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In North Korea, kids learn to love the bomb – and Minnie Mouse

By Matthew Gault
January 8, 2016
PARTICIPANTS: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Jean H. Lee

North Korea is the most mysterious and oppressive regime on earth. Few journalists penetrate Pyongyang and fewer still stay long enough to understand the country and its people. Jean Lee is one of those determined few.

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Why even a failed test makes North Korea’s nuclear arsenal scarier

By Sharon Squassoni
January 8, 2016

Ko Yun-hwa (L), Administrator of Korea Meteorological Administration, points at where seismic waves observed in South Korea came from, during a media briefing at Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul, South Korea, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX217LM

Ko Yun-hwa (l), Administrator of Korea Meteorological Administration, points at where seismic waves observed in South Korea came from, during a media briefing at Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul, South Korea, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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Happy nuclear New Year from North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

By Paul French
January 6, 2016

North Korean soldiers, officials and people participate in the Pyongyang People's Rally to celebrate what the North says is a successful second nuclear test at the Pyongyang Gym May 26, 2009 in this picture released by North Korea's official news agency KCNA early May 27, 2009. The Korean characters on a red propaganda sign (top) read: "Let's arm ourselves more thoroughly with revolutionary ideology of the great leader Kim Il-sung comrade!"   REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA MILITARY POLITICS) NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. QUALITY FROM SOURCE - RTXO28Z

In 2009, North Korean soldiers, officials and people celebrated the country's successful second nuclear test, in this picture released by North Korea's official news agency KCNA. REUTERS/KCNA 

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Why another North Korean nuclear test isn’t a game changer

By Andray Abrahamian
January 6, 2016

People watch a huge screen broadcasting the government's announcement in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo January 6, 2016. North Korea said it successfully tested a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear bomb on Wednesday, claiming a significant advance in its strike capability and setting off alarm bells in Japan and South Korea. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.  - RTX21998

People in Pyongyang, North Korea, watch a huge screen broadcasting the government's announcement that it had carried out a hydrogen bomb test, January 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Kyodo

from The Great Debate:

What the blow up between North and South Korea may really have been about

By William Johnson
August 24, 2015

North Koreans who signed up to join the army train in the midst of political tension with South Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's KCNA in Pyongyang

North Koreans who signed up to join the army train in the midst of political tension with South Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 23, 2015.

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un consolidates power with execution of key official

By Paul French
August 13, 2015

North Korean leader Kim gives field guidance to Farm No. 1116 under the KPA Unit 810 in this undated photo released by North Korea's KCNA in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to Farm No. 1116 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang August 13, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA

from The Great Debate:

North Korea’s very bad year and China’s role in it

By Andray Abrahamian
July 22, 2015

File photo shows a picture of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung on a building in the capital Pyongyang

A picture of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung decorates a building in the capital Pyongyang in this October 5, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/Files

from The Great Debate:

Building the perfect leader: North Korean propaganda’s secret sauce

By Andray Abrahamian
April 23, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greets Korean People's Army pilots during a visit to the summit of Mt Paektu

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greets Korean People's Army pilots during a visit to the summit of Mt. Paektu, April 18, 2015, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 19, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA

from The Great Debate:

Years after the famine, here’s how North Koreans really get by

By James Pearson and Daniel Tudor
April 13, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during a visit to the November 2 Factory of the Korean People's Army (KPA)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he gives field guidance during a visit to the November 2 Factory of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, August 24, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

from The Great Debate:

How to pay North Korea back for Sony hack? Hit Kim’s cronies where it counts – their wallets

By Kent Harrington
December 18, 2014

North Korean leader Kim visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to mark the 61st anniversary of the victory of the Korean people in the Fatherland Liberation War

Moviemakers strive to outdo themselves with fantastic plots, super-heroes and special effects. But the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment this month proves that, even in Hollywood, reality is still stranger than fiction.