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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 - DIPLOMACY

    North Korea’s Kim Jong-un may visit Beijing, says Chinese envoy

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 12:37pm

    ... Reuters in Seoul Ambassador to Seoul says North Korean leader could come to China ‘sometime in the future’ North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could go to China on his first foreign trip since ... died suddenly in 2011. China is North Korea’s closest ally and main benefactor. “I think that a visit from Kim Jong-un might materialise sometime in the future,” Chinese Ambassador Qiu Guohong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1594527/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-may-visit-beijing-says-chinese-envoy
  3. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea enhancing submarines for ballistic missiles, says Seoul

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

    ... Agencies in Seoul North 'enhancing submarines for ballistic missiles' North Korea has tried to enhance its submarines to make them capable of firing ballistic missiles as it seeks to boost its ability to launch surprise attacks, the South's defence ministry said yesterday. "Based on recent US and South Korean intelligence, we have detected signs of North ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1593440/north-korea-enhancing-submarines-ballistic-missiles-says-seoul
  4. 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 ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1592424/north-korea-sentences-american-human-rights-activist-six-years
  5. 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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Miller was detained nearly five months ago for ripping up his visa and demanding asylum North Korea will put a detained US citizen on trial on September 14, state media said on Sunday, less than a week after Matthew Miller made a highly unusual televised plea for help from Washington. Miller, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, ...

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

    Top N Korean official heads to Europe in apparent diplomatic gesture

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

    ... Agencies in Pyongyang Top Pyongyang official heads to Europe A prominent figure in North Korea's foreign affairs departed for Europe yesterday, amid signs that Pyongyang has started ... officials in Beijing on the way to or from Europe. His trip comes as North Korea seems to have been undertaking a diplomatic offensive. In addition to being in official negotiations currently ...

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

    North Korea blasts British TV drama about its nuclear programme

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:23am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Pyongyang blasts British TV drama North Korea has slammed a new British TV drama about its nuclear weapons programme, urging the UK government to scrap the "slanderous farce" if it wants to maintain diplomatic ties. Opposite Number, from Channel 4, features a British nuclear scientist captured in the North during a covert mission and forced to help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1582464/north-korea-blasts-british-tv-drama-about-its-nuclear-programme
  8. 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

    ... "Antonio" Inoki kicked off his brand of sports diplomacy in North Korea yesterday ahead of an unusual two-day event featuring martial artists from around the world. Inoki, 71, an opposition member ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1582031/japanese-wrestler-politician-ready-rumble-north-korea-will-kim-attend
  9. 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

    ... on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called US Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.” North Korea has unleashed a slew of crude insults ... 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
  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA: ANALYSIS

    North Korean outreach to Southeast Asia part of regional balancing act

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 06:42am by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... in regional balancing act Just as North Korea was making headlines by firing five missiles ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the South, the hermit state's foreign minister was quietly reaching ... tour, analysts said, was the latest effort by North Korea to relax the country's international isolation and reduce reliance on its biggest ally, China. "North Korea faces the same ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575074/north-korean-outreach-southeast-asia-part-regional-balancing-act

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