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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 »

Strange North Korean Radio Broadcasts Raise Old Fears

'On page 459, question number 35, on page 913, question number 55...'

(Newser) - Mysterious radio broadcasts out of North Korea are raising Cold War concerns in South Korea, the AP reports. A woman read a string of meaningless numbers on North Korean state radio for two minutes on June 24. It happened again last Friday; this time for 14 minutes. Popular Mechanics gives... More »

Seoul: North Korea Fired 3 Missiles Into Our Eastern Sea

Move comes 8 days after Pyongyang's warning

(Newser) - South Korea says North Korea has fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea, eight days after Pyongyang warned of a "physical counter-action" against the South over its decision to deploy an advanced missile defense system to better cope with North Korean threats, the AP reports. Seoul's Joint... More »

North Korea to US: Sanctions Against Kim Jong Un Basically an Act of War

Foreign Ministry issues response Thursday

(Newser) - North Korea says US sanctions on leader Kim Jong Un and other top officials for human rights abuses are tantamount to declaring war, the AP reports. The country's Foreign Ministry issued a statement Thursday carried by the official Korean Central News Agency saying the announcement of sanctions on Kim... More »

US Slaps Personal Sanctions on Kim Jong Un

Regime 'continues to inflict intolerable cruelty on its own people'

(Newser) - The US has ramped up economic sanctions on North Korea with the first personal sanctions for Kim Jong Un and 10 other officials in a regime Washington says is guilty of "intolerable cruelty." This is the first time North Korean officials have been personally sanctioned for human rights... More »

Kim Jong Un Packing on Pounds Amid Binging, Anxiety

Spies say he is also suffering from insomnia, not exactly a picture of health

(Newser) - Combining a toxic cocktail of binge eating and drinking with rampant insomnia and paranoia, Kim Jong Un has gained a whopping 90 pounds since taking over as the leader of North Korea four years ago, according to South Korea's spy agency. The big problem: Kim apparently is deeply fearful... More »

Kim Jong Un: My Missiles Can Hit US Pacific Targets

Experts say North Korea is, at very least, making progress in its launch capabilities

(Newser) - Japan expressed concern about North Korea's Wednesday Musudan missile launches , especially since one of the two made it more than halfway to Japan. But per Kim Jong Un, Japan shouldn't be alone in its worry, the Guardian reports. "We have the sure capability to attack in an... More »

North Korea Just Launched Its Best Missile Yet

Ballistic launch reaches altitude of 620 miles

(Newser) - North Korea is not only continuing to defy international warnings to stop testing ballistic missiles, it's starting to get pretty good at launching them. Relatively speaking, anyway: Pyongyang launched two intermediate-range Musudan missiles in the direction of Japan on Wednesday, reports the BBC . The first one flopped almost immediately,... More »

North Korea Is Back Producing Plutonium

Yongbyon reactor could yield 13 pounds per year

(Newser) - North Korea is showing no signs of abandoning its quest for nuclear weapons. A State Department official tells Reuters the country has restarted a 5-megawatt nuclear reactor at its main nuclear complex at Yongbyon to get plutonium. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday there were "indications" that was... More »

N. Korea Media Praise 'Wise' Trump

Editorial hails 'wise' Trump, slams 'dull' Clinton

(Newser) - Donald Trump appears to be finding some friends in North Korea. The presumptive GOP nominee has been getting good press this week in the North's carefully controlled media, first in an opinion piece that praised him as "wise" and full of foresight and then Wednesday in the official... More »

South Says N. Korea Missile Launch Fails—Again

It reportedly exploded at the launch pad

(Newser) - A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea's military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures that somewhat tempers recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach America's mainland. South Korea's Yonhap... More »

Japan to Military: Get Ready for North Korea Missile Launch

South Korea also says launch prep appears to be underway

(Newser) - Japan's military is on alert as of Monday that North Korea may be preparing to launch ballistic missiles, officials tell Reuters . South Korea officials also say launch preparations appear to be underway. Since North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test in January, followed by launching a satellite and test-launching... More »

For 18 Years, an Ordinary Korean Couple Have Kept a Big Secret

Ko Yong Suk tells the 'Washington Post' she is Kim Jong Un's aunt

(Newser) - For 18 years, a North Korean couple have lived a life in America that their friends call "lucky"—they run a dry-cleaning business and have three successful children. But these are no ordinary immigrants. For the first time, Ko Yong Suk and husband Ri Gang are revealing their... More »

Trump: I'll Talk to Kim Jong Un

He'd also pressure China, renegotiate Paris climate accord

(Newser) - President Obama has avoided talks with Kim Jong Un, but Donald Trump would unsurprisingly do things differently. "I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," he tells Reuters , adding he would pressure China to help put an end to Pyongyang's nuclear program... More »

N. Korea's Army Chief Just Came Back From the 'Dead'

Turns out S. Korea messed up: Ri Yong Gil wasn't executed after all

(Newser) - A former North Korean military chief who Seoul had said was executed is actually alive and in possession of several new senior-level posts, the North's state media said Tuesday, per the AP . The news on Ri Yong Gil marks yet another blunder for South Korean intelligence officials, who have... More »

Pyongyang Parties as Party Congress Ends

Kim Jong Un has a new title

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans celebrated the country's newly completed ruling-party congress Tuesday with a massive civilian parade featuring floats bearing patriotic slogans and marchers with flags and pompoms, the AP reports. Leader Kim Jong Un presided over the parade and waved to the crowd. The four-day congress... More »

N. Korea Kicks Out 'Insulting' BBC Journalist

He was questioned for 8 hours

(Newser) - North Korea is expelling a BBC journalist it has detained for allegedly "insulting the dignity" of the authoritarian country, which has invited scores of foreign media for its ongoing ruling party congress. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes had been scheduled to leave Friday after accompanying a group of Nobel laureates on a... More »

Kim Jong Un: We Won't Use Nukes Unless Invaded

'Our republic is a responsible nuclear state'

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said during a critical ruling party congress that his country will not use its nuclear weapons first unless its sovereignty is invaded, state media reported Sunday. Kim also said he is ready to improve ties with "hostile" nations in a diplomatic overture in... More »

N. Korea to Unveil 'Miraculous Results' at Rare Congress

Last Workers' Party meeting was 36 years ago

(Newser) - The last time North Korea held a political gathering this big, Jimmy Carter was the No. 1 Yankee imperialist to denounce. Pyongyang has been spruced up and thousands of delegates from the ruling Workers' Party have gathered for the first party congress in 36 years, and North Korea says "... More »

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