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AP: North Korean farmers face dry fields, drought

UNPHA, North Korea (AP) -- North Korean farmers work to pump underground water into parched fields. Instead of rice seedlings standing in flooded paddies, the baked earth is cracked. A big lake that used to supply surrounding farmland with water is almost completely dry. There has been al...

Updated : 2015.07.03 22:04

Talks due on DJ widow’s N.K. visit

Aides to late former President Kim Dae-jung said Friday they plan to make another trip to North Korea next week for discussions over an envisioned trip by the former leader’s widow to the North.Lee H...

Updated : 2015.07.03 20:54

N. Korea vows to sharpen its striking means against THAAD

North Korea vowed Friday to develop cutting-edge striking means and beef up its nuclear capability as the United States. is seeking to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea.  The U.S. is considering deploying a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery on South Korea...

Updated : 2015.07.03 15:38

Koreas to have talks on ex-first lady's NK visit next week

Aides to late former President Kim Dae-jung said Friday they plan to make another trip to North Korea next week for discussions over an envisioned trip by the former leader's widow to the North.  Lee Hee-ho, 93, who was the South's first lady during Kim's five-year tenure until 2003, is ...

Updated : 2015.07.03 11:20

N. Korean leader inspects new institute at technology university

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected a newly built institute at a renowned technology university in Pyongyang, praising it as a cutting-edge scientific research center, the North's media said Friday.The North's Korean Central News Agency said that Kim gave "field guidance" to the auto...

Updated : 2015.07.03 10:39

N. Korean officials abroad seek for asylum: source

North Korean officials abroad are increasingly irritated by the North's leader Kim Jong-un's so-called reign of terror and some of them have applied for asylum in South Korea, an informed source here said Thursday.  South Korea's state spy agency earlier said that since taking power in l...

Updated : 2015.07.02 17:15

N. Korea still building military post on border island: ministry

North Korea has yet to complete the construction of a military post on a uninhabited island near the tensely-guarded inter-Korean sea border in the Yellow Sea, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.  The ministry has previously said the North is building a military camp on the North Korean ...

Updated : 2015.07.02 16:29

N. Korea ramping up efforts to prevent MERS outbreak

North Korea said Thursday it has been ramping up its efforts to prevent a possible outbreak of the MERS virus there.  The North's Korean Central News Agency said that the North has been beefing up its monitoring at checkpoints, such as those at airports, ports and its border, and checkin...

Updated : 2015.07.02 16:29

S. Korea keeping close tabs on drought in N. Korea

South Korea said Thursday it is closely monitoring reports of a severe drought in North Korea, reaffirming its willingness to help the impoverished communist neighbor in case of a formal request.   Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, in charge of inter-Korean affairs, earlier said the go...

Updated : 2015.07.02 11:55

Park urges N.K. to dump nukes

President Park Geun-hye reiterated her two-track North Korea policy on Wednesday, vowing to revive inter-Korean economic projects only if the reclusive regime makes the move to abandon its nuclear wea...

Updated : 2015.07.01 18:54

N.K. issues death penalty for petty crimes

North Korea has meted out death penalties for a wide range of what it calls criminal acts, including watching and distributing films from the South, a South Korean government report said Wednesday, underscoring the ongoing human rights abuses in the reclusive state.In the annual Whitepaper...

Updated : 2015.07.01 17:19

N.K. held almost 1,400 public executions since 2000: report

North Korea carried out public executions of nearly 1,400 people over 15 years since 2000, a report by a South Korean think tank showed Wednesday, pointing to the North's dismal human rights records.  The number of North Koreans who were executed publicly reached a cumulative 1,382 betwe...

Updated : 2015.07.01 17:02

Humanitarian aid to N. Korea almost flat on-year in H1

The growth of humanitarian aid sent to North Korea stayed almost flat in the first half from a year earlier, a U.N. agency said Wednesday, raising concerns about food shortages in the North.  The global community's humanitarian assistance to the North amounted to a combined $21.3 million...

Updated : 2015.07.01 11:01

Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran

Drought-hit North Korea on Tuesday asked for humanitarian aid from its historic ally Iran, Iranian state media reported.  North Korean Ambassador Kang Sam-hyon delivered a request to the Iranian Red Crescent for urgent humanitarian aid to combat what Pyongyang has termed its worst drough...

Updated : 2015.07.01 09:34

Park calls for airtight defense readiness

President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday called for top military commanders to maintain a watertight readiness posture against North Korea’s ongoing nuclear development and internal political uncertainties. In a lunch meeting with the military chiefs, she pointed to unabated cross-border tensio...

Updated : 2015.06.30 21:32