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North Korea's Kim Jong Un inspects submarine

Kim Jong Un emerges from the Korean People's Army Naval Unit 167. Credit: Reuters

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been taking a tour around a naval submarine.

Photographs show him testing equipment, dispensing advice, and meeting the crew.

Kim Jong Un tests out the ship's periscope. Credit: Reuters

They gave him a compulsorily warm welcome.

Kim Jong Un poses with the crew. Credit: Reuters


Officials join grieving families after Pyongyang accident

North Korean officials joined grieving relatives at the site of the building collapse. Credit: AP

North Korean officials have joined bereaved families and residents in mourning those killed when a building collapsed in Pyongyang last week.

Korean state media gave no death toll but said that the accident was "serious". Credit: AP

The country's government today offered a rare public apology over the accident, saying the construction of the apartment "was not done properly" and officials "supervised and controlled it in an irresponsible manner".

Hundreds may have been killed in the accident, although the figure is not known Credit: AP

Kim Jong-un 'up all night, feeling painful' over accident

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly suffered deep anguish over a building collapse in Pyongang that left many dead, according to the country's state media.

The Korean Central News Agency said Kim "sat up all night, feeling painful after being told about the accident", South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

North Korea authorities issued a rare apology over the accident. Credit: Reuters

A North Korean official added that the leader "instructed leading officials of the party, state and the army to rush to the scene, putting aside all other affairs".

The number of casualties in the accident has not been revealed, although officials in Seoul believe it could be "considerable", Yonhap said.

"In North Korea, it is common that people move into a new apartment even before the construction is completed. About 92 households may have been living in the apartment," a South Korean government official said.

Rare apology as North Korea apartment block collapses

An apartment building under construction in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang has collapsed, causing an unknown number of casualties, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

The incident was marked by a rare apology from senior officials, as "the construction of an apartment house was not done properly, and officials supervised and controlled it in an irresponsible manner".

North Korean gripe over hair advert reaches Whitehall

Complaints from the North Korean embassy against a hair salon's poster poking fun at their leader's unusual hairstyle has reached the corridors of power in Whitehall.

The Foreign Office confirmed it received a letter of complaint from the North Korean embassy this week Credit: ITV News

The Foreign Office has confirmed it received a letter this week complaining about the picture of Kim Jong-Un which was displayed in M&M hair Academy's window in South Ealing.

The advert said: "Bad Hair Day? 15% off all gent cuts through the month of April."

Staff at the west London salon were confronted by two men claiming to be North Korean officials over the marketing stunt earlier this month.


Kim Jong Un 'wins 100% approval' in elections

Kim Jong Un is thought to have scored a resounding victory in the North Korean polls Credit: KCNA/Reuters

Kim Jong Un has received 100% of the vote in the country's parliamentary elections, according to state media.

KCNA news agency says the North Korean leader was elected to the Supreme People's Assembly unanimously by the people of his Mount Paektu constituency on Sunday.

Ballots for each district contained only one name each. The polls are seen by some outside the country as an opportunity for the state to check on any citizens who may have attempted to escape to China or South Korea.

However, the government's news outlet hailed a 100% turnout across the country "except for those on foreign tour or working in oceans".

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