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North Korea Is Hiding Kim's Ears

Experts pick up on regular photoshopping

(Newser) - Millions of Americans have something in common with Kim Jong Un: He, too, appears to be self-conscious about his body—specifically, his ears. North Korea has strangely taken to photoshopping its leader's ears, which a pair of non-proliferation experts picked up on, reports Motherboard . While North Korea's habit... More »

Rodman Gives Kim an Eclectic Bunch of Gifts

Including a mermaid puzzle and a Trump tome

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman has delivered a message from President Trump to North Korea—sort of. On Thursday, the former NBA player gave the country's sports minister a copy of Trump's book The Art of the Deal, a present intended for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It wasn't... More »

North Korea Fires Missiles, Slams Trump's 'Egotism'

Ground-to-ship missiles land near site of US drills

(Newser) - North Korea angered the US and its own neighbors Thursday morning with yet another missile launch, this time involving what South Korean officials believe were multiple anti-ship missiles from Wonsan on the country's east coast. Officials say the missiles traveled around 125 miles. Pyongyang is trying to develop missiles... More »

If N. Korea Missile Test Details True, US Territory Is Within Reach

Experts fear they're getting closer to ICBM

(Newser) - North Korea has been bragging about its latest missile launch —and experts say the boasts are more than just empty bluster. The Hwasong-12 missile fired Sunday traveled nearly 500 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan near Russia, according to Pyongyang's KCNA state news agency. Analysts say... More »

North Korea: We Uncovered US Plot to Kill Our Leader

Pyongyang says CIA and South Korea conspired to kill Kim Jong Un

(Newser) - North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency is out with a doozy of a report: It says the North has "uncovered and smashed" a plot by the CIA and South Korea's Intelligence Service to assassinate Kim Jong Un. The North says the two agencies worked in cahoots with... More »

Trump: I'd Be 'Honored' to Meet Kim Jong Un

But conditions have to be right, he says

(Newser) - He's the heir to his father's empire, he attended an exclusive boarding school, his foes criticize him as potentially unstable—and President Trump says he's willing to meet with him. Trump tells Bloomberg that he would be "honored" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,... More »

Trump: 'Major Conflict' With N. Korea Possible

Tillerson says Kim Jong Un 'isn't insane'

(Newser) - President Trump says he wants to resolve America's differences with Pyongyang peacefully—but there is the chance we "could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea." Trump tells Reuters that the country is currently his biggest international worry. Asked whether he considers Kim Jong... More »

As Pence Visits S. Korea, North's Missile Launch Fails

Mid-range missile explodes seconds after launch in high-profile failure

(Newser) - A North Korean medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched on Sunday, US officials said, a high-profile failure that came hours before Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea, and as an American aircraft supercarrier approaches the Korean Peninsula, reports the AP . The US had good intelligence both... More »

North Korea Warns of 'All-Out War'

Missile paraded in huge military display

(Newser) - North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang on Saturday, with ruler Kim Jong Un looking on with delight as his nation flaunted its increasingly sophisticated military hardware amid rising regional tensions . Kim did not speak during the annual parade, which celebrates the... More »

N. Korea: US Is 'More Vicious' Under Trump

Official says he's more 'aggressive' than Obama

(Newser) - North Korea's vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the US was becoming "more vicious and more aggressive" under his leadership than it had been under President Obama. In an interview... More »

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 »

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