9 OCTOBER 2018
Kim Jong Un invites pope to Pyongyang
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to extend an invitation to Pope Francis. The head of the Roman Catholic Church has previously encouraged North and South Korea to resolve their differences through dialogue
11 SEPTEMBER 2018
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un asks Donald Trump for another meeting in new letter
US President Donald Trump has received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asking for a second meeting, and the White House is already looking at scheduling one, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says
9 SEPTEMBER 2018
No ICBMs displayed at military parade celebrating N. Korea’s 70th birthday
Thousands of North Korean troops paraded through Pyongyang Sunday as the nuclear-armed country celebrated its 70th birthday, followed by artillery and tanks, but it refrained from displaying the intercontinental ballistic missiles that have seen it hit with sanctions
4 SEPTEMBER 2018
Ju Kyu Chang, developer of North Korea missiles and nuclear weapons, dies at 89
A veteran North Korean official who was sanctioned for his suspected role in development of the country’s nuclear and missile technology has died, the North announced on Tuesday
19 AUGUST 2018
North Korea to let U.N. aviation agency officials conduct on-site missile safety inspection
North Korea has agreed to allow International Civil Aviation Organization staff to conduct an on-site inspection to ensure the safety of international flights from the country’s missile launches, according to officials with the Montreal-based U.N. agency
9 AUGUST 2018
North Korea revives ‘axis of evil’ ties with Iran as denuclearisation talks falter
The arrival of North Korea’s foreign minister in Tehran just hours after Donald Trump had reinstated sanctions against Iran was “no coincidence”, analysts believe, and is designed to send the message that Pyongyang is reinforcing its alliances as denuclearisation talks with the US stall
31 JULY 2018
North Korea is working on new missiles, say US spy agencies
US spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence
27 JULY 2018
North Korea hands over the possible remains of American war dead
A US Air Force plane carrying what are believed to be the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War some 65 years ago arrived Friday morning at Osan Air Base in South Korea
20 JULY 2018
North Korea economy shrank sharply in 2017
North Korea’s economy contracted at the sharpest rate in two decades in 2017, South Korea’s central bank estimated Friday, in a sign international sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs have hit growth hard
15 JULY 2018
North Korea, U.S. held general-level talks on return of American war dead
Repatriating the remains of American troops killed in the Korean War was a promise made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June
12 JULY 2018
North Korea snubs US at planned meeting to discuss the returns of soldiers’ remains
North Korean officials did not turn up to Thursday’s scheduled meeting with the US military about repatriating the remains of the war dead, according to a US official with knowledge of the situation
26 JUNE 2018
North Korean diplomat tells Japan not to meddle in denuclearisation
A North Korean diplomat to the United Nations advised Japan on Tuesday not to meddle in the process of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula
23 JUNE 2018
Kim Jong-un introduces new mandatory national oath ‘erasing his father and grandfather’ from text
Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has introduced a new national oath playing down the achievements of his father and grandfather and instead praising his own ideology and leadership
12 JUNE 2018
Singapore summit: The agreement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in full
7 JUNE 2018
North Korea razing key missile test stand
New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is razing the missile test stand at the Iha-ri Driver Training and Test Facility north of the city of Kusong in the wake of Kim Jong Un’s April statement announcing a unilateral suspension of ballistic missile and nuclear tests
2 JUNE 2018
Seoul, Tokyo clash on how North Korea should remove its missiles
Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo appeared to clash over the urgency in removing Pyongyang’s short-range ballistic missiles
1 JUNE 2018
Trump: June 12 Meeting With N. Korean Leader Is Back On
In confirming the summit, Trump said he believed it would be a “very successful” meeting and “ultimately, a successful process.”
31 MAY 2018
Russia’s Lavrov meets with Kim Jong Un, as Pompeo tries to salvage summit
Lavrov-Kim meeting in Pyongyang is the first time the Korean leader met a top Russian official
10 MAY 2018
Trump-Kim Jong-un summit set for Singapore on 12 June
US President Donald Trump has announced that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, where the pair are expected to discuss denuclearisation
9 MAY 2018
Three US detainees freed in North Korea during Mike Pompeo visit
Three American prisoners have been freed from North Korea and are heading back to the US with Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, Donald Trump, the US president announced on Wednesday
28 APRIL 2018
Australia, Canada and Britain to monitor North Korean ships via military aircraft
The aircraft will seek to determine if North Korean ships are violating UN sanctions by transporting prohibited goods. The announcement came a day after North and South Korea pledged to denuclearize the peninsula
18 APRIL 2018
CIA boss Mike Pompeo held secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend and met with Kim Jong Un, according to media reports. Donald Trump said the meeting « went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. »
31 MARCH 2018
North Korea: UN Security Council blacklists dozens of ships, companies over illegal smuggling
Shipping companies, individual ships and a Taiwanese man are named in the largest ever sanctions package agreed by the Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee, accused of helping smuggle oil and coal
25 MARCH 2018
Russia to build bridge to North Korea
Russia is connected with North Korea’s territory by the railway link over the Tuman River on the border. The construction of the new bridge is important for transporting goods without entering China
16 MARCH 2018
North Korea’s foreign minister visits Sweden amid Trump-Kim summit speculation
North Korea’s top diplomat met with his Swedish counterpart in a surprise visit to Stockholm. The visit has led to speculation that the talks could lay the groundwork for a meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
12 MARCH 2018
North Korea silent on meeting with Donald Trump
North Korea has yet to respond publicly or privately to the decision by Donald Trump to attend a summit with its leader Kim Jong-un
28 FEBRUARY 2018
Secret UN report reveals how North Korea is helping Syria build chemical weapons and missiles
North Korea appears to have stepped up its covert assistance to a Syrian government agency responsible for producing that country’s chemical weapons and advanced missiles, a UN panel has concluded in a confidential report
27 FEBRUARY 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his father ‘used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas’
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his late father Kim Jong-il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters
23 FEBRUARY 2018
US to impose ‘largest’ N Korea sanctions
The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses – many Chinese – in its latest bid to pressure North Korea over its nuclear programme
7 FEBRUARY 2018
Abe, Pence confirm pressure on N. Korea
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed on Wednesday that their two countries will continue to apply “maximum pressure” on North Korea, in cooperation with South Korea, to foil Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions
5 FEBRUARY 2018
North Korean Special Operations Forces: Hovercraft Bases (Part II)
Satellite imagery analysis shows that North Korea continues to develop its conventional military forces in a few targeted areas in addition to its high-profile nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. This is compatible with a broader North Korean strategy to develop stronger asymmetrical capabilities to offset the large imbalance of power between the DPRK and its neighbors
4 FEBRUARY 2018
German spy chief: Pyongyang procures missile parts via Berlin embassy
Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency has said that North Korea has been purchasing parts for its missile program via its embassy in Berlin
3 FEBRUARY 2018
UN reports says North Korea earned $200M from banned exports
North Korea « continued to export almost all the commodities prohibited in the resolutions, generating nearly $200 million in revenue between January and September 2017, » said the report by the experts
30 JANUARY 2018
UN warns sanctions starving North Korea children to death
The United Nations Children’s Fund has warned that hundreds of thousands of children could starve as a result of sanctions on North Korea. UNICEF said the inability of humanitarian staff to deliver aid there had put many children in lethal malnutrition condition
26 JANUARY 2018
Kim Jong-un’s young sister elevated to powerful position controlling North Korea state security
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have put his younger sister Kim Yo-jong in charge of the pariah nation’s powerful state security apparatus, it has emerged
23 JANUARY 2018
North Korea to change military founding day to Feb. 8
North Korea says it will change the founding anniversary of its military to February 8th, the day before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics open in South Korea
21 JANUARY 2018
Who Is Behind the Illicit Transfer of Oil to North Korea?
The case of illicit tankers shipping oil to North Korea gets curiouser and curiouser
9 JANUARY 2018
Donors lose appetite for North Korean food aid
After a year of nuclear threats, fiery brinksmanship, and retaliatory sanctions, the global aid sector is at a crossroads with North Korea
8 JANUARY 2018
Another opportunity for diplomacy on North Korea
Top diplomats from the United States and Canada are seeking wider input around the North Korea issue. The so-called “Vancouver Group” offers an opportunity for countries around the world to discuss additional efforts to pressure North Korea and to develop creative diplomatic ideas
6 JANUARY 2018
Perception and reality on US-North Korea relations in 2018
The year 2018 is likely to prove a critical juncture in North Korea-US relations. At some point during the year, Pyongyang will decide whether to conduct an atmospheric nuclear detonation as the final proof of its nuclear deterrent capability
22 DECEMBER 2017
UN slaps new sanctions on North Korea in 15-0 vote
The resolution severely limits petroleum supplies to Pyongyang and demands that North Koreans working for Kim Jong Un’s regime abroad return home. The crippling sanctions follow North Korea’s latest missile test
19 DECEMBER 2017
US and UK blame North Korea for WannaCry cyberattack
The UK has joined the US in publicly blaming North Korea for the devastating WannaCry hacking attack earlier this year. The cyberattack took down computer systems in 150 countries and caused widespread chaos
11 DECEMBER 2017
UN warns tough North Korea sanctions risk hurting millions in need of aid
The UN rights chief told the security council on Monday that tough sanctions imposed on North Korea are complicating the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and called for an assessment
5 DECEMBER 2017
Russia ‘increasing oil exports’ to North Korea
At a time when the United States is calling for more restrictions on fuel exports to North Korea, Russia may be attempting to avoid the total collapse of the regime in Pyongyang. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
30 NOVEMBER 2017
UN divided over response to N Korea’s new missile test
The US is calling for more sanctions and the complete isolation of North Korea after another ballistic missile test. The United Nations Security Council has held an emergency meeting following Pyongyang’s latest launch
28 NOVEMBER 2917
North Korea fires ballistic missile, South Korea says
North Korea fired one ballistic missile from Pyongsong, a city in South Pyongan Province, at around 1817 GMT over the sea between South Korea and Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Wednesday
18 NOVEMBER 2017
Shadows of the past haunt Japan–North Korea relations
There are more than geostrategic, diplomatic and military factors behind the importance of Japan for North Korea and of North Korea for Japan: their present relationship is also rooted in history
15 NOVEMBER 2017
North Korea: coward Trump deserves death penalty for insulting Kim Jong-un
North Korea’s state media on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border
16 OCTOBER 2017
European Union ministers ban all investments and oil exports to North Korea in punishing sanctions
The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Monday as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes
8 OCTOBER 2017
North Korean leader promotes sister Kim Yo-jong
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promoted his younger sister to a senior post in the one-party state, according to state media
1st OCTOBER 2017
Italy orders North Korea ambassador home over missiles
Italy has ordered North Korea’s incoming new ambassador to leave the country in a protest over Kim Jong-Un’s missile launches and nuclear tests
15 SEPTEMBER 2017
North Korea provokes again, fires another missile over Japan
In yet another provocation to the world, North Korea fired another missile that flew over Japan, deepening the regional tensions that have intensified over the last few months
12 SEPTEMBER 2017
North Korea: UN Security Council unanimously adopts new sanctions over nuclear test
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test
8 SEPTEMBER 2017
Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over weapons test
Mexico has expelled North Korea’s ambassador in strong protest at Pyongyang’s recent missile and nuclear tests
29 AUGUST 2017
North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions
North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula
26 AUGUST 2017
North Korea launches three missiles amid US-South Korea military drills
Two of the North’s missiles flew about 250km (155 miles) off the country’s east coast, the US military said, while one appeared to explode almost immediately
23 AUGUST 2017
Kim Jong-un’s orders for more ICBMs raise alarms
Concerns are rising that North Korea may be planning more missile provocations over reports Pyongyang has ordered the production of intercontinental ballistic missile components to be increased
07 AUGUST 2017
Who are North Korea’s trading partners?
Despite being economically isolated, North Korea exports about $3bn worth of products and maintains trade relations chiefly with China, India, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Russia, Thailand and the Philippines
5 AUGUST 2017
United Nations bans key North Korea exports over missile tests
The U.S.-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures
29 JULY 2017
North Korea confirms firing of another missile towards Japan
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) demonstrated that his country can hit the US mainland
21 JULY 2017
What sanctions? North Korea economy grows at fastest pace in 17 years
North Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea’s central bank said on Friday, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its pursuit of nuclear weapons
21 JULY 2017
Trump administration bans US travel to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier
Americans hankering for a drink at the Pyongyang beer festival or to run the city marathon in October are set to be sorely disappointed by a proposed US government ban on tourism to North Korea
10 JULY 2017
North Korea’s surprising, lucrative relationship with Africa
North Korea’s commercial relationships are only one sign of the surprisingly close ties many African leaders have with the secretive, highly repressive Asian country
8 JULY 2017
US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force
US bombers carried out a rare live fire drill in South Korea on Saturday (July 8), flying close to the DMZ in a show of force after Pyongyang’s latest missile test, the South’s defence ministry said
4 JULY 2017
North Korea’s missile test: everything you need to know
Missile experts have examined data from the test to analyse whether North Korea’s claim of being able to reach ‘anywhere in the world’ is true
North Korea claims it has test fired intercontinental ballistic missile – a weapon that ‘could reach Alaska’
North Korea claims to have conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a development that, if confirmed, could move the regime closer to being able to strike the US mainland and dramatically strengthen its hand in negotiations with Washington
20 JUNE 2017
North Korea’s Military Capabilities
North Korea has one of the world’s largest conventional military forces, which, combined with its escalating missile and nuclear tests and aggressive rhetoric, has aroused concern worldwide. North Korea spends nearly a quarter of its GDP on its military
14 JUNE 2017
North Korea’ Hidden Cobra group behind eight years of hacks, says US
The US government is issuing a rare alert on the activities of a hacking group it dubs « Hidden Cobra, » saying the group is part of the North Korean government and more attacks are likely
Chairman of China’s Anbang Insurance reportedly detained
8 JUNE 2017
North Korea launches missile salvo at area where US aircraft carrier fleet had sailed
North Korea has fired a volley of what appeared to be land-to-ship missiles, hours after a senior US official said the regime’s recent advances in missile technology were causing “great concern” in Washington
3 JUNE 2017
UNSC adopts resolution sanctioning more North Korean individuals, entities
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-nation council decided to impose travel bans and asset freezes on 14 individuals and put sanctions on two companies, one bank as well as the Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People’s Army
27 MAY 2017
North Korean official accuses UN of refusing to discuss alternatives to sanctions
North Korea has slammed UN Security Council resolutions meant to restrict the country’s trade and international financial ties and accused Secretary General Antonio Guterres of ignoring multiple requests from Pyongyang to consider alternatives
21 MAY 2017
North Korea’s Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West
North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts
North Korea fires another ballistic missile despite sanctions threats
North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked international condemnation and threats of tougher UN sanctions
18 MAY 2017
Russia launches ferry connection with North Korea
The first ever ferry service linking Russia and North Korea was launched on Thursday, the company operating it said, hoping to serve tourists and North Korean workers
14 MAY 2017
North Korea test-fires what could be new kind of longer-range missile
Launch on day of China’s ‘belt and road’ summit reflects Pyongyang’s determination to push ahead with its nuclear ambitions, analysts say
13 MAY 2017
North Korea open for US talks under ‘right conditions’
Pyongyang would have a dialogue with the Trump administration if the « conditions are there », Yonhap news agency quoted a senior North Korean diplomat, who handles relations with the US, as saying
5 MAY 2017
North Korea CIA plot to kill Kim Jong-un allegation – full text
North Korea is accusing the US and South Korea of plotting to kill its leader, Kim Jong-un. Here is the full statement from the North Korean ministry of state security
29 APRIL 2017
North Korea conducts second failed ballistic missile launch in two weeks
In strong defiance of sanctions placed against it, North Korea test-fired another ballistic missile on Saturday, its second failed launch in the past fortnight
11 APRIL 2017
North Korea tells America it’s ready for ‘war’ after the US Navy makes ‘reckless’ show of force
North Korea has denounced the US deployment of a naval strike group to the region, warning it is ready for « war » as Washington tightens the screws on the nuclear-armed state
5 APRIL 2017
North Korea launches ballistic missile ahead of Xi-Trump summit
North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan at 6:42 a.m. on Wednesday from the eastern coastal region of Sinpo. The missile flew about 60km before hitting the water, according to the South Korean military
22 MARCH 2017
North Korean missile explodes seconds after launch
A North Korean missile fired Wednesday morning exploded within seconds of launch, the South Korean and U.S. militaries said, a reassuring sign for those worried about the speed at which North Korea’s weapons program has been progressing
19 MARCH 2017
North Korea tests new rocket engine, which can be repurposed for use in missiles
North Korea has tested a powerful new rocket engine, state media said Sunday, with leader Kim Jong-un hailing the successful test as a “new birth” for the nation’s rocket industry
6 MARCH 2017
North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan
North Korea launched four missiles Monday morning, a provocative barrage that coincided both with joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises on the southern half of the peninsula and with the opening of the annual National People’s Congress in China
25 FEBRUARY 2017
Plans for first post-Trump US contact with North Korea cancelled, says report
Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after Donald Trump took office have reportedly been cancelled after the US state department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang
14 FEBRUARY 2017
North Korean leader’s half-brother killed by ‘poison needles’ in Malaysia
Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has been killed at an airport in Malaysia after being sprayed in the face by an unidentified liquid, police have said
13 FEBRUARY 2017
International community condemns DPRK’s missile test-firing
The international community has generally denounced the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its latest test-launch of a ballistic missile on Sunday
12 FEBRUARY 2017
North Korea fires ballistic missile, challenging Trump
North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday in what appeared to be a move timed to follow the first summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump in Washington
3 FEBRUARY 2017
North Korean spy chief sacked in latest purge, says South Korea
The head of North Korea’s spy agency has become the most senior victim of another round of apparent purges ordered by the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, South Korean officials have said
18 DECEMBER 2016
Successfully consolidating power, Kim Jong Un marks five years as leader of North Korea
Taking over from his father, whose demise was observed at monuments and center plazas across the the nation, Kim has consolidated power over the last five years, especially with the execution of his powerful uncle and the purges that ensued
24 SEPTEMBER 2016
North Korea air show thumbs nose at sanctions
Just weeks after carrying out its fifth nuclear test, North Korea put on an unprecedented civilian and military air force display Saturday (Sep 24) at the country’s first ever public aviation show
24 AUGUST 2016
North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan
North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions
17 AUGUST 2016
Top North Korean diplomat defects from London embassy
A top North Korean diplomat in London has defected because he is “sick and tired of Kim Jong-un’s regime”, according to a spokesman for the South Korean government
3 AUGUST 2016
North Korea fires missile into Japan waters for first time
North Korea fired a ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters for the first time Wednesday (Aug 3), drawing an outraged response from Tokyo and ramping up tensions with the United States and South Korea
19 JULY 2016
Pyongyang fires 3 missiles in protest of Thaad
Pyongyang fired three ballistic missiles early Tuesday into the East Sea, possibly in protest against Seoul and Washington’s decision to deploying an advanced missile defense system to South Korea
9 JULY 2016
A North Korea’s submarine-launched missile test ‘fails’
North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast on Saturday, but the missile failed in its initial flight stage, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said
6 JULY 2016
US sanctions N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un for rights abuses
The United States has imposed sanctions on North Korea’s top officials, including its leader Kim Jong Un, for human rights abuses. It is the first time the US has held Kim directly responsible for extreme rights abuses
23 JUNE 2016
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un says new missile can strike US military bases in the Pacific
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened United States military bases across the Pacific after North Korea’s test of a powerful new missile triggered emergency United Nations Security Council talks late Wednesday (June 22) on curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
22 JUNE 2016
North Korea carries out two banned mid-range ‘Musudan ballistic’ missile tests
North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday, with at least one launch ending in failure, South Korea’s Defence Ministry said.
7 JUNE 2016
The North Korea-Cuba Connection
Havana’s continued cooperation with Pyongyang is an alarming blow to the normalization process.
31 MAY 2016
North Korea’s fourth Musudan missile launch fails: South
North Korea launched a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile early Tuesday morning, but the launch ended in failure, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and military sources said
21 MAY 2016
North Korea’s Complicated Relationship With the Gulf
North Korea has had a relatively short and somewhat complicated relationship with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)http://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/north-koreas-complicated-relationship-gulf-99077/
Top North Korean diplomat Kang Sok-ju who forged 1994 nuclear deal with the U.S. dies
Kang Sok-ju, a senior official of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has died of cancer at the age of 76, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday.
9 MAY 2016
Kim Jong-un is made chairman of Workers’ Party
North Korea on Monday 9 named Kim Jong-un as chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), in a move to further cement his grip on power. Kim’s appointment came on the last day of the Communist country’s biggest political gathering, held for the first time in 36 years, with over 3,000 participants unanimously supporting the motion
7 MAY 2016
Nobel laureates call for easing of sanctions on North Korea
During a week-long trip, three renowned scientists have seen for themselves the impact of international sanctions on North Korea. They say the quality of medical care and academic research has been weakened
6 MAY 2016
North Korean leader trumpets nuclear program at congress
In the first congress of the ruling Workers’ Party in 36 years, he added that North Korea had had taken « magnificent » strides in its nuclear weapons program and would not be cowed by sanctions or international pressure
24 MARCH 2016
North Korea claims successful solid-fuel rocket engine test
North Korea said Thursday that it had successfully conducted a high-powered, solid-fuel rocket engine test, which if confirmed would be a major step forward in boosting its missile attack capability against South Korea and the United States.
19 MARCH 2016
U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea missile launches
The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned on Friday North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Pyongyang to « halt these inflammatory and escalatory actions. »
16 MARCH 2016
White House demands release of US student sentenced to 15 years hard labour in North Korea
The White House has urged North Korea to release a US student who was condemned to 15 years hard labour after allegedly stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel.
12 MARCH 2016
North Korea submarine ‘missing’ as US-South Korea drills continue
A North Korean People’s Navy submarine is missing and presumed sunk, a U.S. official told USNI News on Friday
3 MARCH 2016
North Korea fires 6 short-range projectiles in wake of UN resolution
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired six short-range projectiles on Thursday morning in an apparent show of force after new tougher sanctions resolution on Pyongyang was passed at the UN Security Council
21 FEBRUARY 2016
North Korea new army chief after Ri Yong-gil ‘execution’
Ri Myong-su has been named army chief in North Korea, days after unconfirmed reports that his predecessor, Ri Yong-gil, had been executed.
10 FEBRUARY 2016
South Korea halts joint venture after North’s tests
South Korea is to suspend operations at a jointly-run industrial park in North Korea following the North’s recent rocket launch and nuclear test.
Japan announces new sanctions on Pyongyang
Japan has decided to impose more sanctions against North Korea following the country’s launch of what it called a satellite-carrying rocket on Sunday. The launch is seen by the international community as a long-range ballistic missile test
9 FEBRUARY 2016
North Korean satellite is in orbit, say Seoul and Washington
North Korea was successful in putting a satellite into orbit on Sunday, although it is not clear whether it is working, according to South Korea’s defence ministry
7 FEBRUARY 2016
UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ N. Korea rocket launch
« The members of the Security Council strongly condemn this launch, » read a statement presented by Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Rafael Ramiriez, who sits as the council’s president for February.
4 FEBRUARY 2016
DPRK ruling party convenes meeting to rout corruption
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un presided over a meeting of senior ruling party officials aimed at rooting out corruption and abuses of power ahead of a major congress to be held in May, its state media reported Thursday, calling the gathering the first of its kind.
8 JANUARY 2016
North Korea releases video of ‘new’ submarine-launched missile test
North Korea has released video footage of a purportedly new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test, three days after it claimed it had successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb
7 JANUARY 2016
Why sanctions have failed to deter North Korea
As the UN considers imposing more sanctions on North Korea following its latest nuclear test, DW examines how effective such measures have been in deterring Pyongyang from advancing its nuclear arms program.
UN General Assembly seeks North Korea ICC charges
The non-binding measure approved by a vote of 116 to 20 with 53 abstentions was hailed as a clear message about growing international concern over human rights violations in the reclusive communist country.
27 NOVEMBER 2014
N Korean leader’s sister appointed in top job
North Korea has revealed that leader Kim Jong Un’s sister has been named as a senior official in the ruling Workers’ Party, strengthening analysts’ views that she is an increasingly important part of the family dynasty that runs the country.
24 NOVEMBER 2014
Isolated N.K. boosts Russia ties
North Korea and Russia appear to be joining forces to ease their international isolation as the former strives to strengthen the bilateral relationship in a frantic search for outside economic assistance and diplomatic support
17 NOVEMBER 2014
Top North Korea envoy in Moscow for Putin talks
A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Moscow on Monday for talks with President Vladimir Putin as Pyongyang seeks allies to fend off a UN resolution calling for a probe into crimes against humanity.
15 NOVEMBER 2014
US spy chief’s rare insight into N.Korean diplomacy
The US intelligence chief who flew to North Korea on a secret mission to free two Americans said there is « the potential for change » in the secretive state, in a rare window into the murky world of Pyongyang diplomacy.
8 NOVEMBER 2014
North Korea frees two detained US citizens
Two Americans serving lengthy prison sentences in North Korea were released on Saturday by the reclusive state following a secret mission to Pyongyang by US intelligence chief James Clapper, the State Department announced
5 NOVEMBER 2014
World Bank chief calls on North Korea to open doors
World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim was adamant that the multilateral organisation could not support North Korea unless the country opened up its economy and joined the global community
27 OCTOBER 2014
Japan delegation arrives in N.Korea over kidnapping probe
A Japanese delegation arrived in North Korea on Monday for talks centred on Pyongyang’s investigation into the Cold War kidnappings of Japanese citizens, which has marred relations for years.
22 OCTOBER 2014
UN urged to refer North Korea to war crimes court
A judge who led an inquiry of North Korea’s dismal rights record urged the United Nations on Wednesday to reject a « charm offensive » from Pyongyang and seek war crimes prosecutions of the regime.
21 OCTOBER 2014
North Korea releases one of three Americans held captive, US confirms
State Department says Jeffrey Fowle was home Tuesday after negotiators left Pyongyang, and that the US was working to free two others held by North Korea
17 OCTOBER 2014
North Korea in grip of leadership tension
We now know that Kim’s extended absence was mainly for medical reasons. But during his absence, interestingly, we witnessed a more open and conciliatory North Korea. The visit of Vice Marshall and National Defense Commission Vice Chairman Hwang Pyong-so and General Choe Ryong-hae to South Korea for the closing of the Asian Games was significant
14 OCTOBER 2014
North Korea leader Kim Jong-un ‘appears in public’
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance since 3 September, the country’s official news agency says. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/13/world/asia/north-korea-kim-jong-un/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
8 OCTOBER 2014
N Korea official admits use of labour camps
A North Korean official has publicly acknowledged for the first time the existence of « reform through labour » camps, after a highly critical UN report into the country’s human rights record earlier this year, but dismissed the report’s accusations.
28 SEPTEMBER 2014
NKorea tells UN it’s ready to discuss human rights
North Korea says it willing to cooperate with the U.N. and other international organizations on human rights, but is bristling at what it views as politicization of the issue by its arch enemy, the United States.
14 SEPTEMBER 2014
North Korea jails US man Matthew Miller for six years
A North Korean court has sentenced an American man to six years of hard labour for « hostile acts », the state-run KCNA news agency has said
11 SEPTEMBER 2014
North Korea ready to provide list of abducted Japanese
North Korea has declared that it is ready to hand over a list of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang’s agents, but hinted that Tokyo is unlikely to be satisfied at the number of people its internal investigation has located.
8 SEPTEMBER 2014
Chongryon chief visits North Korea for first time in eight years
The head of the most influential pro-North Korea organization in Japan is back in Pyongyang for the first time in eight years and might end up meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.
6 SEPTEMBER 2014
Key North Korean diplomat heads to Europe: report
Kang Sok-Ju, secretary of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, is leading a delegation to Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and also Mongolia, the North’s Korean Central News Agency reported.
4 SEPTEMBER 2014
North Korea’s suicide rate among worst in world, says WHO report
South Korea’s problem with suicide has been well documented. But a World Health Organisation report has found that the problem is even worse in its northerly neighbour, making the peninsula one of the most suicidal regions in the world.
19 AUGUST 2014
North Korea transfers tanks to Chinese border
North Korea has transferred one of its newest and most modern armoured units to the border with China, in the latest indication of the depth of the rift between the two erstwhile allies
6 AUGUST 2014
North Korea rejects offer to attend mass given by Pope Francis in Seoul
North’s Korean Catholics Association said visit would be ‘agonising’ and cites Seoul’s refusal to cancel a joint military drill with US forces for its decision
30 JULY 2014
China-N.K. relations face bumpy road
Relations between North Korea and China face a bumpy road as Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions continue to chip away at their decades-long alliance while Beijing increasingly courts Seoul for greater strategic and economic cooperation
29 JULY 2014
North Korea denies reports of missile deal with Hamas
North Korea has accused the West of a « sinister » plot to drag it into the Middle East conflict by fabricating stories it has forged a deal to supply missiles to Hamas
26 JULY 2014
Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal
Exclusive: Hamas has paid North Korea for missiles and communications equipment in arms deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars
10 JULY 2014
Five North Korean Weapons of War South Korea Should Fear
Be afraid: The Hermit Kingdom maintains a staggering arsenal, from tens of thousands of light infantry to heavy artillery all the way to nuclear weapons
9 JULY 2014
Chief architect of North Korea’s nuclear programme dies
A former North Korean missile expert who was sanctioned by the United Nations for his role in the North’s nuclear and missile weapons programmes has died, state media said on Wednesday
3 JULY 2014
Japan to lift some sanctions against North Korea after abductions decision
Japan is to lift some sanctions against North Korea after the regime in Pyongyang agreed to reinvestigate the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by its agents during the cold war
27 JUNE 2014
North Korea claims to have tested precision guided missile
North Korea claims to have successfully tested a new precision guided missile, at the same time as its army threatens a « devastating » retaliation against South Korea for carrying out live fire drills near their maritime border
26 JUNE 2014
North Koreans hold a rally to mark 64 years since the start of the Korean war
North Koreans march through the streets of Pyongyang with banners to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean war. State media shows crowds shouting slogans such as ‘Down with the US aggressor’. The war started in 1950 when North Korean troops launched a surprise attack into South Korea
31 MAY 2014
North Korea Sentences South Korean ‘Spy’ to Life
North Korean media say a South Korean Christian missionary has been sentenced to life at hard labor after being convicted of several charges, including setting up an underground church and espionage
29 MAY 2014
North Korea agrees to reinvestigate all Japanese abductions: PM Abe
North Korea has agreed to reinvestigate all abductions of Japanese citizens, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday, in what appeared to be a significant breakthrough on an issue that has long hampered Tokyo’s relations with Pyongyang
17 MAY 2014
‘Executed’ Kim Jong-Un girlfriend reappears on North Korea television
A North Korean singer said to be Kim Jong-Un’s ex-girlfriend and reported to have been executed by firing squad last year has appeared on state television, apparently alive and well.
9 MAY 2014
US condemns North Korea’s Obama ‘monkey’ jibes
Pyongyang’s description of US leader as ‘crossbreed’ and ‘wicked black monkey’ dismissed as ‘ugly and disrespectful’ by White House
Is China losing faith in North Korea?
Beijing’s contingency plans for the fall of Kim Jong-un have apparently been leaked to the media. What does this mean for Pyongyang’s relations with its only major ally?
8 MAY 2014
North Korea agrees to ‘consider’ UN recommendations on human rights
The UH human rights council has presented North Korea with 268 recommendations to improve human rights in the country –185 of which the North has said it will consider.
2 MAY 2014
North Korea military official Choe Ryong-hae replaced
Top North Korean military official Choe Ryong-hae has been replaced, the KCNA state news agency reports, fuelling speculation he has fallen out of favour with the country’s leadership
1 MAY 2014
Would you travel to North Korea? – poll
Would you jump at the chance to visit the hermit kingdom? Or do accusations about the regime make it a no go?http://www.theguardian.com/world/poll/2014/may/01/north-korea-northkorea
23 APRIL 2014
Kim Jong-un’s Emmental envoys rejected by French cheese school
A French college has politely turned its nose up at a request to help three North Korean experts make top-notch cheese to satisfy the tastes of their Emmental-loving supreme leader, Kim Jong-un
15 APRIL 2014
Hwang Pyong-so may become Kim Jong-un’s right-hand man
Hwang Pyong-so, one of two senior deputy directors of North Korea’s Korean Workers’ Party, has been promoted to the rank of vice marshal of the Korean People’s Army on Apr. 15, reports the China Youth Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Youth League
9 APRIL 2014
Kim Jong-Un ‘re-elected’ as North Korean leader
Kim Jong-Un was Wednesday « re-elected » as North Korea’s leader, state media said, as parliament met in a session closely watched for power shifts in the secretive regime following the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle
30 MARCH 2014
Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties
At their first formal talks since November 2012, senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats on Sunday agreed to work toward settling “outstanding issues” impeding bilateral ties
28 MARCH 2014
UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launch
The UN Security Council has condemned North Korea’s launch of two ballistic missiles and said it was considering an « appropriate response »
26 MARCH 2014
North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles as Barack Obama holds Japan-South Korea summit
North Korea has fired two mid-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast and towards Japan, South Korea’s military said as the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States discussed North Korea’s arms programmes.
20 MARCH 2014
Japan, N. Korea move to restart formal talks
Japan and North Korea are moving to restart formal government-level talks, a Japanese foreign ministry official said Thursday, after a shift over the contentious issue of Pyongyang’s past abductions of Japanese citizens http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400850/japan-n-korea-move-to-restart-formal-talks
12 MARCH 2014
N. Korea adept at dodging sanctions: UN panel
North Korea is becoming more and more adept at dodging international sanctions, a panel of experts said in a report presented Tuesday to the United Nations.
10 MARCH 2014
N.K. leader’s younger sister debuts on political stage
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s younger sister appears to have made her debut on the political stage in what may be an attempt by the Kim family to cement its power.
10 MARCH 2014
Kim Jong-un secures unsurprising ‘100 per cent’ victory in North Korea election
North Korea’s state media has confirmed what was never in doubt – a 100 percent, no-abstention poll victory for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country’s stage-managed parliamentary election.
9 MARCH 2014
North Koreans ‘vote’ in elections – singing, dancing and reciting poetry
North Korea’s cowed people were marched to the polls on Sunday for a pre-decided « election » to parliament – with only one candidate for each seat
7 MARCH 2014
Japan: No N. Korea Aid Until Abduction Issue Resolved
Japan says it will not provide any aid to North Korea until the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North is resolved
N. Korean No. 2 reappears, quashing purge rumours
North Korea’s state media published photos Friday of Vice Marshall Choe Ryong-Hae, quashing intense speculation that the man seen as the number two to paramount leader Kim Jong-Un had been purged.
3 MARCH 2014
North Korea deports Australian missionary
North Korea on Monday deported an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity in the country, saying he apologized for his anti-state religious acts and requested forgiveness.
27 FEBRUARY 2014
N Korea missiles test ‘in response’ to S Korea-US exercises
North Korea has fired four short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean defence ministry officials say, in a move widely seen as a response to South Korea’s military exercises with the US.
26 FEBRUARY 2014
North Korea defector: I saw dogs rip children to pieces in camp
Former prison guard has spoken of the horrors he saw in a North Korean camp, the most shocking of which was watching two dogs killing three children
24 FEBRUARY 2014
N.Korea to enter all events in Asian Games In South Korea
South Korea has invited North Korea to participate in the games, which will run from September 19 to October 4, through the Olympic Council of Asia, a body that governs all sports in Asia.
19 FEBRUARY 2014
North Korea Arrests Christian Missionary From Australia
The Australian, John Short, 75, was arrested in the capital, Pyongyang, on Sunday, according to his wife, Karen. She said the trip was her husband’s second to North Korea. He had religious materials that had been translated into Korean, according to a statement by his family.
17 FEBRUARY 2014
North Korean human rights abuses systematic and unparalleled, says UN
North Korea’s leadership is committing systematic and appalling human rights abuses against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the modern world, including crimes against humanity, a United Nations report has concluded.
16 FEBRUARY 2014
North Korea’s Kim Jong-un marks late father’s birthday
North Korean state television on Sunday broadcast footage of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to commemorate the birthday of his late father Kim Jong-il.
11 FEBRUARY 2014
Why North Korea Today Is Not East Germany 1989
Policy analysts and politicians have long predicted that the North Korean government will go the way of East German Communism. Just as the seemingly impregnable Honecker regime rapidly disintegrated along with the Berlin Wall, the Kim dynasty has been expected to collapse at any minute. This minute, of course, has lasted for more than two decades.
10 FEBRUARY 2014
Former US envoy visits N. Korea
A former US ambassador to South Korea arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, state media said, after North Korea cancelled a US envoy’s visit over a jailed Korean American
8 FEBRUARY 2014
NKorea pays hefty cash fine in Panama over Cuba arms case
North Korea paid a fine Saturday for trying to ship undeclared Cuban arms through the Panama Canal, possibly in violation of UN sanctions, authorities said
7 FEBRUARY 2014
US missionary sent back to North Korean labour camp
A US missionary held captive in North Korea was moved from hospital back to a labour camp last month on the same day he appealed for help from Washington, the US State Department said on Friday.
4 FEBRUARY 2014
Sochi: No Olympics for North Korea
Athletes from the nation under the regime led by Kim Jong-un failed to qualify for the Winter Games which start on February 7. And the Olympic Committee denies Pyongyang the « wild card » facilitated entry for poor or developing countries.
N. Korean leader to add ‘MP’ to his many titles
North Korea confirmed Tuesday that leader Kim Jong-Un will be a candidate in next month’s parliamentary elections, which will be closely watched for clues on power shifts in Pyongyang.
3 FEBRUARY 2014
Japan singer Hikaru Utada to wed Italian barman: reports
Songstress Hikaru Utada is to tie the knot, she announced on her website, with Japanese media saying her intended is an Italian barman eight years her junior.
30 JANUARY 2014
Imprisoned Kenneth Bae must serve his 15 years hard labor: North Korea envoy
North Korea will not release imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae until he finishes his sentence of 15 years hard labor, according to a rare interview with a Pyongyang diplomat
17 JANUARY 2014
Panama: North Korea to pay fine for release of ship found with weapons
North Korea will pay a fine of more than half a million dollars next week for the release of a ship that last year tried to cross the Panama Canal with weapons smuggled aboard, Panamanian authorities said.
8 JANUARY 2014
North Korea Announces Elections For March
North Korea will hold elections for its Supreme People’s Assembly on March 9, the state news agency reported Wednesday.
3 JANUARY 2014
Kim Jong Un’s executed uncle was eaten alive by 120 hungry dogs: report
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, according to a newspaper with close ties to China’s ruling Communist Party.
Did Kim Jong Un Feed His Uncle To 120 Dogs? Be Skeptical
No, Kim Jong Un probably didn’t feed his uncle to 120 hungry dogs
21 DECEMBER 2013
‘Hundreds’ of Jang’s relatives sent to gulags by North Korean regime
Several hundred relatives of Jang Song-thaek, executed recently on charges of plotting to overthrow the North Korean state, have been rounded up and sent to political prison camps.
17 DECEMBER 2013
North Korea marks Kim Jong-il death amid purge tensions
North Korea is marking the second anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong-il, days after the dramatic purge of a top-level official.
12 DECEMBER 2013
N Korea executes uncle of leader Kim Jong-un
North Korea has executed the uncle of its leader Kim Jong-un days after he was dismissed, state news agency KCNA announced, branding the once-powerful Jang Song-thaek a « traitor. »
Kim Jong-Un takes father’s title of Dear Leader
Kim Jong-un has adopted the title « Dear Leader » that was previously affected by his father as the North Korean propaganda machine builds up the cult of personality around the young dictator
China Tries to Harness North Korea
China has been playing a careful and relatively sophisticated strategic game with its unruly ally North Korea, attempting to harness Pyongyang’s determination to expand its nuclear capability while at the same time expanding its economic relations at an unprecedented pace, according to a new analysis by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
6 DECEMBER 2013
Kim Jong-un ‘preparing to purge aunt’
The ailing aunt of Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, may be the next senior member of the regime to fall victim to the blood letting that is gripping Pyongyang’s « old guard »
3 DECEMBER 2013
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ousts uncle, claims South Korea
Kim Jong-un may have purged his uncle and aide, South Korean legislators have said, in what would be the most significant ousting since the young leader took the helm in North Korea
29 NOVEMBER 2013
Accused of spying, American held in North Korea issues ‘apology’
An 85-year-old American man detained in North Korea has apologized for his actions, including for killing troops and civilians during the Korean War, North Korea’s state-run news agency reported Saturday.
24 OCTOBER 2013
Is a change in the US’s North Korea Policy overdue ?
A recent study undertaken by RAND, titled Preparing for the Possibility of a North Korean Collapse, raises questions over how prepared the US is for regime change in the DPRK. It also highlights how the US needs to change its policy to better prepare for such an outcome.
North Korean ruler gets Malaysian university honor
A Malaysian university faced public criticism Thursday for awarding an honorary doctorate in economics to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose country is among the poorest in the world.
23 OCTOBER 2013
The strange alliance between Mongolia and North Korea goes on stage in Pyongyang
Mongolian President Elbegdorj Tsakhiagiin is the first head of state to meet North Korea’s young dictator Kim Jong-un. Bilateral relations and the employment of North Korean workers in Mongolian mines are on the table. Tokyo blocks a Mongolian company from buying the Japanese headquarters of North Korea’s Workers’ Party.
22 OCTOBER 2013
Tourism in North Korea: the secret state is opening up
All the hoo-ha that’s surrounded the recent opening of North Korea’s ski resort, framed as it’s been by the western press as the answer to chubby Kim Jong Un’s wont to indulge his Swiss ways, has overlooked the fact that every dollar spent on tourism is a dollar not spent on centrifuges or Mercedes.
14 OCTOBER 2013
North Korea ‘testing chemical weapons on political prisoners’
The allegations have been made in the most recent report on Pyongyang’s chemical weapons capabilities by 38 North, the respected web site operated by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and are based on testimony from both prisoners and former guards who managed to defect.
12 OCTOBER 2013
N. Korea warns of ‘all-out war’
North Korea on Saturday issued a fresh warning of an « all-out war », urging the United States to stop military drills and what it described as « nuclear blackmail ».
11 OCTOBER 2013
N. Korea warns of counter-attack on US warship
North Korea on Friday threatened to « bury in the sea » a US aircraft carrier, as it slammed a three-nation naval drill involving US, South Korean and Japanese warships.
10 OCTOBER 2013
North Korea sanctions punish the whole population
8 OCTOBER 2013
Kim removes many key figures to cement leadership: S.Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has replaced officials holding almost half of the nation’s key posts in an attempt to strengthen his control over the country, a South Korean report showed
24 SEPTEMBER 2013
North Korea’s rolling economic reforms
While missiles and nuclear weapons have dominated the headlines, North Korea’s economy under Kim Jong-un has been developing in promising ways on the domestic front.
23 SEPTEMBER 2013
North Korea denies Kim Jong-un executed mistress to protect wife
North Korea has angrily denied reports that Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of a former mistress in August to protect the « dignity » of his wife.
19 SEPTEMBER 2013
UN accuses North Korea of violence in state-run prison camps, including against newborns
The United Nations commission heard eyewitness accounts about the North Korea’s prison camp system where babies are drowned, vermin thrive and people accused of political and social crimes are executed. Pyongyang rejects the accusations.
UN Receives Evidence About Thai Woman Abducted by N. Korea
Officials from a U.N. human rights commission on Thursday met with family members of a Thai woman gone missing since allegedly being abducted by North Korean spies in Macau in 1978. Despite the passage of time, the family is still hopeful she can eventually return home. ars old.
5 SEPTEMBER 2013
Up to 20,000 North Korean prison camp inmates have ‘disappeared’ says human rights group
Thousands of North Korean inmates of Camp No 22, one of Kim Jong-un’s most brutal labour camps, have disappeared according to a human rights group.
30 AUGUST 2013
Kim Jong-un’s approval rating higher than Barack Obama’s
Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has a public approval rating of over 50 per cent, according to a poll of escapees living in South Korea.
Kim Jong-un purges North Korea’s army chief
Kim Kyok-sik, who is believed to have been behind the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan and the bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island in late 2010, has disappeared from the list of senior regime officials attending public events in recent weeks.
North Korea withdraws US envoy’s invitation to visit Pyongyang
North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior US envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of a detained American, the state department has said.
29 AUGUST 2013
Panama: North Korea arms shipment broke UN sanctions
A preliminary report by a team of United Nations experts has determined that a North Korean cargo ship seized in Panama for carrying weapons violated sanctions, the Panamanian government has said.
Kim Jong-un ex-girlfriend “executed by firing squad”
South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo has reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s ex-girlfriend was among a group of North-Koreans executed by firing squad on August 20.
28 AUGUST 2013
US envoy to ask North Korea for American prisoner’s release
A senior US envoy who is due to travel to North Korea later this week has said he plans to appeal for the release of an American sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour, but added that Washington had received no guarantees from Pyongyang that the man would be freed.
27 AUGUST 2013
Envoy to visit N Korea over jailed American
The United States will send a human rights envoy to Pyongyang this week to seek the release of an imprisoned US Christian missionary, the State Department said.
N Korean leader’s estranged nephew to study at French university
Kim Han-Sol, 18, who studied in Macau and Bosnia, is due to start at Sciences-Po’s campus in the northern city of Le Havre in this year’s Europe-Asia undergraduate programme, university official Caroline Allain said.
N Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria: Sankei Shimbun
North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria but they were seized in Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese daily said Tuesday, as the US threatened action over an alleged chemical weapons attack.
20 AUGUST 2013
Horror of North Korean prison camps exposed at UN inquiry
Harrowing accounts from defectors now living in South Korea related how North Korean prison guards chopped off a man’s finger, forced inmates to eat frogs and a mother to kill her own baby.
19 AUGUST 2013
Swiss Ban ‘Inappropriate’ Ski Lifts for North Korea
Switzerland has banned the sale to North Korea of equipment for a luxury ski resort planned for the ruling elite in the widely impoverished state that is under U.N. sanctions, officials said on Monday.
16 AUGUST 2013
Food aid to North Korea saves lives — it doesn’t change minds
Well-implemented humanitarian aid can save lives and build relationships between the giver and the receiver.
14 AUGUST 2013
Castro praises N.Korea for Cold War arms aid
Fidel Castro credited North Korea Wednesday with supplying Cuba with free weapons in the 1980s after the Soviet Union said it could no longer defend the island against a US invasion.
23 JULY 2013
No Work at North Korean Launch Site for 8 Months: Analysts
New satellite photos suggest construction work has been halted for the last eight months at a key North Korean launch site intended to test bigger and more advanced rockets.
22 JULY 2013
North Korea Mass Games mark 60th anniversary of Korean War
North Korea launched a new run of its large-scale « Arirang » performance in Pyongyang on Monday to mark the 60th Anniversary of the end of hostilities during the Korean War.
17 JULY 2013
Seized N Korean ship: Cuban weapons on board
The ship was seized by authorities in Panama after military cargo was found hidden in a shipment of sugar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23339020 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/07/20137170581445650.html http://www.voanews.com/content/cuba-claims-missle-parts-found-on-north-korean-ship/1703367.html http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/17/world/americas/panama-north-korean-ship/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
16 JULY 2013
North Korean ship caught smuggling weapons and missile material through Panama Canal
Panama has launched a major investigation after drugs agents raided a ship travelling from Cuba to North Korea and discovered “missile components” stashed beneath a cargo of sugar. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10181736/North-Korean-ship-caught-smuggling-weapons-and-missile-material-through-Panama-Canal.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/07/201371662915540217.html http://www.voanews.com/content/nkorean-ship-carrying-undeclared-weapons-seized-in-panama-canal/1702557.html
5 JULY 2013
NKorea refuses to cooperate with UN rights probe
UN experts tasked with probing human rights violations in North Korea said Friday Pyongyang has refused to cooperate with the investigation, but that they still hoped to travel to the country next month. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358535/nkorea-refuses-to-cooperate-with-un-rights-probe
4 JULY 2013
Kim Jong-il’s widow ‘purged from party posts by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un’
Kim Jong-il’s widow has reportedly been purged from all party positions by her stepson Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s dictator, because « she knows too many secrets ». http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10156858/Kim-Jong-ils-widow-purged-from-party-posts-by-North-Koreas-Kim-Jong-un.html http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kim-Jong-il’s-widow-purged-in-Pyongyang’s-dynastic-intrigue-28389.html
27 JUNE 2013
N. Korea tried to export 3,500 km-range ballistic missile: U.S. media
North Korea attempted to sell ballistic missiles with a range of 3,500 kilometers to a British arms dealer, an Internet media outlet based in the United States said Thursday. http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130627000237
23 JUNE 2013
Sites in North Korea win World Heritage status
The remains of a fortress that once surrounded Kaesong, the ancient capital of Korea’s Koryo Dynasty, is among sites in North Korea that have made it onto UNESCO’s latest World Heritage list. http://asiancorrespondent.com/109724/sites-in-north-korea-win-world-heritage-status/
16 JUNE 2013
State news: North Korea proposes high-level talks with U.S.
The topics that « can be sincerely discussed » include easing military tensions, changing a truce treaty to a peace treaty and nuclear matters, according to a statement from the North’s National Defense Commission, as reported by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. It left some details — like where and when the talks might be held — up to Washington, and insisted U.S. officials should not lay out any preconditions for talks. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/15/world/asia/north-korea-us-talks/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/16/white-house-north-korea-nuclear-talks