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N. Korea vows to bolster nuclear capabilities, citing Panetta's memoir

North Korea said Monday it would bolster its nuclear capabilities "both in quality and quantity" to counter the newly-disclosed nuclear war plan of the United States.North Koreans realize how wise their communist regime has been in beefing up nuclear deterrence against Washington's growing...

Updated : 2014.10.20 15:38

N. Korea hails labor force to woo Chinese firms

In an apparent bid to lure Chinese investors, North Korea has publicized somewhat detailed information about its workforce during an annual trade with China, boasting of a well-educated pool of labor. The North's National Economic Development General Bureau released a booklet to show off ...

Updated : 2014.10.20 15:19

U.S. urges N. Korea to cease provocative actions after border shootout

The United States urged North Korea on Sunday to halt any actions increasing the risk of conflict after the two Koreas exchanged fire across their heavily armed border earlier in the day.The shootout happened as a group of about 10 North Korean soldiers approached the tense border, known a...

Updated : 2014.10.20 10:00

Koreas exchange fire near heavily fortified border

South and North Korea exchanged fire across the heavily fortified border on Sunday in the latest clash on the divided Korean Peninsula amid concerns that tensions could scuttle high-level talks between the two sides.There were no reports of casualties or property damage in South Korea, tho...

Updated : 2014.10.19 20:20

N.K. leader inspects air force drill, encourages athletes

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected a drill by fighter pilots, state-run media said Sunday, in his first military-related appearance after a long absence from the public eye.Kim also met the country's gold medalists in the Incheon Asian Games and the World Championships, both held re...

Updated : 2014.10.19 10:32

S. Korea fires warning shots against N. K. soldiers approaching MDL: Seoul

South Korean border guards fired warning shots as about 10 North Korean soldiers approached the military demarcation line (MDL) inside the demilitaized zone (DMZ), Seoul's military officials said, adding that there was no exchange of fire. An official at Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS...

Updated : 2014.10.19 00:28

Subdued mood at N. Korea-China trade fair

North Korea is still showing off its products at an annual trade fair with China, but the number of North Korean business entities attending the event this year was about 30 percent less than last year.    The mood is subdued at the five-day trade fair in the Chinese border city of Dando...

Updated : 2014.10.18 12:44

N. Korea slams Park for urging Pyongyang to address nuke, human rights issues

North Korea denounced South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Saturday for urging the North to give up its nuclear weapons and improve its human rights, labeling such remarks as an "unpardonable politically motivated provocation."    Speaking at a biennial summit of the Asia-Europe Meeti...

Updated : 2014.10.18 12:42

N. Korea slams interference over human rights in its internal affairs

North Korea vowed Saturday to "strongly react" to what it says are hostile forces' attempts to interfere with its internal affairs under the name of human rights, according to the North's state media, amid growing international condemnation of Pyongyang's dismal human rights.   North Kor...

Updated : 2014.10.18 11:23

'N. Korea is losing battle on human rights': U.S. envoy

 North Korea is scrambling to control damage from a proposed U.N. resolution on its human rights problem and that's a sign the communist regime is losing the battle, the U.S. special envoy on the issue said Friday.   Amb. Robert King, the special U.S. envoy for North Korean human rights...

Updated : 2014.10.18 10:28

War of nerves poses threat to two Koreas’ high-level dialogue

The two Koreas are again engaged in a war of nerves against a backdrop of recent military talks, prompting the North to threaten to back out of the planned high-level dialogue and casting a cloud over...

Updated : 2014.10.17 21:32

N. Korea denies attacks against S. Korea at military talks: Seoul gov't

North Korea has held onto its earlier position of not admitting to its responsibility for the 2010 deadly attacks against a South Korean warship and a sea border island at the latest inter-Korean military talks, Seoul's defense ministry said Friday.In March 2010, North Korea torpedoed the ...

Updated : 2014.10.17 15:05

N. Korean leader continues to use cane in another public activity

Updated : 2014.10.17 10:44

Will North Korea improve human rights record?

The increasing international pressure on North Korea to improve its human rights record has raised the question of whether Pyongyang will move to change the situation or continue to deny it and criticize what it calls interference in its domestic affairs.Analysts say that the North may see...

Updated : 2014.10.16 22:22

[Newsmaker] Why did N.K. chief join inter-Korean talks?

The appearance of North Korea’s military spy chief Kim Yong-chol at rare inter-Korean military talks on Wednesday has left many observers wondering what message Pyongyang wanted to convey through sen...

Updated : 2014.10.16 21:24