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Former N. Korean leader Kim Jong-il's widow purged: RFA

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's widow appears to have been purged by the Kim Jong-un regime, the U.S.-based Radio Free Asia said Tuesday, citing multiple sources familiar with the reclusive country.A Chinese businessman, fresh from his recent visit to Pyongyang, told the RFA that ...

Updated : 2016.07.26 13:15

Regional security forum to kick off with NK nuke likely to dominate agenda

Top diplomats from nearly 30 Asia-Pacific countries and regional powers will meet Tuesday to discuss regional security issues such as North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The ASEAN Regional Forum, the largest regional security gathering, will be attended by foreign ministers from the 10 ...

Updated : 2016.07.26 13:14

N. Korea's Air Koryo seems to be operating regular Pyongyang-Jinan route: VOA

North Korea's national carrier Air Koryo appears to have opened a regular flight service between Pyongyang and China's eastern city of Jinan for what seemed to be the transport of Chinese tourists, a ...

Updated : 2016.07.26 11:22

Seoul to set up N. Korean human rights foundation

South Korea will establish a foundation in September to better study human rights situations in North Korea and develop related policies, the unification ministry said Monday.The government plans to i...

Updated : 2016.07.25 11:04

U.N. Security Council unlikely to issue statement condemning N.K. missile launches

The U.N. Security Council appears unlikely to issue a statement condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches, spurring speculation that China may be uncooperative in anger over a decisio...

Updated : 2016.07.25 09:35

[Herald Interview] Activist-turned-scholar urges action on N.K. abductees

On April 29, 1992, South Korea’s top intelligence agency arrested dozens of activists for plotting to overthrow the government by building underground socialist organizations. The authorities describ...

Updated : 2016.07.22 18:00

N. Korea's Air Koryo airplane makes emergency landing in China due

An airplane of North Korea's flag carrier Air Koryo made an emergency landing in the Chinese city of Shenyang on Friday due to fire, a Chinese report said.The flight en route from Pyongyang to Beijing "made a forced landing in China's northeastern city of Shenyang because the plane caught ...

Updated : 2016.07.22 16:36

Gov't bolsters countermeasures to deter N.K. cyberattacks

South Korea is beefing up its governmentwide countermeasures to prevent possible cyberattacks by North Korea, officials said Friday.The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said the number of cyberattacks by North Korea more than doubled in the first half of this year. The cyberatt...

Updated : 2016.07.22 16:10

N. Korea's economy shrank 1.1% in 2015: BOK

North Korea's economy is estimated to have contracted 1.1 percent last year amid negative growth in most industries, South Korea's central bank announced Friday.The Bank of Korea has issued an annual report on the estimated gross domestic product of one of the world's most secretive nation...

Updated : 2016.07.22 13:46

One North Korean missile exploded in initial stage of latest launch

One of the three ballistic missiles recently test-fired by North Korea likely exploded in the air during its initial stage of flight due to some sort of malfunction, military officials familiar with the matter said Friday.According to military sources, one of the three missiles blew up at ...

Updated : 2016.07.22 13:30

Activist group sends anti-Pyongyang leaflets

A civic group comprised of North Korean defectors on Friday said it sent anti-Pyongyang leaflets via balloons across the inter-Korean border earlier this week, amid escalating military tensions in the Korean Peninsula.The Fighters for Free North Korea said it sent some 300,000 leaflets fro...

Updated : 2016.07.22 10:47

S. Korea seeks to highlight N. Korea's nuke threats at regional security meeting

South Korea will make a strong push to highlight the threats that North Korea's nuclear ambitions are posing both to the Asian region and the global community as a whole during the upcoming regional security meeting, observers and government officials said Friday.Top diplomats from 27 Asia...

Updated : 2016.07.22 10:13

U.S. institute claims discovery of secret N. Korean uranium facility

A U.S. research institute on Thursday said it has located a suspected secret nuclear facility that North Korea used in the early stages of its uranium enrichment program."Recent information suggests that an early centrifuge research and development facility was located at the Panghyon Airc...

Updated : 2016.07.22 10:12

UNSC discusses how to respond to NK's back-to-back missile tests

South Korea said Thursday that the U.N. Security Council is discussing comprehensive measures against the recent back-to-back missile tests by North Korea, apparently dismissing speculation that China might be hampering its swift action.On July 9, the North fired off a submarine-launched b...

Updated : 2016.07.21 17:16

External construction complete for new submarine assembly hall in N. Korea: 38 North

External construction of a submarine assembly hall at North Korea's main submarine port is now complete in a project that would enable Pyongyang to build much larger ballistic missile submarines, a U.S. monitoring website said Wednesday.The website 38 North, dedicated to monitoring and ana...

Updated : 2016.07.21 09:16