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Aussies Charge Guy With Trying to Hawk N. Korean Missile Tech

South Korean-born man was trying to raise cash on behalf of Pyongyang, cops say

(Newser) - Australia on Saturday arrested one of its own citizens and charged him with acting as an economic agent on behalf of North Korea in attempting to sell the Hermit Kingdom's missile technology, reports the New York Times . South Korean-born Chan Han Choi, 59, was "discussing the supply of... More »

He Defected to North Korea, Came to Bitterly Regret It

Charles Jenkins ultimately left North Korea for Japan in 2004

(Newser) - Former US Army soldier Charles Jenkins, who drank a few beers and slipped across the DMZ to defect to North Korea on a January night some 52 years ago, has died in Japan. He was 77. Jenkins, who feared being killed on patrol or being sent to Vietnam, had planned... More »

Tillerson to North Korea: 'Let's Just ... Talk About the Weather'

He says talks can happen without preconditions

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US is ready to talk to North Korea at any time about any subject Pyongyang wants to talk about—without preconditions. "Let's just meet and let's talk about the weather if you want and talk about whether it's going... More »

Panel Reveals Chilling Details From Camps in N. Korea

One judge who survived Auschwitz says conditions are just as bad, if not worse

(Newser) - Three international judges have been digging into conditions at North Korea's infamous labor camps , and one of them gives a damning assessment to the Washington Post : "I believe that the conditions in the [North] Korean prison camps are as terrible, or even worse, than those I saw and... More »

Document Reveals China's Plan for North Korean Refugees

China Mobile document indicates 5 refugee camps will be built

(Newser) - With a conflict on the Korean Peninsula looking increasingly possible, China is reportedly preparing. The country is said to be laying the groundwork for refugee camps for thousands of prospective migrants along Jilin province's border with North Korea, reports the New York Times , citing a document produced by a... More »

Dennis Rodman: I Know What North Korea Wants

Could the answer to one of our greatest geopolitical puzzles be a basketball game?

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman claims to know what North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants from the United States, but the former NBA star-turned-amateur diplomat says the only person he'll tell is Donald Trump. In Beijing after what he called "a great week of humanitarian work in Guam and Tokyo,... More »

N. Korea Says Kim Climbed Mountain in Dress Shoes

And possibly controlled the weather while doing so

(Newser) - It's a little bit like a joke with several punchlines. Kim Jong Un climbed a mountain and ... didn't so much as scuff his black leather shoes. Or ... was covered by the press as being able to control the weather. Those are two of the unusual headlines to pop... More »

North Korean Nuclear Test Moved Earth's Crust

Two minor tremors were detected near September testing site

(Newser) - Two minor tremors detected in northwest North Korea Saturday are likely linked to the very thing dominating recent headlines: the country’s nuclear program. Per the Guardian , the aftershocks recorded Saturday near the Punggye-ri nuclear test site were likely “relaxation events” from North Korea’s large scale nuclear test... More »

Pentagon in 1994: Here's What We'd Lose in War With N. Korea

The toll would be high, per declassified documents

(Newser) - In a nuclear standoff with North Korea more than two decades ago—long before the reclusive government had atomic weapons that could threaten America—US officials planned for war. Declassified documents published Friday show the United States believed its military and South Korea's forces would "undoubtedly win" a... More »

Japan Buying Missiles That Can Strike North Korea Bases

But defense minister says it will still mainly rely on US protection

(Newser) - While North Korea keeps up its taunting missile tests , Japan is making plans of its own, with North Korea seemingly in its sights. The Wall Street Journal reports Japan is set to purchase extended-range missiles that could hit the North's military bases. The country's Defense Ministry says it... More »

Nikki Haley Expresses Sliver of Olympic Doubt

She acknowledges there's an 'open question' on Team USA's participation in South Korea Games

(Newser) - Russia was banned this week from the 2018 Winter Games; will the US ban itself? UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday called Team USA's participation in the Games an "open question" in an interview with Fox News. The Washington Post reports that the Games will take place in... More »

N. Korea Says War Is Now Unavoidable

Pyongyang threatens US with 'mighty nuclear force'

(Newser) - War on the Korean Peninsula is now inevitable thanks to America's "confrontational warmongering remarks," North Korea warned late Wednesday. A statement from the country's foreign ministry said the outbreak of war is an "established" fact and the only remaining question is when it will happen,... More »

In North Korea, a Visit That Hasn't Happened in 6 Years

A top UN official hasn't been to the country since October 2011

(Newser) - The last time a senior UN official stepped foot in North Korea was in October 2011. That changed Tuesday, with United Nations undersecretary-general for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman's visit to the country. The BBC reports Pyongyang proffered the invitation in September but confirmation of the visit didn't come... More »

AP Word Cloud Deciphers N. Korea's Propaganda

Pyongyang's news arm is quite enamored of Kim Jong Un, 'nuclear,' and 'war'

(Newser) - Kim. Nuclear. War. Nothing sums up the message embedded in North Korea's propaganda better than those three words. That's exactly what the world hears—and what's revealed in this word cloud, a visual display of terms used by the KCNA. The AP boiled down 1,542 stories... More »

North Korean Defectors Reveal 'Ghost Disease' Back Home

They say people's health is suffering from radiation exposure due to country's nuclear tests

(Newser) - Horrific tales are being shared by North Korean defectors who fled their homes near the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, with stories of sickened residents and wildlife, and even a deformed baby born without genitals and murdered soon after birth. Lee Jeong Hwa, who got out in 2010 from her home... More »

Airliner Got Unexpected View of Latest N. Korean Missile

Cathay Pacific crew actually saw it splash down in the ocean

(Newser) - North Korea's most recent missile test had some unintended witnesses: the crew of an airliner on its way from San Francisco to Hong Kong. It seems the Cathay Pacific passenger jet was over Japan on Nov. 29 when its crew saw the North Korean ballistic missile re-enter the atmosphere... More »

As 'Vigilant Ace' Begins, North Korea Has Harsh Words

US, South Korea launch biggest-ever combined air exercises

(Newser) - Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever combined air force exercise. The war games come a week after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile ever , an ICBM that may be able to target the eastern... More »

McMaster: Potential for War With North Korea Grows Daily

He thinks China should get tougher

(Newser) - Over two days, two sets of strong words about North Korea. During a Saturday speech in California, White House national security adviser HR McMaster said the possibility of war with the Hermit Kingdom is "increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in... More »

Kim Jong Nam Was Carrying Nerve Agent Antidote

Court told it was in backpack when he was attacked

(Newser) - Kim Jong Nam had more than just $100,000 in his backpack when he was assassinated, a Malaysian court heard this week: He had something that could have saved his life. At the trial of alleged killers Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, a government toxicologist... More »

What North Korea Photos Say About New Ballistic Missile

It's big, it's mobile, it can maybe only reach the West Coast

(Newser) - North Korea released dozens of photos Thursday of the Hwasong-15, a new intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can reach any target in the continental US. The AP reports the photo dump, published in the paper and online editions of the ruling party's official daily, is a gold mine for... More »

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