Oct 29, 2014

Kim Jong Un backs head of Chongryon in letter: sources

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a letter to the head of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, said he entrusts activities of the group to its chairman, who recently visited the North after Japan eased restrictions on travel between ...

S. Korea spy agency says Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery

Oct 28, 2014

S. Korea spy agency says Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery

South Korea’s spy agency believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who recently dropped out of public view for nearly six weeks, had surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle, the Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday. In a briefing for legislators, the National ...

Oct 28, 2014

U.N. envoy calls for immediate return of abductees from N. Korea

In a report released Monday, the United Nations’ human rights envoy on North Korea called on Pyongyang to immediately repatriate all abducted individuals, including Japanese. In his recommendations, special rapporteur Marzuki Darusman requested the North “allow all persons who have been abducted or otherwise ...

Oct 28, 2014

North Korea bans Spanish cameraman over Ebola fears

North Korea has refused a Spanish cameraman entry for a rare press visit due to Ebola fears, the trip’s Dutch organizer said on Monday. Marc Martinez Sarrado was turned down because he is from Spain, which is considered by Pyongyang “to be a risk ...

Oct 27, 2014

U.S. man formerly held in North Korea attends church service in Ohio

An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub attended services Sunday in his home church in southwest Ohio. WHIO-TV (bit.ly/12K1p3o ) reported that Jeffrey Fowle attended Sunday School, followed by a church service, ...

Oct 24, 2014

North Korea has list of Japanese residents: sources

North Korea has compiled a list of Japanese nationals who remained there after the end of World War II, and of the Japanese wives of pro-Pyongyang Korean residents of Japan who moved to the North under a 1959-1984 repatriation project, sources say. The Japanese ...