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  1. Korea, North Main Page
  2. Partition of Korea Leads to War
  3. Famine Overshadows Nuclear Ambitions
  4. Secretive Government Opens Up in Exchange for Aid
  5. Kim Jong Il and U.S. President Bush Engage in Diplomatic Roller Coaster
  6. North and South Korea Establish Closer Ties
  7. Uncertainty Surrounding Nuclear Program Continues
  8. Tension Between North and South Reaches Crisis Point
  9. Kim Jong-il Dies
  10. Kim Jong-un Launches Satellite and Tests Nuclear Device, Testing International Patience
  11. North Korea Threatens U.S., South Korea with War
  12. Reported Leadership Shuffle Sparks Concern
  13. North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles; Exchanges Fire with South Korea
  14. North Korea Accused of Launching a Cyberattack on Sony; Drought Threatens Crops
North Korea Accused of Launching a Cyberattack on Sony; Drought Threatens Crops

Kim Jong-un disappeared from the public eye in early September 2014, missing several notable events. His absence prompted a number of theories, from him being seriously ill or a victim of a coup. He re-emerged in mid-October, walking with a cane.

The computer networks of Sony Pictures were hacked in November 2014, with personal medical information about employees, financial information, emails, and thousands of other documents lifted and made public. The U.S. suspected North Korea was behind the breech in retaliation for the upcoming release by Sony of an outlandish comedy, called The Interview , about a CIA plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un. In December, employees of Sony received threatening messages on their computers warning that "the world will be full of fear" if the film is released. "Remember the 11th of September 2001," a message said. Sony decided to cancel the release of the film, but later distributed it in limited release. On Dec. 19, the FBI formally accused North Korea of launching the attack, saying it had significant evidence linking the government to the breech. The FBI said there were extensive similarities in this attack and others attributed to North Korea, including "specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks."

President Barack Obama said the U.S. "will respond proportionally," and he took a jab at the Kim Jong-un. "I think it says something about North Korea that it decided to mount an all-out attack about a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen," he said. Rogen co-starred in the film and was a co-director. North Korea's internet went down briefly in late December, and the U.S. denied any involvement.

In June 2015, North Korean officials announced that the country was experiencing its worst drought in 100 years and that about 30% of its rice paddies were about to dry up. About 70% of North Koreans are considered food insecure, and losing rice crops would exacerbate the problem.

See also Encyclopedia: Korea .
U.S. State Dept. Country Notes: North Korea

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