Category: Asia

North Korea launches rocket , raising nuclear arms stakes

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(Reuters) – North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents. The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit,…

North Korea Seen Testing Rocket Engines

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GSN: Recent pictures taken from space suggest North Korea has been testing rocket propulsion systems, another indication of the nation’s ongoing pursuit of a strategic ballistic missile, theAssociated Press reported on Monday.

North Korean Ruler Vows to Maintain Close Ties With China

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North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un this week told a visiting senior Chinese official that he planned to continue his late father’s policy of maintaining close bilateral ties and that he would prioritize his country’s economic development, Reuters reported (see GSN,…

China, Singapore Excluded From U.S. Sanctions Targeting Iran

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NTI: China and Singapore on Thursday received an eleventh-hour reprieve from U.S. sanctions intended to financially strain Iran’s petroleum sector over the Middle Eastern nation’s disputed atomic efforts, the New York Times reported (see GSN, June 28).

North Korea Begins Placing Rocket on Launch Platform, Images Suggest

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Satellite pictures suggest that North Korea has placed the initial segment of a rocket to its launch platform ahead of a planned firing later this month, the Associated Press reported on Friday (see GSN, April 5). The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns…

North Korea conducts missile test

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North Korea on Monday conducted trial launches of two short-range missiles, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, Oct. 25).

Noth Koreas announces Kim Jong Il dead

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korean television announces in a “special broadcast” that its leader Kim Jong Il has died in Pyongyang. He was 69.

Organized Crime: Triads under pressure

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A specialist in infiltration operations, Andy Tsang Wai-hung has cracked down heavily on Hong Kong’s criminal organisations since becoming head of the Hong Kong Police Force in January. Last month, more than 10,000 suspected members of criminal gangs were arrested…

North Korea moves intelligence HQ to London

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IO: To facilitate North Korea’s rapprochement with Paris, which is opening a cultural centre in Pyongyang, North Korea has decided to transfer its European intelligence HQ to London.

Beijing Confronts Long-Standing Weakness in Anti-Submarine Warfare

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Jamestown.org: Observers of China’s naval development generally accept that Chinese anti-submarine warfare (ASW) remains an Achilles’ Heel of the otherwise highly methodical and quite remarkable evolution of Chinese maritime power.  While Beijing will soon be able to boast about its first…