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North Korea Complains to UN About Seth Rogen Movie

It's 'undisguised sponsoring of terrorism,' says Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea continues to do a fine job of promoting an upcoming flick with Seth Rogen and James Franco. Pyongyang has taken its complaint about The Interview all the way to the United Nations, reports Reuters . In the movie, Rogen and Franco play a TV producer and host who land... More »

Kim Jong Un Caught Limping

Hobbles onstage at a tribute to his grandfather

(Newser) - Not surprising: that a 30-something man who appears to have recently gained weight, smokes heartily, and is probably perpetually stressed out from his dictatorial duties might have physical issues. Surprising: that that man is Kim Jong Un—and that state media showed him apparently exhibiting one of those physical issues... More »

North Korea's New Charm Offensive: Cheerleaders

Country promises they will 'melt the frozen North-South relations'

(Newser) - If you're keeping score at home, you can ratchet your North Korean hostility-o-meter down a notch. Pyongyang has just announced that it will send a cheerleading squad along with its athletes to this year's Asian Games in South Korea for the first time since 2005, the BBC reports.... More »

Could Japan's Decades-Old Abductions Be Solved?

Pyongyang starts new probe as Japan agrees to lift some sanctions

(Newser) - Japan took a tentative step toward improved relations with North Korea today by agreeing to lift some of its sanctions, as Pyongyang announced the details of a new probe into the fate of at least a dozen Japanese believed to have been abducted by North Korean agents decades ago. The... More »

North Korea Plans to Put 2 American Tourists on Trial

No trial date announced for Matthew Miller, Jeffrey Fowle

(Newser) - Two of the three Americans currently being detained in North Korea are facing prosecution. Matthew Miller , 24, and Jeffrey Fowle , 56, will be indicted; a trial could result in long jail sentences for both. The third US citizen detained in the country, 45-year-old Kenneth Bae , is currently serving a 15-year... More »

Seoul: N. Korea Fired 2 Scuds

Latest short-range missile tests

(Newser) - North Korea fired two short-range Scud missiles into its eastern waters today, a South Korean official said, in an apparent test just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles. A South Korean military official said the missiles were fired from Wonsan and are presumed to be... More »

North Korea: Seth Rogen Movie Is an 'Act of War'

Pyongyang warns of 'merciless counter-measure'

(Newser) - Seth Rogen's movies don't usually get panned quite like this: If the US releases the actor's upcoming film, The Interview—which is about assassinating Kim Jong-un—North Korea says it will see it as an "act of war," official media says, per the BBC . The... More »

South Korean Soldier Kills 5 Fellow Soldiers

He wounds 5 others and flees, says army

(Newser) - A South Korean soldier stationed at a remote border outpost shot and killed five of his fellow soldiers, reports the BBC . He also wounded five others before fleeing the post with his rifle and ammo, an army spokesperson tells AFP . Authorities haven't speculated about a motive, but so far... More »

Kim Jong Un Is Really Mad at His Weathermen

North Korean leader scolds meteorologists

(Newser) - It's a rough day to be a North Korean meteorologist: According to state-run media, Kim Jong Un is really upset about ... inaccurate weather forecasts. The leader has been visiting various meteorological facilities in the country, where he has reportedly taken employees to task for "too many incorrect" weather... More »

North Korea Arrests American Tourist

That's No. 3

(Newser) - An American tourist has been detained in North Korea for allegedly committing an unspecified crime. The Korean Central News Agency says that authorities are investigating the American for committing "acts inconsistent with the purpose of a tourist visit." He is identified as Jeffrey Edward Fowle, who entered the... More »

N. Korea Proclaims Creation of Fungus Sports Drink

Mmm, liquified mushrooms

(Newser) - Gatorade better watch its back: North Korea's scientists have invented a "very effective" sports drink that they claim can both enhance physical ability and speed recovery, the Korean Central News Agency reports. The miracle ingredient? "Mushroom fungus." While the report doesn't say much beyond that... More »

Kim Jong Un's 'Executed' Ex Surfaces

Hyon Song Wol was supposedly killed by firing squad

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's ex-girlfriend died by firing squad ... right? Sure, except she spoke Friday at a televised meeting of artists in Pyongyang and thanked her powerful ex for supporting the arts, the Los Angeles Times reports. Hyon Song Wol, a pop star , was reportedly one of as many as... More »

In Murky Building Collapse, N. Korea's Kim 'Up All Night'

Pyongyang issues apology after accident; unknown number dead

(Newser) - North Korean officials offered a rare public apology for the collapse of an apartment building under construction in Pyongyang, which a South Korean official said was believed to have caused considerable casualties that could mean hundreds might have died. The word of the collapse in the secretive nation's capital... More »

North Korea Defends Its Awful Obama Comments

US calls comments in state media 'particularly ugly'

(Newser) - Pyongyang isn't exactly losing sleep over the torrent of racist insults it hurled at President Obama—instead, it calls the comments "a proper reaction to him who malignantly insulted and slandered the dignified" North Korea. The offensive language was attributed in state media to officials and a worker,... More »

N. Korea Publishes Awful Things About Obama

Unbelievably racist article gets translated into English

(Newser) - It's an article that almost escaped notice: A "screed" published by the Korean Central News Agency that was, unlike most of its pieces, not translated into English. But blogger Josh Stanton spotted it , and what follows under the headline "Divine retribution for the juvenile delinquent Obama!"... More »

China Has Detailed Plans in Case of N. Korea Collapse

Contingency plans leaked to Japanese media

(Newser) - China apparently doesn't have a whole lot of faith in Kim Jong Un's leadership abilities: Beijing has documented contingency plans in the event of a North Korean regime collapse, and they were recently leaked to Japanese media, the Telegraph reports. Among the plans:
  • Detain important North Korean military
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N. Korea: US a 'Living Hell'

Report blasts 'world's worst human rights abuser'

(Newser) - In the latest volley of stones from its glass house, Pyongyang has warned that the US is a "living hell" plagued by unemployment and gun crime where "elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated." The "news analysis" from the state-run Korea Central News Agency uses official... More »

American Detained in North Korea Utterly Alone

Matthew Miller left no family contact info, no one looking for him: tour group

(Newser) - Matthew Todd Miller, the 24-year-old American detained in North Korea earlier this month , traveled to the country by himself—and so far, there's no sign of family looking for him, the travel company that put together his trip tells the New York Times . He didn't leave any contact... More »

North Korea's Goal: an Army to Beat America's

Kim Jong Un tells officers to prepare for 'impending conflict'

(Newser) - North Korean leaders amped up the rhetoric today, calling President Obama a "pimp" and saying the nation's army must become strong enough to defeat the United States. Leader Kim Jong Un told military officers to improve the Korean People's Army so it can "win one victory... More »

North Korea Detains American Tourist

State media says Miller Matthew Todd requested asylum

(Newser) - North Korea has detained a 24-year-old American man for improper behavior while he was being processed to enter the country as a tourist, state media reported today. The official Korean Central News Agency identified the man as Miller Matthew Todd—possibly putting his surname first—and said he entered the... More »

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