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  • Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea
    Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media accounts or websites deemed to carry harmful content. More »

  • Iraq, North Korea failures shadow nuclear talks with Iran Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Arshad Mohammed VIENNA (Reuters) - Their inability to detect clandestine atomic programmes in Iraq and North Korea shadows Western officials as they seek to curb Iran's known nuclear activities and keep it from pursuing others in secret. Closing loopholes in the current nonproliferation system is a key aim for the United States and its five big power partners as they negotiate an agreement with Iran to constrain its nuclear programme in return for relief from economic sanctions. Iran and the major powers missed Tuesday's deadline for a final deal and have given themselves until July 7 to reach one. More »

  • Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran
    Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Drought-hit North Korea on Tuesday asked for humanitarian aid from its historic ally Iran, Iranian state media reported. More »

  • North Korea's worst ever drought will test new policies
    North Korea's worst ever drought will test new policies Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Things seem to be more serious than the typical doomsday projections in North Korea this time. More »

  • North Korea to foreigners - don't bring in subversive media, porn Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has warned foreigners living in Pyongyang not to share outside media on memory sticks with its citizens, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a note, cracking down on what the isolated country called "undesirable content". The vast majority of North Koreans have no access to outside Internet or foreign media, but people regularly share films, music and literature on easily-concealed USB sticks that are passed from person to person. The note, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, said foreigners in Pyongyang would not be allowed to import "all kinds of data media, including printed matter, mobile phones, and memory sticks" which contain "false propaganda" and "photos, movies, and literature regarding sexual relations". More »

  • New airport terminal in North Korea boasts fondue and a wine bar Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Most of the very small number of commercial flights to North Korea bring tourists and North Koreans on official business between the capital city and Beijing. The majority of visitors to North Korea are from China, North Korea's main ally and neighbor to the north, according to Reuters. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders? More »

  • North Korea: Kim Jong-un unveils new Pyongyang airport amid drought
    North Korea: Kim Jong-un unveils new Pyongyang airport amid drought Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    North Korea has unveiled a new airport featuring VIP rooms, restaurants and shops offering beer, Mars bars and other sweets. Pictures of dictator Kim Jong-un touring the recently completed terminal at Pyongyang International Airport were splashed over three pages by state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun. Kim was seen inspecting duty-free stores selling watches and cosmetics and passing through an airport security detector accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol-Ju, and the usual following of officials. More »

  • In North Korea, war anniversary is climax of anti-US fervor
    In North Korea, war anniversary is climax of anti-US fervor Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    SUSAN-RI, North Korea (AP) — June is something like Hate America Month in North Korea. More »

  • Warnings removed from Instagram accounts in North Korea Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Instagram appears to be back to normal in North Korea after a week of warnings on user accounts saying the popular photo-sharing app had been blacklisted for harmful content. Virtually no North Koreans ... More »

  • Lattes and Mars bars on sale at North Korea's gleaming new airport term …
    Lattes and Mars bars on sale at North Korea's gleaming new airport term … Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - Designer shirts, duty free watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await visitors to North Korea, according to photos of Pyongyang's new airport terminal released by state media on Thursday. Three pages of Thursday's ruling Workers' Party official daily newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, were devoted to images of leader Kim Jong Un and his wife inspecting shops, restaurants and waiting areas in a large, glass-fronted terminal building state media said would open on July 1. Since taking power in 2011, Kim has promised to raise living standards in the isolated country, although many of the young leader's signature projects are showpieces beyond the reach of average North Koreans, such as a ski resort, water park, and riding stables. More »

  • North Korea's 'landmark' airport terminal to open on July 1
    North Korea's 'landmark' airport terminal to open on July 1 Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    North Korea's showcase new airport terminal, which had to be partly demolished and rebuilt at leader Kim Jong-Un's whim, is to open on July 1, state media said Thursday. More »

  • Hard Labour In North Korea for South's 'Spies'
    Hard Labour In North Korea for South's 'Spies' Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Two South Korean pastors have been sentenced to hard labour for the rest of their lives after being arrested by North Korea and accused of spying. Kim Kuk-gi and Choe Chun-gil have offered no independent explanation of how they came to be in Kim Jong-Un's dictatorship. But at a press conference organised by North Korea after their arrests, flanked by their security service handlers, the pair said they were bribed by agents from Seoul's spy agency to collect information on the communist nation and criticise its system. More »

  • North Korea gives South Korea "spies" life of hard labour; U.N. rights … Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's highest court on Tuesday sentenced two South Koreans accused of spying to hard labour for life, its state media said, calling the punishment a lesson for those who conspire with Washington and Seoul. The report of the sentencing came as the United Nations opened a field office in Seoul to investigate rights abuses in North Korea, a plan that has drawn anger from Pyongyang, which denies wrongdoing. North Korea has accused the two men, Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil, of working as spies for the South's National Intelligence Service (NIS) from the Chinese border city of Dandong. More »

  • Rainfall gives respite to drought-hit North Korea
    Rainfall gives respite to drought-hit North Korea Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Parched North Korea has seen significant rainfall over the past 12 days, state media reported, but not enough to end a severe drought described as the worst in 100 years. More »

  • North Korea to boycott university games in South over U.N. rights office Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    North Korea has said it will boycott a global sports event for university athletes to be held in South Korea because of Seoul's decision to open a U.N. office to investigate human rights abuses in the North, officials said on Monday. Pyongyang has accused South Korea of a conspiracy to undermine its leadership by opening the human rights office, which arose from a U.N. commission of inquiry that documented killings, torture and political prison camps inside North Korea. North Korea has notified organisers of the Universiade games in the South Korean city of Gwangju that it would not be participating, the head of the organising committee, Yoon Jang-hyun, told a news conference. More »

  • North Korea says it has 'cure' for MERS, Ebola, AIDS
    North Korea says it has 'cure' for MERS, Ebola, AIDS Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    North Korea says it has developed a vaccine that is "very effective" in treating MERS, Ebola and AIDS, the state mouthpiece KCNA reported, as well as a range of other diseases that modern medicine is yet to find a cure for. More »

  • North Korea claims it has cure for MERS, Ebola and AIDS
    North Korea claims it has cure for MERS, Ebola and AIDS Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it has succeeded where the greatest minds in science have failed. More »

  • China says willing to help drought-hit North Korea Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the government was willing to help drought-stricken North Korea, after the isolated country said it was suffering its worst drought in a century. "Our sympathy goes out to the People's Republic of Korea that is suffering from extremely serious drought, and it is our hope that the government and people will overcome the disaster as soon as possible," spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing, using North Korea's official name. "China is willing to provide the aid that is needed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," he added, without providing details. More »

  • North Korea hit by the worst drought in a century
    North Korea hit by the worst drought in a century Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Country expected to face famine if unusually dry weather continues as 30 percent of its rice paddies dry up. More »

  • US institute: Construction visible at North Korea nuke site Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Recent satellite imagery shows not only construction work at North Korea's nuclear complex, but also signs that its existing reactor is not fully operating, a U.S. research institute said Wednesday. More »

  • North Korea Hit By 'Worst Drought In 100 Years'
    North Korea Hit By 'Worst Drought In 100 Years' Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, threatening to add to the country's chronic food shortages. The North's KCNA news agency said rice paddies around the country, including the main farming regions of Hwanghae and Phyongan provinces, were drying up due to lack of rain. It will raise concerns for the population in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition. More »

  • North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years
    North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Reclusive North Korea said on Tuesday it has been hit by the worst drought in a century, compounding chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost one third of children under five are stunted due to malnourishment. The North's KCNA news agency said paddies around the country including the main rice farming regions of Hwanghae and Phyongan provinces were drying up due to lack of rainfall. "The worst drought in 100 years continues in the DPRK, causing great damage to its agricultural field," KCNA said, using the short form for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. More »

  • North Korea to send 2 detained South Koreans home Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea will return two South Koreans who Pyongyang accused of illegally entering the country last month, Seoul said Monday. More »

  • North Korea restricts access to uncensored mobile Internet
    North Korea restricts access to uncensored mobile Internet Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - Foreigners in North Korea no longer have access to the country's 3G network, the country's mobile phone provider said in a message sent to its subscribers in the country. North Koreans are unable to access outside uncensored Internet, except for on rare occasions, but foreign residents and visitors to the isolated country are able to buy 3G mobile SIM cards which are largely unrestricted. "Unfortunately we are facing internet service outage from the local internet provider's side with no estimated time, we will keep you posted once the service is back to normal," the provider, Koryolink, said in a notice sent in English to subscribers and seen by Reuters. More »

  • North Korea accuses US of targeting it with live anthrax Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is accusing the United States of targeting it with anthrax and wants the U.N. Security Council to look into they called America's "biological warfare schemes." More »

  • North Korea accuses U.S. of targeting it with anthrax Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United States of targeting it with anthrax and asked the United Nations Security Council to investigate Washington's "biological warfare schemes" after a live anthrax sample was sent to a U.S. base in South Korea. Live anthrax samples, which can be used as a biological weapon, were inadvertently sent to Australia, Canada, Britain, South Korea and laboratories in 19 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., the Pentagon said recently. More »

  • Chinese troops kill person suspected of illegally entering from North Korea Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Chinese troops have shot and killed someone suspected of illegally crossing into China from North Korea, local authorities said, in the latest of a rash of violent incidents close to the sensitive border. In April, three residents of Helong in northeast China were reportedly killed by North Korean soldiers searching for food and money. Border crime involving impoverished North Koreans have been a persistent irritant between North Korea and China, the isolated state's only ally. More »

  • China border guards kill 1 along border with North Korea Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese border guards shot and killed one person who was allegedly trying to illegally cross from North Korea on Thursday, authorities said. More »

  • The rumoured reformation of North Korea
    The rumoured reformation of North Korea Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    A stagnant and stunted North Korea is bound to collapse sooner or later. More »

  • U.S. says North Korea satellite launch would violate U.N. resolutions
    U.S. says North Korea satellite launch would violate U.N. resolutions Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The United States, responding to a report that North Korea is developing a new space satellite, said on Thursday any launch that used ballistic missile technology would be a violation of United Nations resolutions. The Associated Press news agency quoted Paek Chang Ho, vice director of the scientific research and development department of North Korea's space agency, as saying that "a more advanced Earth observation satellite" was under development. Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said any rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit used technology almost identical to that of a ballistic missile. More »

  • Pyongyang Bling - The rise of North Korea's consumer comrades
    Pyongyang Bling - The rise of North Korea's consumer comrades Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    By James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - Nail salons, massage parlours, cafes and other signs of consumerism were unheard of in rigidly controlled North Korea just a few years ago, but they are slowly emerging in one of the world's last bastions of Cold War socialism. North Korea operates a centrally-planned economy modelled on the former Soviet Union where Western-style conspicuous consumption is anathema. There are now 2.5 million North Korean mobile phone subscribers in a country of 24 million people. More »

  • North Korea Dictator Unveils 'Kimdergarten'
    North Korea Dictator Unveils 'Kimdergarten' Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been photographed visiting a new orphanage due to open soon in the secretive state. More »

  • Some North Korea-made goods to benefit from South Korea pact with China
    Some North Korea-made goods to benefit from South Korea pact with China Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    China and South Korea signed on Monday a deal to slash trade barriers between them, including tariffs on goods produced in a North Korean factory park run jointly with the South, South Korea's Trade Ministry said. In all, 310 products made at the Kaesong industrial zone, just north of the border between North and South Korea, will benefit from the free-trade agreement. Many South Korean factories have set up operations in Kaesong to take advantage of cheap North Korean labour. More »

  • Holiday in socialist fairyland? North Korea woos tourists Sun, May 31, 2015

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If you're still looking for somewhere exotic to go this summer and don't mind a vacation that comes with a heavy dose of socialist propaganda and leader worship, North Korea says it's just the place for you. More »

  • Drought-hit North Korea seen able to avoid food crisis
    Drought-hit North Korea seen able to avoid food crisis Sun, May 31, 2015

    By Jack Kim and James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has updated farming methods and switched crops that could help soften the blow of drought and avert a disastrous food shortage, an aid worker and an analyst said on Sunday, after a U.N. official warned of another "huge food deficit". Impoverished North Korea, which suffered a deadly famine in the 1990s, has seen international food aid fall sharply because of its restrictions on humanitarian workers and reluctance to allow monitoring of food distribution. "Supply this year will be even more stable and any shortfall is likely to be met sufficiently by imports," said Kwon Tae-jin of the GSnJ Institute in Seoul, an expert on North Korean agriculture. More »