Local residents rest on a pier in a fishing village at Dalian Bay fishing port in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning province on May 20, 2013. China has called on Pyongyang to intervene over North Koreans detaining a Chinese fishing boat from Dalian, authorities said on May 20, after the vessel's owner said armed hijackers had demanded a ransom for 16 sailors.
U.S. intelligence officials have warned President Obama and other senior American officials that North Korea intends to respond to the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution this week... with another nuclear test ... What's more, Pyongyang's next nuclear detonation is but one of four planned actions the Central Intelligence Agency has learned, through sources inside North Korea, that the regime of Kim Jong-Il intends to take -- but not announce -- once the Security Council resolution is officially passed, likely on Friday.
Washington didn't pay enough attention to the DPRK issue in the first term of US President Barack Obama (from 2009 to January), and the old policy didn't stop Pyongyang's nuclear project, so Washington is trying new ways to tackle the issue
One of the most notable changes from Kim Jong Un was the replacement of the powerful military chief Ri Yong Ho, who was dismissed because of what Pyongyang called an unspecified illness. Outside observers speculated that Ri, who held a different post from the one Jang has been appointed to, was purged as Kim tried to put his stamp on his government. Ri was also replaced by a little-known general.More quotes »
North Korean leader sends 'special envoy' to China
(AP) -- A "special envoy" for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Pyongyang on Wednesday for China, the North's only major political and economic benefactor. State media released few details, but the trip comes at a rocky time in ties between the allies Read more »
Seoul: Day 3 of NKorea tests of short-range weapon
(AP) -- North Korea continued firing short-range weapons over its own eastern waters Monday after a weekend of what it called "rocket launching tests" intended to bolster deterrence against enemy attack. South Korean officials were investigating exactly Read more »
Rodman to Kim: 'Do me a solid' and free American
(AP) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is tapping his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to call for the release of a Korean-American man detained in the North.Rodman met with Kim and watched an exhibition game together when he visited Pyongy Read more »
US calls for NKorea amnesty for sentenced American
(AP) -- The U.S. called Thursday for North Korea to grant amnesty and immediately release a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years' hard labor for "hostile acts" against the state.Kenneth Bae, 44, a Washington state man described by friends as a devout Ch Read more »
Cyr: North Korea's behavior reminiscent of Cold War
"Hitting a bullet with a bullet" aptly describes the challenge of missile defense. North Korea's threats underscore the importance of this technology.Other news overshadows but does not remove this threat. On April 26, Seoul announced 175 workers at the Read more »
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How North Korea Became A Hacking Superpower
the end of the shooting war that divided the Koreas — the North is indisputably outgunned and outmaneuvered. That fact has led Pyongyang to adopt a modified guerrilla warfare strategy. As the Pentagon described it in a May report to Congress: “North Korea 9:25 AM from Silicon Alley Insider Read more »
North Korea`s bid to return to N-talks welcomed by Moscow
it was a signatory, cut off an emergency hotline to Seoul and threatened to attack US bases in Okinawa, Guam and Pearl Harbor. Pyongyang also closed a joint enterprise with South Korea in the Kaesong industrial zone, reportedly moved two ballistic missiles 5/24/13 from Zee News Read more »
Do they have toilet paper in Pyongyang?
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N. Korea 'snubbed' in Beijing, caves to Chinese demands on nuke talks
message for years and years,” said Mr. McCreary, now with K-Force Government Solutions, Inc. Beijing has long believed that Pyongyang “should abandon this Juche nonsense” — the ideology of economic autarky and communist self-reliance authored by North Korea’s 5/24/13 from Washington Times Read more »
North Korea’s Turn to Diplomacy: Resuming the Six-Party Talks?
that sanctions are beginning to work). After its recent belligerence and before anyone rushes to the negotiating table, it is up to Pyongyang to demonstrate to Washington, Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing that the leopard is indeed going to change its spots. 5/24/13 from Brookings Institution Read more »