South Korea, Japan Join United Nations in Punishing North Korea- Text + Audio - 5 December 2016
"North Korea is facing more punishment for its nuclear testing programs. On Friday, South Korea and Japan added sanctions to those already approved by the United Nations. North Korea deputy foreign minister told diplomats Friday that the UN punishment is an “abuse of power.”
US flies bombers over South Korea in show of force- 13 September 2016
"The US has flown two supersonic B-1B Lancer strategic bombers over South Korea in a show of force, just days after North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear test.
The two bombers conducted a low-altitude flight over an air base located some 77km (48 miles) from the border between the two Koreas...
B-1B bombers are capable of carrying nuclear missiles and bombs that are able to destroy even underground bunkers."
North Korea accused of 'maniacal recklessness' after nuclear test triggers earthquake - 10 September 2016
"UN security council agrees to begin work on further sanctions as Japanese PM Shinzo Abe warns of grave threat... North Korea has confirmed it has conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, marking the 68th anniversary of its founding with a reminder to the world that it may be edging closer to developing a warhead capable of striking the US mainland."
North Korea Further Limits Communication with US- Text + Audio - 11 July 2016
"North Korea said it is ending diplomatic communications with the U.S. through its U.N. offices in New York.
The North has also threatened “physical action” if the U.S. and South Korea deploy a new missile system on the peninsula."
US, South Korea to Deploy THAAD Missile Defense- Text + Audio - 8 July 2016
"The United States and South Korea have announced plans to deploy the THAAD missile defense system on the Korean peninsula.
China is voicing opposition to the deployment, saying it will seriously harm the security of countries in the area."
US Orders New Sanctions on North Korea- Text + Audio - 7 July 2016
"The United States ordered new economic restrictions against North Korea this week that directly answer human rights abuse.
The restrictions are expected to have limited impact. The United States has almost no direct business connections to North Korea."
North Korea Releases Dam Water into South Without Warning- Text + Audio - 6 July 2016
"Massive rains have led to high water levels behind North Korea’s Hwanggang Dam.
Wednesday, the North Koreans opened the dam sending millions of gallons of water downstream into South Korea."
UN Builds Legal Case Against North Korean Leadership - Text + Audio - 28 June 2016
"The UN is continuing to build a legal case against North Korea’s leadership for crimes against humanity. More than 30,000 North Korean defectors are being contacted during the investigation. UN officials say it is unlikely any charges will be announced unless the North Korean government collapses."
North Korea's Missile Tests Show Progress- Text + Audio + Video - 22 June 2016
"North Korea appears to have successfully launched a mid-range missile after a string of recent failures.
One of two missiles launched Wednesday was able to fly about 400 kilometers before crashing into the sea.
Most previous missile tests resulted in North Korean rockets failing soon after launch."
North Korea Expels BBC Journalists - Text + Audio- 9 May 2016
"North Korea expelled a team of BBC journalists, apparently because they were not happy with their reporting.
The reporters were ordered to leave the country as it held a rare gathering of its Workers’ Party Congress, led by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un."
North Korea Sentences Korean-American to Hard Labor - Text + Audio - 30 April 2016
"A North Korean court sentenced Kim Dong Chul Friday after finding him guilty of subversion. Last month, he admitted
that he attempted to steal military secrets. Observers say North Korean officials likely pressured him to make the statement."
North Korea Struggling but Determined on ICBMs- Text + Audio - 22 April 2016
"An American general warned U.S. lawmakers that North Korea’s progress toward a complete nuclear weapons program is slow.
But the regime is determined to master its long-range missile program. U.S. Army General Vincent Brooks said it is only a matter of time before."
(learningenglish.voanews.com) ICBM = Intercontinental ballistic missile
North Koreans Defect to South Korea - Text + Audio - 12 April 2016
"South Korea announced the defection of a North Korean military officer soon after the group defection of 13 restaurant workers.
The South says the North Korean colonel was in the North’s General Reconnaissance Bureau."
North Korea 'tests long-range missile engine'- 9 April 2016
"North Korea says it has successfully tested an engine designed for an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The new type of engine would "guarantee" the ability to launch a nuclear strike on the US mainland, the KCNA news agency said."
North Korea Jams GPS, Launches Missile - Text + Audio- 1 April 2016
"North Korea has jammed GPS signals in South Korea and launched another missile into the Sea of Japan.
The action came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama met with leaders of South Korea, Japan and China to discuss North Korean nuclear threat and its sanctions."
North Korea Says It Has Small Nuclear Weapon - Text + Audio- 9 March 2016
"North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claimed that his country has made a nuclear weapon small enough for a ballistic missile.
Also, an expert in North Korea propaganda talks about the language used by the North. "
N. Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike, US, S. Korea Begin Drills - Text + Audio - 7 March 2016
"Tensions are high on the Korean peninsula after the United Nations Security Council placed tough sanctions on North Korea. Now, as the US and South Korea carry out yearly military exercises, the largest ever, North Korea has threatened a preemptive nuclear attack."
North Korea Flies Missiles After UN Sanctions- Text + Audio - 3 March 2016
"The UN Security Council Voted to approve new sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests. Sanctions limit trade, require North Korean cargo inspections and target individuals. The UN also released a report showing ways that North Korea has avoided sanctions over the years."
US, China Agree on Sanctions Against North Korea - Text + Audio - 25 February 2016
"The top diplomats of the two nations met to come to an agreement on proposed sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and missile programs.
The proposal will be presented to the United Nations Security Council. North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions since 2006."
'Largest Ever' US-South Korea Military Drills - Text + Audio - 18 February 2016
"As tensions increase, South Korea officials say the yearly military drills between the South and the U.S. will be the largest ever.
Also, South Korean intelligence officials warn of attacks by the North."
UN: Kim Jong Un Could Be Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity- Text + Audio- 16 February 2016
"A United Nations expert on human rights in North Korea has warned that the country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, could be responsible for crimes against humanity. North Korea’s human rights abuses are among the worst in the world. UN investigators say the abuses are the worst since World War II."
North Korea's 'biggest' export - giant statues - 16 February 2016
"North Korea doesn't have much the world wants to buy, but one very successful export has been its art.
The BBC's Lawrence Pollard looks at an unlikely story of North Korean cultural influence, and its success in Africa in particular." (BBC)
Rocket Launch May Strengthen Kim Jong Un- Text + Audio - 8 February 2016
"North Korea’s rocket launch on Sunday and the international criticism of its nuclear test last month may have strengthened its leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea’s state media regularly report that Kim’s actions defend the country against hostile American and South Korean forces."
North Korea's missile programme- 7 February 2016
"North Korea is believed to have more than 1,000 missiles of varying capabilities, including long-range missiles which could one day strike the US."
UN Condemns N. Korea Missile Launch - Text + Audio
"The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned North Korean’s launch of a long-range rocket at an emergency meeting on Sunday.
Meanwhile, South Korea and the U.S. announced a plan to begin talks on deploying a missile-defense system."