North Korea

Iraq, North Korea failures shadow nuclear talks with Iran

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VIENNA - Their inability to detect clandestine atomic programs in Iraq and North Korea shadows Western officials as they seek to curb Iran's known nuclear activities and keep it from pursuing others in secret.

North Korea to foreigners: don't bring in subversive media, porn

SEOUL - North Korea has warned foreigners living in Pyongyang not to share outside media on memory sticks with its citizens, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a note, cracking down on what the isolated country called "undesirable content".

World, 26 Jun 2015

Lattes and Mars bars on sale at North Korea's gleaming new airport terminal

SEOUL - Designer shirts, duty free watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await visitors to North Korea, according to photos of Pyongyang's new airport terminal released by state media on Thursday.

World, 25 Jun 2015

South Korea 'spies' sentenced to hard labor for life in North Korea

SEOUL - North Korea's highest court on Tuesday sentenced two South Koreans accused of spying to hard labor for life, its state media said, calling the punishment a lesson for those who conspire with Washington and Seoul.

North Korea's fledgling markets provide buffer against drought

SEOUL - Despite a severe drought this year, North Korea's fledgling markets and private farm plots should provide a buffer against a famine of the sort that devastated the totalitarian nation in the 1990s.

Environment, 22 Jun 2015

North Korea fears famine as U.N. says drought halves food production

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - North Korea faces further food shortages as production in the country's main growing region is expected to be cut in half, the United Nations food agency said.

Environment, 18 Jun 2015

China says willing to help drought-hit North Korea

BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the government was willing to help drought-stricken North Korea, after the isolated country said it was suffering its worst drought in a century.

World, China, United Nations, 18 Jun 2015

North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years

SEOUL - North Korea has been hit by what it describes as its worst drought in a century, which could worsen chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost a third of children under five are stunted because of poor nutrition.

Environment, 17 Jun 2015

North Korea says hit by worst drought in 100 years

SEOUL - Reclusive North Korea said on Tuesday it has been hit by the worst drought in a century, compounding chronic food shortages in a country where the United Nations says almost one third of children under five are stunted due to malnourishment.

Environment, 16 Jun 2015

North Korean soldier walks across DMZ in bid to defect to South

SEOUL - A teenaged North Korean soldier walked across the world's most heavily militarized border on Monday in a bid to defect to South Korea, South Korean Defense Ministry officials said.

World, South Korea, 15 Jun 2015