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From nuclear threats to dark-horse celebrity ambassadors, North Korea has made a name for itself as a hotbed of severity, secrecy and scandal.

Honoring the Great Leader with a ballistic missile?

North Korea is reportedly sending missiles to the east coast. Is a test imminent?
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A missile is displayed during a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korean media are reporting that Korean and US intelligence satellites have spotted North Korea moving what appears to be medium-range ballistic missiles to its east coast.


North Korea halts access to industrial complex (again).

Following two months of war threats, North Korea blocked South Koreans from accessing its special industrial zone today. But how bad is the situation?
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The inter-Korean industrial complex of Kaesong is seen from a South Korean observation tower in Paju near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on December 22, 2011. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
More bluster today: the wire services are reporting that North Korea, for now, isn't allowing South Korean businesspeople to enter the Kaesong industrial zone. That's the special administrative area north of the border where several hundred South Korean managers supervise some 50,000 North Korean laborers, who make garments and handbags.