Pyongyang

  • 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...
  • 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 Korea sends top official to China 22-05-2013 08:59 AM

    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 18-05-2013 01:59 PM

    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...
  • North Korea has to pay a price for provocations: Obama 08-05-2013 11:50 AM

    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 29-04-2013 09:03 AM

    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 15-04-2013 08:27 PM

    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 15-04-2013 07:12 AM

    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 13-04-2013 07:20 AM

    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 12-04-2013 08:41 PM

    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 09-04-2013 01:25 PM

    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 08-04-2013 09:45 AM

    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 08-04-2013 09:10 AM

    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...
  • Embassies staying put in North Korea despite tension 07-04-2013 12:30 AM

    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...
  • No plans to withdraw diplomats from North Korea: UK 05-04-2013 10:50 PM

    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 05-04-2013 10:48 AM

    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, I...
  • North Korea presents a real and clear danger: US Defence Secretary 04-04-2013 04:00 PM

    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 04-04-2013 03:40 PM

    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...
  • North Korea actions present real danger: US 04-04-2013 09:57 AM

    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...
  • France calls for North Korean restraint 31-03-2013 06:22 PM

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