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  • With warning to US, North Korea marks end of Korean War
    With warning to US, North Korea marks end of Korean War Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean officials warned the United States that another war on the Korean Peninsula would leave no Americans alive to sign a surrender document as the country marked Monday's anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War more than six decades ago. More »

  • U.S. would show flexibility in nuclear talks with North Korea - envoy
    U.S. would show flexibility in nuclear talks with North Korea - envoy Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The recent nuclear deal with Iran showed that the United States can be flexible with a willing counterpart, including North Korea if it decides it wants talks on its nuclear programme, a U.S. envoy said on Monday. North Korea has said it was not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, which it said were an "essential deterrence" against hostile U.S. policy. More »

  • Laibach: Meet the first Western band to perform in North Korea
    Laibach: Meet the first Western band to perform in North Korea Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Ivan Novak is speaking ahead of his band's planned visit to North Korea, the rogue nation that is notorious for its totalitarian regime and isolation from the outside world. The Slovenian avant-garde group will become the first western band to perform in North Korea next month as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the country's liberation from Japan. Laibach, whose name is the German for the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, formed in communist Yugoslavia in 1980 and is one of the country's best known bands. More »

  • China in 'race to bottom' with North Korea on rights - U.S. congres … Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential U.S. congressman denounced religious persecution in China on Thursday, comparing some practices to those of the Nazis and saying that Beijing was in a "race to the bottom" with its neighbour North Korea on human rights abuses. Republican Chris Smith, a senior member of the House foreign affairs committee and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, told a hearing on Capitol Hill it was time the Obama administration and the United Nations stood up to China. More »

  • North Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap
    North Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    North Korea is preparing to launch a new, long-range rocket, possibly in October, having completed an upgrade at its main satellite launch base, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday. More »

  • North Korea upgrades missile tower for possible October launch - Yonhap
    North Korea upgrades missile tower for possible October launch - Yonhap Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    North Korea has erected a new, taller launch tower at its missile base, possibly in preparation for firing a long-range rocket to mark an important national anniversary in October, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday. North Korea is banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions from conducting tests that use ballistic missile technology but has defied international warnings and sanctions to pursue missile and nuclear programmes. "Our assessment is that the North will use the newly upgraded Tongchang-ri (missile) launch pad to launch a long-range missile larger than Unha-3," Yonhap quoted a South Korean government source as saying. More »

  • Iran-style nuclear deal for North Korea? Kim signals no. Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Pyongyang broke its silence on the Iran nuclear deal today, saying bluntly it has no intention of entering Vienna-style negotiations over its nuclear program or over its cache of up to 20 nuclear devices. US and South Korean diplomats suggested last week the deeply isolated North Korean regime might consider the kind of nonproliferation talks that Tehran engaged in. More »

  • Slovenian band plays Pyongyang to provoke those outside North Korea Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    By Marja Novak LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - A Slovenian avant-garde rock band that plans to be the first western pop act to perform in North Korea said it aimed to provoke debate beyond the isolated country's borders. Laibach, whose name is the German for the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, formed in communist Yugoslavia in 1980 and is one of the country's best known bands. "It is silly to talk about totalitarianism. More »

  • North Korea gig fits well with iconic Slovenian band's image
    North Korea gig fits well with iconic Slovenian band's image Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — For a band inspired by art in totalitarian regimes, a gig in North Korea is a dream come true. More »

  • North Korea Rejects Iran-Style Nuclear Deal
    North Korea Rejects Iran-Style Nuclear Deal Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    North Korea says it has no interest in negotiating a nuclear deal similar to the one reached with Iran in exchange for sanctions relief. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the country's nuclear deterrent is "not a plaything to be put on the negotiating table" and is essential to counter threats from the United States. He said North Korea has no intention of joining any talks to discuss the issue of freezing or dismantling its nuclear programme unilaterally as long as the US maintains hostile policies toward it. More »

  • North Korea says not interested in Iran-like nuclear talks with U.S.
    North Korea says not interested in Iran-like nuclear talks with U.S. Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    By James Pearson and Seung Yun Oh SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, the isolated country's foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. The statement said North Korea's nuclear programme was an "essential deterrence" against U.S. foreign policy towards the reclusive country, which the North views as hostile. "It is not logical to compare our situation with the Iranian nuclear agreement because we are always subjected to provocative U.S. military hostilities, including massive joint military exercises and a grave nuclear threat," said the statement, which was carried by state media but attributed to a foreign ministry spokesman. More »

  • North Korea 'not interested' in Iran-like talks with US
    North Korea 'not interested' in Iran-like talks with US Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Pyongyang says it will not give up its nuclear capabilities, adding programme is an "essential deterrence" against US. More »

  • North Korea says no interest in Iran-style nuclear deal
    North Korea says no interest in Iran-style nuclear deal Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    North Korea said Tuesday it had no interest in following Iran down the path of nuclear dialogue, insisting it was already a nuclear weapons state and therefore beyond any logical comparison with Tehran. More »

  • After Iran, is North Korea next? Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    President Obama took a leap of faith in concluding a nuclear deal with Iran. The deal’s restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program will end in 10 to 15 years. By then, Mr. Obama presumes, Iran will be a different country, one not interested in developing nuclear weapons. More »

  • North Korea Elections Achieve 99.97% Turnout
    North Korea Elections Achieve 99.97% Turnout Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    North Korea's state-controlled elections saw a 99.97% voter turnout on Sunday, with only those absent from the country not participating, state media reported. North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, who exercises complete control over the country's 24.9 million citizens, was also seen casting his ballot in the capital, Pyongyang. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said: "All participants took part in the elections with extraordinary enthusiasm to cement the revolutionary power through the elections of deputies to the local people's assemblies". More »

  • Results foregone in North Korea's local elections
    Results foregone in North Korea's local elections Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    There is only one candidate on the ballot in each district and voting against is considered as treason. More »

  • North Korea, the 'hermit nation,' allows its first foreign rock con … Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The first foreign rock concert in North Korea is on its way. Slovenian band Laibach will be holding concerts in the country next month. Laibach band plans to hold two concerts in front of 2,000 people in the secretive country’s capital Pyongyang on August 19 and 20. More »

  • Slovenian band to play in reclusive North Korea, record company says Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    By Marja Novak LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - The Slovenian band Laibach will bring foreign contemporary pop to North Korea when it tours the secretive country next month, the band's record label said on Wednesday. Laibach will play two concerts in Pyongyang in front of some 2,000 people in a tour organized by the Norwegian cultural activist Morten Traavik, who has been collaborating with North Korean artists for the past three years, London-based Mute said. "In August 2015, Laibach will become the first ever band of its kind to perform in the secretive country of North Korea, a reclusive garrison state as well-known for its military marches, mass gymnastics and hymns to the Great Leader, as for its defiant resistance to Western popular culture," Mute said in a statement. More »

  • North Korea: Will Iran nuclear deal change Kim Jong-un's mind? Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    The Iran nuclear deal raises searching questions here about what may be a far more troubling nuclear problem: North Korea's success in building nuclear warheads and a missile system for delivering them to distant targets. Chinese intelligence sources this winter briefed American officials that Pyongyang now has as many as 20 nuclear devices. Recommended: Kim 101: How well do you know North Korea's leaders? More »

  • China set to try jailed U.S. missionary near North Korea border Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - China will begin the trial on July 28 of a Korean-American missionary arrested last year over a non-profit school he ran near the sensitive border with North Korea, his lawyer said, in a case that sparked outcry from international Christian groups. A sprawling crackdown had forced hundreds of Christian missionaries out of China, most by having their visas refused, sources told Reuters last August. Supporters of Peter Hahn, the missionary, had said he was being targeted because of his Christian faith and because of the small vocational school he ran. More »

  • Student Held In North Korea 'Treated Well'
    Student Held In North Korea 'Treated Well' Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    An American univeristy student being held in North Korea has said he has been "treated in the most humanitarian way" since entering the country illegally. Won Moon Joo, a South Korean who holds permanent residency in the United States, was arrested in April when he crossed the Amnok River, also called the Yalu River, from the Chinese border town of Dandong. On Tuesday, the business studies student at New York University was allowed to speak to reporters in Pyongyang but gave no explanation for entering the country. More »

  • NYU student detained in North Korea hopes for quick release
    NYU student detained in North Korea hopes for quick release Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A South Korean student from New York University who is being detained in North Korea for allegedly entering the country illegally said Tuesday that he hopes to be released soon. More »

  • North Korea invites US Congress to visit alleged 'anthrax' plant
    North Korea invites US Congress to visit alleged 'anthrax' plant Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    North Korea has challenged the entire US Congress to come and inspect a bio-tech institute in Pyongyang that US experts have suggested is a facility for mass-producing anthrax for the military. More »

  • China, North Korea to open border trade zone - media Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    China and North Korea will open a border trade zone, Chinese state media said on Monday, 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, is expected to open in October, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing city trade officials who said the plan had been approved. "Residents living within 20 kilometres of the border will be able to exchange commodities" with people from North Korea on a duty-free basis, of up to 8,000 yuan ($1,288) a day, Xinhua said. More »

  • Seoul: North Korea media confirms purging of defense chief
    Seoul: North Korea media confirms purging of defense chief Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has officially confirmed the purging of its defense chief two months after Seoul's spy service said he had been executed for disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean official said Monday. More »

  • North Korea rejects reports of high-level defections
    North Korea rejects reports of high-level defections Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    North Korea responded angrily Thursday to reports in the South Korean media about a recent spate of high-level defections and executions, calling them Nazi-style propaganda aimed at tarnishing Pyongyang's image. More »

  • UNICEF warns of child deaths in North Korea drought
    UNICEF warns of child deaths in North Korea drought Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    A serious drought in North Korea requires urgent action to prevent the deaths of children already weakened by widespread malnutrition, the UN children's fund, UNICEF, warned Thursday. More »

  • North Korea star Jong leaves Suwon for Shimizu Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea international striker Jong Tae Se has agreed to leave South Korean club Suwon Samsung Bluewings to sign for Japan's Shimizu S-Pulse. More »

  • North Korea threatens South for holding fishermen Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    North Korea said on Wednesday it would respond firmly if South Korea continued to hold five people who had drifted south in a fishing boat, including three believed to be seeking asylum. The spat comes amid political tension between the rival Koreas that remain technically at war under a truce ending the 1950-53 conflict and a slew of verbal assaults from the North against against the South Korean government. The North, in a message relayed by its Red Cross chief to a counterpart in the South, accused South Korean authorities of trying to coerce the five into defecting, calling it "a cowardly act of crime against humanity". More »

  • Widow of ex-South Korean leader to visit North Korea Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The 92-year-old widow of late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who was a strong proponent of Korean reconciliation, will visit North Korea early next month, ex-aides to Kim said Monday. More »

  • S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea
    S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history. More »

  • North Korea opens new showcase airport terminal
    North Korea opens new showcase airport terminal Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    North Korea has opened a sleek new airport terminal, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's achievement after its construction had to be stopped halfway and redone at his whim. More »

  • Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea
    Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media accounts or websites deemed to carry harmful content. More »

  • Iraq, North Korea failures shadow nuclear talks with Iran Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By Arshad Mohammed VIENNA (Reuters) - Their inability to detect clandestine atomic programmes in Iraq and North Korea shadows Western officials as they seek to curb Iran's known nuclear activities and keep it from pursuing others in secret. Closing loopholes in the current nonproliferation system is a key aim for the United States and its five big power partners as they negotiate an agreement with Iran to constrain its nuclear programme in return for relief from economic sanctions. Iran and the major powers missed Tuesday's deadline for a final deal and have given themselves until July 7 to reach one. More »

  • Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran
    Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Drought-hit North Korea on Tuesday asked for humanitarian aid from its historic ally Iran, Iranian state media reported. More »