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  • Dec 18, 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. 

Renegade sneaks into North Korea to attack US policy

Arturo Pierre Martinez, rear centre, speaks at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea, yesterday. Photo: AP

An American who illegally entered North Korea is now seeking political asylum after denouncing US domestic and foreign policy.

Monday, 15 December, 2014, 10:22pm 2 comments

Repatriated refugees alive and well, Pyongyang claims at press conference

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits the army. North Korea has held a press conference with people it says are the young refugees repatriated from Laos last year.

North Korea has held a press conference with nine people it says are the young refugees controversially repatriated from Laos last year, state media confirmed.

14 Dec 2014 - 6:37am

North Korea admits its supporters may have committed 'righteous' Sony cyberattack

Hollywood comedy The Interview depicts a CIA plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea denied that the state itself was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures, but praised it as a "righteous deed", potentially orchestrated by supporters furious over Hollywood comedy The Interview.

8 Dec 2014 - 9:41am

Sony Pictures Entertainment looks to North Korea for cyber attack source

Sony Pictures' computer system went down on Monday.

Sony is looking into whether hackers working on behalf of North Korea might be responsible for a cyber attack that knocked out the studio's computer network last week, the technology news site Re/code reported.

30 Nov 2014 - 5:36am

North Korean student in Paris escapes kidnappers from Pyongyang

North Korean student in Paris escapes kidnappers from Pyongyang

A North Korean student with family ties to the regime escaped a kidnapping bid in Paris, where he was studying, and is now in hiding, a French source familiar with the case said.

23 Nov 2014 - 7:34am

UN committee votes to hold North Korea accountable for human rights abuses

Defectors like Kim Jung-ae have described North Korea as a house of horrors where many are denied even basic rights. Photo: Imaginechina

The world's boldest effort yet to hold North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity has moved forward at the United Nations, where a Pyongyang envoy threatened further nuclear tests.

20 Nov 2014 - 5:31am

North Korea reacts angrily after UN votes to probe ‘crimes against humanity’

The resolution makes no mention of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un, but notes a UN inquiry finding that the “highest level of the state” holds responsibility for rights abuses. Photo: Xinhua

The UN adopted a landmark resolution condemning North Korean rights abuses and laying the groundwork for putting the Pyongyang regime in the dock for crimes against humanity.

19 Nov 2014 - 7:01pm 4 comments

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un to send a special envoy to Russia

Choe Ryong-hae (right) leaves after a meeting with South Korean officials at a hotel in Incheon, South Korea. Photo: AP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will soon send a special envoy to Russia, state media reported yesterday, in a trip expected to focus on how to boost ties at a time when Pyongyang faces deepening diplomat isolation.

15 Nov 2014 - 3:18am

North Korea frees American detainees Bae, Miller 'after secret US mission'

Matthew Miller (centre), one of two detainees who arrived home to the United States. Photo: Reuters

The two Americans released from North Korea’s notorious prison camps arrived home after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top US intelligence official to the socialist state.

10 Nov 2014 - 7:53pm

The North Korean forced labour building Doha's desert dream

The Lusail City development in Qatar

As dusk falls on the luxury high-rise emerging from the swirling sands in the desert north of Doha, dozens of labourers hurry off the construction site and its surrounding buildings and on to buses waiting to take them back to their accommodation.

9 Nov 2014 - 7:22am 1 comment

North Korea frees jailed Americans, but no 'quid pro quo', US says

Kenneth Bae was arrested in November 2012 and and later sentenced to 15 years' hard labour for crimes against the state.

The US State Department yesterday announced the release of two Americans, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, who had been imprisoned by North Korea.

9 Nov 2014 - 7:51am

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walks with limp in latest television footage

Kim was seen limping on Thursday as he walked past a crowd of soldiers for a photo opportunity but North Korean television footage avoided showing his legs. Photo: Xinhua

North Korean state television has aired footage of Kim Jong-un for the first time in more than two months, showing the leader walking without a stick but with a pronounced limp.

The video footage, aired late on Thursday by the North’s Chosun Chungang TV, showed Kim on stage at a meeting of military commanders in Pyongyang that took place on Monday and Tuesday.

7 Nov 2014 - 6:44pm

North Korean association in Japan loses appeal over forced sale of its HQ

Tokyo headquarters building of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan. Photo: Kyodo

Chongryun, the association that represents North Korean residents of Japan, is running out of ways to keep its most prized asset after the Supreme Court ruled that the sale of its headquarters to a Japanese real estate developer would go ahead.

7 Nov 2014 - 4:39am

North Korea ‘could double nuclear capacity’ with new nuclear plant

North Korea told US scientists that its Yongbyon nuclear facility contained 2,000 centrifuges. Photo: Reuters

North Korea is operating a new nuclear facility that could double its known capacity to produce uranium-enriched fuel for nuclear weapons, a South Korean news report said on Wednesday.

The move, if true, would be a further step in defiance of international pressure on Pyongyang to end its nuclear programme in the form of layers of UN sanctions.

5 Nov 2014 - 6:43pm

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un can walk without a stick, new photos show

A picture combo released by the North Korean Central News Agency shows Kim Jong-un attending an event with military commanders in Pyongyang, on Tuesday while walking without a cane. Photo: EPA

North Korea’s top newspaper carried pictures on Wednesday of leader Kim Jong-un walking without a stick, apparently showing he has recovered from either an injury or surgery to his leg.

5 Nov 2014 - 1:07pm 1 comment