calls Thae the "No. 2" official... More »

North, South Korean Gymnasts Unite for Selfie

Moment hailed as triumph of Olympic spirit

(Newser) - "This is why we do the Olympics," tweeted political scientist Ian Bremmer after an iconic moment in Rio. Gymnasts Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-Jong of North Korea posed for a selfie during training, where they were seen chatting happily despite the tension between their nations,... More »

Pyongyang Fires Missile Into Japanese Waters

Seoul experts say they could be aiming for US bases

(Newser) - A medium-range ballistic missile fired Wednesday by North Korea flew about 620 miles and landed near Japan's territorial waters, officials in Tokyo and Seoul say. This was one of the longest flights by a North Korean missile, and the US Strategic Command says North Korea fired two presumed Rodong... More »

Weird New Propaganda War: North Korea Lapel Pins

Meanwhile, Pyongyang says it's being attacked by snakes

(Newser) - North Korea has apparently kicked off a new propaganda war ahead of planned war games between the US and South Korea next month. South Korea says its military found hundreds of propaganda leaflets floating down a river near the border last week, boasting that the North won the Korean War... More »

N. Korea: Missile Launch a Dry Run for Blowing Up South's Airports

And US targets

(Newser) - Three ballistic missiles launched by North Korea Tuesday into the Sea of Japan off of South Korea's eastern coast wasn't just an arbitrary exercise, the Washington Post reports. The apparent intent of the Kim Jong Un-approved launch: A dry run at "preemptive strikes at ports and airfields... More »

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