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North Korea sets out tough pre-conditions for talks

A protester burns a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Seoul. Photo: AP

North Korea laid down rigid pre-conditions yesterday for dialogue with Seoul or Washington, including the scrapping of UN sanctions and a guaranteed end to South Korea-US joint military drills.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 2:23am

North blocks South Koreans taking supplies to Kaesong workers

South Korean cars, carrying sacks of clothes made in the Kaesong joint industrial complex, arrive at the border city of Paju. Photo: AFP

North Korea barred a delivery of supplies to South Koreans in the closed Kaesong industrial zone yesterday, as the South's president said it was time to stop rewarding Pyongyang's provocations. A delegation of 10 businessmen representing the 123 South Korean firms in Kaesong had applied to travel to the zone to bring food and other daily necessities to their staff and to inspect their facilities.

18 Apr 2013 - 2:07am

US military helicopter crashes near South Korea's border with North

South Korean firefighters douse the wreckage of the CH-53 US Marine Corps helicopter yesterday on a training field in Cheolwon. Photo: AFP

The US military said the CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter had "executed a hard landing" while on a routine flight operation in Cheolwon county, which touches on the border. The precise cause of the accident was not immediately known, the military said, adding that a "comprehensive investigation" had been ordered.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:53am

Pyongyang parties as international pressure mounts

Kim Jong-un visiting a mausoleum for his deceased father and grandfather at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang on the anniversary of Kim Il-sung's birth. Photo: EPA

Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets yesterday to celebrate the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il-sung.

16 Apr 2013 - 3:07am

South Korea ‘regrets’ North rejection of dialogue

An observation deck in South Korea looks over to its northern neighbour. Photo: Reuters

South Korea voiced regret on Monday at North Korea’s dismissal of its offer for dialogue, as the South’s armed forces remained on heightened alert for an expected missile test by Pyongyang.

Both President Park Geun-hye and her Unification Ministry have, in recent days, made tentative proposals for talks in an apparent bid to reduce soaring military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea dismisses South’s dialogue offer on Kaesong

South Korea’s Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae. Photo: EPA

North Korea dismissed on Sunday the South’s offer for dialogue on the future of the Kaesong joint industrial zone, calling the offer an “empty” political gesture.

The North announced the withdrawal of its 53,000 workers and the suspension of operations at Kaesong at the beginning of the week, as military tensions on the Korean peninsula soared.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US 'fully committed' to defend Japan against North Korea

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) talks to Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Japan on Sunday the United States would protect it from North Korea’s threats, after securing a commitment from China to rein in the unpredictable regime.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Kerry looks to press China on N Korea

John Kerry leaves for China on Saturday. Photo: AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Beijing on Saturday seeking China’s help to rein in a belligerent North Korea and provide a foundation for Seoul to lower soaring tensions with Pyongyang.

13 Apr 2013 - 10:28am

Business as usual along North Korean border with China

The mountainous border region between Sanhe, Jilin and North Korea at the time of the Ching Ming festival. Photo: Amanda Siu

While the rest of the world worries whether nuclear war is about to break out, many living near the border of China and North Korea are happily getting on with their lives. At least that's the view of a Hong Kong businesswoman who recently returned from the area.

13 Apr 2013 - 2:55am

Help rein in North Korea with 'new sense of urgency', US tells China

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea. Photo: AP

Top US officials urged China on Friday to use all its leverage to stop North Korea’s “destabilising” actions on the Korean Peninsula, saying it was in regional and global interests.

12 Apr 2013 - 11:05pm 1 comment

Kim Jong-who? Psy to launch new song Gentleman

Is Psy, with his horse-riding dance, a one-hit wonder? Photo: AFP

Even Kim Jong-un’s threats of nuclear war can’t divert world attention from the main event on the Korean peninsula this week – the launch of Psy’s hugely anticipated follow-up to his global hit Gangnam Style.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese expert on North Korean affairs warns of 70pc chance of war

A border crossing at Dandong is closed to tourists. Photo: AFP

LATEST: US says North Korea is "skating very close to a dangerous line”; and South Korean and US experts officials also suggested a missile launch was likely in the build-up to April 15.

11 Apr 2013 - 4:35pm 11 comments

Nations shrug off North Korea's warning of nuclear war

Tourists consult with tour guides in a shopping district of Seoul. Photo: AFP

Greeted largely with indifference, yesterday's advice from the North follows a similar warning last week to embassies in Pyongyang - to consider evacuating by April 10 as war may break out.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:11am

Residents on US-armed Guam laugh off threat from North Korea

Tourists in Guam are unfazed by the idea of a North Korean attack. Photo: Alex Hofford

Some islanders seemed flattered at the global attention Guam is receiving ("How often have we trended on Twitter before?" one of them asked) and were amused that North Korea appears to know the precise location of an island most Americans could not place on a map.

10 Apr 2013 - 8:36am

North Korea urges foreigners in South to evacuate

South Korean activists hold placards reading "We oppose war!" during an anti-war rally urging peace talks with North Korea in Seoul on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

North Korea said on Tuesday the Korean Peninsula was headed for “thermonuclear” war and advised foreigners in South Korea to consider evacuation, in the latest in a series of apocalyptic threats.

10 Apr 2013 - 2:39am