Don Ellsworth

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N. Korean shelling a likely warning, not attack

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's artillery shelling near a South Korean warship patrolling disputed waters was likely a warning, not an attack …

North Korean 'executed for communicating with outside world'

The death sentence has been imposed upon at least one person caught making phone contact with South Korea from a location near the Chinese-North Korean border, Daily NK has learned via detailed testimony from a source in the region.<p>“At the beginning of this year they amended the criminal code,” the …

Christians in India Fear for the Future of Religious Freedom

<i>National Elections End in Victory for Hindu Nationalists</i><p><b>5/16/2014 Washington D.C.</b> (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern …

Religious Persecution: Our Silence is Deafening

For several years my wife and I attended a little church in Virginia called St. Peter's. Every Sunday during the "Prayers of the People" we would …

North Korea Says Life in U.S. Is 'Living Hell'

Two months after the U.N. Human Rights Council excoriated North Korea for “crimes against humanity”, the reclusive kingdom has released its own …

Jang Jin-sung: 'If anyone thinks North Korea is opening up, they are mistaken'

Jang Jin-Sung was 28 years-old when he first met Kim Jong-il. That rare audience with North Korea’s late Supreme Leader in 1999 should have been the proudest day of his life. Instead, it was a catalyst for his eventual defection - one of the most high profile in the country’s history.<p>Born in …

North Korea agrees to 'consider' UN recommendations on human rights

The UH human rights council has presented North Korea with 268 recommendations to improve human rights in the country –185 of which the North has said it will consider.<p>The recommendations, which follow the release of a dossier of human rights abuses in February, were presented to North Korea in …

Defector: Shadowy organization, not Kim Jong Un, controls North Korea

Who controls the Hermit Kingdom?<p>According to a North Korean defector – a former regime insider who was one of Kim Jong Il’s favorite poet-propagandists – it is not the 31-year-old dictator Kim Jong Un.<p>“When Kim Jong Il died and Kim Jong Un succeeded him, people saw the transfer of power from father …

North Korean Defector’s Eye-Opening Revelations — Including How Much Power Kim Jong Un Actually Wields

Kim Jong Un is North Korea’s supreme, unquestioned, all-powerful dictator whose every word is revered, every demand is immediately granted, and every idea and whim is bestowed the most-favored status — right?<p>Image source: CNN<p>Not by a long shot, according to Jang Jin-Sung, a North Korean defector …

North Korea Exiles Over 100 To Remote Mountains: Report

Watching a video filmed in a foreign country can get you banished in North Korea, as over a hundred people in the nation's capital have reportedly found out since March.<p>Citing a Pyongyang-based source, Seoul's Daily NK news site reports that "at least 100 Pyongyang citizens have been internally …

South Korea says North Korea ‘must disappear soon’

Mythbusters: uncovering the truth about North Korea

The world’s interest in North Korea dwarfs the amount we really know about the so-called "hermit kingdom". With a media hungry for information, reports based on rumours or anonymous sources are not uncommon – what our partners at NK News call "an echo-chamber effect".<p>Open contributions: …

US government grants for North Korea could endanger lives, say experts

The US government's recent call for North Korea-focused grant proposals could encourage activities that put people at risk, several experts have told NK News<i>.</i><p>The call by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), which offers applicants grants of up to $350,000 to promote “human rights …

Criticising US government grants for North Korea is 'ignorant and insulting'

Applications for the latest round of US government grants supporting North Korean projects closed yesterday. Normally these moments pass without a flicker of interest outside some very small circles, but this time the call for proposals by the State Department’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights …

Iran Is Not North Korea

"What a terrible country to live in! No personal freedoms, no honest elections, and state propaganda everywhere. I wonder if there will ever be a revolution."<p>I couldn't agree more with this statement by one of my Iranian friends in Tehran. It would have been easy to think he was talking about his …

Ten things we learned from Michael Kirby's North Korea Reddit AMA

In February, the UN's commission of inquiry into human rights in North Korea published a damning report detailing human rights abuses committed by the country's leadership against its own people. They compared the scale of the abuse to the atrocities committed by the Nazis.<p>Michael Kirby, the chair …