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Pyongyang releases 85-yo US Korean War vet after ‘confession of crimes’
North Korea has deported an 85-year-old former Korean War veteran from the United States who was detained in October during a 10-day private visit to the country. The release came after Pyongyang published a written “apology” for his “war crimes.”

07.12.2013 06:28

US refuses to recognize new Chinese air defense zone
​Nearing the tail end of his Asian tour on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden set in stone the United States’ stance on a budding conflict there regarding ownership of airspace in the East China Sea.

06.12.2013 15:22

N. Korea releases ‘written apology’ of US war veteran detained for ‘espionage’
North Korean media say that the detained US retiree and Korean War veteran is a “criminal” and “masterminded espionage and subversive activities” against Pyongyang. A video with the veteran reading out a written apology for his alleged crimes followed.

30.11.2013 10:15

Google’s Schmidt predicts encryption will end censorship in a decade
The executive chairman of internet giant Google predicted during a lecture this week that the global eradication of online censorship could come in just ten years’ time.

21.11.2013 15:24

Putin lobbies for ‘Iron Silk Road’ via N. Korea, hopes political problems solved shortly
Russia’s President has pushed for an "Iron Silk Road", a trading route to link South and North Korea with Europe, as he visited Seoul. Mr Putin expressed hope that political disputes, one of the main stumbling blocks, will be solved.

13.11.2013 18:01

North Korean ship sinks during 'combat duties', crewmembers killed
A North Korean Navy ship sank off the east coast last month, a state media report confirmed. Many crewmembers were killed in the incident, although the exact number of casualties remains a mystery.

04.11.2013 12:23

No sunshine: Preemptive strike rationale deepens N. Korean status quo
Seoul and Washington have signed a new military pact that provides for carrying out preemptive strikes on North Korea, a move that will only deepen mutual distrust and damage inter-Korean cooperation.

07.10.2013 20:45

No country can usurp right to judge chemical weapons use – Lavrov
Only a joint UN response can be productive in addressing the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. He denounced lobbying of the use of force by a certain group of countries as ineffective and extremely dangerous.

27.09.2013 19:53

Down the ‘Iron Silk Road’: Russia, North Korea open railway link
Russia opened a cross-border freight railway with North Korea as part of the Trans-Asian Railway project aimed at accelerating trade by connecting Asia and Europe, in the event the two conflicting Koreas unite to form a train network on the peninsula.

23.09.2013 15:14

‘Inhuman sanctions’ by US fail to achieve political goals, as people suffer
Washington seems certain that exerting sanctions on countries is the safest way to achieve their foreign policy goals. In reality economic and political sanctions do little to control the governments they target, hitting ordinary citizens hard instead.

23.09.2013 08:36

N. Korea urges restart of nuclear talks ‘without preconditions’
North Korea’s chief nuclear envoy has called on six nations involved in the stalled talks on the country’s nuclear program to restart negotiations without any preconditions.

18.09.2013 03:03

Torture, starvation, infant execution in N. Korea prison camps exposed to UN panel
Horrifying accounts of human rights abuse in North Korea were described by witnesses to UN Commission of Inquiry. They claim to have survived Gulag-style camps, where public executions, torture and deaths caused by hard work are said to occur regularly.

20.08.2013 12:44

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