North Korea

8:34am

Sat March 30, 2013
Asia

'Think Again' About U.S. Impact On N. Korean Economy

For years, U.S. policy toward North Korea has been going on the premise that economic sanctions could deter North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. Host Scott Simon talks with David Kang, professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California, about the state of the North Korean economy.

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1:37pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Planet Money

Episode 290: North Korea's Illegal Economy

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 5:31 pm

An idle North Korean factory, seen from the Chinese border.
AFP Getty Images

Note: This podcast was originally published in 2011. With North Korea in the news again this week, we're re-running it today.

North Korea relies on charity to feed its starving people. But the country's elites like their luxuries — imported wine, fine china, dancing shoes.

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7:14am

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Russia Calls On U.S., North Korea To Step Back From The Brink

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 12:08 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with top brass in a photo released by the state-run KCNA. The chart in the background reportedly reads "U.S. mainland strike plan".
KCNA Xinhua/Landov

Russia is urging the U.S. and North Korea to end an escalating cycle of dangerous provocations after Pyongyang put its missile forces on high alert and American stealth bombers flew practice bomb runs over the Korean Peninsula.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking Friday in Moscow, said the tit-for-tat moves were becoming a "vicious cycle" that could "simply get out of control," Reuters reports.

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7:27am

Thu March 28, 2013
The Two-Way

UPDATED: N. Korea Responds To U.S. Bomber Training Run Over Korean Peninsula

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:00 pm

A U.S. Air Force B-2 stealth bomber flies near Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on Thursday.
Shin Young-keun AP

The U.S. military is making no secret about a training flight by a pair of nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers from a base in the American Midwest to the Korean Peninsula — what's being described as an "extended deterrence mission."

The flight of the two radar-evading bombers "demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct long range, precision strikes quickly and at will," the United States Forces Korea said in a press release Thursday.

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7:10am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea Cuts Hotline, Warns Of 'Simmering Nuclear War'

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 11:27 am

North Korea cut a hotline with South Korea on on Wednesday and told the United Nations that conditions were ripe for a "simmering nuclear war" on the peninsula.

"Upon authorization of the Foreign Ministry, the DPRK [North Korea] openly informs the U.N. Security Council that the Korean Peninsula now has the conditions for a simmering nuclear war," a statement read. "This is because of [provocative] moves by the U.S. and South Korean puppets."

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