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Dictator's Dilemma: Could Kim Jong Un survive prosperity

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump's message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been simple and clear: give up your nuclear weapons and a flood of wealth will soon be yours for the takin...

Closing nuclear facility on table as US-NKorea summit nears

TOKYO (AP) — The future of a key North Korean nuclear facility is on the table as leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump prepare to meet in Vietnam next week. The Yongbyon Nuc...

Possible peace declaration looms large over Kim-Trump summit

TOKYO (AP) — With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving h...

Cheap and Green: Pyongyang upgrades its mass transit system

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang is upgrading its overcrowded mass transit system with brand-new subway cars, trams and buses in a campaign meant to show leader Kim Jong Un is raising the count...

North Korea exploring sanctions-proof energy technologies

NAMPO, North Korea (AP) — Power-strapped North Korea is exploring two ambitious alternative energy sources — tidal power and coal-based synthetic fuels — that could greatly improve living standards an...

K-pop and fancy sneakers: Kim Jong Un's cultural revolution

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dancers in hot pants. Factories pumping out Air Jordan lookalikes. TV dramas that are actually fun to watch. North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by...

North Korea pushing flag at center of new loyalty campaign

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea is stepping up a new loyalty campaign as leader Kim Jong Un prepares for his second summit with President Donald Trump. The campaign began l...

4 ideas from NKorean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech

TOKYO (AP) — Looking almost banker-like in a business suit and sitting in an upholstered leather armchair, Kim Jong Un gave his annual televised New Year's address on Tuesday. The No...

Kim Jong Un expected to ring in 2019 with big policy speech

TOKYO (AP) — Kim Jong Un will be keeping North Korea watchers busy on New Year's Day, when he is expected to give his annual address laying out the country's top priorities for the year ahead. ...

World's tallest empty hotel lit up with N. Korean propaganda

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The 105-story Ryugyong Hotel has long been a blot on the Pyongyang skyline. The world's tallest unoccupied building has towered over North Korea's capital since 1987, a g...

North Korea 'Singapore shops' reveal familiar sanction gaps

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Despite the unwanted publicity of a criminal trial for one of their main suppliers, business is booming at Pyongyang's 'Singapore shops,' which sell everything from Ukrai...

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son and successor, Kim Jong Un. ...

North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong's Il death

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans are marking the anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il seven years ago with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un. ...

North Korea's stable exchange rates confound economists

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — It's a question that nags at North Korea economy watchers: How has the country been able to maintain stable exchange rates — and avert hyper-inflation — despite intense s...

In factory after factory, Kim tries to grow N. Korea economy

WONSAN, North Korea (AP) — For North Korean factory managers, a visit by leader Kim Jong Un is the highest of honors and quite possibly the most stressful event imaginable. The chief...