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N. Korea Freaks After McCain Calls Kim Jong Un 'Crazy Fat Kid'

'What, did they want me to call him a crazy skinny kid?'

(Newser) - John McCain recently went on MSNBC and called Kim Jong Un a "crazy fat kid," and North Korea is taking it pretty well. Just kidding—the country's Foreign Ministry put out a statement calling McCain's words a "grave provocation little short of declaration of war.... More »

N. Korea Hails Latest Test as a 'Revolution'

High-thrust rocket engine a breakthrough in space program, Pyongyang claims

(Newser) - North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday's test at the Sohae launch site, according to... More »

Malaysia Boots North Korean Ambassador in 'Clear Message'

'We are serious about solving this problem'

(Newser) - Malaysia says its expulsion of North Korea's ambassador was intended to warn Pyongyang that it cannot manipulate the investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's half brother, reports the AP . The government on Saturday gave Ambassador Kang Chol 48 hours to leave the country after he... More »

How North Korea Claims Kim Died

Envoy says it was probably a heart attack

(Newser) - A North Korean envoy says Kim Jong Nam likely died of a heart attack, not in an assassination that used the nerve agent VX. Ri Tong Il, the former North Korean deputy ambassador to the UN, says Kim was taking medication for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, reports... More »

'Enraged' Kim Orders Execution of 5 Top Officials: S. Korea

Says the latest purges arose over security officials making false reports

(Newser) - North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that "enraged" leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's spy agency said Monday. The comments by the National Intelligence Service in a private briefing to lawmakers come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death of... More »

Kim Jong Nam Suffered 'Very Painful Death'

Malaysian health minister says Kim Jong Un's half-brother died within 20 minutes

(Newser) - Malaysia's health minister said Sunday that the dose of nerve agent given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother was so high that it killed him within 20 minutes and caused "very serious paralysis," the AP reports. Kim Jong Nam died Feb. 13... More »

'Weapon of Mass Destruction' Killed Kim Jong Nam

Malaysian police say tests found VX nerve agent on his face

(Newser) - Kim Jong Nam's assassins killed him with a banned chemical weapon, Malaysian police revealed Friday. The country's police chief said toxicology reports on swabs from the face and eyes of the exiled North Korean found VX nerve agent, which the BBC notes is classed as a weapon of... More »

N. Korea Points Fingers, Alleges Malaysia Conspiracy

Doesn't specifically name Kim Jong Nam, but pretty clear that's who's being discussed

(Newser) - After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes and contradictions." The report from the official outlet KCNA didn't... More »

Someone Really Wants to Get to Kim Jong Nam's Body: Cops

Malaysian police say there was break-in attempt at hospital morgue

(Newser) - As Malaysian cops seek out a North Korean diplomat for questioning in the poisoning death of Kim Jong Un's half brother, the morgue where Kim Jong Nam's body is being held is having its own issues. Khalid Abu Bakar, head of the country's police force, told the... More »

S. Korea: N. Korea Killed Kim's Brother

1 more arrested in Kim Jong Nam's death as 4 more North Koreans are sought

(Newser) - Malaysian police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother have arrested a North Korean man, reports the Wall Street Journal , and they're looking for four more North Koreans believed to have left the country the same day Kim Jong Nam was killed. Ri Jong Chol, 46,... More »

Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Reportedly Assassinated

South Korean officials say Kim Jong Nam was poisoned in Malaysia

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's half-brother has died in Malaysia in what South Korean government officials claim was an assassination. Police official Fadzil Ahmat tells Reuters that Kim Jong Nam—the son of Kim Jong Il and actress Song Hye Rim—became dizzy and "felt like someone grabbed or held... More »

This Man No Longer Runs North Korea's Infamous Prisons

Reports say Kim Won Hong, former head of secret police, was demoted

(Newser) - The head of North Korea's secret police, a man who reportedly "spearheaded the move" to execute Kim Jong Un's uncle in December 2013, has himself been removed from his key slot—one handed to him by Kim in April 2012. Reuters quotes a rep for South Korea'... More »

Defector: North Korea Headed for 'Popular Uprising'

Thae Yong Ho says Kim Jong Un's 'days are numbered'

(Newser) - North Korea is on a "slippery slope" toward a "popular uprising," says a former diplomat who defected from the country last year. Thae Yong Ho went on to say that Kim Jong Un's "days are numbered," the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the... More »

S. Korea Will Soon Be Ready to Take Out Kim Jong Un

Brigade would operate in the 'event of war'

(Newser) - South Korea likely stands alone in having the words "decapitation unit" feature into its New Year's resolution. As CNN reports, the country's defense minister now says the formation of a brigade that could take out Kim Jong Un and other North Korea bigwigs in the event of... More »

Experts: North Korea's ICBM Claim Not Bluster

Reuters uses the word 'plausible'

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's first announcement of 2017—that North Korea is in the "final stages" of development of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile and a test launch is imminent—may very well be a credible one. Reuters talks to international weapons experts in the wake of Kim's... More »

Kim's New Year's Day Speech: 'Regrets,' 'Guilty Conscience'

As well as an announcement that N. Korea is in 'final stages' for ICBM test launch

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un was up bright and early New Year's Day to make his first announcement of 2017: that North Korea is in the "final stages" of development of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile and a test launch is imminent, ABC Australia reports. In his address on state... More »

North Korea Still Expanding Its Labor Camps: Reports

Satellite images show 'abuse on an industrial scale'

(Newser) - A 2014 UN report accusing Kim Jong Un of crimes against humanity through forced labor camps apparently did nothing to deter him. In fact, North Korea has increased and expanded its camps in the years since, according to satellite images included in a Committee for Human Rights in North Korea... More »

'Fatty Kim the Third' Not an OK Nickname in China

But the AP notes 'Kim Fat Fat Fat' still works

(Newser) - Chinese Internet users apparently have to search for news of Kim Jong Un by his given name, or at least not via the term "Jin San Pang"—meaning "Fatty Kim the Third." The phrase has been blocked on Chinese websites including social media site Weibo and... More »

North Korea's First Lady Has Vanished From Public View

Ri Sol Ju hasn't been seen in public in 7 months

(Newser) - Somebody get Ri Sol Ju on a milk carton. UPI reports North Korea's first lady hasn't been seen in public since visiting a new department store in Pyongyang—seven months ago. Her husband, Kim Jong Un, has made 100 reported public appearances in 2016, but Ri was only... More »

How Johnson Answered a Simple Q About Kim Jong Un

'Really?'

(Newser) - Gary Johnson's had his "Aleppo moment." He's had his "forgetting world leaders" moment. And now the Libertarian candidate for president has completed the foot-in-mouth trifecta with his "Are you seriously asking me for the name of North Korea's leader?" moment. USA Today reports... More »

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