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N. Korea names ex-nuclear envoy as foreign minister
North Korea has named a career diplomat and ex-nuclear envoy with broad experience in negotiating with rivals South Korea and the United States as its new foreign minister, according to a diplomatic letter from Pyongyang.
 
South Korea's defense ministry said Tuesday it was pushing to scrap nearly all existing exemptions to mandatory military service, citing a shortfall in the number of conscripts.
 
S. Korea, US, Japan plan joint drills on N. Korean threat
South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold their first joint military training next month focused on cooperating to detect signs of missile launches from North Korea and trace missile trajectories, a Seoul defense official said Monday.
 
Birthday shave
Shaven-headed boys who entered a temple together to have an experience of monks' life for two weeks attend a special service to celebrate the birthday of Buddha at the Chogye Temple in Seoul, Saturday, May 14.
 
U.N. experts say Congolese army officers and police reported receiving pistols from a group of 30 North Korean instructors training their presidential guard and special police forces, which would appear to be a violation of U.N. sanctions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons or providing military training.
 
North Korea offers particularly high-resolution look at Kim, other leaders
North Korean state media on Wednesday released high-resolution headshots of more than two dozen top officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, that appear to be missing something Pyongyang-watchers have come to expect: signs of retouching.
 
'Chairman Kim' presides over Pyongyang parade
North Korea held a massive parade in Pyongyang Tuesday, turning the capital's giant square into a sea of pink, to celebrate a ruling party congress seen as a formal coronation for supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
 
A former North Korean military chief who Seoul had said was executed is actually alive and in possession of several new senior-level posts, the North's state media said Tuesday.
 
A former North Korean military chief who Seoul had said was executed is actually alive and in possession of several new senior-level posts, the North's state media said Tuesday.
 
N. Korea gives Kim Jong Un new chairman title
North Korea's ruling-party congress on Monday announced a new title for Kim Jong Un, party chairman, in a move that highlights how the authoritarian country's first congress in 36 years is aimed at bolstering the young leader.
 
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