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North Korea May Allow Farmers to Keep More Produce

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea may soon allow farmers to keep more of their produce, in a move to increase agricultural production. It would be a major reform by the country’s young new leader, Kim Jong Un, who has promised to boost North Korea’s ailing economy. News of the possible plan comes from sources close to North Korea’s […]

Senior North Korean Official Meets with Chinese Leaders

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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The powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao after Beijing pledged earlier in the week to help Pyongyang develop two economic zones in North Korea. The talks Friday morning were the highest diplomatic exchanges between the two Communist countries since Kim Jong […]

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North Korea May Complete Reactor Next Year: US Think Tank

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. research institute says satellite images show North Korea could complete construction on a light-water nuclear reactor by the end of next year. But analysts say there is no consensus on what it means for the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Technology says imagery taken in […]

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North Korea: Don’t Call us ‘Naughty’

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s state media are blasting an Australian newspaper that referred to the communist country as “Naughty Korea” and its neighbor to the south as “Nice Korea” in a tally of Olympic medals. The North Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday condemned the description by the mX newspaper as “sordid” and “foolish,” calling it a […]

UN Body Sends First Food Aid to Flood-Hit North Korea

Posted August 4th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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The World Food Program says it is sending a first shipment of emergency food aid to flood-hit areas of North Korea, where torrential rain has killed nearly 120 people and has left tens of thousands of families without clean water and adequate supplies of food. After sending a survey team to North Korea earlier this […]

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North Korea’s Kim Holds First Meeting with A Foreign Delegation

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 11:05 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has held his first meeting with a foreign delegation since he took power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. China’s official Xinhua news agency and the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said Mr. Kim held talks Thursday with Wang Jiarui, head of the International Liaison […]

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UN: Tens of Thousands Without Drinking Water in N.Korea

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says a series of devastating floods has left tens of thousands of North Korean families without clean water and at risk of a disease outbreak. In a report Thursday, the U.N. and several aid agencies said two weeks of torrential rains have caused floods that have contaminated drinking water wells and washed […]

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Floods Kill 88, Cause Major Damage in North Korea

Posted July 29th, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea says torrential rains spawned by a typhoon have caused at least 88 deaths and 134 injuries, and have left thousands homeless. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday that more than 5,000 homes were destroyed or damaged and nearly 63,000 people were left homeless by flooding that began on July 18. […]

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Report: North Korea’s Kim Has ‘Firm Grip’ on Power; No Signs of Reform

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un faces no serious threat to his rule and is not likely to enact reforms in the impoverished country. The International Crisis Group said Wednesday there are no clear signs of a conspiracy to overthrow the young leader, despite this month’s removal of a top […]

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N. Korean Security Services Would Impede Reforms: Rights Group

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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As North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un consolidates power, a Washington-based human rights group warns that the communist country’s vast network of internal security services poses a major challenge to any potential reform efforts. The report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea outlines the inner workings of the authoritarian state’s three […]

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