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Jan 7, 2013

U.S. governor, Google boss arrive in North Korea – media

SEOUL, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Former New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt
began a controversial private mission to North Korea on Monday
that may include an effort to secure the release of an
imprisoned American, media reported.

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

Jan 7, 2013

Richardson, Schmidt fly to North Korea Monday: reports

SEOUL (Reuters) – Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will start their controversial private mission to North Korea on Monday that may include an effort to secure the release of an imprisoned American, South Korean media reported.

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

Jan 7, 2013

Richardson, Schmidt fly to N. Korea Monday-reports

SEOUL, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Former New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt
will start their controversial private mission to North Korea on
Monday that may include an effort to secure the release of an
imprisoned American, South Korean media reported.

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

Dec 20, 2012

Loved and loathed, Park talks tough after Korea poll win

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s President-elect, Park Geun-hye, used her first major speech on Thursday to warn of the risks posed by a hostile North Korea and also fired a political shot across the bows of Japan’s incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Speaking after a visit to the country’s national cemetery, which included a poignant homage at the graves of her assassinated father and mother, South Korea’s first female leader pledged to spread wealth more evenly.

Dec 19, 2012

Loved and loathed, Park takes South Korea’s presidency

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s first woman president, Park Geun-hye, will have her job cut out when she takes office in February with the economy slowing, her father’s autocratic rule still an issue for many and North Korea as unpredictable as ever.

Park, 60, won Wednesday’s hotly contested election comfortably. She replaces fellow conservative Lee Myung-bak after his mandatory single, five-year term ended.

Dec 19, 2012

Park to become South Korea’s first woman leader

SEOUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Park Geun-hye will make an
emotional return to South Korea’s presidential mansion in
February as South Korea’s first female leader, more than three
decades after she left it following the assassination of her
father.

Park scored a decisive victory in Wednesday’s vote, ensuring
that South Korea’s conservatives, who pushed through a free
trade agreement with the United States, hold on to the powerful
presidency for a second consecutive time after the end of
incumbent Lee Myung-bak’s mandatory single term in office.

Dec 14, 2012

Korean American tourist detained in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – A Korean-American tourist who visited North Korea last month for what was to have been a five-day trip has been detained by police in the reclusive state, associates of his family and activists in Seoul said.

Kenneth Bae, 44, was in a group of five tourists who visited the northeast city of Rajin, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said, citing a report by the Kookmin Ilbo newspaper. Bae entered North Korea on November 3 for a five-day visit.

Dec 13, 2012

For North Korea, next step is a nuclear test

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea rattled the world on Wednesday by putting a satellite into orbit using the kind of technology that appears to demonstrate it can develop a missile capable of hitting the United States.

Its next step will likely be a nuclear test, which would be the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. Its 2009 test came on May 25, a month after a rocket launch.

Dec 7, 2012

North Korean leader cracking down on dissent, South says

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s new young leader is using an imminent rocket launch to bolster his prestige internally and crack down on dissent amid signs the transition of power is not going as smoothly as planned, a top South Korean official said on Friday.

The isolated North is to launch a rocket carrying what it says is a satellite between December 10-22 in a move that has been condemned by the United States, South Korea and Japan as they believe it is designed to test technology for a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

Dec 1, 2012

N.Korea plans new rocket launch as leader asserts power

SEOUL, Dec 1 (Reuters) – North Korea is to carry out its
second rocket launch of 2012 as its youthful leader Kim Jong-un
flexes his muscles a year after his father’s death, in a move
that will likely heighten diplomatic tensions and draw criticism
from Washington.

North Korea’s state news agency announced the decision to
launch another space satellite on Saturday, just a day after Kim
met a senior delegation from China’s Communist Party in the
North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

    • About David

      "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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