Mar 31, 2015

North Korea threatens strike against U.N. rights office in Seoul

North Korea has threatened “merciless punishment” against South Korea if it goes ahead with plans to open a U.N. field office in Seoul for monitoring the North’s human rights record. The Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), a state body handling inter-Korean affairs, ...

Mar 31, 2015

South Korea creates cybersecurity post to counter threat from Pyongyang

Concerned by the growing threat of cyberattacks from North Korea, South Korea’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the creation of a new presidential post handling cyber-security. The post will provide a “control tower” for efforts to counter North Korean hackers, presidential spokesman Min Kyung-Wook told ...

Mar 31, 2015

Japan extends sanctions against N. Korea to 2017

The Abe administration decided Tuesday to extend Japan’s trade embargo and other unilateral sanctions against North Korea for two years. The decision reflects the lack of progress in North Korea’s reinvestigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s, ...

U.S., South Korean militaries stage massive landing drill

Mar 30, 2015

U.S., South Korean militaries stage massive landing drill

Thousands of U.S. and South Korean troops, backed by helicopters and fighter jets, staged a massive, amphibious landing drill Monday — the centerpiece of an annual military exercise condemned by North Korea. A total of 7,600 soldiers, including 3,500 marines, along with 80 aircraft, ...

Mar 29, 2015

Japan ups abduction probe pressure on North

The government is stepping up pressure on North Korea to issue a report on its renewed investigation into Japanese who were abducted by the reclusive state’s agents decades ago. Japan soon plans to extend sanctions against the North, including a trade embargo, it will ...

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

Mar 27, 2015

$50 media player making waves in changing North Korea

A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government’s efforts to keep its people isolated, a symbol of change in one of the world’s most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of ...

Mar 26, 2015

North Korea leader urges 'guerrilla-style' tactics in sport

North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong Un has urged his nation’s athletes to adopt “guerrila-style” tactics in an effort to boost their underwhelming impact on the global sporting stage. In a letter to a national meeting of sportspeople and officials, Kim, who is known ...