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Dennis Rodman heads back to North Korea to see ‘friend’ Kim Jong-Un

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman Tuesday said he was heading back to Pyongyang to see his “friend”, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but refused to say if he would come back with an imprisoned US citizen. Korean-American Kenneth Bae, 44, has been held prisoner in the North since November, and…

Former North Korean spy’s memoir details ‘enemization’ training conducted by abducted South Koreans

As well as the obvious classes like bomb-making, Kim Dong-Sik’s intensive spy training in North Korea included memorising hundreds of South Korean pop songs and dance moves. Such strategies for assimilating into South Korean society were considered essential to avoid suspicion, Kim revealed in a recently-published memoir that lifts the…

North Korea displays massive military might on 60th anniversary of armistice

North Korea staged an intimidating parade of military muscle and patriotic fervour Saturday, aimed at rallying support around leader Kim Jong-Un on the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. For two hours, wave after wave of goose-stepping soldiers, followed by batteries of tanks and longer-range missiles…

Panama’s president tweets photo of suspected North Korea weapons cache

Panama called Tuesday for UN investigators to inspect a shipment of suspected weapons parts aboard a North Korean-flagged ship as it tried to enter the Panama Canal last week. President Martinelli tweeted a photo of the suspected weapons cache, which weapons experts have identified as an ageing Soviet-built radar control…

North and South Korea prepare to negotiate directly after years of mistrust

North and South Korea will sit down to their first talks for years on Sunday, confronting decades of mutual distrust in an apparent search for some positive end to months of soaring military tensions. The working-level discussions in the border truce village of Panmunjom are intended to pave the way…

N. Korea to reopen hotline, pushes back on talks with South

North Korea said Friday it would restore an official hotline with rival South Korea, but pushed back at Seoul’s proposal of ministerial-level talks to be held in Seoul next week. Pyongyang’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said the hotline — suspended by the North in March as…

N. Korean envoy stresses dialogue in China talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s special envoy told a top Chinese defence official Friday that his country wants to solve problems on the Korean peninsula through dialogue, Beijing’s state media said. The comments by Kim’s emissary Choe Ryong-Hae were reported by the official Xinhua news agency and came a day…

North Korea test-fires another short-range missile amid military drill

North Korea Sunday test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast, its fourth in two days, despite pleas from South Korea and the UN chief to halt the launches at a time of high tensions. The guided missile was fired into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on Sunday afternoon,…

North Korea removes missiles from launch site as tensions lower

North Korea has moved two missiles from launch sites on the country’s eastern coast, US officials said Monday, signaling lowered tensions following worries Pyongyang was ready to test-fire the weapons. The Musudan missiles had been ready to launch at any moment, but “they moved them,” a US defense official, who…

North Korea lists conditions for talks

North Korea laid out conditions 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. “If the US and the South enemies… genuinely want dialogue and negotiation, they should take these steps,” the North’s National Defence…

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