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US to review NKorea terror status

2014-12-21 19:06

The US is mulling whether or not to place North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama says.

N Korea calls for joint probe with US into Sony hack

2014-12-20 18:20

North Korea has called for a joint investigation into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, claiming it had nothing to do with it.

FBI: North Korea behind Sony hack

2014-12-19 21:49

North Korea was responsible for a "destructive" cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has said Friday.

US: No sign North Korea wants to reopen talks

2014-12-12 13:28

The chief US envoy for North Korea says despite Pyongyang's freeing three American captives, the communist state's leadership appears no closer to reopening a dialogue with the outside.

North Korea 'among suspects' in Sony hack

2014-12-03 09:45

US investigators are considering multiple suspects, including North Korea and other nations, in their investigation into a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

North Korea threatens to beef up military capability

2014-11-20 09:53

North Korea has threatened to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls US hostility that led to the approval of a landmark UN resolution on its human rights violations.

Enough evidence to hold N Korea's Kim accountable - UN

2014-11-13 11:39

A UN investigator says there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accountable for “massive” human rights atrocities committed by the state.

South Korea fires warning shots at North

2014-11-10 14:33

South Korean troops have fired warning shots as a North Korean patrol approached the border inside the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone that separates the rivals.

North Korea airs video of Kim walking with limp

2014-11-07 09:24

North Korean state TV has aired footage of Kim Jong-Un for the first time in more than two months, showing the leader walking without a stick but with a pronounced limp.

North Korea steps up Ebola measures

2014-10-23 15:44

North Korea has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus into the reclusive country, a report says.

S Korea warns North against 'reckless provocation'

2014-10-20 14:33

South Korea has warned North Korea against further “reckless” provocations following a series of minor border skirmishes that have heightened military tensions ahead of planned high-level talks.

North, South Korea hold high-level military talks

2014-10-15 09:09

North and South Korea have held senior-level military talks, the South's Yonhap news agency reports, following a series of recent incidents on their land and maritime borders.

N Korea: Remains of US troops being washed away

2014-10-13 14:00

North Korea has warned that the untended remains of US servicemen killed in the Korean War are being “carried away” by giant infrastructure projects and blamed Washington for suspending efforts for their recovery.

North Korea leader no show on anniversary, health rumours

2014-10-10 07:03

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apparently broke tradition by not visiting the mausoleum of his predecessors on the 69th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea, fuelling speculation over his health.

North, South Korean patrol boats exchange fire

2014-10-07 12:45

Patrol boats from North and South Korea have shot at each other after a North Korean navy vessel crossed the two countries’ maritime border west of the Korean Peninsula, a report says.

Kim Jong Un is sick says media

2014-09-26 13:56

Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is suffering from 'discomfort', state media says in the first official acknowledgement of ill health after a prolonged period out of the public eye.

S Korea fires warning shots after N Korea incursion

2014-09-19 09:18

The South Korean navy has fired warning shots to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul's defence ministry says.

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.

 

Sony hack vandalism, not act of war: Obama

2014-12-21 16:56

US President Barack Obama says North Korea's hack of Sony Pictures was an act of "cyber vandalism" and not an act of war, according to an interview to air on CNN.

Obama vows US will respond to Sony hack

2014-12-20 08:32

US President Barack Obama says Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the US would respond "in a place and manner that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal.

A look at North Korea's cyber war capabilities

2014-12-18 15:11

The secretive country has been linked to the controversial Sony hack, but what capabilities does North Korea have when it comes to inflicting cyber attacks?

Refugees alive and well, says North Korea

2014-12-11 13:59

North Korea has released a fresh video on Thursday purportedly showing nine young defectors in an apparent bid to refute claims that they had been executed or imprisoned.

North Korea reveals rank of Kim Jong Un's sister

2014-11-27 14:01

North Korea revealed Thursday that Kim Jong-Un's younger sister holds the title of a senior party official, confirming her rise through the ranks as a potential key aide to the young leader.

Putin backs deeper ties with North Korea

2014-11-19 18:47

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security, after holding talks with an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Top-secret US mission hit by plane hitch

2014-11-11 11:24

A secret mission by America's spy chief to free two US citizens held by North Korea hit an embarrassing snag when his plane broke down while refuelling, a US official says.

US men freed from North Korea in secret mission

2014-11-09 12:20

Two Americans released from captivity in North Korea have returned to the United States after their departure was secured through a secret mission by the top US intelligence official to the reclusive nation.

Top N Korean leader in Uganda to boost security ties

2014-10-29 14:33

North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, is set to visit Uganda with the aim of sealing deals to strengthen security ties, the presidency in Kampala says.

North Korea rattles sabres at US

2014-10-25 17:28
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North Korea has vowed strong action to counter a US attack on its human rights record and issued fresh warnings that the US was in range of its nuclear weapons.

White House confirms citizen released from N Korea

2014-10-21 22:45

The White House has confirmed that American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea, had departed the country and was on his way home to his family.

High-level Korean talks end without progress

2014-10-16 09:28

High-level military discussions between North and South Korea made no progress on disputed issues such as the maritime border, the government in Seoul says.

North Korea warns of rupture in dialogue with South

2014-10-12 15:39

North Korea's state media has warned of a rupture in dialogue with rival South Korea over the launch of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets that sparked a brief cross-border exchange of fire.

Mystery over N Korean leader fuels health rumours

2014-09-29 17:45

North Korea’s authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un has made no public appearance for three weeks, fuelling rumours about his health.

Japan, North Korea to meet on abductees

2014-09-25 15:56

Japanese and North Korean officials are set to meet next week for an update on the North's probe into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, a spokesperson says.

US man held for attempt to swim to North Korea

2014-09-17 14:36

South Korean border guards have arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across a river into rival North Korea, a South Korean defence official says.

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.

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