Controversial rockers Laibach to be first to tour North Korea

Jul 15, 2015

Controversial rockers Laibach to be first to tour North Korea

Slovenian retro-avantgarde rock group Laibach has said it will become the first foreign rock outfit to perform in North Korea this August, as the nation marks 70 years since liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Founded in 1980 in former Yugoslavia, Slovenia’s best-known music export ...

Jul 14, 2015

South Korea sends 2 North Korean fishermen back home

South Korea said Tuesday that it had sent back two North Korean fishermen rescued earlier this month from South Korean waters. The two fishermen were sent home through the border village of Panmunjom, where they were greeted by North Korean officials and relatives, said ...

Jul 14, 2015

Pyongyang installs bike lanes to cut down on accidents

North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares running through Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents, as more people have the cash to spend on bicycles to get around. Bicycles are an expensive but popular mode of transport ...

Jul 13, 2015

North Korea media 'confirms purging of defense chief'

North Korea has officially confirmed the purging of its defense chief two months after Seoul’s spy service said he had been executed for disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean official said Monday. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in May ...

Jul 12, 2015

South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean soldiers

South Korean troops fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who intruded in the buffer zone marking their heavily armed border, Seoul said Sunday, in the first such skirmish this year. The incident occurred Saturday morning when 10 North Korean soldiers crossed the border ...

Jul 10, 2015

South Korea denies report of North Korean general's defection

South Korea’s Unification Ministry on Thursday rejected a report by a local television station that a high-level North Korean general had defected to the South, with a ministry spokesman calling it “groundless.” Channel A, a television network affiliated with the conservative Dong-a Ilbo newspaper, ...

Jul 9, 2015

North Korea denies reported defection of high-level general, others

North Korea responded angrily Thursday to reports in the South Korean media about a recent spate of high-level defections and executions, calling them Nazi-style propaganda aimed at tarnishing Pyongyang’s image. The reports in a number of publications have been accompanied by speculation that the ...

Jul 9, 2015

UNICEF warns of child deaths in North Korea drought

A serious drought in North Korea requires urgent action to prevent the deaths of children already weakened by widespread malnutrition, the U.N. children’s fund, UNICEF, warned Thursday. “The situation is urgent. But if we act now — by providing urgently needed expertise and pre-positioning ...

Jul 8, 2015

Keeping North Korea on track

The government should consider carefully how to proceed now that North Korea has sought more time to investigate the fate of the Japanese abductees.