Politics & Human Rights in North Korea
2013: North Korean Threats
Inside North Korea: A rare dispatch from deep within the lunatic rogue state enslaved by Zombie and SonsJohn Sweeney enters the secretive state to see 'the true North Korea' Travelled undercover as a tourist as journalist are barred from the state He found the regime 'a more frightening tyranny than Saddam's Iraq' By John Sweeney In Pyongyang, North Korea
Revealing pictures show North Korea's flatpack factories, empty motorways and glittering Hotel Of DoomSwedish photographer Bj örn Bergman, 59, spent nine days travelling the world's most secretive state It took him two years to obtain a tourist's visa and was escorted round on an official tourbus By Helen Lawson PUBLISHED: 16:04 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:06 GMT, 19 April 2013
Kim Kyong-hui is often only female face on official photographs She is the daughter of the North Korean Eternal President Kim Il-sung Miss Kim and husband chosen by Kim Jong-il to consolidate son's authority
North Korea's main trading partner is China, estimated to account for 67.2% of its exports The country has been hit by sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs It has suffered from food shortages leading to malnourishment and stunting Pyongyang has denied claims of involvement in illegal drugs and arms trading
In between wrestling with these issues, and despite the efforts of the North Korean regime to block contacts between its citizens and foreigners, I managed to get to know some North Koreans reasonably well – at least to the extent that they were prepared to discuss with me their lives and how they saw the world. In particular, I realised that while many, even some experts, viewed North Koreans as identical automatons who obeyed unquestioningly every order of their leaders, this was simply wrong. North Korea is not like that at all.
South Korea hits back at Kim Jong Un with massive display of military might... and 'turns off internet supply to North'Test follow South Korea sending tank sent to the border city of Paju North blames South Korea and the U.S. for two-day Internet blackout South Korea has denied the cyberattack and U.S. declined to comment It follows live artillery drills by North Korea close to the disputed border Kim Jong Un has also made inflammatory threats against the two allies
"North Korea's not that dangerous." Wrong. There is no threat of war on the Korean peninsula because the United States and South Korea have deterred the regime for over six decades, or so the thinking goes.
North Korean Rocket Launches & Nuclear Tests
North Korea & UN Sanctions
North Korean Pearltrees
Visiting North Korea some years ago, I was lucky to have a fairly genial "minder" whom I'll call Mr. Chae. He guided me patiently around the ruined and starving country, explaining things away by means of a sort of denial mechanism and never seeming to lose interest in the gargantuan monuments to the world's most hysterical and operatic leader-cult.
By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 19:29 GMT, 2 July 2012 | UPDATED: 06:37 GMT, 3 July 2012 North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un is stepping up his attempt to rebrand his nation by relaxing a series of laws, it was claimed today. Research has found more women are wearing trousers, platform shoes and earrings, while more mobile phones have been made available. Kim Jong Un has also endorsed previously banned foods like pizza, French fries and hamburgers — and given children free trips to zoos and amusement parks.
Hyon Song-wol pictured with North Korean leader at official engagements Hits include 'Excellent Horse-like Lady' 'I Love Pyongyang' 'Footsteps of Soldiers' and 'We are Troops of the Party' South Korean intelligence say pair became romantically involved 10 years ago
Experts say leader's wife Ri Sol-Ju gave birth to a baby girl late last year But Pyongyang 'did not admit to the child because it is a girl' South Korea said to have confirmed the birth last week By Richard Shears PUBLISHED: 18:35 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 07:57 GMT, 5 March 2013
22 April 2012 Last updated at 19:31 ET By Richard Knight BBC News It's often been reported that North Koreans are a few inches shorter than their counterparts south of the border. Is that true? North Korea's recent failure to launch a long-range rocket was embarrassing for its new leader, Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong Un makes first TV address by a North Korean leader for 19 years calling for reunification 'without confrontation'Leader calls for end to division between North and South Korea Promises to boost the country's military power Scuffles as activists try to send propaganda over border using balloons By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 18:29 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:37 GMT, 2 January 2013
By ERIC GIBSON
Ri Yong Ho was a member of North Korea's late former leader Kim Jong Il's trusted inner circle Experts claim the surprise move is evidence of 'generational change' in the authoritarian country under its new young leader Kim Jong Un The army chief was relieved from his posts due to illness, according to state media reports By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 11:44 GMT, 16 July 2012 | UPDATED: 16:45 GMT, 16 July 2012 North Korea's top military official - a key mentor to young new leader Kim Jong Un who served under his father - has been removed from all posts because of illness, state media said on Monday in a surprise announcement that shakes the core of the authoritarian country's power structure. Ri Yong Ho had looked healthy in recent appearances, and his departure fed speculation among analysts that Kim purged him in an effort to put his own mark on the nation he inherited seven months ago when his father Kim Jong Il died.