International condemnation hasn't put North Korea off celebrating its successful rocket launch on Wednesday. Pyongyang believes the launch is evidence that North Korea is a world power.
South Korean border guards have arrested a US citizen suspected of trying to swim across the river border into rival North Korea. His identity, and any possible motive for the apparent attempt, remains unclear.
A North Korean court has sentenced US citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against Pyongyang. He is one of three Americans being held by the isolated regime.
Critics claim that North Korea's 'show trials' of American citizens are more for propaganda reasons than punishment. Three US nationals are presently held in the communist country.
Pope Francis ended his visit to South Korea, urging Koreans to unite as "one people" and put their suspicions of each other to one side. The address came as the South launched a military drill with the US.
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