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  1. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    US media interviews with Americans held in North Korea may signal opening

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:55pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul and Washington Air time for 3 detained Americans may signal attempt to reopen dialogue with Washington Pyongyang grantsUS media rareaccess to inmates Three American citizens detained in North Korea have appealed to the US government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with US media that were set up by the North Korean government and may signal ...

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

    Kim Jong-un's return to spotlight shows slightly more open North Korea

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:27am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... The Washington Post After weeks of speculation over his well-being, the reappearance of Kim Jong-un holding a cane suggests N Korea is becoming slightly more open Now you see Kim: ... to business as usual. Despite these frequent disappearances, this latest incident does reveal something about the current North Korean regime; the present leader is relatively more open than his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1619439/kim-jong-uns-return-spotlight-shows-slightly-more-open-north-korea
  3. 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

    ... Michelle Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry and former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Miller then enclosed them in a letter he sent to his family from the hotel. ... in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club, is expected to be tried in court soon. Kenneth Bae was sentenced in 2013 to 15 years of hard labour. Last week, Robert King, the US special ...

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

    Pyongyang urges US to resume recovery of Korean war remains

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 04:30am by AP

    ... Agencies in Seoul US warned over fate of Korean war remains North Korea has warned that the untended remains of US servicemen killed in the Korean war were being "carried away" ... including hydro-electric power stations. From 1996 North Korean and US military teams conducted 33 joint recovery missions and recovered 225 sets of remains, but the process was halted in 2005 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1615818/pyongyang-urges-us-resume-recovery-korean-war-remains
  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Pyongyang seeks access to secret Japanese bank account of Kim's half-brother

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 04:42am by Julian Ryall

    ... with a list of orders that include emptying a secret bank account in Tokyo and sending the US$3 million it contains to the regime of Kim Jong-un. Ho Jong-man, the leader of the General Association ... Jong-nam, the estranged older half-brother of Kim Jong-un, and to empty the account of the approximately US$3 million that it contains. Financial authorities have long been aware that Kim Jong-il ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1616431/pyongyang-seeks-access-secret-japanese-bank-account-kims-half-brother
  6. 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 and deliberately got himself arrested to become famous and meet imprisoned US missionary Kenneth Bae, Pyongyang's state media said yesterday. Matthew Miller, 25, of Bakersfield, California, had ...

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

    North Korea leader Kim is still in charge, has leg injury: source

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 09:52am by Reuters in Beijing and Seoul

    ... uncertainty about him, and the status of his regime, will grow,” said Curtis Melvin, a researcher at the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. ... absence since early September is health-related and a US official following North Korea said this week there were no indications he was seriously ill or in political trouble. It remains unclear ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1613467/north-korea-leader-kim-still-charge-has-leg-injury-source
  8. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility may be idle again

    Posted Oct 04th 2014, 09:07pm by Reuters

    ... that can yield plutonium for bombs, possibly for renovation or partial refuelling, a US security institute said, citing new satellite imagery. North Korea announced in April last year that it would ... decades ago, defends its nuclear-arms programme as a "treasured sword" to counter what it sees as US-led hostility. On Thursday, So Se-pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the United ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1609720/north-korea-may-have-shut-down-reactor-says-us-think-tank
  9. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea upgrades rocket launch site so it can fire bigger ones

    Posted Oct 02nd 2014, 11:35pm by Reuters

    ... rocket launch site, a US think tank said yesterday, enabling it to fire larger, longer-range rockets. Reclusive North Korea, which is technically still at war with the South after the 1950-53 ... the Sohae Satellite Launch Station, in the North's western region near the border with China, said the 38 North Website, operated by Johns Hopkins University's US-Korea Institute. "A ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1608163/north-korea-upgrades-rocket-launch-site-so-it-can-fire-bigger-ones
  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Why some Americans are strangely drawn to enter North Korea

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

    ... Associated Press in Seoul Various motives are put forward for entering illegally, including religion and personal problems; the reality is US citizens become political pawns The strange lure of North Korea for Americans One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several US soldiers dashed around land mines. ...

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

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