NORTH KOREA

  • North Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    Seoul: North Korea says President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyber attack of Sony Pictures and warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole US mainland, that cesspool of terrorism." Such North Korean rhetoric during times of high tension with Washington is routine. But...
  • North Korea rubbishes US allegations calling them childish 9 hours 54 minutes ago

    North Korea has rubbished US allegations calling them childish. This after US President Barack Obama said they had enough information to prove Pyongyangs role in the audacious cyber attack. ...
  • Recent hack by North Korea an act of cyber-vandalism: Barack Obama 10 hours 11 minutes ago

    US President Barack Obama has called the recent hack by North Korea into the networks of technology company Sony, not as an act of war, but as an act of cyber-vandalism. ...
  • Since you won't get to see 'The Interview', here are 5 other films with plots to kill real world leaders 15 hours 49 minutes ago

    Los Angeles: Kim Jong Un isn't alone. Queen Elizabeth II, Saddam Hussein and Pope Pius XIII have also been the targets of wacky assassination attempts on film. But those world leaders actually made it to the multiplex, while the demise of the North Korean dictator in Sony Pictures' beleaguered 'The Interview'...
  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan 20 hours 35 minutes ago

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, mega pop group AKB48 topped headlines online instead. While American...
  • Forget the politics, Sony executives say N.Korea comedy 'desperately unfunny' Yesterday

    Seoul:The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader is "desperately unfunny" and would have flopped overseas if it had not been cancelled, according to leaked e-mails of international executives of Sony Pictures. Sony Corp scrapped its Christmas Day release of 'The Interview,' following threats by hackers who have leaked...
  • North Korea responsible for Sony cyber-attack: FBI 2 days ago

    Washington: The US on Friday blamed North Korea for the cyber-attack on Hollywood movie studio Sony Pictures in which confidential information was leaked by hackers. "The FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions," an official statement from the Federal Bureau of...
  • Obama monitoring cyber attack on Sony closely 2 days ago

    Washington: Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response. But the White House was not ready to...
  • Sony employees receive email threat claiming to be from hackers December 6, 2014

    Los Angeles: Employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment received threatening emails on Friday that claimed to be from the group that carried out a massive cyber attack at the Hollywood film studio. The email said it came from GOP, the shorthand for "Guardians of Peace," the group that claimed responsibility for the...
  • Hackers: A handpicked, pampered elite in North Korea December 5, 2014

    Seoul: Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment. A North Korean diplomat has denied Pyongyang was behind the...
  • There's just one Kim Jong Un. North Korea orders everyone sharing leader's name to change it: report December 4, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea has ordered people who share the name of leader Kim Jong Un to change their names, South Korea's state-run KBS television reported on Wednesday. North Korea imposed similar bans on the use of the names of its two former leaders, Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim...
  • Two Americans freed by North Korea, returning home: US officials November 9, 2014

    Washington: North Korea has freed two US citizens, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, who are returning home after spending months in detention in the secretive Asian state, the US government said on Saturday. Bae and Miller were being accompanied back to the United States by James Clapper, the director of...
  • North Korea's Kim makes second walking stick-aided appearance October 17, 2014

    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 October 16, 2014

    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 October 14, 2014

    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 October 14, 2014

    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...