WorldViews: North Korea


Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Take a closer look at North Korea’s alleged drones

Rudimentary, but still worrying.

By Adam Taylor  |  10:14 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drones, North Korea, unmanned aircraft

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Are the men of North Korea really being forced to get Kim Jong Un haircuts?

Don’t mistake a trend for an order.

By Adam Taylor  |  01:25 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/17/2014

The UN report on North Korea: Four things to know

The report accuses North Korea of spying on its citizens, torturing them and banishing them to prison camps.

By Chico Harlan  |  11:52 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, United Nations

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Dennis Rodman’s North Korea high jinks aren’t funny anymore

The former basketball star is taking another trip. Is it okay to laugh?

By Max Fisher  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/07/2014

The Dennis Rodman problem: Is it unethical to visit North Korea?

Is the controversial basketball star somehow complicit in the regime’s abuses?

By Max Fisher  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014

2013 was the year of cybersecurity

An hour-long discussion with Peter Singer and Allan Friedman of Brookings.

By Max Fisher  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, North Korea, NSA, Syria

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/03/2014

No, Kim Jong Un probably didn’t feed his uncle to 120 hungry dogs

Five big reasons to reject the story -- and what it says that we don’t.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 12/31/2013

This photo of Kim Jong Un riding a ski lift is North Korea’s way of flipping off Europe

The North Korean leader finally got his lift, despite Europe’s best efforts.

By Max Fisher  |  11:51 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 12/20/2013

North and South Korea exchange faxes threatening to attack each other

Three reasons this is actually pretty revealing.

By Max Fisher  |  03:14 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 12/17/2013

North Korea is more accessible to foreign journalists than Tibet is

A Tibet scholar points out that there are more journalists in North Korea, a revealing fact.

By Max Fisher  |  03:03 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea, Tibet

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Kim Jong Un’s former classmates say he really is ‘dangerous, unpredictable, prone to violence’

The U.S. interviewed Kim Jong Un’s former classmates and concluded he’s as crazy as he looks.

By Max Fisher  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 12/13/2013

‘An intolerable mockery’: the wild-eyed worldview of North Korean propaganda

Why North Korean propaganda is so entertainingly hyperbolic.

By Max Fisher  |  02:05 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 12/13/2013

North Korea’s official new music video sounds suspiciously like Walter Murphy’s ‘A Fifth of Beethoven’

Would North Korean state media steal from the 1976 disco hit?

By Max Fisher  |  10:26 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Kim Jong Un just had his own uncle killed. Why?

What better way to consolidate power among the older and more experienced members of North Korea’s elite?

By Max Fisher  |  06:27 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 12/12/2013

Even by North Korean standards, this announcement of Jang Song Thaek’s execution is intense

“He behaved so arrogantly and insolently as unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping.“

By Max Fisher  |  05:20 PM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 12/05/2013

‘The other side of North Korea’: A defected smuggler’s extraordinary story

When he started smuggling goods from China, Seongmin was only 12 years old and his country was changing rapidly around him.

By Max Fisher  |  09:41 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Why did North Korea arrest an 85-year-old American? Here are four possible reasons

North Korea experts’ best guesses as to why Pyongyang is holding a tourist from California.

By Max Fisher  |  11:41 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Everything we know about Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old American imprisoned in North Korea

It is a complete mystery why North Korea has held the elderly tourist for three weeks now.

By Max Fisher  |  12:18 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 11/20/2013

The U.S. just issued its harshest travel warning against North Korea in 18 years and no one knows why

What happened that’s got the State Department suddenly spooked?

By Max Fisher  |  04:20 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Elle magazine names ‘North Korea Chic’ as a top fashion trend for fall 2013

What do Americans think of when they see the words “North Korea“?

By Max Fisher  |  12:53 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 11/18/2013

North Korea endorses ‘Double Down’ as proof that ‘The U.S. is the root cause of all sorts of evils’

North Korean state media quotes liberally and approvingly from the book about the 2012 presidential race.

By Max Fisher  |  02:23 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 11/18/2013

A brief and surprisingly entertaining video history of America’s wars in Asia

How the Cold War got the U.S. involved in Korea and Vietnam and why it still matters.

By Max Fisher  |  12:15 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cold War legacies, North Korea, South Korea, Vietnam

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Video: Meet the world’s first professional Kim Jong Un impersonator

Too bad he gets the North Korean leader wrong.

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/23/2013

North Korea may have secretly engineered computer games to launch mass cyber attack

Free-to-play games may actually be “Trojan Horses” that allow Pyongyang to control your computer.

By Max Fisher  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 10/18/2013

North Korea just built the creepiest water park you’ve ever seen

Why the ultra-poor hermit kingdom spends lavishly on luxury projects.

By Max Fisher  |  10:44 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 10/07/2013

North Korea calls Switzerland's refusal to sell it ski lifts a 'serious human rights abuse'

An important lesson on what sorts of sanctions work against Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Cosmetic eye surgery costs only $3 in North Korea, but it's punished with forced labor

North Korean defector Mina Yoon describes a poignant phenomenon in her latest column for NKNews.org about life in the Hermit Kingdom..

By Max Fisher  |  07:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 09/25/2013

North Korea’s nuclear program may now be self-sufficient. Why that’s scary.

Is Pyongyang’s uranium enrichment becoming sanctions-proof?

By Max Fisher  |  01:29 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, North Korea

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 08/29/2013

U.S. intel ‘black budget’ concedes ‘critical’ ignorance on North Korea, other crucial threats

China's next-generation fighter jet progress, how Russia would react to a crisis and other things we don't know.

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security, North Korea

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 08/23/2013

Watch Vice's HBO show on the Dennis Rodman trip to North Korea, propaganda and all

The controversial trip generated deep debate on the ethics of visiting the hermit kingdom.

By Max Fisher  |  04:44 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013

How North Korea got itself hooked on meth

The country's crystal meth problem is a byproduct of some of its weirdest and most revealing quirks.

By Max Fisher  |  07:01 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Kim Jong Un inspects North Korea's first smartphone, an Android clone

Why would he publicly endorse a technology his regime has worked so hard to keep out?

By Max Fisher  |  09:40 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/31/2013

This is what it looks like if you drive through downtown Pyongyang

By Max Fisher  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Behind the spectacle, the ugly truth about North Korea's 'mass games'

One of the most impressive shows on Earth is also an extension of some of the country's greatest cruelty.

By Max Fisher  |  09:46 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 07/29/2013

North Korean media make an odd claim about Panama

Does this strange story about Kim-loving Panamanians have anything to do with the detained North Korean ship?

By Max Fisher  |  05:52 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Panama

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 07/29/2013

That North Korean ship caught ferrying weapons is also full of bees

The brown sugar hiding the military equipment has melted, adding another bizarre chapter to the story.

By Max Fisher  |  02:27 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Panama

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Ikea may open a West Bank store, but decides against North Korea

The Swedish furniture giant found the one country where it won't do business.

By Max Fisher  |  03:13 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, North Korea

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Everything you wanted to know about the military technology on that N. Korean ship

Analysts say they've identified the system on board, but they've raised some puzzling questions.

By Max Fisher  |  12:51 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 07/16/2013

The bizarre story of a North Korean ship detained in the Panama Canal

President Ricardo Martinelli took to Twitter and national media to recount the strange events.

By Max Fisher  |  11:39 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Panama

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Here's the creepy wax statue of Kim Jong Il that was a formal gift from China

The Chinese Communist Party got North Korea a very unnerving present to mark the Korean War anniversary.

By Max Fisher  |  05:30 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 07/09/2013

North Korean video lambastes U.S. 'plunder wiretap' surveillance programs

The propaganda piece mostly focuses on South Korea, calling it America's "51st state."

By Caitlin Dewey and Max Fisher  |  11:36 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Hacker group Anonymous is no match for North Korea

Why a group that broke into MasterCard and the Vatican couldn't crack into one of the world's poorest countries.

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 06/21/2013

'Hope brought me to America': A North Korean defector tells his inspiring story

Joseph Kim recounts life as a starving orphan, his journey to freedom and the chicken wing that changed his life.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Report: Kim Jong Un handing out copies of 'Mein Kampf' to senior North Korean officials

Pyongyang is apparently hoping to learn lessons from Germany's economic and military revival during the inter-war period.

By Max Fisher  |  01:42 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 06/13/2013

North Korea seeking to deepen ties with far-away Uganda

Pyongyang, never great at making allies, has deepened ties with the small African state.

By Max Fisher  |  01:49 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Uganda

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 05/20/2013

American held in North Korea had pledged to 'collapse' country with prayer

Kenneth Bae, in a 2009 sermon caught on video, laid out a plan to sneak hundreds of praying Americans into the hermit kingdom.

By Max Fisher  |  02:40 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013

North Korea condemns media freedom but praises two U.S. reporters

The country's national newspaper celebrates World Press Freedom Day, two weeks late.

By Max Fisher  |  07:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Dennis Rodman returning to N. Korea to free Kenneth Bae: Could it actually work?

The American citizen has been detained in the hermit kingdom for several months already.

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Is this the documentary that got a U.S. citizen sentenced to hard labor in North Korea?

A 2007 film that references religious freedom in the hermit kingdom was among Bae's official charges.

By Max Fisher  |  05:54 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 05/09/2013

North Korean 'traffic girl' may have won military award for saving Kim Jong Un poster

When she won the state's highest honor under mysterious circumstances, some defector suggested she had stopped a coup.

By Max Fisher  |  02:27 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Mystery surrounds North Korea's bizarre decision to grant top military honor to traffic cop

The official explanation for the medal suggests she averted some sort of disaster, but what?

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Here's how Kim Jong Un probably translated Dennis Rodman's 'do me a solid' tweet

The idiom is best approximated by a Korean expression "look at my face," for some interesting reasons.

By Max Fisher  |  10:47 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Here's North Korea's new official song, with creepy music video

Believe it or not, there's a serious point to be made about this piece of unintentional kitsch.

By Max Fisher  |  01:04 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/22/2013

North Korea's official response to Boston bombing cites conspiracy site World Net Daily

Pyongyang helpfully clarifies that it would never hesitate to wage war against America, just not by bombing the Boston marathon.

By Max Fisher  |  04:52 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Despite harsh words for North Korea, China deepens economic ties

A shiny new bridge is going up across the Chinese-North Korean border to allow for greater trade.

By Max Fisher  |  04:19 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Can the U.S. widen the gap between China and North Korea?

John Kerry offered to withdraw some U.S. missile defense if Pyongyang curbs its nuclear program, an offer that appeals more to Beijing.

By Max Fisher  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Video: North Korea threatens to strike Colorado Springs but doesn't know where it is

The latest propaganda video misidentifies the location of its target by almost 1000 miles.

By Max Fisher  |  02:14 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 04/12/2013

How seriously should you take that scary intelligence report about North Korean nukes?

The answer, sort of, in six questions.

By Max Fisher  |  01:14 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Poll shows Americans are obsessed with North Korea, overstate its threat

People who say they follow news about North Korea closely are just as ill-informed about the country as those who don't.

By Max Fisher  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Chart: Americans are more interested in North Korea than Beyonce or Obama right now

Google Trends data shows searches for the pariah nuclear state making an unprecedented surge.

By Max Fisher  |  11:25 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Report: China may be shutting down some tourism into North Korea

Foreign tourism is an important source of revenue for Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  05:04 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Those photos of young Kim Jong Un performing in 'Grease' are probably of his brother

Kim Jong Chol is likely the young boy in the grainy photos, although they are broadly consistent with the Kim family's embrace of Western culture.

By Max Fisher  |  01:20 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/09/2013

In sign of Chinese frustration with North Korea, 'Daily Show' clip mocking Kim racks up 2.8 million Chinese views

Chinese Web users, eager for an outlet to criticize their ally, have made it one of the most-watched clips in the show's history.

By Max Fisher  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Here's the new music video North Korea made for Kim Jong Un

WORLDVIEWS | Music video drives home propaganda inherent in North’s latest provocations.

By Max Fisher  |  04:20 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 04/05/2013

S. Korean official predicted N. Korea urging embassy evacuations, said attack would follow

Take the story with a grain of salt, but the danger is that Seoul might believe it.

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/05/2013

Map pinpointing the seismic activity just detected along the Russia-North Korea border

The event occurred at exactly two seconds after midnight, local time.

By Max Fisher  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, Russia

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 04/04/2013

A gif that perfectly sums up North Korea's military capability to strike the U.S.

Is Kim Jong Un's "U.S. Mainland Strike Plan" just a game to him?

By Max Fisher  |  12:47 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Map: This is how far those North Korean missiles can actually reach

The tested Musudan can't hit American soil and analysts aren't even sure whether the longer-range KN-08 is real.

By Max Fisher  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Here's the Japanese rock song so offensive it took North Korea's focus off U.S.

"Slashing Koreans," by the far-right band Scramble, urges violence against the elderly survivors of Japanese sex slavery.

By Max Fisher  |  10:59 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan, North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Sorry, Anonymous probably didn't hack North Korea's intranet

The hackers' grandiose claims could be Kim Jong Un-style bluster

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Here's video from inside the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which North Korea just closed

The center provides the South with cheap labor and the North with hard currency, but today Pyongyang made good on threats to shut it down.

By Max Fisher  |  09:54 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Why North Korea's bomb-grade plutonium plant might be good news

Pyongyang's decision to re-open the plant suggests it might not have figured out how to enrich uranium.

By Max Fisher  |  11:38 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Is North Korea being more restrained than we think?

For all its bluster, Pyongyang appears to have shown surprising caution in escalating.

By Max Fisher  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/01/2013

North Korea appoints 'reformer' to top leadership post (but don't get your hopes up)

Is Pak Pong Ju poised to implement Chinese-style economic reforms? Probably not.

By Max Fisher  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 AM ET, 03/30/2013

Here's North Korea's official declaration of 'war'

"Time has come to stage a do-or-die final battle."

By Max Fisher  |  12:51 AM ET, 03/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Texans mock Kim Jong Un's apparent plan to strike Austin

The North Korean leader messed with Texas.

By Max Fisher  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013

North Korea almost certainly lacks basic technical capability to carry out its big war plan

Despite Kim Jong Un's scary-looking war map, his country doesn't have any rockets to carry it out.

By Max Fisher  |  03:50 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Photo from Kim Jong Un's war room reveals North Korea's 'U.S. mainland strike plan'

Also, Kim appears to be using an iMac produced by the very imperialists he is purportedly preparing to destroy.

By Max Fisher  |  09:55 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013

A very good sign that North Korea is bluffing about war

If Pyongyang is as bent on war as it wants us to believe, why is it keeping the inter-Korean Kaesong industrial complex open?

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013

America's B-2 bomber 'practice run' may have also been about deterring South Korea

Seoul has recently considered developing its own nuclear weapons, something that would risk isolating the country.

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Why I just got called out by North Korean state media

Pyongyang's official news agency issues a response to reports on the country's drug-smuggling diplomats.

By Max Fisher  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 03/25/2013

A photo that makes North Korea look a lot less scary

In case you were worried about the country's million-man army, this might help.

By Max Fisher  |  04:28 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Report: North Korea ordered its foreign diplomats to become drug dealers

Pyongyang is turning its embassies into meth distribution centers, a prominent South Korean newspaper reports.

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/20/2013

South Korea under cyber attack: Is North Korea secretly awesome at hacking?

Who pulled off the attack on Korean banks?

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/15/2013

North Korea officially denounces the 'reptile media' for 'jabbering'

What does that even mean?

By Max Fisher  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Funny video explains what South Koreans think about the North

Youth in the South tend to be surprisingly relaxed about Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/13/2013

North Korean propaganda video 'explains' what life is really like in Western countries

The video appears to be authentic, although it's difficult to know for sure.

By Max Fisher  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/12/2013

A puzzling photo from North Korea

Why do the country's surgeons where chef hats?

By Max Fisher  |  03:50 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Why North Korea loves to threaten World War III (but probably won't follow through)

It helps to think of the country as like a child humbling his parents with a temper tantrum.

By Max Fisher  |  11:38 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/08/2013

State TV video: Kim Jong Eun and adoring soldiers on South Korean border

The clip aired even as tensions escalate between North and South Korea

By Caitlin Dewey  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Dennis Rodman's trip: A video recap from North Korean media

A sizable chunk of the 15-minute film shows ecstatic North Koreans cheering Rodman and Kim Jong Eun on

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Why Obama can't just call Kim Jong Eun, as Dennis Rodman suggested

The last time the U.S. and North Korea engaged in direct talks, Pyongyang launched a satellite mere weeks later.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Today's reads: Slam dunk diplomacy, Chinese political cliques

Also: the many drawbacks of elderly leaders

By Caitlin Dewey  |  09:52 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/01/2013

State Department: No position on Dennis Rodman's North Korea trip

"Private individual Americans are welcome to take actions they see fit," a spokesman said.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Today's reads: Ping-pong diplomacy, John Kerry's big job

Also: Whimsical photos of China's break-neck growth.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:36 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Flashback: Kim Jong Il tried to get Michael Jordan to visit North Korea

Dennis Rodman would have been the second Bulls player

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Report: Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Eun hung out, 'laughed together'

This may be the first time an American celebrity has met publicly with a North Korean leader.

By Max Fisher  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 02/27/2013

As Dennis Rodman visits, North Korea pledges 'bitter hatred for the U.S.'

A brief status update on Rodman's “basketball diplomacy.”

By Max Fisher  |  03:57 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Satellite images show growth of North Korean labor camp

Foreign observers believe more than 5,000 people are imprisoned in Camp 25.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:46 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Today's reads: China's housing bubble, Palestine's third party

And the story of what happened to a South Korean man who pretended to be a pro-North Korean professor for a joke documentary.

By Max Fisher  |  08:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Israel-Palestine, North Korea

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Here's a video of Dennis Rodman in North Korea

The basketball star tweeted it out himself, linking to an obscure academic blog that had posted the official North Korean footage.

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Instagrams from within North Korea lift the veil, but only slightly

Foreigners now have access to a new 3G network, but North Koreans still can't access the wider Internet.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  04:07 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Dennis Rodman's bizarre trip to North Korea: Is it also unethical?

The basketball star hits on a years-old debate about whether visiting the country helps the regime.

By Max Fisher  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 06:56 AM ET, 02/26/2013

South Korea's struggle to find a workable approach to North Korea

Seoul doesn't want to turn a blind eye to the North's abuses, but nor does it want to make its neighbor even more hostile.

By Chico Harlan  |  06:56 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Video: Hilarious Chinese TV ad mocks Kim Jong Eun

Kingsoft wants you to follow Kim's example and buy their Web browser.

By Max Fisher  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Does North Korea have American video games, after all?

A defected propagandist thinks the recent anti-American videos were made entirely within the hermit kingdom.

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Why North Korean propaganda videos steal from American video games

The videos are likely produced by a small contingent of pro-Pyongyang sympathizers in South Korea.

By Max Fisher  |  12:57 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 02/20/2013

North Korea releases another propaganda video, this one with Obama in flames

The video berates the U.S. and brags about the latest nuclear test.

By Max Fisher  |  10:12 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The 11 foreign policy takeaways from Obama's State of the Union

Less Afghanistan and Syria, more cyber security and drones, outreach to Iran and more.

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, C.I.A., Cyber Security, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama's six options for dealing with North Korea (they're all terrible)

A brief overview of America's depressingly unattractive choices on the Korean peninsula.

By Max Fisher  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Why China still supports North Korea, in six little words

It's as much a policy as a mantra, and it explains more than you might think: "No war, no instability, no nukes."

By Max Fisher  |  11:58 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Why it's so hard to tell if North Korea used a plutonium or (much scarier) uranium bomb

It's the most pressing question about the nuclear test and the outside world may never be able to answer it on its own.

By Max Fisher  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Google Maps reveals exact site of North Korea's nuclear test, plus nearby test facility and gulag

Google's just-unveiled mapping data gives us a tour of the Mount Mantap nuclear test facility and nearby Hwasong Gulag.

By Max Fisher  |  06:30 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Why uranium would make a North Korean nuclear test especially scary

The threatened nuclear test is worrying enough on its own, but uranium would add a new dimension.

By Max Fisher  |  01:48 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/08/2013

The infantilization of Kim Jong Il

State media is increasingly portraying the former leader as a child. Here's why.

By Max Fisher  |  11:41 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 02/05/2013

That crazy North Korean video of New York blowing up, now with English

Someone with the YouTube account "KimJongUnOfficial" entered subtitles so all us American imperialists can watch it.

By Max Fisher  |  05:39 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/05/2013

New North Korea video shows destruction of what appears to be New York City

A dream sequence, an '80s song, and a threat.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:10 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/29/2013

North Koreans shouldn't count on using the new Google maps

The selection of sites you can access in North Korea is almost comically limited.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:14 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Kim Jong Eun surgery rumors force open a sliver of daylight with China

Pyongyang condemned a Chinese media report that Kim had gotten plastic surgery, a rare show of disagreement between the two allies.

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013

The five stages of North Korean provocation

Applying the K bler-Ross model to Pyongyang's threats, most recently for a nuclear weapons test.

By Max Fisher  |  04:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 01/08/2013

A pair of photographers trail Eric Schmidt into North Korea

It's not clear why the Google chief is visiting the hermit kingdom, but the photos of his arrival are fascinating.

By Max Fisher  |  10:37 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Along the Chinese border, defectors say North Korean province is quietly liberalizing

North Hamgyung, far from Pyongyang and on the increasingly porous border with China, may be seeing a degree of prosperity and even loosening state controls.

By Max Fisher  |  01:16 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 12/12/2012

North Korean state TV gets a little carried away in rocket-launch coverage

Video shows the official news agency blaring the news into mostly empty Pyongyang streets.

By Max Fisher  |  03:18 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Real-time satellite tracker shows precise location of North Korea's new satellite

Follow the Kwangmyongsong-3's 4.7 miles-per-second orbit around the Earth.

By Max Fisher  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 12/12/2012

North Korea's rocket launch: How much, why now, and what now?

The cost of the rocket program could have bought three years worth of food, some say.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:21 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 12/12/2012

How did North Korea fix its rocket program so quickly?

Just two days ago, missile experts were raising doubts that the country could overcome its string of failed launches.

By Max Fisher  |  10:16 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 12/11/2012

What it's like to use the Internet in North Korea

Kim Jong Un's name appears slightly larger than all the other text.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:10 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Defected sushi chef: Kim Jong Eun's secret birthday is Jan. 8, 1983

Kenji Fujimoto says he learned it during his years serving Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  02:52 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 11/28/2012

A theory for how China's state newspaper got fooled' by The Onion

The newspaper may be repeating a Mao-era habit of flipping the truth on its head something that wasn't so funny back then.

By Max Fisher  |  11:17 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Here's the Onion article on Kim Jong Eun that fooled China's state newspaper

The People's Daily trumpets The Onion's selection of the North Korean dictator as "sexiest man alive," apparently unaware of the satire.

By Max Fisher  |  09:34 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 11/26/2012

It really is that bad: A powerful speech on North Korea

"I run out of adjectives for how bad things are," Adrian Hong begins his talk on the world and North Korea.

By Max Fisher  |  03:39 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Obama's message for North Korea in visiting Burma: Let's make up

Pyongyang, however, might not be able or willing to follow Burma's example of reform and opening.

By Max Fisher  |  01:59 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma, North Korea, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Is life in North Korea really not that bad?

A businessman who worked in North Korea says it's not all repression and poverty.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:02 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 10/31/2012

North Korean tourist stops now serving corn floss tea

Yet another fun surprise of visiting the DPRK as a tourist.

By Max Fisher  |  04:14 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 10/30/2012

Has N. Korea shut down one of its gulags?

Human rights groups and defector organizations have spent weeks now investigating rumors about the closure of Camp 22

By Chico Harlan  |  10:24 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, prison camp

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Kim Jong Il’s grandson calls his uncle Kim Jong Eun a ‘dictator’

The former North Korean dictator's grandson comes off as modern and progressive

By Olga Khazan  |  12:44 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Glimpses inside the Hermit Kingdom, kim jong eun, North Korea

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Hotel of Doom, Alcatraz of Fun: North Korea’s finest tourist stays

The bizarre but fascinating things you'll find at Pyongyang's hotels for foreign tourists.

By Max Fisher  |  08:33 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Glimpses inside the Hermit Kingdom, North Korea

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 10/16/2012

Welcome to Lenin Disney: North Korea’s otherworldly tourism experience

The reclusive country is now welcoming Western tourists, but it seems Pyongyang is just as inscrutable from the ground as from outside.

By Max Fisher  |  10:05 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Glimpses inside the Hermit Kingdom, Life in the Hermit Kingdom, North Korea

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/13/2012

North Koreans not likely to see Internet ridicule of failed rocket launch

But it’s highly unlikely most North Koreans will be allowed to see those jokes.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, missile launch, Web censorship

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/16/2012

North Korea’s leaders’ birthdays include rockets and other over-the top celebrations

And other over-the-top birthday celebrations are planned for its leaders.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:08 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, birthdays, Kim Il Sung

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012

First day of Spring on horizon, Midwest tornado cleanup and solar storm: Morning roundup

Harrisburg, Ill. and Branson, Mo. tornadoes; North Korea moratorium and Solar Storm

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, North Korea, Turkey, Syria

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 02/29/2012

North Korea agrees to halt uranium enrichment: A timeline of key events

Key events of the nuclear program in North Korea.

By Anup Kaphle  |  03:18 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, uranium enrichment

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Jeremy Lin, Lil’ Kim grace different editions of Time magazine

The covers of Time magazine’s four world editions this week are unusual.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:15 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Asia, North Korea, Kim Jong Eun, Jeremy Lin

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Kim Jong-Il’s 70th birthday celebrated with a splash in the North Korean media

The media made the importance of today’s date exceedingly clear.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, birthday

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 02/15/2012

North Korean defectors learn quickly how to send money back home

Defectors quickly learn complex choreography of channeling money to relatives in the Stalinist state.

By Chico Harlan  |  09:47 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, South Korea, money transfers

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Kim Jong-Il birthday celebration: A list of propaganda for the Supreme Leader

On his birthday, the former North Korean leader will give his people plenty of propaganda — even after his death.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, Kim Jong-Il, propaganda

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/06/2012

U.S. closes Syrian embassy: How often does the U.S. shutter embassies?

How often does the United States close embassies?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, diplomatic relations, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Bhutan, Taiwan

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/02/2012

South Korean indicted for re-tweeting North Korean messages

Park Jeong-geun says he re-posted messages to lampoon their government.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:28 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, South Korea, North Korea, web censorship

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/12/2012

North Korea reportedly to punish those who didn’t properly mourn Kim Jong-Il

Some who did not properly mourn the death of Kim Jong-Il will be sent to labor training or reeducation camps, the Daily NK reported.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, Kim Jong-Il, mourning

Posted at 07:27 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Rumor of N. Korean nuclear explosion prompts brief stock panic in South

Report that nuclear explosion occurred appears false, officials say; S. Korean market nose-dives, then recovers.

By Chico Harlan  |  07:27 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, South Korea

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 01/05/2012

North Korea coup rumors fueled by Chinese social media

Rumors of a coup against new North Korean leader Kim Jung Eun have been pushed along by China’s social media sites.

By Chico Harlan  |  09:34 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, Kim Jong Eun, China

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Kim Jong Il funeral in North Korea a theatrical affair (video)

North Korean state television broadcast images of grief and agony at the funeral of Kim Jong Il, playing looped images of the crowd while saying it was “live.”

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:58 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Eun, state funeral

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Kimjongilia: the flower of a fallen dictator

A flower named for the former leader of North Korea gets its time in the sun.

By Melissa Bell  |  12:48 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Kimjongilia, Kim Jong Il, North Korea

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Kim Jong Il’s July 9, 1994 headline: ‘Enigmatic heir apparent viewed as dangerous eccentric’

We pulled the Washington Post front-page story from when Kim Jong Il was named successor.

By T.R. Reid  |  09:04 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Kim Jong Il, Kim Il Song, North Korea

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 12/19/2011

South Korea cautiously optimistic after Kim Jong Il’s death (Audio)

Following the death of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il, the country’s main rival looks to the future

By Anup Kaphle  |  10:26 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, South Korea, Kim Jong Il

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 12/19/2011

North Korea mourns Kim Jong Il with public wailing (Video)

After the death of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il, the country entered a 13-day mourning period for their “dear leader”

By Melissa Bell  |  09:26 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Kim Jong Il, North Korea

Posted at 07:37 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Kim Jong Eun: North Korea’s new Dear Leader

Kim Jong Eun will succeed his father Kim Jong Il as the leader of North Korea. Is he ready?

By Melissa Bell  |  07:37 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Kim Jung Il, Kim Jung Eun, North Korea

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 12/05/2011

North Korea releases video of well-stocked ‘meat shop’

Despite reports that say North Korea’s food shortage is the worst in years, state media has a new video out showing a well-stocked meat shop.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:24 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, North Korea, food shortage, international aid