SEOUL – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing from 5 p.m. on Friday after Pyongyang issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action.
Tension on the divided peninsula escalated on Thursday when North Korea fired shells into South Korea to protest against the loudspeaker broadcasts from the Korean border. The South responded with its own artillery barrage. ∞∞∞∞∞ CLICK HERE FOR MORE »»»»
GENEVA – North Korea will pursue its “defensive” nuclear program as long as it feels threatened by the United States, its UN disarmament envoy in Geneva told Reuters on Thursday.
In a rare interview, Ambassador So Se Pyong also denounced the latest joint US-South Korean military exercises, due to start next week, saying they fanned tensions on the divided peninsula as it marks the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese occupation at the end of World War Two. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
WASHINGTON – North Korea is expanding its capacity to mine and mill uranium ore which could supply its nuclear weapons program or fuel nuclear reactors, according to new U.S. research.
The findings shed some light on how Pyongyang gets the raw material to fuel its nuclear ambitions that are raising international alarm. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s vice premier was executed by firing squad this year after showing discontent with the policies of the country’s leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean media report said on Wednesday.
Yonhap News Agency cited an unnamed source as saying that the 63-year-old Choe Yong Gon, a former delegate for North-South cooperation, was executed, marking another death of a senior official in a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took charge in late 2011. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»