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  • N. Korea continuing arms trade despite sanctions: U.N. report

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- North Korea is intensifying efforts to evade international sanctions, as exemplified by its attempt last year to export a large number of rocket-propelled grenades, according to a U.N. experts' report obtained by Kyodo News on Fr

    February 25, 2017 11:15 am JST
  • North Korea making switch to hired assassins

    SEOUL -- With North Korean spy operations under a klieg light since the killing of Kim Jong Un's half brother, testimonies by defectors suggest that the rogue state has been contracting out more of its dirty work in recent years.The planning starts

    February 25, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Malaysia reviewing diplomatic ties with North Korea

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian government said on Friday it is reviewing diplomatic relations with North Korea in the light of evidence that the banned VX nerve agent was used to assassinate Kim Jong Nam, the older half-brother of the pariah communis

    February 24, 2017 11:47 pm JST
  • Trump eyes boosting missile defense for Japan, South Korea over North Korea

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he is "very angry" at North Korea's ballistic missile test earlier this month, and that boosting a missile defense system for Japan and South Korea is among the options to counter provo

    February 24, 2017 10:55 am JST
  • VX nerve agent used in Kim Jong Nam murder

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was killed with a highly toxic chemical weapon known as VX nerve agent, Malaysian police said on Friday, citing a preliminary report.Kim Jong Nam died after bein

    February 24, 2017 10:40 am JST
  • Spies involved in killing sought to please leader: report

    SEOUL -- The murder of Kim Jong Nam was intended to please his half brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, argues a researcher at a state-run South Korean think tank, noting that it took place shortly before the birthday of his late father, Kim J

    February 24, 2017 05:40 am JST
  • Battle over family lineage seen behind Kim brother's murder

    SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's obsession over the revered bloodline that goes back to his grandfather could explain the apparent assassination of his half brother in Malaysia.Numerous references to the "Paektu bloodline" can be found in

    February 24, 2017 05:10 am JST
  • Relative to identify Kim Jong Nam's remains, Malaysia police say

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The next of kin of Kim Jong Nam, the assassinated half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will arrive in Malaysia by Saturday to help identify the body, local police said Thursday."It may be a child or relative who is [livin

    February 24, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Pyongyang paints Kim Jong Nam killing as Seoul conspiracy

    SEOUL -- North Korea on Thursday accused South Korea of engineering a "conspiracy" in connection with the killing in Malaysia of Kim Jong Nam, the elder half-brother of its leader, Kim Jong Un.North Korea also denounced Malaysia for "blatantly viola

    February 23, 2017 02:21 pm JST
  • North Korean media reports death of leader's half-brother for first time

    KUALA LUMPUR (Kyodo) -- North Korea's official media on Thursday reported for the first time the death in Malaysia last week of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of its leader, without naming him.A statement by the North's Korean Jurists Comm

    February 23, 2017 11:55 am JST
  • A united front is needed to engage Pyongyang

    SEOUL The assassination of Kim Jong Nam has raised new questions about the stability of the North Korean regime, and how the international community can deal with Pyongyang.Yun Duk-min, chancellor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, said that,

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Kim Jong Nam's bizarre, brutal demise

    Two days after the death of Kim Jong Nam and a day after the shocking news grabbed global headlines, South Korea's National Security Council convened an emergency meeting of its standing committee members on Feb. 15 to discuss the case. Acting Presi

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Theories abound over motive for Kim Jong Nam killing

    SEOUL/KUALA LUMPUR The plot could have come straight out of a spy novel. A man catching a budget flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau complains to airport staff of feeling nauseous after two women wiped liquid on his face. He is sent to the airport's c

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea's latest missile launch is an early test for Trump

    WASHINGTON The suspected assassination of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is the latest bizarre incident thought to have been orchestrated by North Korea.It comes as Pyongyang's isolated, dictatorial regime touts its p

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea gives China and the US an excuse to mend fences

    BONN, Germany In their first meeting since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, top American and Chinese diplomats sought to ease the tensions stirred up by the new commander-in-chief's combative stance toward Beijing. The common concern bri

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: Sanctions alone won't rein in North Korea

    For North Korea, reeling under severe United Nations sanctions, conducting missile tests has become a regular expression of political defiance and technological progress. Just last year, showing its continuing contempt for U.N. resolutions, it teste

    February 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • NorthKorea says Malaysia is to blame for death of its citizen -- KCNA

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea said on Thursday Malaysia is to blame for the death of its citizen there last week and accused the Malaysian government of demonstrating "unfriendly attitude" under a scenario drawn up by South Korea.Malaysia had initi

    February 23, 2017 07:44 am JST
  • North Korea facing Southeast Asian rift after murder

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The killing of Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is threatening Pyongyang's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as its access to the greater international community.At a T

    February 23, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Pyongyang looms large in killing as diplomat link emerges

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian police have added a North Korean diplomat to the list of suspects linked to the Feb. 13 death of Kim Jong Nam amid growing suspicions the killing was executed at Pyongyang's order.Three men are newly suspected of involvemen

    February 23, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • US again presses China to get tough with North Korea

    WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- The U.S. is leaning more heavily on China to use its leverage over North Korea to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development, eager to make progress on the issue after years of unfruitful dialogue.U.S. Secretary of Sta

    February 23, 2017 05:52 am JST