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[16 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

The streets of North Korea’s showcase capital were filled with runners from all over the world on Sunday for the annual Pyongyang marathon, which was open to foreign amateurs this year for the first time.
Tens of thousands of North Koreans lined the streets to applaud, cheer and sometimes high-five the runners, who were followed by a truck blaring patriotic music. They stood and roared as North Korea’s Pak Chol, who completed the men’s event in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 26 seconds, crossed the finish line. Compatriots Kim Hye Gyong …

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[22 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

The first reunions of North and South Koreans in more than three years came too late for 90-year-old Seo Jeong-suk. She died in South Korea just 15 days ago.
So the daughter she grew old with, Kim Yong-ja, could not reintroduce her to the one she had not seen in more than 60 years. Kim, 68, could only sob and hand her long-lost sister a framed photograph of Seo, according to South Korean media pool reports.
Kim Yong Sil clasped the photo to her chest and said, “It’s Mom’s photo.”
Dozens of elderly …

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[21 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

NORTH KOREA’s leader has a new hobby and no, it doesn’t involve destroying the US in a ball of nuclear flames or photoshopping up a naval fleet. Kim Jong-un’s new hobby is … mushrooms.
North Korea’s Supreme Commander visited a mushroom farm this week as part of a grand plan to turn the country into a global mushroom powerhouse, the Atlantic Wire reports. And didn’t he look happy about it.
Surrounded by some fine looking fungi Kim beamed for the country’s state media.
The young leader also looked happy with the attention he …

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[2 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]

Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman hung out with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un during his improbable journey to Pyongyang, watching the Harlem Globetrotters with the leader and later drinking and dining on sushi with him.
“You have a friend for life,” Rodman told Kim before a crowd of thousands Thursday at a gymnasium where they sat side by side, chatting as they watched players from North Korea and the United States face off in mixed teams, Alex Detrick, a spokesman for the New York-based VICE media company, told The Associated Press.
Rodman arrived …

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[4 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

Making his first New Year’s speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called on his country to focus on economic improvements with the same urgency that scientists put into the launch of a long-range rocket last month.
Kim, shown speaking on state TV, said raising the standard of living was the new year’s most important task. He also pushed for the development of more advanced weapons, a “revolution” in science and technology and reunification with “compatriots” in South Korea.
The speech was the first televised New Year’s Day message by a North …

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[9 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Impoverished North Korea is gearing up to experiment with agricultural and economic reforms after young leader Kim Jong-un and his powerful uncle purged the country’s top general for opposing change, a source with ties to both Pyongyang and Beijing said.
The source added that the cabinet had created a special bureau to take control of the decaying economy from the military, one of the world’s largest, which under Kim’s father was given pride of place in running the country.
The downfall of Vice Marshal Ri Yong-ho and his allies gives the untested …

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[13 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

North Korea spent $US850 million ($815 million) on the launch of its failed rocket, enough to feed millions in the impoverished country.
The cost, disclosed in restricted documents seen by London’s The Daily Telegraph, could have bought 2.5 million tonnes of corn and 1.4 million tonnes of rice.
The launch was part of an attempt to legitimise the rule of 28-year-old Kim Jong-un, following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December. He was named first secretary of the Workers’ Party on Wednesday.
The regime is investing heavily in “idolisation projects”, financed …

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[30 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

North Korea has allowed the Associated Press to open the first full Western news bureau in the tightly controlled and highly secretive country.
The North permits foreign media occasional visits, often for important ceremonial occasions, although journalists are restricted in their movements and accompanied by officials.
AP said the move followed a year of discussions. It planned to open its office in December, but postponed the official launch after the death of the leader, Kim Jong-il.
The agency opened a video bureau in the North in 2006. Its photographers and reporters will now …

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[5 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak said Monday the divided peninsula is at a turning point after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, with opportunities to improve relations.
But Lee also vowed to hit back hard against any provocations from the North under the leadership of its young new chief Kim Jong-Un, son of the late dictator.
Pyongyang kept up a barrage of criticism of the conservative South Korean leader’s government, telling them to “apologize on their knees” for alleged insults during the 13-day mourning period for Kim.
Lee, in a televised …

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[12 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

A team of Japanese doctors arrived Tuesday in North Korea to examine victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Japan, a trip that may help improve dismal ties between the countries.
Footage from Associated Press Television News in Pyongyang showed the doctors being greeted at the airport by North Korean officials. The doctors from the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association are expected to be in North Korea until Saturday.
Relations between the two countries are badly frayed. Japan has maintained a tight trade embargo on North Korea since Pyongyang conducted nuclear tests in …