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N. Korea test-fires missiles as Obama hosts summit

In this July, 2013 photo, military trucks carry Rodong missiles during a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles, South Korea and the U.S. said, a defiant challenge to a rare three-way summit of its rivals Seoul, Tokyo and Washington that focused on the North’s security threat. AP/Kyodo News / JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

North Korea test-fired two medium-range missiles Wednesday, as US President Barack Obama hosted a landmark Japan-South Korea summit and pledged “unwavering commitment” to Tokyo and Seoul in the face of Pyongyang’s nuclear threat.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

North Korea fires short-range rockets for 2nd day

Army soldiers pass by a barbed-wire fence during a military exercise in Paju near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The short-range Scud missiles North Korea fired into the sea Thursday were a type it hasn't launched since 2009, South Korea confirmed Friday, though analysts say the apparent protest over U.S.-South Korean military drills were likely not a prelude to higher tensions. AP

South Korea says North Korea has fired more short-range rockets into its eastern waters for a second straight day. That’s apparently a continuation of protests of ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

China: NKorea ready to make nuclear commitment

Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi, left, talk before making statements before their bilateral meeting at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Syria and North Korea as well as other issues were to be discussed. AP

China’s foreign minister pushed Friday for the restart of international talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, saying that Pyongyang is ready to recommit to the goal of denuclearization.

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

N. Korea says peace ‘dearer than anything else’

Military vehicles are pictured on video during a ceremony in Pyongyang, North Korea (AP)

North Korea’s top military official said Pyongyang did not want war and valued peace above all, as the two Koreas forge ahead with plans for their first family reunions in three years.

Friday’s agreement to hold the reunion event next month has deepened signs of rapprochement after months of tension, with Pyongyang also offering to revive a joint industrial project with Seoul.

Posted: August 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Politics bog release of American jailed in NKorea

This 2011 file family photo provided by Terri Chung shows Kenneth Bae. Bae, the latest of several Americans jailed by North Korea in recent years, has already waited longer for his freedom than any of the others had to. But as his health deteriorates, Washington and Pyongyang appear unable to negotiate, each wary of giving concessions to the other. AP

Kenneth Bae, the latest of several Americans jailed by North Korea in recent years, has already waited longer for his freedom than any of the others had to. But as his health deteriorates, Washington and Pyongyang appear unable to negotiate, each wary of giving concessions to the other.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

2 Koreas hold crucial talks on factory complex

South Korean owners who run factories in the stalled South Korea and North Korea's joint Kaesong Industrial Complex hold signs as they demand South Korean government and North Korean authorities normalize the operation of the joint industrial complex before South Korean delegation leave for North Korea's Kaesong city for a meeting, at the Unification bridge in Paju near the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. North and South Korea will meet Wednesday to hold talks on restarting a joint industrial complex at Kaesong. The letters cards read "We want to normalize the operation of the joint industrial complex." AP

Officials from North and South Korea resumed talks Wednesday over the fate of a shuttered factory park the rivals jointly ran until Pyongyang pulled out its workers in April.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

North Korea military parades through Pyongyang

North Korean soldiers salute in front of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, in Pyongyang on Thursday, April 25, 2013. North Korea on Thursday marked the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2-million troops. AP

Goose-stepping soldiers and military hardware were paraded through Pyongyang on Saturday in a painstakingly choreographed military pageant intended to strike fear into North Korea’s adversaries and rally its people behind young ruler Kim Jong Un on the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Korean War foes gather in NKorea to remember war

North Koreans walk among tombstones of soldiers who died from the war to pay their respects, at the cemeteries of fallen fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea as part of ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula. AP

Two decorated U.S. war veterans who survived one of the worst battles of the Korean War found themselves among former foes at a memorial ceremony Thursday as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un launched the country’s commemoration of the war’s end 60 years ago.

Posted: July 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Images show North Korea launch-pad halt

This May 26, 2013 satellite image taken by Astrium, and annotated and distributed by 38 North shows an unfinished new missile assembly building, top left, and control center, top right, at the Tonghae facility in North Korea. An eight-month construction standstill at the North Korean site meant to launch bigger and better long-range rockets may signal Pyongyang is slowing or even stopping development of larger rockets, according to a new analysis of recent satellite imagery. AP

An eight-month construction standstill at a North Korean site meant to launch bigger and better long-range rockets may signal Pyongyang is slowing or even stopping development of larger rockets, according to a new analysis of recent satellite imagery.

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Both Koreas agree to reopen joint zone ‘when ready’

Photo:  Suh Ho, the head of South Korea's working-level delegation, right, and his North Korean counterpart Park Chol Su exchange documents of a signed agreement during their meeting at Tongilgak in the North Korean side of Panmunjom which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Delegates from North and South Korea held talks Saturday on restarting a stalled joint factory park that had been a symbol of cooperation between the bitter rivals. (AP Photo/Korea Pool via Yonhap) KOREA OUT

North and South Korea on Sunday made a crucial step forward in winding down months of high tension, agreeing to reopen a joint industrial zone seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border reconciliation.

Posted: July 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NKorea likely to get cold shoulder at Asia forum

: North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun, second from left, shakes hands with Cambodian Ambassador to North Korea Chhorn Hay at Pyongyang airport, North Korea, Saturday, June 29, 2013 before leaving for Brunei to attend the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting. The regional security summit in Brunei is the sort of venue where North Korea has often managed to open up sideline discussions with Seoul and Washington. This time, while there will be plenty of talk about Pyongyang, there is little chance of substantive talk with it. AP

The upcoming regional security summit in this tiny Southeast Asian sultanate is the sort of venue where North Korea has often managed to open up sideline discussions with Seoul and Washington. This time, while there will be plenty of talk about Pyongyang, there is little chance of substantive talk with it.

Posted: June 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NKorea sanctions squeeze cash for aid groups

In this Monday, May 20, 2013 photo, North Korean nurses say goodbye to representatives from foreign humanitarian agencies after a U.N. and North Korean government program to give vitamin supplements and deworming pills to children at a nursery school in Pyongyang, North Korea on Child Health Day. AP

New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and forcing some agencies to carry suitcases of cash in from outside.

Posted: May 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NKorean envoy delivers letter to China’s president

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, greets North Korean Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae in Beijing Friday, May 24, 2013. The top North Korean envoy delivered a letter from leader Kim Jong Un to Xi on Friday and told him Pyongyang would take steps to rejoin stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, in an apparent victory for Beijing's efforts to coax its unruly ally into lowering tensions. AP

A top North Korean envoy has delivered a letter from leader Kim Jong Un to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him Pyongyang would take steps to rejoin stalled nuclear disarmament talks, in an apparent victory for Beijing’s efforts to coax its unruly ally into lowering tensions.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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