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Time for Beijing to act and rein in North Korea

A frustrated veteran of tortuous diplomatic negotiations with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme once labelled North Korea the shakedown state. It appears another shakedown is under way with the North's latest deadly attack on the South.

Thursday, 25 November, 2010, 12:00am

A transfer of power that would be disastrous

The secrecy of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's regime means that we can only speculate as to the real reason for his just having spent five days in China. He met President Hu Jintao and they discussed the six-nation talks to end the North's nuclear intransigence, but that could have been done by phone.

1 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

War of words doesn't help North Koreans

To say it once may be regarded as carelessness; to do it a second time looks like plain foolishness. In a rare criticism, the World Health Organisation has decided to take on Amnesty International after the human rights group released a damning report on the state of North Korea's public health system. So why pick a fight defending what may be the most repressive regime on earth?

23 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Counting down the seconds on tested Sino-N Korean ties

Volumes of ink have been spilled on North Korea's intentions to go nuclear and its troubled relationship with its bigger communist brother, China.

6 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Tall order in Pyongyang for telecoms contractor

North Korea is poised to take a giant leap into modern communications following a deal with Egypt's Orascom Telecom, to begin a mobile phone service.

24 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Visit a first for North Korean children's choir

A North Korean children's choir will perform in Hong Kong next month for the first time.

The move is seen as one of a series of recent gestures taking the communist country closer to the rest of the world.

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

A small but welcome step by North Korea

Against expectations, North Korea yesterday fulfilled the next stage of its agreement to scrap its atomic weapons by declaring its nuclear programme. Today, it will symbolically destroy the cooling towers of its reactor at Yongbyon.

27 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing's Little Pyongyang

For most, the road to North Korea runs through China's capital.

If you can't make the whole journey, Beijing is the best place this side of Pyongyang to get a taste of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

25 May 2008 - 12:00am

Swathed in silk and song, Pyongyang's propaganda easy to swallow in Vietnam

In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's southern commercial hub, is a little piece of North Korea.

The Pyongyang Taedonggang restaurant - owned by a state trading firm from Pyongyang and staffed by a highly trained female propaganda troupe - is packing them in nightly in an upstairs room on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street on the edge of the city's downtown.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

The North Korean question: what next?

Amid the blizzard of self-help books clogging the displays of regional bookshops, one potential tome is conspicuous by its absence - The Art of Negotiation the North Korean Way.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Relations may get rockier before they improve as new era dawns

The North Korean city of Kaesong has long represented symbolic rather than practical value. So it was yesterday, as North Korea ejected 11 South Korean managers from the joint industrial zone near the heavily fortified border separating two states that are technically still at war.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Orchestral manoeuvres

After the exhilaration of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's one-night stand in Pyongyang, there is the inevitable letdown. In this case, the high of the concert was followed by a morning-after low; a feeling that nothing much has changed when it comes to North Korea's nuclear weaponry.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Building bridges

North Korea may be on United States President George W. Bush's radar as part of his 'axis of evil' but that hasn't deterred Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from striking up a positive academic relationship with the hermit nation.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Korean puzzle

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun is clearly looking forward to his first face-to-face meeting with North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang this week. But it still isn't clear what the two leaders will talk about. Just as the process leading up to the announcement of the meeting was kept secret so, too, is the agenda.

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Out of its shell

The phrase 'Stalinist hermit state' conjures stark images of North Korea - gulags shut off from the outside world, industrial wastelands and famine. Yet, for some, it represents something more - one of the last frontier emerging markets.

23 Aug 2007 - 12:00am