North Korea has re-started plutonium reactor, warn US analysts

North Korea has re-started plutonium reactor, warn US analysts

North Korea appears to have restarted a reactor that produces plutonium, making good on threats to boost its stockpile of nuclear weapons, US analysts said on Wednesday.

Friday, 13 September, 2013, 2:52am

Two Koreas hold talks on closed industrial zone

A South Korean delegation led by Kim Ki-Woong (right) leave for North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex, at the government office in Seoul on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

North and South Korea held a second round of talks on Tuesday on re-opening their Kaesong joint industrial zone - five months after it was shut down during soaring military tensions.

The newly formed Kaesong joint committee first met last week but was unable to reach any agreement on the timing for resuming operations at the complex.

10 Sep 2013 - 12:13pm

NZ motorcyclists allowed to cross Korean border

Five New Zealand motorcyclists have been given rare permission to cross the inter-Korean border - the world’s last cold war frontier - after both North and South Korea endorsed the trip, officials said this week.

31 Aug 2013 - 1:44am

Koreas resume Kaesong talks amid fading hopes

South Korean chief delegate Kim Ki-woong (left), a Ministry of Unification official, and his North Korean counterpart Park Chol-su shake hands prior to their fifth round of working-level talks on the normalisation of the suspended Kaesong industrial complex in Kaesong, North Korea. Photo: EPA

North and South Korea held fresh talks on Thursday on reopening a joint industrial zone amid growing concern that their last symbol of peace might be heading for a permanent shutdown.

Officials from both sides have already met five times this month but failed to narrow their differences on rescuing the Seoul-invested Kaesong zone in North Korea, suspended since April.

25 Jul 2013 - 12:04pm

South Korea’s ex-spy chief indicted in election scandal

Former National Intelligence Service director Won Sei-hoon, (centre) who has been indicted on charges of meddling in last year’s presidential elections. Photo: AP

South Korea’s former spy chief was indicted on charges of meddling last year’s presidential elections by ordering an online smear campaign against opposition candidates, prosecutors said on Friday.

14 Jun 2013 - 2:46pm

North Korea says jailed US citizen preached regime change

Kenneth Bae. Photo: AP

A Korean-American tour operator jailed in North Korea had smuggled in anti-Pyongyang materials and sought to establish a base to overthrow the regime, according to the North’s Supreme Court.

10 May 2013 - 3:43pm

US calls for North Korea amnesty for sentenced American

Kenneth Bae. Photo: AP

The US called on Thursday for North Korea to grant amnesty and immediately release a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour for “hostile acts” against the state.

3 May 2013 - 12:29pm

US joint chiefs chairman Dempsey to visit South Korea

General Martin Dempsey. Photo: AFP

The top US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, is adding a South Korea stop to his previously announced trip to China to meet face to face with his South Korean counterpart on the North Korea situation.

Dempsey and his counterpart, General Jung Seung-jo, held a video teleconference on Thursday and reaffirmed their nation’s security alliance.

19 Apr 2013 - 11:31am

Kerry tells Xi North Korea crisis is ‘critical’

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday. Photo: AP

The world is facing a “critical time”, top US diplomat John Kerry told China’s President Xi Jinping on Saturday, citing tensions on the Korean peninsula, Iran’s nuclear programme and the conflict in Syria.

“Mr President, this is obviously a critical time with some very challenging issues,” Kerry told Xi in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

13 Apr 2013 - 7:09pm

Weakness of yen likely to affect Korea and Taiwan

When Japan's currency falls the effect is felt across Asia. Photo: Reuters

The Japanese yen's persistent fall against the US dollar since November 2012 means that this development has "upgraded" itself from being a mere flash in the pan to something much more.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

South Korean activists jailed for visit to North

Ro Su-hui is led away tied up and cuffed by South Korean security guards. Photo: AP

A South Korean court jailed an elderly left-wing activist for four years on Friday for making an unauthorised trip across the border to North Korea.

Ro Su-Hui, 69, was convicted of violating a strict security law that penalises pro-Pyongyang activity and bans citizens from going to the North without prior permission.

8 Feb 2013 - 11:37am

South Korea forms military task force on nuclear test

A satellite photo of he Punggye-ri nuclear test facility in North Korea. Photo: AP

South Korea’s military said on Tuesday it had formed a crisis management task force to monitor North Korea’s nuclear site ahead of an expected atomic test, which Seoul said could be imminent.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:01pm

South Korean president issues controversial pardons

Lee Myung-Bak. Photo: EPA

South Korea’s outgoing president Lee Myung-Bak on Tuesday pardoned a host of former close aides and confidantes jailed for corruption, despite criticism from his successor.

29 Jan 2013 - 11:25am 2 comments

North Korea tells China it is planning nuclear test

This satellite image shows the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility in North Korea, where experts suspect Pyongyang will conduct its next detonation. Photo: AP

A North Korean official has apparently told Chinese authorities that the communist state is planning to conduct a third nuclear test in the coming week, a news report said on Saturday.

12 Jan 2013 - 5:42pm

South Korea chief prosecutor resigns over scandals

Han Sang-Dae bows and expressed regret on Friday over recent scandals. Photo: EPA

South Korea’s chief prosecutor resigned on Friday, apologising publicly for a series of “embarrassing” scandals that fuelled a top-level feud within the prosecution service.

30 Nov 2012 - 12:16pm