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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

Withdraw UN sanctions: North Korea lays out tough conditions for talks

South Korean soldiers sit on a K-55 self-propelled howitzer in the border city of Paju. Photo: AFP

North Korea laid down rigid pre-conditions on Thursday for any talks with Seoul or Washington, including the withdrawal of UN sanctions and a guaranteed end to South Korea-US joint military drills.

The list of demands, which came from the North’s top military body, kicked off by insisting on a general apology for all “provocative acts” taken against North Korea up to now.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea threatens action over B-52 bomber flights

A US Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

North Korea on Wednesday condemned training flights by nuclear-capable US B-52 bombers over the Korean peninsula as an “unpardonable provocation” and threatened military action if they continue.

The Pentagon says at least one B-52 has flown over South Korea in recent weeks as part of joint South Korea-US military exercises that Pyongyang has denounced as rehearsals for invasion.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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 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.

1 Feb 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

Beijing threatens to reduce aid to Pyongyang if it conducts nuclear test

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies said in Beijing that China and U.S. reached a "strong degree of concensus". Photo: Reuters

The blunt comments came as opposition continued to pile up against the North's nuclear ambitions. Pyongyang announced plans for its third nuclear test on Thursday after a UN Security Council resolution imposed expanded sanctions against the Stalinist state for its weapons programme.

26 Jan 2013 - 6:02am

Hong Kong-based firm on expanded UN sanctions blacklist

China's ambassador, Li Baodong, and French counterpart Gerard Araud cast their votes. Photo: AFP

A Hong Kong-based company was among six North Korean entities named in a unanimous UN Security Council resolution to punish Pyongyang for last month's long-range rocket launch.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:48am

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

China warns of North Korea nuclear test, urges restraint

Commuters watch footage of North Korea's December rocket launch at Seoul's main rail station on Wednesday. Photo: AP

China called for restraint on Wednesday after the UN tightened sanctions on North Korea as punishment for a rocket launch, citing the possibility of another nuclear test.

23 Jan 2013 - 9:53pm

South Korea welcomes new UN sanctions on North

South Korea's UN representative Kim Sook speaks to the media after a Security Council meeting in New York. Photo: Xinhua

South Korea on Wednesday welcomed fresh UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea and warned Pyongyang against ignoring demands to scrap its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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