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  • North Korea vows to get to the bottom of abductions: Abe

    TOKYO -- North Korea says its ongoing probe into kidnappings of Japanese nationals will not adhere to past findings but take "a new perspective" and "leave no stone unturned," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. North Korean officials said

    October 31, 2014 05:37 am JST
  • North Korea says still too soon for facts on abductions

    PYONGYANG -- Two days of talks between delegates from Japan and North Korean officials ended Wednesday with the latter claiming that their new investigation into past abductions and other Japanese missing persons cases has not progressed beyond the

    October 30, 2014 04:17 am JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Is engaging North Korea still useful?

    On Oct. 4, North Korea surprised the world by sending three of its top leaders to the South to attend the closing ceremony of the 17th Asian Games, in Incheon. The visit occurred amid speculation that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, was seriously

    October 30, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan hears from N Korea about probe into remains, wives of Japanese

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- Japan on Wednesday began the second of two days of talks with North Korea about a probe into missing Japanese, with the focus to shift to issues such as the remains of Japanese who died around the end of World War II in what is

    October 29, 2014 02:00 pm JST
  • North Korea may invite UN official to visit in quid pro quo

    UNITED NATIONS -- North Korean delegates offered a United Nations investigator the chance to visit their country in exchange for changes in a General Assembly resolution condemning the country's human rights record. "I've been able to meet with

    October 29, 2014 06:52 am JST
  • Frigid Pyongyang attempts warm welcome for Japanese mission

    PYONGYANG -- North Korea tried to make a fact-finding team from Japan feel welcome Tuesday, apparently hoping to convince the Japanese public of its sincerity in investigating past kidnappings. So Tae Ha, who chairs the "special investigation co

    October 29, 2014 04:24 am JST
  • Japan presses N. Korea to report on abduction probe soon

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- Japan demanded Tuesday that North Korea speed up its investigation into the fates of Japanese nationals it abducted decades ago and report the findings "as soon as possible." Junichi Ihara, Japan's top diplomat for Asian aff

    October 28, 2014 11:50 pm JST
  • Kim Jong Un had removed cystic tumor in Sept. or Oct.

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea leader Kim Jong Un had a cystic tumor in his right ankle removed sometime in September or this month, South Korea's state intelligence agency said Tuesday in a report to the ruling and the main opposition parties, accord

    October 28, 2014 08:22 pm JST
  • Japan urges N. Korea to advance probe into abductees

    PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- Japan demanded Tuesday that North Korea put the highest priority on advancing its investigation into the fates of 12 Japanese nationals who are officially recognized by Tokyo as abductees and yet to be repatriated. "The abdu

    October 28, 2014 03:20 pm JST
  • Missile defense still an issue for US, South Korea

    WASHINGTON -- American and South Korean officials have agreed to delay transferring control of joint wartime operations to the government in Seoul until it can better counter the North Korean threat, leaving the topic of missile defense untouched.

    October 25, 2014 05:48 am JST
  • UN investigator renews call to press North Korea on human rights

    UNITED NATIONS -- The top United Nations investigator on North Korea urged the international community to hold Pyongyang accountable for its dismal human rights record and not be swayed by "a few honeyed words" from the regime in recent weeks. N

    October 24, 2014 06:28 am JST
  • Pyongyang looking to give economy a boost

    SEOUL -- North Korea's move to beef up ties with Russia was apparently prompted by a lack of progress on economic development, a priority as important as its nuclear program. To bolster economic development, Pyongyang set up in June a ministry c

    October 23, 2014 06:12 am JST
  • Russia's rail project in North Korea gets rolling

    MOSCOW -- A Russian-led railway project has kicked off in North Korea, marking the latest effort between Moscow and Pyongyang to deepen ties. High-ranking officials from both sides held meetings this year, agreeing on economic cooperation across

    October 23, 2014 05:44 am JST
  • Japanese delegation to prod North Korea on abduction probe

    TOKYO -- A Japanese fact-finding team heads to Pyongyang next Monday to try holding North Korea to its word on investigating scores of missing-persons cases, including state-sponsored abductions. The government delegation, Japan's first to North

    October 23, 2014 04:05 am JST
  • Japan to send officials to North Korea to check abduction probe

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government will send officials soon to North Korea to check its investigation into the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. "The government has de

    October 20, 2014 06:54 pm JST
  • South Korea's Park confronts limits of 'principled diplomacy'

    SEOUL -- The sporting action at the recently concluded 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, was overshadowed somewhat by the diplomacy surrounding the event. In a surprise move, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent three close aides to atte

    October 17, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Gi-Wook Shin: Is engaging North Korea still useful?

    Two weeks ago, North Korea surprised the world by sending three of its top leaders to the South to attend the closing ceremony of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. The visit occurred in the midst of growing speculation that North Korea's young leader

    October 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Anders Corr: China threat requires an Asian NATO

    China's increasing belligerence in the East and South China seas, and toward India, has fundamentally destabilized the security dynamics of Asia. Japan is seeking a closer alliance with India and is likely seeking advanced offensive weapons from the

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia-Europe summit will seek peaceful ends to thorny conflicts

    BRUSSELS -- European and Asian leaders are expected to agree on the need to bring international conflicts to peaceful ends under international law when they meet for a summit here this week. The biennial meeting, known as the ASEM summit, will t

    October 15, 2014 05:11 am JST
  • N. Korea media mentions leader Kim's activities for 1st time in 40 days

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea's state media on Tuesday reported leader Kim Jong Un's activities for the first time in 40 days, saying he visited a residential district for scientists, amid a flurry of speculation about his health. The official Ko

    October 14, 2014 09:10 am JST