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From Bloody Nose Ridge to the Valley of Death

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If and when North Korea's Kumgangsan (Diamond Mountain) resort opens again for foreign visitors, you can actually move through the most heavily fortified border to a scene of spectacular beauty.

The Once and a Future Supreme Leader

Francis Levy | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Francis Levy

Is taking foreign visitors captive the way that Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, earns his battle stripes ("Another American Citizen I...

20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea

Wait But Why | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Wait But Why

It's a dictatorship of the most extreme kind, a cult of personality beyond anything Stalin or Mao could have imagined, a country as closed off to the world and as secretive as they come -- a true hermit kingdom. So why would an American tourist ever be allowed into the country?

What Is Kim Thinking?

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 04.16.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea -- Don't worry, one popular argument goes, we've seen this before. Just ignore Pyongyang's unlikely threats of nuclear holocaust as...

NKorea Issues Fresh Threats On Founder's Birthday

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2013 | World

By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) - North Korea made new threats of military action on Monday as the reclusive nat...

Who Is Kim Jong Un?

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 04.16.2013 | World

As North Korea intensified its belligerent rhetoric in recent weeks -- threatening South Korea, Japan and the United States -- much attention has focu...

NKorea Celebrates National Holiday Amid Tensions

AP | JEAN H. LEE | Posted 06.15.2013 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Koreans danced in plazas and snacked on peanuts as part of holiday festivities while the Supreme Command led by N...

PHOTOS: Nuclear Flower Power In Pyongyang

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 06.12.2013 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — As the world watches to see what North Korea's next move will be in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship with the United...

John Kerry Visits South Korea Amid Missile Test Fears

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.11.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stark warning to North Korea on Friday not to test-fire a mid-range missile,...

The Significance of April 15th for North Korea

Kerry Patton | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Kerry Patton

Missiles have been moved, the Kaesong Industrial Complex is on the brink of a complete shutdown, and the world is waiting to see whether Kim Jong Un's militant rhetoric is all one giant bluff.

PHOTOS: Chavez Is Not The Only Dead Leader On Display

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 03.08.2013 | World

Thousands of Venezuelans spent hours waiting in line on Thursday to pay their respects to Hugo Chavez. According to the Associated Press, the line to ...

North Korea's Nuclear Theater

John Feffer | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
John Feffer

The North Korean leadership has used its nuclear program for theatrical purposes from the very beginning. It has relied on the spectacle of rocket launches and covert nuclear facilities to keep the attention of its foreign and domestic audiences.

Meeting, Everywhere, The Rulers Of North Korea

Illya Szilak | Posted 11.04.2012 | Travel
Illya Szilak

In North Korea, the images of the Great Leader Kim il Sung and the Great General Kim Jong il are everywhere. This is not a Soviet-style cult of personality. Leader-worship here is a full-fledged religion.

War Games Called A Warning To North Korea

AP | By AHN YOUNG-JOON and SAM KIM | Posted 08.22.2012 | World

POCHEON, South Korea -- A huge North Korean flag disappeared behind a tower of flames and thick black smoke Friday as South Korean fighter jets and U....

North Korea To Hold Key Conference Right Before Controversial Launch

AP | Posted 04.01.2012 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea's ruling party has announced it will hold a political conference just before a controversial satellite launch. ...

Pyongyang Party Celebration Preparations Underway

AP | JEAN H. LEE | Posted 05.31.2012 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The sprawling site, which buzzes in the shadow of a giant bronze statue of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, looks at fi...

North Korea Invites U.N. Nuclear Monitors To Return

AP | Posted 03.20.2012 | World

VIENNA -- North Korea has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency to return, three years after expelling its nuclear monitors, the agency said ...

North Korea To Punish Insincere Mourners

Posted 01.13.2012 | World

You'd better watch out, you'd better cry. You'd better pout, I'm telling you why: North Korea's punishing insincere mourners, according to the Daily N...

North Korea's New Leader Seeks To Resemble Grandfather

AP | By JEAN H. LEE and SAM KIM | Posted 03.08.2012 | World

SEOUL, South Korea -- The resemblance is striking: the full cheeks and quick smile, the confident gait, the habit of gesturing with both hands when he...

Kim Jong Il Funeral Held In North Korea

AP | Posted 02.26.2012 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea declared Kim Jong Il's son and successor "supreme leader" of the ruling party, military and the people duri...

North Korea: Behind the Veil (VIDEO)

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

Hear from two of the world's most prominent North Korean dissidents and one of the world's most prominent North Korea experts.

North Korea TV Shows Kim Jong Il Lying In State

AP | By RAFAEL WOBER | Posted 12.20.2011 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- The body of North Korea's long-time ruler Kim Jong Il was laid out in a glass coffin Tuesday as weeping mourners filled publ...

North Koreans Mourn Death Of Kim Jong Il

AP | RAFAEL WOBER | Posted 02.18.2012 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea prepared to lay longtime ruler Kim Jong Il to rest while the hermit state's official media on Tuesday laude...

The Prophet Is Dead: Juche and the Future of North Korea

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Little has been written about North Korea's driving state ideology - the "Juche idea" - and the clues it may hold for predicting the nature of post-Kim Jong Il North Korea

Jaweed Kaleem

Will Persecuted Christians Fare Better In A Post-Kim Jong Il North Korea?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion

A day after authorities announced the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, several Christian organizations are calling for prayers for the nation...