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October 13th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

New photos released of Kim Jong Un after 40-day absence

New photos have been released that North Korean state media claims to show leader Kim Jong Un in his first public appearances since vanishing from the public eye nearly six weeks ago.

For the first time, photos of Kim appear to show him at two public events and using a walking stick.

The state media story is dated Tuesday, but does not include the date that Kim actually made the visits, which will leave conspiracy theorists with plenty to talk about.

After all, Kim's disappearance sparked rumors ranging from enormous weight gain to a political coup.

Kyung Lah has this report.


Filed under: International • News • North Korea
October 9th, 2014
10:04 PM ET

Where in the world is Kim Jong Un?

The world is waiting for a major political event in North Korea for any sign of its young leader, who has not been seen in over a month.

His mysterious disappearance has been fueling a frenzy of rumor and speculation because Kim Jong Un has never been camera-shy.

Since the beginning of 2013, he has made at least seven public appearances each month. But on September 3rd, the photo ops suddenly stopped.

The longer Kim Jong Un remains out of sight, the more speculation intensifies about who is controlling the most isolated country on earth.

Erin Burnett reports.

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Filed under: International • News • North Korea
June 26th, 2014
08:29 PM ET

Report: North Korea launches three "cutting-edge" missiles

North Korea's state news agency reports the country has successfully launched three "cutting-edge tactical guided missiles."

The report is dated June 27 but it does not say when the firing took place. CNN cannot independently confirm the report.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Gordon Chang, author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World," explains what this latest news means.


Filed under: International • News • North Korea
April 25th, 2014
09:32 PM ET

Gordan Chang: Kim Jong Un wants to embarrass Obama

A source tells CNN an American has been detained in North Korea.

We've learned that the man, identified as Miller Matthew Todd, was taken into custody on April 10th.

A western diplomat tells CNN the 24-year-old tore up his visa at customs and appeared to go willingly with the North Koreans.

North Korea says it has American in custody

This comes as South Korea says the North may be preparing a nuclear weapons test, adding that it has completed all of the preliminary steps required to conduct such a test.

Possible North Korean nuclear test looms over Obama's visit to South Korea

The timing comes as President Obama is visiting South Korea Friday, a trip North Korea has condemned.

Gordon Chang,  author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World" is OutFront to break down what this latest news means.

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Filed under: International • News • North Korea
January 20th, 2014
09:43 PM ET

New video of Kenneth Bae urging U.S. to help secure his release in North Korea

A new video of the 45-year-old Kenneth Bae being held in North Korea was released today.

According to China's state-run news agency, the U.S. citizen admits he committed a "serious crime" against the communist regime and asks to be pardoned as soon as possible so he can return home to his family.

Kenneth Bae urges U.S. to help secure his release in North Korea

Bae was arrested in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp for trying to bring down the North Korean government. But is this new video an indication he may be released?

CNN's Tom Foreman is Outfront with the story.


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