North Korea missile launch fails in embarrassing setback for leader Kim

By Ju-min Park SEOUL, Apr 15 : North Korea attempted and failed to launch what experts believe was an intermediate range ballistic missile today in defiance of UN sanctions and in an embarrassing setback for leader Kim Jong Un. The failed launch, as the reclusive country celebrates the “Day of the Sun” on the birthday […]

North Korea missile capabilities increasing -US defence officials

By David Brunnstrom and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Apr 14 : US intelligence believes North Korea’s ability to reach the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile is low, but its capabilities will increase, making continued investment in missile defence essential, US officials said. North Korea has publicized a series of tests of its weapons technology […]

Korean-American in North Korea confesses to stealing secrets – media

By Jack Kim and James Pearson SEOUL, Mar 25 : A Korean-American man detained in North Korea has confessed to stealing military secrets and plotting subversion with South Koreans, the North’s official news agency and foreign media reported today. North Korea, which has been criticized for its human rights record, has in the past used […]

NKorea claims rocket engine success; SKorea on high alert

By Jack Kim SEOUL, March 24 : North Korea successfully tested a solid-fuel engine that boosted the power of its ballistic rockets, state media reported today, 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 lifts North Korea sanctions on four ships at China’s request

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 the United Nations had blacklisted for ties to Pyongyang’s arms trade. The agreement came after China secured assurances the vessels would not use North Korean crews, a […]

North Korea sentences US student to hard labour; Washington condemns punishment

By Jack Kim SEOUL, Mar 16 : North Korea’s supreme court sentenced American student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested while visiting the country, to 15 years of hard labour today for crimes against the state, a punishment Washington condemned as politically motivated. The US State Department called the sentence “unduly harsh” and White House spokesman […]