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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 »

Weddings, Funerals Banned in North Korea

At least until the next ruling party congress is over

(Newser) - Heading to North Korea for a wedding this week? Better put that on hold—the nation's leader, Kim Jong-un, has banned all weddings, funerals, and movement in and out of Pyongyang ahead of a rare ruling party congress, the Independent reports. What's more, anyone arrested before the 7th... More »

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 »

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