North Korea

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InSapphoWeTrust / Flickr

It's North Korea. Again.

Just last month, North Korea vowed war as tensions escalated along the DMZ.  This week, Pyongyang announced plans to launch long range missiles and improve its nuclear weapons and, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, you can expect more of the same for the next month.

October 10th is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers Party - a major event in North Korea, and announcements this week have analysts wondering if it might be marked by a long range missile launch, a nuclear weapons test, or maybe both.

Moyan Brenn / Flickr
Moyan Brenn / Flickr

If you're planning to visit Pyongyang this weekend, remember to set your watch back an extra thirty minutes. In an effort to expunge a vestige of Japanese Colonization, North Korea has created its own time zone, as of Saturday, which marks 70 years since Japan's occupation of Korea ended at the end of the Second World War. More from Neal Conan in the latest Pacific News Minute.

Roger W / Flickr
Roger W / Flickr

The treasury department has issued sanctions against a shipping company based in Singapore for allegedly assisting North Korean weapons traffic, which is banned by both the United States and the United Nations.  As we hear from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute, the charges date back to an infamous incident two years ago.

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  Since you listen to public radio, you don’t hear produced commercials along with your programming. But the use of slogans is not limited to consumer products, it’s also used by governments, including North Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

Sony’s recent trouble with computer hacking has brought more attention to exactly how North Korea approaches cyber security. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  News from North Korea often involves missile launches and aggressive rhetoric. But for close watchers of the hermit kingdom, there’s another subject that’s getting attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hamlet for North Korea?

Mar 12, 2014
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Flickr Commons

  It’s been about a year since the Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble staged the Shakespearian tragedy “Hamlet.” Now, controversy has developed over another group’s plan to take that play on the road…all the way to North Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

CC / Kok Leng Yeo
CC / Kok Leng Yeo

  

  This week remains a tense one on the Korean peninsula. Last week, word emerged that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his uncle. This week, reactions are cautious from Seoul to Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Ski North Korea?

Oct 11, 2013
Flickr / raus kinnie
Flickr / raus kinnie

Winter is still two and a half months away, but it’s not too early for skiers around the islands to plan their trips. Colorado and Utah are popular destinations for ski resorts…but an unusual one may be added soon: North Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Frühtau
Flickr / Frühtau

As the new work week begins, there are signs of slightly easing tensions between North and South Korea. The two countries have restored the military hotline that was disconnected in March. And a couple of events taking place this week may show some further progress. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

President Obama is meeting the president of China today in California. One of the topics on the agenda is North Korea—and there are some new developments to discuss. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Relations with North Korea and much of the rest of the world remain strained. While there haven’t been any new developments since the country’s recent test launch of short range missiles, there are reports North Korea may try a new kind of international outreach. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea
Flickr / KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea

The president of South Korea spent a couple of days in Washington this week. She met with President Obama and told a joint session of Congress that it’s time to stop rewarding North Korea for bad behavior. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

With news events elsewhere developing rapidly over the past week, North Korea has been pushed off the front pages of many of the world’s newspapers. But it may not stay that way. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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