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  • Travelers heading to North Korea despite the risks Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 PM ET
    People applaud as they watch the unveiling ceremony for two statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    About 6,000 Westerns visit North Korea each year, although independent travel is nearly impossible.

  • China's defense budget nearly three times Japan's. TOKYO, Aug 29- Japan's defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an intensifying rivalry with China.

  • WASHINGTON, July 14- President Barack Obama told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday he wants U.S.-Chinese relations defined by more cooperation and a constructive management of differences, during a phone call in which Iran and North Korea were discussed.

  • North Korea to be on Xi's agenda in Seoul: Pro     Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 6:36 PM ET

    Victor Cha, Senior Adviser & Korea Chair at Center for Strategic & International Studies, outlines the issues that will likely be discussed during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to South Korea.

  • July 2- North Korea has handed Japan names of at least 10 Japanese nationals who are said to be living in that country, including those believed to have been abducted by Pyongyang agents, the Nikkei reported.

  • SEOUL, June 27- North Korea's closed economy rose last year at a slightly slower pace compared to 2013, South Korea's central bank data showed on Friday, even as the United Nations toughened sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. Reclusive North Korea does not release economic data.

  • N.Korea's economy grows in face of sanctions Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 11:00 PM ET

    SEOUL, June 27- North Korea's closed economy rose last year at a slightly slower pace compared to 2013, South Korea's central bank data showed on Friday, even as the United Nations toughened sanctions for its nuclear and missile programmes.

  • Kim Jong Un to star in video game Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 6:40 PM ET
    Screen from Glorious Leader video game by Moneyhorse

    A video game that will soon be released stars North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. NBC News reports.

  • UPDATE 1-North Korea renews threat of nuclear test Saturday, 10 May 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    SEOUL, May 10- North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal.

  • North Korea renews threat of nuclear test Saturday, 10 May 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    SEOUL, May 10- North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal.

  • A new report suggests fake products, such as Marlboro cigarettes and Viagra pills, are keeping North Korea's economy alive. The 'Street Signs Asia' team discuss.

  • Fake Viagra? Inside North Korea's growing economy Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 12:11 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a session of the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's parliament, in Pyongyang on April 9, 2014.

    Amid talk of new sanctions as North Korea threatens nuclear weapons testing, fresh data reveal how the country's market economy is growing.

  • CNBC's Tyler Mathisen reports North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds as part of a counter drill into South Korean waters. South Korea fired back.

  • Is Kim's hairdo the new must-do in North Korea?     Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 8:55 PM ET

    An unconfirmed report about male North Korean students getting their hair done just like their leader Kim Jong Un has gone viral online. CNBC's Asia Squawk Box team discuss.

  • North Korea fires 2 more missiles amid US drills Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 6:05 PM ET
    South Korean Army's 130mm multiple rocket launchers fire live rounds during an exercise against possible attacks from North Korea in Goseong, South Korea, Monday, March 3, 2014. North Korea fired two additional suspected short-range missiles into the sea Monday amid ongoing military exercises between Seoul and Washington, which the North calls a preparation for an attack, South Korean officials said.

    North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Monday amid ongoing annual military exercises between Seoul and Washington.

  • The strategic North Korean mineral China covets Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 1:36 PM ET
    A front loader shifts soil containing rare earth minerals to be loaded in Lianyungang, China, which accounts for about 90 percent of the world's rare earth production.

    With investor worries about spillover effects on commodities by a slowing Chinese economy, Beijing has its eye on a key resource—rare earth minerals in North Korea.

  • UN panel says North Korea's Kim may face charges Monday, 17 Feb 2014 | 6:27 PM ET
    People watch a television broadcast on North Korea.

    North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un himself should face international justice, U.N. investigators said.

  • North Korea vital to China's success     Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Heesun Wee discusses China's trade subsidies for North Korea and their impact on the region's economy.

  • Emerging crisis? China's North Korea dilemma Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    In this Oct. 24, 2011 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, meets with late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, front right, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    Amid reports of more executions and political tension in North Korea, the regime is moving forward on economic policies, increasingly tied to China.

  • North Korean leader feeling 'confident': Pro     Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    James P. Rooney, chairman at Advanced Capital Partners, comments on North Korea as the country prepares for Kim Jong-Un's birthday.