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North Korea Goes Boom in the Night

North Korea carried out its third and largest nuclear test since 2006 on Tuesday, drawing international condemnation and a rebuke from China, the nation’s closest ally.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Unimpressed With North Korea’s Missile-Launching Prowess

North Korea’s missile launch Friday didn’t quite go as planned, as the country’s $850 million (or so) show of military technology fizzled out after a couple of minutes.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP / David Guttenfelder

North Korea Agrees to Play Nicer With Nuclear Program

Things might be a little different under Kim Jong Un. North Korea’s new leader and son of the late dictator Kim Jong Il has already set a different tone with regard to his relations with the West and neighboring South Korea by agreeing to make some not insignificant changes to North Korea’s nuclear program.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service

Kim Jong Un Takes Charge

As his father Kim Jong Il lies in state, North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un is taking over the family business, assuming a position of power vis-à-vis his country’s military, his people and even a couple of visiting dignitaries in from the not-so-friendly neighboring nation of South Korea to pay their respects.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Kim Jong Il Is Dead

North Korea’s current dictator has died. State television gives the cause of death as—and this is not a joke—exhaustion from working too hard. Kim succeeded his father in 1994 and has indicated that his third son is to take over the responsibility of oppressing the North Korean people.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: The Demise of Another Nocturnal, Burrowing Dictator

What’s the protocol for making jokes about dead dictators—is the same day too soon? Stephen Colbert throws propriety to the wind and takes on not just Col. Moammar Gadhafi himself in this clip, claiming that losing the Libyan leader is like losing “Yves St. Laurent, George Burns and Pol Pot ... (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


Kim Jong Il in Russia

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North Korea Attack: ‘It’s Whatever’

North Korea’s provocative shelling of tiny Yeonpyeong island has the world in a stir, but residents of Seoul have been mostly cool, almost indifferent.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / David Vincent

N. Korea Deserves a Hard Kick for Abusing Its Soccer Team (Update)

The sport’s international governing body is looking into reports that the defeated players were exhibited in Pyongyang as targets of condemnation. Kim Jong Il must be confronted in this case.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE


North and South Korean Navy Boats Clash at Sea

Tensions between North and South Korea escalated to the point of open combat off the Korean peninsula early Tuesday when navy patrol boats of the two nations swapped fire in disputed waters, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE


Rumors of Kim Jong Il’s Demise May Be Greatly Exaggerated

The North Korean dictator seems to be in control of both his government and his personal faculties, U.S. national security adviser James Jones said Sunday. Reports in South Korean media and elsewhere have suggested Kim’s health is failing, but Jones, referring to Bill Clinton’s recent visit to the Hermit Kingdom, said “obviously we didn’t have any time to make an assessment there. But he [Kim] seemed in control of his faculties.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2009 READ MORE


Negotiating Tactic

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Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE



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Kim Jong Il Reportedly Has Pancreatic Cancer

A South Korean TV station is reporting that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has pancreatic cancer, based on information from Chinese and South Korean intelligence. Whether or not Kim actually suffers from that especially deadly disease, he did appear ill during a rare public appearance last week and is rumored to have appointed his youngest son as his successor.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


D Is for Dictator

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Penis Envy

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King Kim Names His Heir

South Korean media outlets are reporting that North Korea’s Kim Jong-il (above) has chosen his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as his successor. Little is known about Kim the younger, except that he was born in either 1983 or 1984 and is considered the most capable of the Kim brood.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE



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Kim Jong Il’s ‘Condition Isn’t Good’

Japan’s prime minister says he has information that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is “probably in hospital,” though capable of making decisions. “Anyway, his condition isn’t good,” added Prime Minister Taro Aso, who has been known to dip his toe in outrageous waters.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


If at First You Don’t Succeed ...

The U.S. and North Korea may meet for a second and possibly even a third round of talks following a surprise meeting. The White House had steadfastly refused to give in to Pyongyang’s desire for direct discussions outside of the six-party talks, but the recent rendezvous between the two countries suggests there may be more flexibility in Washington these days.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


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