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  • Briton Pleads Guilty to North Korea Meth Smuggling Charge
    Briton Pleads Guilty to North Korea Meth Smuggling Charge Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A British man could be facing a maximum possible life sentence in the U.S. after pleading guilty to conspiring to import 100 kilograms of methamphetamine from North Korea into America. According to a press release published on the U.S. Department of Justice website, 46-year-old Scott Stammers, entered his guilty plea yesterday at a Manhattan federal court. More »

  • Ending standoff with North Korea boosts South's President Park
    Ending standoff with North Korea boosts South's President Park Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - Beset by crisis, scandal and a sluggish economy in the first half of her single five-year term, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's approval rating soared in a poll released on Friday after a pact with North Korea brought back the rivals from the brink of conflict. Park's rating in a Gallup poll climbed a remarkable 15 percentage points from a week earlier to 49 percent, the highest in nearly a year, after the accord early on Tuesday ended an armed standoff in one of the world's most dangerous flashpoints and cleared the ground for further engagement with Pyongyang. "This is a beginning to pierce through clogged-up South-North ties, but we don't yet have a legacy," said Choi Jin, the head of the Institute for Presidential Leadership in Seoul, referring to Park's ambition for a lasting peace, and eventually reunification. More »

  • North Korea: Kim Jong-un fires party officials days after deal with South K …
    North Korea: Kim Jong-un fires party officials days after deal with South K … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sacked some members of the ruling party's Central Military Commission without divulging any reasons. Alongside, Kim praised the latest agreement with South Korea, calling it a "landmark" deal. The sacking of party members, which came at a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), has been seen as punishment for allowing the recent standoff with South Korea to spiral out of control. More »

  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un hails accord with South as landmark
    North Korea leader Kim Jong Un hails accord with South as landmark Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called this week's accord between the rival Koreas "a landmark occasion" paving the way for defused military tension and improved ties, but said it was the strength of its armed forces that made the deal possible. North and South Korea on Tuesday agreed to end a military standoff that sparked an exchange of artillery fire and had ratcheted up tension on one of the world's most heavily-fortified borders. "The joint press release published at the contact provided a crucial landmark occasion of defusing the acute military tension and putting the catastrophic inter-Korean relations on the track of reconciliation and trust," the North's KCNA news agency on Friday quoted Kim as saying in a meeting with military aides. More »

  • North Korea’s old ruse falters Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Of all the world’s trouble spots, North Korea has been the one with the most predictable pattern. For decades, it has regularly provoked a crisis with South Korea or the United States and then demanded concessions in order to restore an uneasy truce. In early August, the pattern seemed to be repeating itself with a land mine blast that injured two South Koreans. More »

  • North Korea reports dozens of casualties after heavy rains Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says heavy rainfall has caused dozens of human casualties, destroyed homes and flooded farmland in a northeast area home to a special economic zone. More »

  • Inside North Korea: Photographer defies heavy security to capture images of …
    Inside North Korea: Photographer defies heavy security to capture images of … Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    North Korea is famously secretive, confiscating tourists' mobile phones upon arrival in the country and going through their camera memory cards to check for unauthorised photos. Despite this, a photographer has managed to capture a series of photos showing the harsh realities of life in poverty-stricken rural villages in North Korea. One of the sights that Kim Jong-un's government may not wish the world to see is a child begging for food at a railway station. More »

  • Flooding in North Korea kills 40, strands thousands Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By James Pearson and Megha Rajagopalan SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Heavy rain in North Korea killed 40 people, stranded thousands in flash floods and caused "massive" damage on the weekend, the International Federation of the Red Cross said and North Korean media said. More than 11,000 people were forced from their homes or otherwise affected by the floods, which hit the northeastern city of Rajin, near the border with Russia and China, on Saturday and Sunday, Hler Gudjonsson, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Beijing told Reuters. Rajin is the capital of the Rason Special Economic Zone in North Hamgyong Province. More »

  • New airport's Internet room a closed window on North Korea
    New airport's Internet room a closed window on North Korea Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang's shiny new airport building has all the features international travelers have come to expect, though some lose their luster upon closer examination. Case in point: Its Internet room appears to be missing the Internet. More »

  • China, North Korea to open border trade zone in October Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    China and North Korea will open a border trade zone in October, Chinese state media said on Tuesday, the latest effort to boost economic ties despite tension between the countries. The Guomenwan trade zone in the northeastern Chinese city of Dandong, in Liaoning province, will be opened during a trade and tourism expo, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing city officials. Xinhua said the zone has a "total investment" of 1 billion yuan ($156 million), though it was not clear exactly what that figure referred to, and would enable residents living within 20 km of the border to trade with each other and get certain tax free benefits. More »

  • South Korea to maintain military readiness despite agreement with North Kor …
    South Korea to maintain military readiness despite agreement with North Kor … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    South Korea has said it will maintain military readiness despite the temporary truce agreement reached with North Korea. "Since the North has agreed to withdraw the semi-war state starting at 12:00 noon our military will maintain its defence posture for the possibility of another provocation," South Korea's Defence Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok told reporters during a routine press conference. The South Korean forces will remain in defence posture since Pyongyang has said it will take "considerable" time to pull back its troops from the frontline border region. More »

  • Surprise apology by North Korea as historic talks end fruitfully Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    After the longest consecutive talks ever held between North and South Korea, the two sides came to an historic agreement early Tuesday defusing tensions that could have ignited a wider armed conflict. In a climax to nearly non-stop talks at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea agreed to apologize for having set a landmine that severely wounded two South Korean army sergeants. South Korea, at the same time, acceded to the North's demand to stop loud broadcasts of music and news, including those making light of Kim Jong-un, whose status in the North as leader is one of a near-deity. More »

  • North Korea expresses regret over landmines that wounded South soldiers - s … Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea expressed regret over a landmine incident that wounded two South Korean soldiers this month, the two sides said in a joint statement issued on Tuesday after marathon talks between the rival states aimed at easing tensions. The statement also said South Korea had agreed to stop anti-North propaganda broadcasts at noon on Wednesday and that the two Koreas would hold follow-up talks in Seoul or Pyongyang to discuss a range of issues on improving ties. North Korea's state media issued the statement separately. ... More »

  • As talks drag on, South Korea continues tougher stance towards North Korea Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    North Korea will continue to receive a barrage of K-pop and news from the South, which vowed Monday to continue airing propaganda as high-level talks aimed at resolving the current crisis stretched into their third day. South Korean President Park Geun-hye said she would not switch off the loudspeakers – the North had issued a Saturday 5 p.m. deadline – unless the North apologized for an Aug. 4 land mine explosion that injured two border guards earlier this month. Pyongyang has denied responsibility for the incident. More »

  • South Korea's Park says important for North Korea to apologise
    South Korea's Park says important for North Korea to apologise Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday it was important for North Korea to apologise at an inter-Korea meeting for armed "provocations" including planting landmines that wounded the South's soldiers this month. "We need a clear apology and measures to prevent a recurrence of these provocations and tense situations," Park told a meeting with her top aides, according to a statement released by her office. More »

  • North Korea deploys amphibious landing craft amid Panmunjom talks
    North Korea deploys amphibious landing craft amid Panmunjom talks Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    North Korea has deployed amphibious landing craft on its frontline amid the ongoing talks with South Korea which stretched into the third day, in order to avert a full-fledged conflict. Despite the high-ranking talks, there have been no signs of tensions defusing in the Korean peninsula. Nearly 10 North Korean air-cushioned landing craft - one of Pyongyang's key infiltration assets - were detected leaving the naval base in Cholsan, North Pyongan Province, to take up frontline positions in the tense frontier, sources told the Yonhap news agency. More »

  • South and North Korea: Escalation or peace opportunity?
    South and North Korea: Escalation or peace opportunity? Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Tension is running high in the Korean peninsula after a recent attack at the border. More »

  • SKorean spokesman says high-level talks with North Korea have adjourned until … Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — SKorean spokesman says high-level talks with North Korea have adjourned until Sunday afternoon. More »

  • North Korea: Urgent Talks As Deadline Passes
    North Korea: Urgent Talks As Deadline Passes Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Senior officials from South Korea are reportedly meeting North Korean officials at Panmunjom Truce village this morning in an attempt to avoid more conflict. North Korea's military are under orders to be "fully ready" for war, according to a South Korean news agency. Kim Jong-Un declared a "quasi-state of war" after convening an emergency meeting of the communist country's military leaders, Yonhap reported North Korean TV as saying. More »

  • North Korea and South Korea hold talks over Kim Jong-un's latest threats …
    North Korea and South Korea hold talks over Kim Jong-un's latest threats … Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Officials from North Korea and South Korea are due to hold peace talks after Kim Jong-un's regime has threatened to declare war on its neighbour. In May 2014, a North Korean singer, said to be Kim Jong-Un's ex-girlfriend, appeared on state TV. This May, Kim Jong-un is alleged to have executed his defence chief, Hyon Yong Chol with an anti-aircraft gun because he fell asleep at a military event, and had his vice-premier, Choe Yong-Gon, killed for opposing his reforestation policy. More »

  • North Korea says ready for military action against South Korean and American …
    North Korea says ready for military action against South Korean and American … Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    North Korea has claimed it has completed preparations for full military action against South Korean and American troops in the Korean peninsula. The latest warning came just as the US and South Korean forces flew eight fighter jets in a show of force. Four of the US F-16 fighters and South Korea's F-15K warplanes bombed simulated enemy targets on Saturday, 22 August, the South Korean army confirmed. More »

  • North Korea leader orders army to be ready for war
    North Korea leader orders army to be ready for war Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Kim Jong-un quoted as ordering troops to "enter wartime state" after exchange of artillery shells with South Korea. More »

  • North Korea goes on war footing against South Korea as deadline looms
    North Korea goes on war footing against South Korea as deadline looms Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    By Ju-min Park and James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea put its troops on a war footing on Friday as South Korea rejected an ultimatum to stop propaganda broadcasts or face military action, prompting China to voice concern and urge both sides to step back after an exchange of artillery fire. North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the country's military and the public stood ready to safeguard its regime even if it meant fighting an all-out war, and rejected the idea of restraint in an apparent rebuff to China's call. North Korea's official media said its military was not bluffing, and the deputy North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, An Myong Hun, reiterated Pyongyang's threat of "strong military counter-action" if the South Korean broadcasts did not stop. More »

  • North Korea at UN threatens 'strong military counteraction'
    North Korea at UN threatens 'strong military counteraction' Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    North Korea threatened Friday to launch a "very strong military counteraction" if South Korea refuses to halt propaganda broadcasts, in a warning delivered at the United Nations. More »

  • Why North Korea and South Korea Are Feuding Over Loudspeakers
    Why North Korea and South Korea Are Feuding Over Loudspeakers Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    South Korea's decision this week to resume blaring propaganda messages at North Korea out of loudspeakers for the first time in more than a decade has sparked a series of events this week that have caused North Korean despot Kim Jong-un to order his frontline troops to be "fully ready for any military operations at any time" from 5 p.m. local time on Friday. South Korea started the broadcasts again after two South Korean soldiers were wounded by landmines planted by North Korean soldiers near their guard posts at the border earlier this month. The countries agreed in 2004 to cease using loudspeakers to broadcast propaganda at each other's border guards and local residents. More »

  • North Korea escalates rhetoric to 'semi-state' of war with South Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered his troops to be in a “semi-state of war” Friday, issuing an ultimatum to South Korea to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Saturday, or face military action. Recommended: How is Kim Jong-un trying to make his mark? “South Korea will strongly retaliate against any kind of North Korean attacks and the North will have to take all the responsibility for such [actions],” The Ministry of National Defense said in a message to the North. More »

  • Is North Korea really preparing for war? Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his frontline troops on the country’s heavily armed border with South Korea to be ready for war, a day after North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire. Speaking at an emergency meeting of his Central Military Commission, Mr. Kim ordered soldiers to enter a "fully armed state of war” and be fully ready for any military operations starting Friday evening, according to Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency, the Los Angeles Times reported. On Friday, North Korea also warned Seoul that it would take “military action” if the South did not halt its anti-Pyongyang border broadcasts by 5 p.m. Saturday, according to South Korean media. More »

  • North Korea's Kim Jong-Un Orders Military to Ready for War
    North Korea's Kim Jong-Un Orders Military to Ready for War Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has ordered his frontline troops to prepare for war after an exchange of fire with South Korea on Thursday, according to the country's state news agency. Kim declared what Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency on Friday called a "semi-state of war" at an emergency meeting of the Central Military Commission late Thursday. The battle-readiness order was issued after Seoul fired dozens of shells across the fortified border with North Korea in retaliation for the pariah state firing two rockets into South Korean territory, the South Korean Defense Ministry said. More »

  • North Korea: Kim Jong-un orders troops onto war footing as tensions with South …
    North Korea: Kim Jong-un orders troops onto war footing as tensions with South … Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    First there was a rare exchange of artillery shells across North and South Korea's heavily-fortified border and now North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his frontline troops onto a war-footing. North Korea's official KCNA news agency said the decision was made at an emergency meeting of the Central Military Commission held late Thursday (20 August). North Korea had earlier issued an ultimatum, sent via military hotline, that gave South Korea 48 hours to dismantle loudspeakers blasting propaganda messages across the border or face further military action. More »

  • Japan says has strong concerns over North Korea's 'provocative acts … Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has strong concerns over North Korea's firing of shots across the border at South Korea, the government's chief spokesman said on Friday. "North Korea should exercise self-restraint in making provocative acts," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference. South Korea fired a barrage of artillery rounds into North Korea on Thursday after the North shelled across the border to protest against anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Seoul. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Dean Yates) More »

  • North Korea warns of response to 'provocation' by South
    North Korea warns of response to 'provocation' by South Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Amid dispute over propaganda broadcasts, South Korea fires dozens of shells across border, saying the North fired first. More »

  • North Korea to Security Council: Address US military drills Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea is asking the United Nations Security Council to put the ongoing military exercises by the United States and South Korea on the council's agenda as a matter of international peace and security. More »

  • North Korea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea military exercises
    North Korea seeks UN meeting on US-SKorea military exercises Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Pyongyang has asked the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting to discuss joint US-South Korean military exercises, the North Korean mission to the United Nations said Thursday. More »

  • North Korea says willing to end conflict with South over propaganda broadca … Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    North Korea told Seoul it was willing to end an ongoing conflict over anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts, which it demanded that the South stop, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry. North Korea's Kim Yang Gon, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, sent a letter saying the South Korean broadcasts were a declaration for war but North Korea was "willing to offer an exit to settle the current situation and improve the relations," the ministry said. South Korea fired tens of artillery rounds towards North Korea on Thursday after the North fired shells into the South in an apparent protest against Seoul's anti-Pyongyang broadcasts, the defence ministry in Seoul said. More »

  • North Korea threatens military action if South continues loudspeaker broadc … Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    North Korea warned of military action should South Korea continue anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts along their shared border, the South's defence ministry said on Thursday, telling Seoul to halt the loudspeaker broadcasts within 48 hours. In a statement, the South's defence ministry said North Korea's armed forces sent a letter around 5 p.m., calling the South's propaganda broadcasts a "major challenge" to the North. More »