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North Korea teeters on the brink of famine as winter approaches

The last of the harvest was gathered shortly before the first snow fell in North Korea this year, but the yield was significantly less than the amount needed to feed the isolated nation's 26 milli...

North Korea tells US to stop supporting Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — North Korea has waded into the war of words on either side of the Taiwan Strait by criticizing the United States for being a threat and pressuring China. The U.S. was b...

Coronavirus: How the pandemic is hitting North Korea hard

North Korea was one of the first countries in the world to effectively seal its borders with the outside world in January 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world. Now more than a year ...

UN investigator: 11 million North Koreans are undernourished

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. independent investigator on human rights in North Korea says food insecurity in the country "is at an alarming level," with nearly half the population — 11 million peopl...

UN investigator says North Korea cracking down on escapes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United Nations' independent investigator on human rights in North Korea says there are signs it and China are strengthening their efforts to track down people who have es...

UN expert: N.Korea nuclear talks should include human rights

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A U.N. rights investigator says negotiations on North Korea's denuclearization must also include its abysmal human rights situation. Tomas Ojea Quintana tol...

UN expert worried rights not mentioned at NKorea summits

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. investigator on human rights in North Korea says he's "very concerned" that statements following Kim Jong Un's summits with the leaders of South Korea and the United Sta...

UN human rights expert urges North Korea prisoner release

The United Nations' special rapporteur on human rights Tomas, Ojea Quintana, on Thursday urged Pyongyang to "issue a general amnesty to release hundreds of prisoners." Hailing North Kor...

UN expert sees North Korea summit as chance for reforms

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert on North Korea says he hopes next week's U.S.-North Korea summit will lead to increased dialogue with Kim Jong Un on humanitarian issues. Tom...

UN investigators plans to review N. Korean abduction claims

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United Nations' independent investigator on human rights in North Korea says he plans to investigate North Korean claims that South Korea abducted 12 North Korean women. ...

Expert: Tough UN sanctions may affect North Koreans' rights

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s independent investigator on human rights in North Korea says tough U.N. sanctions may be affecting the rights of civilians and is calling for an assessment of their im...

UN official in North Korea to talk about rights of disabled

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — An U.N. official advocating for people with disabilities met with a North Korean human rights official Wednesday after becoming the first person designated by the U.N. Hu...

North Korea blames US and South Korea for Malaysia attack

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Monday tried to shift the blame for the deadly attack in Malaysia on the estranged half- brother of its leader Kim Jong Un to the United States and South Korea. ...

UN expert warns of rights impact of North Korea tests

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office's special rapporteur on North Korea says tensions caused by its ballistic missile and nuclear tests are jeopardizing efforts to improve human rights in the s...