In a matter of days, Jang Song Thaek went from being one of North Korea's most powerful officials to being publicly denounced as "human scum" and then, according to North Korean state-run media, being put to death.
North Korea on Friday carried out what appeared to be its second test this month of an intercontinental ballistic missile, doubling down on its threat to develop a nuclear strike capability against the US mainland in the face of severe warnings from President Donald Trump.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un finally made another public appearance on Monday, or so the country's state media claims. But no matter what, his disappearance — and reemergence — didn't seem to have much of an effect in North Korea itself.
Kim Jong-Un has apparently been watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. After North Korea threatened yet again to bomb a huge tower lit up like a Christmas tree, South Korea finally took it down. But the timing seems fishy to observers.
It's recently emerged that clothes made in North Korea's state-owned factories are being sold by major brands with labels indicating they're from China. Oops. Do you have something in your closet made in North Korea?
President Donald Trump issued North Korea with an apocalyptic warning on Tuesday, saying it faced "fire and fury" over its weapons programs, as Pyongyang said it was considering a missile strike near the US territory of Guam.
Grab your popcorn: "The Interview" will be showing in select theaters on Christmas Day after Sony decided to reverse its decision to show the movie in the wake of threats and a hacking scandal. But even brief success may give countries like North Korea a blueprint for future attacks.