North Korean state media has released a video showing the country's latest missile test, the first successful test in some time. The intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has been identified as the Hwasong-12, a new name given to the missile by North Korea. The missile was first put on display during a military parade on 15 April 2017.
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The North Korean government is famous for coming up with some peculiar theories. But have you heard the one about how the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency paid a "lumberjack" $US20,000 ($26,946) to kill Kim Jong Un and his cronies with "radioactive" and "nano poisonous" substances? It's a doozy.
Remember what it felt like a couple of months ago when you, as an American, didn't give much thought to North Korea? I'd like you to try and remember that feeling over the next couple of weeks, because the US government wants that to change. The past month has shown a tremendous shift in news coverage about North Korea. And that's no accident.
These are weird times we live in and it's tough to keep our heads on straight. An unnerving news cycle is building up around North Korea's aggressive demonstrations of its military power. Today, the New York Times reported that the economically hobbled dictatorship may have accidentally shown off its capability to convert an atom bomb into a hydrogen bomb with an online advertisement for Lithium 6.
North Korea is going rogue again. On August 15, the DPRK will institute a one-time-only, death-to-imperialists version of "Spring Ahead", setting the country's time zone back by a half hour. The new GMT +8.30 time zone will be called "Pyongyang Time".
Kim Jong-un showed off North Korea's modern international airport this week, which includes a rich cornucopia of duty-free goods, "espresso-based drinks" and other luxuries. But the story behind the airport's design is unmistakably tyrannical.
To celebrate the New Year, the national North Korean television network has broadcasted this footage of the supreme leader flying a plane. According to local media, the almighty Kim Jong-un piloted and landed the aircraft by himself — with the help of his two assistants.
Last year, an Atlantic article introduced us to an activist group run by a former North Korean who now uses balloons to airlift information and technology into into the tightly-controlled country. Now, its members want to use their balloons to tote in copies of The Interview, Sony's beleaguered comedy about Kim Jong-un.
Despite rumours that Sony Pictures would officially blame North Korea for the recent hack that exposed everything from its payroll to its employees medical records to unreleased scripts, a North Korean diplomat now says his country didn't do it. The New York-based official says it's just "another fabrication targeting the country".