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  • North Korea threatens 'merciless' strike against US-South Korea drill 6 days ago

    Seoul: North Korea warned on Sunday of a "merciless" pre-emptive strike as it blasted upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercises as a rehearsal for nuclear war. South Korea and the United States on Monday start the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill aimed at testing combat readiness for a North Korean invasion. Although...
  • North Korea rejects dialogue with South over detained missionary June 12, 2014

    Seoul: South Korea said on Thursday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) rejected its offer to hold dialogue over a detained Christian missionary in Pyongyang for more than seven months. The South Korean government proposed to the DPRK Tuesday that the two sides should hold talks about Kim Jong-wook,...
  • N Korea scrubs trip aimed at securing American's release: US August 31, 2013

    North Korea canceled a planned trip for a US envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of imprisoned and ailing American missionary Kenneth Bae, the US State Department said on Friday. North Korea withdrew its invitation to Robert King, the US special envoy for North Korean human rights issues,...
  • Don't expect North Korea to disarm: Ex-Obama aide June 25, 2013

    Washington: The former top White House official on counter-proliferation says diplomacy is unlikely to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and the best to hope for is a verifiable freeze in its production of fissile material. Gary Samore, who resigned from his White House position in January, on...
  • North Korean UN envoy urges end to economic sanctions June 22, 2013

    United Nations: North Korea's envoy to the United Nations on Friday called on the United States to lift its economic sanctions against Pyongyang and urged UN members not to follow Security Council sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile tests. "I urge the United States to stop economic sanctions against...
  • North Korea sends top official to China May 22, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea sent one of its top military officials to Beijing on Wednesday as a "special envoy" of its leader Kim Jong-un, state news agency KCNA reported. There were few details of Choe Ryong-hae's visit, which came amid strained relations between China and North Korea after Beijing backed UN...
  • North Korea fires three short-range missiles May 18, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea fired three short-range missiles from its east coast on Saturday, South Korea's Defence Ministry said, but the purpose of the launches was unknown. Launches by the North of short-term missiles are not uncommon, but the ministry would not speculate whether these latest launches were part of a test...
  • North Korea has to pay a price for provocations: Obama May 8, 2013

    Washington: Emphasising that North Korea has to pay for its recent provocative behaviour, US President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-Hye have said that engagement process would be initiated if Pyongyang gives up its nuclear ambitions. "The key is that we will be prepared for a deterrence;...
  • Pyongyang glitters, but rest of North Korea still dark April 29, 2013

    Pyongyang: The heart of this city, once famous for its Dickensian darkness, now pulsates with neon. Glossy construction downtown has altered the Pyongyang skyline. Inside supermarkets where shopgirls wear French designer labels, people with money can buy Italian wine, Swiss chocolates, kiwifruit imported from New Zealand and fresh-baked croissants. They...
  • After weeks of NKorean fury, calm on key holiday April 15, 2013

    Pyongyang: North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader Monday by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts, with little hint of the fiery bombast that has kept the international community fearful that a missile launch may be imminent. Pyongyang fired off a rocket ahead of the last anniversary...
  • North Korea may launch medium-range missile test April 15, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea may test a new missile to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of state founder Kim il Sung on Monday. The isolated and impoverished state celebrates the former leader's birth anniversary on Monday amidst growing tensions in the east, after weeks of war threats from Pyongyang. Speculation has...
  • US stresses limits of North Korea's nuclear firepower April 13, 2013

    Washington: On the brink of an expected North Korean missile test, US officials focused on the limits of Pyongyang's nuclear firepower on Friday, trying to shift attention from the disclosure that the North Koreans might be able to launch a nuclear strike. They insisted that while the unpredictable government might...
  • N Korea's missile launch would be a 'huge mistake': US April 12, 2013

    Seoul: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea on Friday it would be a "huge mistake" to launch a medium-range missile and said the United States would never accept the reclusive country as a nuclear power. Addressing reporters after talks with South Korea's president and leaders of the...
  • North Korea warns foreigners to leave South Korea April 9, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea warned foreigners in South Korea on Tuesday to quit the country because they were at risk in the event of conflict, the latest threat of war from Pyongyang. Soaring tensions on the peninsula have been fuelled by North Korean anger over the imposition of UN sanctions after...
  • South Korea expects North Korea to launch missile test this week April 8, 2013

    Seoul: South Korea expects the North to launch a missile this week. Seoul says it's on military readiness posture and has hit out at Pyongyang's scare tactics. Meanwhile, the US is trying to calm tensions by delaying its own missile test. ...
  • North Korea seen readying for fourth nuclear test April 8, 2013

    Seoul: Activity in North Korea appears to show it is preparing for a fourth nuclear test, with movement at its atomic test site similar to events preceding earlier blasts, a newspaper reported on Monday, quoting a senior South Korean government official. North Korea has intensified warnings in recent weeks, declaring it...
  • Embassies staying put in North Korea despite tension April 7, 2013

    Seoul: Staff at embassies in North Korea appeared to be remaining in place on Saturday despite an appeal by authorities in Pyongyang for diplomats to consider leaving because of heightened tension after weeks of bellicose exchanges. North Korean authorities told diplomatic missions they could not guarantee their safety from next Wednesday...
  • No plans to withdraw diplomats from North Korea: UK April 5, 2013

    London: Britain on Friday said it has no immediate plans to withdraw its diplomats from North Korea and condemned as provocative Pyongyang's warning that it cannot protect foreign embassies after April 10 in the event of a conflict linked to soaring nuclear tensions. "No decisions have been taken and we...
  • US hints at launching pre-emptive strike on North Korea April 5, 2013

    Washington: The United States has right to launch a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea if there was "solid evidence" that Pyongyang planned to attack the US or South Korea, an influential lawmaker said on Friday. "If we have good reason to believe there's going to be an attack,...
  • North Korea presents a real and clear danger: US Defence Secretary April 4, 2013

    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that North Korea presents a real and clear danger. The US has also confirmed that even China has mobilised units along its border with North Korea and that the Chinese military is at Level One readiness which is the highest state of alert...
  • North Korea's Twitter account hacked amid tension April 4, 2013

    Seoul: Hackers have apparently disrupted North Korea's government-run Twitter account. The disruption comes at a time of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The North's Uriminzokkiri's Twitter account on Thursday displayed four tweets saying "hacked." A fifth tweet said "Tango Down" and was followed by a link to Uriminzokkiri's Flickr page. ...
  • North Korea actions present real danger: US April 4, 2013

    Washington: The recent rhetoric and actions taken by Pyongyang in past few weeks present a real danger not only to Japan and South Korea but also to the American interests in the region, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said. "Some of the actions they've taken over the last few weeks present...
  • North Korea has option to enter into negotiations: US April 3, 2013

    Washington: Categorically ruling out the possibility of accepting North Korea as a nuclear power, the United States said that Pyongyang has the peaceful option to enter into negotiations for the denuclearisation. "They have an option, and that option is to enter into negotiations for the denuclearisation, which is China's policy...
  • US deploys warship closer to North Korean coast April 2, 2013

    Washington: Amidst escalating tension in the Korean peninsula, the US Navy is moving a warship and a sea-based radar platform closer to the North Korean coast as a shield against any missile attack by North Korea and in order to monitor Pyongyang's military moves. "The US Navy is moving a warship...
  • France calls for North Korean restraint March 31, 2013

    Paris: France has appealed to North Korea for avoiding such steps that may escalate the tension after Pyongyang announced having entered a "state of war". "France is deeply concerned by the situation in the Korean peninsula" and urging North Korea to refrain from "further provocation", Xinhua quoted Philippe Lalliot, French spokesperson...
  • North Korea threat may be more bark than bite March 30, 2013

    South Korea: Across North Korea, soldiers are gearing up for battle and shrouding their jeeps and vans with camouflage netting. Newly painted signboards and posters call for "death to the US imperialists" and urge the people to fight with "arms, not words." But even as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...
  • Comply with international obligations: US to North Korea March 27, 2013

    Washington: Arguing that North Korea will achieve nothing by threats or provocations, the US on Tuesday said that Pyongyang should choose the path of peace and comply with its international obligations. "We continue to urge the North Korean leadership to heed President Obama's call to choose the path of peace and...
  • North Korea says ready for combat as sanctions tighten March 26, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea repeated threats to target US military bases on Tuesday as Washington and its allies tightened economic sanctions against the isolated country by targeting Pyongyang's main foreign exchange bank with new measures. The rhetoric from North Korea, which has threatened the United States with nuclear war and rehearsed drone...
  • Cyber attack on S Korea came from Chinese IP: Seoul March 21, 2013

    Seoul: A hacking attack on the servers of South Korean broadcasters and banks originated from an IP address based in China, officials in Seoul said on Thursday, raising suspicions the intrusion came from North Korea. An unnamed official from South Korea's presidential office was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as...
  • S Korea, US begin drills as N Korea threatens war March 11, 2013

    Seoul: South Korea and the United States began annual military drills on Monday despite North Korean threats to respond by voiding the armistice that ended the Korean War and launching a nuclear attack on the US. After the start of the drills, South Korean officials said their northern counterparts didn't answer...