Mar 4, 2014

U.S. official calls on Japan to share info on N. Korea talks

A U.S. government official has called on Tokyo to provide Washington with more details about bilateral talks held with North Korea. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Monday the U.S. government supports Japanese efforts to resolve outstanding issues with North Korea, including Pyongyang’s ...

| Mar 4, 2014

Talks with North bring hope

by Ko Hirano

An informal intergovernmental meeting between Japanese and North Korean officials in Shenyang on Monday has rekindled hope for addressing issues of concern between the two countries, including Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. Details of the talks, which lasted for ...

Mar 4, 2014

North Korea missiles draw protest

Japan has lodged a protest with North Korea over its launch of short-range missiles off its eastern coast, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. The protest was conveyed through diplomatic channels Monday, several hours after the launch. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera charged that ...

North to deport detained Aussie missionary

Mar 3, 2014

North to deport detained Aussie missionary

North Korea said Monday it will deport an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity, saying he had apologized for his anti-state religious acts in a news conference and requested forgiveness. Authorities in North Korea have been investigating John Short since his arrest for secretly ...

Park proposes regular family reunions between rival Koreas

Mar 2, 2014

Park proposes regular family reunions between rival Koreas

South Korea’s president Saturday proposed the rival Koreas hold reunions of Korean War-divided families on a regular basis, saying time was running out for the elderly separated by hostilities and politics. South Korea has made similar proposals in the past, but President Park Geun-hye’s ...

Feb 28, 2014

Pyongyang fires four missiles into Sea of Japan

North Korea test-fired four short-range missiles into the sea Thursday, Seoul’s defense ministry said, in an apparent show of force to coincide with South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises. A ministry spokesman said the missiles, with an estimated range of 200 km, were fired off ...

Feb 28, 2014

North Korea talks set for Monday

Government officials from Japan and North Korea will hold talks in China on Monday, the first such meeting since November 2012, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo and Red Cross Society said. The talks will be on the sidelines of meetings by Red Cross officials ...