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[22 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

North Korea has clinched a victory in a title match for the U-17 Women’s World Cup, beating its archrival Japan.
The North’s U-17 World Cup title for the year is the second since its first-ever championship in 2008.
North Korea’s women’s U-17 team defeated Japan in penalty kicks after playing a scoreless draw in a match held Jordan, Friday (local time).
The championship, for players aged 17 and younger, started in 2008 and takes place every other year. (Yonhap)

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[6 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

North Korea, one of the last bastions of free, unhindered smoking, a country where just about every adult male can and does light up almost anywhere he pleases and where leader Kim Jong Un is hardly ever seen without a lit cigarette in his hand, is now officially trying to get its people to kick the habit.
It’s a battle Pyongyang has tried before and won’t easily win, especially since, beyond some stepped-up propaganda, it doesn’t appear to have a lot of funding. But this time around, the effort does have …

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[11 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

A North Korean defector recently completed his mandatory military service in South Korea, according to Korea Hana Foundation, a state-funded organization helping defectors, Thursday.
Kim Ji-hwan, 22, was discharged on Feb. 23 after serving two years as an Air Force sergeant in the 8th Fighter Wing in Wonju, Gangwon Province.
Kim is the first North Korean defector to have completed military service here, according to the Military Manpower Administration (MMA).
All able-bodied South Korean men aged between 19 and 37 are subject to compulsory military duty. But those who escaped from North Korea …

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[8 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

The U.N. Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders denounced as a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.‘s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with “significant” new sanctions.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un went ahead with the launch just two hours after an eight-day window opened early Sunday, and a month after the country’s fourth nuclear test. He ignored an appeal from China, its neighbor and important ally, not to …

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[7 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said raising living standards was his number one priority in an annual New Year’s address on Friday that avoided any explicit reference to the country’s nuclear weapons program.
There was a mention of the importance of developing “varied” military strike options, but the thrust of the 30-minute televised speech was economic development in the isolated, cash-strapped state.
“The Workers Party of Korea gives top priority to the issue of improving people’s living standards among millions of other national tasks,” Kim said.
“We must create a turnaround in economic …

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[9 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

Experts warn that Northeast Asia could see a dangerous growth in stocks of weapons-usable plutonium — and U.S. lawmakers say Obama administration policies could be making matters worse.
Japan plans to open as early as next spring a plant that could reprocess enough spent reactor fuel to make as many as 1,000 nuclear bombs a year. The plutonium that is produced is supposed to be for generating electricity, but Japan already has tons on hand and no use for it, with its reactors at a virtual halt following the 2011 Fukushima …

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[4 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]

Nail salons, massage parlours, cafes and other signs of consumerism were unheard of in rigidly controlled North Korea just a few years ago, but they are slowly emerging in one of the world’s last bastions of Cold War socialism.
North Korea operates a centrally-planned economy modelled on the former Soviet Union where Western-style conspicuous consumption is anathema.
But as a growing middle class of North Koreans earns more money in the unofficial economy, the demand for products such as cosmetics, smartphones, imported fruit juices and foreign clothes is on the rise, according …

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[19 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

South Korea’s top financial regulator said Wednesday that developing North Korea’s moribund economy in the wake of eventual reunification would cost around $500 billion.
Financial Services Commission (FSC) chairman Shin Je-Yoon told a seminar in Seoul that the estimate covered a period of 20 years that would be needed to raise the North’s per capita GDP from the current $1,251 to $10,000.
The FSC stressed the figure of $500 billion was open to revision and should not be taken as an official government position, but rather a starting point for discussion.
A survey …

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[18 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

The United Nations is preparing to confront North Korea over its dismal rights record with a key vote this week that could compel Pyongyang to answer to crimes against humanity.
A U.N. General Assembly committee will vote Tuesday on a resolution drafted by the European Union and Japan condemning human rights abuses in North Korea and calling for a war crimes probe.
While North Korea often features on the roster of resolutions targeting pariah states, the latest text has been the focus of intense diplomacy over provisions that could see the Pyongyang …

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[27 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

A Japanese wrestler-turned-politician hopes his vision of “sports diplomacy” can repair his country’s fraught relationship with North Korea, as he prepares to host an extraordinary sporting event in Pyongyang.
And Kanji “Antonio” Inoki has form: he helped secure the release of Japanese hostages in Iraq in 1990 after impressing tyrant Saddam Hussein, and more recently used his old bouts with Pakistani wrestlers to foster goodwill between the South Asian country and his own.
Standing 1.9 meter tall, with a square jaw and a penchant for red scarves, Inoki is instantly recognizable on …