Russian diplomats use hand-pulled trolley to cross N Korea border

It took a group of eight, including a three-year-old, 32 hours by train and two hours by bus to reach the border on a ‘long and difficult’ journey home. A group of Russian diplomats and family members used a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea this week, amid Pyongyang’s strict anti-coronavirus measures, which include […]

UN World Food Programme warns could suspend work in North Korea

MANILA: Philippine forces have arrested nine women who were related to Abu Sayyaf commanders and militants in the south and could have been “potential suicide bombers,” the military said Tuesday.The women were captured Friday in raids on houses in three towns in the predominantly Muslim province of Sulu, said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., who […]

South Korea agrees to partial release of blocked Iranian money

South Korea’s move comes after the US reversed two Trump-era moves against Iran. Tehran, Iran – South Korea has agreed to release “a part” of billions of dollars of Iranian money it had blocked in its banks for years because of United States sanctions. In a statement, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said South […]

North Korea ‘tried to hack’ Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine

South Korea’s intelligence agency says North Korea attempted to steal information on coronavirus vaccines and treatments by hacking Pfizer, the US pharmaceutical firm whose highly effective COVID-19 vaccine is being given to millions of people around the world. North Korea has been under self-imposed isolation since closing its borders in January last year and leader […]

S Korea eases COVID curbs for businesses, plans vaccine roll-out

Authorities push back curfews for restaurants and cafes, allows bars and clubs to open, but keep limits on private gatherings. South Korea eased some of its strictest social distancing rules for businesses on Monday but kept limits on private gatherings as authorities prepared to unveil plans for the roll out of the first coronavirus vaccines […]

N Korea: Kim fires senior economic official amid deepening crisis

North Korea’s border closure, drop in trade and raw material shortages may lead to perfect storm, analysts warn. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ripped into the performance of his cabinet and fired a senior economic official he appointed a month ago, saying they had failed to come up with new ideas to salvage […]

N Korea developed nuclear weapons programme in 2020: UN report

North Korea maintained and developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes throughout 2020 in violation of international sanctions, helping fund them with some $300m stolen through cyber-hacks, according to a confidential United Nations report seen by the Reuters news agency on Monday. The report by independent sanctions monitors said Pyongyang “produced fissile material, maintained nuclear […]

South Korea in talks with Moderna to build $200m vaccine factory

Moderna raising its 2021 production target to at least 600 million doses and is working with partners to boost capacity for deliveries outside the US. South Korea and the COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna are in discussions over a $200m investment by the US drugmaker to build a vaccine manufacturing factory in the country, a former […]

Biden, S Korea’s Moon pledge ‘comprehensive’ N Korea strategy

Two leaders pledge to strengthen US-South Korea alliance during their first phone call since new US president assumed office. US President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in have pledged to upgrade their two nations’ alliance and pursue a “comprehensive” strategy on North Korea in a phone call. It was their first phone […]

UN report says torture, forced labour rife in North Korea prisons

The United Nations’ human rights office says reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity continue in the country. A new report by the United Nations human rights office has said torture and forced labour are rife in prisons in North Korea’s prisons, amounting to possible crimes against humanity. Tuesday’s publication, issued seven years after […]

Singapore suspends ‘travel bubble’ with Malaysia, South Korea

Germany is also affected by the temporary travel restriction beginning on February 1 until the end of April. Singapore announced it will temporarily suspend its reciprocal “travel bubble” arrangement with neighbouring Malaysia as well as South Korea and Germany, amid the resurgence of coronavirus cases worldwide and its reported new variants. Starting on Monday, the […]

North Korean diplomat defects to South Korea

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1611646517544239800 Tue, 2021-01-26 07:16 SEOUL, South Korea: A North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to South Korea, according to South Korean lawmakers who were briefed by Seoul’s spy agency. Ha Tae-keung, a conservative opposition lawmaker and an executive secretary of the […]

Blinken says US will review North Korea policy, consider aid

US President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state has said the incoming administration will launch a full review of Washington’s approach to North Korea with the aim of increasing pressure on the country to return to talks over its nuclear weapons programme. At his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Antony Blinken said the United […]

North Korea Unveils New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

SEOUL, South Korea — A month before the U.S. presidential election, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, held a military parade that featured what appeared to be the country’s largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile. This week, just days before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, the North Korean dictator held another parade, showing off a new submarine-launched […]

‘The world’s most powerful weapon’: N Korea parades new missile

North Korea displayed what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a parade on Thursday night, state media reported, marking the end of a political congress at which leader Kim Jong Un admitted severe failings but pledged to boost the country’s military might. Clad in a black leather coat, gloves and fur […]

S Korea court upholds jail for ex-President Park Geun-hye

Top court’s ruling brings an end to Park Geun-hye’s legal process, clearing the way for a special presidential pardon. South Korea’s top court has upheld a 20-year jail sentence for former President Park Geun-hye over bribery and other crimes as it wrapped up a historic corruption case that marked a striking fall from grace for […]

Church Leader in South Korea Receives Suspended Prison Term After Virus Fallout

SEOUL, South Korea — The leader of a secretive religious sect that was at the center of a coronavirus outbreak in South Korea last year received a three-year prison term on Wednesday on charges of embezzling church money. But Lee Man-hee, 89, the founder of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, was acquitted on a charge of […]

Iran, South Korea discuss frozen funds as vessel remains seized

Iranian officials tell South Korean delegation Seoul must give Tehran access to its frozen money, refrain from ‘politicising’ seizure of the vessel. Tehran, Iran – Iran’s foreign minister has told a visiting South Korean delegation the “technical” issue of a ship seized by Iranian forces will be handled by his country’s courts, as he called […]

North Korea threatens to build more nukes, cites US hostility

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal as he disclosed a list of high-tech weapons systems under development, saying the fate of relations with the United States depends on whether it abandons its hostile policy, state media reported Saturday.Kim’s comments during a key meeting of the ruling […]

South Korea court orders Japan to compensate former sex slaves

In landmark ruling, Seoul court says Japan should pay 12 ‘comfort women’ an equivalent of $91,000 each for war-time abuses. A South Korean court ordered Japan on Friday to compensate 12 women who were forced to work as sex slaves in wartime Japanese brothels, in a ruling that could rekindle diplomatic and history feuds between […]

Pakistan calls for restraint from Iran and South Korea over seizure of tanker

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday urged South Korea and Iran to exercise restraint amid fears that a maritime dispute between the two countries could escalate. Seoul has moved military forces close to the Strait of Hormuz after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker on Monday. The Hankuk Chemi, with 20 crew […]

Kim says N Korea to take military capabilities to ‘higher level’

North Korean leader says to secure a ‘peaceful environment’ he wants to strengthen the country’s defence capabilities. Kim Jong Un has promised to expand North Korea’s military capabilities, state media reported on Thursday, even as the country faces international sanctions and pressure over its nuclear weapons programme. Kim, who marks 10 years in power this […]

South Korea to send delegation to Iran to secure release of seized ship

DUBAI: The South Korean government said it will send a delegation to Iran “at the earliest possible date” in a bid to secure the release of a tanker seized in the Arabian Gulf, amid tensions surrounding the freezing of Iranian funds in Seoul because of US sanctions. Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) […]

Kim says last five years ‘worst of the worst’ for North Korea

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un admitted the country’s economic development plan had fallen short in “almost all areas” as he opened a rare congress of the ruling Workers’ Party, state media reported on Wednesday. Kim called the past five years “unprecedented” and the “worst of the worst” time for the country. “The surest and […]