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N. Korea Claims It Can Make Mini Nukes

Not so fast, says US Joint Chiefs vice chair

(Newser) - China warned us . Less than a month after North Korea says it fired a missile off a submarine, the country's National Defense Commission is now claiming it can craft mini nuclear weapons that fit on the tips of such missiles, Yonhap reports. "We have had the capability... More »

Latest Target of Kim Jong Un's Wrath: Failed Lobster Breeders

Says terrapin farm may 'impair prestige' of Korean Workers' Party

(Newser) - Employees at a terrapin farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang might want to lay low for a while. According to North Korean state news agency KCNA, their Dear Leader isn't too pleased with the way things are managed at Taedonggang Terrapin Farm, which was visited by Kim Jong Un’... More »

2 Things Give Pause About the North Korea Execution

Some air their doubts about Hyon Yong Chol's execution by anti-aircraft gun

(Newser) - Public execution by anti-aircraft gun was the price of perceived disloyalty for North Korea's defense chief—or was it? The report of Hyon Yong Chol's alleged April 30 execution in front of hundreds came from the mouth of South Korea's National Intelligence Service. Today, the New ... More »

Report: N. Korea Defense Chief Executed by Anti-Aircraft Gun

Spy agency says he fell asleep at military event, disagreed with Kim

(Newser) - Public execution by anti-aircraft gun was the price of perceived disloyalty for North Korea's defense chief, according to South Korea's spy agency. Lawmakers in Seoul say they were told yesterday that military chief Hyon Yong Chol was killed for falling asleep during a military event and for disagreeing... More »

Kim Jong Un Blowing Off Moscow Trip: Kremlin

'Domestic affairs' keeping North Korean leader from first foreign visit

(Newser) - He's not coming. A Kremlin spokesman said today that North Korea's Kim Jong Un, set to make his first official trip abroad since taking power, won't be showing up in Moscow next month to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi... More »

N. Korea Executed 15 for Challenging Kim: Report

One official didn't like his plan for a flower-shaped building

(Newser) - North Korea has reportedly executed at least 15 people this year, including a vice forestry minister who criticized the country's forestation plan. Two South Korean lawmakers, briefed by the country's spy agency, say another senior official was killed for fighting Kim Jong Un's plan to erect a... More »

Kim Jong Un Scaled the North's Tallest Peak*

*Here, have some nice pabulum with that propaganda

(Newser) - Today, being the seventh day, presumably Kim Jong Un is resting. But yesterday, the North Korean despot was busily scaling the snowswept 9,000-foot tallest peak in his kingdom, and state media is reporting everything but that he did it in a single bound, reports the BBC . "Climbing Mount... More »

What N. Korean Kids Learn: Kim Jong Un Drove at 3

Kim Jong Un, boy genius, also won yacht races at age 9, per new curriculum

(Newser) - Parents outraged by Common Core can at least be glad their kids aren't being schooled in North Korea. The Telegraph reports that middle school and high school teachers there have been issued a manual to use while teaching a new subject for 2015: "Kim Jong Un's Revolutionary... More »

Look Who's Back: Kim Jong Un's MIA Wife

Ri Sol Ju makes first public showing in months at soccer game with her husband

(Newser) - Someone's been taking that Beatles song "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" a little too seriously. But four months is a long time even by North Korean dictator standards, which may explain why pictures released by the country's state news agency show Kim Jong Un... More »

Kim Jong Un Resurrects 'Pleasure Squad'

New troupe of female entertainers in training in Pyongyang

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un is reportedly taking after his father and recruiting new talent to what has become known as the "pleasure squad." Kim Jong Il was a well-known fan of the troupe of female entertainers, which Kim disbanded after his father's death. But it appears he has... More »

North Korea's Interview Threat Actually Works

Activists postpone DVD balloon airdrop

(Newser) - Almost five years ago, 46 sailors on a South Korean warship were killed in a torpedo attack that Seoul blamed on North Korea—and if North Korea doesn't officially say it's sorry for that ambush by Thursday (the fifth anniversary), an activist group will eventually fly 500,000... More »

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 »

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