(Pic- vice.com) So is Kim sitting on catalogs?
**Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman emerged from four days in North Korea on Friday, calling the leader of the reclusive country “an awesome kid”. (Reuters)
China appears to be pressing ahead with plans to invest in a North Korean free trade zone in a sign that its recent nuclear test has not soured its economic ties with its only major ally.(Reuters)
**”Hello world from comms center in #Pyongyang.”
That Twitter missive, sent Monday from Koryolink’s main service centre in downtown Pyongyang using my iPhone, marked a milestone for North Korea: it was believed to be the first tweet sent from a mobile phone using the country’s new 3G mobile data service. (The Guardian)
**South Korea’s new president Park Geun-Hye offered a “more flexible” engagement with North Korea on Friday if Pyongyang chooses a path of trust-building rather than provocation. (AFP)
**Hair-dos and hair-don’ts: North Korea issues menu of 28 approved haircuts (Mirror) LOL Really???
**The international expressions of anger and dismay that followed North Korea’s announcement of a nuclear test a few weeks ago, punctuated by a United Nations Security Council pledge to immediately work on “appropriate measures” in a new resolution, appear to have given way to slow-motion diplomacy and some frustration that not even a draft has been circulated among the Council’s 15 members. (NYT)
**Satellite images show growth of North Korean labor camp (WaPo)
**PHOTOS: A rare glimpse of North Korea through the lens of Instagram (theweek.com)