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Dec 21, 2014

North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander,” and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of North Korea’s foreign ministry said there would be serious consequences if Washington refused to agree to the probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, according to the North Korean U.N. mission and its official KCNA news agency.

Dec 20, 2014

N.Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander” and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of the North’s foreign ministry said there would be “grave consequences” if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, the official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Dec 20, 2014

North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were “groundless slander” and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

An unnamed spokesman of the North’s foreign ministry said there would be “grave consequences” if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyang, the official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Dec 19, 2014

For N.Korea’s cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids

SEOUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The hacking attack on Sony
Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea’s elite
cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms
and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated
state said.

Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare and nuclear
technology are the weapons of choice for the impoverished North
to match its main enemies, they said.

Dec 12, 2014

Confusion at JFK as Korean Air nut incident broke

SEOUL (Reuters) – “You mean you need to replace a crew member?”

The Korean Air Lines official was speaking to staff aboard flight 086, which had just left the gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, bound for South Korea.

Dec 10, 2014

Special no more? Holding Korean chaebol to higher account

SEOUL (Reuters) – The uproar that forced a Korean Air Lines executive to resign after delaying a flight because she was unhappy with the way nuts were served points to growing intolerance of corporate bad behavior in a country dominated by family conglomerates.

Public frustration has long simmered over a culture of impunity that saw bosses of corporate groups known as chaebol often evading jail time for more serious offences. Due to poor governance and stingy dividend payouts, shares of South Korean companies trade at discounts to peers elsewhere.

Nov 11, 2014

North Korea halts talks with EU over U.N. draft on international court referral

UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has halted talks with the main sponsor of a U.N. resolution urging the country’s referral to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, following months of attempts to win over key supporters of the draft.

In a statement dated Oct. 30 and given to U.N. states, North Korea’s U.N. mission said it had suspended talks with the European Union on the resolution.

Oct 20, 2014

South Korea concert victims’ families call for leniency

SEOUL (Reuters) – The families of 16 people who died after falling through a ventilation shaft at a South Korean open-air concert asked for leniency on Monday for event organizers despite fresh concerns about safety six months after a ferry disaster.

Opposition lawmakers chided the government for a lack of substantive improvements in safety despite repeated pledges to tighten standards, with one member of parliament saying: “The Republic of Korea has become the republic of disasters”.

Oct 14, 2014

N. Korea leader Kim re-appears, with walking stick-state media

SEOUL, Oct 14 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un,
shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in state media on
Tuesday after a lengthy public absence that had fuelled
speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive,
nuclear-capable country.

Several pictures on the front page of the Rodong Sinmun
newspaper showed Kim smiling and gesturing on a visit to a
housing development, although there was no indication which day
the event took place. He was surrounded by aides and wearing his
signature dark buttoned suit, and appeared to be supporting
himself with a black walking stick.

Oct 14, 2014

North Korea leader Kim appears in public with walking stick: state media

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, using a cane for support, visited a housing development, state media reported on Tuesday, ending a lengthy absence from public view that had fueled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive country.

Several pictures on the front page of Tuesday’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed Kim smiling and gesturing, surrounded by aides and wearing his signature dark buttoned suit and appearing to be supporting himself with a black cane.