U.S., South Korea agree to delay OPCON handover

U.S., South Korea agree to delay OPCON handover

The United States will maintain wartime operational control (OPCON) on the Korean Peninsula beyond the previously scheduled handover date of 2015, according to a joint communiqué released by the coun…

October 24th, 2014
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North Korea calls balloon launch a declaration of war

North Korea calls balloon launch a declaration of war

North Korea has threatened that a balloon launch of anti-Pyongyang leaflets scheduled for Saturday will be a declaration of war. Unusually, the proposed balloon launch is also coming under fire fro…

October 24th, 2014
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Tourism to North Korea suspended over Ebola fears

Tourism to North Korea suspended over Ebola fears

North Korea has announced a temporary ban on tourism, citing the threat of Ebola virus, multiple tourism agencies announced Thursday evening Korean time. Three tour companies contacted by NK News …

October 23rd, 2014
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North Korea participates in human rights event by activists

North Korea participates in human rights event by activists

North Korea has taken the unusual step of taking part in an event sponsored by human rights activists focused on the country's human rights issues, NK News has learned. This news comes as the UN Ge…

October 23rd, 2014
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N. Korea may drop human pixel backdrop from mass games

N. Korea may drop human pixel backdrop from mass games

North Korea's mass game events in 2015 may, for the first time in the history of the series, be without their signature choreographed human backdrop, sources familiar with artistic performance and tou…

October 23rd, 2014
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Kim Jong Un releases Fowle following requests from Obama - KCNA

Kim Jong Un releases Fowle following requests from Obama - KCNA

Kim Jong Un personally ordered the release of American citizen Jeffrey Fowle following repeated requests for amnesty from U.S. President Barack Obama, North Korean state media claimed on Wednesday. …

October 22nd, 2014
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Security meeting prompts talk of Japan, SK summit

Security meeting prompts talk of Japan, SK summit

Security officials in South Korea and Japan met in Seoul Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, including North Korea, which had some local media speculating about a summit between Seoul and Tokyo’s l…

October 22nd, 2014
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High-level talks at risk of falling through as tensions rise

High-level talks at risk of falling through as tensions rise

High-level talks between North and South Korea are unlikely to happen as planned if South Korea continues to “taint the atmosphere of dialogue” with false accusations, North Korea warned through s…

October 22nd, 2014
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North Korea releases American detainee Jeffrey Fowle

North Korea releases American detainee Jeffrey Fowle

North Korea has released Jeffrey Edward Fowle, an American citizen detained in North Korea since April, the White House said on Tuesday. Nearly four months had passed since North Korean state media…

October 21st, 2014
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Russian company plan large investment in North Korea

Russian company plan large investment in North Korea

One of Russia’s largest design and construction companies, NPO Mostovik, is planning to make significant investments in North Korea, PRIME business magazine reported on Tuesday. Citing quotes fro…

October 21st, 2014
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North Korea promises “unpredictable measures of revenge”

North Korea promises “unpredictable measures of revenge”

North Korea promised to “adopt unpredictable measures of revenge” following an exchange of fire between the two Koreas on Sunday, South Korean media reported on Tuesday. The warning, which said…

October 21st, 2014
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North Korea to build new water park in Nampo

North Korea to build new water park in Nampo

North Korean authorities are planning to build a new showcase water park in the west coast city of Nampo, tourism sources have told NK News. The new water park will likely be part of the existing W…

October 20th, 2014
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Kim Jong Un meets gold medalists

Kim Jong Un meets gold medalists

Less than a week since his return to the public eye, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with gold medalists from the recently completed Asian Games and other events, complimenting them and saying the…

October 20th, 2014
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North Korean defectors SK-bound after Laos release

North Korean defectors SK-bound after Laos release

A group of six North Korean defectors arrested in Laos have been released and are now in the process of coming to South Korea, Voice of America (VOA) has reported. The group was reportedly assisted…

October 20th, 2014
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North and South exchange small-arms fire

North and South exchange small-arms fire

North and South Korean soldiers exchanged small arms fire in demilitarized zone in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, on Sunday afternoon, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, according to the Yonhap New…

October 19th, 2014
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