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  • Oct 2, 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. 

What's afoot with Kim Jong-un? Raft of rumours as he vanishes from view

When North Korea's leader makes no public appearances for three weeks and an official documentary shows him limping and mentions his "discomfort", what follows is a frenzy of media speculation about Kim Jong-un.

Wednesday, 1 October, 2014, 6:52pm 3 comments

North Korean foreign minister labels UN Security Council as a forum of lies

North Korea's foreign minister berated the UN Security Council as a forum of lies and double standards, in the first UN address by a top Pyongyang official in 15 years.

29 Sep 2014 - 3:23am

Kim Jong-un 'suffering from discomfort', North Korea admits after leader's absence

Young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is suffering from “discomfort”, state media has said in the first official acknowledgement of ill health after a prolonged period out of the public eye.

27 Sep 2014 - 8:36am 8 comments

'I dig fields for 8 hours a day’: US man jailed in North Korea describes hard labour

An American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labour says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so far his health is fine.

25 Sep 2014 - 9:42pm 7 comments

China to host Japan-North Korea abduction talks

Japanese and North Korean officials will meet in China next week for an update on the North's probe into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago.

26 Sep 2014 - 2:53am 1 comment

North Korea tests Beijing with hijack of another Chinese fishing boat

North Korea detained a Chinese fishing boat and demanded a fine for its release, apparently the first such move in more than a year, risking further strains on ties between Pyongyang and its only major ally.

24 Sep 2014 - 3:28am

North Korea says US citizen given six years' hard labour wanted to expose prison life

An American recently sentenced to six years of hard labour by a North Korean court pretended to have secret US information and deliberately got himself arrested to become famous and meet imprisoned US missionary Kenneth Bae, Pyongyang's state media said.

21 Sep 2014 - 5:46am

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un may visit Beijing, says Chinese envoy

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could go to China on his first foreign trip since taking power, China’s ambassador to South Korea said on Wednesday.

17 Sep 2014 - 1:39pm 5 comments

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.

16 Sep 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 6 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