Pyongyang North Korea - updates

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North Korea fires 3 projectiles – South's military

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Monday's launch comes days after Kim sent a personal letter to the South's President Moon Jae-in, offering 'comfort' for the rapid outbreak of the new coronavirus in the country

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a ground jet test. Photo from KCNA/AFP

Kim Jong-un sends missile 'warning' to South Korea, U.S. as tensions rise

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:22 AM

KCNA, North Korea's state news agency, says Kim watched the launches, which verified the 'war capacity' of the 'new-type tactical guided missiles'

North Korea fires short-range missiles in latest provocation

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:12 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Seoul's National Security Office of the presidential Blue House says both of the two missiles are 'analyzed' to be 'new type of short-range ballistic missiles'

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Australian student detained in North Korea 'released, safe'

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Alek Sigley is 'safe and well'

Wife voices 'concern' for Australian missing in North Korea

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Yuka Morinaga, wife of the missing Alek Sigley, says his disappearance in Pyongyang is 'very concerning' and there was not 'anything weird' last time they spoke

MISSING IN NOKOR. This undated handout photo received on June 27, 2019 courtesy of the Sigley family shows Australian student Alek Sigley, one of only a handful of Western students who studies Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University, at an unknown location. Sigley family handout/AFP

Australian student feared detained in North Korea

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) Alek Sigley – who speaks fluent Korean and is one of only a handful of Western students living in Pyongyang – is believed to have been detained sometime in the last 3 days

MISSING. File photo of Australian student Alek Sigley from his Twitter account.

Kim and Xi in Pyongyang talks as both face standoffs with Trump

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Xi Jinping is the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years

XI IN NORTH KOREA. People watch a television news screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping at Pyongyang airport, at Seoul railway station in Seoul on June 20, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Two Koreas agree to remove some border guard posts

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The two sides agree to withdraw all troops and weaponry from the 11 guard posts along the border and destroy them by the end of November, according to a joint statement released by Seoul's military

PANMUNJEOM. File photo shows a North Korean soldier (left) looking at the south side as a South Korean soldier stands guard during a press tour to the truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Seoul may delay opening North Korea office

Aug 27, 2018 - 3:49 PM

South Korea shelves it plan to open a liaison office in the north after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancel his trip to Pyongyang

This handout from the Blue House taken and released on May 26, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on May 26 inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to abandon a summit with Pyongyang. handout / The Blue House / AFP

North Korea gets illegal oil, enlists Syria arms broker – UN report

Aug 04, 2018 - 2:48 PM

North Korea has flouted the cap on exports of coal, petroleum, weapons, and other products through illegal ship-to-ship transfers, rendering the sanctions hailed by UN 'ineffective'

North Korea to join efforts for total nuclear weapons test ban

May 15, 2018 - 11:47 PM

Dialogue brokered by Seoul has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war last year to a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12

KOREAS. People watch a screen showing images of (from left) South Korea's president Moon Jae-in, US president Donald Trump, China's president Xi Jinping, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on May 11, 2018. AFP

Trump suggests Korean truce village for Kim Jong Un summit

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Peace House in Panmunjeom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, was where Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Friday for a historic summit

US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Trump arrived in the Vietnamese capital on November 11 after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders meetings earlier in the day in Danang. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / LUONG THAI LINH

Meet Ri Sol Ju, wife of North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:29 PM

North Korea state media refers to her as the 'respected First Lady' – the first time the title has been used in more than 40 years, and with the addition of an adjective usually reserved for the country's leaders

FIRST LADY. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018 shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju waving goodbye as they depart by car following a meeting with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing. CCTV / AFP

U.S., South Korea united despite inter-Korea talks – Pence

Feb 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

North and South Korea hold talks in conjunction with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, believed by analysts to undermine alliance between Seoul and Washington

U.S. ally Jordan cuts ties with North Korea

Feb 02, 2018 - 9:32 AM

The decision comes months after similar moves by Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, who are also key regional allies of the United States

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Jan 18, 2018 - 12:24 PM

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U.S. to send F-22 jets to South Korea in show of force for Pyongyang

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM

According to local media, the US aircraft will engage in precision strike drills with South Korean Air Force fighter jets

SHOW OF FORCE. In this file photo, US F-22 stealth fighters fly over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on February 17, 2016. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

North Korean defector watching U.S. TV shows, K-Pop

Nov 22, 2017 - 5:38 PM

The 24-year-old North Korean solider, identified only by his surname, Oh, watches Hollywood hits like robot action flick 'Transformers' and forensic whodunnit 'CSI,' and can't get enough of K-Pop

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Sep 04, 2017 - 7:40 PM

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North Korea sings praises of 'motherly' ruling party after congress

May 11, 2016 - 11:50 PM

The concert features the country s first all women group the Moranbong Band whose members sing songs about love of the ruling party or family

North Korea's all-female Moranbong Band perform in Pyongyang on May 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

I ate at a North Korean restaurant and here's what happened

May 06, 2016 - 6:19 PM

The Pyongyang restaurant is owned and operated by the government of North Korea

DINING ROOM. A wooden dining table in a dining room. Photo by Zachary Lee/Rappler

Korean-American arrested by Pyongyang says was spying for South

Mar 25, 2016 - 6:03 PM

Kim Dong Chul who was arrested on espionage charges in October last year pleaded for mercy during his carefully orchestrated confession Japan s Kyodo news agency reports

A North Korean soldier looks through binoculars toward South Korea at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village Panmunjom, South Korea, 08 May 2013. Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/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

Global outrage over North Korea rocket launch

Feb 07, 2016 - 4:58 PM

UPDATED NATO says Pyongyang s move is a blatant breach of 5 UN resolutions

ROCKET LAUNCH. 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 / North Korean TV / YONHAP 

What it's like to tour North Korea

Feb 01, 2016 - 8:41 PM

Traveler Bla Aguinaldo visits North Korea and recounts his experience in one of the world s most isolated places

FIRST TIME IN NORTH KOREA. The writer photographs ladies wearing Joseon-ot (traditional Korean dress). All photos by Bla Aguinaldo

H-bomb or no, North Korea test still great concern – Hecker

Jan 08, 2016 - 8:17 PM

Speculations on whether Pyongyang s latest test was of a hydrogen bomb or not misses the point one of the world s authorities on North Korea s nuclear programs says