Apr 8, 2015

Despite law, FBI can give ransom to kidnappers

While U.S. policy bans federal officials from doing business with kidnappers, the FBI for years has used a secret exemption to government rules to communicate with hostage-takers and sometimes send money to them, U.S. government sources said. Under a directive issued by President George ...

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, ...

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 ...

Mar 10, 2015

U.N. expert wants North Korea to answer for decades of abductions

A United Nations human rights investigator is recommending an international strategy to press North Korea to clarify the fate of hundreds of foreign nationals allegedly abducted over decades, mainly from Japan and South Korea. Marzuki Darusman, an independent expert, laid out the strategy in ...

Canadian church says its leader seized in North Korea

Mar 6, 2015

Canadian church says its leader seized in North Korea

North Korea has detained the head pastor of one of Canada’s largest congregations who went missing during a regular humanitarian mission last month, a church spokeswoman said. The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, 60, from the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, was last ...

Canadian pastor missing after quarantine expires

Mar 3, 2015

Canadian pastor missing after quarantine expires

A Canadian pastor who has reportedly gone missing in North Korea was invited to the capital Pyongyang just before his disappearance, a prominent Seoul activist said Tuesday. Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, has not been heard from ...