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  1. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea says US citizen given six years' hard labour wanted to expose prison life

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 11:20am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Matthew Miller planned to report on human rights situation in the country A US citizen jailed this month in North Korea wanted to be imprisoned so he could ... by anti-Pyongyang broadcasts and publications he absorbed after arriving in South Korea’s capital as a jobless university dropout, it said. “[Miller] deliberately perpetrated such criminal acts ...

  2. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea enhancing submarines for ballistic missiles, says Seoul

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 11:14pm by AFP

    ... "SSN6" missiles, South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. He said the North's 2,700-tonne Golf-class submarine could be modified to fire the medium-range ballistic missiles. However, the North had not yet succeeded in upgrading the subs, he added. "North Korea is developing an array of weapons that can be used in surprise attacks," Kim said. "It ...

  3. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    American with 'ambition to experience North Korea prison' given six years of hard labour

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 05:34pm by AP

    ... at Pyongyang's airport upon arrival on April 10 and admitted to having the "wild ambition" of experiencing prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea's human rights ... believed that Miller had sought asylum when he entered North Korea. During the trial, however, the prosecution argued that it was a ruse and that Miller also falsely claimed to have secret ...

  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    American tourist Matthew Miller to go on trial in North Korea after demanding asylum

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:04pm by AFP

    ... was arrested in April after Pyongyang said he ripped up his visa at immigration and demanded asylum. “The Supreme Court of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [North Korea] decided to hold ... for Washington's help “I think this interview is my final chance to push the American government into helping me,” he added, wearing a dark turtleneck and often looking away from the interviewer. US ...

  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    US media interviews with Americans held in North Korea may signal opening

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:55pm by Reuters

    ... request the DPRK pardon Kenneth Bae and grant him special amnesty and immediate release so he may reunite with his family and seek medical care." Bae, a Christian missionary and tour operator ... crew- in Pyongyang to cover a wrestling match- to a hotel, disclosing who it would be interviewing at the last moment. Bae said his health was failing and he was working eight hours a day, six ...

  6. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Uncovering the secrets of Mount Paektu on the China, North Korea border

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 09:58pm by AP

    ... and the DPRK, but also in Japan and South Korea and internationally," said Oppenheimer's colleague James Hammond, a seismologist at Imperial College in London. He added that fears of another major eruption soon were probably unfounded. "It's certainly very tranquil at the moment," he said. Even so, Hammond said the activity prompted the North Korean government ...

  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Japanese wrestler-politician ready to rumble in North Korea- but will Kim Jong-un attend?

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... and Pyongyang. He met with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam yesterday, hours before the first night of the "International Pro Wrestling Festival" was to kick off ... More than 50 Japanese tourists also arrived for the event, Kyodo said. When Inoki and his entourage arrived in Pyongyang via Beijing on Thursday, he held talks with Kang Sok-ju, a key figure ...

  8. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korean bank official 'linked to state slush funds seeks asylum and flees with US$5 million'

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 12:02pm by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... said, quoting a "well-informed" source. He brought with him the cash stolen from the bank. "Currently he is seeking asylum in an [unspecified] foreign country", the source ... and repatriate him, he was quoted as saying. Korea Daesong Bank was one of two North Korean firms Washington imposed sanctions on in November 2010. The US Treasury Department at the time said Korea ...

  9. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Japanese mayor makes rare visit to North Korea to scout new trading post

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 10:24pm by AP

    ... zone. He was accompanied by officials from Hunchun in the Chinese province of Jilin that borders North Korea. The Chinese city, which uses Rajin for trade, proposed the tour. Speaking ... in the future”. He added that he was not considering at all building a new trade route linking Sakaiminato to China at the moment. Sakaiminato used to be a port for trading second-hand cars and seafood ...

  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Please show our dad mercy, say children of American held in North Korea

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 11:16pm by AP

    ... Clinton and Jimmy Carter- and asked them to intercede. Tepe said only Bush had responded to those letters. Fowle was detained sometime after he arrived in North Korea on April 29 for what the country said were hostile acts that violated his tourist status. He is suspected of leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin. Tepe has said Fowle was not on a mission ...




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