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  • *Daily life goes on as normal in Pyongyang, Seoul. SEOUL, Aug 21- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing from 5 p.m on Friday after his government issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti- Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action. Tension escalated on Thursday when North Korea fired four shells...

  • What is the DMZ? Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 8:35 AM ET
    In this photo taken on Monday, April 23, 2012, North Korean soldiers stand guard on the demarcation line of the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two halves of the Korean peninsula at Panmunjom, North Korea. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    The two Korea’s have technically been at war since 1953 and the demilitarized zone remains the most heavily fortified border in the world. CNBC’s Phil Han explains

  • Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (R) bow before the altar during the annual memorial service for war victims in Tokyo on August 15, 2015.

    Japan's Emperor Akihito marked the 70th anniversary of WWII's end with an expression of "deep remorse" of the war, a departure from his annual script.

  • SEOUL, Aug 10- For the boldest frontier market investor: North Korea is looking to raise $39 million from foreign investors to fund a new brewery in Wonsan, an eastern port city where leader Kim Jong Un has big development ambitions. Egypt's Orascom Telecom, which runs Pyongyang- based Koryolink- the country's sole mobile phone network- has not been able to withdraw...

  • North Korea adopts its own time zone Friday, 7 Aug 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    North Korea adopts its own time zone

    North Korea is making up its own time zone as it marks the 70th anniversary of its liberation from Japan.

  • SEOUL, July 17- North Korea's economy expanded by 1.0 percent in 2014, the South Korean central bank said on Friday, with a drought expected to hobble growth in one of the world's most isolated countries this year. A drought could dent economic activity this year, as North Korea has said it is the worst it has seen in 100 years although Seoul has said it seems to be...

  • SEOUL, July 10- North Korea received enough rainfall in June to ease drought conditions that had been described by Pyongyang as the worst in a century, although parts of the country remain acutely short of water, the South Korean government said on Friday. The lack of rain is believed to have compounded chronic food shortages in North Korea, which has seen external...

  • North Korea says drought worst in 100 years Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 9:34 PM ET

    North Korea faces its worst drought in a century, state media say, raising food crisis fears in the impoverished nation. The Financial Times reports.

  • CNBC update: Japan volcano Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    CNBC update: Japan volcano

    ISIS is claiming responsibility for an attack on a Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia; Amazon is expanding its private label brands; and a volcano erupts in Japan, reports CNBC's Sue Herera.

  • North Korea launches e-shopping despite no Internet Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 7:14 AM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles during a visit to the Chonji Lubricant Factory, in this undated photo.

    Online shopping has arrived in North Korea, even though citizens of the isolated country have no access to the Internet.

  • US considers adding N Korea back on terror list Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    US considers adding N Korea back on terror list

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on the threats posed by North Korea.

  • North Korea nuke threat: What US, South Korea can do Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 8:34 PM ET
    North Korea nuke threat: What US, South Korea can do

    Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, discusses the threat of North Korea's nuclear missiles and explains what it means for the U.S. and South Korea.

  • Competitors unite against cyber threats Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:33 PM ET
    L-R: Mark McLaughlin, Chris Young, Michael Brown and Ken Xie at the Cyber Threat Alliance event.

    As companies face growing threats from hackers, four cyber security firms are have joined forces to share intelligence.

  • Inside North Korea's international money machine Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    Beyond sanctions, U.S. officials are hoping to further target and isolate North Korea's international finance machine.

  • Bill Richardson: I 'screwed up' about Kim Jong Un Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 6:20 AM ET
    Bill Richardson: I 'screwed up' about Kim Jong Un

    I made a mistake, says former Gov. Bill Richardson, (D-N.M.), explaining his comments on North Korea's leader.

  • South Korea's Park becoming 'desperate politically': Pro

    Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation, says South Korean President Park Geun-hye is open to talks with North Korea due to growing political challenges.

  • Another year of double-digit returns? Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 12:39 PM ET

    The good times aren't over yet for the stock market, says floor trader Kenny Polcari. But buckle up—it could be a bumpy ride!

  • When James Clapper met North Korea's hacking chief Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 6:29 PM ET
    James Clapper

    James Clapper revealed new details of a dinner he had with a top North Korean intelligence official during a secret trip.

  • Why Kim Jong Un is smiling on his birthday Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 5:33 PM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks through a pair of binoculars during an inspection of the Hwa Islet Defence Detachment standing guard over a forward post off the east coast of the Korean peninsula.

    A look at North Korea's growing, not-so-isolated economy, and key reasons Kim Jong Un is feeling good after three years in power.

  • When James Clapper met North Korea's hacking chief Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    When James Clapper met North Korea's hacking chief

    During a speech at Fordham University on Thursday, National Intelligence Director James Clapper recounts a recent dinner he had with the North Korean intelligence chief.