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State Department Vague on Reports of US Detainee in North Korea

State Department Vague on Reports of US Detainee in North KoreaState Department photo(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department on Tuesday declined to confirm reports that a U.S. citizen has been detained in North Korea for more than a month.“We obviously have no higher priority than the welfare of our citizens,&r...

North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

North Korea Launches Long-Range RocketPEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korea appears to have carried out the successful launch of a long-range rocket on Wednesday, United States officials confirm. The move comes as a surprise to the international community, which ...

North Koreans Seeing Younger, Tamer TV Anchors

North Koreans Seeing Younger, Tamer TV AnchorsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As North Korea successfully launched its three-stage rocket into space Wednesday, the small country’s public learned the news from excited, but unknown anchor — one that only the top brass in the country,...

Region on Edge as North Korea Plans Rocket Launch

Region on Edge as North Korea Plans Rocket LaunchPEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The official North Korean state media carried a statement by the spokesman for the Korean Committee of Space Technology on Monday that confirmed that scientists and technicians have “found a te...

NATO Urges North Korea to Scrap Rocket Launch Plans

NATO Urges North Korea to Scrap Rocket Launch PlansPEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- NATO is calling on North Korea to cancel plans for a second rocket launch before the year is out.North Korea’s state run news agency announced plans to launch another space satellite on Saturday despite U...

US State Department Against North Korean Missile Launch

US State Department Against North Korean Missile LaunchiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- North Korea plans on launching missiles in December between the 10th and 22nd, and the U.S. government issued a statement against the launch.Victoria Nuland, the spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said, &ld...

North Korea Readying for Another Rocket Launch?

North Korea Readying for Another Rocket Launch?PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images (file photo)(TOKYO) -- North Korea could be weeks away from its fifth satellite launch.  That's according to a new image captured by American satellite operator Digital Globe.The photo at North Korea's missile launch ...

North Korea’s First Lady Appears Pregnant

North Korea’s First Lady Appears PregnantEd Jones/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Is a fourth generation Kim in sight for North Korea's ruling family?In film footage released this week, first lady Ri Sol-Ju appeared for the first time in two months with a visible baby bump.  Ri a...

North Korean Soldier Defects to the South

North Korean Soldier Defects to the SouthiStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- South Korea's Defense Chief has apologized publicly after his military failed to spot a North Korean soldier defecting to the South across their heavily guarded border. No one detected the soldier until he knocked on t...

North Korean FM: US Using Hatred of NK as Excuse to Start War

North Korean FM: US Using Hatred of NK as Excuse to Start WariStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the U.S. tries to extricate itself from an 11-year-long war in Afghanistan, an old nemesis is alleging that Washington is ready to start another one in the Far East.North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil Yon t...

South Korean Navy Fires Shots on North Korean Boats

South Korean Navy Fires Shots on North Korean BoatsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- The South Korean Navy fired warning shots against North Korean fishing boats Friday, after they crossed into disputed waters in the Yellow Sea. The shots did not hit North Korean boats and forced fishermen to retreat, a...

South Korean Navy Fires Shots on North Korean Boats

South Korean Navy Fires Shots on North Korean BoatsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- The South Korean Navy fired warning shots against North Korean fishing boats Friday, after they crossed into disputed waters in the Yellow Sea. The shots did not hit North Korean boats and forced fishermen to retreat, a...

North Korea’s Kim Going to Iran, But Which Kim?

North Korea’s Kim Going to Iran, But Which Kim?Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will travel to Iran next week, according to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.  But South Korean press suggests that Iran may have gotten its Kims mixed up....

North Korea’s Key to Olympic Medals: Prizes for Winners, Labor Camps for Losers

North Korea’s Key to Olympic Medals: Prizes for Winners, Labor Camps for LosersYURI CORTEZ/AFP/GettyImages(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korea's Olympic athletes are thrilling their countrymen with surprising success in winning medals and they are attributing their success to their Dear Leader Kim Jong Un.But others, including for...

VIDEO: Kim Jong Un and Wife Smile for the Crowds

VIDEO: Kim Jong Un and Wife Smile for the CrowdsEd Jones/AFP/GettyImages(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The father fell in love with a dancer. Now the son has fallen in love with a singer.The talk of Seoul today is about the 24-year-old ex-singer-turned-first lady of North Korea, Ri Sol-Ju, who was official...

2012 Olympics: Flag Flub Prompts North Koreans to Walk off Field

2012 Olympics: Flag Flub Prompts North Koreans to Walk off FieldStanley Chou/Getty Images(GLASGOW, Scotland) -- The opening ceremonies of the London Summer Olympics are still a day away and already there's a controversy.As usual, the soccer competition started early as North Korea's women's team met the Colombian s...

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un Gets Married

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un Gets MarriedEd Jones/AFP/GettyImages(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North Korean state media ended weeks of speculation on Wednesday, announcing that the mystery woman who has accompanied North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on recent public events is his wife.Referring to her...

North Korean Military Leader Ousted, Could Mark New Start with West

North Korean Military Leader Ousted, Could Mark New Start with WestEd Jones/AFP/GettyImages(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- The dismissal of North Korea's military chief might herald smoother relations with the West or it could just be that leader Kim Jong Un is consolidating power.Either way, Korea's official Korean Centr...

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Gives Country Image Makeover

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Gives Country Image MakeoverEd Jones/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Attempting to forge a new image for himself and his country, North Korea's youthful supreme leader Kim Jong Un is allowing women to wear pants, platform shoes and earrings, making more mobile phones avai...

North Korea’s Missiles Are Fakes, Analysts Say

North Korea’s Missiles Are Fakes, Analysts SayPedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- North Korea tried to flex its military might with an extravagant parade on April 15, just three days after it admitted that its missile test had been a failure, but analysts now say that the new intercontinent...

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