Korean Central News Agency

In this Aug. 14, 2012 file photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, Jang Song Thaek, North Korea's vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission, attends the third meeting on developing the economic zones in North Korea, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Xin, File)

North Korea executes leader’s uncle as a traitor

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that it 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 […]

12/12/2013

In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed Nov. 30, 2013 by the Korea News Service, U.S. citizen Merrill Newman, 85, applies his thumb print to a document which North Korean authorities say was an apology which Newman wrote and read in North Korea. Newman, an avid traveler and retired finance executive, was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave the country after a 10-day tour. (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

NKorea says American apologizes for ‘hostile acts’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for “hostile acts” […]

11/30/2013

North Korean naval vessel sank last month, reports say

  PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A North Korean naval vessel sank last month, killing an unspecified number of officers and sailors, according to North and South Korean media. The North’s official Korean Central News […]

11/04/2013

The North Korean Arirang smartphone.  (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

Skepticism as NKorea shows home-grown smartphone

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s announcement that it is mass producing a home-grown smartphone has been met with skepticism in the tech industry in South Korea and abroad. The North’s state media last […]

08/16/2013

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North Korea sets preconditions for talks’ restart

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday demanded the lifting of U.N. sanctions and the end of U.S.-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks meant to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula.

04/18/2013

North Korean army officers punch the air as they chant slogans during a rally at Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang, North Korea (AP Photo)

NKorea says it’s in state of war with SKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea issued its latest belligerent threat Saturday, saying it has entered “a state of war” with South Korea a day after its young leader threatened the United States because two American B-2 bombers flew a training mission in South Korea.

03/30/2013

North Korean army officers punch the air as they chant slogans during a rally at Kim Il Sung Square, Pyongyang, North Korea (AP Photo)

Analysis: North Korea threat may be more bark than bite

(AP) — 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 U.S. imperialists” and urge the people to fight with “arms, not words.”

03/29/2013

President Barack Obama

Obama pledges swift reaction to NKorea nuke test

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama reacted sharply to North Korea’s nuclear test Tuesday, promising swift international action to bring the rogue communist regime in line.

02/12/2013

Eric Schmidt

Google exec chairman to visit N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Google’s executive chairman is preparing to travel to one of the last frontiers of cyberspace: North Korea. Eric Schmidt will be part of a private trip led by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

01/02/2013