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North Korea May Have Ordered $81M Theft at NY Fed

Investigators find links to 2014 Sony hack: report

(Newser) - Investigators initially suspected the hackers who stole $81 million from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year while posing as Bangladeshi bankers weren't actually from Bangladesh. Now, they're apparently pointing the finger at North Korea. While investigators believe Chinese individuals or businesses carried out the attack,... More »

'Breakthrough' N. Korea Missile Launch Fails

Seoul says latest firing was a flop

(Newser) - North Korea's latest missile launch appeared to have ended in a failure on Wednesday, three days after the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket development program. Seoul's Defense Ministry said it was analyzing what type of missile was launched from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan... More »

N. Korea Propaganda Clip Shows US Warship 'Exploding'

Happy Tuesday from Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea wasn't shy about disseminating apocalyptic (and even just plain weird ) propaganda during former President Obama's tenure, and it appears that President Trump is going to get equal time. Per the Telegraph , Pyongyang released a fiery clip on YouTube over the weekend depicting a US aircraft... More »

N. Korea Hails Latest Test as a 'Revolution'

High-thrust rocket engine a breakthrough in space program, Pyongyang claims

(Newser) - North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday's test at the Sohae launch site, according to... More »

Tillerson Takes Bold Stance on Countering North Korea

Says pre-emptive military action is definitely 'option on the table'

(Newser) - Looks like North Korea and the US finally agree on something—though unfortunately, that something is the possibility of war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in South Korea, where he said Friday that the era of "strategic patience" is over and pre-emptive military action is definitely an "... More »

Kim's Identity Confirmed With Child's DNA

As Malaysia, N. Korea begin formal talks

(Newser) - Malaysian police were able to confirm the identity of Kim Jong Nam, who was killed last month at Kuala Lumpur's airport, using a DNA sample from one of his children, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Wednesday, per the AP . Zahid also said negotiations began Monday to resolve... More »

UN: North Korea Tried to Sell Nuclear Weapon Material

State-owned corporation offered lithium-6 online

(Newser) - Another alarming North Korea development: The country tried to sell a key material for fueling nuclear weapons to unidentified international buyers last year, according to a United Nations report. UN investigators say the material a state-owned company tried to sell online was lithium-6, which experts say can be used to... More »

Kim Jong Nam's Son Reportedly Found—on YouTube

Group says Kim's family has been relocated to safety

(Newser) - Considering North Korea's alleged involvement in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, North Korea's rightful leader in the eyes of some, his son would have good reason to go into hiding. That's precisely what he's done, according to Cheollima Civil Defense . In a statement Wednesday, the... More »

China: We Can Stop Trump's 'Head-On Collision' With N. Korea

Beijing suggests 'suspension for suspension'

(Newser) - North Korea and President Trump are like two accelerating trains bound to crash into each other, according to China, which sees itself as the only "signalman" able to avert catastrophe. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Wednesday of a "looming crisis" on the Korean peninsula and wondered:... More »

N. Korea: We Were Training to Hit US Bases

Nikki Haley calls country a 'menace'

(Newser) - North Korea says its missile launches Monday were practice tests for strikes on US bases in Japan, which could potentially "wipe out" 54,000 US troops, per CNN and AFP . A Tuesday report from North Korea's state news agency KCNA said the four missiles—three of which fell... More »

China Seethes as US Deploys S. Korea Anti-Missile System

Beijing says there will be consequences

(Newser) - US missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, the US and South Korean militaries said Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. The plans to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area... More »

Malaysia Responds to 'Abhorrent' N. Korea Move

Countries ban each other's citizens from leaving

(Newser) - North Korea said Tuesday it was banning Malaysians from leaving the country as its bitter diplomatic battle with Malaysia escalated dramatically over the poisoning death of Kim Jong Nam , the North Korean leader's estranged half brother. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the travel ban was tantamount to hostage-taking... More »

Japan: North Korean Missile Landed 190 Miles From Coast

Tokyo says it was an 'extremely dangerous action'

(Newser) - North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 620 miles, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials say. The move was an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that... More »

South Korea: Defectors From North Get $860K

Quadruples the amount offered to people with information

(Newser) - As if leaving behind a murderous authoritarian regime weren't reward enough, South Korea is sweetening the pot for would-be defectors from the north: Seoul announced it will quadruple the reward for North Koreans who come bearing any "intelligence and knowledge that can enhance South Korea’s security,"... More »

Malaysia Boots North Korean Ambassador in 'Clear Message'

'We are serious about solving this problem'

(Newser) - Malaysia says its expulsion of North Korea's ambassador was intended to warn Pyongyang that it cannot manipulate the investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's half brother, reports the AP . The government on Saturday gave Ambassador Kang Chol 48 hours to leave the country after he... More »

How North Korea Claims Kim Died

Envoy says it was probably a heart attack

(Newser) - A North Korean envoy says Kim Jong Nam likely died of a heart attack, not in an assassination that used the nerve agent VX. Ri Tong Il, the former North Korean deputy ambassador to the UN, says Kim was taking medication for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, reports... More »

'LOL Assassin' Leaves Court in Bulletproof Vest

Doan Thi Huong charged in Kim Jong Nam's death Wednesday

(Newser) - Because of a grainy security camera photo that went viral online, she is now known to many as the LOL assassin . But as Doan Thi Huong left a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday after being formally charged with the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's... More »

2 Women to Be Charged in Kim Killing

They'll face the death penalty if convicted

(Newser) - Two women accused of wiping chemicals on the face of Kim Jong Nam in what they say they thought was a prank will be charged with murder, Malaysian officials announced Tuesday. Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam will face a mandatory death sentence if convicted, reports... More »

'Enraged' Kim Orders Execution of 5 Top Officials: S. Korea

Says the latest purges arose over security officials making false reports

(Newser) - North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that "enraged" leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's spy agency said Monday. The comments by the National Intelligence Service in a private briefing to lawmakers come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death of... More »

Man Could Help Solve Kim's Murder, but There's a Catch

Malaysian police want to talk to Hyon Kwang Song, but he's a diplomat

(Newser) - Malaysian police investigating the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother believe they know somebody who might help them solve one of the most bizarre murder mysteries they have ever faced. They know his name, his nationality, and have a pretty good idea where he'... More »

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