Category: Asia

North Korea/South Korea risk: Alert – Inter-Korean tensions reach danger level

Following a series of North Korean provocations, including threatened nuclear attacks and the shutdown of the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex on April 7th, tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest for two decades. The North has raised its…

North Korea launches rocket , raising nuclear arms stakes

(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.