Nobody is quite sure how many people died in the famine that struck North Korea in the mid-'90s, but estimates range from hundreds of thousands to more than 3 million. While economic mismanagement was as much of a factor in the crisis...Show More Summary
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says each day that passes brings greater Western concessions toward Iran in talks over its nuclear program — and that the emerging deal could be worse than one that led to North Korea gaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons. Show More Summary
A North Korean scientist has defected to Finland, and he may have evidence that his native country has been conducting ghastly experiments on humans involving chemical weapons, reports the South's Yonhap News Agency. The scientist is identified only as a 47-year-old named Lee who worked at a facility in Ganggye...
Last month, the North Korean capital of Pyongyang opened the doors to the country's newest airport terminal: Pyongyang Sunan International Airport. The new international terminal will replaced the airport's old terminal facility, which dates back to the early days of the Cold War. Show More Summary
Thirteen years ago, a bloody naval battle was raging between North and South Korean forces off the South's west coast. Six South Koreans and an unknown number of Northerners died in the confrontation, one of the most serious clashes between the nations since their 1950-53 war.
North Korea has featured prominently in the discourse on Asia-Pacific security in recent months. Its long-range nuclear missile testing efforts, alleged involvement in the Sony hacking incident, and declaration of cyber-war with the United States, have alarmed Western policymakers. Show More Summary
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack.
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking...Show More Summary
Knock-off of 1960s Russian missile was launched—from what still isn't clear.
The image of Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea, was not featured at the new Pyongyang International Airport terminal, which Kim Jong Un dedicated to his father, Kim Jong Il.
North Korea has asked Iran for urgent humanitarian aid to help survive what the North Korean government has called "the worst drought in 100 years." "[Iran] is duty bound to render humanitarian aid to all countries," the head of the Iranian Red Crescent, Amir Hossein Ziaee, said, according to the Iranian state news agency IRNA. Show More Summary
Somewhere in Svalbard, at 78°N in the Arctic Circle, an enormous mountain vault holds seeds from countries all over the world—even North Korea. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is designed primarily to be backup storage for individual countries’ seed vaults. Show More Summary
Last week Nick posted about the opening of a new terminal at Pyongyang International Airport. It features such modern amenities as a gift shop, a duty-free store, a chocolate fountain, a newstand (presumably with a wide selection of international, independent publications), and... Show More Summary
Things seem to be more serious than the typical doomsday projections in North Korea this time.
North Korea apparently has a miracle drug that cures cancer, but very little methamphetamine. In an attempt to curb defections, illegal phone calls, human trafficking, and drug smuggling, "border control has become a lot tighter, making methamphetamine harder to get," a source tells the Daily NK. "In the past, you...
Between the ballplayer's grandiosity and meltdowns, few fascinating glimpses of life under Kim Jong-un emerge
AUSTIN BAY: MEANWHILE, BACK IN NORTH KOREA…: In an interview last year on a Texas radio station, I was asked when China would “finally do something” about North Korea’s manic threats to launch a nuclear attack. Perhaps an uneasy memory of spring 2013?s revelation that North Korea had Austin, Texas, on its ICBM target list […]
Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Seoul. The main agenda item: what to do about North Korea. As usual, no one knows what is going on in Pyongyang. Its internal politics appears to be bloodier than usual. Ironically, this...Show More Summary
Kim Jong-un showed off North Korea’s modern international airport this week, which includes a rich cornucopia of duty-free goods, “espresso-based drinks,” and other luxuries. But the story behind the airport’s design is unmistakably tyrannical. Read more...