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South Korea confirms North’s plutonium reactor restart

South Korea’s spy agency confirmed Tuesday that the North has restarted an aging plutonium reactor that could help boost its nuclear weapons programme. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament that the five megawatt reactor at the North’s Yongbyon nuclear complex had resumed operations, according to…

North Korea warns rival South against ‘destructive’ clash

North Korea warned rival South Korea it risks triggering a “destructive” showdown and accused the United States of abusing its power on the UN Security Council, in a fiery address Tuesday. Hours after South Korea paraded a missile capable of pinpoint strikes across the border, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister…

S. Korea urges N. Korea to reconsider delay of family reunions

South Korea urged North Korea to review its decision to postpone a reunion for families separated by the Korean War, saying it had “deeply wounded” those chosen to participate. Hundreds of divided family members from both Koreas were scheduled to meet at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort from Wednesday in…

Rand Corp. report suggests U.S. and China create dividing line in ‘collapsed’ North Korea

The United States should consider negotiating a separation line with China in a collapsed North Korea, a study said Thursday, warning of catastrophic consequences if Kim Jong-Un’s regime suddenly falls. The report by Rand Corp., a prominent US research institute, said that the crumbling of the totalitarian state could trigger…

South Korean troops kill man trying to swim North

South Korean troops shot dead a man trying to swim across a border river into North Korea on Monday after he ignored repeated warnings to turn back, the defence ministry said. A mistry spokesman said he was carrying a South Korean passport that identified him as Nam Yong-Ho, 47. According…

Abducted South Korean Jeon Wook-Pyo escapes from North after 41 years

A South Korean man has escaped four decades after he was kidnapped by North Korea while fishing near the disputed Yellow Sea border, officials said Friday. The 68-year-old, identified as Jeon Wook-Pyo, made it to Seoul recently after escaping from North Korea in early August, a government official said. “He…

Russian concerned about North Korea’s ‘nightmarish’ nuclear reactor re-start

Russia said on Thursday that North Korea was apparently conducting work on a nuclear reactor, warning that the ageing facility was in such a “nightmarish state” it could cause a disaster. “It is obvious that some works are being conducted, and for a long time at that. According to some…

North Korea restarts plutonium reactor: analysts

North Korea appears to have restarted a reactor that produces plutonium, making good on threats to boost its stockpile of nuclear weapons, US analysts said. Satellite imagery taken on August 31 shows white steam coming out of a building next to the five-megawatt plutonium reactor at Yongbyon, the US-Korea Institute…

Dennis Rodman returns from North Korea without prisoner

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman returned to China from Pyongyang Saturday after a five-day trip when he met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but without jailed American Kenneth Bae. The flamboyant ex-Chicago Bulls player arrived at Beijing airport on a flight from North Korea, an AFP photographer witnessed, with a…

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has second meeting with Kim Jong-Un

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in a highly anticipated return trip to the hermetic state, official media said Saturday in a report that made no mention of jailed American Kenneth Bae. The flamboyant ex-forward for the Chicago Bulls arrived in Pyongyang earlier this week,…

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