Apr 5, 2014

Yokota's parents brief U.S. envoy

The parents of Megumi Yokota, a symbol of the abduction issue involving Japanese snatched by North Korea, said Saturday they have briefed a visiting U.S. envoy on their meeting last month with Yokota’s daughter in Mongolia. Sakie Yokota, 78, said she and her husband, ...

North opens marathon to tourists

| Apr 5, 2014

North opens marathon to tourists

by Eric Talmadge

Runners of the world, unite! For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang Marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap. Tourism companies say they are getting ...

South Korea says crashed drones likely from North

Apr 2, 2014

South Korea says crashed drones likely from North

South Korean officials said Wednesday they suspect that two unmanned drones that crashed recently near the border with rival North Korea were flown by the North on possible surveillance missions. A drone crashed on front-line Baengnyeong Island Monday when the two Koreas fired hundreds ...

Apr 2, 2014

Fear of flying? Not for North's young leader

A new photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un disembarking from a plane suggests he doesn’t share his father Kim Jong Il’s near-obsessive fear of flying. The ruling party’s official daily, Rodong Sinmun, ran a large color picture Wednesday of Kim stepping down ...

Smuggled video offers glimpse of life in North Korea

Apr 1, 2014

Smuggled video offers glimpse of life in North Korea

Rare video footage from North Korea has emerged showing men enjoying a night out at a karaoke salon catering to relatively wealthy North Koreans making money from often illicit cross-border trade. The content of the hidden-camera footage, which could not be independently verified, was ...

North links relations to de facto embassy's fate

Apr 1, 2014

North links relations to de facto embassy's fate

A ranking North Korean diplomat said Tuesday that whether his country and Japan can improve their relations hinges on the fate of Pyongyang’s de facto embassy building in Tokyo. “Without resolving this issue, there is no need to make progress on Korea-Japan relations,” Song ...