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Special Report: The fabulous story of North Korea's fabric made of stone

SEOUL (Reuters) - For much of the world, it's a niche product. In North Korea, where winter temperatures are frigid and which cannot produce enough cotton or wool for clothing, the synthetic fiber developed after nylon was glorified as a revolutionary invention.<p>Known outside North Korea as vinylon, …

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North Koreans Wear Clothes Made of Stone, Report Reveals

In North Korea, an impoverished country where temperatures drop below freezing in winter, people are encouraged to wear clothes made from stone, a …

North Korea

Commentary: The Olympics will only make the Korea crisis worse

In the lead-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, scheduled for Feb. 9 to 25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, representatives of the two Koreas have suddenly …

Olympics

Nearly seven decades of tensions between the two Koreas

North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, in the latest sign that the crisis …

North Korea

7 Books that Take You Inside North Korea

Novels, reporting, and memoir from the secretive country that’s dominating the newsTensions between the U.S. and North Korea have reached a boiling …

Korean Peninsula

Korean Conciliation: Will it Last?

The positive signs currently coming from the Korean Peninsula, and especially from North Korea, are definitely encouraging.<p>In fact, the 23rd Winter …

North Korea

First 'ghost ship' of 2018 washes up in Japan with dead North Koreans

<b>Tokyo (CNN) —</b> Another ship bearing grim cargo has washed up on the shores of western Japan.<p>Police discovered a wooden ship carrying the corpses of seven men on a beach in Ishikawa prefecture last week.<p>Inside the boat they also found a badge with the likenesses of North Korean leaders Kim Jong Il …

North Korea

Column: Kim Jong Un plays the Olympics like a champion

North Korea suddenly making nice for the duration of next month's Olympic Games in South Korea, putting seven decades of enmity on hold for 16 days …

North Korea

‘Ghost ship’ washes up on Japan’s coast with skeletal remains of suspected North Koreans

The remains of eight people suspected to be from North Korea were reportedly uncovered after a “ghost ship” washed ashore on Japan’s coast last week containing a badge depicting former North Korean leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung.<p>Seven decomposed bodies were found inside the ship's "small …

North Korea

Bodies recovered after 'ghost ship' washes ashore in Japan

It was found by police in Kanazawa - the capital of Japan's central Honshu Island - last week alongside one body, with bad weather initially …

North Korea

Another North Korean ghost ship, with seven bodies on board, has washed ashore

• <b>Another "ghost ship", suspected to be from North Korea, has washed ashore in Japan.</b>• <b><br>The boat contained the remains of seven men, and a North Korean propaganda pin.</b>• <b><br>2017 saw the most ghost ships to arrive in Japan since data collection began.</b><p>A boat that washed ashore in Japan this month appears to be …

U.S. Politics

Winter Olympics: How good is North Korea at sport?

<b>For all the buzz and political intrigue, North Korea's participation at next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will live up to the old saying: "It's the taking part that counts".</b><p>Their representation at the Games is still to be confirmed, but may be limited to two figure skaters.<p>Perhaps …

North Korea

Bodies recovered from suspected North Korean 'ghost ship' wreckage in Japan

Eight suspected North Korean bodies have washed ashore from a wrecked "ghost ship" in central Japan.<p>Local police told the ABC the badly decomposing …

Kim Jong-Il

Why I’ve Spent Half My Life Helping North Korea

North Korea’s recent decision to participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics comes at a time when the country has arguably never been more …

North Korea

Japan investigates how to evacuate citizens from South Korea in crisis: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is examining how to evacuate its roughly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis that closes airports, with military ships being used as shuttles, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.<p>North Korea's pursuit of its military and nuclear programmes in …

North Korea

In the Nuclear Standoff, Ordinary North Koreans Disappear

Share this:<p>An advocate for North Korean refugees outlines an alternative approach to political change and regional peace in Korea.<p>Sokeel Park is the …

North Korea

ABC News Blames Donald Trump for False Alarm in Hawaii

If you watched ABC News this morning, you would be forgiven for believing that President Trump has caught-up Hawaii in a new Cold War. After a …

North Korea

North Korean soaps turn to romance and travails of modern life as they seek to woo youth and Pyongyang elite

North Korean soap operas are turning away from plot-lines featuring heroic soldiers and workers devoting themselves to the party to instead focus on the material benefits - laptop computers, fashionable clothes, gold watches - of being loyal citizens.<p>Programming in North Korea has undergone a …

Korean Peninsula

The horrors of war with North Korea, explained by a South Korean general

“This would be more like trying to get rid of Allah.”<p>President Donald Trump has promised to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea and to “totally destroy” the country if it continues to threaten the US or its allies. His administration even recently considered potentially launching a small, …

Kim Jong-Il

'Pet translator' technology will allow humans speak to their pets in less than 10 years' time

Professor Con Slobodchikoff has studied hours of animal behavior footage.<p>Computers may be able to accurately explain what a dog means by a specific …

Pets

Why ‘Coercive Diplomacy’ is a Dangerous Farce

With his recent “my (nuclear) button is bigger than yours” taunt, Donald Trump’s rhetoric has fully descended into school yard braggadocio, with …

North Korea

Wormwood and a Shocking Secret of War: How Errol Morris Vindicated My Father, Wilfred Burchett

<i>Still from “Wormwood.”</i>We see a wall with murky brown floral wallpaper and a door with a peephole and the number 1018A. A man is talking on the phone. …

Liberal View

Why North Korea Is Likely Planning a Satellite Launch in 2018

It's certainly looking like Kim Jong-un may look to launch a new satellite or two in 2018.

North Korea

Forum: Can Oprah win in 2020?

Oprah Winfrey accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards — Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC<p>Oprah delivered her first State …

LGBTQ

No Matter How Popular the Notion Is in D.C., Let’s Not Start a Not So Splendid Global War by Striking North Korea

Starting a worldwide conflict is usually a very bad idea.<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported Tuesday that Trump administration officials are considering …

North Korea

In North Korea, the app store is an actual store

In true Orwellian fashion, North Korea’s tightly controlled intranet is called “<i>kwangmyong,</i>” or, loosely, “light.” Its rays are said to shine on fewer than 200 websites run by the government, according to the AP, and it’s the only “web” that most citizens can surf, although the top-tier of the …

North Korea

Why North Korea's Olympic ambition has little to do with podium glory

A deeper dive into the day's most notable stories<p><i>Welcome to The National Today, which takes a closer look at what's happening around some of the</i> …

South Korea

U.S. Preparing For Tunnel Warfare With North Korea As Talks Open With South

The U.S. Army has reportedly stepped up training efforts for North Korea’s massive network of underground tunnels amidst ongoing tension and threats …

North Korea

North Korea Makes Peace with the Olympics

Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik of North Korea are not expected to win a medal in pairs figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But few athletes may have a more impactful presence next month at the Games, which are being promoted as a chance to ease political and nuclear tensions on …

North Korea

North Korea's rare face-to-face held in 'truce village' where Americans once were murdered

The history of the so-called “Truce Village” where North and South Koreans held a rare face-to-face meeting on Tuesday has a history that belies its name, and includes the murder of two American troops by North Korea soldiers — the result of an operation that began with the attempted trimming of an …

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