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Kim Jong-Un was kept from public view until September 2010, when he was 27 years old and appeared with his father Kim Jong-Il

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...Korean warship, resulting in the deaths of 46 sailors. The South blamed the attack on Pyongyang, but North denied responsibility. Later that year, the North bombarded a South Korean island, the first such attack against civilian target since the 1950-53 Korean War. 3. 51 social categories North Korea groups its citizens into 51 social categories, graded by loyalty to the regime, according to The E...

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...th companies, Marketo expects to introduce an exciting new unified product family soon, one in which social campaign management comes to life, where every marketing campaign is a social-enabled marketing campaign. Customers will get an inside view at the Marketo User Summit, May 22-24 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.   About Marketo   Marketo is the fastest growing provider in R...

South Korea's new elected President Park Geun-hye spoke of a grave security challenge from North Korea but called for trust-based dialogue

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...o honor late leaders, she pledged again to “open a new era” on the Korean Peninsula. The North has not yet commented on her victory, but earlier labeled the Saenuri Party “maniacs”. A dispatch from state media outlet KCNA, released on Wednesday, accused the party of escalating tension on the peninsula during President Lee Myung-bak’s time in office. “All facts p...

North Korea has threatened to shut down Kaesong Industrial Complex reiterating the state of war with South Korea

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...ninsula, said the problems appeared “to be part of a loosely coordinated effort by hackers to target North Korean sites.” By late Saturday afternoon, North Korean officials had not confirmed any attacks on government-run Web sites. The problems come as some analysts suspect that cyber attacks have become an increasingly frequent weapon in the intensified sparring between the Koreas, although each...

North Koreans begin to put their lives at risk just to connect to the outside world

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...nications in the country, which it could do before,” explains Scott Thomas Bruce, an expert on North Korea who has written extensively about the country. “That is a very significant development.” There’s just one cybercafe in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang. Anyone logging on at the cafe would find themselves at a computer that isn’t running Windows, but instea...

North Koreans workers have failed to report for work at Kaesong Industrial Complex

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North Koreans workers have failed to report for work at Kaesong Industrial Complex, suspending one of the few points of co-operation between the two Koreas. Kaesong Industrial Complex is a joint industrial park and there are more than 120 South Korean companies that operate there, employing 53,000 North Korean workers. The complex is seen as a crucial source of hard currency for North Korea. Nor...

North Korea has announced it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point

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North Korea has announced it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point. The announcement follows a fresh round of UN sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear test last month. Earlier, Pyongyang said it had a right to carry out a pre-emptive nuclear strike and was pulling out of the armistice which ended the K...

US has raised allegations with China that a missile launcher seen in Pyongyang last week was of Chinese origin

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Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged strong ties with North Korea, amid serious tensions between the two Koreas in the wake of Pyongyang’s failed rocket launch. Hu Jintao’s promise came at a meeting with a Workers’ Party delegation headed by Kim Yong-Il in Beijing on Monday. It came as North Korea threatened “unprecedented action” against Seoul. Meanwhile the US says...

North Korea has declared "state of war" against South Korea in its latest escalation of rhetoric against its neighbour and the US

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North Korea has declared “state of war” against South Korea in its latest escalation of rhetoric against its neighbour and the US. A statement promised “stern physical actions” against “any provocative act”. North Korea has threatened attacks almost daily after it was sanctioned for a third nuclear test in February. North Korea has declared “state of war...

Outgoing Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has declared today that North Korean military ambitions are a "serious threat" to the US

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Outgoing Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has declared today that North Korean military ambitions are a “serious threat” to the US. In a speech made after Pyongyang carried out its third nuclear test, Leon Panetta likened the North to Iran, describing them as “rogue states”. In New York, the UN Security Council “strongly condemned” the nuclear test. The council said...

North Korea has shifted a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast

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North Korea has shifted a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kim Kwan-jin has announced. Kim Kwan-jin played down concerns that the missile could target the US mainland, and said North Korea’s intentions were not yet clear. Pyongyang earlier renewed threats of a nuclear strike against the US, though its missiles are not beli...

Pae Jun-Ho, who is known in the US as Kenneth Bae, was held last year after entering North Korea as a tourist

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...a, South Korea has begun withdrawing its remaining workers from the Kaesong joint industrial zone in North Korea. Kaesong Industrial Complex, once considered a symbol of reconciliation, lies just north of the military demarcation line dividing the two Koreas. South Korean officials said 126 people had left, with the final 48 expected home by Monday. North Korea has already withdrawn its 53,000 wor...

North Korea has accused South Korea of "arrogant obstructions" that led high-level talks to be cancelled

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...e an obstacle to the talks, [to] delay and torpedo them”, it said. It added that this made the North question whether inter-Korean talks were possible. The two Koreas have not held ministerial-level talks since 2007. North Korea has accused South Korea of “arrogant obstructions” that led high-level talks to be cancelled The agreement to hold the talks – seen by analysts as...

The Independent reported last week that "nothing is small in North Korea apart from the people, who are on average three inches shorter than their cousins in the South"

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Many reports claimed 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. It was supposed to be a symbol of progress. Renewed media interest in North Korea since Kim Jong-Un replaced his father has prompted the re-emergence of a claim...

Oh Kil-nam, now 70, still does not know the fate of his wife and daughters after more than 20 years

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...ing two air stewardesses and two passengers from a Korean Air Lines flight that had been hijacked by North Koreans in 1969. Oh Kil-nam was approached to go on a mission abroad. He was to be based in the North Korean embassy in Copenhagen, from where he could do what had been done to him – lure South Korean students in Germany to the North Korean embassy. When Shin Suk-ja heard about the plan...

North Korea announces it has ordered artillery and rocket units into "combat posture" to prepare to target US bases in Hawaii, Guam and the US mainland

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North Korea announces it has ordered artillery and rocket units into “combat posture” to prepare to target US bases in Hawaii, Guam and the US mainland. The announcement, carried by KCNA news agency, follows days of strong rhetoric from Pyongyang. The north Korean move came as South Korea marked the third anniversary of the sinking of the Cheonan warship, which left 46 sailors dead. S...

North Korea has announced today it is withdrawing all its workers from the joint-Korean Kaesong industrial zone and suspending operations there

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...eans who are in Kaesong as managers. One South Korean told the Associated Press he had heard nothing about the order from the North Korean government. “North Korean workers left work at six o’clock today as they usually do. We’ll know tomorrow whether they will come to work,” he said. Earlier, South Korean officials played down reports that the North could be about to carry...

The last seven South Koreans workers have left Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, after the two Koreas resolved outstanding financial issues

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The last seven South Koreans workers have left Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, after the two Koreas resolved outstanding financial issues. The workers had stayed behind after the other South Korean staff had left to negotiate wages demanded by North Korea. Kaesong Industrial Complex has been at a standstill since North Korea withdrew its 50,000 workers in April. North Korea has previou...

Kenneth Bae was held last year after entering North Korea as a tourist and he was accused of anti-government crimes

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North Korea announces it has sentenced US citizen Kenneth Bae, aka Pae Jun-ho, to 15 years of hard labor. The announcement, from state news agency KCNA, said Pae Jun-ho, known in the US as Kenneth Bae, was tried on April 30. Kenneth Bae was held last year after entering North Korea as a tourist. Pyongyang said he was accused of anti-government crimes. The move comes amid high tensions between Nor...

North Korea has announced it is proceeding with plans for a third nuclear test

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North Korea has announced it is proceeding with plans for a third nuclear test. In a statement carried by KCNA news agency, the top military body said the “high-level nuclear test” and more long-range rocket launches were aimed at its “arch-enemy”, the US. The statement gave no time-frame for the test. North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009. The move...

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye spoke in Daejeon, where the 46 sailors who died when the Cheonan warship sank on 26 March 2010 are buried

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North Korea has hit out at South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye, a day after she urged Pyongyang to change course and abandon its nuclear goals. Warning her against “slandering”, North Korea told Park Geun-hye to behave with discretion to avoid “horrible disaster”. Park Geun-hye’s comments came as she marked three years since the deadly sinking of a South Korean war...

affected a number of banks and broadcasters has said the North is to blame.

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...South Korea, Japan and US bases in the region. The threats follow tough new UN sanctions imposed on North Korea last month following its third nuclear test in February this year. Separately, an initial investigation by South Korea into a major cyber attack last month that affected a number of banks and broadcasters has said North Korea is to blame. affected a number of banks and broadcasters has...

The UN human rights council has set up an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea for the first time

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The United Nations human rights council has set up an inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea for the first time. The UN council unanimously voted for the probe, which will examine allegations of prison camps, slave labor and food deprivation in North Korea. North Korea denounced the resolution as a political ploy. It is highly unlikely the team will be granted access to North Korea, so t...

North Korea has announced it will restore the key hotline with South Korea at Kaesong Industrial Complex

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North Korea has announced it will restore the key hotline with South Korea at Kaesong Industrial Complex, as the two countries discuss where to hold talks on the jointly-run industrial zone. Pyongyang said it would reopen a Red Cross hotline which it cut in March. It also invited officials to come to Kaesong for talks on Sunday on restarting operations at the factory zone, after the two sides agr...

South Korean experts have not detected any radioactive isotopes from North Korea's nuclear test, hampering efforts to assess the device

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...ut immediately after the test to collect samples, as was a Japanese plane. “Two days since the North’s nuclear test, the commission has completed analyzing eight samples, but no radioactive isotopes have been discovered as of 15:00 Thursday,” the commission said. No changes had been recorded at 122 unmanned radiation monitoring systems across the country, it added. North Korea sa...