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  • North Korea Launches 'Homosexual' Attack on UN Human Rights Chairperson …
    North Korea Launches 'Homosexual' Attack on UN Human Rights Chairperson … Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    North Korea state media has launched an anti-gay attack on Michael Kirby, the chairperson of the UN agency which published a report criticising human rights in the pariah state. Kirby, the chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Human Rights in North Korea, was called a "disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality" by the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA). It is believed the attack came in response to Kirby's presentation to the Security Council last week where he advised the body to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for persecution of government officials. More »

  • UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court. More »

  • U.N. inquiry chief wants North Korea hauled before international court
    U.N. inquiry chief wants North Korea hauled before international court Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights abuses in North Korea appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to refer the situation in the reclusive Asian state to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. "In a week of many grave human rights matters occupying the attention of the members of this council, we dare say that the case of human rights in the DPRK (Democratic People Republic of Korea) exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror," Michael Kirby told an informal meeting of the 15-member council. A year-long U.N. inquiry, led by Kirby, concluded in a February 17 report that North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities. More »

  • U.S., China in 'productive' talks after North Korea test threat
    U.S., China in 'productive' talks after North Korea test threat Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and China have held "productive" talks on North Korea, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, part of stepped up international diplomacy after Pyongyang warned of plans to conduct a new type of nuclear test. U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies met with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei in New York on Monday and Tuesday. "The United States and China agree on the fundamental importance of a denuclearized North Korea," it said, adding that the meetings were part of a series of high-level U.S.-China discussions on how to achieve that in a peaceful manner. The talks follow meetings last week between the United States, Japan and South Korea, the countries that along with China and Russia were trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with North Korea until Pyongyang declared the so-called six-party talks dead in 2008. More »

  • 10 pictures from inside North Korea as Pyongyang Marathon takes centre stag …
  • Mike Huckabee: North Korea Sometimes has more Freedom than United States
    Mike Huckabee: North Korea Sometimes has more Freedom than United States Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    From the outside, North Korea seems a secretive and totalitarian state - but that impression is misleading, according to potential Republican presidential nominee Mike Huckabee. The American politician joked the nuclear-capable state, which a United Nations inquiry claims is committing human rights abuses that resemble those of the Nazis, was sometimes more frree than the United States. According to MSNBC, Huckabee said: "My gosh, I'm beginning to think that there's more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States. More »

  • North Korea denies link to drones recovered by South
    North Korea denies link to drones recovered by South Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    North Korea on Monday flatly denied any connection to three crashed drones recovered in the South, and accused Seoul of "fabricating" a link in order to smear Pyongyang. More »

  • North Korea's capital hosts international marathon
    North Korea's capital hosts international marathon Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The streets of North Korea's showcase capital were filled with runners from all over the world on Sunday for the annual Pyongyang marathon, which was open to foreign amateurs this year for the first time. More »

  • North Korea Marathon: How did Pyongyang Race Compare with London?
    North Korea Marathon: How did Pyongyang Race Compare with London? Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    It was not just London where runners took part in a marathon on Sunday - North Korean captial Pyongyang also hosted its annual event.  Although there was no sign of a running fridge in the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, tens of thousands of North Koreans reportedly lined the city's streets to support participants, including, for the first time, amateur runners. The run was part of a series of sporting, artistic and cultural events commemorating the birthday of the nation's founder, Kim Il-sung, on 15 April. While the event was devoid of sponsors such as Virgin and Lucozade, runners and spectators in Pyongyang could at least enjoy the patriotic music pumping out of speakers. More »

  • London Marathon vs North Korea marathon: Two VERY different experiences
    London Marathon vs North Korea marathon: Two VERY different experiences Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    As some 36,000 runners laced their trainers to compete in the London Marathon a very different race was being held half way across the world More »

  • Shooting Down North Korea Missiles
    Shooting Down North Korea Missiles Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    If, as feared, Pyongyang fires ballistic missiles in Japan’s direction this month, Tokyo and the United States intend to destroy them while they’re in outer space. More »

  • Kim Jong-un 'Re-elected' as Head of North Korea's Most Powerful …
    Kim Jong-un 'Re-elected' as Head of North Korea's Most Powerful … Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been 're-elected' as chairman of the National Defence Commission, the country's most powerful body, in the first session of the newly elected rubber-stamp parliament. North Korea's state-run news agency said the election "reflects common will of servicemen and people of North Korea". Kim's election brought "stormy cheers of 'hurrah'" in the parliament and marked a great moment in the nation's history, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.  In North Korea, parliamentary sessions take place rarely and are keenly watched by analysts in Seoul and other neighbouring capitals to see who is gaining prominence in Kim's inner circle. More »

  • North Korea: Senior Official Executed by Flamethrower in Kim Jong-un Purge
    North Korea: Senior Official Executed by Flamethrower in Kim Jong-un Purge Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    A North Korean official has been executed with a flamethrower in the latest high-profile death in Kim Jong-un's crackdown on those loyal to his late uncle Jang Song-thaek. A report by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper quotes an unnamed source revealing that O Sang-hon, a deputy minister at the Ministry of Public Security was "executed by flamethrower". Sang-hon was sentenced to death because he carried out Jang's instructions to convert the Public Security Ministry into a personal security division in order to benefit his business matters. Whether the source's account of the flamethrower death is true or not cannot be independently verified, but the potential for anti-North Korean propaganda to be published by South Korea publications is high. More »

  • US, allies warn North Korea amid reactor fears
    US, allies warn North Korea amid reactor fears Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    The United States and its allies warned North Korea against provocations as researchers reported potential radiation risks due to problems at the regime's main nuclear complex. More »

  • Japan to Shoot Down North Korea Ballistic Missiles
    Japan to Shoot Down North Korea Ballistic Missiles Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Japan will shoot down any ballistic missiles launched by North Korea it considers to be a threat, a government source said. A Japanese destroyer has been dispatched to the Sea of Japan with orders to fire if North Korea launches any missiles that Tokyo deems in danger of hitting Japanese territory in the next few weeks, the source said. The order, issued by Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera, was not made public to avoid jeopardising renewed talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang, local media reported. Tensions have been ratcheting up in the region since Pyongyang test-fired two of its Rodong medium-range missiles over the sea just as Japan, South Korea and the US were sitting down to talks aimed at resolving tensions in the region. More »

  • Top Gear 'to air in North Korea'
    Top Gear 'to air in North Korea' Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Top Gear and Dr Who could be headed to North Korean screens, after ongoing talks with the British government. More »

  • US to Send Warships to Protect Japan From North Korea
    US to Send Warships to Protect Japan From North Korea Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    The US has pledged two extra ballistic missile destroyers to help Japan protect itself against North Korea, as tension simmers on the Korean peninsula. Following a meeting between US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera on 6 April, the two countries announced that the warships will be in place from 2017. "In response to Pyongyang's pattern of provocative and destabilising actions ... I can announce today that the United States is planning to forward-deploy two additional AEGIS ballistic missile defence ships to Japan," Hagel told reporters. The US fleet in Japan already has five vessels capable of ballistic missile defence. More »

  • Japan ready to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat
    Japan ready to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    By Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will strike any North Korean ballistic missile that threatens to hit Japan in the coming weeks after Pyongyang recently fired medium-range missiles, a government source said on Saturday. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order, which took effect on Thursday and runs through April 25, the day that marks the founding of North Korea's army, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Following the order, meant "to prepare for any additional missile launches," a destroyer was dispatched to the Sea of Japan and will fire if North Korea launches a missile that Tokyo deems in danger of striking or falling on Japanese territory, the source said. Tensions have been building between North Korea and its neighbours since Pyongyang - in an apparent show of defiance - fired two Rodong missiles on March 26, just as the leaders of Japan, South Korea and the United States were sitting down to discuss containing the North Korean nuclear threat. More »

  • North Korea says US 'hell-bent on regime change'
    North Korea says US 'hell-bent on regime change' Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Friday accused the United States of being "hell-bent on regime change" and warned that any maneuvers with that intention will be viewed as a "red line" that will result in countermeasures. More »

  • North Korea tells world 'wait and see' on new nuclear test
    North Korea tells world 'wait and see' on new nuclear test Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea on March 26. Its first firing in four years of mid-range missiles that can hit Japan followed a series of short-range rocket launches over the past two months. North Korea (DPRK) reacted on Sunday with a threat to conduct what it called "a new form of nuclear test. More »

  • North Korea says it will counter regime change Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is warning the United States that any maneuver intended to change the reclusive communist regime will be viewed as a red line that will result in countermeasures. More »

  • North Korea launches unprecedented personal attack on South Korea leader
    North Korea launches unprecedented personal attack on South Korea leader Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    North Korea published comments on Friday attacking South Korean President Park Geun-hye, descending to unprecedented levels of personal insult by describing her as a "repulsive wench" who had failed to marry or bear children. The KCNA news agency carried what it said were comments by a private citizen criticising Park's offer last week to help the impoverished North's women and children as "foul-smelling vituperation uttered by human scum. "Park Geun-hye is but an unseemly wench who has never had a chance to marry or bear a child," the citizen, Kim Un Kyong, was quoted as saying by KCNA. Park, the citizen said, had no right to talk about the children of North Korea. More »

  • U.S., Japan, South Korea to discuss North Korea nuclear weapons program
    U.S., Japan, South Korea to discuss North Korea nuclear weapons program Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The United States, Japan and South Korea will meet next week to seek ways to persuade North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, just days after Pyongyang warned of a "new form" of nuclear test. The talks next Monday in Washington will follow on from a trilateral summit involving the United States and its two main Asian allies hosted by President Barack Obama in The Hague on March 25. More »

  • North Korea: Kim Jong-un Orders Mass Purge of Uncle's Allies
    North Korea: Kim Jong-un Orders Mass Purge of Uncle's Allies Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    A former North Korea intelligence officer, who has defected to the West, has revealed the extent of the turmoil pervading the communist regime with former leader Kim Jong-il targeted by a series of coups and failed assassination attempts. The revelations come as 200 senior officials are set to be purged for their loyalty to Kim's uncle Jang Song-taek who was executed in December for crimes against the state, according to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper. Choe Ryong-Hae, a powerful figure as joint chairman of the all-powerful Politburo Presidium and political director of the Korea People's Army, is on Kim Jong-un's hitlist as he represents a major threat. "Among those who have been sentenced to death are 200 officials in the Workers Party, the government and military who received orders directly from Jang Song-taek. More »

  • U.S., Japan and South Korea to discuss North Korea nuclear weapons programm … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold talks in Washington next week aimed at finding ways to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. The talks next Monday will follow on from a trilateral summit involving the United States and its two main Asian allies hosted by President Barack Obama in The Hague on March 25. The Washington meeting will be hosted by the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies and will come ahead of a visit to Asia by Obama from April 22, which will include stops in both Japan and South Korea. More »

  • North Korea's 'NADA' Space Agency, Logo Are Anything But 'N …
    North Korea's 'NADA' Space Agency, Logo Are Anything But 'N … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    If outer space is indeed a lot of nothing, than the newly named North Korean space agency may be aptly titled, albeit inadvertently. The nation — formally, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) — on Tuesday (April 1) marked the first anniversary of its space agency's founding by announcing the name and emblem for the organization: the National Aerospace Development Administration, or NADA. Not that North Korea had nothing in mind when choosing the name. "The National Aerospace Development Administration is the country's central guidance institution organizing all the space development projects," the state news service, the Korean Central News Agency, explained in a release. More »

  • SKorea suspects 2 crashed drones from North Korea
    SKorea suspects 2 crashed drones from North Korea Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials said Wednesday they suspect that two unmanned drones that crashed recently near the border with rival North Korea were flown by the North on possible surveillance missions. More »

  • SKorea suspects crashed drone from North Korea
    SKorea suspects crashed drone from North Korea Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials said Wednesday they suspect that an unmanned drone that crashed on a frontline South Korean island was flown by rival North Korea. More »

  • North Korea Declares No-Sail Zone off East Coast
    North Korea Declares No-Sail Zone off East Coast Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    North Korea has declared a no-sail zone off its east coast as tensions continue to grow in the region. The drills triggered a response from South Korea, which opened fire after shells crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the disputed maritime border between the two Koreas. South Korea's vice-defence ministry spokesperson Wi Wong-seop said: "We consider that the North's announcement contains hostile intentions. A military spokesman told Yonhap News agency: "North Korea has internally set the no-sail zone in waters near Wonsan to control its vessels".   More »

  • Asian Games organisers ask IOC to help bring North Korea to Incheon
    Asian Games organisers ask IOC to help bring North Korea to Incheon Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    South Korean organisers of this year's Asian Games in Incheon have asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for help in getting North Korea to take part in the multi-sports event. The news comes amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula after the North fired more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters as part of a drill on Monday, prompting the South to fire back. Asian Games organisers said in a statement that Kim Young-soo, president of the organising committee, had made the request to IOC President Thomas Bach at a meeting in Kuwait on Monday. He also said he would attend the September 19 to October 4 Asian Games. More »

  • North Korea's Actions 'Dangerous, Provocative'
    North Korea's Actions 'Dangerous, Provocative' Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    South Korea says it has fired shells into North Korean waters in response to live fire drills carried out by Pyongyang. More »

  • North Korea actions 'dangerous and provocative' White House says Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's recent actions, which include firing of artillery rounds into South Korean waters, are "dangerous and provocative" and the country's threats and provocations only isolate it further, a White House official said on Monday. "We remain steadfast in our commitment (to) the defence of our allies and remain in close coordination with both the Republic of Korea and Japan," White House National Security Council spokesman Jonathan Lalley said. (Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by James Dalgleish) More »

  • Russia's Vladimir Putin Eyeing Closer Ties with North Korea's Kim J …
    Russia's Vladimir Putin Eyeing Closer Ties with North Korea's Kim J … Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is looking to boost bilateral trade with one of the most isolated countries in the word, North Korea. By 2020, Moscow intends to increase annual trade with North Korea to $1bn, Russia's Far East Development Ministry has said. This is part of the latest initiatives by Moscow to look for opportunities in Asian nations to beat the recently-imposed Western sanctions over its annexation of Crimea. Senior Russian delegates have visited the inter-Korean Kaesong industrial complex, a special economic zone between the two Koreas, to explore opportunities for launching Russian businesses there. More »

  • North Korea fires more than 500 shots of artillery, South returns with 300 Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    North Korea fired more than 500 rounds of artillery in a drill on Monday and about 100 of them landed in the water south of a disputed maritime border off the western coast of the peninsula, South Korea's defence ministry said. The South returned fire with more than 300 rounds aimed at an area north of the so-called Northern Limit Line, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said, calling the North's action "a test of the South's determination to defend the naval border". More »

  • BREAKING NEWS: South Korea Opens Fire on North Korea in Retaliation during Live-Fire …
    BREAKING NEWS: South Korea Opens Fire on North Korea in Retaliation during Live-Fire … Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    South Korea has fired on a drill being conducted by North Korea after artillery shells from the live-fire exercise reportedly fell in Seoul's territory. Shells from the North Korean drill crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the disputed maritime border between the two Koreas, prompting the South to retaliate. After several rounds of fire from Pyongyang, the South Korean military fired artillery shells with K-9 self-propelled howitzers. "North Korea demanded South Korea control its vessels in seven regions north of the NLL before it holds the live-fire drills. More »