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Secret Sauce? Kim Jong Un applies science to kimchi making

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — Kim Jong Un wants to turn the art of kimchi-making into a science. And the North Korean leader is putting his money where his mouth is. On the outskirts of Pyongyang, surrounded by snow-covered farms and greenhouses, stands one of Kim’s latest pet projects, the Ryugyong Kimchi Factory, …

Secret Sauce? Kim Jong Un applies science to kimchi making

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — Kim Jong Un wants to turn the art of kimchi-making into a science. And the North Korean leader is putting his money where his mouth is. On the outskirts of Pyongyang, surrounded by snow-covered farms and greenhouses, stands one of Kim’s latest pet projects, the Ryugyong Kimchi Factory, …

Postcard from Pyongyang: The airport now has Wi Fi, sort of

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — North Korea is one of the least Wi-Fi-friendly countries in the world. Having a device that emits Wi-Fi signals can result in detention and a major fine. Worse, if you are a North Korean. Public use of the internet is a concept that just makes North Korean officials …

North Korea UN ambassador demands US prove ransomware claim

TOKYO — North Korea’s envoy in charge of U.S. affairs at the United Nations demanded Washington provide evidence to back up its claim Pyongyang was behind the Wannacry ransomware attack, an allegation has said was a “baseless provocation” being used to generate tensions. Pak Song Il told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from …

North Korean ‘masterminds’ evade Kim Jong Nam murder trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — At a trial that could send two Southeast Asian women to the gallows, Malaysian prosecutors are shining a light on several men at large they say masterminded and played crucial roles in carrying out the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong’s Un’s estranged half brother. The lone defendants at the …

Malaysia airport video shows 4 men accused in Kim’s killing

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — Prosecutors showed a Malaysian court airport security videos on Thursday that detail the movements of four North Korean suspects who allegedly planned and helped two women — now facing possible death sentences — kill Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother. Police chief investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told …

North Korea photos suggest new solid fuel missile designs

TOKYO — North Korea’s state media released photos Wednesday that appear to show the designs of one or possibly two new missiles. Concept diagrams of the missiles were seen hanging on a wall behind leader Kim Jong Un while he visited a plant that makes solid-fuel engines for the country’s ballistic-missile program. One of the …

The real revolution in NKorea is rise of consumer culture

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — Like all North Korean adults, Song Un Pyol wears the faces of leader Kim Jong Un’s father and grandfather pinned neatly to her left lapel, above her heart. But on her right glitters a diamond-and-gold brooch. Song is what a success story in Kim Jong Un’s North Korea …

North Korea says 2nd ICBM test puts ‘entire’ US in range

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of …

N. Korea mysteriously nixes beer fest, but unveils new brew

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — North Korea has suddenly cancelled a popular month-long beer festival, but people won’t be going thirsty in a country where brews are cheap and carry the ruling family’s seal of approval. Last year’s inaugural festival along the Taedong River was a surprise hit with tourists and Pyongyang residents alike. This …