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May 10, 2015

N.Korea boasts of firing ballistic missile from submarine

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Saturday it had successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, a step that would mark significant progress in the secretive state’s military capabilities.

It could pose a new threat to South Korea, Japan and the United States, which have tried to contain North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile strength, military experts said.

May 9, 2015

N.Korea boasts firing ballistic missile from subs in new potential threat

SEOUL, May 9 (Reuters) – North Korea said on Saturday it had
successfully conducted an underwater test-fire of a
submarine-launched ballistic missile, which, if true, would
indicate progress in the secretive state’s pursuit of building
missile-equipped submarines.

An ability to fire ballistic missiles from submarines by the
North would pose a significant new threat to South Korea, Japan
and the United States that have tried to contain the North’s
growing nuclear and missile capability, a military expert said.

Apr 22, 2015

S.Korea, U.S. reach deal to revise civil nuclear pact

SEOUL, April 22 (Reuters) – South Korea and the United
States reached a deal on Wednesday to revise a 40-year-old civil
nuclear pact that gives the Asian country limited freedom to
produce fuel for power generation but continues to curb its
ability to reprocess spent fuel.

The deal paves the way for South Korea to enrich uranium to
produce non-weapons grade nuclear fuel under guidelines to be
drawn up by the two countries and also requires the United
States to ensure it a stable supply of fuel for nuclear
reactors, according to the South Korean foreign ministry.

Apr 12, 2015

A year after ferry disaster, safety concerns persist in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Nearly a year after her 16-year-old daughter was among 304 people killed when an overloaded ferry capsized, Park Eun-mi says not much has changed when it comes to safety in South Korea.

“Even after what we’ve been through, I wonder why society doesn’t change, and how people so quickly forget,” said Park, surrounded in her apartment by photographs of her daughter, who is among nine victims of the ferry disaster whose body has yet to be recovered.

Apr 6, 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat “past mistakes”

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea condemned on Monday Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.

The strongly worded protest came just over two week after the foreign ministers of the neighbors and China pledged to improve ties and overcome tension over history and territory, and to try to work for a summit meeting of their leaders soon.

Mar 27, 2015

South Korea demands release of two men accused by North Korea of espionage

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea demanded on Friday the immediate release of two of its citizens that North Korea said it had arrested, accusing them of spying for the South.

Late on Thursday, the North’s official KCNA news agency showed images of two middle-aged men it identified as Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil speaking at a news conference in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

Mar 17, 2015

Between U.S. and China, South Korea in bind over missile defence

SEOUL, March 17 (Reuters) – The potential deployment of a
sophisticated U.S. air defence system in South Korea to counter
the North’s missile threat is proving a headache for Seoul as it
tries to walk a fine line between its closest security ally
Washington and its biggest trade partner China.

Since June, U.S. military officials have said the Terminal
High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was needed in South
Korea given Pyongyang’s growing missile arsenal, although there
has been no formal proposal from Washington.

Mar 15, 2015

U.S. ambassador attack renews focus on contentious South Korean security law

SEOUL (Reuters) – Efforts by South Korean police to charge a nationalist over a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador have renewed debate about the use of a state security act as a political weapon and an attempt to gloss over security shortcomings.

Kim Ki-jong, 55, could face charges including attempted murder over the March 5 attack as well as violating the National Security Act, a 67-year-old statute that critics say has long outlived its purpose.

Feb 16, 2015

Interview – N.Korean escapee accepts blame for hurting defectors’ credibility

SEOUL (Reuters) – A North Korean prison camp survivor central to a U.N. campaign against Pyongyang’s rights abuses accepted on Monday that changing parts of his story had tarnished the credibility of defectors from the country.

Shin Dong-hyuk, who shot to international fame with the publication of “Escape from Camp 14″ by former Washington Post correspondent Blaine Harden in 2012, last month recanted key elements of his account of torture and subsequent escape from a North Korean prison camp.

Feb 16, 2015

N.Korean escapee accepts blame for hurting defectors’ credibility

SEOUL, Feb 16 (Reuters) – A North Korean prison camp
survivor central to a U.N. campaign against Pyongyang’s rights
abuses accepted on Monday that changing parts of his story had
tarnished the credibility of defectors from the country.

Shin Dong-hyuk, who shot to international fame with the
publication of “Escape from Camp 14″ by former Washington Post
correspondent Blaine Harden in 2012, last month recanted key
elements of his account of torture and subsequent escape from a
North Korean prison camp.