TOKYO (AP) — The defection of a North Korean senior diplomat in London poses a major problem for Pyongyang on a number of fronts — not least of which is how to publicly respond. As of Thursday, Pyongyang hadn’t made a public statement about the defection. But when — or if — it does, its response will likely be ferocious and accusatory. Seoul’s Unification Ministry announced Wednesday that Thae Yong Ho, minister at the North Korean Embassy in London, has arrived in South Korea with his family and is under the protection of the South Korean government. Thae was the second-highest official in North Korea’s embassy and is the most senior North Korean diplomat to defect to the South.
16 March, 2015 U.N. expert to probe conditions of North Korean workers abroad By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights investigator for North Korea said on Monday that he would probe allegations of an estimated 20,000 North Koreans working in slave-like conditions abroad, mainly in China, Russia and the Middle East. Marzuki Darusman, U.N. […]
8 July, 2016 Top Asian News 3:39 a.m. GMT SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said that North Korea on Saturday test-fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its eastern coast. The missile was fired from a location near the North Korean coastal town of Sinpo, where analysts have previously […]
9 September, 2016 Top Asian News 3:02 a.m. GMT SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday conducted its fifth atomic test, producing its biggest-ever explosive yield, South Korean officials said after monitors detected unusual seismic activity near the North's northeastern nuclear test site. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of […]
22 January, 2016 Top Asian News 8:55 a.m. GMT SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on the detention of an American student in North Korea (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A China-based tour company has confirmed that one if its clients has been detained in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. Young Pioneer Tours, which includes […]