Apr 18, 2014

Abe to seek Obama's 'acceptance' of North abduction talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to seek U.S. President Barack Obama’s “acceptance” at their summit next Thursday of Tokyo’s consultations with Pyongyang on the abduction issue, a government source said Friday. The abductees in question were Japanese who were kidnapped by North Korean agents ...

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

Apr 18, 2014

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against “a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world,” and he told reporters that most council ...

Apr 12, 2014

Japan, North set to reaffirm '08 abduction issue accord

Japan and North Korea are making final arrangements to reaffirm a 2008 bilateral accord that includes a promise by Pyongyang to reinvestigate what happened to the Japanese it abducted in return for an easing of unilateral sanctions, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. ...

China calls reining in North Korea 'mission impossible'

Apr 11, 2014

China calls reining in North Korea 'mission impossible'

The United States is giving China a “mission impossible” by insisting it exert pressure on neighboring North Korea to halt its nuclear arms program or face U.S. consequences, Beijing’s ambassador said. “We’re very often told that China has such an influence over DPRK” — ...

Apr 9, 2014

Kim "re-elected" as North Korean leader

Kim Jong Un was Wednesday “re-elected” as North Korea’s leader, state media said, as parliament opened a session expected to endorse personnel changes after the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle. Kim was reaffirmed as First Chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) ...

Water woes endanger North Korean reactor

Apr 8, 2014

Water woes endanger North Korean reactor

North Korea may have temporarily shut down a plutonium reactor earlier this year as it wrestled with water supply problems that could threaten the safety of its nuclear complex, a U.S. research institute said Monday. The North restarted the 5-megawatt reactor at the Nyongbyon ...