North ready to discuss abductions again

Mar 31, 2014

North ready to discuss abductions again

North Korea has become open to discussing the abduction issue with Japan again and the two countries agreed Monday in Beijing to carry on with governmental talks. During the first formal negotiations in more than a year, Japan appears to have demanded North Korea ...

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 ...

North Korea vows not to rule out 'new form' of nuclear test

Mar 31, 2014

North Korea vows not to rule out 'new form' of nuclear test

North Korea on Sunday vowed not to rule out a “new form” of nuclear test after the U.N. Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul’s joint military drills with Washington. Pyongyang has carried out a series of rocket ...

Free missile launch alerts to be sent to mobile devices

Mar 29, 2014

Free missile launch alerts to be sent to mobile devices

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency will begin sending text messages about ballistic missile launches and other relevant events to mobile phones and smartphones on April 1. The messages will be sent to all customers in areas affected by the notification who use Docomo, ...

Are mandatory Kim haircuts a baldfaced lie?

Mar 28, 2014

Are mandatory Kim haircuts a baldfaced lie?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s distinctive hairstyle is the ‘do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz just like it. But it appears ...

Mar 28, 2014

Easing of sanctions on North possible

Japan’s sanctions against North Korea could be eased if Pyongyang deals squarely with the abduction issue, a Cabinet minister said Friday ahead of renewed intergovernmental talks next week. “If North Korea shows sincere, positive moves toward resolving the abduction issue, it is possible (for ...

U.N. Security Council members condemn North Korea missile launch

Mar 28, 2014

U.N. Security Council members condemn North Korea missile launch

Members of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launch as a violation of U.N. resolutions and will continue discussions on an “appropriate response,” the council president said. The remarks were made by Luxembourg’s U.N. Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, president ...

Abe, Park focus on North to stop ties going south

Mar 26, 2014

Abe, Park focus on North to stop ties going south

Japan and South Korea successfully created the semblance of an alliance in a U.S.-brokered trilateral summit in The Hague but have yet to find a clear path to fully improving their strained ties. Tuesday’s talks, also involving President Barack Obama, began with a surprise ...