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North Korea reopens hotline and seeks talks with South

A young school pupil looks at North Korea through binoculars at the a pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom. Photo: AP

North Korea said yesterday it would restore a hotline with South Korea and proposed holding weekend talks in a border town, as the two rivals sought to ease months of soaring military tensions.

Saturday, 8 June, 2013, 3:51am

China cuts ties with North Korea's main forex bank

Photo: Reuters

The Bank of China has closed the account of a North Korean lender accused by the United States of helping finance Pyongyang's controversial nuclear weapons programme.

8 May 2013 - 9:32am

Chinese Maoist tour group ridiculed for travelling to North Korea

People bow to statues of North Korea's late leaders Kim Il-sung (left) and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang. Photo: AP

When a group of Chinese Maoists travelled to North Korea last month - visiting a country that still holds dear the social norms of an era now long gone in China - they didn't seem to know that one of their fellow travellers was keeping a diary that would appear in a liberal Guangdong magazine.

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

Hong Kong students return from eight-day trip to North Korea

A smiling People's Army guard poses for photos with delighted students from the Chinese International School in Hong Kong in the demilitarised zone. Photo: Sean Guo

Twenty-two students from Chinese International School watched teenagers practise military drills in Pyongyang, took photos with "friendly" soldiers in the demilitarised zone and stayed two days in the region of Kaesong.

12 Apr 2013 - 1:02pm 6 comments

North Korea cuts military hotline with South

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (second right) overseas a live fire drill using self-propelled drones at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Photo: AFP

North Korea severed its military hotline with South Korea on Wednesday, breaking the last direct communication link between the two countries at a time of heightened military tensions.

The decision coincided with an announcement that the North’s top political leadership would meet in the next few days to discuss an unspecified “important issue” and make a “drastic turn”.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:33pm 1 comment

US 'uncertain' over North Korea's nuclear threat

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea would probably use nuclear weapons only if it perceived a threat to its survival, but the US remains uncertain how Pyongyang would define such a threat, the US intelligence chief said yesterday.

13 Mar 2013 - 2:38am

US help needed on North Korea

Soldiers and citizens celebrate the success of North Korea's recent nuclear test. Photo: EPA

The script has been followed so closely over the past seven years that it is easy to shrug off the sequence of events with nonchalance. North Korea provokes with nuclear or missile tests, sanctions are imposed against its regime and Pyongyang rains down threats of war on its perceived enemies. The world has frustratingly been here too many times before and a new approach has to be found.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am

South Korea vows to retaliate if provoked by North

The supreme military command of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea said on Tuesday that it would nullify the Korean War Armistice Agreement from Monday. Photo: Xinhua

South Korea warned on Wednesday that it would retaliate against any provocation from North Korea, a day after the North threatened to tear up the armistice that ended the Korean war in 1953.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:26pm

North Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames

Photo: AP

The video came with a series of Korean-language captions, arguing that North Korea had been forced into conducting its latest nuclear test by US hostility. “The North’s high-level nuclear test aimed at US invaders, is the nuclear deterrent to safeguard our sovereignty,” one caption read.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese netizens blast official Beijing stance on North Korea

A paramilitary policeman guards the North Korean embassy in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Chinese social media users berated authorities on Wednesday for their relatively mild response to North Korea’s widely condemned nuclear test, likening Pyongyang to a “crazy dog” that had humiliated Beijing.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China summons North Korea ambassador over nuclear test

The car of the North Korean ambassador to China emerges from the North Korean embassy in Beijing. Photo: AP

“We strongly urge the DPRK (North Korea) to honour its commitment to denuclearisation, and not to take any actions which might worsen the situation,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website, using the North’s official name.

13 Feb 2013 - 9:50am

North Korea signals ‘high-intensity’ action as world debates nuclear test date

Workers stand beside cargo on the banks of the Yalu River in North Korea. Photo: AFP

North Korea’s ruling party called for the staging of a “high-intensity” action and further long-range rocket launches, state media reported on Tuesday, ahead of an expected nuclear test.

The report on a meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party politburo made no specific reference to a nuclear detonation, which some analysts are now suggesting may not be as imminent as initially believed.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US ‘jumped to conclusions’ on North Korea nuclear test

A South Korean soldier patrols an area near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas. Photo: Reuters

A North Korean state media outlet has accused the United States of “jumping to conclusions” that the North would soon stage a nuclear test, adding to the confusion over its immediate intentions.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

N Korea video shows US city under attack

A screengrab from the Uriminzokkiri video.

North Korea, poised to conduct a nuclear test any day now, has posted a video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack.

The footage was uploaded on Saturday by the North’s official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media.

5 Feb 2013 - 3:46pm