North Korea

3:32am

Tue June 12, 2012
Asia

Hijacking Reveals Strains In China-North Korea Ties

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 8:00 am

A Chinese paramilitary guard gestures outside the North Korean Embassy in Beijing on May 17. Tensions between the two countries are rising after unidentified North Koreans hijacked three Chinese fishing boats and demanded ransom, before releasing the vessels and their crew.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

New strains are emerging between China and its old ally, North Korea, six months after the death of reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The recent North Korean hijacking of Chinese fishing boats has shaken those ties considerably, leading to public pressure on China to stand up to North Korea.

Fishing boats returning to their home port in China don't normally make the news. But they did last month, because three boats — and 28 fishermen — had been detained for almost two weeks in North Korea.

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10:23am

Wed May 30, 2012
The Two-Way

General Says He Was 'Accurately Quoted' But Misspoke On North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands next to senior military leaders during a ceremony in honor of his father, Kim Jong Il and grandfather, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang.
David Guttenfelder AP

Brig. Gen. Neil Tolley says that he has reviewed his presentation at a Special Forces Industry Conference and has come to the conclusion that he was "accurately quoted" by a reporter from the The Diplomat.

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11:56am

Tue May 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Pentagon Denies Special Forces Deployment In North Korea

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 12:05 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands next to senior military leaders during a ceremony in honor of his father, Kim Jong Il and grandfather, Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang.
David Guttenfelder AP

Yesterday, a short piece in a Japan-based foreign affairs magazine caused a lot of surprise: U.S. Special Forces have parachuted into North Korea "to spy on Pyongyang's extensive network of underground military facilities," The Diplomat reported.

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8:53am

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Condemns N. Korea Launch Attempt

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves from a balcony at the end of a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square. Sunday, April 15, 2012. AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
David Guttenfelder Associated Press

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned North Korea's failed attempt last week to launch a satellite into orbit, saying it has caused "grave security concerns".

Pyongyang admitted last week that its Unha-3 rocket disintegrated shortly after leaving the pad and that the rocket, as well as its satellite payload, was lost.

But most experts equate an orbital launch capability with the ability to launch long-range ballistic missiles, and the move to put up a satellite has been widely viewed as provocative in the West.

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6:00am

Sun April 15, 2012
Asia

Failed Rocket Looms Over N. Korean Anniversary

Originally published on Sun April 15, 2012 11:43 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. North Korea's new young leader, Kim Jong Un, stood before cheering troops and citizens today to make his first public speech. The address rounded off two weeks of celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of the nation's late founder and comes in the wake of Friday's failed missile launch. NPR's Louisa Lim reports on a new approach to leadership in the world's most isolated nation.

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