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[Herald Interview] Activist-turned-scholar urges action on N.K. abductees

On April 29, 1992, South Korea’s top intelligence agency arrested dozens of activists for plotting to overthrow the government by building underground socialist organizations. The authorities describ...

Updated : 2016.07.22 18:00

N. Korea's Air Koryo airplane makes emergency landing in China due

An airplane of North Korea's flag carrier Air Koryo made an emergency landing in the Chinese city of Shenyang on Friday due to fire, a Chinese report said.The flight en route from Pyongyang to Beijing "made a forced landing in China's northeastern city of Shenyang because the plane caught ...

Updated : 2016.07.22 16:36

Gov't bolsters countermeasures to deter N.K. cyberattacks

South Korea is beefing up its governmentwide countermeasures to prevent possible cyberattacks by North Korea, officials said Friday.The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said the number of cyberattacks by North Korea more than doubled in the first half of this year. The cyberatt...

Updated : 2016.07.22 16:10

N. Korea's economy shrank 1.1% in 2015: BOK

North Korea's economy is estimated to have contracted 1.1 percent last year amid negative growth in most industries, South Korea's central bank announced Friday.The Bank of Korea has issued an annual report on the estimated gross domestic product of one of the world's most secretive nation...

Updated : 2016.07.22 13:46

One North Korean missile exploded in initial stage of latest launch

One of the three ballistic missiles recently test-fired by North Korea likely exploded in the air during its initial stage of flight due to some sort of malfunction, military officials familiar with the matter said Friday.According to military sources, one of the three missiles blew up at ...

Updated : 2016.07.22 13:30

Activist group sends anti-Pyongyang leaflets

A civic group comprised of North Korean defectors on Friday said it sent anti-Pyongyang leaflets via balloons across the inter-Korean border earlier this week, amid escalating military tensions in the Korean Peninsula.The Fighters for Free North Korea said it sent some 300,000 leaflets fro...

Updated : 2016.07.22 10:47

S. Korea seeks to highlight N. Korea's nuke threats at regional security meeting

South Korea will make a strong push to highlight the threats that North Korea's nuclear ambitions are posing both to the Asian region and the global community as a whole during the upcoming regional security meeting, observers and government officials said Friday.Top diplomats from 27 Asia...

Updated : 2016.07.22 10:13

U.S. institute claims discovery of secret N. Korean uranium facility

A U.S. research institute on Thursday said it has located a suspected secret nuclear facility that North Korea used in the early stages of its uranium enrichment program."Recent information suggests that an early centrifuge research and development facility was located at the Panghyon Airc...

Updated : 2016.07.22 10:12

UNSC discusses how to respond to NK's back-to-back missile tests

South Korea said Thursday that the U.N. Security Council is discussing comprehensive measures against the recent back-to-back missile tests by North Korea, apparently dismissing speculation that China might be hampering its swift action.On July 9, the North fired off a submarine-launched b...

Updated : 2016.07.21 17:16

External construction complete for new submarine assembly hall in N. Korea: 38 North

External construction of a submarine assembly hall at North Korea's main submarine port is now complete in a project that would enable Pyongyang to build much larger ballistic missile submarines, a U.S. monitoring website said Wednesday.The website 38 North, dedicated to monitoring and ana...

Updated : 2016.07.21 09:16

U.S. Defense Department brushes off N. Korea's threat

The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday brushed off North Korea's threat that its latest missile launches were part of an exercise to preemptively strike American troops in South Korea, urging Pyongyang to refrain from raising tensions.The North fired two short-range Scuds and one Rodong ...

Updated : 2016.07.21 09:11

N.K. says missile test aimed at ports, airfields in the South

North Korea said Wednesday that Tuesday’s launch of three missiles was aimed at boosting its capabilities to strike South Korean ports and airfields, in an apparent bid to ratchet up its protest agai...

Updated : 2016.07.20 16:35

Gov't condemns N. Korea's resumption of encrypted number broadcasting

South Korea's government on Wednesday condemned North Korea's resumption of encrypted number broadcasting, a method used in the past to send orders to its spies operating in the country. The Ministry ...

Updated : 2016.07.20 13:53

S. Korea faces challenge in reflecting its stance on N. Korea in ARF statement: source

South Korea is expected to face challenges in reflecting its stance on North Korea and its nuclear ambitions in a chairman's statement to be issued at the end of the upcoming regional security meeting, given the chair country's close ties to the communist country, a government source said ...

Updated : 2016.07.20 13:17

N. Korea says it staged missile drill to practice striking S. Korean ports, airfields

North Korea on Wednesday said it conducted its recent missile launch drill with the aim of practicing pre-emptive strikes against South Korean ports and airfields. On Tuesday, Pyongyang test-fired three ballistic missiles -- two Scuds and one Rodong -- in an apparent "armed protest" agains...

Updated : 2016.07.20 10:33