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North Korea’s Ruling Party Plans Rare Conference in April

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has announced that its ruling party will hold a special conference in April in an apparent move to confirm the third generation of the Kim dynastic rule. The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Monday the meeting would “glorify the sacred revolutionary life and feats” of late leader Kim Jong Il and rally […]

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North Korea Marks 70th Birthday of Late Kim Jong Il

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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North Koreans on Thursday commemorated the 70th birthday of their late leader Kim Jong Il, with thousands of soldiers marching through Pyongyang and hundreds of senior officials pledging their allegiance to his ruling son, Kim Jong Un. Soldiers stood in strict formation outside the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where they listened to speeches praising newly-installed Kim […]

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North Korea Marks 70th Birthday of Late Kim Jong Il

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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North Koreans on Thursday are marking what would have been the 70th birthday of their late leader Kim Jong Il with emotional, but somewhat muted, festivities in a cold and windy Pyongyang. Large groups of soldiers and civilians took turns somberly bowing in unison and leaving “kimjongilia” flowers named after the late leader at the […]

US Envoy: Washington Open to Diplomacy with North Korea

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. diplomat says Washington is open to diplomacy with North Korea over its disputed nuclear program, but that Pyongyang must first follow through on its previous nuclear commitments and improve relations with South Korea. “We agreed that a path is open to North Korea towards the resumption of talks and improved relations with […]

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US Officials to Visit China, Asia for Talks on North Korea

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. official on North Korea will visit Russia next week to discuss ways to deal with the new North Korean leadership. The State Department announced Friday that Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies will travel to Russia Monday to “deepen cooperation and share perspectives on North Korea.” The statement says Davies […]

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North Korea Releases 2 Detained Japanese Workers

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has released two Japanese workers who had been detained for almost a year on suspicion of criminal activity. The men were charged with drug smuggling and counterfitting while visiting a North Korean border town last March. Japanese officials said Friday the men were returned by way of China earlier this week, but declined […]

Kim Jong Un Visits North Korean Soldiers Again

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un has again inspected a military unit, as the young leader continues to establish his military credentials. The official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday that Mr. Kim toured a military base and took photos with soldiers, who were “enthusiastically cheering in tears of emotion.” He was accompanied by […]

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Book Says Kim Jong Il’s Eldest Son Paints grim Outlook for North Korea

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A new book published in Japan says the eldest son of late North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il paints a grim outlook for North Korea under the leadership of his half-brother, Kim Jong Un. Remarks attributed to Kim Jong Nam appear in a new book by Japanese journalist Yoji Gomi, titled “My Father Kim Jong […]

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North Korea Conducted Missile Test: South Korea

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials said Friday that North Korea’s military test fired three short-range missiles into its eastern waters earlier this week. A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesperson said Seoul was aware of Wednesday’s missile launch, which was originally reported in Japan’s Sankei Shimbun newspaper. The report said the missiles were believed to be KN-01 ground-to-ground […]

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South Korea Predicts Nuclear Test by North Korea This Year

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A South Korean government research agency says North Korea’s new leader will either order a third nuclear test or a long-range missile launch later this year. A report issued Wednesday by the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security warns that Kim Jong Un will engage in “military adventurism” to boost his image as a […]

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