North Korea celebrates founder who forged nuclear-armed dynasty

Apr 15, 2015

North Korea celebrates founder who forged nuclear-armed dynasty

North Korea marked the birthday Wednesday of its founder, Kim Il Sung, worshiped at home as a virtual deity for laying the foundation for a five-decade-old dictatorship capable of threatening superpowers such as the U.S. For Kim Young-hwan, a one-time pro-unification activist from South ...

Mar 31, 2015

Japan extends sanctions against N. Korea to 2017

The Abe administration decided Tuesday to extend Japan’s trade embargo and other unilateral sanctions against North Korea for two years. The decision reflects the lack of progress in North Korea’s reinvestigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s, ...

Mar 26, 2015

North Korea leader urges 'guerrilla-style' tactics in sport

North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un has urged his nation’s athletes to adopt “guerrila-style” tactics in an effort to boost their underwhelming impact on the global sporting stage. In a letter to a national meeting of sportspeople and officials, Kim, who is known ...

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

Mar 26, 2015

North Korea's well-to-do feast on French baguettes

French-trained chefs are cooking up a storm in Pyongyang, where North Korea’s privileged classes are devouring their baguettes, a pro-North newspaper reported on Wednesday, even as much of the population outside the capital struggles to feed itself. The Kumkop General Foodstuff Factory for Sportspersons, ...

Canadian pastor missing after quarantine expires

Mar 3, 2015

Canadian pastor missing after quarantine expires

A Canadian pastor who has reportedly gone missing in North Korea was invited to the capital Pyongyang just before his disappearance, a prominent Seoul activist said Tuesday. Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, has not been heard from ...