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Sonbong

One small step

Reading North Korea's intentions is notoriously difficult. The current war of words between Pyongyang and the United States and Japan over the firing of what one side claims was a satellite launch and the other claims was a medium-range missile is testimony to that.

Monday, 14 September, 1998, 12:00am

Missing official 'ill at hot springs'

Conflicting accounts about the fate of Kim Jong-u, the leader formerly responsible for North Korea's open-door policies, were circulating in Beijing yesterday.

Sources said Mr Kim had not been sacked, as had been rumoured, and was recovering from a second heart attack.

28 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Hunchun to become the Rotterdam of the northeast

Along the main streets of the border city of Hunchun, people ask a visiting photographer to put a price on his Canon camera - a professional model not available in shops here.

8 May 1997 - 12:00am

Grain to run out by June, says UN official

North Korea will run out of grain by June and is asking foreign investors to make payment for land purchases in the form of food and petrol, UN officials said yesterday.

13 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Tumen River zone fails to excite investors' interest

Proponents say it is Northeast Asia's answer to Shenzhen. It boasts easy access to the wealthy Japanese and South Korean markets and a low-cost manufacturing base.

29 May 1996 - 12:00am

Jet Air to deal through Beijing

FREIGHT forwarder Jet Air group, which was appointed official representative for trading for a free trade zone in North Korea last year, has delegated the task of business development to its Beijing office.

Chairman Peter Yu Kam-ching said as Korean officials often visited Beijing, he had given the task to his counterparts in China.

7 Feb 1996 - 12:00am