U.S. blacklists Singapore firm with links to N. Korea arms bust

Jul 24, 2015

U.S. blacklists Singapore firm with links to N. Korea arms bust

ashington The Treasury Department on Thursday blacklisted a Singapore-based shipping company for allegedly supporting a North Korean firm accused of illicit weapon shipments. The financial sanctions were announced against Senat Shipping Company and Senat’s president, Leonard Lai, and on a vessel, Dawnlight, in which ...

North Korean bands rock China’s borderland

Jul 23, 2015

North Korean bands rock China’s borderland

Like many Chinese hotels, the Kunlun International hotel has rock bottom prices. It also boasts rooms with round beds and dance poles, and an all-female North Korean rock band who belt out “Anthem of the Worker’s Party” and other socialist classics every night. Young ...

China bets on North Korea in gamble to save rust belt

Jul 23, 2015

China bets on North Korea in gamble to save rust belt

At China’s very farthest limits, a town sandwiched between North Korea and Russia stands at the heart of Beijing’s plan to revitalize its bleak, frigid northeastern rust belt. Beijing has a vision of turning the nondescript outpost of Hunchun into a regional Asian trading ...

North Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap

Jul 22, 2015

North Korea prepares to launch new long-range rocket: Yonhap

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. Any such launch would almost certainly be viewed by the international community as a ...

N. Koreans cast ballots in 'festive' local elections

Jul 20, 2015

N. Koreans cast ballots in 'festive' local elections

State-controlled local elections in North Korea on Sunday saw a 99.97 percent voter participation rate, state media reported, in polls to elect new representatives put forward by the ruling party. Typically, 99 percent of North Korean voters in the de facto single-party state take ...

Controversial rockers Laibach to be first to tour North Korea

Jul 15, 2015

Controversial rockers Laibach to be first to tour North Korea

Slovenian retro-avantgarde rock group Laibach has said it will become the first foreign rock outfit to perform in North Korea this August, as the nation marks 70 years since liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Founded in 1980 in former Yugoslavia, Slovenia’s best-known music export ...

Jul 14, 2015

South Korea sends 2 North Korean fishermen back home

South Korea said Tuesday that it had sent back two North Korean fishermen rescued earlier this month from South Korean waters. The two fishermen were sent home through the border village of Panmunjom, where they were greeted by North Korean officials and relatives, said ...