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Next Stop: North Korean "Normal" People

Wendy E. Simmons | Posted 04.27.2016 | Travel
Wendy E. Simmons

This was how it would go. She would reply to my question with such absurd nonsense that I would either have to just suck it up and stop asking questions or prepare to dig in, and let the baby-talk roll.

These Rare Photos Show North Korea's Little-Seen Metro System

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 04.27.2016 | Travel

Apparently, Pizza Rat does not have cousins in the DPRK. North Korea's famously mysterious metro system appears clean and organized in new rare photo...

Want To Drive Kim Jong Un Nuts?

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 02.10.2016 | World

If you've ever wanted to take part in an international smuggling operation -- for a good cause -- here's your chance. A human rights group is looking...

How North Korea's Nuclear Threats Have Spiraled Over The Decades

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.08.2016 | World

North Korea caused international concern and condemnation early this year when it claimed to have successfully detonated a nuclear hydrogen bomb yield...

South Korean Man Acquitted For Following North Korea On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 12.31.2016 | World

Following North Korea on Twitter is not a crime, a South Korean court ruled Thursday. A 73-year-old South Korean man was accused of distributing pro-N...

What Can Possibly Be Done About North Korea?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.07.2017 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The United Nations Security Council called an emergency meeting on the North Korea less than 24 hours after the test occurred in what can only be described as the same, never-ending story of attack, counterattack.

North Korea's Interior Design Is Unlike Anything You've Seen

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

Is it a movie set? Is it a model home? No, it's North Korea. When London-based architecture critic Oliver Wainwright visited North Korea over the summ...

I Spent 8 Days In North Korea -- And I Was Watched 24/7

Erick Tseng | Posted 11.05.2016 | Travel
Erick Tseng

In September 2015, I traveled to North Korea to see, first-hand, what life was like inside the Hermit Kingdom. Much of the country was what I had expected: strange, ersatz, thick with propaganda. One thing's for sure: North Korea really is unlike any other place on Earth.

North Korea Says It's Ready For War With Massive Military Parade

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 01.05.2017 | World

North Korea is "ready to fight any kind of war" waged by the U.S., leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday, and the hermit kingdom had a giant military parad...

North Korea's Arts Scene Is Just As Mysterious As The Nation Itself

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts

On today's date in 1948, Kim Il-Sung became the leader of a brand-new Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In the decades that followed, the Kim fam...

North Korea Says It's Not Interested In Iran-Style Nuclear Deal

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.10.2017 | World

BEIJING (AP) — The North Korean ambassador to China said Tuesday that his country has no interest in an Iran-style nuclear disarmament deal because ...

North Korea Installs Cycle Lanes In Pyongyang

Posted 07.14.2015 | World

By James Pearson SEOUL, July 14 (Reuters) - North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares running through Pyongyang in an apparent b...

North Korea Blacklists More Internet Sites

Posted 07.02.2015 | World

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the sma...

North Korea Unveils Lavish New Airport Terminal Filled With Designer Stores, Coffee Shops

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2016 | World

By James Pearson SEOUL, June 25 (Reuters) - Designer shirts, duty free watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await vi...

China Is Willing To Help Severely Drought-Hit North Korea

Reuters | Posted 06.18.2016 | World

BEIJING, June 18 (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the government was willing to help drought-stricken North Korea, after t...

PHOTOS: An Intimate Look Inside The Capital Of The Hermit Kingdom

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

With an eccentric leader, a radical propaganda machine, highly-choreographed military marches and colorful mass rallies, North Korea fascinates like n...

Popular North Korean Hotel Reportedly Catches Fire

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2016 | World

SEOUL, June 11 (Reuters) - A section of the Koryo Hotel, one of the oldest and best known hotels in Pyongyang, caught fire on Thursday, a source who...

South Korea Test-Fires Missile That Can Hit All Of North Korea

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2016 | World

SEOUL, June 3 (Reuters) - South Korea on Wednesday test-launched a new ballistic missile that can hit all of North Korea, the president's office sai...

Drought-Hit North Korea Seen As Able To Avoid Food Crisis

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2016 | World

By Jack Kim and James Pearson SEOUL, May 31 (Reuters) - North Korea has updated farming methods and switched crops that could help sof...

North Korea Claims It Can Miniaturize Nuclear Weapons, U.S. Disagrees

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.20.2015 | World

North Korea on Wednesday made a new bold claim about advanced military technology that could threaten its many adversaries, including the United State...

U.S. Official: North Korea ‘Modified' Sub Missile Launch Photos

Reuters | JAMES PEARSON | Posted 05.20.2015 | World

Photos showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists, and the isolated country may still be years a...

Kerry: U.S. Considering Additional Sanctions On North Korea

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

SEOUL, May 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday North Korea has "not even come close" to taking the steps needed to rein...

What's Behind All The Reports Of North Korea's Purges And Executions

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

Since Kim Jong Un inherited the leadership of the Hermit Kingdom from his father in 2011, numerous reports of purges and executions of officials in P...

'Arma Virumque Cano' - Militarism and Parades in Asia

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Military parades are an indispensable political platform for communicating power and ambition and are now amplified by the tools of mass media, which can orchestrate and glamourize rhythmic ranks of well-booted warriors and rolling chariots of gleaming steel.

After Decades of Conflict, Time to Engage North Korea's Kim Dynasty

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A small, poor nation, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea should be an international nullity, irrelevant to global affairs. Yet it again dominated headlines in the U.S. with the hacking of Sony and cancellation of the broad release of the movie The Interview, a comedy featuring the assassination of the younger Kim.