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Americans detained in North Korea call for U.S. help

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and -- watched by officials as they spoke -- called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their ...

Updated : 2014.09.01 21:51

N.K. fires short-range missile into East Sea

North Korea fired one short-range missile into the East Sea on Monday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.The projectile was fired at around 10:30 a.m. from a site in its northwestern province of Chagang bordering with China. It was presumed to have landed in the East Sea after flyi...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:51

Defector disses North Korea with rap

In July, an unlikely contestant entered a popular South Korean music competition for rappers.Surprisingly, he was none other than a defector from Stalinist North Korea where Western-influenced pop music, especially rap, is strictly banned.Kang Chun-hyuk, now 28, was only 12 when he crossed...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:50

North Korea fires short-range projectile into East Sea

North Korea fired off one short-range rocket into the East Sea on Monday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.The projectile was fired at around 10:30 a.m. from a site in Chagang Province near the North Korea-Chinese border, and it is presumed to have landed in the East Sea after flyi...

Updated : 2014.09.01 13:57

‘N.K. foreign minister to visit U.S.’

North Korea’s foreign minister plans to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, according to reports released on Saturday. Ri Su-yong will be the first North Korean foreign minister to visit the U.S. in 15 years. He is expected to deliver a keynote speech at t...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:24

NK leader satisfied with new factory: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a newly built industrial factory and expressed great satisfaction, Pyongyang's state news agency reported Sunday.Kim was satisfied with the plant as he "could hardly find any trace he saw last year," and that the plant "did not look like a factory bu...

Updated : 2014.08.31 11:12

Japan ex-wrestler wages 'sports diplomacy' in N. Korea

Flamboyant Japanese wrestler-turned-politician Kanji "Antonio" Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea Saturday ahead of an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists from around the world.Inoki, 71, an opposition member of Japan's upper house with a penchant for...

Updated : 2014.08.30 16:58

N. Korea accuses S. Korea of abusing sports exchanges

North Korea's main sports body reaffirmed its decision not to send a cheerleading squad to the upcoming Asian Games, putting the blame on South Korea.The North's Olympic Committee accused Seoul of "abusing sacred sports and cultural exchange" for a "sinister political purpose."The DPRK was...

Updated : 2014.08.30 13:14

Seoul regrets N.K.’s cheering squad U-turn

South Korea on Friday expressed regret over the North’s revocation of a decision to send a cheering squad to the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, denying Pyongyang’s accusations that Seoul had begrudged its earlier pledge. Son Kwang-ho, vice chairman of the North’s Olympic Committee, an...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:48

‘U.S. officials made secret trip to Pyongyang’

A group of U.S. officials clandestinely traveled to Pyongyang early this month, apparently to request the release of three detained Americans, a news report said Friday, indicating the two sides’ first direct dialogue in about two years. A military jet carrying the officials entered Pyong...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:47

North Korea set to host int'l pro wrestling contest

Professional wrestlers from the United States, Japan and several other nations gathered in the North Korean capital this week to participate in an international contest, Pyongyang's state media said Friday.Kanji Inoki, a Japanese lawmaker who was a pro wrestler, arrived in Pyongyang a day ...

Updated : 2014.08.29 10:45

Daum to launch North Korean map service

A map service that provides views of North Korea's streets and buildings will be launched by a South Korean Internet portal for the first time in the country on Friday as part of efforts to disclose what has been secretly guarded information to the private sector, a state-run geographic in...

Updated : 2014.08.29 10:43

N. Korea not to send cheerleading squad to Incheon Asian Games

Reversing its earlier decision, North Korea said Thursday that it will not send a cheerleading squad to accompany its athletes who will compete in the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea.The announcement by Son Kwang-ho, the vice chairman of North Korea's National Olympic Committee, said n...

Updated : 2014.08.28 23:24

Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – A Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists on Thursday for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman's controversial basketball game ear...

Updated : 2014.08.28 21:42

Over 2,000 Chinese firms to attend annual trade fair with North Korea

More than 2,000 Chinese companies have registered for an annual trade exhibition with North Korea, which will be held in October in the Chinese border city of Dandong, state media reported Thursday. North Korea and China have held the joint trade fair since 2012, underscoring the hopes of ...

Updated : 2014.08.28 16:12