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ICC referral on N.K. human rights unlikely

International efforts to bring North Korea’s woeful human rights record to the International Criminal Court may not be successful, but the continued pressure could push the reclusive state to improve the way it treats its citizens, experts said Friday.Amid moves at the U.N. to adopt a hum...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:34

S. Korea, China express 'deep concern' over N. Korea's

South Korea and China expressed "deep concern" over North Korea's advances of its nuclear and missile capabilities and agreed to continue efforts to prevent the North from further developing such capabilities, Seoul's chief nuclear envoy said Friday. Hwang Joon-kook made the remarks after...

Updated : 2014.10.31 16:44

S. Korean firm at Kaesong park faces biz failure

One of South Korea's small and mid-sized manufacturing companies (SME) at the inter-Korean industrial complex has applied for business closure due to falling sales, officials said Thursday.Around 120 South Korean firms, mostly SMEs, have been operating at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, em...

Updated : 2014.10.30 13:50

N. Korea likely can miniaturize nuclear warheads for missiles: U.S. expert

North Korea seems to have the ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead for its medium-range missiles, but does not appear technically ready to conduct necessary tests, a U.S. expert said Thursday."My analysis is that North Korea could probably miniaturize a warhead that should fit for a Ro...

Updated : 2014.10.30 13:49

Inter-Korean talks hang in the balance

The prospect for the resumption of high-level inter-Korean dialogue further dimmed Wednesday as Pyongyang demanded a change in Seoul’s stance on anti-North Korea propaganda leaflets as a condition fo...

Updated : 2014.10.29 21:37

U.N. investigator cautious on N. Korea engagement

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ― A U.N. human rights investigator said Tuesday that he was surprised and gratified that North Korean officials raised the possibility of allowing him to visit their country, but the prospect of such a trip remains deeply uncertain because of demands the North Koreans ...

Updated : 2014.10.29 21:27

Gov't to let Korean dictionary board visit N. Korea

The government on Wednesday said it is allowing a group of scholars and writers who are trying to compile a dictionary that can be used by all Koreans to visit North Korea.   The unification ministry said 28 people belonging to the Joint Board of South and North Korea for the Compilation...

Updated : 2014.10.29 19:43

U.S. envoy urges N. Korea to make 'authentic' denuclearization

The U.S. special nuclear envoy Wednesday urged North Korea to halt its nuclear and provocative activities, calling on Pyongyang to pursue "authentic and credible" denuclearization.   Sydney Seiler, Washington's deputy negotiator on North Korea's nuclear issue, listed "representative exam...

Updated : 2014.10.29 19:16

N. Korea rejects S. Korea's offer of talks this week

North Korea on Wednesday spurned South Korea's offer of high-level talks this week, casting a pall again over tumultuous bilateral ties.The North's National Defense Commission sent a fax message to the South's presidential office through a military hotline reiterating its protest of the sc...

Updated : 2014.10.29 13:18

N. Korea attempts to hack into S. Koreans' smartphones: NIS

North Korea attempted to hack into South Koreans' smartphones by spreading malicious applications online, possibly infecting more than 20,000 smartphones, Seoul's spy agency said Wednesday.The malicious applications, disguised as games, were spread on South Korean websites between May 19 a...

Updated : 2014.10.29 13:16

N. Korea running new test stand for development of SLBM: U.S. think tank

North Korea has built a new test stand on its eastern coast to research and develop ballistic missiles that can be launched from submarines, a U.S. think tank said Tuesday, citing commercial satellite imagery.The assessment from the website 38 North, run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at the ...

Updated : 2014.10.29 10:22

N.K., U.N. investigator meet on visit

UNITED NATIONS (AP) ― North Korean officials said Monday they met for the first time with a United Nations special investigator on human rights and “envisage’’ him visiting their country. A U.N. official confirmed the meeting.A visit by a U.N. human rights official would be a breakthro...

Updated : 2014.10.28 21:36

N. Korean leader’s sister rumored to be married

The U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia raised speculation Tuesday that Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, may have married a senior official of Room 39, an agency that maintains the dictatorial ruler’s foreign currency slush funds.The RFA cited a Korean-Chinese b...

Updated : 2014.10.28 21:30

N. Korea, historical issues threaten regional security: Seoul FM

South Korea's foreign minister said Tuesday that North Korea's nuclear threat, and historical and territorial rows pose risks to stability in Northeast Asia, calling for measures to build trust and promote regional cooperation.Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se made the remarks at the opening o...

Updated : 2014.10.28 13:44

N.K. offers to invite top U.N. human rights official in return for sparing leader from resolution By Chang Jae-soon

North Korea has offered to invite the top U.N. human rights official to Pyongyang if the European Union drops any mention of referring the country's leader to the International Criminal Court from a U.N. human rights resolution, a news report said.The North made the offer via Cuba earlier ...

Updated : 2014.10.28 09:51