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  1. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    US officials 'secretly visited N Korea twice last year'

    Posted Feb 25th 2013, 12:00am by MCT

    ... relations after Kim Jong-un assumed power, according to former US officials familiar with the trips. The brief visits in April and August were aimed at encouraging the new leadership to moderate its ... government positions. Those hopes were quickly dashed, however. In addition to the rocket launches and nuclear test, the new leader appointed a defence minister, General Kim Kyok-sik, who reportedly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1157825/us-officials-secretly-visited-n-korea-twice-last-year
  2. 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 reveal the human rights situation inside, the North’s state media sai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1596708/north-korea-says-us-citizen-wanted-expose-prison-life
  3. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Top N Korean official heads to Europe in apparent diplomatic gesture

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

    ... with Japan, North Korea is planning to send Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong to New York this month for this year's United Nations General Assembly meeting. If realised, this would be the first time ... and defensive. The launch came as the Korean peninsula begins celebrating a major holiday. The three-day holiday starts tomorrow, but many people were already travelling over the weekend. Separately ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586737/top-n-korean-official-heads-europe-apparent-diplomatic-gesture
  4. 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

    ... as a trading channel for China. Sakaiminato Mayor Katsuji Nakamura made a day trip to North Korea from China on Thursday to take a look at the facilities of Rajin port in the Rason special economic ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580162/japanese-mayor-makes-rare-visit-north-korea-scout-new-trading-post
  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea enhancing submarines for ballistic missiles, says Seoul

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

    ... cruise missile. Arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis said the missile would mark "a new and potentially destabilising addition" to North Korea's military arsenal. Agence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593440/north-korea-enhancing-submarines-ballistic-missiles-says-seoul
  6. 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

    ... work. Miller's trial was held a day after North Korea published a 53,000-word rebuttal of the "distorted views" put forward in a report by a special UN human rights commission six ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1592424/north-korea-sentences-american-human-rights-activist-six-years
  7. 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

    ... of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, arrived on Saturday for a European tour including Germany and Italy. Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong reportedly plans to visit New York to attend the UN ... A 75-year-old Australian, John Short, was detained for 13 days until early March after distributing religious material in Pyongyang. He was deported after signing a detailed “confession” and apology. ...

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

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

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

    ... 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 from the field site itself." For researchers, studying Paektu is a golden opportunity to break new ground because so much about it remains a puzzle. Oppenheimer said it was not located ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584579/uncovering-secrets-mount-paektu-china-north-korea-border
  9. 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 days a week. Sentenced on charges of attempting to bring down the state, he said he was the only inmate at a prison camp staffed by more than 20 officials. Miller and Fowle said they were being ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583926/us-media-interviews-americans-held-north-korea-may-signal-opening
  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea tightens grip on phone SIM cards used by tourists

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 09:50pm by Reuters

    ... the network, but on a separate cell network that connects to the global internet. It was not clear if the new rule applied to contracts held by long-term residents or foreign diplomats. Koryolink ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1583109/north-korea-tightens-grip-phone-sim-cards-used-tourists

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