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North Korea moves second missile to coast

North Korea has loaded two mid-range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them in facilities near its east coast, a report said on Friday, fuelling fears of an imminent launch that would sharply escalate tensions.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 6:50pm

US reinforces Pacific missile defences as North Korea authorises strike plans

The United States has scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences as North Korea pushed more global alarm buttons yesterday by announcing it had authorised plans for possible nuclear strikes on US targets.

5 Apr 2013 - 6:04am

North Korea moves medium-range missile to east coast

North Korea has moved a medium-range missile to its east coast, South Korea said on Thursday as the United States strengthened its Pacific missile defences amid intensifying threats from Pyongyang.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 6 comments

North Korea's actions designed to raise tension, say analysts

If North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un's threats to start a nuclear war are an attempt to get the world's attention, he's succeeded. The question is why?

3 Apr 2013 - 4:02am

North Korea puts missiles on standby for US strike

China appealed for “joint efforts” to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula on Friday, after Pyongyang ordered missile units to prepare to strike the US mainland and US stealth bombers flew over South Korea.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:19am 1 comment

Seoul sceptical of nuclear 'deal'

While the world hails an apparent breakthrough in talks - brokered between Washington and Pyongyang in Beijing - regarding North Korea's nuclear plans, experts in Seoul remain deeply cynical of the negotiations delivering any real progress on the ultranationalist state's atomic weapons programmes.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

US plans to squeeze N Korean bank deals

US officials are preparing to unleash a fresh crackdown on North Korea's offshore banking activities in an echo of its controversial squeeze on Macau's Banco Delta Asia five years ago.

23 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Top down is the only way to talk to N Korea

In a few months, a former US president will probably be asked to travel to North Korea in pursuit of military denuclearisation. His name won't be George W. Bush, of course. It will be Jimmy Carter, or maybe Bill Clinton. Or one other person.

16 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Difficult US-Korean issues are left hanging

In a society that places much emphasis on symbolic gestures, the telephone chit-chat between South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and US president-elect Barack Obama was probably not a waste of time. Senator Obama had shown respect by including Mr Lee in the first nine heads of state he called after his victory.

12 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Bush's forked tongue

There is a sense of deja vu about the current goings on between North Korea and the US. When George W. Bush came into office in 2001, there was in place an Agreed Framework negotiated by the Clinton administration with North Korea, under which Pyongyang would shut down its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, whose spent plutonium could have been used to make nuclear weapons.

1 Oct 2008 - 12:00am