May 31, 2014

Kim Jong Il ordered improved ties

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in December 2011, issued an order in July 2007 to seek improved relations with Japan, and the instruction was conveyed in 2012 to a key official in the Democratic Party of Japan-led government, a diplomatic ...

Revealed: N. Korea hideout of Red Army Faction fugitives

May 17, 2014

Revealed: N. Korea hideout of Red Army Faction fugitives

Photographs have emerged of a building where four leftist Red Army Faction extremists who hijacked a Japan Airlines airplane and defected to North Korea in 1970 are living. The apartment block is located in a village in an upland forested area about 40 minutes ...

North open to talks on abductees: Ihara

Mar 31, 2014

North open to talks on abductees: Ihara

North Korea appears open to restarting discussions on the abduction issue, a senior Japanese official said after two days of talks with North Korean officials in Beijing. They “did not appear to reject discussions” on the issue, Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asian ...

Mar 24, 2014

The abduction drama game

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Clearly there are people in Japan who do not want any rapprochement with Pyongyang — who are using the abduction drama to continue the image of a Japan threatened by enemies and needing strong military forces for defense.

North Koreans cast votes, but government decides for whom

Mar 9, 2014

North Koreans cast votes, but government decides for whom

North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday to approve a new national legislature. The vote for the Supreme People’s Assembly is the first in five years and the first under leader Kim Jong Un. The last elections were held in March 2009, when ...

'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 ...

Sep 7, 2013

Bombs, sing-alongs for N. Korea spies

As well as the obvious classes such as bomb making, Kim Dong Sik’s intensive spy training in North Korea included memorizing hundreds of South Korean pop songs and dance moves. Such strategies for assimilating into South Korean society were considered essential to avoid suspicion, ...

Jul 28, 2013

Key to Korean peace

The armistice that ended the Korean War 60 years ago has never brought real peace to the Peninsula. North Korea holds the key to make that happen.

Pyongyang exhibits USS Pueblo

Jul 28, 2013

Pyongyang exhibits USS Pueblo

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday unveiled a renovated Korean War museum with a U.S.-baiting centerpiece in the form of the spy ship USS Pueblo, captured in 1968. Kim cut the red ribbon on the monumental Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum after ...