N. Korean shipping manager fires back at UN over detained vessel

N. Korean shipping manager fires back at UN over detained vessel

A manager from the Mu Du Bong Shipping Company issued a strongly worded response on Friday to claims the Mu du Bong, the vessel currently held in Mexico, is connected to sanctioned shipping company, O…

April 17th, 2015
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N. Korea cracks down on counterfeit products in market: Report

N. Korea cracks down on counterfeit products in market: Report

North Korea has started to crack down on counterfeit goods in its unofficial markets, Radio Free Asia reported on Thursday. "[The authorities] are now extensively cracking down on fake products in…

April 17th, 2015
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Foreign fiction present in North Korea, though restricted

Foreign fiction present in North Korea, though restricted

With some of the tightest restrictions on information on the planet, North Korea would never be called a book lover’s paradise. But aside from the domestic propaganda that spans media from comic boo…

April 16th, 2015
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North Korean luxury river cruiser nearing completion

North Korean luxury river cruiser nearing completion

North Korea is nearing the completion of a new luxury river cruiser on the Taedong River in Pyongyang, an image taken in early April and in-country sources reveal. The latest photo of the vessel, tak…

April 16th, 2015
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Kaesong entrepreneurs face overdue wages for N. Korean workers

Kaesong entrepreneurs face overdue wages for N. Korean workers

SEOUL — Kaesong Industrial Complex companies are facing arrears over wages for North Korean workers in the complex as the inter-Korean standoff regarding the pay raise issue continues. Though the…

April 16th, 2015
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North Korea, Russia sign road connection deal

North Korea, Russia sign road connection deal

North Korea and Russia have signed an agreement to develop a new road connection between the two countries. Nikolai Asaul and Kwok Il Ryong – the Russian and North Korean deputy transport ministe…

April 16th, 2015
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North Korea launches new science, technology website: KCNA

North Korea launches new science, technology website: KCNA

North Korea has launched a new science and technology website, according to an article published by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Tuesday. The website appears to be an educational resour…

April 16th, 2015
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Second batch of Russian coal sent south from N.Korea

Second batch of Russian coal sent south from N.Korea

Correction 04.17.2015 - An earlier version of this story was originally published in place of the more recent news, which is below.  The second trial run of the trilateral coal project between the…

April 16th, 2015
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Can you help us better cover North Korea?

Can you help us better cover North Korea?

Today I'm writing to ask for your help: to send NK News journalists to work along the China - North Korea border for an extended period of time. Why? When it comes to North Korea, this porous and …

April 15th, 2015
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China invites Kim Jong Un to its own Victory Day

China invites Kim Jong Un to its own Victory Day

Should Kim Jong Un attend Russia's Victory Day celebration this month, he may have the opportunity to attend Beijing's own celebration of the end of World War II set for September. China's Foreign …

April 15th, 2015
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Russia appoints 'commissioners' for North Korean projects

Russia appoints 'commissioners' for North Korean projects

Russia will appoint new ‘project commissioners’ in North Korea, who will work to reduce red tape and streamline business interactions, according to a press release from the Russian Ministry of Far…

April 15th, 2015
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Russia-N. Korea plan extradition agreement

Russia-N. Korea plan extradition agreement

The prospective signing of an extradition agreement between Russia and North Korea may be a way for Pyongyang to cover all corners in its efforts to stem defections and illegal exits from the country.…

April 15th, 2015
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Kim Jong Un's wife reappears after extended public absence

Kim Jong Un's wife reappears after extended public absence

Ri Sol Ju, the wife of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, has appeared in state media for the first time in 2015 after being pictured at a football match at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang Monday. …

April 14th, 2015
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Choe Ryong Hae loses KJU's faith but retains importance: Expert

Choe Ryong Hae loses KJU's faith but retains importance: Expert

Choe Ryong Hae has lost some of Kim Jong Un’s confidence due to his arrogance as Hwang Byong So advances into the Presidium of the Politburo, a South Korean expert said. Still, based on his publi…

April 14th, 2015
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Why has a North Korean ship been in Mexico for nine months?

Why has a North Korean ship been in Mexico for nine months?

North Korea made headlines last week when it kicked off a diplomatic dispute with Mexico, announcing it would take the “necessary measures” to secure the release of a vessel detained by Mexican au…

April 14th, 2015
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