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North Korea's Kim Jong Un supervises rocket launches near South Korea border

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SEOUL - North Korea on Tuesday showed detailed photos of Kim Jong Un directing rocket launches from a site close to the South in an apparent act of defiance that puts a personal face of its leader to actions provoking its neighbours.

Pyongyang abductee probe stirs speculation of early Japan poll

TOKYO - As Japan presses North Korea for information on the fate of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago, speculation is simmering that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could use a possible breakthrough on the emotive issue to call a snap election.

World, Japan, 15 Jul 2014

Kim Jong Un supervises rocket launches close to South Korea border

SEOUL - North Korea on Tuesday showed detailed photos of Kim Jong Un directing rocket launches from a site close to the South in an apparent act of defiance that puts a personal face of its leader to actions provoking its neighbors.

World, 15 Jul 2014

Japan denies report on North Korea's abduction survivor list

TOKYO - Japan on Thursday denied as "sheer misreporting" a front page newspaper story that North Korea had provided a list of some 30 Japanese survivors still living in the isolated country, including known victims of state-sponsored kidnapping.

World, Japan, 09 Jul 2014

North Korean nuclear and missile expert dies; more missiles fired

SEOUL - A former North Korean missile expert who was placed under sanctions by the United Nations for his role in the country's nuclear and missile weapons programs has died, state media said on Wednesday.

World, United Nations, 09 Jul 2014

North Korea list of Japanese abductees contains some 30 names: Nikkei

- North Korea has given Japan a list of some 30 missing Japanese still living in the country, Japan's Nikkei daily reported on Thursday, citing sources - three times as many names as the paper reported a week ago.

World, Japan, 09 Jul 2014

North Korea complains to U.N. about film starring Rogen, Franco

UNITED NATIONS - North Korea has complained to the United Nations about a film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, accusing the United States of sponsoring terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing production of a movie about a plot to kill its leader, Kim Jong Un.

North Korea's Kim takes center stage with a limp

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un limped on to the stage on the anniversary of his grandfather's death, footage broadcast by state media on Tuesday showed. in a rare display of weakness in a country where leaders are portrayed as semi-divine.

World, 08 Jul 2014

Bellicose North Korea lightens up with promise of cheerleaders

SEOUL - North Korea said on Monday it will send cheerleaders along with its athletes to the Asian Games in the South as a gesture of peace after weeks of firing rockets and fiery rhetoric.

World 06 Jul 2014

Japan lifts some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

TOKYO - Japan decided on Thursday to ease some sanctions on North Korea in return for its reopening of a probe into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by the reclusive state decades ago, as a fresh report emerged that some of them were alive.

World, Japan, 03 Jul 2014