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Mar 28, 2013

U.S. flies stealth bombers over South Korea in warning to North

SEOUL, March 28 (Reuters) – The United States flew two
nuclear-capable stealth bombers on practice runs over South
Korea on Thursday, in a rare show of force following a series of
North Korean threats that the Pentagon said have set Pyongyang
on a dangerous path.

The drill by the two B-2 Spirit bombers – flying all the way
from the United States and back – appeared to be the first
exercise of its kind and showed America’s ability to conduct
long-range, precision strikes “quickly and at will,” the U.S.
military said.

Mar 20, 2013

North Korea’s Kim supervises “drone attack” drill

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised a drone attack on a simulated South Korean target on Wednesday, Pyongyang’s KCNA news agency reported, and the armed forces shot down a target mimicking a cruise missile.

North Korea has stepped up its military exercises in response to what it regards as “hostile” joint drills by South Korea and the United States after Pyongyang was sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council for a nuclear test in February.

Feb 24, 2013

Weak yen adds to woes confronting South Korea’s Park

SEOUL, Feb 25 (Reuters) – South Korea’s new president faces
a hostile North Korea that seeks nuclear weapons, a moribund
domestic economy and now new pressure on its exporters and
growth prospects from neighbouring Japan’s yen devaluation.

There is little Park Geun-hye, who will become South Korea’s
first woman president on Monday, can do about the North but her
first statement on the economy indicated she was willing to try
at least to talk down the Korean won’s rise.

Feb 13, 2013

South Koreans shrug off nuclear neighbor, check out cosmetics sale

SEOUL (Reuters) – When South Korean soldier Kim Kyung-rae heard of North Korea’s nuclear test on Tuesday, his first thought was not that war was imminent or that the enemy was closer to a deadly new weapon, but whether the event would interfere with a planned holiday.

Decades of hostile rhetoric and only occasional bellicose action since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War has inured many in the prosperous South to North Korea’s growing nuclear threat under its new 30-year old leader Kim Jong-un.

Feb 13, 2013

U.S. says to take lead to contain North Korea

SEOUL, Feb 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said
North Korea’s third nuclear test, in defiance of U.N.
resolutions, was a threat and a provocation and that the United
States would lead the world in responding.

North Korea has said Tuesday’s test was an act of
self-defence against “U.S. hostility” and threatened stronger
steps if necessary.

Feb 13, 2013

North Korean nuclear test draws anger, including from China

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world, including from its only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest.

Pyongyang said the test was an act of self-defense against “U.S. hostility” and threatened stronger steps if necessary.

Feb 12, 2013

N.Korea conducts third nuclear test, angering U.S., Japan

SEOUL, Feb 12 (Reuters) – North Korea conducted its third
nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of U.N. resolutions,
angering the United States and Japan and prompting its only
major ally, China, to call for calm.

The North said the test had “greater explosive force” than
the 2006 and 2009 tests that were widely seen as small-scale.
Its KCNA news agency said it had used a “miniaturized” and
lighter nuclear device, indicating that it had again used
plutonium which is more suitable for use as a missile warhead.

Feb 12, 2013

North Korea conducts third nuclear test, sparks condemnation

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea conducted its third-ever nuclear test on Tuesday, a move likely to anger its main ally China and increase international action against Pyongyang and its new young leader, Kim Jong-un.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned North Korea’s test, saying it was a “clear and grave violation” of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Feb 5, 2013

North Korea threatens “stronger” measures than nuclear test

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea stepped up its bellicose rhetoric on Tuesday threatening to go beyond carrying out a promised third nuclear test in response to what it believes are “hostile” sanctions imposed after a December rocket launch.

The North frequently employs fiery rhetoric aimed at South Korea and the United States and in 2010 was blamed for sinking a South Korean naval vessel. It also shelled a South Korean island in the same year, killing civilians.

Jan 7, 2013

Ex-U.S. governor in North Korea with Google chief; seeks American’s release

SEOUL (Reuters) – Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt began a controversial private mission to North Korea on Monday that will include an effort to secure the release of an imprisoned American.

The trip comes after North Korea carried out a long-range rocket test last month and as, according to satellite imagery, the reclusive state continues work on its nuclear testing facilities, potentially paving the way for a third nuclear bomb test.

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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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