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North Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit

May 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) Reporters from different countries would be allowed to 'conduct on-the-spot coverage in order to show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground,' says the foreign ministry

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

North Korea goes back to the future – by 30 minutes

May 05, 2018 - 10:26 PM

'The time-resetting is the first practical step taken after the historic third north-south summit meeting to speed up the process for the North and the South to become one,' says the official KCNA news agency

CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION. North Korea went forward in time by 30 minutes, state media reports late on May 4, to match its clocks with those of the South following the inter-Korean summit on April 27. Photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

Kim makes first official mention of U.S.-North Korea talks

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:29 AM

(UPDATED) At the meeting of party officials, the North Korean leader delivers a report 'on the development of the recent situation on the Korean peninsula'

US TALKS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 4, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech at the 3rd Meeting of KPA Activists in O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment Title Movement at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang. KCNA/AFP

North Korea seeks 'equilibrium' with U.S., says nuclear capability nearly complete

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) The North's leader Kim Jong-Un says the country is close to the goal of completing its nuclear ambitions and should use all state power at its disposal to finish the task, saying it had 'nearly reached the terminal'

Rappler Talk: How North Korea's threat affects Filipinos living abroad

Aug 16, 2017 - 10:06 AM

What do Filipinos living abroad think of these threats?

North Korea leader holds off on Guam missile plan

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:55 AM

UPDATED Some analysts suggest Kim Jong Un s comments opens a possible path to de escalating a growing crisis fueled by a bellicose war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership

ELATED. This file photo taken on July 4, 2017 shows people walking past a television screen at a railway station in Seoul, showing a broadcast of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) celebrating his country's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korea threatens missile strike near US territory Guam – KCNA

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Pyongyang says it s now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium to long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong 12

TARGET. This photo taken on July 14, 2017 shows tourists on a beach in Guam's capital Hagatna.Mar-Vic Cagurangan/AFP

North Korean, Chinese media in war of words over weapons

May 04, 2017 - 12:38 PM

UPDATED The rival texts are a sign of the level to which ties between the two have deteriorated

BORDER ZONE. The Chinese and North Korean flags attached to a railing as trucks carrying Chinese-made goods cross into North Korea on the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge at the Chinese border town of Dandong on December 18, 2013. Mark Ralston/AFP

Kim oversees North Korea display of military strength

Apr 15, 2017 - 9:56 PM

After inspecting an honor guard Kim Jong Un in a black suit watches the parade pour into Kim Il Sung Square accompanied by top military and party leaders

LEADER. Kim Jong-Un oversees a parade during an event that marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of North's founder Kim Il-Sung. File photo by AFP

North Korea army vows 'merciless' response to U.S. provocation

Apr 14, 2017 - 9:15 PM

In a statement on official news agency KCNA the North s Korean People s Army says US President Donald Trump had entered the path of open threat and blackmail against the DPRK

North Korea's Kim hails engine test as 'new birth' for rocket industry – KCNA

Mar 19, 2017 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED The test was apparently timed to coincide with the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Beijing on Saturday

ROCKET LAUNCHES. This picture taken from North Korean TV and released by South Korean news agency Yonhap on February 7, 2016 shows North Korea's locket launch of earth observation satellite Kwangmyong 4. AFP photo

N. Korea state media says diplomat defector is a 'criminal'

Aug 20, 2016 - 8:32 PM

UPDATED Pyongyang s KCNA also criticizes the United Kingdom for handing over Thae Yong Ho and his family to South Korea

DEFECTOR. People watch a television news broadcast showing file footage of Thae Yong-Ho, North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain, at a railway station in Seoul on August 18, 2016. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

N. Korea congress adopts policy to improve, expand nuclear arms

May 09, 2016 - 7:56 AM

The congress has largely been seen as an elaborate coronation for the 33 year old Kim securing his status as supreme leader

LANDMARK EVENT. Portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung (L) and Kim Jong-Il (R) are displayed past flags on The April 25 Palace, venue of the Workers' Party Congress, ahead of the event in Pyongyang on May 6, 2016. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

N. Korea says successfully tested ICBM engine

Apr 09, 2016 - 10:46 AM

It is the latest in a series of claims by Pyongyang of significant breakthroughs in both its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs

NEW TESTS. An undated file picture provided by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watching a ballistic missile launch drill of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. According to media reports on 09 April 2016, North Korea said it has successfully tested an engine of an intercontinental ballistic rocket. File photo by KCNA/EPA

N. Korean leader guides new anti-air weapon system – Pyongyang

Apr 02, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Kim Jong Un personally oversees the test of North Korea s new anti aircraft weapon system the latest in a series of tests in response to army drills in South Korea

This undated photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 1, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) visting the Sinhung Machine Plant in South Hamgyong Province.  KCNA / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

N. Korean leader hails solid-fuel rocket success

Mar 24, 2016 - 9:26 AM

The North is already understood to use solid fuel for its short range road mobile ballistic missiles but not for medium range or untested long range missiles

HISTORIC? A picture made available by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 23, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watching a test-fire of a new large-caliber multiple rocket launcher during an inspection tour on March 22, 2016. Handout photo by KCNA/EPA

North Korean leader orders further nuclear tests

Mar 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

UPDATED Overseeing a ballistic missile launch on Thursday March 10 Kim Jong Un ordered more nuclear explosion tests to estimate the destructive power of the newly produced nuclear warheads

MORE TESTS? An undated picture provided by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 9, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C), talking with scientists and technicians involved in research of nuclear weapons, at an undisclosed location, North Korea. File photo by KCNA/EPA

N. Korea leader orders nuclear arsenal on 'standby'

Mar 04, 2016 - 7:57 AM

3rd UPDATE Kim Jong Un also warns that the situation on the divided Korean peninsula had become so dangerous that the North needed to shift its military strategy to one of pre emptive attack

ON STANDBY. Two North Korean soldiers stand guards on their sentry post (background) and South Korean sentry post (front) stand on opposite sides of the inter-Korean border in the border city of Paju, in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, March 3, 2016.  Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

North Korea likens South's president to an 'ugly bat'

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Pyongyang again launches a vitriolic attack on South Korean President Park Geun Hye

epa05174619 South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during a regular meeting with her top aides at the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul, South Korea, 22 February 2016. Park called on officials to ensure the safety of South Koreans, citing North Korea's possible terror attacks against the South. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

North Korea confirms new military chief after reported execution

Feb 21, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Ri Yong Gil was reportedly executed earlier this month after allegations of forming a political faction and corruption

N. Korea threatens imminent strikes against South, warns US

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:29 AM

The warnings come amid escalating military tensions on the Korean peninsula following a landmine attack South Korea blamed on the North

N. Korea says successfully test-fired underwater ballistic missile

May 09, 2015 - 10:06 AM

Development of a submarine launched missile capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula

N. Korea test-fires 'intelligent' anti-ship rocket – KCNA

Feb 07, 2015 - 12:09 PM

Satisfied with the perfect development of the new rocket Kim Jong Un calls for the production of more tactical guided weapons of high precision and intelligence

North Korea warns 'catastrophic consequences' over UN rights ruling

Nov 23, 2014 - 12:59 PM

The resolution amounted to a war declaration taking issue with the North s leader Kim Jong Un a North Korean council says

A view of the General Assembly about to meet on the Human Rights Council’s 2014 report, 17 November 2014, at the United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un reappears with walking stick

Oct 14, 2014 - 6:45 AM

UPDATED It marks the first time Kim has been seen since September 3 – an extended absence that fueled intense speculation including rumors of a serious illness or even a coup

LOOK WHO'S BACK. This picture taken from North Korean paper Rodong Sinmun on October 14, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) during an inspection tour of a newly-built housing complex in Pyongyang. Rodong Sinmun/AFP

'Missing' Kim Jong-Un absent on key party anniversary

Oct 10, 2014 - 1:08 PM

UPDATED Competing theories for his disappearance range widely from an extended rest period to a leadership coup via a long list of possible illnesses and ailments including broken ankles gout and diabetes

WHERE'S KIM JONG-UN? An undated photograph made available by the North Korean News Agency KCNA on 07 July 2014 showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) accompanied by younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, (left) in Wonsan, Kangwon Province, North Korea where they visited the Songdowon International Children's Camp. KCNA/EPA

North Korea sentences American to 6 years in labor camp

Sep 14, 2014 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED North Korea: He committed acts hostile to the North while entering the territory of the North under the guise of a tourist last April

Matthew Miller during an interview with CNN in Pyongyang, North Korea, 1 Septmeber 2014. Frame grab courtesy CNN

Two US tourists held in N. Korea seek US help – report

Aug 02, 2014 - 4:12 PM

North Korea said in June it would put the tourists on trial on charges including perpetrating hostile acts

N. Korea leader directs island assault drill – report

Jul 05, 2014 - 10:36 AM

Seoul suspects 5 islands near the southwestern part of North Korea which provide outposts for the South would be the first target for the North in case of an armed conflict

North Korea detains third US tourist

Jun 06, 2014 - 12:01 PM

4th UPDATE The man is the third US citizen known to be currently detained by the North

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'Executed' singer alive and well, Pyongyang TV shows

May 17, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Her appearance comes after months of speculation about whether or not she was alive

North Korea locator map

North Korea detains US citizen

Apr 25, 2014 - 11:42 PM

The two week delay in announcing the incident suggests it was timed to coincide with Obama s visit to South Korea

North Korea locator map

North Korea calls Japanese PM Abe 'Asian Hitler'

Feb 04, 2014 - 2:00 PM

The KCNA editorial said the Japanese premier was fueling fears of North Korea s missile and nuclear threats in order to justify his country s military expansion

ASIAN HITLER? In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo on December 26, 2013. AFP/Toru Tamanaka

North Korea fumes over Kim's rejected peace gesture

Jan 05, 2014 - 3:18 PM

The North on Sunday fumes at the cool reaction by the South to Kim s New Year speech calling it undesirable

North Korea warns US of 'disaster' over joint naval drill

Oct 08, 2013 - 1:45 PM

The warning came after Seoul and Washington last week signed a new joint strategy to counter the growing threat of a North Korean nuclear attack

MILITARY DRILLS. The United States, Japan, and South Korea will hold joint naval exercises next week near Korea. In this file photo, US aircraft carrier USS George Washington leads a US guided missile cruiser and three Japanese destroyers during the Keen Sword US-Japan military exercises in the Pacific Ocean, December 10, 2010. AFP / Pool / Shigeki Miyajima

North Korea postpones family reunions with South – KCNA

Sep 21, 2013 - 10:48 AM

North Korea says it would postpone indefinitely reunions of separated families with the South that were due to be held in four days time

North Korea says seized Cuba arms part of legitimate deal

Jul 18, 2013 - 7:53 AM

North Korea said that Cuban arms seized from a Pyongyang flagged ship near the Panama Canal were part of a legitimate deal

INTERCEPTED. Part of the cargo inside a North Korean ship intercepted by Panamanian authorities on its way from Cuba to North Korea, as tweeted by Panamanian President Ricard Martinelli Monday, July 15, 2013. Photo courtesy of the official Twitter account of Pres. Martinelli

North Korea sets top leadership meet as border nerves fray

Mar 27, 2013 - 3:12 PM

UPDATE North Korea s top leaders are to meet in the coming days to decide on an unspecified important issue official media said Wednesday as tensions simmer

'Combat-ready' North Korea threatens US mainland, Hawaii

Mar 26, 2013 - 8:35 PM

UPDATE Korean People s Army: all artillery troops including strategic rocket units and long range artillery units to be placed under class A combat readiness

AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

North Korea confirms end of war armistice

Mar 13, 2013 - 1:44 PM

A lengthy statement by the North s armed forces ministry added to the tide of dire threats flowing from Pyongyang in recent days that have raised military tensions on the Korean peninsula to their highest level for years

LOOKING FOR WAR? This screen grab taken from North Korean TV on March 12, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) looking through binoculars towards a South Korean island during a trip to an artillery unit on Wolnae Island near the disputed maritime frontier with South Korea. AFP PHOTO / NORTH KOREAN TV

North Korea says rocket launch a success - KCNA

Dec 12, 2012 - 10:42 AM

North Korea confirmed Wednesday December 12 it had launched a long range rocket saying it had succeeded in its mission of placing a satellite in orbit

North Korea says missiles can strike US mainland

Oct 09, 2012 - 10:11 AM

North Korea said Tuesday October 9 it possessed strategic rocket forces capable of striking the US mainland as it responded to a new US South Korean deal to extend the range of the South s missile systems