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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.

Jan 22, 2015

South Korea Supreme Court upholds sedition ruling against ex-MP

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Supreme Court upheld a sedition conviction against a former leftist member of parliament for inciting armed revolt, backing the government’s crackdown on pro-North Korea activism under a controversial state security law.

Conservative President Park Geun-hye this month rejected the idea that the National Security Law should be abolished because North Korea remained a threat, affirming the government’s push to prosecute those who vocally support the reclusive North’s regime.

Jan 19, 2015

Video from father may have compelled N.Korea defector to change story

SYDNEY/SEOUL (Reuters) – A video message from his father, who he thought was dead, may have led to a prominent North Korean defector recanting parts of the dramatic story of his escape from a prison camp, the head of a U.N. inquiry on the state’s human rights abuses said.

Shin Dong-hyuk has said he was tormented to see his father alive and speaking in the video released by the North in October.

Dec 28, 2014

North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama ‘monkey’

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a “monkey” and blamed Washington on Saturday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

The National Defense Commission, the North’s ruling body chaired by state leader Kim Jong Un, said Obama was responsible for Sony’s belated decision to release the action comedy “The Interview”, which depicts a plot to assassinate Kim.

Dec 27, 2014

North Korea blames the U.S. for Internet outages

SEOUL, Dec 27 (Reuters) – North Korea accused the United
States on Saturday of being responsible for Internet outages it
experienced in recent days amid a confrontation between them
over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.

North Korea’s main internet sites experienced intermittent
disruptions early in the week for reasons that U.S. tech
companies said could range from technological glitches to a
hacking attack.

Dec 23, 2014

South Korea steps up cyber security at nuclear plants

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea boosted cyber security at the country’s nuclear power plants on Tuesday following what President Park Geun-hye described as a series “grave” data leaks, and prosecutors said they were investigating a new online threat.

Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP), which runs South Korea’s 23 nuclear power reactors, said on Monday its computer systems had been hacked, raising alarm in a country that is still technically at war with North Korea.