North Korea

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (abbreviated as DPRK, PRK, DPR Korea, or Korea DPR), is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang the capital and the largest city in the country.
Latest news and commentary about the secretive Asian country.
  • N. Korea swiftly expels US citizen amid nuclear talks
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    N. Korea swiftly expels US citizen amid nuclear talks

    North Korea said Friday it had expelled a US citizen who tried to enter illegally, an unusually swift resolution of a case that could have further complicated reconciliation moves between the two countries. The man, identified as Lawrence Bruce Byron, had been in custody after crossing into North Korea from China on October 16, the official Korean Central News Agency said. "While being questioned, he said he had illegally entered the country under the command of the US Central Intelligence Agency," KCNA said.

  • Yahoo News Explains: Is North Korea breaking the missile agreement with Trump?
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    Yahoo News Explains: Is North Korea breaking the missile agreement with Trump?

    North Korea is reportedly continuing to develop its ballistic missile program. Following a summit with the U.S., North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to dismantle his country’s main nuclear site. North Korea reportedly continues to make improvements to more than a dozen other sites that could launch conventional and nuclear missiles.

  • North Korean official in South demands Japan compensate for war crimes
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    North Korean official in South demands Japan compensate for war crimes

    In a rare visit to South Korea, North Korean delegation leader Ri Jong Hyok denounced "crimes that violated human rights", calling on Japan to "make public its forced abduction of Koreans" and give sufficient compensation, following the example of post-war Germany. Japan, South Korea and North Korea share a bitter history that includes Japan’s 1910-45 colonization of the Korean peninsula and the use of comfort women, Japan’s euphemism for girls and women forced to work in its wartime brothels.

  • The Star

    Life after Kim

    AS a star student at Haankkum school, about an hour's drive north of Seoul, Kang will have fond memories when she graduates in the summer. The 21-year-old has been at Haankkum just two years, but has a lifetime's worth of memories. Of trips to New Zealand, America, India and Nepal, of friends made, projects undertaken and goals achieved. Among the clearest of her memories will be the time, shortly after her arrival, when she took the lead role in a musical, Frozen River, performed at Seoul's famous Kookmin university. “I used to be a very shy person who couldn't go in front of people,” says Kang. “But, I then thought I should overcome this challenge.” It wasn't just the crowd making her nervous

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    China's Xi intends to visit North Korea next year, South Korea says

    Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to visit North Korea next year after receiving an invite from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea said on Saturday, which would make Xi the first Chinese leader to do so since 2005. Xi told South Korean president Moon Jae-in in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea that he would "make time" to visit North Korea next year. Xi added that China would continue to play a constructive role in building peace on the Korean peninsula, Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for South Korea's presidential office, said at a briefing after the meeting between Xi and Moon.

  • North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic
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    North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic

    The withdrawal of a major international aid organization threatens to leave tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients in North Korea without the medication they need and could spiral into a severe crisis if it is not addressed soon, according to health experts familiar with the situation in the North. The dwindling stockpile of crucial medications follows the abrupt departure of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an international aid organization whose grants to North Korea supported the treatment of 120,000 TB patients last year. Its support officially ended in June despite an outcry among health officials in North Korea and in the international community that it could spark a major epidemic.

  • USA loses 3-0 to Korea DPR at U17 Women's World Cup
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    USA loses 3-0 to Korea DPR at U17 Women's World Cup

    Starting XI: Angelina Anderson, Smith Hunter, Natalia Staude, Michela Agresti, Makenna Morris, Sophia Jones, Hannah Bebar, Maya Doms, Trinity Byars, Sunshine Fontes, Payton Linnehan The longer this game went on, the more I dreaded writing this game recap. There's really only so many times you can write “set piece defending gives up a goal” or “a bad touch turned the ball over, ending yet another attempt to push into the final third.” Because that's what happened, over and over and over again. There was no adjustment, no tactical or energy spark, nothing but a void of bad decisions and coaching failure. Please let this gif I tweeted during the game sum things up for you. The U17s lined up in a

  • North Korea's stable exchange rates confound economists
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    North Korea's stable exchange rates confound economists

    Silberstein and fellow economy watcher Peter Ward, in a paper published Thursday by the respected 38 North website, argued the North has several tools to promote stability, such as limiting traders to a specific exchange rate bandwidth or reducing loans in the local currency to keep its circulation low. They also suggested there simply might not be enough dollars in circulation for the market price to be impacted by the sentiments of ordinary people. Or, perhaps, the government is keeping it artificially stable "by sheer force — for political reasons — to present an image of resilience through sanctions." Brown, now an independent consultant, believes the North is doing what China has been doing

  • China's Xi intends to visit North Korea next year, South Korea says
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    China's Xi intends to visit North Korea next year, South Korea says

    Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to visit North Korea next year after receiving an invite from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea said on Saturday, which would make Xi the first Chinese leader to do so since 2005. Xi told South Korean president Moon Jae-in in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea that he would "make time" to visit North Korea next year. Xi added that China would continue to play a constructive role in building peace on the Korean peninsula, Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for South Korea's presidential office, said at a briefing after the meeting between Xi and Moon.

  • North Korea tests new 'tactical' weapon, releases U.S. prisoner
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    North Korea tests new 'tactical' weapon, releases U.S. prisoner

    Kim Jong Un's visit to the test site of what North Korea's state media called a "tactical weapon" that could protect North Korea like a "steel wall" threatened to sour the diplomatic atmosphere at a time when negotiations between North Korea and the United States appear to have stalled. "We remain confident that the promises made by President Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled," a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said.

  • North Korea Kim Jong Un says new tactical weapon is display of 'defense capabilities to the whole region': KCNA
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    North Korea Kim Jong Un says new tactical weapon is display of 'defense capabilities to the whole region': KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, calling it "another display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities to the whole region," North Korean state media said on Friday. "This result today is a justification of the party's policy focused on defense science and technology, another display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities to the whole region, and a groundbreaking change in strengthening our military's combat capabilities," Kim said. KCNA said the test was successful.

  • Trump to meet North Korea's Kim in 2019, wants plan to end arms program: Pence
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    Trump to meet North Korea's Kim in 2019, wants plan to end arms program: Pence

    The United States and North Korea have been discussing a second meeting of their leaders after a June summit in Singapore to lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear standoff between the old foes. In a separate interview with NBC News, Pence said the United States would not require Pyongyang to provide a complete list of nuclear weapons and locations before the second summit but that the meeting must produce a concrete plan. "I think it will be absolutely imperative in this next summit that we come away with a plan for identifying all of the weapons in question, identifying all the development sites, allowing for inspections of the sites and the plan for dismantling nuclear weapons," Pence said.

  • North Korea 'tests high-tech new weapon': report
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    North Korea 'tests high-tech new weapon': report

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the testing of a "high-tech" new weapon, Pyongyang's state media reported Friday according to Yonhap news agency. "Kim Jong Un inspected the testing of a newly developed high-tech tactical weapon at the Academy of National Defence Science," Yonhap cited the North's state broadcaster as saying. The "high-tech tactical weapon" had been developed over a long period and "builds impregnable defences of our country and strengthens the fighting power of our people's army", it added.

  • North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon'
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    North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon'

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has overseen the testing of a "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon", Pyongyang's state media reported Friday, a move seen by analysts as more of a political message than a serious provocation. It marked the first official report of a weapons test by North Korea since it began a delicate diplomatic process with Washington over its nuclear and missile programme. South Korea's Yonhap news agency, quoting an unidentified government source, said the weapon could be a long-range cannon that the North has been developing for many years.

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    U.S. says confident North Korean promises will be fulfilled, despite weapons test

    The United States remains confident that promises made by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their Singapore summit will be fulfilled, a U.S. State Department spokesman said on Thursday, after North Korea said it successfully tested a new tactical weapon.