Kim Jong Un

  • 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 leader Kim Jong-Un replaces his defence minister June 25, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un 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 Yong-Chol replaced Jang Jong-Nam 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 Jong-Un," 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 Korean agents tell a London hairdresser to remove Dear Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's 'bad hair day' poster April 16, 2014

    It seems the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is spreading his tentacles of total obedience even in distant England. A hairdresser in Ealing was visited by two North Korean officials after he used a photo of Kim Jong-un to attract customers having a 'bad hair day', reports The Telegraph. He...
  • All university male students in North Korea are now required by law to get the same goofy haircut as supreme leader Kim Jong Un March 27, 2014

    It could well be an Onion story. According to various media reports, all university men in North Korea will now have to get the same hairstyle as their Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. The middle-parted, sides-shaved haircut isn't the greatest thing in fashion right now but the Time Magazine reported...
  • Photoshop fail? 5 insanely hilarious poster tributes to Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa showing world leaders bowing before her February 25, 2014

    It was Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa 66th birthday yesterday and her fans didn't spare any opportunity to make the day special for the politician. Apart from the huge Parliament-shaped cake that the 66-year-old cut on her birthday, she also got to see photoshopped hoardings and posters of her...
  • North Korea rejects UN human rights report as 'lies and fabrications' February 22, 2014

    North Korea on Saturday rejected the findings of a UN panel, which accused the state of crimes against humanity that evoked Nazi-era atrocities, saying they were based on "lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs." North Korean security chiefs and even Kim Jong Un should face international...
  • UN warns North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on accountability of spreading crimes February 18, 2014

    A UN panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation, ranging from systematic executions to torture, rape and mass starvation. It is unusual for a UN report to directly implicate a nation's...
  • UN letter to Kim Jong Un warns on accountability February 17, 2014

    Geneva: A UN panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation. It is unusual for a UN report to directly implicate a nation's leader. But in a letter accompanying a yearlong...
  • Watch: Former NBA star Dennis Rodman sings Happy Birthday to Kim Jong-un on North Korea visit January 9, 2014

    Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman sang Happy Birthday to his long-time friend and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Rodman was visiting The 52-year-old sports star brought a team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, to mark the controversial leader's special day with...
  • North Korean leader says purge was a cleansing of 'filth' January 1, 2014

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first reference to the execution of his powerful uncle in a New Year's address, saying the reclusive state's ruling party had become stronger after it was purged of "factional filth." And he called for better relations with South Korea, warning that another war...
  • North Korea executes leader's powerful uncle in rare public purge December 13, 2013

    North Korea has executed the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong Un, state media said on Friday, the biggest upheaval in years as the ruling dynasty sought to distance itself from responsibility for the isolated states's dire living standards. Jang Song Thaek, considered the second most powerful man in the...
  • North Korea executes Kim Jong Un's uncle as a 'traitor' December 13, 2013

    Pyongyang: North Korea said on Friday that it had executed Kim Jong Un's uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader's former mentor, long considered the country's No. 2 official. In a sharp reversal of the long-held popular image of Jang Song...
  • North Korea says Kim's powerful uncle dismissed for 'criminal acts' December 9, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea on Monday excoriated Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, for what it described as a slew of criminal acts, confirming the spectacular downfall of the once second most powerful man in the reclusive state. The sacking of Jang for mismanaging the economy, corruption,...
  • North Korean dictator's ex-girlfriend executed over porn scandal August 30, 2013

    Sydney: According to reports by the South China Morning Post, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's Hyon Song-wol was gunned down in front of her family just three days after being arrested for breaching North Korean pornography laws. Hyon, was among a dozen well-known musicians who were executed by machine guns. The...
  • Friends who survived Korean war gather to remember it on 60th anniversary July 26, 2013

    Two decorated US war veterans who survived one of the worst battles of the Korean War found themselves among former foes at a memorial ceremony as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un launched the country's commemoration of the war's end 60 years ago. It's unusual for American veterans to attend official...
  • North, South Korea move to end rupture in ties June 7, 2013

    Seoul: North and South Korea announced on Thursday they were planning to hold talks for the first time since February 2011, signalling attempts to repair ties that have been ruptured for months. For months earlier this year, North Korea unleashed an almost daily stream of threats against the South and its...
  • 'China tried to convince N Korea to give up nuclear tests' June 4, 2013

    Beijing: China told an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that Pyongyang should stop conducting nuclear and missile tests, but the North showed little sign of heeding the request, said a source with knowledge of the talks held late last month. Kim dispatched Choe Ryong-hae, vice chairman of the country's...
  • North Korea sends top official to China May 22, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea sent one of its top military officials to Beijing on Wednesday as a "special envoy" of its leader Kim Jong-un, state news agency KCNA reported. There were few details of Choe Ryong-hae's visit, which came amid strained relations between China and North Korea after Beijing backed UN...
  • North Korea has to pay a price for provocations: Obama May 8, 2013

    Washington: Emphasising that North Korea has to pay for its recent provocative behaviour, US President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-Hye have said that engagement process would be initiated if Pyongyang gives up its nuclear ambitions. "The key is that we will be prepared for a deterrence;...
  • Pyongyang glitters, but rest of North Korea still dark April 29, 2013

    Pyongyang: The heart of this city, once famous for its Dickensian darkness, now pulsates with neon. Glossy construction downtown has altered the Pyongyang skyline. Inside supermarkets where shopgirls wear French designer labels, people with money can buy Italian wine, Swiss chocolates, kiwifruit imported from New Zealand and fresh-baked croissants. They...
  • Goal of nuclear free North Korea tests US, China ties April 14, 2013

    Beijing: Bound by threats from North Korea, the US and China agreed on Saturday to rid the bellicose nation of nuclear weapons in a test of whether the world powers can shelve years of rivalry and discord, and unite in fostering global stability. Beyond this latest attempt to restrain North Korea,...
  • N Korea's missile launch would be a 'huge mistake': US April 12, 2013

    Seoul: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea on Friday it would be a "huge mistake" to launch a medium-range missile and said the United States would never accept the reclusive country as a nuclear power. Addressing reporters after talks with South Korea's president and leaders of the...
  • North Korea nears 'dangerous line': US Defence Secretary April 11, 2013

    Washington: Asserting that the US is ready with all its contingency plans to defend itself and its allies from any misadventure from North Korea, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that the isolated nation was "skating very close to a dangerous line." "North Korea has been, with its bellicose...
  • South Korea increases surveillance as North moves missile April 10, 2013

    Seoul: South Korea has raised its surveillance of North Korea after the reclusive state moved one or more long-range missiles in readiness for a possible launch, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday. Admiral Samuel Locklear, the commander of US forces in the Pacific region, said the US military believed North Korea...
  • Admiral says US can intercept North Korean missile April 9, 2013

    Washington: US defenses could intercept a ballistic missile launched by North Korea, the top US military commander in the Pacific said on Tuesday as the relationship between the West and the communist government hit its lowest point since the end of the Korean War. Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of US...
  • North Korea asks embassies to consider moving diplomats out April 5, 2013

    London/Seoul: North Korea has asked embassies to consider moving staff out and warned it cannot guarantee the safety of diplomats after April 10, Britain said, amid high tension and a war of words on the Korean peninsula. The requests come on the heels of declarations by the government of the...
  • Meet North Korea's new Kim, same as the old Kims? April 3, 2013

    Washington: North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un is using his forebears' time-tested "crazy-guy-in-the-neighborhood" strategy, senior US officials say, but with a provocative new twist - aiming Pyongyang's threats directly at the United States. There are indeed signs of an earlier method in what might seem like Kim's rhetorical madness, which...
  • North Korea threat may be more bark than bite March 30, 2013

    South Korea: Across North Korea, soldiers are gearing up for battle and shrouding their jeeps and vans with camouflage netting. Newly painted signboards and posters call for "death to the US imperialists" and urge the people to fight with "arms, not words." But even as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...
  • Russia warns against military activity near North Korea March 30, 2013

    Moscow: Russia said on Friday that heightened military activity near North Korea was slipping into a "vicious cycle" that could get out of control, implicitly criticising US bomber flights that followed threats from Pyongyang. Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov suggested that North Korea should also cool down, calling on "all sides not...