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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 by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul American craved arrest, Pyongyang media say An American recently sentenced to six years of hard labour by a North Korean court pretended to have secret US information ... tore up the tourist visa he used to enter the country in April, state media said at the time. He was sentenced to six years' hard labour by a North Korean court last Sunday. "The ...

    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

    ... Associated Press in Pyongyang American sentenced to six years of hard labour North Korea's Supreme Court has sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labour ... as a tourist but was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a provincial club. The third American, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, is serving out a 15-year sentence for alleged "hostile ...

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

    ... 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 ... (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) announced the plan, reflecting members’ hope to visit North Korea within this year. Japan’s Foreign Ministry earlier said it would not be able to sponsor a trip ...

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

    Kim Jong-un no-show at North Korean parliament prompts health speculation

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 02:50am by AP

    ... The last time the assembly met twice in one year was in 2012. In practice it has little power. North Korea opened polling stations in March for voters to approve a new roster of deputies ... to take his customary seat as the country convened its rubber-stamp parliament. Only part of this year's second meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly was shown on North Korean state ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1600538/kim-jong-un-no-show-north-korean-parliament-prompts-health-speculation
  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Kim Jong-un 'suffering from discomfort', North Korea admits after leader's absence

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 06:25pm by Reuters

    ... for South Korea's Unification Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules. The assembly normally meets once a year in April to rubber-stamp budgetary and personnel matters decided by the ruling party. When the official Korea Central News Agency announced the date for this year's second session, it did not say what would be discussed by the nearly 700 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1601047/kim-jong-un-suffering-discomfort-north-korea-admits-after-leaders-long
  6. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    'I dig fields for 8 hours a day’: US man jailed in North Korea describes hard labour

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 04:58pm

    ... recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labour says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so far his health hasn't deteriorated. Under close guard and with only enough time to respond to one question, 24-year-old Matthew Miller spoke briefly to a journalist at a Pyongyang hotel, where he had been brought to make a phone call ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1600262/prison-life-eight-hours-work-day-us-man-begins-north-korea-sentence
  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea tests Beijing with hijack of another Chinese fishing boat

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 03:28am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Hijack and ransom of another fishing vessel to test Beijing's patience North Korea detained a Chinese fishing boat and demanded a fine for its release, it was reported yesterday, apparently the first such move in more than a year, risking further strains on ties between Pyongyang and its only major ally. A boat from Dalian, with six crew on board, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1598996/north-korea-tests-beijing-hijack-another-chinese-fishing-boat
  8. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Why some Americans are strangely drawn to enter North Korea

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 06:02am by AP

    ... Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, even as it has become increasingly easy to enter legally ... apparently tried to swim across a river separating the Koreas, eager to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Days earlier, 24-year-old Matthew Miller, who entered as a tourist but then tore up his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1596862/why-some-americans-are-strangely-drawn-enter-north-korea
  9. 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
  10. 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

    ... leaving a Bible at a hotel. Bae was arrested in November 2012 and later sentenced to 15 years of hard labour on charges of seeking to topple the North Korean government. Washington has ... 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 ...

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

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