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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.

Apr 25, 2013

North Korea’s epic drama: stage now set for next act

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric threatening the United States and South Korea with nuclear war was aimed at dragging Washington to the negotiating table, it has likely failed.

Pyongyang may once again feel it needs to up the ante.

Two months of shrill threats following the North’s nuclear test in February appeared at times to drag the Korean peninsula close to war as its young leader celebrated a year in power with a fusillade of verbal aggression that has now died down.

Apr 25, 2013

Analysis: North Korea’s epic drama: stage now set for next act

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric threatening the United States and South Korea with nuclear war was aimed at dragging Washington to the negotiating table, it has likely failed.

Pyongyang may once again feel it needs to up the ante.

Two months of shrill threats following the North’s nuclear test in February appeared at times to drag the Korean peninsula close to war as its young leader celebrated a year in power with a fusillade of verbal aggression that has now died down.

Apr 15, 2013

Defiant North Korea celebrates founder’s anniversary

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea celebrated the 101st anniversary of its founder’s birth on Monday with no signs of tension easing on the peninsula after it rejected talks with South Korea aimed at normalizing ties and re-opening a joint industrial park.

The United States has also offered talks, but on the pre-condition that North Korea abandons its nuclear weapons ambitions. North Korea deems its nuclear arms a “treasured sword” and has vowed never to give them up.

Apr 14, 2013

Defiant North Korea readies mass parade for founder

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea prepared for the annual celebration of its founder’s birth on Monday, having rejected talks with South Korea aimed at reducing tensions and reopening a joint industrial park between the two countries.

The North has threatened for weeks to attack the United States, South Korea and Japan since new U.N. sanctions were imposed in response to its latest nuclear arms test in February.

Mar 29, 2013

As U.S. hardens line on North Korea, South may pay

SEOUL (Reuters) – Washington’s decision to fly B-52 and stealth bomber missions over Korea this week in a warning to Pyongyang risks pushing the North into staging an attack on the South just as its threats may have been on the cusp of dying down.

New leaders in Seoul, Beijing and most importantly, an untested 30-year-old in Pyongyang who has to prove he is capable of facing down a perceived threat from the United States, have raised the stakes in a month-long standoff that risks flaring into a conflict.

Mar 29, 2013

N.Korea readies missiles after U.S. stealth bombers fly over South

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) – North Korea put its
missile units on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases
in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two
nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a
rare show of force.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed off on the order at a
midnight meeting of top generals and “judged the time has come
to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the
prevailing situation”, the official KCNA news agency said.

Mar 29, 2013

North Korea readies rockets after U.S. show of force

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea put its rocket units on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed off on the order at a midnight meeting of top generals and “judged the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation”, official KCNA news agency said.

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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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