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Jan 21, 2014

U.S. offers to send envoy to North Korea to free jailed missionary

SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States has offered to send a special envoy to North Korea to win the release of a jailed missionary, but signaled that any meaningful resumption of denuclearization talks required Pyongyang to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Kenneth Bae, 45, has been held for more than a year by the North which convicted him of trying to overthrow the state and sentenced him to 15 years hard labor.

Jan 20, 2014

Missionary jailed in N.Korea wants U.S. to help him come home – media

SEOUL (Reuters) – A U.S. missionary imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year appeared in front of journalists on Monday, in prison clothes and under guard, asking Washington to help him get home, foreign media there reported.

Kenneth Bae, a 45-year-old ethnic Korean, was arrested as he led a tour group in North Korea in 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labour on charges of state subversion.

Jan 20, 2014

Missionary jailed in North Korea wants U.S. to help him come home: media

SEOUL (Reuters) – A U.S. missionary imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year appeared in front of journalists on Monday, in prison clothes and under guard, asking Washington to help him get home, foreign media there reported.

Kenneth Bae, a 45-year-old ethnic Korean, was arrested as he led a tour group in North Korea in 2012 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor on charges of state subversion.

Jan 16, 2014

North Korea hawkish and dovish ahead of South-U.S. drills

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea demanded that South Korea and the United States halt annual military drills due in February and March, saying they were a direct provocation, a statement that suggested a re-run of a sharp escalation in tension last year.

But in a bizarre twist, it also offered a Lunar New Year truce in hostilities, provocations and mutual criticism.

Jan 9, 2014

Rodman, in trouble over interview, blames drink

SEOUL (Reuters) – Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman said in a published statement on Thursday that he had been drinking when he suggested that an American jailed by North Korea was himself to blame for landing in prison.

Rodman, who calls himself a friend of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, caused a furore with his comments on an American missionary imprisoned by Pyongyang. He is visiting North Korea with fellow U.S. basketball players.

Jan 9, 2014

Rodman apologises for rant, heads to North Korean ski resort

SEOUL (Reuters) – Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman visited a North Korean ski resort on Thursday with dictator Kim Jong Un as a statement was issued on the former player’s behalf apologising for comments he made about an American jailed by Pyongyang.

A source with direct knowledge of Rodman’s itinerary said the 52-year-old took a helicopter to a new multimillion-dollar resort which is one of Kim’s showcase projects and which has been condemned as a waste of money in a country where most people are malnourished.

Jan 9, 2014

Apologetic Rodman heads for N.Korean leader’s ski resort

SEOUL (Reuters) – Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman was to visit a North Korean ski resort on Thursday, possibly along with dictator Kim Jong Un, as a statement was issued on the former player’s behalf apologising for comments he made on an American jailed by Pyongyang.

A source with direct knowledge of Rodman’s itinerary said the 52-year old was on a helicopter to a new multimillion dollar resort which is one of Kim’s showcase projects.

Jan 9, 2014

Contrite Rodman heads for N.Korean leader’s ski resort

SEOUL, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis
Rodman was to visit a North Korean ski resort on Thursday,
possibly along with dictator Kim Jong Un, as his advisers sought
to quell an outcry over comments the former player made on an
American jailed by Pyongyang.

A source with direct knowledge of Rodman’s itinerary said
the 52-year old was on a helicopter to a new multimillion dollar
resort which is one of Kim’s showcase projects.

Jan 9, 2014

Rodman heads for North Korean leader’s pet ski resort project

SEOUL (Reuters) – Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman headed for a North Korean ski resort on Thursday after staging a match in Pyongyang for dictator Kim Jong Un’s birthday that has drawn the ire of human rights activists and some of his fellow professionals.

A source with direct knowledge of Rodman’s itinerary said the 42-year old was on a helicopter to the new multimillion dollar resort which is one of Kim’s showcase projects.

Dec 13, 2013

North Korea executes leader’s powerful uncle in rare public purge

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has executed the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong Un, state media said on Friday, the biggest upheaval in years as the ruling dynasty sought to distance itself from responsibility for the isolated states’s dire living standards.

Jang Song Thaek, considered the second most powerful man in the secretive North, was killed just days ahead of the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, the father of North Korea’s current ruler.

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      "I am currently Reuters Malaysia Bureau Chief and have been here since August 2008, tracking Malaysia from the return of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to parliament and the government choosing a new Prime Minister Najib Razak. Prior to Malaysia, I worked as Bureau Chief in Hungary for four years in a tumultuous time that saw mass riots, a record budget deficit and shock election results. I have worked mainly on emerging market economies covering debt restructurings from countries as diverse as Argentina, Russia, Serbia and Iraq."
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