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Pulling a rip cord over North Korea

Kumhwa - When he booked his tour, Swiss lawyer Rafael Studer hadn't seriously considered the option of jumping out of a Russian-made helicopter at 2,000 meters strapped to a North Korean soldier.

S. Korea rules out flood aid to N. Korea

Seoul - South Korea Friday ruled out giving aid to flood-hit North Korea, saying leader Kim Jong-Un would claim credit for any assistance following what Pyongyang calls the "worst disaster" since World War II.

Loan for embattled shipper Hanjin sends stock soaring

Seoul - The largest shareholder in South Korea's Hanjin Shipping has agreed to provide an emergency loan to the cash-strapped firm, sending its share price soaring some 30 percent Thursday.

Red Cross seeks $15.5 mn to help flood-hit N. Korea

Seoul - The Red Cross appealed Wednesday for $15.5 million in emergency funding to help flood-ravaged North Koreans, warning of a "secondary disaster" in the impoverished country unless urgent assistance is provided.

US bomber lands in S. Korea in show of force

Seoul - An American strategic bomber landed in South Korea on Wednesday in a show of force the US said was aimed at reminding Pyongyang of its powerful military assets in the region.

N. Korea says floods 'worst disaster' since WWII

Seoul - Floods in North Korea that have left hundreds dead or missing are the "worst disaster" to hit the country since World War II, state media said on Wednesday.

N. Korea says US pushing peninsula to 'explosion'

Seoul - North Korea on Wednesday accused the United States of pushing the Korean Peninsula to "the point of explosion" after it dispatched two huge bombers in a show of force against Pyongyang.

US bombers in show of force against N. Korea

Pyeongtaek - Two huge US bombers flew over South Korea Tuesday in a show of force against the North as a top US envoy said China must help close loopholes in sanctions following Pyongyang's largest-ever nuclear test.

N. Korea floods 'major, complex disaster': Red Cross

Republic Of Korea - North Korea is experiencing a "major and complex disaster" the Red Cross has warned, after floods killed scores of people and left tens of thousands in need of urgent help.

5.4-magnitude quake hits southern S. Korea: USGS

Seoul - A powerful 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit the southern region of South Korea Monday evening, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, following an earlier quake of 4.9-magnitude.

N. Korea ready to conduct another nuclear test: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time, South Korea's defence ministry said Monday, just days after Pyongyang sparked worldwide condemnation with its fifth and most powerful test.

N. Korea ready to conduct another nuclear test: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time, South Korea's defence ministry said Monday, just days after Pyongyang sparked worldwide condemnation with its fifth and most powerful test.

N. Korea demands US recognise it as 'legitimate' nuclear-armed state

Seoul - A defiant North Korea Sunday restated its demand for recognition as a "legitimate" nuclear-armed state, as world powers pondered ways to punish Pyongyang for its latest and largest atomic test.

N. Korea says floods damaged tens of thousands of buildings

Seoul - Floods have damaged tens of thousands of buildings in northeastern North Korea after the worst downpour there for decades, state media said Sunday, urging all soldiers and civilians to join a drive to help victims.

N. Korea's nuclear threat growing after largest test: analysts

Seoul - North Korea's nuclear threat has grown significantly following its latest and largest nuclear test and a series of missile launches, analysts say, with some South Korean newspapers even theorising about an atomic attack on Seoul.

South Korean media sound alarm over 'nuclear maniac'

Seoul - South Korean newspapers sounded the alarm on Saturday over what one termed the "nuclear maniac" Kim Jong-Un, saying the North Korean leader's fifth and biggest nuclear test is a game-changer demanding a tougher response.

North Korea claims 'successful' nuclear warhead test

Seoul - North Korea claimed Friday it has successfully tested a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile, drawing condemnation from the South over the "maniacal recklessness" of young ruler Kim Jong-Un.

N. Korea nuclear test suspected after 'artificial quake'

Seoul - North Korea appears to have conducted a fifth nuclear test Friday, authorities in Japan and South Korea said, after monitors detected a 5.3-magnitude "artificial earthquake" near its main nuclear site.

Floods kill 60, displace 44,000 in N. Korea: UN

Seoul - Flooding following heavy rain has killed 60 people and left over 44,000 homeless in North Korea, the United Nations said Tuesday, after the country reported that a northeastern river suffered its worst-ever flood.

Kim Jong-Un stresses need to bolster nuclear arms: KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un called on his military to continue building up Pyongyang's nuclear force after issuing orders for the latest test-firing of ballistic missiles, the North's state media said Tuesday.
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