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Lee Seok-Ki (C), lawmaker of opposition United Progressive Party. ©Reuters/Lee Jae-Won
S. Korea prosecutors seek 20 years in MP sedition trial

South Korean prosecutors demanded a 20-year jail term for a leftist lawmaker on trial for allegedly plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

S. Korea prosecutors seek 20 years in MP sedition trial
Jang song-thaek. ©Reuters/China Daily
North Korea envoy scoffs at death-by-dog story

A senior North Korean diplomat has scoffed at sensational rumours that the executed uncle of leader Kim Jong-Un was stripped naked and fed to a pack of starving dogs.

North Korea envoy scoffs at death-by-dog story
©Reuters/Kim Chang-Gil/Korea Pool
S. Korea presses North to take action on family reunions

South Korea Thursday called on North Korea to honour its promise to hold a reunion of families from the two countries who have separated for decades, after days of silence by Pyongyang.

S. Korea presses North to take action on family reunions
©Reuters/Jason Lee
N.Korea enlarging site for bigger missiles: institute

North Korea appears to be expanding its main launch site to permit more advanced missiles which may eventually be able to reach the United States.

N.Korea enlarging site for bigger missiles: institute
South Korea's Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok. ©Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji
S. Korea rejects North's warning over military drills

South Korea on Thursday rejected North Korean warnings to call off scheduled joint military exercises with the United States and vowed "severe" retaliation to any provocation from Pyongyang.

S. Korea rejects North's warning over military drills
©Reuters/Lee Jae-Won
1,500 N. Koreans escape to South in 2013: ministry

More than 1,500 North Koreans fled to South Korea last year, maintaining a recent fall in the number of escapees that coincided with a clampdown by new leader Kim Jong-Un.

1,500 N. Koreans escape to South in 2013: ministry
Park proposes new family reunions with N. Korea
Park proposes new family reunions with N. Korea

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Monday proposed fresh reunions of families separated by the Korean War after a previous bid was cancelled by Pyongyang, and promised increased humanitarian aid to the impoverished North.

Park proposes new family reunions with N. Korea
Kim urges N. Korea military to bolster combat readiness
Kim urges N. Korea military to bolster combat readiness

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged the country's military to bolster its combat readiness, saying a war could break out "without any prior notice", state media reported Wednesday.

Kim urges N. Korea military to bolster combat readiness
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Images show N. Korea efforts to restart nuclear complex

Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is making "wide-ranging, extensive" efforts to fully reactivate its main nuclear complex, a US think tank said Tuesday, in line with Pyongyang's vows to strengthen its weapons programme.

Images show N. Korea efforts to restart nuclear complex
North Korea warns of 'merciless' strike against South
North Korea warns of 'merciless' strike against South

North Korea has threatened a "merciless" strike against the South after activists burned effigies of the ruling Kim dynasty on the second anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-Il, officials said Friday.

North Korea warns of 'merciless' strike against South
North Korea may be set for 'Cultural Revolution': Japan
North Korea may be set for 'Cultural Revolution': Japan

The recent purge of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's once-powerful uncle could herald a period of radical upheaval comparable to China's Cultural Revolution, Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday.

North Korea may be set for 'Cultural Revolution': Japan
Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leaders' uncle. ©Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji
North Korea says leader's uncle sacked for 'criminal' acts

North Korea has said leader Kim Jong-Un's uncle was removed from office for committing "criminal" acts and for leading a "counter-revolutionary faction", state news agency KCNA reported Monday.

North Korea says leader's uncle sacked for 'criminal' acts
Veteran U.S. soldier Merrill Newman (C), who was detained for over a month in North Korea, arrives at Beijing airport in Beijing. ©Reuters/Kyodo
N.Korea deports detained US citizen Merrill Newman

North Korea said Saturday it has deported an American veteran of the Korean War who had been detained there since October for what Pyongyang described as "hostile acts" against the communist country.

N.Korea deports detained US citizen Merrill Newman
North Korea's powerbroker: ousted or just out of sight?
North Korea's powerbroker: ousted or just out of sight?

South Korea's spy agency believes North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has just carried out the most significant leadership purge since taking power two years ago, but confirmation may be a long time coming.

North Korea's powerbroker: ousted or just out of sight?
N. Korea confirms US man held, publishes 'confession'
N. Korea confirms US man held, publishes 'confession'

North Korea confirmed Saturday that an American veteran of the Korean War has been detained for "hostile acts" against the communist country and said he had released a written apology confessing to his alleged crimes.

N. Korea confirms US man held, publishes 'confession'
©Reuters/KCNA
N. Korea produces more food, but malnutrition persists: UN

North Korea has increased food production for a third straight year, but malnutrition remains widespread, UN agencies say, voicing particular concern over stunting in children.

N. Korea produces more food, but malnutrition persists: UN
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies answers a question at a news conference in Beijing November 21, 2013. ©Reuters/Jason Lee
North Korea admits holding US citizen

North Korea has acknowledged that it is holding another American, but has so far barred Western officials any access to the detainee, a US official said Friday.

North Korea admits holding US citizen
©Reuters/Newsis/Korea Pool
N. Korea threatens 'sea of fire' for S. Korea president HQ

North Korea on Friday marked the anniversary of its shelling of a South Korean border island with a threat to turn South Korea's presidential office into a "sea of fire".

N. Korea threatens 'sea of fire' for S. Korea president HQ
Putin in S. Korea to push new 'Silk Road' via N. Korea
Putin in S. Korea to push new 'Silk Road' via N. Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Korea Wednesday to push a pet project for a new major trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires prying open North Korea.

Putin in S. Korea to push new 'Silk Road' via N. Korea
Japan mulling boosting Aegis destroyer fleet: report
Japan mulling boosting Aegis destroyer fleet: report

Japan is considering boosting its fleet of Aegis-equipped destroyers from six to eight to counter threats from North Korean missile development and tensions with China over territory.

Japan mulling boosting Aegis destroyer fleet: report

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