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  • North Korea's Kim makes second walking stick-aided appearance 4 days ago

    Seoul: North Korea's state media on Friday reported another public appearance by leader Kim Jong-Un, his second in four days after an extended absence that has seen him re-emerge with a walking stick. The North's ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun ran front page pictures of a smiling Kim, a black cane...
  • Kim Jong Un's recent public appearance raise speculations over his long absence 5 days ago

    Days after Kim Jong Un made his public appearance after a long period of absence, speculations have arisen over his disappearing act. ...
  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un makes public appearance after 40 days sparking speculation about his health; seen walking with a stick 1 week ago

    Pyongyang: A photo published Tuesday by the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea showed top leader Kim Jong Un looking healthy except for using a walking stick after disappearing from public view for over 40 days. Kim walked with the stick when he visited a newly built residential district for...
  • After over a month, North Korea leader Kim Jong appears in public 1 week ago

    Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, using a cane for support, visited a housing development, state media reported on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fuelled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country. Several pictures on the front page of Tuesday's...
  • No early sign of 'missing' Kim Jong-Un on key party date October 10, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea's ruling party celebrated its 69th anniversary on Friday with no early sign that "missing" leader Kim Jong-Un might finally resurface after more than a month out of the public eye Kim's unexplained absence has fed a cycle of rumour and wild speculation that only a country as...
  • UNGA asks Security Council to refer North Korea to ICC October 9, 2014

    United Nations: A draft resolution for the UN General Assembly's human rights committee encourages the Security Council to consider referring the situation in North Korea to the International Criminal Court. A copy obtained Thursday by The Associated Press says the council should follow the recommendations of a UN commission of inquiry...
  • Eyes on Kim Jong Un as North Korea gets ready for 69th anniversary of ruling party October 9, 2014

    Tokyo: As North Korea's ruling party prepares to mark its 69th anniversary on Friday, the world will be watching to see if leader Kim Jong Un will make his first public appearance in more than a month. Kim's absence from the public eye, along with suggestions in the North Korean media...
  • US calls for North Korea to shut 'evil' prison camps September 24, 2014

    New York: US Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for North Korea to shut down its "evil system" of prison camps. Kerry spoke at a gathering of foreign officials and activists on Tuesday to draw attention to the findings of a UN commission of inquiry that in February concluded that...
  • Love, eggs and ideas: the keys to North Korean weightlifting success September 23, 2014

    Incheon: "Recipe for weightlifting success," by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Take one egg. Add an idea. Break a stone with said egg. Voila. North Korean weightlifters Om Yun Chol and Kim Un Guk faced the media at a news conference on Tuesday that was supposed to focus on their world records and gold...
  • North Korean team welcomed to Asian Games village September 18, 2014

    The proper flag was raised, there were smiles for the South Korean break dancers on stage and gifts were warmly exchanged as North Korea's team was officially welcomed into the athlete's village at the Asian Games after a series of controversies that nearly scuttled their trip. The ceremony took place at...
  • Signs of North Korea developing missile submarine: South Korea September 15, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea appears to be developing a new weapons system capable of launching submarinebased ballistic missiles, the South's defence ministry said on Monday. "Based on recent US and South Korean intelligence, we have detected signs of North Korea developing a vertical missile launch tube for submarines," a ministry official said. Ministry...
  • US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor September 14, 2014

    Pyongyang, North Korea: North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24yearold American man to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally to commit espionage. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang's...
  • Japan pushes North Korea to resolve abductions September 13, 2014

    Tokyo: Japan's prime minister turned up the pressure on North Korea on Saturday to answer questions over the fate of possibly hundreds of Japanese citizens believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and '80s. Shinzo Abe told a rally in Tokyo that he will not back...
  • Asian Games 2014: North Korea set for rare sports foray in South September 13, 2014

    A delegation of over 250 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials will take a rare flight south of the interKorean border to participate in the 17th Asian Games this month, hoping to raise the reclusive country's profile on the international sporting stage. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is at the...
  • Protests about North Korea flag ahead of Asian Games September 12, 2014

    Seoul: South Korea have removed the flags of all competing nations from their streets ahead of the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon because of protests about the flying of rival North Korea's flags. The national flags of the 45 countries, including North Korea, had flown in Incheon and nine nearby cities...
  • Incheon worried about 'life after the Asian Games' September 12, 2014

    Seoul: As the port city of Incheon prepares to host the Asian Games, some are worried about what happens when the party leaves town. Aside from looming potential debt, the games will also double as an expensive rehearsal for the 2018 Winter Olympics at the ski resort town of Pyeongchang. Incheon...
  • Seoul: North Korea again fires shortrange projectiles September 6, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea on Friday continued its string of rocket and missile firings, launching three shortrange projectiles into the waters off its east coast ahead of a major holiday celebrated by both Koreas, a South Korean defense official said. The projectiles flew about 210 kilometres before landing in the water, said...
  • South Korea: North Korea fires shortrange projectile into sea September 1, 2014

    Seoul, South Korea:South Korea says North Korea has fired another shortrange projectile into the sea, the latest in a slew of weapons tests the North has been conducting in 2014. A Defense Ministry official says the projectile flew about 220 kilometers (135 miles) before landing in waters off the North's east...
  • North Korea calls US 'human rights graveyard' over Ferguson August 27, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea has joined the ranks of America's foes who have seized on riots in Missouri, saying the nation is the "graveyard of human rights" and should mind its own business rather than criticise others. The police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the...
  • North Korea threatens 'merciless' strike against USSouth Korea drill August 17, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea warned on Sunday of a "merciless" preemptive strike as it blasted upcoming joint USSouth Korean military exercises as a rehearsal for nuclear war. South Korea and the United States on Monday start the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill aimed at testing combat readiness for a North Korean invasion. Although...
  • North Korea threatens to pull out of Asian Games in the South July 18, 2014

    North Korea threatened on Friday to pull out of the Asian Games due to take place in rival South Korea later this year, accusing the South of plotting to block its athletes from taking part. A rare meeting between the two sides on Thursday ended with no agreement on the size...
  • Watch: A viral video had proclaimed that North Korea was in the World Cup finals. Did the North Koreans believe it? July 14, 2014

    While the world was gearing up for a Germany vs. Netherlands World Cup final, North Korea was looking forward to defeating Portugal according to the country's news channels! A YouTube video where a North Korean news channel was airing news of North Korea reaching the football World Cup went viral....
  • North Korea fires two missiles: Seoul July 9, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea fired two suspected shortrange missiles off its eastern coast in the latest in a series of missile tests on Wednesday, South Korea said. A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said the North had fired what appeared to be two shortrange missiles from its western...
  • Photo: The iPhone cover design of the year goes to the guy who thought Barack Obama and Kim JongUn hugging would be great Photoshop. He was right. July 1, 2014

    This is why the Internet is so cool. For people who live for strange things that go viral, the iPhone cover design of the year goes to the guy who thought Barack Obama and Kim JongUn hugging would be great Photoshop. He was right of course. The hilarious image was...
  • North Korea confirms latest missile test June 30, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea confirmed on Monday its second missile test in recent days, with leader Kim JongUn overseeing the drill just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits South Korea. The South Korean military said that the test on Sunday was of two shortrange Scud missiles with a range of about...
  • Seoul: North Korea fires more shortrange missiles June 29, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea fired two shortrange missiles into its eastern waters on Sunday, a South Korean official said, an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country tested what it called new precisionguided missiles. The Defence Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department rules, said the...
  • North Korea hails test of 'breakthrough' guided missile June 27, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea announced on Friday the successful test of a new highprecision, tactical guided missile, as its army threatened a "devastating" retaliation against South Korea for carrying out live fire drills near their maritime border. The launch of the "cuttingedge" missile was watched by North Korean leader Kim JongUn, according...
  • North Korea leader Kim JongUn replaces his defence minister June 25, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea's leader Kim JongUn has replaced his defence minister, a report said on Wednesday. The latest in a series of senior military reshuffles since Kim came to power in late 2011. General Hyon YongChol replaced Jang JongNam as Minister of the People's Armed Forces, the South's Yonhap news...
  • Bullets, babes, bromance and a plan to kill a powerful dictator: Seth Rogen and James Franco in 'The Interview' June 13, 2014

    "Okay, lets go kill Kim JongUn," says James Franco in the trailer of the upcoming film 'The Interview'.Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the story revolves around two celebrity tabloid show hosts, who are on their way to North Korea to get the biggest scoop an interview with...
  • North Korea rejects dialogue with South over detained missionary June 12, 2014

    Seoul: South Korea said on Thursday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) rejected its offer to hold dialogue over a detained Christian missionary in Pyongyang for more than seven months. The South Korean government proposed to the DPRK Tuesday that the two sides should hold talks about Kim Jongwook,...