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.
Author Shin Eun-Mi is set to be deported from South Korea for "praising" Pyongyang in a recent lecture. The Korea Immigration Service says Shin's comments violated Seoul's national security law.
Washington has rejected North Korea's proposal to suspend nuclear tests if the US called off its annual military drills with South Korea. Nevertheless, analyst John Delury tells DW Pyongyang's move signals an opening.
Jang Jin-sung was the official state poet to the Kim family in Pyongyang and part of the nation's elite, before he defected in 2004. Today, he believes the conditions that will end the regime he once served are in place.
It seems North Korea won't need to wreak "merciless punishment" on Berlin's film scene, after all. Pyongyang had thought, mistakenly, that "The Interview" would be screened at Germany's annual Berlinale film festival.
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