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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 »

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 »

Kim Jong Un: We Have Miniature Nuclear Warheads

Leader calls on military to be ready to strike against US, South Korea

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un says North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and wants the military ready to mount preemptive attacks against the US and South Korea in response to joint military drills started this week. "The nuclear warheads have been standardized to be fit for... More »

Kim Jong-un Wants Nukes Ready to Fire 'Any Moment'

He's also threatening preemptive attacks

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his country's nuclear weapons made ready for use at a moment's notice, the AP reports. Kim also said his country will ready its military so it's prepared to carry out pre-emptive attacks, calling the current situation very precarious, according to... More »

Report: North Korea Executes Army Chief

He was found guilty of pursuing personal gains, corruption: sources

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has executed another top military official , sources say. Army Gen. Ri Yong Gil, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army, was reportedly executed last week after being found guilty of pursuing personal gains and corruption. Appointed military chief in 2013, Ri was spotted... More »

Message to Kim: US Sends Bomber on Korean Fly-By

Show of force in wake of alleged H-bomb test

(Newser) - A powerful US B-52 bomber flew low over South Korea on Sunday, a clear show of force from the United States as a Cold War-style standoff deepened between its ally Seoul and North Korea following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test. North Korea will read the fly-over of a bomber capable... More »

S. Korea to North: We're Turning On the Loudspeakers

South to resume propaganda broadcasts after purported H-bomb test

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un isn't going to like his birthday present from South Korea, which says it will resume loudspeaker broadcasts into North Korea on Friday—Kim's birthday—as fallout for Pyongyang's purported test of a hydrogen bomb , though the White House has its doubts , per the Wall ... More »

The Science Behind North Korea's H-Bomb Claim

At the very least, it could have been a 'boosted' atomic blast

(Newser) - Did North Korea really join the H-bomb club ? It will take weeks for the rest of the world to confirm the exact nature of Pyongyang's latest test. In the meantime, here's a look at the science involved in the process:
  • Fission vs. fusion: The Atlantic explains the
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N. Korea: We Tested H-Bomb

Explosion caused 5.1 quake

(Newser) - A tense 2016 lies ahead on the Korean Peninsula after a North Korean nuclear test that could mark an alarming leap forward in the country's technology. Pyongyang claims that it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb for the first time, though experts say the Wednesday morning explosion— believed to have... More »

2 North Korean Doctors Dead After Wives Inject Them

The wives are apparently doctors, too

(Newser) - Strange deaths involving North Koreans keep getting stranger—only this time the incident occurred in Cambodia. Two doctors, both in their 50s and working in Phnom Penh, got so drunk last weekend that their wives, who are also both doctors, decided to inject them with some kind of "medicine... More »

Kim Jong Un Says He's Ready for War

North Korean leader gives annual New Year's speech

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in an annual New Year's speech Friday that he was ready for war if provoked by "invasive" outsiders, but he stayed away from past threats involving the country's nuclear weapons and long-range missile ambitions. "We will continue to work... More »

Top N. Korea Negotiator Dies in 'Car Accident'

Analysts say death looks suspicious

(Newser) - Traffic accidents aren't a common cause of death in North Korea—unless you happen to be chief of the United Front Department tasked with improving relations with the South. According to state media in Pyongyang, Kim Yang Gon, the 73-year-old department chief, died in a traffic accident early Tuesday,... More »

Kim Jong Un's New Claim: We've Got an H-Bomb

Naturally, there are skeptics

(Newser) - North Korea is known for talking tough when it comes to its nukes, and remarks made by Kim Jong Un Thursday fanned the flames. While touring a museum dedicated to his father and grandfather, the self-proclaimed Supreme Leader suggested that North Korea now has a hydrogen bomb. Grandfather Kim Il... More »

UN: North Korea Obtains Foreign Cash in Cruel Way

Forced labor is a human rights violation one UN official wants brought before ICC

(Newser) - North Korea is saddled with sanctions for its nuclear testing , but Pyongyang has found at least one way to buck the system, the UN now acknowledges: bring in foreign currency via forced labor outside the country , reports CNN . And it's no small chunk of change the nation is said... More »

North Korea Talks Tough on Big Anniversary

Kim says North can give US 'any kind of war'

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation leadership. The parade,... More »

N. Korea Says It Is in 'Quasi-State of War'

Pyongyang orders troops to be ready for battle by tonight

(Newser) - More tough talk from North Korea: The country says its troops are now in a "quasi-state of war" and they've been ordered to be battle-ready by this evening, reports the AP , which notes that a "quasi-state of war" has existed along the Korean border for decades. The... More »

Report: Kim Jong Un Purged Vice Premier With Gun

Leader's 'reign of terror' shows no sign of letting up

(Newser) - You'd think Kim Jong Un would've tired of executions by now, but sources tell Yonhap News that North Korea's Vice Premier Choe Yong-gon was executed by shooting in May, apparently after he "expressed discomfort" over Kim's forestation policy; his work performance was also found lacking,... More »

North Korea Launch Pad Seems to Have Gotten Bigger

Which could mean it can now launch longer-range missiles: report

(Newser) - Rumors of a new North Korea rocket launch are circulating again as government sources inform Yonhap news agency that the country has almost finished modifiying the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. A taller, 220-foot launch tower—a full 55 feet longer than the previous tower—has been spotted via satellite imagery.... More »

Inside North Korea's Bizarre, Compulsory Elections

Voters were "singing and dancing" as they cast their ballots

(Newser) - To say North Koreans turned out in droves to vote in state elections yesterday would be an understatement, because state media are reporting 99.7% voter turnout, Sky News reports. That's only the first eyebrow-raiser about the country's electoral process, held every four years so voters can "... More »

South Korea: North Says It 'Purged' Defense Chief

Hyon Yong Chol is out; Gen. Pak Yong Sik is in

(Newser) - North Korea has officially confirmed the purging of its defense chief two months after Seoul's spy service said he had been executed for disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean official said today. South Korea's National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in May that People's Armed... More »

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