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North Korea Gives US 'Spy' 10 Years Hard Labor

Kim Dong Chul is the 2nd American sentenced this year

(Newser) - North Korea on Friday sentenced a US citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year, the AP reports. Kim Dong Chul had been detained in the North on suspicion of engaging in... More »

Seoul: N. Korea Fired Missile From Submarine

Move raises fears of surprise attack

(Newser) - North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its northeast coast in Pyongyang's latest effort to expand its military might in the face of pressure by its neighbors and Washington, South Korean defense officials say. The South Korean officials, who spoke... More »

N. Korea Missile Launch Flops

It failed on a huge day for Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea's "Day of the Sun" became the "Day of the Flop" after an attempt to mark its founder's birthday with a missile launch fizzled, according to South Korean officials. An official from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the missile launch from the... More »

N. Korea Uses Fake Lincoln to Chide Obama

Letter has Abe criticizing nuclear policy

(Newser) - North Korea has tried warnings of nuclear attack and racist diatribes to criticize President Obama. Now it's turning to Abraham Lincoln. A North Korean state media outlet has constructed an imaginary letter from the 16th US president that attacks Obama's "deception" over Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear... More »

N. Korea Honcho Defects in 'Coup' for S. Korea: Reports

He's said to be the highest-ranking military official to ever defect to South

(Newser) - On Friday, South Korea announced that 13 North Korean employees from a restaurant in China had defected into its fold, the AP reports. On Monday, the country added a pair of North Korean officials, one of whom is reportedly a spy-savvy army colonel, in what Reuters calls a "coup... More »

N. Korea to South: Execute Top Officials or We'll Attack

Also, threatens a nuclear strike on DC

(Newser) - When last we heard from North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom was threatening to take out Manhattan . It's now set its sights on a target much closer to home, albeit in rhetoric no less preposterous, reports Sky News : In a statement titled "Ultimatum to Park Geun-hye Group," Pyongyang... More »

American 'Confesses' to Plot to Oust Kim Jong Un

Kim Tong Chol asks for forgiveness in Pyongyang

(Newser) - An American detained in North Korea said he spied against the country and asked for forgiveness on Friday, nine days after a US tourist was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion. Kim Tong Chol told a press conference in Pyongyang that he had collaborated with... More »

N. Koreans Ordered to Work Harder for 70 Days

Workers mobilized for 'loyalty campaign'

(Newser) - North Koreans are being mobilized en masse to boost production and demonstrate their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un in a 70-day campaign aimed at wiping out "indolence and slackness." To show their loyalty, workers are putting in extra hours to boost production in everything from coal mining... More »

N. Korea Keeps Tensions High, Launches 5 More Projectiles

Even China is telling Pyongyang to cut it out

(Newser) - Just three days ago, North Korea defied a UN ban and fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea. Now South Korea officials say Pyongyang launched five short-range projectiles Monday into the waters off the latter's east coast, reportedly as a reaction to US-South Korea military drills each spring,... More »

North Korea Fires Missile That Flies 500 Miles

Launch defies UN ban

(Newser) - North Korea ignored UN resolutions by firing a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea on Friday, Seoul and Washington officials say, days after leader Kim Jong Un ordered weapons tests linked to its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching the US mainland, the AP reports. South Korea'... More »

Pyongyang Gives American Student 15 Years Hard Labor

Otto Warmbier was charged with subversion for stealing a banner

(Newser) - North Korea's highest court sentenced an American tourist to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion. Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate, was convicted and sentenced in a one-hour trial in North Korea's Supreme Court, the AP reports. He was charged with subversion... More »

Pyongyang Claims It Could Wipe Out Manhattan

Government says powerful H-bomb could reach city

(Newser) - In North Korea's latest hint that it's displeased with the West, it has threatened to wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb so powerful it surpasses the imagination. "Our hydrogen bomb is much bigger than the one developed by the Soviet Union," a North Korean government... More »

Kim Jong Un: We Have Miniature Nuclear Warheads

Leader calls on military to be ready to strike against US, South Korea

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un says North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and wants the military ready to mount preemptive attacks against the US and South Korea in response to joint military drills started this week. "The nuclear warheads have been standardized to be fit for... More »

North Korea Threatens 'Nuke Strike of Justice'

US-Seoul war games attract usual response from Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea on Monday issued its latest belligerent threat, warning of an indiscriminate "pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice" on Washington and Seoul, this time in reaction to the start of huge US-South Korean military drills. Such threats have been a staple of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un since... More »

Kim Jong-un Wants Nukes Ready to Fire 'Any Moment'

He's also threatening preemptive attacks

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his country's nuclear weapons made ready for use at a moment's notice, the AP reports. Kim also said his country will ready its military so it's prepared to carry out pre-emptive attacks, calling the current situation very precarious, according to... More »

N. Korea Responds to Sanctions—With Missiles

The projectiles landed in the Sea of Japan

(Newser) - Just hours after it was hit with harsh new UN sanctions on Wednesday, North Korea fired several short-range missiles toward the Sea of Japan. A South Korean defense official says the exact type of projectile fired from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan is being investigated, adding that all of... More »

North Korea Hit With Toughest Sanctions in 20 Years

UN Security Council votes unanimously

(Newser) - The UN Security Council has unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades, reports the AP . Wednesday's move reflects growing anger at Pyongyang's latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity. The big question, of course, is whether... More »

Parents Find Son Painfully Out of Reach in North Korea

They have yet to speak with Otto Warmbier

(Newser) - Monday brought the sobbing televised confession of American college student Otto Warmbier; it also brought the release of the first public statement from his parents, who implored the North Korea government to free their son. The New York Times reads between the lines: "The careful wording suggested that all... More »

US Student Detained in North Korea 'Confesses'

A Baptist church, a secret society, and the US government made him do it

(Newser) - North Korea trotted out an American college student it's held for two months Monday, and 21-year-old Otto Frederick Warmbier sobbed, bowed deeply, and pleaded for forgiveness from "every one of the millions of the Korean people." "Please! I made the worst mistake of my life,"... More »

South Korea Warns North of 'Regime Collapse'

Harsh tone is expected to infuriate Pyongyang

(Newser) - South Korea's president warned Tuesday that rival North Korea faces collapse if it doesn't abandon its nuclear bomb program, an unusually strong broadside that will likely infuriate Pyongyang. President Park Geun-hye, in a nationally televised parliamentary address, said South Korea will take unspecified "stronger and more effective"... More »

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