North Korea to pursue nuclear and missile programmes – envoy

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Apr 1 : North Korea will pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile programme in defiance of the United States and its allies, a top Pyongyang envoy told Reuters today, saying there is now a state of “semi-war” on the divided peninsula. So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations […]

N Korea in “top-speed dash” for May congress, Kim’s nuclear policy

By Jack Kim and James Pearson SEOUL, Mar 31 : North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is poised to declare his signature ruling policy during a rare party congress in May and despite tough new UN sanctions, it is likely to be the twin pursuit of nuclear prowess and economic development. North Korea’s official media […]

North Korea claims rocket engine success; South on high alert

By Jack Kim SEOUL, Mar 25 : North Korea successfully tested a solid-fuel engine that boosted the power of its ballistic rockets, state media reported , as South Korea’s president ordered the military to be ready to respond to the North’s “reckless provocation.” Pyongyang’s claim indicates it is continuing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile […]

UN North Korea sanctions lifted on four ships -US official

By Michelle Nichols, Louis Charbonneau and James Pearson UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL, Mar 22 : The UN Security Council agreed to a Chinese request to remove sanctions on four ships that had been blacklisted for ties to Pyongyang after China secured assurances the vessels would not use North Korean crews, a US official said. The ships were […]

Obama slaps new sanctions on North Korea after tests

By Joel Schectman and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, Mar 17 : President Barack Obama imposed sweeping new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday intended to further isolate the country’s leadership after recent actions by Pyongyang that have been seen by Washington and its allies as provocative. The executive order freezes any property of the North Korean […]

Lighter traffic, little sign of customs crackdown at N Korea border

By Megha Rajagopalan DANDONG, China, March 3 : Hours after the United Nations imposed tough new sanctions on North Korea, vehicle traffic on the bridge linking the isolated country with the Chinese border city of Dandong was lighter than usual, but drivers reported no increase in cargo inspections. A representative from a Dandong-based company that […]