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N. Korea Soldier Walks Across DMZ to Defect

He made it across 2.5 heavily fortified miles

(Newser) - South Korea's military said Thursday that a North Korean soldier had crossed the border between the rivals to defect. South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff said military officials were investigating the North Korean soldier, who defected across the central-east portion of the military demarcation line, which is inside... More »

S. Korea: We're Willing to Kill Kim Jong Un

Defense minister delivers blunt comments in parliament

(Newser) - This should calm tensions on the Korean peninsula. Asked in parliament on Wednesday whether South Korea had a plan in place to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should the need arise, the country's defense minister didn't beat around the bush. "Yes, we do have... More »

Quake Was North Korea's Biggest Nuclear Test Yet

Pyongyang says it has reached 'higher level'

(Newser) - In what Seoul called an act of "fanatic recklessness," North Korea carried out its biggest nuclear test yet early Friday, angering allies and enemies alike. The test registered as a 5.3-magnitude quake; Middlebury Institute expert Jeffrey Lewis tells Reuters that signals a blast of up to 30... More »

Shipping Line Goes Bankrupt, Causes Global Chaos

Hanjin bankruptcy could affect Xmas sales

(Newser) - The bankruptcy of the Hanjin shipping line has thrown ports and retailers around the world into confusion, with giant container ships marooned and merchants worrying whether tons of goods will reach their shelves. The South Korean giant filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday and stopped accepting new cargo. With its... More »

On Day 3 of War Games, North Korea Acts Out

Seoul says missile flew 310 miles, a record for the country

(Newser) - North Korea on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile from a submarine into the sea in an apparent protest against Monday's start of annual South Korea-US military drills . The missile fired from a submarine off the eastern coastal town of Sinpo flew about 310 miles, the longest flight of a... More »

As War Games Begin, N. Korea Threatens to Turn DC to 'Ashes'

Cue the military rhetoric amid tensions over defection of top diplomat

(Newser) - South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea's threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal. Such fiery rhetoric by Pyongyang is not unusual, but the latest warning comes at a time of more tension following... More »

This T-Shirt Got a Video Game Actress Fired

South Korea dealing with its own GamerGate

(Newser) - A South Korean actress' voice won't be heard in two video games after people complained about a T-shirt she wore bearing an offensive slogan: "Girls do not need a prince." Not offended? Neither is the feminist network Megalia. Splinter group Megalia4 sold the shirts to fund lawsuits... More »

North Korea Suffers 'Highest-Ranking' Defection

Thae Yong Ho has defected to South Korea

(Newser) - A North Korean diplomat stationed in London vanished in mid-July, and Seoul is now explaining why: Thae Yong Ho has defected to South Korea, in what the BBC reports could be the "highest-ranking" defection North Korea has experienced. The New York Times calls Thae the "No. 2" official... More »

North, South Korean Gymnasts Unite for Selfie

Moment hailed as triumph of Olympic spirit

(Newser) - "This is why we do the Olympics," tweeted political scientist Ian Bremmer after an iconic moment in Rio. Gymnasts Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-Jong of North Korea posed for a selfie during training, where they were seen chatting happily despite the tension between their nations,... More »

How Korea Bought Its Way Into American Stomachs

Hey, it worked for Thai food

(Newser) - While some worry about Russia influencing the US election, other countries are surreptitiously having a massive impact on our meals. Priceonomics takes a look at the practice of "gastro-diplomacy," through which governments spend millions of dollars buying access to our mouths. "The latest food trend that you'... More »

Weird New Propaganda War: North Korea Lapel Pins

Meanwhile, Pyongyang says it's being attacked by snakes

(Newser) - North Korea has apparently kicked off a new propaganda war ahead of planned war games between the US and South Korea next month. South Korea says its military found hundreds of propaganda leaflets floating down a river near the border last week, boasting that the North won the Korean War... More »

N. Korea: Missile Launch a Dry Run for Blowing Up South's Airports

And US targets

(Newser) - Three ballistic missiles launched by North Korea Tuesday into the Sea of Japan off of South Korea's eastern coast wasn't just an arbitrary exercise, the Washington Post reports. The apparent intent of the Kim Jong Un-approved launch: A dry run at "preemptive strikes at ports and airfields... More »

Strange North Korean Radio Broadcasts Raise Old Fears

'On page 459, question number 35, on page 913, question number 55...'

(Newser) - Mysterious radio broadcasts out of North Korea are raising Cold War concerns in South Korea, the AP reports. A woman read a string of meaningless numbers on North Korean state radio for two minutes on June 24. It happened again last Friday; this time for 14 minutes. Popular Mechanics gives... More »

Seoul: North Korea Fired 3 Missiles Into Our Eastern Sea

Move comes 8 days after Pyongyang's warning

(Newser) - South Korea says North Korea has fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea, eight days after Pyongyang warned of a "physical counter-action" against the South over its decision to deploy an advanced missile defense system to better cope with North Korean threats, the AP reports. Seoul's Joint... More »

N. Korea Media Praise 'Wise' Trump

Editorial hails 'wise' Trump, slams 'dull' Clinton

(Newser) - Donald Trump appears to be finding some friends in North Korea. The presumptive GOP nominee has been getting good press this week in the North's carefully controlled media, first in an opinion piece that praised him as "wise" and full of foresight and then Wednesday in the official... More »

South Says N. Korea Missile Launch Fails—Again

It reportedly exploded at the launch pad

(Newser) - A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea's military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures that somewhat tempers recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach America's mainland. South Korea's Yonhap... More »

Japan to Military: Get Ready for North Korea Missile Launch

South Korea also says launch prep appears to be underway

(Newser) - Japan's military is on alert as of Monday that North Korea may be preparing to launch ballistic missiles, officials tell Reuters . South Korea officials also say launch preparations appear to be underway. Since North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test in January, followed by launching a satellite and test-launching... More »

Sweet Misery: Hangover Ice Cream Now Exists

South Korean grapefruit-flavored dessert contains trace amount of oriental raisin tree fruit juice

(Newser) - South Koreans, Asia's biggest lushes, already soothe their sore heads with some $126 million in annual hangover "cure" sales that run the full gamut of pills, beverages, foods, and even cosmetics to help soften skin. That doesn't even count the "hangover soup" that has become a... More »

Girl Accidentally Swallows Fitness Tracker. It Still Works

Doctors retrieved it from 13-year-old's stomach

(Newser) - The Misfit Shine activity tracker is not only waterproof, but can apparently also withstand stomach acid. Doctors say a 13-year-old girl in South Korea removed the tracker from her watch band—it can also be fixed to necklaces and clipped to clothing—and popped it in her mouth while she... More »

N. Korea's Army Chief Just Came Back From the 'Dead'

Turns out S. Korea messed up: Ri Yong Gil wasn't executed after all

(Newser) - A former North Korean military chief who Seoul had said was executed is actually alive and in possession of several new senior-level posts, the North's state media said Tuesday, per the AP . The news on Ri Yong Gil marks yet another blunder for South Korean intelligence officials, who have... More »

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