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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 305 (March 20, 2014)

TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 1) N. Korea continues firing rockets while making nuclear threats against U.S. SEOUL (Yonhap) -- In its latest show of force, North Korea fired 25 short-range rockets into the East Sea on March 16, a move denounced by South Korea and the United States as a "saber-rattling provocation." The North's powerful National Defense Commission had on March 14 threatened to demonstrate its nuclear deterrent in the face of "perceived hostility by the U.S."

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 305 (March 20, 2014)

FOREIGN TIPS S. Korea asks China to back U.N. move on N. Korea rights abuse BEIJING (Yonhap) -- South Korea has asked China to support a United Nations resolution holding North Korea's leadership responsible for human rights violations, but Beijing has opposed referring the case to an international court, a Seoul diplomat said on March 17 .

Japan, N. Korea diplomats arrive in China for 2-day talks

Japanese and North Korean diplomats arrived Wednesday in Shenyang, northeastern China, to take part in a two-day meeting of Red Cross officials from the two countries that will start later in the day. On the sidelines of the Red Cross talks in the city March 3, the diplomats held an informal meeting that opened the way for the parents of a Japanese woman who was abducted by North Korea more than three decades ago to see their granddaughter for the first time last week.

China's top nuclear envoy arrives in North Korea

China's top nuclear envoy Wu Dawei unexpectedly visited North Korea on Monday at a time when there are some signs of Pyongyang's beginning to re-engage in diplomacy with other countries in the region. Wu and his delegation arrived in Pyongyang also for the first time since the execution in December of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's once-powerful uncle, who had close ties with China.

China's top nuclear envoy arrives in North Korea

China's top nuclear envoy Wu Dawei unexpectedly visited North Korea on Monday at a time when there are some signs of Pyongyang's beginning to re-engage in diplomacy with other countries in the region. Wu and his delegation arrived in Pyongyang also for the first time since the execution in December of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's once-powerful uncle, who had close ties with China.

North Korea fires 18 short-range missiles out to sea

Seoul, Mar 16 (EFE).- North Korea on Sunday fired a total of 18 short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan from its eastern coast, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced. The missile tests are considered to be a protest over the military maneuvers being conducted by South Korea and the United States in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula through April 18, which Pyongyang says are a practice run for invading its territory.

Japanese parents of North Korea abductee meet granddaughter

TOKYO (Reuters) - The parents of a Japanese girl who was abducted by North Korea more than three decades ago met their child's daughter for the first time last week, Japan's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. North Korea admitted in 2002 that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s to help train spies and said eight of them had died, including Megumi Yokota, who was abducted in 1977 on her way home from school at the age of 13.

North Korea threatens to flex nuclear muscle

North Korea has threatened to demonstrate its nuclear deterrence in a move analysts say could indicate the regime is preparing to carry out a fourth atomic test amid long-stalled disarmament talks. The powerful National Defence Commission (NDC), chaired by leader Kim Jong-Un, said on Friday that the North would continue efforts "to bolster up its nuclear deterrence for self-defence".

US backs UN action on North Korea human rights

The United States said Friday it supported UN action on North Korea's human rights record after a hard-hitting report compared the regime's treatment of its people to the Holocaust. Robert King, the US special envoy on North Korean human rights, voiced confidence that the UN Human Rights Council would pass a resolution on the totalitarian state's record at its session next week in Geneva.

NKorea adept at dodging sanctions: UN panel

North Korea is becoming more and more adept at dodging international sanctions, a panel of experts said in a report presented Tuesday to the United Nations. The commission of eight experts told the UN Security Council that it reached this conclusion on the basis of recent inspections and seizures of banned cargo. The council has adopted resolutions calling for increasingly tough sanctions aimed at thwarting Pyongyang's financial and technical ability to build weapons of mass destruction.
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