North, South Korea Trade Artillery Rounds into the Sea

Passengers watch a television program showing reports on North Korea's plan to conduct live-fire drills, at a railway station in Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters as part of a drill on Monday, prompting the South to fire back, officials in Seoul said, but the exercise appeared to be more saber rattling from Pyongyang rather than the start of a military standoff.

Japan Responds to Nork Missile Launch

North Korean ballistic missiles on parade / AP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he ordered his government to confirm the safety of airplanes and ships that were potentially in the area of a North Korean missile launch, Jiji News said on Wednesday.

Rising Threat

Pentagon: North Korea develops unmanned strike aircraft from stolen U.S. target drone
Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker target drone / Wikimedia Commons

North Korea has deployed an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of attacking ground targets based on stolen U.S. target drones, the Pentagon revealed in a report to Congress.

Human Rights Advocates Blast Hillary Clinton

Activists highlight record of inaction during Clinton’s tenure of secretary of state
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s record on human rights came under harsh criticism in Geneva, Switzerland, last week as political dissidents and pro-democracy activists gathered at a conference ahead of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s annual session.

North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles

Kim Jong Un visits participants of a national agriculture competition in this undated photo

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired four short-range missiles over the sea off its east coast on Thursday, a media official at South Korea’s Defence Ministry said, while providing no information on the purpose of the firing.

Chinese Influence Over North Korea Waning

Communication between the two countries has nearly disappeared
Kim Jong-un / AP

BEIJING—The People’s Republic of China (PRC) remains the chief benefactor of the neighboring Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but as North Korea’s dependence on China increases, China’s influence over the country appears to be decreasing.

Horror in the Hermit Kingdom

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the 72nd birth anniversary of North Korea's late leader Kim Jong Il

GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities, U.N. investigators said on Monday.