North Korea

South Korea says North drops demand for wage hike at joint factory park

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SEOUL - North Korea has dropped a demand for a wage hike for its workers at the Kaesong factory park run jointly with Seoul, South Korea said on Friday, paving the way for talks to resolve the latest dispute over the zone.

Bugged phones and double barbed wire: far fewer North Koreans defect

SEOUL - It's much more dangerous, and twice as expensive, to defect from North Korea since Kim Jong Un took power in Pyongyang three and a half years ago, refugees and experts say, and far fewer people are escaping from the repressive and impoverished country.

World, United Nations, 21 May 2015

North Korea modified submarine missile launch photos, says U.S. official

SEOUL - Photographs showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists and the country may be years away from developing such technology, analysts and a top U.S. military official said on Tuesday.

U.N. chief Ban says North Korea retracts approval for visit

SEOUL - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea this week to visit an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyongyang retracted its earlier approval, calling the decision "deeply regrettable". | Video

World, 20 May 2015

Women activists leave for North Korea and DMZ peace march

BEIJING - With tears, songs and laughter, 30 women activists set off from Beijing on Tuesday on a controversial trip to North Korea, where they will cross the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) to the South in a call for peace on the divided peninsula.

World, United Nations, 19 May 2015

Kerry says U.S. and China discuss further sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL - The United States and China are discussing imposing further sanctions on North Korea, which is "not even close" to taking steps to rein in its nuclear weapons program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. | Video

Kerry says U.S. and China discuss further sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL - The United States and China are discussing imposing further sanctions on North Korea, which is "not even close" to taking steps to rein in its nuclear weapons program, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. | Video

South Korea spy agency under scrutiny after reporting Pyongyang execution

SEOUL - The South Korean spy agency's assertion that North Korea purged its defense chief and executed him with anti-aircraft fire is one of its boldest claims ever, and, given the agency's chequered history, has come under growing scrutiny.

Seoul to allow women activists to march from North to South Korea

SEOUL - South Korea will allow an international women's group to enter the country on a planned march from North Korea by crossing the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ), South Korean government officials told Reuters on Friday.

Pyongyang pop and flowers: last days of North Korea's defense chief

SEOUL - North Korean defense minister Hyon Yong Chol settled into a concert hall seat on an evening in late April to watch Pyongyang's best-known pop act, the Moranbong Band, perform hits including "Glorious Motherland" and "My Country is the Best".

World, 14 May 2015