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  1. Modern economy distant goal for N Korea

    Posted Jun 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode The US Treasury Department's squeeze last year on North Korea's ties to Macau brought many intriguing details to the surface- few more striking than the image of strongboxes full of cash and gold being regularly flown to the enclave in its role as a regional banker for Pyongyang's elite. The reason for the old-fashioned 'bag jobs' ...

  2. An odd plea from strange Mr Kim

    Posted Apr 11th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... called for a debate about whether Japan should acquire nuclear weapons and the capacity to strike at 'enemy bases'. More than 78 per cent of Japanese want tougher measures against North ... the real problems of peace and war that confront the world. Ms Jiang added that the most pressing concern was to restart the stalled nuclear disarmament talks, a fairer point, if not that Pyongyang ...

  3. Compromises won't work with N Korea

    Posted Apr 29th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Disclosure of North Korea's role in building a Syrian nuclear plant suggest a White House bid to bring Pyongyang to account for spreading arms technology to the Middle ... and lift economic sanctions. US reluctance to attack North Korea's nuclear facilities after years of efforts to get the North to abandon the programme contrasts with the Israeli response last ...

  4. N Korea's rocket plan upstages global nuclear summit in Seoul

    Posted Apr 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang The leaders of South Korea, the United States and China wrapped up a global nuclear security summit last week with stark warnings about the threat of nuclear terrorism. But the gathering of nearly 60 leaders in Seoul on Monday and Tuesday- called to find ways to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue states- was upstaged by North Korea's plans ...

  5. Persistence can achieve results on North Korea

    Posted Jul 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for quiet diplomacy on the sidelines to revive the stalled six-nation talks on Pyongyang's controversial nuclear activities. Along with China, the United States, Japan, South Korea and Russia, North Korea was expected to sit down with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for talks on regional security matters. There were hopes that China, as host of the nuclear talks, ...

  6. All sides must ensure N Korea deal succeeds

    Posted Feb 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The deal struck in Beijing yesterday over North Korea's nuclear proliferation brings hope that one of the big stumbling blocks to stability in East Asia will soon be removed. ... Pyongyang's agreement to shut down its main nuclear reactor and allow international inspections in return for fuel oil and discussions on normalising relations with the US and Japan ...

  7. A dangerous distraction for Seoul

    Posted Mar 29th 2005, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk People are starving and dying in North Korea, and Pyongyang is threatening the world with nuclear weapons. But what is getting South Korea worked up these days? The answer: ... apparition. No one I talked to in South Korea seems to believe the North's troops are about to invade again. No one imagines that it is remotely likely to explode a nuclear bomb. In fact, since ...

  8. Disaster for Pyongyang the outcome of any war

    Posted Jun 01st 2010, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... has the fourth-largest army in the world, that it has heavy artillery within range of Seoul, and that it probably has nuclear weapons. So would an inter-Korea war be a calamity? Yes, ... conventional weapons. If it is, the attack fails quite fast. The North Korean air force is easily shot out of the sky, counter-battery fire and air strikes destroy the artillery, most of the Scud ...

  9. Nuclear fiasco

    Posted Oct 20th 2008, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... off its list of terrorism sponsors, which persuaded North Korea to let international inspectors back into its Yongbyon nuclear site, we still don't know where its nuclear weapons (if ... administration in diplomacy. The most recent confrontation began last month, when North Korea announced that it intended to restart nuclear activities at Yongbyon because the US had not kept its promise ...

  10. Summit fuels Kim's nuclear ambitions

    Posted Aug 13th 2007, 12:00am by Richard Halloran

    ... Richard Halloran The wily leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-il, appears to have taken a giant step towards getting his nation accepted as a nuclear weapons state. When the North and South ... to abandon his nuclear ambitions. Sceptical South Koreans, Americans and Japanese experienced in analysing North Korea contended that, instead, Mr Kim would urge Mr Roh to acknowledge the North had ...




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