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Looking back at 2013: DPRK and regional news

In our fourth review of 2013, we look at some of the North Korea related news, and stories which put the peninsula in a wider East Asian context.


Kim Jong-un flanked by Dennis Rodman and Ri Sol-ju (photo: KCNA)
Kim Jong Il before and after
Kim Jong Il before and after (photo: Chosun Ilbo)

Traffic Warden receiving award

  • A traffic warden was given a bravery award for extinguishing a fire involving a poster with Kim Jong Un’s name on it.


  • Uriminzokkiri and related North Korean websites, including their Twitter account, were hacked by Anonymous in April. North Korean sites has been subject to extensive hacking attempts during March.
  • South Korean websites came under attack in March and again in June. North Korea was suspected of responsibility.
  • Panama arrested a North Korean ship sailing through the canal from Cuba to North Korea with MiGs and missile radar in its hold.
  • North Korea sent South Korea a fax promising “merciless retaliation without warning”. Seoul faxed back a promise of “resolute punishment”


President Xi, President Park and Prime Minister Abe
President Xi, President Park and Prime Minister Abe at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in October (photos: Joongang Ilbo)


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