N.Korea shakes up military leadership ahead of Trump summit – U.S. official

By John Walcott and Josh Smith WASHINGTON/SEOUL, June 4 : North Korea’s top three military officials have been removed from their posts, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday, a move analysts said could support efforts by the North’s young leader to jump-start economic development and engage with the world. Kim Jong Un is preparing […]

N.Korea proposes joint celebration of 2000 summit during talks

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, June 1 : North Korea suggested during high-level talks on Friday that the two Koreas hold a joint celebration of the anniversary of a historic 2000 inter-Korean summit this month in the South, an official in Seoul said. The meeting in the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone that […]

Foreign media start marathon journey to North Korea nuclear test site

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, May 23 : International journalists left on a marathon journey to a North Korean nuclear test site on Wednesday, after Pyongyang belatedly cleared a number of South Korean media to witness what it says will be the dismantling of its only nuclear test facility. Travel will involve an 11-hour train ride, […]

Australia, Canada to send military aircraft to monitor North Korean ships

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, Apr 28 : Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday the country will send a military patrol aircraft to monitor North Korean vessels suspected of transferring prohibited goods in defiance of United Nations sanctions. Canada also plans to deploy patrol aircraft for such activities, and surveillance planes from both countries […]

NKorea’s closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly ship sinking

By Christine Kim and Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, Feb 22 : North Korea will send another high-level delegation to South Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, officials said on Thursday, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors. The latest visit by officials from […]

South Korea rejects ‘Pyongyang Olympics’ criticism

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, Jan 23 : Seoul’s presidential Blue House rejected criticism on Tuesday that next month’s Winter Games had been hijacked by North Korea, saying the event will help defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes. Some opposition politicians and conservatives in South Korea have criticised North Korea’s participation in the Games […]