North Korea


US citizen gets 6yrs' hard labour in N Korea

2014-09-14 16:38

North Korea's Supreme Court has sentenced US citizen Matthew Miller to six years' hard labour for "hostile" acts, two weeks after he and two other detained Americans had pleaded for help from Washington.

UK team unlocking secrets of North Korea volcano

2014-09-03 13:07

Unlike other major volcanoes around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have, until recently been unable to conduct on-site studies.

North Korea tightens grip on phone SIM cards

2014-09-01 13:30

North Korea now only allows mobile phone SIM cards used by tourists to be active for the duration of their visit, tourism sources have said.

North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

2014-08-20 14:09

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea has called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw".

Pope urges Koreas to unite

2014-08-18 10:32

Pope Francis has wrapped up the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years, urging the divided Koreas to unite as "as one family, one people".

Pope to speak to N Korea's 'church of silence'

2014-08-13 15:39

Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal.

N Korea to publish 'rosy' human rights report

2014-08-11 12:36

North Korea says it would publish its own 'rosy' human rights report, six months after a UN inquiry published a list of violations so severe it amounted to crimes against humanity.

US tourist arrested for leaving bible in toilet

2014-08-02 09:32

American tourist Jeffrey Fowle has been arrested by North Korean authorities for leaving a bible under a bin in the toilet at a club for foreign sailors.

South Korea warns North over missile tests

2014-07-15 07:56

South Korea has warned North Korea it was playing a dangerous game with a series of missile, rocket and artillery tests that appear to be inching ever closer to their joint border.

North Korea missiles a 'serious provocation' - South

2014-07-10 11:29

South Korea has condemned a series of missile launches by nuclear-armed North Korea as a "serious provocation" that threatened stability on the peninsula.

Architect of North Korea nuke programme dies

2014-07-09 10:19

North Korea has announced the death of retired General Jon Pyong-Ho, a chief architect of Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

North Korea to send cheerleaders to South

2014-07-07 08:52

North Korea says it would send a cheerleading squad to the coming Asian Games in South Korea, as it issued a fresh call for improved ties with Seoul following a series of missile tests.

North Korea fires projectiles before Xi's Seoul visit

2014-07-02 09:47

North Korea has fired two short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast, South Korean officials say, on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's talks in Seoul.

N Korea's Kim guides rocket firing drills

2014-06-30 12:08

North Korea says that leader Kim Jong Un has guided the test launches of tactical ballistic rockets aimed at US and South Korean forces, the second such launch drill reported in state media in three days.

North Korea fires more short-range missiles

2014-06-29 07:24

North Korea has fired two short-range missiles, a South Korean official says, in an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles.

Rival nations mark 64th anniversary of Korean War

2014-06-26 06:22

North and South Korea marked the 64th anniversary of the war between them that ended in a truce and left the nations bitterly divided.

North Korea rejects talks on S Korea missionary

2014-06-12 08:36

North Korea has rejected Seoul's call for talks on the fate of a South Korean missionary sentenced to hard labour for life for allegedly spying and operating an underground church.

Two Koreas in tussle over alleged defectors

2014-06-02 13:40

South Korea has rejected North Korea's request to send home all three of its citizens who were found adrift last week in a small boat across their sea border, officials say.

N Korea fires shells near S Korea warship

2014-05-22 15:49

North Korea has fired shells into disputed waters near a South Korean warship on patrol south of the Yellow Sea border, South Korea’s defence ministry says.

S Korea 'crashed drone' turns out to be toilet door

2014-05-14 10:22

South Korea's defence ministry says that a suspected crashed drone spotted by a walker was a false alarm - it was actually the door of a portable toilet.

N Korea vows 'merciless' revenge against South

2014-05-13 15:50

North Korea has vowed "merciless" reprisals after a South Korean military official suggested the isolated Stalinist nation should simply disappear.

US slams N Korea's 'ugly' racist Obama remarks

2014-05-09 10:27

The US has condemned "ugly and disrespectful" racist comments directed at Barack Obama by North Korea’s official news agency comparing the US president to a black “monkey” in a zoo.

North Korea says it will conduct live-fire drills

2014-04-29 07:10

North Korea has notified rival South Korea that it planned a live-fire drill near the countries' disputed western sea boundary, a possible indication of rising frustrations.

Obama lands in Seoul, N Korea nuke test fears grow

2014-04-25 12:00

Barack Obama has arrived in Seoul to growing signs that North Korea is defiantly readying another nuclear test, and with South Koreans in a state of national mourning.

Concern as N Korea seals nuke test tunnel

2014-04-24 11:44

North Korea has apparently sealed a tunnel at its nuclear test site, a government official says ahead of US President Barack Obama's arrival in Seoul for a two-day visit.

 

North Korea nuclear reactor may be operating again

2014-09-05 15:30

North Korea's reactor at its main nuclear site, capable of giving the isolated regime plutonium for nuclear weapons, may be operational again, the UN says.

American prisoners in North Korea ask for help

2014-09-01 21:29

The White House says it is continuing to do all that it can to secure the release of three Americans detained in North Korea.

Toxic chemicals hit North Korean workers

2014-08-27 14:46

Scores of North Korean workers employed by South Korean factories at a joint industrial complex have fallen sick after possible exposure to toxic chemicals.

South Korea, US start military drill despite North threats

2014-08-18 12:16

South Korea and the US have launched an annual military drill, Seoul's defence ministry says, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a "merciless" retaliatory strike.

North Korea fires 3 rockets as pope visits South

2014-08-14 05:50

North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast, South Korea's Ministry of Defence says, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

S Korea offers $13.3m in aid for North Korea

2014-08-11 12:36

South Korea says it would provide $13.3m in funding for UN humanitarian projects in North Korea, its second indirect aid package for the North in a month.

China probes Canadians for alleged spying

2014-08-05 11:41

Chinese authorities are investigating two Canadians for alleged espionage, state media reports, a week after Canada accused Beijing of "state-sponsored" hacking.

N Korea fires 4 short-range 'projectiles'

2014-07-30 16:53

North Korea has fired four short-range projectiles towards the sea in the latest of a series of missile, rocket and artillery tests, the South's defence ministry said.

Seoul: N Korea fires artillery shells into ocean

2014-07-14 10:14

North Korea has fires artillery shells into waters near its sea border with South Korea, Seoul's military says, a day after the country’s test-launched two ballistic missiles.

North Korea continues missile tests

2014-07-09 15:59

North Korea has launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, in a continuation of a recent series of missile and rocket test launches.

North Korea to send cheering squad to Asian Games

2014-07-07 21:23

North Korea says it will send a cheering squad to the coming Asian Games in rival South Korea that its athletes plan to attend.

Japan lifts some North Korea sanctions

2014-07-03 10:54

Japan has decided to ease some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago.

North Korea proposes suspension of hostilities

2014-06-30 20:14

North Korea has proposed that the two Koreas halt hostile military activities from later this week.

2 US tourists detained in N Korea to face trial

2014-06-30 08:01

North Korea says it would put two detained American tourists on trial on charges including "perpetrating hostile acts".

North Korea tests new precision-guided missiles

2014-06-27 08:08

North Korea says that leader Kim Jong Un has guided the test launches of the country's newly developed precision guided missiles.

South Korea holds live-fire drill, ignores protest

2014-06-20 09:12

The South Korean navy has held a rare live-fire drill near a set of disputed islands, brushing off angry protests from co-claimant Japan, which called the exercises "deplorable".

North Korea detains third US tourist

2014-06-06 11:44

North Korea says it has detained a US tourist for "hostile activities" after he reportedly left a bible at a hotel, bringing to three the number of Americans held by the reclusive regime.

N Korea says danger of 'catastrophic' clash

2014-05-27 10:53

North Korea has warned that recent "provocative" activities by US troops at a truce village on the heavily fortified inter-Korean border could lead to a "catastrophic" military clash.

S Korea sends condolences over building collapse

2014-05-20 16:41

South Korea offered its condolences to North Korea over the deadly collapse of a Pyongyang apartment building that led to a rare apology from the secretive hard line state.

US think-tank: N Korea nuke test unlikely

2014-05-14 09:12

Despite fears to the contrary, North Korea does not appear to be preparing a nuclear test, a US think-tank says in an analysis of recent satellite images of Pyongyang's main test site.

2 Koreas in heated exchange over drones

2014-05-12 12:31

North Korea has denounced South Korea's claim that Pyongyang sent spy drones across the border as a provocative "charade" organised by its "prostitute" president, Park Geun-Hye.

N Korea leader didn't execute uncle - Rodman

2014-05-06 08:53

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman claims North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un did not execute his uncle and that he saw him during a recent trip to the Stalinist state.

North Korea facing further isolation - Obama

2014-04-25 13:06

President Barack Obama says that the US stands "shoulder to shoulder" with its ally South Korea in refusing to accept a nuclearised North Korea.

S Korea fires warning shots on N Korea ships

2014-04-25 08:53

A South Korean naval vessel has fired warning shots after two North Korean patrol boats crossed the disputed maritime border, just before US President Barack Obama arrives in Seoul.

N Korea finally sends condolences after tragedy

2014-04-23 14:26

More than a week after a South Korean ferry carrying 476 people capsized and sank, North Korea has finally voiced its condolences for the victims of the disaster.

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