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N. Korea mourns Castro: A distant 'comrade'

Pyongyang - North Korea began three days of official mourning on Monday for late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, remembering him as a "close friend" and heroic ally in a joint struggle against US aggression.

N. Korea conducts another failed missile launch

Pyongyang - North Korea on Thursday conducted what appeared to be a failed test -- its second in a week -- of a powerful medium-range missile that experts warn could be deployed as early as next year.

Festival brings (some) world cinema to Pyongyang

Pyongyang - Sex and graphic violence were largely a no-no, although a glimpse of naked Russian buttocks made the cut, while a Bollywood offering was well received and Hollywood was locked out completely.

North Korea hails 'successful' test of new rocket engine

Pyongyang - North Korea has successfully tested a new, high-powered rocket engine, state media said on Tuesday, a move experts say will bolster its already burgeoning weapons programme.

N. Korea says nuclear weapons a defence against US 'blackmail'

Pyongyang - North Korea Saturday sought to justify its weapons programme as a defence against US nuclear "blackmail" as world powers debated ways to punish Pyongyang for its fifth and most powerful atomic test.

North Korea star newsreader back to announce nuclear test

Pyongyang - North Korea deployed its most trusted newsreader on Friday to herald the success of its fifth nuclear test on state television.

AFP opens North Korea bureau

Pyongyang - Global news agency AFP has opened a bureau in North Korea, becoming one of only a handful of foreign media organisations to have a permanent presence in the one of the world’s most isolated states.

North Korea executes vice premier for 'disrespect': Seoul

Pyongyang - North Korea has executed a vice premier for showing disrespect during a meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong-Un, South Korea said Wednesday, after reports that he fell asleep.

North Korea leader says missile test 'greatest success'

Pyongyang - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a submarine-launched missile test the "greatest success", state media said Thursday, as the UN weighed a condemnation of the launch which appears to advance Pyongyang's nuclear strike capability.

Introducing Manbang, North Korea's version of Netflix

Netflix, an on-demand video streaming service, has a new competitor called Manbang, which North Korea invented. It allows people to watch five channels in real time and view information about the country's leader.

Sanctions disrupt aid agencies in N. Korea

Pyongyang - Ramped-up international sanctions on North Korea have inadvertently disrupted the already challenging work of aid agencies there, those in the field say, with risk-averse banks refusing to transfer funds needed to keep operations running.

North Korea arrests defector who 'worked as South Korea agent'

Pyongyang - North Korea on Friday paraded a defector accused of involvement in a child abduction plot it says was masterminded by South Korean agents, as Seoul demanded the man's immediate release.

'Chairman Kim' presides over mass parade in Pyongyang

Pyongyang - North Korea held a massive parade in Pyongyang on Tuesday, turning the capital's giant square into a sea of pink, to celebrate a ruling party congress seen as a formal coronation for supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.

Secretive North Korean party opens up — for five minutes

Pyongyang - North Korea's secretive ruling party briefly opened up to the world's media Monday, as a confident-looking Kim Jong-Un took centre stage at its rare top-level gathering.

North Korea crowns Kim party chief as rare congress closes

Pyongyang - North Korea on Monday wrapped up its first ruling party congress for 36 years -- an event seen as a formal coronation for leader Kim Jong-Un, who was appointed to the post of party chairman.

North Korea party congress pushes nuclear weapons expansion

Pyongyang - North Korea's first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years formally endorsed leader Kim Jong-Un's policy of expanding the country's nuclear arsenal, as South Korea on Monday dismissed his proposals for military talks and improved ties.

N. Korean leader says will only use nuclear weapons if attacked

Pyongyang - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un told a rare ruling party congress that his country was a "responsible" nuclear weapons state, with a no first-use policy and a commitment to non-proliferation, state media reported Sunday.

N. Korea's Kim defends nuclear arsenal as test fears grow

Pyongyang - North Korea's first ruling party congress since 1980 moved into a second day Saturday, after leader Kim Jong-Un opened with a defiant defence of his nuclear weapons programme and amid fresh signs Pyongyang is readying a fifth nuclear test.

North Korea controls agenda as world's media pour in

Pyongyang - When one of the world's most secretive states opens the door to the international media, it keeps a firm grip on the handle.

North Korea stages once-in-a-generation party congress

Pyongyang - North Korea kicked off its first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years Friday, with state media lauding the isolated country's "prestige" as a nuclear power while maintaining a news blackout on the event itself.
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