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China to North Korea: Loosen Up Those Markets

Powerful Pyongyang official visits Beijing

(Newser) - It's time for authoritarian North Korea to let in some free markets, urged Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today, following a rare meeting with a high-ranking North Korean official, reports Reuters . Wen and President Hu Jintao met yesterday with Jang Song Thaek, the powerful uncle of North Korea's young... More »

China to North Korea: Don't You Dare Test That Nuke

Beijing is suddenly worried about environmental damage

(Newser) - Someone get Alanis Morissette on the phone: China is suddenly hot and bothered about the environment. Yes, Beijing is urging annoying little brother North Korea not to go through with its third nuclear test , because it's worried about damaging the Changbai Mountain region, particularly radiation that might leak out,... More »

Number of North Korean Defectors Surges Past 20K

As economic conditions worsen, more flee to South Korea

(Newser) - The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea has surged in recent years because of economic suffering in the North, with more than 10,000 defections over the past three years, South Korea's Unification Ministry said today. About as many North Koreans have defected to the South since the... More »

Floods Force N. Korea, China to Evacuate Thousands

Displaced 'at the crossroads of life and death'

(Newser) - Torrential rain has flooded the Yalu River that lies along the China/North Korea border, forcing thousands to evacuate, the LA Times reports. In North Korea, Kim Jong-Il deployed air force and navy units to aid in the evacuation of roughly 5,000 people, as flash-floods submerged houses, farms, and roads.... More »

US Journo Ling: Koreans 'Hit Me'

And Clinton freed them with pure charm

(Newser) - Laura Ling and Euna Lee didn't go quietly when the North Koreans arrested them. In an interview with Larry King on CNN , Ling reveals that the men who arrested them beat them into submission. Though she admits they had crossed, briefly, into North Korean territory, she says they were actually... More »

Border-Crossing Yank Gets 8 Years in No. Korea

Experts predict he'll be freed sooner as goodwill gesture

(Newser) - An American detained in North Korea for illegally crossing the border has been sentenced to 8 years hard labor for his "hostile act committed against the Korean nation." Aijalon Mahli Gomes, 30, was also ordered to pay a $700,000 fine, reports the BBC . Gomes, described by pals... More »

US Missionary Freed by N. Korea Heads Home

Robert Park arrives in Beijing pale, silent

(Newser) - Looking pale and drawn, his eyes almost closed, American missionary Robert Park headed home today after six weeks in detention in North Korea. Park, who crossed the border from China to North Vietnam on Christmas Day to protest religious suppression, made no comment as US consular officials met him in... More »

North Korea to Free US Missionary

Regime claims rights-activist Robert Park has repented

(Newser) - North Korea says it will free an American missionary who entered the country to protest human rights abuses. State media said the reclusive regime had decided to "leniently forgive" Robert Park, 28, for entering the country on Christmas day because he'd shown "sincere repentance," reports the Washington ... More »

North Korea Detains Another Yank at Chinese Border

N. Korea fires artillery at South for second day

(Newser) - North Korea is holding an American citizen who officials say tried to illegally enter the country across its border with China this week. Officials didn't provide the man's name or any other details, and State Department officials declined to comment. This is the second American detained by North Korea in... More »

US Activist 'Bringing God's Love' Heads Into N. Korea

Robert Park doesn't want Obama to try to free him, either

(Newser) - A Korean-American activist charged from China into North Korea today, yelling that he was “bringing God’s love.” Robert Park, 28, told Reuters earlier this week that he didn’t want the US government to get him out, either. “I want the North Korean people to be... More »

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