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On Sunday, North Korea announced that Kim Jong Un’s uncle, the powerful guiding-hand regent, had been excommunicated from the leadership. Four days later, after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason, Jang Song Taek was executed. Read more»

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»

The U.S. delivered a very expensive message last week in dispatching a couple of its $3 billion, B-2 stealth bombers from Missouri to drop dummy bombs during training exercises in South Korea. By some estimates the planes cost $135,000 per hour to fly — nearly double that of any other military aircraft. And their hefty price tag in today’s dollars makes them too expensive to put at serious risk in all but the direst circumstances. Read more»

Despite Dennis Rodman's best efforts, the situation in North Korea is still unstable ... Read more»

This undated picture relased by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Monday shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (center) inspecting coastal defenses.

North Korea fired off short-range missiles into the East Sea on Friday amid heightened tension following its February nuclear test, a military source in Seoul said. Read more»

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a fish farm.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was recently the target of an assassination attempt, South Korean intelligence has said. Read more»

Kim Jong-un

Five questions with MIT professor Jim Walsh on what North Korea's nuclear detonation means for China, the US and global security. Read more»

North Korea has admitted to carrying out a third nuclear test, hours after U.S. seismologists detected a 4.9-magnitude earthquake in the hermit kingdom. Read more»

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

North Korea's attempt to launch a satellite (and test its long-range missile delivery capability) failed miserably Thursday when the rocket exploded not long after launch. Read more»

The North Korean rocket launch, intended to place a satellite in orbit, was an unambiguous failure, officials in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo all agree. Read more»

North Korea fired two short-range missiles Thursday as part of what analysts believe is a test of upgraded weapons-delivery capabilities. Read more»

The United States announced Wednesday that North Korea has agreed to a moratorium on its nuclear activities and tests, marking a breakthrough in negotiations with the communist regime. 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»

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