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11:24am

Sat September 21, 2013
World

North Korea Cancels Plans For Cross-Border Family Reunions

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 1:54 pm

South Korean Cho Jang-geum, 81, weeps as she fills out an application to reunite with family members who live in North Korea, at the headquarters of the Korean Red Cross in Seoul Saturday. North Korea announced today that it is indefinitely postponing the reunions of families who were separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The meetings were to take place in the coming week.
Park Dong-ju AP

A chance for families in South and North Korea to meet their long-lost relatives has been put off indefinitely, as North Korea canceled reunions that were to take place in the coming week. A South Korean official called the decision "inhumane" Saturday.

"The North's postponement shattered the thrill and hopes of nearly 200 families overnight and deserves denunciation as an inhumane act," Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eyi-do said, according to The Korea Herald.

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10:31am

Mon September 16, 2013
World

South Korean Soldiers Kill Man Trying To Cross To North

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 1:29 pm

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military fence near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju in April.
Jung Yeon-je AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of North Korean defectors have made their way to the South, but it rarely goes in the opposite direction. So, news that South Korean troops at the border shot and killed a man trying to swim north across the Imjin River is unusual.

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4:13pm

Wed September 11, 2013
World

Satellite Image Suggests North Korea Is Restarting Reactor

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 4:46 pm

This is a DigitalGlobe image of the 5-megawatt (electric) reactor at North Korea's Yongbyon facility, Aug. 31, with steam seen coming from the electrical power generation building.
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North Korea appears to be in the process of restarting a nuclear reactor used to produce weapons-grade plutonium, five years after shutting the facility down as part of international disarmament efforts.

New satellite imagery appears to reveal that the 5-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon, which experts believe can produce enough plutonium for one to two bombs a year, shows signs of being operational.

Analysts Nick Hansen and Jeffrey Lewis, writing for the website 38 North, say the satellites show:

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1:45pm

Mon September 9, 2013
World

Dennis Rodman Says He's Taking Former NBA Players To North Korea

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 4:24 pm

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman holds a news conference in New York on Monday to discuss his recent trip to North Korea.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Dennis Rodman is in the news again: After completing his second trip to North Korea, the so-called NBA bad boy put together a press conference and announced Monday that after talking to Kim Jong Un, he will put together a team of 12 former NBA players to take part in a basketball tournament in North Korea next year.

USA Today reports the squad could include Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen. The paper adds:

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5:55am

Tue September 3, 2013
World

'The Worm' Returns To North Korea; Rodman Visits Again

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 6:48 am

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman at Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday, before his flight to Pyongyang, North Korea.
Petar Kujundzic Reuters /Landov
  • From the NPR Newscast: Anthony Kuhn reports on Dennis Rodman's latest visit to North Korea

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is visiting North Korea again, six months after spending time there with dictator Kim Jong Un — an "awesome" man, in Rodman's opinion.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing that:

"Rodman was spotted transiting the Beijing airport en route to Pyongyang, sporting his characteristic lip and nose rings, plus green hair.

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