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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 »

American 'Confesses' to Plot to Oust Kim Jong Un

Kim Tong Chol asks for forgiveness in Pyongyang

(Newser) - An American detained in North Korea said he spied against the country and asked for forgiveness on Friday, nine days after a US tourist was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion. Kim Tong Chol told a press conference in Pyongyang that he had collaborated with... More »

N. Koreans Ordered to Work Harder for 70 Days

Workers mobilized for 'loyalty campaign'

(Newser) - North Koreans are being mobilized en masse to boost production and demonstrate their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un in a 70-day campaign aimed at wiping out "indolence and slackness." To show their loyalty, workers are putting in extra hours to boost production in everything from coal mining... More »

N. Korea Keeps Tensions High, Launches 5 More Projectiles

Even China is telling Pyongyang to cut it out

(Newser) - Just three days ago, North Korea defied a UN ban and fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea. Now South Korea officials say Pyongyang launched five short-range projectiles Monday into the waters off the latter's east coast, reportedly as a reaction to US-South Korea military drills each spring,... More »

North Korea Fires Missile That Flies 500 Miles

Launch defies UN ban

(Newser) - North Korea ignored UN resolutions by firing a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea on Friday, Seoul and Washington officials say, days after leader Kim Jong Un ordered weapons tests linked to its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching the US mainland, the AP reports. South Korea'... More »

Pyongyang Gives American Student 15 Years Hard Labor

Otto Warmbier was charged with subversion for stealing a banner

(Newser) - North Korea's highest court sentenced an American tourist to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion. Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate, was convicted and sentenced in a one-hour trial in North Korea's Supreme Court, the AP reports. He was charged with subversion... More »

Pyongyang Claims It Could Wipe Out Manhattan

Government says powerful H-bomb could reach city

(Newser) - In North Korea's latest hint that it's displeased with the West, it has threatened to wipe out Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb so powerful it surpasses the imagination. "Our hydrogen bomb is much bigger than the one developed by the Soviet Union," a North Korean government... More »

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