North Korea

North Korea warns U.S. about pre-emptive strike 'if necessary'

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GENEVA - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong said on Tuesday that his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.

Fame for North Korean defectors brings money, suspicion

SEOUL - Kang Myung-do, then son-in-law of North Korea's premier, made a spectacular claim about Pyongyang's nuclear capability when he defected to the South over two decades ago, asserting the secretive country had built five atomic bombs. | Video

World, United Nations, 03 Mar 2015

North Korea reopens borders after months-long Ebola shutdown

SEOUL - North Korea officially reopened its borders on Tuesday to foreign tourists and businessmen nearly five months after shutting them over fear of the deadly Ebola virus, tour agencies and a diplomatic source told Reuters.

Health, 02 Mar 2015

U.S. spy chief says he got a mixed reception in North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. spy chief James Clapper said that when he made a secret visit to North Korea in November to bring home two jailed Americans he was first given a 12-course banquet and then later told by his hosts that his security could not be guaranteed.

Politics, World, United Nations, 02 Mar 2015

Fame for North Korean defectors brings money, suspicion

SEOUL - Kang Myung-do, then son-in-law of North Korea's premier, made a spectacular claim about Pyongyang's nuclear capability when he defected to the South over two decades ago, asserting the secretive country had built five atomic bombs.

World, United Nations, 02 Mar 2015

Canadian pastor missing after aid trip to North Korea

TORONTO - A head pastor of large Canadian church has failed to return from a humanitarian mission to North Korea, and the Canadian government has reached out to try to locate him, his Toronto-based church said on Monday.

World, 02 Mar 2015

North Korea angered by U.S.-South Korea military drills, fires missiles off coast

SEOUL - North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its eastern coast on Monday, South Korean officials said, a defiant response to annual joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States, but one which drew a swift protest from Japan. | Video

North Korea ending Ebola travel restrictions: tour firms

SEOUL - North Korea is ending a ban on foreign tourists imposed more than four months ago because of worries about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, two tour operators and a source in regular contact with North Korean officials said on Monday.

Health, 01 Mar 2015

The mysterious Mr. Ri returns, urbane survivor of North Korea purge

SEOUL/GENEVA - The young Kim Jong Un may be the public face of isolated North Korea, but the man who represents Pyongyang on the international stage is an urbane 75-year-old who lived under an assumed name for decades and survived a vicious purge over a year ago.

World, United Nations, 01 Mar 2015

North Korea steps up threats over drills; U.S. Congress advances sanctions bill

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea ramped up threatening language against the United States on Friday, days before the start of annual joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, while a bill to stiffen sanctions against Pyongyang advanced in the U.S. Congress.

World, South Korea, 27 Feb 2015