A scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." Actor Randall Park, center, portrays North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the comedy. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures)
U.S. mulls putting North Korea on terrorism sponsor list
HONOLULU--U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cyber-vandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.
An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in California on Dec. 19. (AP file photo)
N. Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion
SEOUL--North Korea said on Dec. 20 U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.
A banner for "The Interview" is posted in Hollywood on Dec. 17. Sony Pictures canceled all release plans. (AP file photo)
Japan, S. Korea condemn Sony hack; Chinese paper says movie is senseless
Japan and South Korea condemned a hacking attack on Sony Pictures that the United States has blamed on North Korea and said they would cooperate in international efforts against cyber-crime as asked for by Washington.
President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the White House in Washington on Dec. 19. (AP Photo)
Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama declared on Dec. 19 that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader and pledged the United States would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hack attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in August 2013. (Korea News Service)
Russia invites N. Korean leader to Moscow for May visit
MOSCOW--Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, the Kremlin's spokesman said on Dec. 19.
Former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hong-koo (OP Shashin Tsushinsha)
South Koreans start movement to nominate Article 9 for Nobel Peace Prize
SEOUL--In a bid to counter Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for constitutional revisions, a group of South Korean intellectuals started a campaign to nominate war-renouncing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Lee Jung-hee, center, a head of the Unified Progressive Party, and supporters shout slogans against constitutional court's verdict near the constitutional court in Seoul on Dec. 19. (AP Photo)
S. Korea's constitutional court orders dissolution of leftist party
SEOUL--South Korea's constitutional court on Dec. 19 ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a movie theater in Atlanta on Dec. 17. (AP Photo)
Sony cancels 'The Interview' release amid terror hack threats
NEW YORK--Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview."
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledges workers at a factory that provides food for the military in this photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in November. (Korea News Service)
Kim Jong Un eyes Russia for first overseas stop as North Korean leader
BEIJING--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seems to be leaning toward Russia for his first official visit abroad and not China, which would normally be the inaugural stop.
North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square, some bowing toward portraits of their late leader Kim Jong Il, as an act of respect, to mark the third anniversary of his death on Dec. 17 in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
N. Korea marks end of 3-year mourning period for late leader Kim Jong Il
PYONGYANG--North Korea marked the end of a three-year mourning period for the late leader Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, opening the way for his son, Kim Jong Un, to put a more personal stamp on the way the country is run.
Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. (AP file photo)
Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters
NEW YORK— Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats on Dec. 16 against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referred to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Kori nuclear power plant in Busan, South Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
S. Korea cancer victims bring class action against nuclear operator
SEOUL--A group of South Korean thyroid cancer patients living near nuclear plants have filed the country's first class action suit against the operator, after an October court ruling in favor of a plaintiff claiming a link between radiation and the cancer.
In this 2009 file photo, customers walk near the model planes of Korean Air in a showroom at the headquarters of Korean Air Lines Co. in Seoul. (AP Photo)
Korean Air to be sanctioned for nut rage cover-up
SEOUL--South Korea's transport ministry said Korean Air Lines Co. will face sanctions for pressuring employees to lie during a government probe into the nut rage fiasco that highlighted the tyrannical behavior of a top Korean business family.
Chinese newspapers on Dec. 15 carry stories detailing the Liberal Democratic Party’s landslide victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Nanae Kurashige)
Chinese, S. Korean newspapers warn LDP's victory could adversely impact ties
Major newspapers in China and South Korea expressed concern a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election and warned about the implications for relations in Asia.
Park Ji-man, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's brother, center, talks to the media upon his arrival at Seoul District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul on Dec. 15. (Toru Higashioka/ The Asahi Shimbun)
S. Korean president faces political crisis over allegations involving aides, her brother
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye is facing a political crisis over allegations that a former chief adviser pulled strings behind the scenes on key state affairs and feuded with Park's younger brother for power.
Primary school students in Pyongyang celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the birth of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 3, 2014, in this photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
Horrors of North Korea: Children too busy scrounging for money to attend school
Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors, which originally appeared in The Asahi Shimbun Digital website. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran under the general title of “Horrors of North Korea.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Provided by Korea News Service)
China left out in the cold as North Koreans prepare to mark Kim Jong Il's death
BEIJING--In a surprise snub, North Korea did not formally invite China to send representatives to attend a memorial ceremony in Pyongyang to mark the third anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Sung Kim speaks to reporters at a hotel in Beijing Dec. 12. (AP Photo)
U.S. envoy says no sign North Korea wants to reopen talks
BEIJING--Despite North Korea's recent freeing of three American captives, the hard-line Communist state's leadership appears no closer to reopening a dialogue with the outside, the chief U.S. envoy for North Korea said Dec. 12.
Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air Lines Co. Chairman Cho Yang-ho, who was head of cabin service at the airline, speaks to the media in Seoul on Dec. 12. (AP Photo)
Korean Air exec apologizes after nuts incident sparks national outrage
SEOUL--The former Korean Air Lines executive who delayed a flight because she was unhappy with the way she was served macadamia nuts apologised on Dec. 12 over the incident, which fueled outrage and ridicule in South Korea.
A Korean Air logo is seen at its ticketing counter at Gimpo Airport in Seoul on Dec. 9. (AP Photo)
Nut rage spat latest stumble for Korean Air family
SEOUL--When South Koreans heard that a Korean Air Lines executive delayed a flight because she was angry at being served macadamia nuts in a bag there was outrage but no surprise.

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