Japan warns about falling for North Korea’s ‘charm offensive’

Japan warned about falling for North Korea’s “charm offensive” after the regime agreed to send 230 cheerleaders to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month.​ “I am aware that some people argue that because North Korea is engaging in inter-Korean dialogue, we should reward them by lifting up

Bitcoin price skids after South Korea suggests crackdown

SEOUL, South Korea — Prices of bitcoin and other digital currencies have skidded after South Korea’s top financial policymaker said a crackdown on trading of crypto currencies was still possible. Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said Tuesday in an interview with local radio station TBS that banning trading in digital

North Korean caught secretly mining bitcoin rival

North Korean hackers are secretly mining a cryptocurrency rival to bitcoin as Kim Jong Un aims to cash in on the booming virtual cash economy and skirt the sanctions that are crippling his regime. According to a report, the rogue state is using foreign computers to funnel the cryptocurrency

Bitcoin dives on South Korea’s plan to ban cryptocurrency trade

SEOUL – South Korea’s government said on Thursday it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation’s police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion. The clampdown in South Korea, a crucial source of

North Korean caught secretly mining bitcoin rival

North Korean hackers are secretly mining a cryptocurrency rival to bitcoin as Kim Jong Un aims to cash in on the booming virtual cash economy and skirt the sanctions that are crippling his regime. According to a report, the rogue state is using foreign computers to funnel the cryptocurrency

North Korea to send Olympic delegation to South Korea

South Korea says North Korea has agreed to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. South Korea’s Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung says the North made such a statement during rare talks between the rivals at the border on Tuesday. He cited the North Korean officials

Rare talks between North, South Korea underway at border

South Korean media say North and South Korea have begun talks at their border about how to cooperate in next month’s Winter Olympics and how to improve their long-strained ties. Yonhap news agency reported that the first talks between the rivals in about two years began as scheduled Tuesday

North Korea says likely to compete in Olympics: reports

see also TOKYO — North Korea’s IOC representative on Saturday said his country is likely to compete in figure skating in next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, according to Japanese media reports. Asked by reporters at Beijing airport, Chang Ung said the participation of a North Korean figure skating

Why Kim wore this suit for his New Year’s address

SEOUL — The light gray suit and matching tie that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un donned for his New Year’s address was likely carefully calculated to project a softer, more relaxed image to go with his surprise offer for talks with Seoul. Departing from his usual black or navy suits, Kim gave

Why Kim wore this suit for his New Year’s address

SEOUL — The light gray suit and matching tie that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un donned for his New Year’s address was likely carefully calculated to project a softer, more relaxed image to go with his surprise offer for talks with Seoul. Departing from his usual black or navy suits,

K-pop star Heize needs surgery after collapsing on stage

Heize is going to undergo surgery [Getty] The K-pop superstar was headlining the 2017 SBS Gayo Daejun festival on Christmas Day when she collapsed.  Her spokesperson said in a statement that her hectic schedule was to blame for her medical problems.  "It seems that Heize’s extremely busy schedule may have taken

North Korea soldier who defected had immunity to anthrax

A North Korean soldier who defected to the South was found to have antibodies to anthrax — triggering concerns that the rogue regime has weaponized the deadly bacteria, according to reports Tuesday. The man, who was either exposed to or vaccinated for anthrax, had developed immunity to the deadly

Russia offers to mediate talks between US and North Korea

Russia is prepared to act as a mediator between the US and North Korea if both countries are willing for it to play such a role, the Kremlin said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is calling for Washington and Pyongyang to start negotiations, saying Russia is ready to facilitate

Trump dines on world leaders’ dime, yet to reciprocate gesture

President Trump enthusiastically embraced the red carpets, military parades and fancy dinners that were lavished upon him during state visits on his recent tour of Asia. More On: donald trump Melania shares a festive Christmas selfie Trump has spent nearly a third of his presidency at his properties Pope Francis rebukes Trump's Jerusalem

Man jumps eight stories to escape deadly fire

This is the dramatic moment a jumped from an eight-story building that had been engulfed by fire. But the man’s fall was broken by firefighters with an air mattress after he leaped from the tower block in Jecheon, South Korea. The horrific fire claimed the lives of 29 people, most

North Korean soldier defects to South Korea: official

SEOUL – A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea early on Thursday, a South Korean defense ministry official said, the second known defection from the North in about five weeks. The low-ranking North Korean soldier defected across the heavily militarized border between North and South Korea at around

Korean Air ‘nut rage’ exec to avoid more jail time

SEOUL, South Korea — Local media reports say the former Korean Air executive whose onboard “nut rage” tantrum delayed a flight in 2014 will avoid jail as South Korea’s top court upheld her suspended prison term. Yonhap news agency says South Korea’s Supreme Court made the ruling Thursday on

North Korea defector gets lifetime supply of Choco Pies

The North Korean soldier who defected from the Hermit Kingdom has more than freedom to look forward to – a lifetime supply of Choco Pies. Oh Chong Song, 25, is still recovering from gunshot wounds and a variety of ailments – including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and parasitic worms –