North Korea

  • US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea 06-04-2014 11:57 AM

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the US will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors. In unusually forceful remarks about China, Hagel drew a...
  • Japan orders military to strike any new North Korea missile launches 05-04-2014 11:48 AM

    Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order...
  • South Korea fires shells at North Korean waters after drills 31-03-2014 11:14 AM

    South Korea on Monday returned fire into North Korean waters after shells from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the rivals' disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean military official said. Residents on a front-line South Korean island said they were evacuated to shelters during the exchange. No...
  • All university male students in North Korea are now required by law to get the same goofy haircut as supreme leader Kim Jong Un 27-03-2014 01:23 PM

    It could well be an Onion story. According to various media reports, all university men in North Korea will now have to get the same hairstyle as their Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. The middle-parted, sides-shaved haircut isn't the greatest thing in fashion right now but the Time Magazine reported...
  • North Korea fires missiles as US, Japan, South Korea leaders meet 26-03-2014 11:20 AM

    North Korea fired missiles into the sea on Wednesday just as US President Barack Obama brought together the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss how to deal with Pyongyang and to thaw chilly ties between Washington's two key Asian allies. The launch of the two medium-range Rodong ballistic...
  • North Korea using sophisticated means to avoid UN sanctions: Report 11-03-2014 02:04 PM

    North Korea has developed sophisticated techniques to circumvent UN sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report said. It said North Korea was also making use of more complicated financial countermeasures that made the isolated country's purchase of prohibited...
  • South Korea sees North Korea's missile launch as provocative 28-02-2014 02:06 PM

    South Korea's defence ministry on Friday said a missile launch by North Korea on Thursday can be seen as "intended provocation". "What North Korea fired off Thursday was seen as missiles of Scud type given the trajectory and speed of the missiles," Kim Min-seok, South Korea's defence ministry spokesman said...
  • NASA video recorded from space shows North Korea in complete darkness compared to neighbouring South Korea 26-02-2014 12:20 PM

    A NASA video taken from the International Space Station on January 30, 2014 revealed a shocking contrast between North and South Koreas. The video taken from space showed North Korea plunged in complete darkness at night compared to neighbouring South Korea and China. The darkened land appeared as if it...
  • North Korea rejects UN human rights report as 'lies and fabrications' 22-02-2014 01:22 PM

    North Korea on Saturday rejected the findings of a UN panel, which accused the state of crimes against humanity that evoked Nazi-era atrocities, saying they were based on "lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs." North Korean security chiefs and even Kim Jong Un should face...
  • UN conducts probe into N Korea jails, people forced to eat snakes 18-02-2014 03:36 PM

    The United Nations conducted an investigation detailing horrific human rights abuses in North Korea where starving women were delivering babies in prison camps. People were forced to eat snakes and rats to survive. The UN now warning Kim Jong Un that he could face prosecution. ...
  • UN warns North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on accountability of spreading crimes 18-02-2014 11:48 AM

    A UN panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation, ranging from systematic executions to torture, rape and mass starvation. It is unusual for a UN report to directly implicate a...
  • North Korean leader says purge was a cleansing of 'filth' 01-01-2014 03:12 PM

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first reference to the execution of his powerful uncle in a New Year's address, saying the reclusive state's ruling party had become stronger after it was purged of "factional filth." And he called for better relations with South Korea, warning that another...
  • North Korea executes leader's powerful uncle in rare public purge 13-12-2013 04:12 PM

    North Korea has executed the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong Un, state media said on Friday, the biggest upheaval in years as the ruling dynasty sought to distance itself from responsibility for the isolated states's dire living standards. Jang Song Thaek, considered the second most powerful man in...
  • North Korea executes Kim Jong Un's uncle as a 'traitor' 13-12-2013 07:18 AM

    Pyongyang: North Korea said on Friday that it had executed Kim Jong Un's uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader's former mentor, long considered the country's No. 2 official. In a sharp reversal of the long-held popular image of Jang Song...
  • North Korea says Kim's powerful uncle dismissed for 'criminal acts' 09-12-2013 11:39 AM

    Seoul: North Korea on Monday excoriated Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, for what it described as a slew of criminal acts, confirming the spectacular downfall of the once second most powerful man in the reclusive state. The sacking of Jang for mismanaging the economy, corruption,...
  • Censorship around the world will end in a decade: Google's Eric Schmidt 22-11-2013 06:25 AM

    Washington: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has a bold prediction: Censorship around the world could end in a decade, and better use of encryption will help people overcome government surveillance. In a lecture at Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, the executive of the world's biggest web search company made a...
  • North Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor: South Korea's spy agency 08-10-2013 08:12 PM

    Seoul: South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers on Tuesday that North Korea has restarted a plutonium reactor at its main nuclear facility, according to two parliamentary members who attended the closed-door briefing session. North Korea said in April it would restart the reactor after tensions ran high following its third...
  • North Korea puts army on alert, warns US of 'disastrous consequences' 08-10-2013 08:32 AM

    North Korea said on Tuesday its military would be put on high alert and be ready to launch operations, stepping up tension after weeks of rhetoric directed against the United States and South Korea, who it accuses of instigating hostility. Reclusive North Korea has often issued threats to attack the...
  • N Korea scrubs trip aimed at securing American's release: US 31-08-2013 01:27 AM

    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...
  • North Korean dictator's ex-girlfriend executed over porn scandal 30-08-2013 08:39 AM

    Sydney: According to reports by the South China Morning Post, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's Hyon Song-wol was gunned down in front of her family just three days after being arrested for breaching North Korean pornography laws. Hyon, was among a dozen well-known musicians who were executed by machine...
  • North Korea condemns US-South Korea military drill 29-08-2013 04:26 PM

    North Korea on Thursday condemned a US-South Korea military drill as "war preparedness" and "confrontational policy", warning it would only cast shadow on the hard-won atmosphere for dialogue between the two Korean nations. "While the US and South Korea authorities are loudly speaking about ensuring peace and security and building...
  • North Korea objects to sanctions ban on ski resort equipment 25-08-2013 04:52 AM

    North Korea objected on Saturday to a ban on imports of equipment for a luxury ski resort mainly for the ruling elite, indicating toughened UN sanctions are impacting the impoverished state. Under the leadership of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who studied in the Swiss capital Berne and is believed...
  • Didn't expect to live to 87: Cuba's Fidel Castro 15-08-2013 01:05 AM

    Havana: Fidel Castro says he didn't expect he'd live long enough to turn 87 this week after grave illness forced him from office in 2006, according to an essay carried by official media on Wednesday. In a long, wide-ranging article taking up three pages of Communist Party newspaper Granma, Castro,...
  • Friends who survived Korean war gather to remember it on 60th anniversary 26-07-2013 12:43 PM

    Two decorated US war veterans who survived one of the worst battles of the Korean War found themselves among former foes at a memorial ceremony as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un launched the country's commemoration of the war's end 60 years ago. It's unusual for American veterans to attend...
  • South Korea proposes talks with North Korea on factory park 04-07-2013 01:35 PM

    Seoul: South Korea's government said on Thursday that it has reached out to North Korea to discuss restarting a jointly run factory park after weeks of testy silence between the two sides. The industrial complex in the North Korean city of Kaesong, just north of the Demilitarized Zone dividing the...
  • South Korean presidential website loses data in hacking 01-07-2013 12:15 PM

    Seoul: South Korea says personal information was stolen from its presidential website in a cyber attack last week that coincided with a shutdown of North Korean websites. Yonhap news agency reported on Monday that about 100,000 subscribers' accounts were hacked on the presidential website. It cited an unidentified presidential official....
  • North Korea to discuss nuclear talks in Moscow 30-06-2013 02:58 AM

    Moscow: North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator will meet senior Russian officials in Moscow next week, state media reported, amid signs of a new push to get Pyongyang to re-join protracted talks over ending its atomic programme. Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea's First Deputy Foreign Minister, will meet deputy foreign ministers Vladimir...
  • Don't expect North Korea to disarm: Ex-Obama aide 25-06-2013 08:40 AM

    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,...
  • North Korean UN envoy urges end to economic sanctions 22-06-2013 06:37 AM

    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...
  • North and South Korea hold first talks in two years 09-06-2013 11:50 PM

    Seoul: Government delegates from North and South Korea held a marathon session of preparatory talks on Sunday at a "truce village" on their heavily armed border aimed at setting ground rules for a higher-level discussion on easing animosity and restoring stalled rapprochement projects. The meeting at Panmunjom, where the armistice...