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  • Dec 28, 2014
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North Korea camouflages nuclear test site

A satellite image captured on January 23 shows the Punggye-ri nuclear test facility in North Korea. Photo: AFP

North Korea has covered the entrance to a tunnel at its nuclear test site in an apparent effort to avoid satellite monitoring ahead of a widely expected detonation.

Friday, 1 February, 2013, 12:34pm

Activity seen at North Korean atomic test site

This January 4 satellite image shows North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility where roads have been kept clear of snow over the past month. Photo: AP

Satellite images reveal ongoing activity at North Korea’s atomic test site, according to a US research institute.

28 Jan 2013 - 9:47pm 1 comment

China threatens North Korea aid cut over atomic test

A banner showing starving North Korean children and a rocket is displayed on a street in Seoul on Thursday. China will decrease aid to Pyongyang if it goes ahead with a planned nuclear test. Photo: AP

North Korea’s sole major ally China will decrease aid to Pyongyang if it goes ahead with a planned nuclear test, state-run media said in an unusually frank warning on Friday.

26 Jan 2013 - 2:48am

China urges restraint as North Korea plans to carry out third nuclear test

North Korea said it planned to carry out a third nuclear test and more rocket launches but offered no time frame. Photo: AFP

North Korea's sole major ally China yesterday urged "all relevant parties" to show restraint after Pyongyang said it planned to carry out a third nuclear test and more rocket launches aimed at the US.

"All relevant parties should refrain from action that might escalate the situation in the region," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in Beijing.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:52am

Japan to launch satellite to spy on North Korea

A rocket lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in July. Photo: AFP

Japan plans to launch a new spy satellite on Sunday to strengthen its monitoring capabilities amid concern that North Korea may carry out more missile and nuclear tests.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:56pm

UN to sanction North Korea space agency

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the rocket launch in December. Photo: Reuters

The UN Security Council will order sanctions against North Korea’s space agency in a resolution to be passed this week condemning a ballistic launch, a diplomatic source said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Foreigners can now take own mobile phones to North Korea

Foreign visitors to North Korea can now take their own mobile phones. Google chairman Eric Schmidt went to the country recently. Photo: AP

Foreigners visiting North Korea can now take their own mobile phones into the country, Chinese state media reported on Sunday, citing an employee with the operator of the country’s mobile network.

A technician with Koryolink, the North Korean-Egyptian joint venture that operates the 3G phone network, told China’s official Xinhua news agency that the move took effect on January 7.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Pyongyang's welcome of Google goes only as far as its chairman

Google chairman Eric Schmidt. Photo: AFP

If Google chairman Eric Schmidt learned anything from his visit to North Korea last week, it was that the North is falling ever further behind the rest of the world in hi-tech capabilities.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:41am 1 comment

China notes South Korean frustration with Pyongyang policy

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun (front), who is in Seoul as a special envoy of the Chinese government, speaks during a breakfast meeting at a Seoul hotel, on Friday. Photo: EPA

A top Chinese envoy acknowledged on Friday South Korea’s “dissatisfaction” with Beijing's reluctance to back expanded UN sanctions to punish Pyongyang, in the wake of North Korea's missile test.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:06pm

North Korea mourns late leader Kim Jong-il

Top officials in North Korea mark the first anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea on Monday mourned the death one year ago of leader Kim Jong-il, with its rocket scientists taking pride of place at a special memorial ceremony led by his son and successor Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack on December 17, last year, although his death was only announced two days later.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea marks first anniversary of late ruler’s death

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) arrives with other top leaders under a portrait of his late father Kim Jong-il as they attend a national meeting on the eve of the anniversary of Kim Jong-il's death, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sunday. Photo: AP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un led thousands of officials in a triumphant memorial service for his late father and ex-ruler Kim Jong-il, days after a long-range rocket launch, state TV showed on Sunday.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:46pm

China ‘lacks leverage’ over North Korea

Photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are plastered outside the North Korean embassy in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Beijing lacks leverage over North Korea and will block moves for strong new sanctions for fear of weakening its position further, Chinese state media said on Thursday following Pyongyang’s rocket launch.

China is the North’s sole major ally, considered the nation with the most influence over Pyongyang, and after Wednesday’s rocket flight US officials urged it to intervene.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea’s satellite ‘orbiting normally’

Technicians monitor the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 at the satellite control centre on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

The satellite launched by North Korea’s long-range rocket is in operational orbit, South Korea’s defence ministry said on Thursday, confirming the success of Pyongyang’s stated space mission.

13 Dec 2012 - 1:01pm

China raps North Korea over provocative rocket launch

North Korean staff at the Three Revolution Exhibition Hall chat with one another inside the Satellite Hall after hearing the news of a rocket launch in Pyongyang. Photo: AP

North Korea’s sole major ally China expressed regret on Wednesday at Pyongyang’s long-range rocket launch, saying it should abide by UN resolutions.

12 Dec 2012 - 9:24pm

American detained in North Korea

An American citizen has been detained by the communist authorities in North Korea, a country that has no diplomatic ties with the United States, a US official said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am