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Moscow: North Korean leader 'positive' about Moscow invite
21 January 2015 - Russia's foreign minister says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given a positive response to the Kremlin's invitation to visit Russia. (more)

North Korea hints at nuclear test moratorium
10 January 2015 - North Korea has told the United States that it's willing to impose a temporary moratorium on its nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North's official news agency said Saturday. The US has previously refused to cancel military drills with South Korea, even at times of high tensions, and has said the North must first demonstrate how sincere it is about nuclear disarmament before serious talks can resume. (more)

North Korean leader proposes historic 'highest-level' talks with South Korea
1 January 2015 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has proposed 'highest-level' talks with South Korea, opening the way to a historic summit as his country battles to fend off UN prosecution over its human rights record. The sudden move, made during Kim's traditional New Year message, would clear the path for the first inter-Korean leaders' meeting since a 2007 summit in Pyongyang. (more)

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un says open to summit with South
31 December 2014 - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to a high-level summit with neighbouring South Korea, days after a proposal from Seoul to resume dialogue. South Korea proposed on Monday to resume stalled inter-Korean talks with North Korea in January to cover issues including reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. (more)

North Korean leader open to summit with South
31 December 2014 - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a nationally televised New Year's Day speech, says he is open to a summit with his South Korean counterpart. (South Korea on Monday proposed talks with North Korea.) (more)

Russia says North Korea ready for renewal of nuclear talks
21 November 2014 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday North Korea was ready to resume stalled international talks on its nuclear programme. Russia's Lavrov told a news conference on Thursday: 'We got assurances from the high representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that Pyongyang is ready for the restart of six-party talks, without pre-conditions.' North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, and the United States began talks in 2003 to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons but they were suspended after Pyongyang tested nuclear devices in 2006 and 2009. (more)

US charity helps North Korea fight drug-resistant TB
14 October 2014 - Despite worsening US-North Korean relations, an American charity is ramping up efforts against an epidemic of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the isolated country, where it says it is making inroads in fighting the deadly disease. The Eugene Bell Foundation travels to North Korea twice a year to treat TB patients at old-world facilities. The disease has found fertile ground in North Korea, where the population has been weakened by malnutrition since a famine in the 1990s. It appears an unlikely partnership: a Christian-based organization located in Washington, teaming up with an authoritarian government intolerant of religion. Yet the foundation, which does not proselytize, says it has a good working relationship with the North and its doctors. It started out providing food aid during the famine, but has since mostly helped the nation's creaky health system. (more)

Inter-Korean dialogue to resume after top Northern envoys' surprise visit
4 October 2014 - North and South Korea agreed on Saturday, 4 October to resume reconciliation talks after the North sent its most senior delegation ever to its estranged neighbour at just 24 hours' notice. The delegation, formally sent to attend the closing ceremony of the Asian Games, comprised Hwang Pyong So, a senior military aide and confidant to North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un; another close adviser, and a senior official in the ruling Workers' Party and veteran of talks with the South. The team were given a demonstratively warm welcome by South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae -- the main policymaker on inter-Korean affairs -- and President Park Geun-hye's national security adviser, Kim Kwan-jin. No reason was given for the 12-hour visit, but the change in tone was striking after months of near daily-invective from state media directed at the South, and at President Park Geun-hye in particular. (more)

Two Koreas to hold talks on Asian Games
14 July 2014 - A Seoul official says the rival Koreas have agreed to meet to discuss North Korea's participation in the upcoming Asian Games in the South. Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do says North Korea agreed Monday to meet at a border village on Thursday to discuss its plans to send athletes and cheerleaders to the games. The participation in the games is part of measures North Korea recently proposed to lower tension between the rivals. (more)

North Korea to restart domestic scheduled flights as tourism grows
3 July 2014 - North Korea will reopen some of its domestic scheduled air routes for the first time in years, a China-based tour operator said on Thursday, another sign of moves to bolster tourism in the isolated country. 'Regular flights like this have not been scheduled before -- at least not in the six years we've been doing this,' said Troy Collings of Young Pioneer Tours, a China-based company that specializes in taking Western tourists to North Korea. Foreign tourists have previously had to charter ageing Soviet-era planes to fly between cities which can take up to two days to reach by rail or road. The vast majority of tourists to North Korea are from China, with 237,000 visitors from the country in 2012, nearly double the level from 2010, according to Chinese data. (more)

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North Korea uses racial slur against President Obama over hack
27 December 2014 - North Korea blamed its recent Internet outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled racially charged insults at President Barack Obama over the hacking row involving the movie 'The Interview'. North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy. Sony Pictures initially called off the release citing threats of terror attacks against US movie theaters. Obama criticized Sony's decision, and the movie opened this past week. It wasn't the first time North Korea has used crude insults against Obama and other top US and South Korean officials. Earlier this year, the North called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a 'hideous' lantern jaw and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute. In May, the North's news agency published a dispatch saying Obama has the 'shape of a monkey'. (more)

North Korea launches missiles in latest test-fire
13 July 2014 - North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over US-South Korean military drills. The missiles, believed to be of Scud variations, were fired from the North Korean city of Kaesong near the border with the South and had a range of about 500 kilometers (311 miles), said a South Korean military official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of department rules. North Korea experts said it was highly unusual for Pyongyang to fire missiles from a city just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the heavily fortified border separating the two Koreas. The North usually test-fires missiles launched from its eastern port city of Wonsan, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the border. 'It is remarkable that missiles were fired from Kaesong, a symbol of North-South cooperation,' said professor Yang Moo-jin of Seoul's University of North Korean Studies. The jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex brings together South Korean-owned companies with North Korean labour. 'Such action can mount tensions as it suggests that these missiles ... can target the entire Korean Peninsula.' (more)

North Korea launches two missiles, defies UN ban
29 June 2014 - North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into seas east off its coast on Sunday, South Korea's military said, defying a U.N. ban on the isolated country testing such weapons. The launch came days before Chinese President Xi Jinping's scheduled state visit to South Korea. China is the main benefactor of the North, which is also under sanctions for conducting nuclear tests. North Korea is also due hold talks with Japan this week to work out the details of Pyongyang's plan to reinvestigate the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by the reclusive state decades ago. The missiles, which appeared to be Scud class, were launched from an area on the east coast of the peninsula and flew about 500 km (310 miles) before crashing harmlessly into the water, an official for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The test firings on Sunday came three days after the North launched three short-range projectiles into the waters off its east coast, which flew about 190 km (120 miles) and landed in the sea. (more)

The war that never ends between the Koreas
17 June 2014 - The 1950-53 Korean War, ended in an armed truce that has continued until now, leaving the two Koreas in a technical state of war. A maritime boundary between the two sides was drawn up unilaterally by the US-led United Nations, but peace did not ensue. Tensions are especially high along the string of five South Korean islands that define the maritime frontier, known as the 'Northern Limit Line' (NLL). Lately, the area has seen a sharp increase in artillery exchanges between the two Koreas. North Korea doesn't recognise the NLL. The line is not recognised internationally, either. North Korea warships and fishing boats routinely sail over the line, which commands strategic sea lanes into the industrial heartland of both Koreas. This has led to a spate of sea battles and artillery exchanges over the last 15 years. The disputed maritime frontier, the economic and strategic importance of the area, and a history of violent confrontations have made these otherwise sleepy islands one of the world's most dangerous flashpoints -- one that could drag in the United States and China as parties to the armistice. (more)

North Korea conducts firing drills near disputed border with South
29 April 2014 - North Korea conducted live fire drills on Tuesday in two areas near a disputed sea border with South Korea that have been the scene of deadly clashes and where they fired hundreds of artillery rounds only weeks ago. North Korea conducted similar drills in late March, firing more than 500 artillery rounds near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed maritime border that has been the de facto sea border since the 1950-53 Korean war. More than 100 rounds landed south of the border during that drill, prompting South Korea to fire hundreds of rounds back into the North's waters. The Northern Limit Line is an extension of the land border between the two Koreas, stretching into the sea west of the Korean peninsula. North Korea has refused to recognise the line as the sea border and has periodically challenged the South by violating it and demanding a new border be set further to the south. (more)

North Korea condemns UN, threatens a 'new form' of nuclear test
30 March 2014 - North Korea threatened on Sunday to conduct what it called 'a new form of nuclear test', raising the level of rhetoric after members of the United Nations Security Council condemned the North's recent ballistic missile launch. 'It is absolutely intolerable that the UN Security Council, turning a blind eye to the US madcap nuclear war exercises, 'denounced' the Korean People's Army (KPA)'s self-defensive rocket launching drills and called them a 'violation of resolutions' and a 'threat to international peace and security' and is set to take an 'appropriate step',' the North's foreign ministry said in a statement on the official KCNA news agency. The statement said KPA drills to counter the US will involve 'more diversified nuclear deterrence' that will be used for hitting medium- and long-range targets 'with a variety of striking power'. The North's statement said, 'We would not rule out a new form of nuclear test for bolstering up our nuclear deterrence,' without giving any indication of what that might entail. (more)

North Korea rejects UN human rights report
22 February 2014 - North Korea on Saturday rejected the findings of a U.N. panel, which accused the state of crimes against humanity that evoked Nazi-era atrocities, saying they were based on 'lies and fabrications deliberately cooked up by hostile forces and riff-raffs.' The North's formal rejection of the report comes after the UN human rights chief urged world powers to refer the state to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Referral to the Hague-based International Criminal Court is seen as unlikely given China's probable veto of any such move in the UN Security Council, diplomats have said. The UN investigators said China, which is the North's main ally, might also be 'aiding and abetting crimes against humanity' by repatriating defectors back to the country to face torture or execution, a charge that Beijing dismisses. The UN report documented crimes including murder, perpetrated by the North's security officials who ultimately reported to leader Kim. (more)

North Korea puts army on alert, warns US of 'horrible disaster'
8 October 2013 - North Korea said on Tuesday its military would be put on high alert and be ready to launch operations, stepping up tension after weeks of rhetoric directed against the United States and South Korea, who it accuses of instigating hostility. Reclusive North Korea has often issued threats to attack the South and the United States but has rarely turned them into action. Such hostile rhetoric is widely seen as a means to perpetuate its domestic and international political agenda. In the latest outburst, a spokesman for the North's military warned the United States of 'disastrous consequences' for moving a group of ships, including an aircraft carrier, into a South Korean port. In March, the North declared it was no longer bound by the armistice that ended fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War signed with the United States and China, threatening to use nuclear weapons to attack US and South Korean territories. (more)

North Korea postpones reunions of war-divided families
21 September 2013 - North Korea on Saturday indefinitely postponed reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War scheduled to start Wednesday, an apparent setback after weeks of improving ties following springtime threats of war. North Korea said the six days of reunions, which last happened three years ago, could not be held because of South Korean conservatives' 'reckless and vicious confrontation racket' against Pyongyang, a claim that North Korea routinely makes. It also vowed, in similarly familiar rhetoric, to 'take strong and decisive counteractions against the South Korean puppet regime's ever-escalating war provocations.' An unidentified spokesman for the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement that the family reunions will be postponed until a 'normal atmosphere' for dialogue returns. The statement expressed anger over US-South Korean military drills and what it called Seoul's crackdown on liberals and an arms build-up 'with its American master.' Similar military drills -- as well as UN sanctions over Pyongyang's February nuclear test -- were also cited by Pyongyang in March and April for its weekslong barrage of threats, which included vows of nuclear strikes on Washington and Seoul. (more)

North Korea fires projectile into eastern waters
19 May 2013 - North Korea fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast Sunday, a day after launching three short-range missiles in the same area, officials said. North Korea routinely test-launches short-range missiles. But the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy aimed at easing recent tension, including near-daily threats by North Korea to attack South Korea and the US earlier this year. North Korea protested annual joint military drills by Seoul and Washington and UN sanctions imposed over its February nuclear test. The Korean Peninsula officially remains in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. South Korea's Defence Ministry said Sunday it has deployed dozens of Israeli-made precision guided missiles on front-line islands near the disputed western sea boundary as part of an arms buildup begun after a North Korean artillery strike on one of the islands in 2010 killed four South Koreans. (more)


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