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North Korean Mural of Kim Il Sung

Externally, it’s clear enough that Kim Jong Un intends this season’s extreme saber-rattling performance to establish North Korea as a recognized nuclear weapons and long-range missiles power, not to be messed with. Internally, it’s equally clear he wants his subjects to see him not as a 30-year-old kid who’s inheriting power from his dead daddy but as a clever and fearless general able to save them from the machinations of ferocious enemies. Read more»

There's a new Kim in town, but can we expect the bad boy regime in Pyongyang to change? Read more»

Following the death of North Korea strongman Kim Jong Il, all eyes are on his successor, son Kim Jong Un. What changes will he implement? Read more»

Dear Leader Kim Jong-il is dead. Or is he? Read more»

Saddam's gone. Kim Jong Il's gone. It's time for an Axis of Evil update. Read more»

The death of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il and the accession to power of his son Kim Jong Un has the world wondering in what the future holds for "the hermit kingdom" ... and its neighbors. Read more»

Kim Jong Un, the heir apparent of Kim Jong Il, is left with a legacy that he may not be able to fulfill. But can he top is father's brother-in-law? Read more»

Kim Jong Il in 2008, in a Korean Central News Agency photo.

The world is a better place now that Kim Jong Il is no longer in it. For more than six decades, people in North Korea have been consigned to lives of dire poverty and cruel oppression under one of the most totalitarian regimes the world has ever known. Read more»

Kim Jong Il

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is dead, according to state television from Pyongyang. There are currently no independent reports confirming his death. Read more» 2

Before defecting, Song Byeok cut his artistic teeth turning out grinning propaganda portraits of founding father Kim Il Sung. Since arriving in South Korea, however, he has turned his talents against the repressive regime. Read more»

Newly released footage shot over several months by an undercover North Korean journalist suggests that Kim Jong Il's iron fist is weakening. For the first time, it seems, the all-powerful army, which used to be immune from famine, is also going hungry Read more» 1

Just when you thought North Korea couldn't get any more disturbing. A leaked official police document reportedly details at least one case of cannibalism. If true, the report would validate what has been rumored in the North for quite some time: that people are so hungry they are eating other people. Read more» 2

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (right) visits the Anju district coal mine combination company at an undisclosed location in North Korea, in this picture released by North Korea's official news agency, KCNA, in 2009.

Given the increasingly dire economic situation in North Korea, people are losing faith in Kim Jong Il. And they are expressing their cynicism through reinterpretations of government slogans, reports the Daily NK. Read more» 1

Despite previous success, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter didn't seem to garner good will toward the release of a detained American, reportedly held for months over his missionary work. Read more»

Defectors say the North's recent hostilities betray regime's desperation. Read more»

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