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North Korea’s public relations man is a Spaniard with a tough job

Alejandro Cao de Benós, a representative from North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, listens to a question after a speech he gave on North Korea in Bilbao, Spain. Mr. Cao de Benós has been embarking on a series of appearances in Europe to boost support for the North Korean regime.(Zach Campbell) While……

North Korea threatens to bomb U.S. bases in Japan, Guam as retaliation

The North Korean army on Thursday threatened a possible strike against US military bases in Japan, in response to the use of nuclear-armed US B-52 bombers in joint military drills with South Korea. “The US should not forget that the Anderson Airbase in Guam where the B-52s take off, as…

North Korea threatens ‘pre-emptive’ nuclear strike

North Korea threatened to carry out a “pre-emptive” nuclear strike Thursday as the UN Security Council prepared to vote on new sanctions against the isolated state. “As long as the US seeks to ignite a nuclear war, our revolutionary armed forces will exercise the right to launch a pre-emptive nuclear…

Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watch basketball game together

BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watched a basketball game with former Chicago Bulls’ star Dennis Rodman on Thursday, Chinese state media reported. In a dispatch from Pyongyang, China’s official Xinhua news agency said that Kim and Rodman watched a game consisting of players from North Korea and the…

U.S. officials secretly visited North Korea last year to encourage them to moderate foreign policy: LA Times

US officials made two secret visits to North Korea last year in an effort to improve relations after North Korea leader Kim Jong Un assumed power, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Citing unnamed former US officials familiar with the trips, the newspaper said the visits in April and August…

Satellite images show North Korea making progress on long-range missile

Already under fire for its latest nuclear test, North Korea has been making preparations at a launchpad that could pave the way for firing a long-range missile, a US think tank said Thursday. 38 North, a blog of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, analyzed satellite photos that it…

N. Korea’s nuclear test jolts Obama ahead of State of Union address

North Korea’s nuclear blast thrust President Barack Obama into an alarming new overseas crisis Tuesday, at the moment he hoped to use his annual State of the Union address to focus on jobs. With a characteristic sense of timing, Pyongyang set off its underground nuclear test as Obama polished a…

North Korea video shows city resembling New York under missile attack

North Korea, poised to conduct a nuclear test any day now, has posted a video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack. The footage was uploaded Saturday by the North’s official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the…

Japan launches new satellites to boost surveillance

Japan on Sunday launched two satellites to strengthen its surveillance capabilities, including keeping a closer eye on North Korea which has vowed to stage another nuclear test. One of them was a radar-equipped unit to complete a system of surveillance satellites that will allow Tokyo to monitor any place in…

U.S. sees signs that China is tiring of North Korea’s antics

US sees signs that China is tiring of North Korea's antics US officials are taking heart in mounting evidence that China, while still worried about the repercussions of a North Korean collapse, is tiring of protecting its troublesome ally. Though wary of each other on other international issues, the United…

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