Pyongyang witnesses birth of a nascent middle class

Oct 19, 2015

Pyongyang witnesses birth of a nascent middle class

North Korea’s use of its showcase capital city to promote an image of national success and prosperity has cemented Pyongyang’s reputation as a Potemkin Village boasting leisure facilities that amount to little more than “playgrounds for cadres.” Pyongyang has always been an exclusive city, ...

Oct 18, 2015

North Korea rejects nuclear talks, calls for peace treaty

North Korea on Sunday rejected fresh talks over its nuclear program, dismissing overtures from the U.S. and South Korea and calling instead for a peace treaty with its neighbor. U.S. President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, on Friday said they ...

Oct 9, 2015

Kin of abductees hit out at 'revolving-door' Cabinet appointments

A representative for the families of Japanese abducted by North Korea decades ago has expressed dismay at the “revolving-door” Cabinet appointments to the post of minister in charge of the issue. Referring to the appointment of Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato to the ...