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S. Korean Prez: I'd Meet With Kim— Unconditionally

Countries' presidents have met just twice since WWII

(Newser) - The leaders of North and South Korea have met just twice since World War II ended, but Park Geun-hye, the South's current leader, is willing to change that, Reuters reports. "My position is that to ease the pain of division and to accomplish peaceful unification, I am willing... More »

Kim Jong Un Is 32 Today ... Maybe

Or 31 or 33, or something like that

(Newser) - In case you've somehow managed to erase this detail from memory, USA Today reminds us that exactly one year ago, Dennis Rodman was singing "Happy Birthday" to "best friend" Kim Jong Un. Today is indeed believed to be the North Korean leader's birthday, but it's... More »

North Korea Is Evil, but We Choose to Laugh

Slate writer: We can't seem to comprehend what's really happening there

(Newser) - The US has imposed new sanctions on North Korea over the Sony hack, and Slate writer Anne Applebaum finds it strange that a screwball comedy forced the hand of the White House, while "multiple reports of massive human rights abuse over many decades never had the same effect."... More »

Kim Jong Un's Eyebrows Are Shrinking

They've gotten shorter between Jan. 1, 2012, and Jan. 1, 2014

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's annual New Year message may have steered clear of digs at the US and Sony, but it did raise one pressing question: What's up with Kim's eyebrows? The South China Morning Post reports they now look like "little dashes," which it suggests... More »

Kim Open to Face-to-Face Summit With S. Korea Leader

His new year's speech has a surprising overture

(Newser) - Months ago, North Korea unleashed a sexist diatribe against South Korea's female president that included calling her a "prostitute." Today, however, Kim Jong Un suggested the possibility of a face-to-face meeting between him and Park Geun-hye, reports Yonhap News . “Depending on the mood and circumstances to... More »

Hey, Seth Rogen: Assassination Isn't Funny

If US is a 'moral force,' it shouldn't laugh at The Interview : David Rogers

(Newser) - In four days, The Interview pulled in $15 million, Sony Pictures says in a press release. That's in the period through Saturday, during which, Sony says, the film was rented or bought two million times online, deadline.com reports. But its success so far isn't something to be... More »

N. Korea Is Now Done Mourning Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong Un may have opportunity to 'consolidate his power'

(Newser) - It's Korean tradition to mourn a parent's death for three years, and today North Korea reached a similar milestone marking the passing of Kim Jong Il in 2011, the Los Angeles Times reports. The country completed its mourning period with three minutes of silence—though it was also... More »

North Korea Made 'Jong Uns' Change Name

Names of leader's father, grandfather also off limits

(Newser) - America is home to 1,513 George Washingtons , but North Korea claims only one "Kim Jong Un." Or has as of roughly January 2011, according to an internal document dated from that month that a South Korean TV station was able to access. Issued in the year before... More »

Kim Jong Un: Don't Smoke Unpatriotic Cigarettes

Ie, foreign cigs, he says, per Yonhap report

(Newser) - In a call for patriotism, Kim Jong Un has barred his top officials from smoking cigarettes made outside North Korea, a source in China tells South Korea's Yonhap News . The insider, who is involved in trade with the country, says Kim doesn't see much need for foreign smokes,... More »

Did North Korea Hack Sony Over a Seth Rogen Film?

Country has pledged 'retaliation' if 'The Interview' is released

(Newser) - Sony Pictures was recently hacked, and investigators are looking into whether North Korea might have had something to do with it, insiders tell Re/code . The country has expressed outrage over an upcoming movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which features the pair trying to assassinate Kim Jong Un. North... More »

Kim Jong Un's Sis Named to Senior Gov't Role

20-something Kim Yo Jong only one of leader's kin to hold official position

(Newser) - First Kim Jong Un got rid of the cane —and now, in his latest reminder that he's the strong, all-powerful leader of North Korea, he's installed his sister in a Cabinet-level governmental position. The country's state media officially announced today that Kim Yo Jong has been... More »

Kim Jong Un Ditches the Cane

Appeared in public without it in latest show of strength

(Newser) - What with his nation's recent naval triumphs and Ebola crackdown , Kim Jong Un is a busy guy. So North Korea watchers can rest easier knowing that Kim is apparently back on his own two feet. As Bloomberg reports via state media ( pictures here ), the strongman appeared in... More »

Kim Jong Un's Health Mystery Solved?

South Korea's spy agency blames a cyst

(Newser) - South Korea's spy agency thinks it has solved one of 2014's great mysteries: why Kim Jong Un disappeared for six weeks. (He's not only back in view , he's inspecting kids' tea sets .) Two lawmakers tell Yonhap that the National Intelligence Service revealed that a cyst... More »

Kim Jong Un Is Back—but Why the Cane?

AP points out Kim Jong Il never appeared in public with one

(Newser) - Let one line of speculation end and another begin: After not being seen in public for 40 days, Kim Jong Un is back . But he appeared in images released by state media with a cane in hand, leading to a fresh mystery: Why? As far as North Korea's leaders... More »

News Agency: Kim Jong Un Appears in Public

North Korean leader turns up after 5 weeks

(Newser) - North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in five weeks, the country's official news agency reports, ending an absence that fueled global speculation that something was amiss with the country's most powerful person. Resuming what had been a regular practice before he stopped... More »

Kim Jong Un a No-Show at Key Event, But ...

Source says he hurt his leg at military drill

(Newser) - The might of the Workers' Party "is growing stronger under the seasoned guidance of Marshal Kim Jong Un," North Korean state media announced today—but the marshal's whereabouts are still unknown and he was apparently missing from a major event today. Top North Korean leaders visited a... More »

Defectors: Kim's Sister May Be Running North Korea

Rumors fly as leader remains out of sight

(Newser) - As Kim Jong Un remains out of sight —and North Korean officials do unusual things like admit the country has labor camps —Pyongyang-watchers are starting to wonder who's running the place. Amid rumors of a "palace coup," a think tank run by North Korean defectors... More »

North Korea: Yes, We Have Labor Camps

But 'no prison, things like that,' UN envoy says

(Newser) - A North Korean official publicly acknowledged to the international community the existence of his country's "reform through labor" camps yesterday, a mention that appeared to come in response to a highly critical UN human rights report earlier this year. A North Korean foreign ministry official said at a... More »

Surprise: North, South Korea Have Rare Meeting

But Kim Jong Un doesn't make the trip

(Newser) - If Kim Jong Un's disappearance from the public arena in recent weeks wasn't strange enough, now factor this in: The No. 2 and No. 3 leaders of North Korea made a surprise visit today to South Korea, reports the Washington Post . Delegations from both nations held their first... More »

Why Kim Jong Un Vanished: Ankle Problem?

South Korean source says he fractured both of them

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un may be out of sight , but he's certainly not out of mind , with the theories and explanations about his nearly monthlong absence piling up. The latest, from South Korea's Chosun Ilbo : Cuban heels may be to blame. The paper has an unnamed source saying the... More »

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