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North, South Korea Exchange Fire

Shells fired across maritime boundary

(Newser) - North and South Korea fired some 800 artillery shells into each other's waters today, in a flare-up of animosity that began with a ... fax. Yonhap reports that the North sent a fax to South Korea's Second Fleet headquarters at 8am local time alerting the nation of its intention... More »

North Korea to Execute 33 Who Talked to Missionary

According to reports, those who converted will be put to death

(Newser) - More reported brutality in North Korea: A source tells the Chosun Ilbo that 33 North Koreans will be executed because they were connected to a South Korean missionary who was arrested in the North last year. Kim Jung Wook made his first public appearance since his arrest on Thursday, admitting... More »

UN: Punish N. Korea, Kim for 'Unspeakable Atrocities'

Report urges prosecution, crimes against humanity for Kim Jong Un

(Newser) - A hard-hitting United Nations report out today is expected to contain hundreds of pages of details of the horrors people have suffered under the North Korean regime—and call for those behind the "unspeakable atrocities" to be punished. That includes Kim Jong Un, who got a personal letter from... More »

Jailed American Admits to Crime Against N. Korea

Kenneth Bae appeals to US to work with Pyongyang for his release

(Newser) - Imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae appeared at a press conference in North Korea today and admitted to committing a "serious crime" against the country. He also insisted Pyongyang does "not abuse human rights," CNN reports, citing Xinhua. Bae, who has been jailed for more than a year,... More »

Dennis Rodman Has Meltdown in N. Korea Interview

Doesn't handle question about Kenneth Bae well, to say the least

(Newser) - Here's a sampling of the headlines circulating your Internet regarding Dennis Rodman's ... interesting interview with CNN this morning from North Korea :
  • "Dennis Rodman Loses It During CNN Interview from Pyongyang" ( The Wire )
  • "Dennis Rodman Launches Into A Weird, Screaming Rant During CNN Interview" (
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Rodman Back in N. Korea With NBA Old-Timers

Country's not so bad, he insists

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman is back in Pyongyang for yet another visit, accompanied by a team of former NBA stars who will play a North Korean team in an exhibition game to celebrate Kim Jong Un's birthday this week. Rodman calls it "basketball diplomacy" and brushes off suggestions that he... More »

Rodman Reveals Ex-NBA Stars to Play in N. Korea

Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, Vin Baker on exhibition-game team

(Newser) - The next stage of Dennis Rodman's North Korean "basketball diplomacy" involves an exhibition game , with former NBA stars facing off against a North Korean team. The US team includes former all-stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker, the AP reports. Also on the team: ex-NBA players Craig... More »

Claim: Kim Fed Uncle Alive to 120 Starved Dogs

Account, first published by Hong Kong paper, hasn't been verified

(Newser) - What's a fitting way to execute a man labeled "worse than a dog" ? If an unconfirmed newspaper report is to be believed, by stripping him naked, throwing him in a cage, and feeding him alive to 120 hungry hounds. NBC News picks up Hong Kong-based paper Wen ... More »

Kim: Killing My Uncle Made Country Stronger

Country purged of 'factional filth,' he says

(Newser) - Happy new year, Pyongyang style: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hailed the execution of his uncle in his annual New Year message, saying moves to "eliminate factionalist filth" in the ruling party had boosted the country's unity a hundredfold, reports the BBC . The message was his first... More »

Freed 85-Year-Old: I Was Bored in N. Korea

Merrill Newman says he was detained in hotel, not jail

(Newser) - Life as a captive of the Stalinist regime he fought 60 years ago was actually a pretty dull experience, Merrill Newman says. The 85-year-old veteran, back in the US after more than a month in North Korean custody, says he was comfortable but bored during his detention, reports the Santa ... More »

American Held in N. Korea Oversaw Guerrillas

Kuwol fighters 'Pyongyang's most hated'

(Newser) - The detention of an 85-year-old American in North Korea appears to be revenge for his actions with a group of guerrilla fighters that did immense damage to the North during the Korean War, the AP finds in interviews with former members. Surviving fighters from the Kuwol partisan unit—glorified in... More »

N. Korea Axes Talks on US Prisoner Over 'Blackmail'

US envoy's trip called off

(Newser) - North Korea has withdrawn its invitation to a US envoy to visit the country over a detained American because Washington perpetrated a "grave provocation" by allegedly mobilizing nuclear-capable bombers during military drills with Seoul that ended Friday. Analysts say the move signals that possible informal negotiations between the two... More »

N. Korean Comic Pulled Off Stage, Sent to Coal Mine

Lee Choon Hong mentioned 'sensitive issues' onstage: report

(Newser) - North Korean authorities weren't laughing over a comedian's "slip of the tongue"—and sent her straight into forced labor, the Daily Mail reports. Lee Choon Hong, known for her mimicry and satire, was performing for workers at a 150,000-acre farm project when she mentioned "... More »

Jimmy Carter Plans N. Korea Rescue Mission 'Very Soon'

Ex-prez will try to free Kenneth Bae

(Newser) - Possibly for the first and only time, Jimmy Carter and Dennis Rodman share a common goal: securing the release of Kenneth Bae , the Korean-American tour guide serving a 15-year sentence for allegedly trying to bring down North Korea's government. The ex-president—who succeeded in a similar mission in 2010... More »

Dennis Rodman: I Deserve Nobel Peace Prize

For his incredible work in North Korea, he explains

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman is pretty pleased with himself and the important work he did over in North Korea. So pleased, in fact, that he offers up this amazing quote to Sports Illustrated :
  • "My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it’s been left to me to
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Never Mind: North-South Korea Talks Scrapped

Countries can't agree on who would lead delegations

(Newser) - Well, that was fun while it lasted. South Korea and North Korea scrapped their long-awaited talks today, a day before they were slated to begin. Why, you ask? Because the two countries couldn't agree on who would lead their respective delegations, the AP reports. Seoul wanted each country's... More »

N. Korea to Let S. Korean Managers Back In

Proposes talks to reopen Kaesong industrial complex

(Newser) - Is North Korea ready to play nice? Pyongyang today invited officials and businessmen from South Korea to discuss reopening the Kaesong industrial complex , a joint venture in the North's territory that was shut down last month during Pyongyang's temper tantrum . Seoul had previously proposed government talks on reopening... More »

North Korea Still Firing Away

Launches missiles for third consecutive day

(Newser) - North Korea launched two more short-range missiles into the sea today, the third consecutive day of launches since three missiles were test-fired Saturday and a fourth yesterday . Pyongyang, not surprisingly, today blamed recent joint US-South Korea military exercises, Reuters reports. "Our military is conducting these exercises in order to... More »

North Korea Test-Fires Missiles Into Sea

Analysts think Pyongyang sending message to US again

(Newser) - North Korea apparently felt things were getting a little too calm of late and launched three short-range missiles into the sea off its eastern coast today, reports the BBC . Notably, those tests did not include the firing of the longer-range Musudan missile , which theoretically could hit the US. Generally, short-range... More »

North Korea Moves Closer to Missile Launch

Moves two more missile launchers: report

(Newser) - North Korea continues to apparently move forward with plans for a test missile launch, moving two more missile launchers to its east coast since April 16, South Korea's Yonhap News reports. They are thought to be for shorter-range Scud missiles. South Korean military officials think North Korea might be... More »

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