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North Korean justice system treats people as 'less than animals': HRW

Seoul - Torture, humiliation and coerced confessions are rampant in North Korea's pretrial detention system which treats people as worth "less than an animal", a rights group said Monday in a report on the country's opaque legal processes.

Pompeo plays down North Korea ICBM risk

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday played down North Korea's parading of a massive new long-range missile, saying that agreements reached by President Donald Trump had succeeded in reducing risks.

North Koreans rally wearing masks after military parade

Seoul - Thousands of North Koreans have packed into Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung square to pledge their support for the government -- all of them wearing masks, unlike at a military parade only two days earlier.

Sorry doesn't seem to be the hardest word for N. Korea's Kim

Seoul - Often seen grinning at a missile launch or in command of lengthy official meetings, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has offered a glimpse of a different image: emotional and apologetic.

Kim throws down gauntlet with huge new ICBM: analysts

Seoul - The gargantuan new missile North Korea put on show at a military parade is an explicit threat to US defences and an implicit challenge to both the current and next American president, analysts say, warning Pyongyang could test the weapon next year.

North Korea displays huge new ICBM at coronavirus-defying parade

Seoul - North Korea showed off a gigantic new intercontinental ballistic missile Saturday that analysts described as the biggest of its kind in the world, as the nuclear-armed country defied the coronavirus threat with thousands of maskless troops taking part ...

North Korea to defy coronavirus with huge parade

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea is expected to parade its latest and most advanced weapons through the streets of Pyongyang on Saturday, as the coronavirus-barricaded country celebrates the 75th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Un's ruling party.

Despite virus shutdown, North Korea to stage huge parade

Seoul - Eight months into a strict, coronavirus-triggered border shutdown, nuclear-armed North Korea is widely expected to stage an attention-grabbing display of its latest and most advanced weaponry at a mass military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday.

N. Korean diplomat who fled Rome defected to South: MP

Seoul - North Korea's former acting ambassador to Italy defected to the South after disappearing from the mission in Rome two years ago, a South Korean MP confirmed Wednesday.

North Korea's Kim orders 80-day 'battle' to boost economy

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered a nationwide drive to boost the ailing economy ahead of a key party congress in January, state media reported Tuesday.

Brother of dead South Korean 'defector' refutes official account

Seoul - A South Korean fisheries official shot dead and allegedly burnt by North Korean soldiers last week would never have defected, his brother said Tuesday, and appealed to Pyongyang to return his body.

North Korea flouting nuclear sanctions: UN report

Seoul - North Korea is violating international sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear programme by exceeding a cap on petroleum imports and sending its workers overseas, including a former Juventus footballer, the United Nations said.

South Korea demands Pyongyang further probe killing of official

Seoul - Seoul said Saturday it will demand further investigation by Pyongyang into the killing of a South Korean official after a rare public apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Un 'very sorry' over killing of South Korean, Seoul says

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology Friday over what he described as the "unexpected and disgraceful" killing of a South Korean at sea, Seoul's presidential office said.

North Korea's Kim apologises over 'defector' shooting: Seoul

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologised Friday over the killing of a South Korean at sea, calling it an "unexpected and disgraceful event", Seoul's presidential office said.

North Korea shot dead 'defector' from South and burnt body: Seoul

Seoul - North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector at sea and burned his body as a coronavirus precaution after he was interrogated in the water over several hours, Seoul military officials said Thursday.

North Korea shot dead South Korean defector: officials

Seoul - North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector after interrogating him at sea, then poured oil over his body and burned it over coronavirus fears, Seoul military officials said Thursday.

North Korean man in Malaysia challenges US extradition bid

Kuala Lumpur - A North Korean man launched a legal challenge Friday against a US bid to extradite him from Malaysia over allegations he supplied goods to his country in breach of sanctions.

Kim showed off executed uncle's headless body: Trump

Seoul - The headless body of Kim Jong Un's executed uncle was displayed to senior North Korean officials, US President Donald Trump told the author of an upcoming book on the US president.

North Korea issues shoot-to-kill orders to prevent virus: US

Washington - North Korean authorities have issued shoot-to-kill orders to prevent the coronavirus entering the country from China, according to the commander of US forces in the South.

'Magical force': New book reveals Trump-Kim letters

Washington - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un deployed flattery and florid prose in the letters that forged his diplomatic courtship of Donald Trump, according to a new book on the US president.

Nearly 60 bridges, 2,000 houses wrecked by typhoon in North Korea

Seoul - A typhoon that struck North Korea wrecked nearly 60 bridges and destroyed or inundated more than 2,000 houses, state media reported Wednesday, with leader Kim Jong Un saying the damage had disrupted central planning for the rest of the year.

Typhoon Maysak drenches North and South Korea

Busan - A powerful typhoon drenched both Koreas on Thursday, killing at least one person in the South and inundating streets across a port in the North as it churned its way up the peninsula.

Two Koreas on high alert as typhoon approaches peninsula

Busan - Flights were grounded in South Korea and storm warnings issued on both sides of the Korean peninsula as a typhoon forecast to be one of the most powerful in years made its approach Wednesday.

US warns NKorea still pressing ballistic missile development

Washington - The US government warned Tuesday that North Korea continues to acquire materials and equipment for its ballistic missile program, despite claims in Washington that Pyongyang has pulled back on its nuclear ambitions.

N. Korea's Kim issues warning on virus as health speculation swirls

Seoul - North Korean state media on Wednesday showed leader Kim Jong Un at a meeting of a top committee issuing warnings about the coronavirus and a looming typhoon, following international speculation over his state of health.

Kim calls rare congress for North Korea's ruling party

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called a rare congress of the ruling Workers' Party for January to address policy "shortcomings" and lay out a new five-year plan for the isolated nation's moribund economy.

Buses and trains disinfected as North Korea ramps up virus measures

Seoul - Temperature checks, hand sanitisers, and face masks are being enforced across Pyongyang's public transport system as North Korea intensifies its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

'Fantasy film': New Trump book to reveal letters with Kim Jong Un

Seoul - Kim Jong Un said his relationship with Donald Trump was like a "fantasy film", according to the publishers of a new book on the US president set to unveil 25 private letters exchanged between the two leaders.

North Korea on flood alert as heavy rain kills 16 in South

Seoul - Days of heavy rain could cause flooding or landslides across North Korea, officials warned, as the South said Thursday 16 people had died in the downpours lashing the peninsula.
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