Kim Jong-Un "climbs" Mt Paektu

A press release from the DPRK announced that leader Kim Jong-Un and aides hiked up Mt. Paektu, on the Korea-Chinese border, to celebrate the 2,744m mountain's significance in the republic's history. Nice shoes, Jong-Un!

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North Korea owes its nukes to the amazing, flexible CNC mill

Since the 1990s, North Korea has aggressively pursued development -- and importation -- of CNC mills, the ubiquitous makerspace staples that automatically machine complex forms out of blocks of metal, wood, plastic and other materials. Read the rest

Even by North Korean standards, the DPRK's Ullim tablet is creepily surveillant

The Ullim Tablet is the latest mobile device from North Korea to be subjected to independent analysis, and it takes the surveilling, creepy nature of the country's notoriously surveillant Android devices to new heights of badness. Read the rest

Kim Jong-Un's half-brother assassinated in Malaysia

Two assassins used poisoned needles to off the disfavored half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, reports South Korean media. Kim Jong-nam was attacked in Kuala Lumpur airport by the women, who then escaped in a taxi and remain at large.

Malaysian police told Reuters an unidentified North Korean man died en route to hospital from a Kuala Lumpur airport.The police said the man's identity had not been verified. An employee in the emergency ward of Putrajaya hospital told the agency a deceased Korean there was born in 1970 and surnamed Kim. A source close to the Malaysian Prime Minister's office confirmed Mr Kim's death to the BBC, adding that his body was now undergoing an autopsy.

Kim fell into disfavor with his then-ruling father, leading to his younger brother winning the throne after his death. Nam's screw-ups included being caught trying to get into Japan on a false passport in order to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

The North Korean government's not saying anything, but you can generate a fake Press release with our North Korean press release generator. Read the rest

North Korea channels the voice of Abraham Lincoln in “Hey, Obama” letter to U.S.

“Hey, Obama,” a weird letter from North Korea to the President of the United States opens, according to a translation offered by the Associated Press. “I know you have a lot on your mind these days … I’ve decided to give you a little advice.” Read the rest

Here's the giggly K-pop hit South Korea is tormenting North Korea with

News reportage has focused on the propaganda messages, but this, relentlessly blasted across the border at such volume it can be heard 12 miles in, is surely what's really keeping DPRK leader Kim Jong Un up at night.

The track—"DJ, put it back on!"—is called "Tell Me Your Wish," by "Girls' Generation." It has 33m YouTube views, so far. Read the rest