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Judge: Warmbiers Should Get $240K Taken From North Korea
Judge: Warmbiers
Should Get $240K

Judge: Warmbiers Should Get $240K

Parents of late college student were awarded $500M from North Korea in 2018

(Newser) - The parents of Otto Warmbier, a US student who died after being taken hostage by North Korea and released in a coma in 2017, should receive $240,300 seized from a North Korean bank account, a federal judge ruled last week. The amount would be a partial payment toward the...

North Korea's Missile Launches Keep Coming
North Korea's Missile
Launches Keep Coming

North Korea's Missile Launches Keep Coming

North Korea confirms 4th missile launch this month

(Newser) - Update: North Korea said Tuesday it had conducted a test-firing of “tactical guided missiles,” a day after South Korea’s military detected the North launching two ballistic missiles into the sea. Monday’s test was North Korea’s fourth round of missile launches this month and the second...

Latest North Korea Launch Is Apparent Reprisal

Pyongyang carries out third weapons launch this month

(Newser) - North Korea on Friday fired at least one possible ballistic missile in its third weapons launch this month, officials in South Korea and Japan said, in an apparent reprisal for fresh sanctions imposed by the Biden administration for its continuing test launches. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said...

In N. Korea, a 'Battle for Manure' Is Underway

Kim Jong Un wants citizens to meet poop quotas to help fertilize crops

(Newser) - The pandemic has wreaked havoc on North Korea's food supply, the result of a domino effect of sorts: With the nation's borders closed, it can't import the manure it needs for its crops from China. The hunt for that stinky commodity has now reached "crisis level,...

North Korea Launches 2nd Hypersonic Missile in a Week

Pyongyang says it hit a target 621 miles away in the sea

(Newser) - For the second time in less than a week, North Korea says it has launched a hypersonic missile. After launching one last Wednesday , Pyongyang said it did so again Tuesday, the BBC reports. This one "precisely hit" a target 621 miles away, the country says. The US, South Korea,...

N. Korea Skipping Olympics 'Due to Hostile Forces'

Pyongyang also cited the pandemic

(Newser) - North Korea on Friday said it would skip next month’s Beijing Olympics because of the COVID-19 pandemic and "hostile forces' moves," a largely redundant statement since the country has already been banned from the Games by the IOC. In September, the International Olympic Committee suspended North Korea...

North Korea: Yeah, That Was a Hypersonic Missile

Pyongyang says it hit a target 435 miles away

(Newser) - Updated: North Korea claimed Thursday that its Wednesday launch was the second successful test flight of a hypersonic missile. The official Korean Central News Agency said the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party expressed “great satisfaction” at the results of the missile test, which was observed by leading...

Man Who Crossed DMZ Into North Korea Believed to Be Gymnast

He is believed to have first defected from North to South last year

(Newser) - Update: The person who crossed the DMZ to enter North Korea over the weekend is a male gymnast, Seoul says. He is believed to have defected from North to South Korea last year, and on Saturday made his way back, the BBC reports. Why he did so is not clear,...

One-Time North Korean Heir Apparent Has Died

Kim Jong Un offers 'deep condolences' on death of centenarian Kim Yong Ju

(Newser) - Kim Yong Ju, the younger brother of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung and the man who was once regarded as the country's No. 2 official before his nephew was anointed as the next ruler, has died, state media reported Wednesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the grandson...

Report: NK Publicly Executes Those Who View Outside Media

Human rights group describes 7 executions related to South Korean entertainment

(Newser) - North Korea is reportedly executing people found to possess videos from its enemy to the south, including episodes of Squid Game. A year-old law states those who possess, watch, or distribute media from capitalist countries, including South Korea and the US, can be put to death, reports Radio Free Asia...

A North Korean Defector's Past Came Back to Haunt Her

Song Chun Son assumed she'd be free in the South. Not so

(Newser) - To say that Song Chun Son's life in North Korea wasn't great wouldn't be much of a stretch. She was thrown into a labor camp from 2007 to 2009 after illegally traveling to China in search of food during a famine. She later did illegal work as...

'Wailing' NK Defector Caught After 40 Days on Run

Zhu Xianjian, who had 2 years left in Chinese prison sentence before he escaped, is recaptured

(Newser) - Zhu Xianjian had his 11-year sentence slashed two times due to good behavior, but his break out of a Chinese prison last month with two years left behind bars likely just nullified his chances for an early release. The 39-year-old defector from North Korea is about to find out: He...

Report: Squid Game Smuggler Gets Death Sentence in NK

Students who watched it will serve 5 years of hard labor, sources say

(Newser) - In the Netflix series Squid Game, luckless South Koreans are executed for losing children's games. In real-life North Korea, you can be executed for distributing Squid Game, according to Radio Free Asia . The US-funded news agency, citing sources in North Korea, reports that a man who smuggled a copy...

This Might Be North Korea's Biggest Message Since Biden Took Office

It tests what was likely a submarine-launched ballistic missile

(Newser) - North Korea on Tuesday fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea in what South Korea’s military described as a weapon likely designed for submarine-based launches, marking possibly the most significant demonstration of the North’s military might since President Biden took office. The launch came hours after...

North Korea's Currency Is Doing Something Weird

Unofficial exchange rate has surged 25% despite country's many economic woes

(Newser) - Something strange is happening with North Korea's currency—and while analysts aren't sure what the cause is, few believe it's a sign of a healthy economy. The official exchange rate for the North Korean won has long been around 100 to the dollar, but according to outlets...

They Were Promised 'Paradise.' The Destination: North Korea

Lawsuit in Japan seeks retribution for decades-long repatriation program

(Newser) - Some 93,000 people moved from Japan to North Korea in the latter half of the 20th century, many believing they would encounter a "paradise." North Korea—desperate for labor amid efforts to rebuild following two tragic wars—suggested these migrants, many of whom were ethnic Koreans who'...

North Korea Slams 'Beastly' Squid Game

South Korean show has smashed Netflix records

(Newser) - The massive international success of Squid Game has not gone unnoticed in North Korea, where propagandists say it reflects the "sad reality of a beastly South Korean society." A Tuesday article on a propaganda website argues that the show "gained popularity because it exposes the reality of...

Kim Vows North Korea Will Build 'Invincible Military'

He speaks surrounded by missiles at Pyongyang exhibition

(Newser) - A parade last month marking North Korea's 73rd anniversary was seen as unusually subdued , with a focus on civil defense units instead of military might. But Kim Jong Un more than made up for it at an event Monday, where he spoke after reviewing a variety of large missiles,...

'Long Time No Talk': South Korean Official to North Korean Official

Hotlines between two countries restored

(Newser) - Update: North Korea on Monday restored its hotlines with South Korea, and communication resumed on them for the first time in almost two months. "Long time no talk. We’re very pleased because the communication channels have been restored like this. We hope that South-North relations will develop into...

North Korea Launches Hypersonic Missile

Country says first test flight went well

(Newser) - North Korea said Wednesday it successfully tested a new hypersonic missile it implied was being developed as nuclear capable, as it continues to expand its military capabilities and pressure Washington and Seoul over long-stalled negotiations over its nuclear weapons. The missile test early Tuesday was North Korea's third round...

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