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North Korea puts on a show after execution of Kim Jong-un’s uncle

North Korea puts on show after Kim uncle’s execution. But is it stable? (via The Christian Science Monitor) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center r.), his wife, Ri Sol-ju, (center l.), and high ranking officials visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the second anniversary of the death of…

Following execution, North Korea tells its citizens in China to return home as a show of loyalty

Days after killing his politically-influential uncle and two associates, Kim Jong Un is telling North Korean business people in China to come home, reports the BBC. North Korea’s supreme leader had his second in command and uncle, Jang Song Thaek, arrested, tried, sentenced and executed for treason and other crimes…

North Korea extracts ‘apology’ from detained American-Korean War veteran

North Korea has detained Merrill E. Newman, a US citizen and veteran of the Korean War, for committing “hostile acts,” the country’s official state news agency confirmed on Saturday. Newman, 85, has been held in Pyongyang since October 26, when he was taken off an Air Koryo flight leaving the…

North Korea publicly executes 80 people, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows

North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single, unidentified source, but at least one North Korean defector group said it had heard rumours that lent credibility to…

North Korea using Russian tech to create ‘electromagnetic pulse weapons’

South Korea’s spy agency said Monday that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralysing military electronic equipment south of the border. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament that the North had purchased Russian electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weaponry to…

North Korea is treated as a joke, but the reality is a repressive regime the world must no longer ignore

Kim Song-ju sought to escape the living hell of North Korea, but after crossing a freezing river into China was returned, like so many other defectors. He was sent to a prison camp, where he shared – with 40 other unfortunates – a cramped cell that had to be entered…

North Korea says it is ready for a military confrontation

North Korea took fresh aim at the United States Wednesday over a three-nation naval drill, accusing it of “serious military provocation” and branding the exercise an “attack on our efforts for peace”. The planned drill in waters around the Korean peninsula involves South Korea, Japan and the United States, which…

South Korea confirms North’s plutonium reactor restart

South Korea’s spy agency confirmed Tuesday that the North has restarted an aging plutonium reactor that could help boost its nuclear weapons programme. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament that the five megawatt reactor at the North’s Yongbyon nuclear complex had resumed operations, according to…

North Korea warns rival South against ‘destructive’ clash

North Korea warned rival South Korea it risks triggering a “destructive” showdown and accused the United States of abusing its power on the UN Security Council, in a fiery address Tuesday. Hours after South Korea paraded a missile capable of pinpoint strikes across the border, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister…

S. Korea urges N. Korea to reconsider delay of family reunions

South Korea urged North Korea to review its decision to postpone a reunion for families separated by the Korean War, saying it had “deeply wounded” those chosen to participate. Hundreds of divided family members from both Koreas were scheduled to meet at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort from Wednesday in…

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