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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 »

North Korean Athletes: We're 'Longing' for Missing Kim

Songs were sung honoring Dear Leader they 'long to see'

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has disappeared from public view, but he's apparently not far from the hearts of North Korea's 273-member delegation to the Asian Games, which last night held what the AP calls an "Evening longing for respected Marshal Kim Jong Un." Says an apparently... More »

Kim Jong Un Has Disappeared

And sources say it's because he's suffering from gout

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un hasn't been seen in public since Sept. 3, even missing the year's second session of its rubber-stamp parliament yesterday, and North Korea today explained why, albeit vaguely. The 31-year-old is "suffering discomfort," according to state media, in what Reuters terms the "first... More »

Kim Jong Un Has It Bad for, Er, Cheese

Corpulent dictator apparently has a soft, cheesy side

(Newser) - You know who really likes some cheese? Kim Jong Un , that's who. Or at least that's what North Korean defectors are telling outlets including the Mirror . Specifically, Dear Leader Junior is—wait for it—"crackers for" Emmental cheese, a habit he apparently picked up while in boarding... More »

N. Korea Is Fabulous on Human Rights, Says N. Korea

Rambling report says country has 'world's most advantageous human-rights system'

(Newser) - North Korea's war of words has taken quite the turn. After being accused by the UN earlier this year of "unspeakable atrocities" against its people, the country blasted the US as the "world's worst human rights abuser." But it has now stepped back from name-calling... More »

American Busted Trying to Swim to North Korea

Man was caught by South Korean border patrol

(Newser) - The number of Americans in North Korean custody still stands at three after what appears to have been a failed—and incredibly dangerous—attempt by a US citizen to swim across a river border between North and South Korea. Officials in the South say the man was taken into their... More »

North Korea Complains to UN About Seth Rogen Movie

It's 'undisguised sponsoring of terrorism,' says Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea continues to do a fine job of promoting an upcoming flick with Seth Rogen and James Franco. Pyongyang has taken its complaint about The Interview all the way to the United Nations, reports Reuters . In the movie, Rogen and Franco play a TV producer and host who land... More »

Kim Jong Un Caught Limping

Hobbles onstage at a tribute to his grandfather

(Newser) - Not surprising: that a 30-something man who appears to have recently gained weight, smokes heartily, and is probably perpetually stressed out from his dictatorial duties might have physical issues. Surprising: that that man is Kim Jong Un—and that state media showed him apparently exhibiting one of those physical issues... More »

Seoul: N. Korea Fired 2 Scuds

Latest short-range missile tests

(Newser) - North Korea fired two short-range Scud missiles into its eastern waters today, a South Korean official said, in an apparent test just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles. A South Korean military official said the missiles were fired from Wonsan and are presumed to be... More »

North Korea: Seth Rogen Movie Is an 'Act of War'

Pyongyang warns of 'merciless counter-measure'

(Newser) - Seth Rogen's movies don't usually get panned quite like this: If the US releases the actor's upcoming film, The Interview—which is about assassinating Kim Jong-un—North Korea says it will see it as an "act of war," official media says, per the BBC . The... More »

Kim Jong Un Is Really Mad at His Weathermen

North Korean leader scolds meteorologists

(Newser) - It's a rough day to be a North Korean meteorologist: According to state-run media, Kim Jong Un is really upset about ... inaccurate weather forecasts. The leader has been visiting various meteorological facilities in the country, where he has reportedly taken employees to task for "too many incorrect" weather... More »

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