Sometimes—like when they call themselves "space conquerors" after launching a satellite that broke almost immediately and tumbled out of orbit—it can be hard to take North Korea seriously. Other times—like when they threaten another test of their nuclear program at a highly delicate time for their neighbors, politically—it seems wiser to keep a close eye on them.
North Korea found itself front and center in the international community when it launched a long-range missile Friday morning, local time.
Despite the country’s reported efforts, officials in the US claim the launch failed because the rocket broke before leaving the Earth’s atmosphere.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may be dead from a heart attack at 69-years-old, but his certifiable status as a pop culture punchline lives on.
The notoriously brutal dictator has often been the butt of jokes in movies and TV shows, including ‘Team America,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Simpsons,’ just to name a few. We’ve gathered five of the funniest examples of Kim’s bizarre status as a pop
Kim Jong Il, the eccentric leader of North Korea since 1994, has died at the age of 69.
North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency reported that after “great mental and physical strain,” he passed away of a heart attack at 8:30 a.m. Saturday while on a train during a “field guidance tour.”