| Mar 4, 2014

Talks with North bring hope

by Ko Hirano

An informal intergovernmental meeting between Japanese and North Korean officials in Shenyang on Monday has rekindled hope for addressing issues of concern between the two countries, including Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. Details of the talks, which lasted for ...

Feb 18, 2014

Brainwashing, spying, fear: daily fare in North

Brainwashed, under constant surveillance and facing the specter of disappearing forever in a vast network of camps if they step out of line, the cruel lot of North Koreans has been spotlighted in a landmark report by a U.N.-mandated human rights panel, which said ...

American admits leaking intelligence on North Korea's nuclear program

Feb 8, 2014

American admits leaking intelligence on North Korea's nuclear program

A former U.S. government contractor pleaded guilty Friday to leaking “highly classified intelligence” about North Korea’s nuclear program and will serve 13 months in prison, officials said. Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employee who was assigned to the State Department, ...

'Let me take Bae's place': Rodman

Feb 2, 2014

'Let me take Bae's place': Rodman

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman offered Friday to take the place of an imprisoned U.S. missionary in North Korea, as he spoke publicly for the first time from a rehab facility. Rodman, 52, appeared on CNN television’s “New Day” program less than a month ...

Pyongyang vows 'consequences' if exercises near shelled island go off

Jan 28, 2014

Pyongyang vows 'consequences' if exercises near shelled island go off

South Korea said it would carry out a live-fire exercise Tuesday near the disputed sea border with North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s warning of “grave consequences” if it went ahead. Defense Ministry Spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters that the North had sent a faxed message ...

Jan 19, 2014

Rodman checks into alcohol rehab: report

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman, facing a backlash for a series of visits to North Korea, has checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation facility, U.S. media said Saturday. Rodman entered the undisclosed rehab center on Wednesday, and it is not clear how long he ...

Fact merges with fiction in surreal North

| Jan 11, 2014

Fact merges with fiction in surreal North

Determining whether stories about North Korea are true or false means delving into a very wide, gray area where the genuinely surreal mixes confusingly with the patently absurd. For example, which of these reports about leader Kim Jong Un appears — at least on ...

Rodman sorry for North Korea rant, blames drink

Jan 9, 2014

Rodman sorry for North Korea rant, blames drink

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for his televised outburst about a U.S. missionary detained in North Korea, explaining that he had been stressed and drinking at the time. Rodman was roundly criticized for his angry tirade in an interview with CNN, in ...