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  • Sep 17, 2014
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North Korea

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year. 

North Korea enhancing submarines for ballistic missiles, says Seoul

North Korea has tried to enhance its submarines to make them capable of firing ballistic missiles as it seeks to boost its ability to launch surprise attacks, the South's defence ministry said yesterday.

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014, 2:14am

American with 'ambition to experience North Korea prison' given six years of hard labour

North Korea's Supreme Court has sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labour for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage.

15 Sep 2014 - 12:39pm 5 comments

American tourist Matthew Miller to go on trial in North Korea after demanding asylum

North Korea will put a detained US citizen on trial on September 14, state media said today, less than a week after Matthew Miller made a highly unusual televised plea for help from Washington.

8 Sep 2014 - 1:50pm

Top N Korean official heads to Europe in apparent diplomatic gesture

Kang Sok-ju, who for a long time has played a pivotal role in dealing with Pyongyang's relations with the rest of the world, is scheduled to visit Belgium, Switzerland and other European countries, according to diplomatic sources.

8 Sep 2014 - 2:27pm

North Korea blasts British TV drama about its nuclear programme

North Korea has slammed a new British TV drama about its nuclear weapons programme, urging the UK government to scrap the "slanderous farce" if it wants to maintain diplomatic ties.

1 Sep 2014 - 4:23am

Japanese wrestler-politician ready to rumble in North Korea - but will Kim Jong-un attend?

Flamboyant Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea yesterday ahead of an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists from around the world.

31 Aug 2014 - 4:54am

‘A wolf with a hideous lantern jaw’: North Korea launches personal attack on John Kerry

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.”

North Korea has unleashed a slew of crude insults against leaders in Washington and Seoul this year, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.

20 Aug 2014 - 6:31pm 15 comments

North Korean outreach to Southeast Asia part of regional balancing act

Just as North Korea was making headlines by firing five missiles ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the South, the hermit state's foreign minister was quietly reaching out to friends in Southeast Asia.

17 Aug 2014 - 6:42am

North Korea refuses invitation to send Catholics to papal mass in Seoul

North Korea appears to have declined an invitation to send Catholic believers to a mass by Pope Francis in Seoul later this month, a South Korean church official said.

6 Aug 2014 - 2:41am

Two American tourists detained in N Korea seek help from Washington, says report

American tourist Jeffrey Fowle was arrested by North Korean authorities for leaving a Bible under a bin in the toilet at a club for foreign sailors, a source familiar with the case said.

3 Aug 2014 - 6:12am 3 comments