The Hermit Kingdom

Here’s What Making Cell Phone Calls in North Korea Sounds Like

An American academic has recreated “a taste” of North Korean cell phone service, “without the trip to Pyongyang.”
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Star Wars

Trump Is Calling for a Missile Defense System That Already Exists

And yet, it doesn’t work very well.
David Axe

Here’s North Korea’s Totalitarian Android Tablet

But don't try to install your own apps on it.
Joseph Cox

Ten Years Ago, North Korea Went Nuclear

The DPRK's first nuclear test was pretty crappy, but still.
Michael Byrne

North Korea Is So Afraid of This Volcano, It Asked Western Scientists for Help

The rumblings of an enigmatic volcano have brought geologists from North Korea and the West together for a rare moment of scientific diplomacy.
Alex Kasprak

You Can Now Install the Original North Korean Operating System RedStar 3.0

Distributed by torrent, as socialist software should be, comrades!
Theresa Locker

Seriously, North Korea, These Are Your Drones?

North Korea has crashed two drones in South Korean territory in the past two weeks, and they look like vintage model airplanes.
Daniel Stuckey
Motherboard Blog

North Korea Is Officially the Worst Place on Earth. Now What?

The leaders of the Hermit Kingdom are murderers, the UN says in an unprecedented report. But stopping them won't be easy.
Daniel Stuckey
Motherboard Blog

The "Revolutionary" Science of North Korea: Political Flowers, Quitting Pills, and Heroin Cold Medicine

How does the world’s least rational regime cope with science, the world’s most rational discipline?
Martin Robbins
Motherboard Blog

The Spectacular Parade of Missiles that Introduced Kim Jong-un to North Korea

Last October, the Hermit Kingdom allowed international media to watch its largest ever military parade - part of the campaign to establish Kim Jong-il's youngest son as the leader-in-waiting. Here's how the AP described the parade: bq.. Thousands of...
Motherboard Blog

Kim Jong-il's News Outlet isn't Handling His Death Well

Kim Jong-il is dead. The passing of one of the world's most iron-fisted dictators in recent history is massive news. When you also consider that one of the most enigmatic characters on Earth is now gone as well, and then think of the ripple effects his...
Derek Mead