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N. Korean IOC member stresses importance of sports exchanges with S. Korea

The two Koreas should keep promoting sports exchanges even as they remain at odds politically, a senior Pyongyang sports official said.   Chang Ung, the lone North Korean member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), told Yonhap News Agency in Kuala Lumpur on Friday that politics ...

Updated : 2015.08.01 13:27

N. Korea claims Korean-Canadian pastor confessed to 'subversive plots' against it

A Korean-Canadian pastor arrested in North Korea has confessed to "subversive plots" against the communist nation during a news conference Thursday, Pyongyang's official news agency said.The Rev. Lim Hyeon-soo (Rim Hyon-su), 60, of Light Korean Presbyterian Church near Toronto was detained...

Updated : 2015.07.31 11:23

N. Korea contacts Italian firm for hacking software: S. Korean lawmaker

An Italian cybersecurity firm testified that North Korea had contacted the company to purchase hacking software programs, a South Korean opposition lawmaker said Thursday.South Korea's top intelligence agency recently admitted to purchasing similar software from the Milan-based Hacking Tea...

Updated : 2015.07.30 15:37

S. Korea spurns N. Korea's call to stop joint drills with U.S.

South Korea on Thursday rejected North Korea's call to end joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises, defending the joint moves as only "defensive" in nature."Joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S. are something that are annual and defensive," Defense Ministry spokesman Kim...

Updated : 2015.07.30 11:41

N. Korean leader inspects 'war drills' against U.S., S. Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has inspected a high-profile Air Force combat contest, describing it as part of "war preparations" against the United States and South Korea, Pyongyang's state media said Thursday.Kim flew to the expanded Kalma Airport in Wonsan along the country's east coas...

Updated : 2015.07.30 09:48

Construction at N.K. launch site completed

Construction of facilities to enhance the missile launch pad in North Korea’s northwestern town of Dongchang-ri, appears to have been completed, a U.S. research website said, reinforcing the speculat...

Updated : 2015.07.29 17:36

N. Korean FM to attend regional meeting in Malaysia: official

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong will attend a regional meeting of foreign ministers in Malaysia next week, a Malaysian foreign ministry official said Wednesday.North Korea has informed Malaysia of Ri's attendance at the ASEAN Regional Forum to be held in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 6, th...

Updated : 2015.07.29 11:41

S. Korean forestry experts visit N. Korea

A group of forestry experts and officials from a South Korean operator of an inter-Korean tour program visited a North Korean mountain on the east coast Wednesday to check pine trees damaged apparently by a drought.Eight officials from the state-run Korea Forest Research Institute and Hyun...

Updated : 2015.07.29 10:40

N. Korea completes upgrade of rocket site, shows no signs of launch preparations yet

North Korea has completed construction to upgrade its main rocket launch facility, but is still showing no signs of preparations to launch a long-range rocket or missile from the facility, a U.S. research institute said Wednesday.The website 38 North made the assessment citing recent satel...

Updated : 2015.07.29 09:18

S. Korea forestry experts to visit Mount Geumgang

A group of South Korean forestry experts were set to visit Mount Geumgangsan Wednesday for a three-day itinerary, following Pyongyang’s request for a joint probe into “abnormal symptoms” that pine trees in the mountain have recently exhibited, Seoul officials said Tuesday.Seoul’s Unifi...

Updated : 2015.07.28 17:39

N. Korea says no interest in talks on freezing its nuclear program 'unilaterally first'

North Korea is not interested in reopening talks with the United States on freezing or dismantling its nuclear program "unilaterally first," the country's ambassador to China said Tuesday, dashing hopes that Pyongyang may follow the path of Iran in dealing with its nuclear ambition. The No...

Updated : 2015.07.28 13:26

S. Korea OKs forest experts' visit to N. Korea

South Korea on Tuesday approved plans by a group of forest experts and officials of Hyundai Asan, a South Korean operator of an inter-Korean tour program, to visit North Korea this week to check pine trees which turned yellow at its scenic mountain resort.Officials from the state-run Korea...

Updated : 2015.07.28 10:49

U.S. intelligence sees possibility of N.K. provocation around October: S. Korean lawmaker

U.S. intelligence authorities believe North Korea could engage in a provocative act around the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party in October, a South Korean lawmaker said Monday.An American intelligence official made the remark during a meeting with Rep. Kim Moo-sung, c...

Updated : 2015.07.28 09:23

Chinese president visits Shenyang near N. Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to the northeastern city of Shenyang near the border with North Korea on Monday in a trip that could be seen as a message of willingness to improve relations with Pyongyang, diplomatic sources said.Xi made a one-day visit to Shenyang and stressed the i...

Updated : 2015.07.28 09:14

U.S. puts N. Korea among world's worst countries for human trafficking

The United States designated North Korea as one of the world's worst countries for human trafficking for the 13th straight year on Monday, saying Pyongyang fails to meet even the minimum standards for efforts to improve the situation.The State Department's annual "Trafficking in Persons Re...

Updated : 2015.07.28 09:12