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  1. 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

    ... broadcaster NHK said. The exhibition takes place nearly two months after Japan lifted some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea when Pyongyang agreed to reopen a probe into the fates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1582031/japanese-wrestler-politician-ready-rumble-north-korea-will-kim-attend
  2. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    ‘A wolf with a hideous lantern jaw’: North Korea launches personal attack on John Kerry

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:29pm

    ... against leaders in Washington and Seoul this year, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute. Wednesday’s slur against Kerry appeared only ... that Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal. An unidentified policy department spokesman at the North Korean defence commission, led by leader Kim Jong-un, described Kerry as a “wolf donning the mask ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1577721/wolf-hideous-lantern-jaw-north-korea-insults-john-kerry-over-his-looks
  3. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    China rejects UN report accusing North Korea of crimes against humanity

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 10:26pm by AFP

    ... in Geneva, told the UN Human Rights Council yesterday that the independent commission of inquiry had made unfounded accusations and made recommendations that were "divorced from reality". ... Reuters in Geneva China backs N Korea over UN report China has dismissed a UN report alleging North Korea has committed crimes against humanity, effectively confirming the fears of human ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1451019/china-rejects-un-report-accusing-north-korea-crimes-against-humanity
  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Two American tourists detained in N Korea seek help from Washington, says report

    Posted Aug 02nd 2014, 04:23pm by Reuters

    ... readiness against any possible North Korean aggression. North Korea is under an array of UN, US and other national sanctions for its insistence on nuclear and ballistic missile tests since 2006 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1564967/two-american-tourists-detained-n-korea-seek-help-washington-says-report
  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    N Korea issues new bank notes to flush out hoarded cash

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 10:44am by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... in 2009. Implemented during a backlash against emerging private markets, that devaluation wiped out personal savings and triggered rare public protests.   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1564046/n-korea-issues-new-bank-notes-flush-out-hoarded-cash
  6. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea fires two short-range missiles ahead of Xi Jinping's visit to Korean peninsula

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 10:10am

    ... launches of missile and rockets in a likely reference to the launches. On Monday, North Korea’s powerful National Defence Commission made a set of proposals it said would ease tension, calling for the cancellation of the drills because they are a rehearsal for invasion. It also suggested that the two Koreas halt hostile military acts against each other at border areas and stop psychological warfare. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1544734/north-korea-fires-two-short-range-projectiles-after-seoul-rejects-call
  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea asks UN to help ban Seth Rogen comedy which 'sponsors terrorism'

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 10:15am

    ... Agence France-Presse in New York Pyongyang says the United States should ban The Interview because plot that centres on assassination of Kim Jong-un ‘encourages terrorism’ North Korea has lodged a formal protest at the United Nations against a Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong-un and asked Washington to block the film’s release. The Interview stars ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1550912/north-korea-takes-case-against-seth-rogen-film-un
  8. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea proposes suspension of military hostilities ahead of Xi Jinping’s Seoul visit

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 02:03pm

    ... The surprise proposal from the North’s top military body, the National Defence Commission, was reported by the official KCNA news agency. It said the North was ready to suspend all acts of verbal ... on Monday that the atomic weapons were for self-defence against perceived threats from the US and the South. “It’s about time for the enemies to wake up from the stupid fantasy called ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1543520/north-korea-proposes-suspension-military-hostilities-ahead-xi-jinpings
  9. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Limping North Korea leader Kim Jong-un leads memorial for his grandfather

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 02:23pm

    ... installations on the maritime border with South Korea. The leadership podium was set against a backdrop of a red flag surrounding the giant portrait of a smiling Kim Il-sung. The eulogy was read ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549568/limping-north-korea-leader-kim-jong-un-leads-memorial-his-grandfather
  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Japanese politician to co-host wrestling bout in Pyongyang

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 09:57pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Wrestlers to put on Pyongyang show A Japanese wrestler-turned politician said yesterday that he would co-host an international wrestling exhibition in North Korea next month, just days after Tokyo revoked some of its unilateral sanctions against the isolated state. Antonio Inoki said some 20 wrestlers from around the world, including from the United ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549138/japanese-politician-co-host-wrestling-bout-pyongyang

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