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S. Korea refers N. Korea to U.N. sanctions panel over SLBM

South Korea has referred North Korea to a U.N. sanctions committee over its recent test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.On May 9, North Korea claimed it successfully carried out an SLBM test underwater, renewing tensions on the Korean Pen...

Updated : 2015.05.26 18:21

NK leader hails scientists involved in SLBM test-firing

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un praised scientists who were involved in what the North claimed was a successful test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, the North's media said Tuesday.Kim held a photo session with scientists, technicians and workers who made contributions to ...

Updated : 2015.05.26 10:47

N. Korea building military camps on border island: Seoul

North Korea is building military camps for shore batteries on a tensely guarded Yellow Sea border island, the South's military authorities said Tuesday."Five bunker-shaped camps have been built on the island of Gal," a military officer said, requesting anonymity, citing the North Korean is...

Updated : 2015.05.26 10:33

Pressure grows for inter-Korean breakthrough

Pressure is growing on Seoul to lead a breakthrough in relations with North Korea as inter-Korean ties remain chilly five years after Seoul imposed sanctions in retaliation for a deadly torpedo attack.About 100 members of a South Korean progressive group on Sunday called for improvement in...

Updated : 2015.05.25 20:00

China says its ambassador doing 'normal' jobs in N. Korea

The Chinese ambassador to North Korea, Li Jinjun, has been doing his "normal diplomatic activities" in Pyongyang, China's foreign ministry said Monday, despite the absence of a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Li. Li, who took up the post in March and presented his crede...

Updated : 2015.05.25 18:41

S. Korea firms to pay wages for N. Koreans at joint factory park

South Korean firms in an inter-Korean factory park in North Korea plan to pay wages to their North Korean employees this week, a government official said Monday.The move came days after Pyongyang accepted Seoul's tentative offer of wage payments for North Korean workers at the factory park...

Updated : 2015.05.25 13:10

Seoul conditionally willing to discuss sanctions on N.K.

Seoul said Sunday it is willing to discuss the issue of its sanctions on North Korea if Pyongyang agrees to resume long-stalled inter-Korean talks.Seoul slapped a set of sanctions on North Korea on May 24, 2010, some two months after the North torpedoed the South Korean Navy corvette Cheon...

Updated : 2015.05.24 15:54

Female activists cross inter-Korean border from North Korea

A group of foreign women activists crossed the heavily fortified inter-Korean border from North Korea on Sunday, voicing hope for peace and reconciliation for a divided peninsula.About 30 female activ...

Updated : 2015.05.24 14:26

N. Korea proposes inter-Korean probe into warship sinking

North Korea on Sunday repeated its demand for an inter-Korean probe into the sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010, which the South believes was the North's doing.In March 2010, North Korea torpedoed the South Korean naval corvette Cheonan in the Yellow Sea, killing 46 sailors, accordi...

Updated : 2015.05.24 14:11

North Korea risk hits stocks of firms operating in communist country

Uncertainties surrounding North Korea and the government's blanket sanctions have weighed down stock prices of local firms operating in the communist country, a market researcher here said Sunday.FnGuide claimed long-running tension between the two Koreas has caused sharp fluctuations in s...

Updated : 2015.05.24 12:29

North Korea says nukes defensive in nature

North Korea defended its possession of nuclear weapons Sunday, saying it is "a means to protect peace and security in the region, not an object of contention."Earlier this week, Pyongyang claimed it has developed nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile, further escalating tension...

Updated : 2015.05.24 11:38

'Purged' official absent in Kim Jong-un's field visit

North Korea's defense chief who South Korea believes was purged last month was not present during one of leader Kim Jong-un's routine field inspections, the North's state media suggested Sunday.Earlier this month, South Korea's intelligence agency said Hyon Yong-chol, the chief of North Ko...

Updated : 2015.05.24 10:36

[Herald Interview] ‘N.K. may not put nukes on sub missile'

JEJUDO ISLAND ― North Korea may not place a nuclear warhead on a submarine-launched ballistic missile, as the underwater launch goes against the principle that only its supreme leader has “central c...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:41

Brother of N. Korean leader visits London for Eric Clapton concert

A brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited London and attended a concert by Eric Clapton, according to a Japanese news report and a source.  Kim Jong-chul, older brother of the North's lea...

Updated : 2015.05.22 09:33

South Korea, Australia united against North Korea's threats

Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Australian counterpart said Thursday they were firmly united against threats from North Korea, urging the international community to send a strong warning against the North's provocations."It's not a regional risk but also a global risk," Australian Fo...

Updated : 2015.05.21 22:04