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  1. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    N Korean leader Kim Jong-un directs island assault drill, state media reports

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 02:49pm by AFP

    ... sea border as he directed a large-scale mock assault on an island, state media reported yesterday. The joint landing drill involving the army, navy and air force followed a series of missile tests in the past week- seen by some as a display of pique over President Xi Jinping's two-day state visit to Seoul. The mock assault is apparently aimed at five islands controlled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1547343/n-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-directs-island-assault-drill-state-media
  2. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea launches military drill with US despite North’s opposition

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:22pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul South Korea and the United States yesterday launched an annual military drill despite condemnation by North Korea, which has threatened ... said its military would be on a heightened state of alert during the joint exercise. "If the North commits a provocative act, we would retaliate strongly," a high-ranking military ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576169/south-korea-launches-military-drill-us-despite-norths-opposition
  3. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Pope Francis ends South Korean visit with message of peace

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:38pm by Reuters

    ... in this Korean family," the pope said, following up on an impromptu prayer on Friday when he urged Koreans to work to unite as one family, "with no victors or vanquished". A group ... an invitation from the South Korean Catholic Church for members of its state-run Korean Catholic Association to attend yesterday's mass, citing the start of joint US-South Korean military drills, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576167/pope-francis-ends-south-korean-visit-message-peace
  4. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    North Korea slams US over aircraft carrier's visit to South

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 06:06am by AFP

    ... it was time to end "reckless hostility and confrontation" and called on Seoul to scrap its annual joint military drills with the United States. On Friday, South Korea agreed to hold working ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552936/north-korea-slams-us-over-aircraft-carriers-visit-south
  5. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Kim thumbs nose at Seoul as photos show him directing rocket fire near DMZ

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 10:32pm by Reuters

    ... and photos released by state media show the rockets were fired several kilometres north of a South Korean tourist observatory near the inter-Korean Demilitarised Zone. The burning trails from the Soviet-era projectiles on Monday could be seen between mountains on the North Korean side, footage filmed by staff at the observatory showed. State media has in recent days called the presence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554921/kim-thumbs-nose-seoul-photos-show-him-directing-rocket-fire-near-dmz
  6. News - China - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Xi Jinping sends Pyongyang a message by making first Korea trip as president to Seoul

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 02:58am by Teddy Ng, KRISTINE KWOK

    ... last year. Provocation from Pyongyang could lead to the United States strengthening its regional presence, which has dismayed Beijing, according to observers. "Usually China will consider ... of using alliances to project a sort of united front against China," he said. Xi will attend a business forum on Friday. The two nations will push for negotiations on a free trade agreement. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1544521/xi-jinping-sends-pyongyang-message-making-first-korea-trip-president
  7. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    North Korea defies sanctions by test-firing two ballistic missiles

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 09:15am by Reuters and Teddy Ng

    ... Russia, Japan and the United States, to tackle North Korea's nuclear issues. "Beijing and Seoul may jointly call for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but it is unlikely ... to reinvestigate the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by the reclusive state decades ago. Pyongyang said the missile launch was "part of its routine military exercises" and that there should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1542848/seoul-north-korea-fires-more-short-range-missiles
  8. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea says crashed drones were programmed to fly from North Korea and back

    Posted May 08th 2014, 12:13pm by Reuters

    ... rejected the proposal. South Korea’s defence ministry also said in April some of the parts in the recovered drones were manufactured in China, Japan, the Czech Republic and the United States ... conducted engine tests for an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States, a US think tank said on Friday. North Korea released TV ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1507318/south-korea-says-crashed-drones-were-programmed-fly-north-korea-and-back
  9. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    North Korean shelling a warning, not an attack, says Seoul

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 12:38pm by Associated Press in Seoul

    ... South Korean defence officials said. The North Korean ship also wasn’t hit. The North doesn’t recognise the Yellow Sea boundary, which was unilaterally drawn by the US-led United Nations Command ... tests and threatened the leaders of the US and South Korea. In Washington, a State Department spokeswoman urged North Korea “to refrain from provocative actions” and to exercise restraint. Both ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1518554/north-korean-shelling-warning-not-attack-says-seoul
  10. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea urges release of missionary sentenced to life in North Korea

    Posted Jun 01st 2014, 03:46pm by Agence France-Presse

    ... running an underground church and other “anti-state propaganda and agitation”, according to the North’s official KCNA news agency. He admitted all the charges before being sentenced to hard labour ... communist state in the past. Some were allowed to return home after interventions by high-profile US figures. US citizen Kenneth Bae, described by a North Korean court as a militant Christian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1523245/south-korea-urges-release-missionary-sentenced-life-north-korea

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