Kim Jong Un

HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: I sewed by candlelight but earned more...
The Kaesong Industrial Zone as seen from an observation point in South Korea (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran ...
North Korea officially squelches speculation of Kim trip
In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with president of the Presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam at the Olympic reception hosted by the Russian President in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--North Korea announced May 4 that the head of its parliament will attend this month's Victory Day celebration in Moscow, squelching speculation that supreme leader...
Kremlin: North Korean leader will not visit Moscow in May
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
MOSCOW--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not attend events in Moscow next week commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, the Kremlin said on...
Pyongyang puts out call for foreign investors in 'international...
South Korean tourists climb Mount Kumgang in North Korea in 2005. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--In a desperate bid to jump-start its stagnant economy, North Korea is seeking foreign investment in its “international resort zone” to develop it into a vital source ...
No meeting for Korean leaders at Russia's war anniversary event
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye will not attend an event in Moscow to mark the end of World War II in Europe and instead send an envoy, an official said on April 13,...
Former ambassador: Early idea to invite Kim to U.S. rejected
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
UNITED NATIONS--A former ambassador to South Korea says he once suggested that Kim Jong Un be invited to the United States for an "orientation trip" when Kim's father still led ...
North Korean leader inspects artillery drill
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a live-fire artillery drill by his country's military units near the sea border with the rival South, believed to be timed...
Sony says studio hack cost $15M, trims loss forecast
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sony Corp. trimmed its forecast of losses and estimates the Sony Pictures hack cost it about $15 million, but expects no significant harm from the cyber attack in the long run.
Pirated copies of 'The Interview' creep into Vietnam, Cambodia
DVD and publicity material for "The Interview," being sold in Vietnam (Manabu Sasaki)
HANOI--A shop tucked inside an alleyway here that deals in pirated DVDs has its shelves filled with copies of "The Interview," a controversial U.S. comedy lambasting North...
N. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader
Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10...
Yonhap: Moscow says North Korean leader Kim confirms Russia visit...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II, South Korea's Yonhap...
Russia says N. Korea sent positive signal on Kim visit in May
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
MOSCOW--Russia received a positive initial signal from North Korea after President Vladimir Putin invited its leader Kim Jong Un to attend anniversary celebrations of the...
In which direction is Kim Jong Un taking North Korea?
Three years have passed since Kim Jong Un became North Korea’s new leader. He could have spent these years mourning the death of his father--Kim Jong Il--based on Korean...
S. Korea group launches anti-North leaflets despite calls to...
A South Korean group releases balloons carrying leaflets critical of North Korea in October. (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
SEOUL--A South Korean activist group led by a defector from North Korea said on Jan. 20 it had launched balloons with messages critical of the North Korean leader across the...
Defectors plan to drop 'The Interview' DVDs by balloon on North...
A scene from Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures)
SEOUL--A group of North Korean defectors here plans to use balloons to drop DVDs of the U.S. comedy movie “The Interview” on North Korea, triggering threats from the...
S.Korean president open to summit with North's Kim with no...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Jan. 12 that she was willing to hold a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any precondition, but...
Sony president denies impeding freedom of expression in ‘The...
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai speaks to reporters in Las Vegas. (Shinya Takagi)
LAS VEGAS--Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai said he has provided advice in the production of films but denied hindering freedom of expression in connection with the comedy...
Sony Corp. CEO breaks silence on 'vicious' cyberattack against U.S....
Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas on Jan. 5 . (Shinya Takagi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
LAS VEGAS--Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Jan. 6 condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and...
North Korean leader open to summit with South
People watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering a speech, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on Jan. 1. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year's speech on Jan. 1 that he is open to more talks or even a summit with his South Korean counterpart, a statement...
VOX POPULI: Using humor as a weapon against unreasonable authority
Randall Park portrays North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/ Columbia Pictures)
The late Hisashi Inoue (1934-2010) was generally known as a writer or a dramatist. But he can also be described as a “comic writer.”