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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

    ... and was sentenced to six years’ hard labour by the country’s Supreme Court last Sunday. The 24-year-old nurtured “a foolish idea of spying on the prison and human rights situation while experiencing ‘prison ... as well as his US passport, a tablet computer and a smartphone. Bae, a Korean-American described by Pyongyang as a militant Christian evangelist, was sentenced last year to 15 years’ hard labour ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1596708/north-korea-says-us-citizen-wanted-expose-prison-life
  2. 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

    ... for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa ... acts". All three have appealed to the US government to send a senior statesman to Pyongyang to intervene on their behalf. During a brief interview in Pyongyang last week, Miller said he had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1592424/north-korea-sentences-american-human-rights-activist-six-years
  3. 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

    ... no diplomatic ties with North Korea, and the Swedish embassy acts as a go-between in such consular cases. Swedish officials last visited Bae on August 11, and saw Fowle and Miller in late June. ... release. Last year, an 85-year-old US Korean War veteran Merrill Newman was held for more than a month in the North after enquiring about North Korean veterans. Although religious freedom ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1587185/american-tourist-matthew-miller-go-trial-north-korea-hostile-acts
  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Top N Korean official heads to Europe in apparent diplomatic gesture

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:18am by KYODO, AP

    ... number of weapons tests this year, including the launch of a short-range projectile last Monday. The North says the drills are invasion preparation. Seoul and Washington say they are routine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586737/top-n-korean-official-heads-europe-apparent-diplomatic-gesture
  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

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

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

    ... one of the biggest eruptions in the last few thousands of years and we don't have yet a historical date for it," Clive Oppenheimer, a professor of vulcanology at Cambridge University, said after returning to Pyongyang last week from an eight-day trip to the volcano. "The rocks are a bit like the black box of a flight recording. There's so much that we can read ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584579/uncovering-secrets-mount-paektu-china-north-korea-border
  6. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

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

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

    ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583926/us-media-interviews-americans-held-north-korea-may-signal-opening
  7. 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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Yun Tae-Hyong, of Korea Daesong Bank, who vanished last week, was raising and managing illicit funds for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Russia, reports ... with US$5 million, a news report in Seoul said yesterday. Yun Tae-hyong, a senior representative of Korea Daesong Bank, disappeared in the Russian city of Nakhodka last week, the JoongAng Ilbo daily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581662/north-korean-bank-official-linked-state-slush-funds-seeks-asylum-and-flees
  8. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea's foreign minister, once Kim Jong-un's guardian, makes Asia diplomacy debut

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 05:02pm by AP

    ... of UN Security Council resolutions. Despite no progress being made in disarming North Korea, Japan lifted some of its unilateral sanctions on the country last month in exchange for opening ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570011/north-koreas-foreign-minister-once-guardian-kim-jong-il-makes-political
  9. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea producing weapons grade plutonium and uranium: US think tank

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 11:04am by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... nuclear bomb. North Korea began renovating the facility after its last nuclear test last year, and previous satellite images suggested it became operational in October that year. The latest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1568132/n-korea-producing-weapons-grade-plutonium-and-uranium-us-think-tank
  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

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

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 10:15am

    ... General Assembly and Security Council for their consideration. Last month, North Korea denounced the film as a “wanton act of terror” and warned of a “merciless response” unless it were pulled ...

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

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