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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 »

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 »

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