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N. Korea slams S. Korean missile test

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea blasted South Korea on Saturday for test-firing a missile capable of hitting anywhere in the communist country, saying that Seoul will no longer be justified to blame it for launching rockets. In a report carried by the state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), monitored in Seoul, a spokesman for the North Korean Army's Strategic Force said it was "a great irony" that South Korea is celebrating a successful test-fire of a ballistic missile when it has been denouncing the North's missile launches.

N. Korea asks for rescue of missing crew

SEOUL/YEOSU, April 5 (Yonhap) -- Pyongyang asked "concerning parties" Saturday to rescue its sailors who have been missing since a cargo ship with 16 North Koreans aboard sank off the southwestern coast of South Korea the previous day. The Mongolian-flagged 4,300-ton boat, named Grand Fortune 1, ran aground at around 1 a.m. on Friday, some 74 kilometers off the coast of Yeosu, South Jeolla Province. Of the 16 crew members aboard the ship, all North Koreans, two were found dead and three were rescued on the day of accident, with 11 still missing.

N. Korea bashes South for breaking promise by releasing leaflets

SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea continued its criticism of South Korea on Saturday for allegedly sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets into its territory, while remaining mum on Seoul's proposals for expanded inter-Korean cooperation. An unidentified spokesman for the North's delegation to the inter-Korean high-level contact issued a statement that accused the South Korean government of disseminating leaflets critical of its regime, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Japan satellite images show floating objects possibly from MH370

Japanese satellite images have shown around 10 floating objects off Australia, possibly from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, media reports quoted the government as saying Friday. The objects were spotted in waters roughly 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth, Kyodo and Jiji news agencies said. Japan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center's study showed objects up to eight metres (26.4 feet) in length and four metres wide in images captured by a satellite between 9 am and 3 pm (0000 GMT and 0600 GMT) Wednesday, Kyodo said.

Chinese MH370 search plane finds 'suspicious objects'

A Chinese aircrew has spotted "suspicious objects" in the southern Indian Ocean in the search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the official Xinhua news agency said Monday. Searchers discovered "two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometres", Xinhua said, citing a reporter on board a Chinese Ilyushin-76 plane. The larger objects were "white and square", it added.

Russia says it is complying with troop limits near Ukraine border: Itar-Tass

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is complying with international agreements limiting the number of troops near its border with Ukraine, Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Sunday. "The Russian Defense Ministry is in compliance with all international agreements limiting the number of troops in the border areas with Ukraine," Antonov was quoted as saying by the state Itar-Tass news agency. (Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

N. Korea calls first session of new legislature

SEOUL, March 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday called the first meeting of its new parliament. The state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), monitored in Seoul, announced in a short dispatch that the inaugural session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly will be held in Pyongyang on April 9. On March 9, 687 new deputies were elected to what is regarded as a rubber-stamp legislature. It was the first such election under the current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who took the helm in December 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.

China's nuke envoy visits N. Korea

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- China's top negotiator on North Korea's nuclear program is visiting Pyongyang, the country's state media reported on Monday. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) did not give specifics on Wu Dawei's visit or the exact date of his arrival, but only said he had arrived in the North's capital. Wu's trip is the latest in a series of visits from Chinese officials to the neighboring country since the high-profile purge of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle in December.

N. Korea holds key meeting to bolster military capabilities

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has held a key meeting to discuss ways to improve combat readiness and military capabilities, the country's state media said Monday, in its latest show of force. Participants of an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party also discussed issues related to establishing the party's monolithic leadership system in the army and improving livelihoods of its soldiers, the Korean Central News Agency said.

N. Korea holds key meeting to bolster military capabilities

SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has held a key meeting to discuss ways to improve combat readiness and military capabilities, the country's state media said Monday, in its latest show of force. Participants of an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party also discussed issues related to establishing the party's monolithic leadership system in the army and improving livelihoods of its soldiers, the Korean Central News Agency said.
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