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N. Korea missile test adds to ‘Military First’ celebration

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — North Korea marked its “Military First” holiday on Thursday with mass dancing, outdoor concerts and boasts of a successful and potentially game-changing submarine-launched ballistic missile test it hopes will serve as a warning to Washington and Seoul to stop holding joint military exercises Pyongyang sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion.

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — North Korea’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington “crossed the red line” and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

N. Korea boots BBC journalist as party congress continues

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — North Korea on Monday expelled a BBC journalist it had detained days earlier for allegedly “insulting the dignity” of the authoritarian country, while it continued to keep other foreign media away from the first-in-decades ruling party congress they had been invited to attend.

North Korea, again, demands halt to US-South Korea war games

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — It’s a demand North Korea has been making for decades: The United States and South Korea must immediately suspend their annual military exercises if there is to be peace on the Korean Peninsula. And, once again, it’s a demand that is falling on deaf ears.

S. Korea: North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts

TOKYO Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea’s navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong.

N. Korean airline, named world’s worst, delivers authoritarian service but good safety record

PYONGYANG, North Korea — If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travellers a stern lecture, or worse.