Feb 11, 2014

Abe adviser visited Dalian for possible North contact

An adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secretly visited the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, not far from North Korea, for about four days in late October, diplomatic sources said, adding fuel to recent speculation that Tokyo has resumed delicate negotiations with Pyongyang. ...

North Korea again rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

Feb 10, 2014

North Korea again rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation to a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American’s possible release, the State Department said Monday. The cancellation comes only days after detained American missionary Kenneth Bae told a ...

American admits leaking intelligence on North Korea's nuclear program

Feb 8, 2014

American admits leaking intelligence on North Korea's nuclear program

A former U.S. government contractor pleaded guilty Friday to leaking “highly classified intelligence” about North Korea’s nuclear program and will serve 13 months in prison, officials said. Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employee who was assigned to the State Department, ...

Pyongyang threatens to cancel reunions with Seoul

Feb 6, 2014

Pyongyang threatens to cancel reunions with Seoul

North Korea threatened Thursday to cancel reunions of Korean War-divided families because of upcoming U.S.-South Korean military drills and accused the United States of raising tensions by flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers near the Korean Peninsula. The apparent about-face a day after the rival Koreas ...

Switzerland offers to facilitate Japan-North Korea talks

Feb 6, 2014

Switzerland offers to facilitate Japan-North Korea talks

Switzerland hopes to serve as an intermediary and provide a neutral location for potential dialogue between Japan and North Korea on the issue of Pyongyang’s past abductions of Japanese nationals, Swiss President Didier Burkhalter said Thursday in Tokyo. Switzerland is “eager to act as ...

Feb 3, 2014

Abductees' kin, supporters determined to bring all back

An association of families of citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago and a group of backers resolved to end the issue as quickly as possible at a meeting in Tokyo on Sunday. The family association and support group, the National Association for the ...

'Let me take Bae's place': Rodman

Feb 2, 2014

'Let me take Bae's place': Rodman

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman offered Friday to take the place of an imprisoned U.S. missionary in North Korea, as he spoke publicly for the first time from a rehab facility. Rodman, 52, appeared on CNN television’s “New Day” program less than a month ...

U.S. official: North Korea nuclear reactor restarted

Jan 30, 2014

U.S. official: North Korea nuclear reactor restarted

North Korea has followed through on its threat to advance its nuclear weapons program, the top U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday, while a research institute pointed to signs the communist country is preparing to launch bigger rockets. Those developments will add to the international ...