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  1. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    UN human rights inquiry chief wants North Korea hauled before international court

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 09:33am by Reuters at the United Nations

    ... Reuters at the United Nations Michael Kirby tells informal meeting of UN Security Council North Korea's leaders should be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court over human ... to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. “In a week of many grave human rights matters occupying the attention of the members of this council, we dare say that the case of human rights in the DPRK ...

  2. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea sentences South Korean 'spy' to hard labour for life

    Posted May 31st 2014, 08:53am by AFP

    ... unauthorised activities are subject to immediate arrest. Instead of facing execution, Kim was sentenced to hard labour for life by the North's Supreme Court, the report said. North Korea ... with some of them 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 evangelist, was sentenced ...

  3. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea’s ICBM tests fuel worries of ‘game changing’ threat

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 10:10pm by AFP

    ... on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fuelling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a US think tank said yesterday. Development of a working ICBM would be a game-changing step, bringing the continental US into range and adding a whole new threat level to North Korea's regular nuclear-strike warnings. "The rocket engine test programme may wind down by the end of this year," ...

  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea claims to have test-launched a tactical guided missile

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 09:42am by AFP

    ... on Thursday of what South Korea described as three short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan, or East Sea. Obviously any launch of anything is problematic, is escalatory U.S. SPOKESWOMAN MARIE ... it was looking into the technical specifics to determine the threat level. "Technically, obviously any launch of anything is problematic, is escalatory in nature, is threatening," said US State ...

  5. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Arrested in North Korea, two American tourists to be put on trial

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 10:37am

    ... Reuters in Seoul North Korea said on Monday it would put two US tourists on trial for committing crimes against the state, dimming any hopes among their families that they would soon ... by the isolated country. It gave no details on when they would face court. Fowle, a 56-year-old street repairs worker from Miamisburg, Ohio, was arrested after entering North Korea as a tourist in late ...

  6. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea cruise missile fuels proliferation concerns

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 10:35am by Agence France-Presse

    ... a US think-tank said on Tuesday. A state propaganda film disseminated on social media sites, including YouTube, provides a very brief glimpse of the missile being launched from a naval vessel. Writing on the closely watched 38 North website of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis said the missile would mark “a new and potentially ...

  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea asks UN to help ban Seth Rogen comedy which 'sponsors terrorism'

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 10:15am

    ... constitutes “the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as a war action.” “The US authorities should take immediate and appropriate action to ban the production and distribution of the film, ...

  8. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    What do North Korean rice prices say about the supreme leader's power?

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 01:34pm

    ... Audrey Yoo audrey.yoo@scmp.com The cost of rice stabilised in North Korea over the past three months, suggesting that supreme leader Kim Jong-un was strengthening his grip on the military, said an expert at a South Korean state-funded think tank. The all important price of rice, which hit highs of 7,000 won (US$7.8) per kilogram between January and April, was stable at 5,500 ...

  9. Comment - Blogs - NORTH KOREA

    The assassination of Kim Jong-un is now the subject of an upcoming American comedy

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 09:11am by Jeremy Blum

    ... to Pyongyang and speak with the Hermit Kingdom’s Supreme Ruler himself, played with gusto by Korean American actor Randall Park. In reality, Rogen and Franco have been enlisted by the US government ... Jeremy Blum jeremy.blum@scmp.com 'The Interview' promises a humorous take on US and North Korea relations, but will it be be successful satire or simply in bad taste? You might ...

  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea fires two short-range missiles ahead of Xi Jinping's visit to Korean peninsula

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 10:10am

    ... South Korea and the US have repeatedly denied that they seek to invade the North. South Korea on Tuesday dismissed as insincere the North Korean proposals, saying the North must first ...




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