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More damage expected after floods in North Korea kill dozensupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 05:19:00

Heavy rain across large swathes of North Korea has caused widespread flooding and killed dozens of people, state media reported, with warnings of more damage still to come.

Fury in Fangshan over flood damageupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 05:19:00

CNN's Eunice Yoon speaks to villagers in Fangshan, China, who are furious with officials after weekend floods.

State media: North Korea's Kim Jong Un has marriedupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 21:14:00

North Korea's youthful leader, Kim Jong Un, has married a woman named Ri Sol Ju, according to a report by state news agency KCNA Wednesday.

North Korea promotes military official to key rank after removing army chiefupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 00:52:00

North Korea said Tuesday that it had promoted a little-known general to a key military rank, a day after it announced that it had relieved its army chief of all his government posts.

What Kim's 'mystery woman' says about North Koreaupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 07:23:00

So little is known about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the identity of a woman seen by his side during more than one official engagement has sparked a flurry of speculation worldwide.

South Korea arrests activist after he visits North Koreaupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 10:04:00

A South Korean left-wing activist was arrested Thursday for an unauthorized visit to North Korea, a South Korean national police official said.

N. Korea defector: 'A foolish decision'updated: Mon Jun 25 2012 05:00:00

Paula Hancocks meets a South Korean man who moved his family to North Korea and now bitterly regrets the decision.

North Korea slams joint drill among U.S., Japan and South Korea updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 04:54:00

North Korea called a joint military drill among U.S., South Korea and Japan "reckless military provocations" that could lead to "nuclear war" as the allies started their operations Thursday amid tensions in the region.

Clinton says young North Korean leader 'has a choice'updated: Thu Jun 14 2012 21:05:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that North Korea's new leader, Kim Jung Un, "has a choice to make" -- become a "transformative leader" or continue the Communist nation's existing policies, which she predicted would lead to its demise.

N. Korea's Kim alters style, not policyupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 21:05:00

Paula Hancocks explains Kim Jong Un's address to North Korea signals a departure in leadership style but not in policy.

North Korea defector living with quarter of a century of guiltupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 06:00:00

Oh Kil-nam refuses to keep a single photo of his family in his home. He says it's just too painful.

North Korea proclaims itself a nuclear state in new constitutionupdated: Thu May 31 2012 07:51:00

North Korea proclaimed itself a "nuclear state" this week following a revision of its constitution earlier this year.

North Korea preparing another nuke test?updated: Thu May 31 2012 07:51:00

Analysis of satellite images indicate North Korea may be preparing for another nuclear test. Paula Hancocks reports.

Defectors describe horror, heartbreak in North Korea's labor campsupdated: Tue May 29 2012 05:30:00

Watching the public execution of his mother and older brother, Shin Dong-Hyuk thought the punishment was just. They had planned to escape the North Korean labor camp they were being held in until Shin overheard them and reported them to the prison guards.

North Korea faces worst drought in 50 years; South says aid unlikelyupdated: Tue May 29 2012 04:39:00

North Korea is facing possibly its worst drought in 50 years, state media reported this week.

Is North Korea about to test a nuke?updated: Wed May 23 2012 01:12:00

China warns North Korea. What will the North's next nuclear test reveal? CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

US envoy warns North Korea against nuclear testupdated: Mon May 21 2012 06:08:00

The top U.S. envoy for North Korea warned Pyongyang Monday against a possible third nuclear test.

Satellite image suggests North Korea may have resumed work on reactorupdated: Thu May 17 2012 05:58:00

North Korea has resumed work on the construction of a reactor that could help it push forward its nuclear weapons program, according to an academic group's analysis of a recent satellite image.

Truck raises questions about China's role in North Korea's missile programupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 06:15:00

After weeks of military analysts examining the latest North Korean rocket before and after its failed launch, the focus now has turned to a truck.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un speaksupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 06:15:00

CNN's Stan Grant attends celebrations in Pyongyang, where the new leader gives his first public speech.

How NK leaders reacted to launch failureupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 03:34:00

CNN's Stan Grant reports from North Korea on the reaction from government leaders on the failed rocket launch.

North Korea concludes investigation into failed rocket launchupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 03:34:00

North Korea says its scientists have concluded their investigation into the failure of the country's long-range rocket launch last week, but it declined to divulge why the flight ended in a trail of debris strewn across the sea.

Using science to bring together enemies updated: Wed Apr 18 2012 10:21:00

While tensions remain high between the United States and North Korea, the relationship is more cordial between their scientists.

Celebration in North Korean capital marks 100 years since founder's birth updated: Mon Apr 16 2012 01:35:00

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un spoke before hundreds of troops and others in Pyongyang on Sunday as part of a massive, orchestrated celebration marking 100 years since the birth of the nation's founder, his grandfather.

Rarely-seen inside view of North Koreaupdated: Sat Apr 14 2012 14:36:00

CNN's Stan Grant views the bleak North Korean landscape from a train, after so many years reporting from the outside.

UN: North Korea actions 'deplorable'updated: Fri Apr 13 2012 18:57:00

The United Nations has condemned North Korea's attempt to launch a long-range missile.

Failed North Korean rocket boosts chance of nuclear test, analyst says updated: Fri Apr 13 2012 09:48:00

It was meant to be a show-stopping display of military might, a rocket poised to enter orbit to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the man who founded North Korea.

S. Korea eyes future threats from Northupdated: Fri Apr 13 2012 09:48:00

Paula Hancocks reports on what the possible fallout could be for South Korea after North Korea's failed rocket launch.

What went wrong with N. Korea's rocket?updated: Fri Apr 13 2012 05:33:00

Former NASA engineer Homer Hickam explains how North Korea's rocket works and likely reasons why it failed.

What N. Korea's rocket tells the worldupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 04:36:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on what North Korea's rocket launch will show the U.S. about its capabilities.

North Korea's space oddity: Missile or satellite?updated: Wed Apr 11 2012 22:48:00

It really doesn't look like much, this mission control.

North Korea opens its window for rocket launchupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 22:44:00

As the window opened for North Korea's latest rocket launch opened Thursday morning, the nation's neighbors were watching developments at the remote base nervously.

North Korea rocket launch controversyupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 22:44:00

CNN's Stan Grant reports North Korean officials insist the country's planned rocket launch is for a satellite.

North Korea says rocket assembly almost complete ahead of launchupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 18:28:00

North Korea said the assembly of a rocket it plans to launch in the coming days should be completed Tuesday, setting the stage for a move that has been widely criticized by other nations.

Japan's defense against N. Korea rocketupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 20:15:00

Japan readies its missile defense as North Korea prepares to launch a rocket. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

What's behind North Korea's launch plans?updated: Mon Apr 09 2012 20:15:00

All eyes this week are on North Korea, which looks set to move forward with a provocative long-range missile launch.

Opinion: Birthday launch masks North Korea's struggles withinupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 09:03:00

In the next week North Korea will launch a satellite to coincide with the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung, the late "Great Leader," and the man perhaps most responsible for the reclusive state's status as the world's most irresponsible country.

North Korea planning new nuclear test, South Korean intelligence report saysupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 04:41:00

North Korea is planning a new nuclear test in the area where it staged previous atomic blasts, according to a report from South Korean intelligence officials obtained by CNN.

North Korea readies controversial rocket launchupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 00:03:00

As North Korea presses forward with a controversial rocket launch, journalists were granted a rare glimpse Sunday of the reclusive country's preparations.

'Escape from Camp 14' a true North Korea survival storyupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 07:31:00

Shin Dong-hyuk is the only known person born in a North Korean prison camp that escaped and survived to tell the tale.

North Korea to hold special party conference ahead of satellite launchupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 22:25:00

North Korea said Monday that a special conference of its ruling Workers' Party would take place next week, an event expected to solidify the authority of its new leader ahead of a controversial rocket launch.

North Korea overshadows nuclear summitupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 22:25:00

Pyongyang is not on the agenda of Seoul's nuclear summit, but its ears must still be burning. Paula Hancocks reports.

Japan says it will shoot down N. Korea rocket over territoryupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 05:46:00

Japan will shoot down any part of the long-range rocket that North Korea plans to launch next month that enters its territory, the Japanese defense minister, Naoki Tanaka, said Friday.

North Korea prepares launch padupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 19:05:00

CNN's Barbara Starr reports a new satellite image shows activity on a North Korean missile launch pad.

Official: North Korea moves long-range rocket to launch padupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 14:53:00

Just hours after the United States warned that North Korea would achieve nothing with threats or provocations, Pyongyang moved a long-range rocket it plans to test fire to a launch pad Monday, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said.

Defector paints Kim Jong il in dragupdated: Sun Mar 25 2012 21:50:00

Former North Korean propaganda artist Song Byeok has embraced satire since defecting to the U.S. in 2001.

Japan prepares missile defense ahead of North Korea launchupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 03:26:00

The Japanese defense minister said Friday that he had ordered the country's military to prepare a missile defense system ahead of a planned rocket launch by North Korea next month.

North Korea plans missile launchupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 03:26:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to North Korea expert Gordon Chang about Pyongyang's plans to launch a satellite.

Scientist: North Korea likely has more nuclear facilitiesupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 23:25:00

North Korea has more uranium enrichment facilities than it has admitted to previously, a U.S. scientist charged Thursday.

North Korea invites foreigners to satellite launchupdated: Sat Mar 17 2012 10:04:00

North Korea will invite foreign space experts and journalists to witness the launch of a satellite that the United States and other nations see as a provocation, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Saturday.

North Korea's planned launch puts food aid on pauseupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 18:17:00

As senior U.S. officials sought to figure out how to respond to North Korea's announcement that it will launch a satellite using ballistic missile technology, a State Department spokeswoman said Friday that an agreement by the United States to deliver food aid to the impoverished country would be put on pause.

Fortune: The capitalist who (still) loves North Koreaupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 06:19:00

On the morning late last year that North Korea announced the death of Kim Jong Il, the dictator who for 17 years had presided over the world's most isolated regime, James (Chin-Kyung) Kim, a 76-year-old Korean-American educator, was in an interesting place: his office in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. That alone is remarkable for a man who had in 1998 been a political prisoner of Kim Jong Il. But the fact that the institution James Kim created -- the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) -- is up and running in the heart of North Korea is a minor miracle.

'Tiramisu time' in Pyongyangupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 04:37:00

When Stewart Lone makes one of his regular visits to Pyongyang, he usually stops by the Pyolmuri Café, a Western-style coffee house in the centre of town. It's a pleasantly quiet spot in a city that's getting surprisingly frenetic in parts.

Clinton cautiously hails North Korea food aid dealupdated: Sat Mar 10 2012 10:05:00

North Korea's agreement to halt portions of its nuclear and missile programs and accept the return of nuclear inspectors is a "modest step in the right direction," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.

U.S. food aid heading to North Koreaupdated: Sat Mar 10 2012 10:05:00

U.S. food aid is going to North Korea for the first time in three years. CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.

U.S. envoy upbeat on North Korean food aid after talksupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 23:42:00

A U.S. envoy expressed optimism that food aid would find its way to those in need in North Korea after two days of talks with officials from Pyongyang, but it remained unclear when the shipments might begin.

North Korea holds live-fire drills in sight of South Korean islandupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 06:16:00

New video broadcast on North Korean television shows a military unit carrying out live-fire drills in sight of a South Korean island.

Where in the world ... ?updated: Mon Mar 05 2012 14:34:00

[Updated 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 5] This intricately decorated subway station is in Pyongyang, North Korea. The photo was taken four years ago, around the time when the New York Philharmonic Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to play in the country.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un visits DMZ for the first timeupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 05:56:00

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops to be on the highest alert Sunday as he visited the DMZ, or demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

The price of negotiating with North Koreaupdated: Fri Mar 02 2012 13:37:00

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Why is North Korea willing to deal on nukes?updated: Thu Mar 01 2012 13:10:00

The announcement Wednesday of a diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and North Korea is a welcome surprise at a critical time. Not only are more than 6 million North Koreans facing food shortages, but also the window is quickly closing for the United States to have any leverage over North Korea's nuclear program, given the changing global balance of power.

U.S. cautiously optimistic after food aid deal with North Korea updated: Thu Mar 01 2012 07:13:00

Never a regime to do something for nothing, North Korea took what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called a "modest first step" in agreeing to halt its nuclear and missile program in exchange for food aid.

North Korea: How we got to this pointupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:41:00

In return for food aid from the United States, North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear activity at its main facility in Yongbyon, both countries said Wednesday.

North Korea stops nuclear tests for foodupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 05:41:00

North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear testing and allow inspectors back into the country in exchange for food aid.

North Korea agrees to halt nuclear activities for foodupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 19:54:00

North Korea has agreed to halt nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment activities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for food aid from the United States, the State Department said Wednesday.

North Korea: Ready to go to war with U.S., South Koreaupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 11:35:00

North Korea said it's ready to fight a war with the United States and South Korea, as the two allies kicked off their annual joint military drills Monday, according to state-run media.

South Korea to allow food aid to North for first time since Kim's deathupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 06:03:00

The South Korean government on Friday approved the first shipment of food aid to North Korea since the death of dictator Kim Jong Il last month.

North Korea denies punishing citizens for not mourning enoughupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 05:30:00

North Korea has angrily denied allegations that it punished some of its citizens for inadequately mourning the death of its late leader Kim Jong Il.

North Korea test-fires 3 short-range missiles, Seoul saysupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 06:10:00

North Korea apparently test-launched three short-range missiles this week, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Friday, an indication that the reclusive state's military is operating normally after a leadership transition.

North Korea plans prisoner release to mark dead leaders' birthdaysupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 09:45:00

North Korea said Tuesday that it would release an unspecified number of prisoners in February to mark the birthdays of the two dictators who ruled the reclusive nation for a total of more than 60 years.

U.S. diplomat: North Korea to be subject of talks 'in the near future'updated: Fri Jan 06 2012 23:13:00

Representatives of South Korea, Japan and the United States will meet "in the near future" to discuss North Korea, a U.S. State Department official told reporters Friday in Tokyo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

South Korea 'open to dialogue' with North, minister saysupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 06:01:00

South Korea is "open to dialogue" with the new North Korean leadership, despite harsh recent comments from Pyongyang, Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan said Thursday.

Top U.S. diplomat in China to discuss North Koreaupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 07:35:00

A top U.S. diplomat will arrive in Beijing on Tuesday at the start of a tour around Northeast Asia, which is still adapting to the change of leadership in North Korea following the death of Kim Jong Il last month.

North Korea editorial: 2012 will be important yearupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 10:36:00

North Korea is urging its people to show allegiance to the death for new leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Un named 'supreme commander' in North Koreaupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 22:48:00

Kim Jong Un has assumed "the supreme commandership" of the North Korean army, state media reported Saturday.

Top U.S. diplomat to visit North Korea's neighbors updated: Fri Dec 30 2011 06:01:00

A top U.S. diplomat will travel to three nations around North Korea early next year in the first such talks since longtime leader Kim Jong Il's death, the State Department announced Thursday.

How citizens are controlled in N. Koreaupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 21:01:00

As North Korea mourns the death of its "Dear Leader," CNN's Anna Coren looks at how the state controls its people.

Contrasting lives of two world leadersupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 08:31:00

Two departed leaders, two very different legacies. CNN's Jim Clancy contrasts the lives of Vaclav Havel and Kim Jong Il.

North Korea dubs Kim Jong Un 'supreme commander'updated: Sat Dec 24 2011 17:34:00

North Korea continued to mourn its late leader Saturday while calling his successor son the "supreme commander," as the country faces a transition of power following Kim Jong Il's death one week ago.

North Korea's Kim dynastyupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 01:10:00

A father-son succession occurred once in North Korea, so why not again? CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

North Korea says it will admit delegations from Southupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 00:52:00

North Korea will admit delegations from the South that wish to visit Pyongyang to express their condolences following the death of the leader Kim Jong Il, according to a statement posted on a government website run by the North.

A nation ruled through anguish and terrorupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 22:48:00

While North Korea's recently departed leader Kim Jong Il will probably be most remembered for his pompadour, jumpsuits and relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons, the world must never forget the legacy of anguish and terror he left for millions of his people.

North Korea's nuclear threatupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 22:04:00

How worried should the world be about North Korea? CNN's Chris Lawrence evaluates the regime's nuclear capability.

Huntsman: Opportunity and risk in North Korea transitionupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 14:48:00

Kim Jong Il's passing closes a sad and tragic chapter for the people of North Korea. His 17-year reign will be remembered as a dark period in their history characterized by great suffering and steady and dangerous provocations to the outside world.

What's next for North Korea?updated: Tue Dec 20 2011 12:38:00

CNN's Christiane Amanpour discusses the future for North Korea amid leadership transition.

North Korea mourns 'dear leader' as South Korea goes on alertupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 22:53:00

The leadership of North Korea appeared to pass to a third generation of the Kim family Monday after the weekend death of Kim Jong Il, who ruled the reclusive Stalinist state since 1994.

Joint chiefs "worried" about N. Koreaupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 17:30:00

CNN's Barbara Starr interviews the Joint Chiefs chairman who says he is worried about the transition in North Korea.

A rare glimpse inside North Koreaupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 17:07:00

CNN's Alina Cho gives rare glimpse inside one of the most secretive societies in the world.

North Korea: Should we fear change?updated: Mon Dec 19 2011 17:07:00

North Korea's government was famously accused in 2002 by U.S. President George W. Bush of helping terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction, along with fellow "axis of evil" countries, Iran and Iraq.

North Korea a threat after Kim's death?updated: Mon Dec 19 2011 16:22:00

Is North Korea a bigger threat after Kim Jong Il's death? CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

CNNMoney: Scary times for stocks: Be careful out thereupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 16:03:00

Investors have been paying a lot of attention to one continent lately and giving the other six (well, I guess there's little that could happen in Antarctica to roil the markets ... penguins tend to be fiscally responsible) short shrift.

North Korean labor camps in Siberiaupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 14:33:00

Kim Jong Il, the absolute dictator of North Korea, made a very rare trip outside the protection of his own borders this past August, albeit on a heavily armored private train. The reason for the trip was a meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to talk about forming deeper trade and labor alliances between the two countries. This would all seem quite normal and boring if it weren't for the fact that a) nothing is ever normal when it comes to North Korea and, b) Vice happened to also be in the Amur region at the exact same time as Kim Jong Il. But we were there to track down a different kind of North Korean in Siberia: slaves.

Future of North Korea nuclear weaponsupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 05:29:00

Jim Clancy interviews a key North Korean lawmaker on prospects for reviving talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons.

North Korea threatens 'a sea of fire' upon South Koreaupdated: Fri Nov 25 2011 05:29:00

One day after South Korea staged exercises near Yeonpyeong Island marking the anniversary of North Korea's deadly shelling, the North's military threatened "a sea of fire" upon the South's presidential office, the South's Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday.

One year on, South Koreans reflect on North's deadly attackupdated: Thu Nov 24 2011 01:40:00

The sense of security that South Koreans had enjoyed for almost 60 years was shattered one year ago, when the North launched an attack on the civilian island of Yeonpyeong, killing two marines and two civilians.

Lee, Medvedev to cooperate on gas pipeline ventureupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 07:28:00

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev pledged to cooperate on a gas pipeline project that will run between the two nations through North Korea, according to Seoul's presidential office.

Regime change slows in North Korea as threat to region growsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 09:32:00

The pace of North Korea's planned regime change from Kim Jong Il to his twenty-something son appears to have slowed at the moment, two senior U.S. military officials said Thursday.

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