Kim Jong Il 'birthplace' undamaged, despite claim 'raging fire' burned it down

Kim Jong Il 'birthplace' undamaged, despite claim 'raging fire' burned it down

Kim Jong Il's Mount Paektu "birthplace" and surrounding areas appear to be undamaged, despite October 2014 reports in the South Korean media which said a "raging wildfire" had burned the tourist spot…

August 27th, 2015
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From pilgrimage to profit: N. Korea’s search for tourism revenue

From pilgrimage to profit: N. Korea’s search for tourism revenue

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour;………… Thanne lon…

August 26th, 2015
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Japan's hard line on N. Korea produced negotiations: Civic group head

Japan's hard line on N. Korea produced negotiations: Civic group head

Relations between Japan and North Korea are as bad as they’ve ever been. Yet the bilateral negotiations between the two over the abduction of Japanese citizens continue. Professor Tsutomu Nishiok…

August 26th, 2015
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Who goes to North Korea's top universities?

Who goes to North Korea's top universities?

Every week we ask a North Korean your questions, giving you the chance to learn more about the country we know so little about. This week's question is: Does acceptance into Kim Il Sung Universi…

August 26th, 2015
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Balloon launches halted amid inter-Korean dialogue: Religious group

Balloon launches halted amid inter-Korean dialogue: Religious group

Balloon launches to North Korea have been stopped under South Korea's National Security Law, a religious group that regularly sends bibles to the North told NK News on Tuesday. Staff from the Voic…

August 25th, 2015
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The specter of terrorism in North Korean, Iranian propaganda

The specter of terrorism in North Korean, Iranian propaganda

Last week we covered divergences of opinion between Pyongyang and Tehran in cases such the Palestine liberation movement, Chechnya and the U.S. campaign against al-Qaeda after 9/11. In the conflict be…

August 25th, 2015
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Two ships crewed by N. Koreans arrested in South Africa

Two ships crewed by N. Koreans arrested in South Africa

A recent series of articles in the shipping business journal Trade Winds outlined the seizure and court ordered auctioning of two vessels in the South African port of Durban. According to the artic…

August 24th, 2015
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Analysis: What outcome can we expect from inter-Korean talks?

Analysis: What outcome can we expect from inter-Korean talks?

Inter-Korean talks have since ended, resulting in an accord which will see North Korea express "regret" for the mine incident and South Korea stop loudspeaker broadcasts from Tuesday. As marathon i…

August 24th, 2015
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South Korea uses standoff to promote extended military service

South Korea uses standoff to promote extended military service

Amid the ongoing confrontation between South and North Korea over the mine explosion and propaganda broadcasts, media from both Koreas are reporting on young soldiers volunteering to extend their mili…

August 24th, 2015
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Significant military movements spotted near China-N. Korea border

Significant military movements spotted near China-N. Korea border

The movements of a mechanical unit at least the size of a brigade were spotted in the city of Yanji, China, in the autonomous region of Yanbian bordering North Korea. According to pictures released…

August 24th, 2015
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North Korea conducting missile launch preparations – Yonhap News

North Korea conducting missile launch preparations – Yonhap News

North Korea may be preparing to conduct short-to-medium range missile launches, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported Friday, citing a South Korean government source. The Korean People’s Ar…

August 21st, 2015
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Chances of war between two Koreas very low: ex-ROK Army official

Chances of war between two Koreas very low: ex-ROK Army official

North Korea on Thursday fired one round of anti-aircraft gun and couple direct-firing gun rounds toward the Southern part of Military Demarcation Line (MDL) dividing South and North Korea. South Ko…

August 21st, 2015
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Analysis: Exchange of fire shows neither Korea wants war

Analysis: Exchange of fire shows neither Korea wants war

Military forces of North and South Korea exchanged fire across the 4 kilometer (2.5 mile)-wide Korean Demilitarized Zone on Thursday afternoon. The incident was a North Korean provocation resulting fr…

August 21st, 2015
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The bustling North Korean consumer goods market

The bustling North Korean consumer goods market

Let’s be honest: The average Westerner’s knowledge of North Korea is usually composed of vague memories of newspaper headlines dealing with the country. Thus, they are likely to be surprised when …

August 20th, 2015
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Inside North Korea's cell network: ex-Koryolink technical director reveals all

Inside North Korea's cell network: ex-Koryolink technical director reveals all

North Korea’s Koryolink cellphone network includes a “third” network for use by high officials, a surveillance system based on technology found outside the North, and sees surprisingly active in…

August 20th, 2015
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