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S. Korea urges North to stop 'senseless' attacks on Park

South Korea on Tuesday urged North Korea to stop making "senseless" personal attacks on President Park Geun-Hye following a series of increasingly vitriolic diatribes published by Pyongyang's state media. A government statement called on the North to "act discreetly" in line with a recent cross-border agreement for the two countries to stop slandering one another. "The North is showing senseless behaviour in using unspeakable language to attack our head of state's diplomatic activities," it said.

N. Korea slams U.S. human rights report as 'unjust intervention'

SEOUL, March 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Sunday slammed an annual U.S. report that said human rights conditions in North Korea continued to be "deplorable" last year. In an annual survey of human rights around the world released on Feb. 27, the United States said North Korea was responsible for extrajudicial killings, disappearances, arbitrary detention, arrests of political prisoners and torture.

N. Korea slams Kerry's remarks on MSNBC

SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Saturday lashed out at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his remarks on MSNBC last month, according to its state media. "North Korea is one of the most closed and cruel places on earth," Kerry said on Feb. 26 in an interview with the U.S. television broadcaster, adding that "there's evil that is taking place there." The Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the Workers' Party of Korea, said that "his remarks are too lowbrow to be considered as those of a person fancying himself as the top diplomat of a big country."

Freed Australian missionary says 'very, very tired'

BEIJING, March 3 (Yonhap) -- An elderly Australian missionary who had been detained by North Korea since last month landed in Beijing on Monday and said he was "very, very tired" after being deported by Pyongyang. The 75-year-old missionary, John Short, arrived at the Beijing Capital Airport earlier in the day, shortly after North Korea's state media announced that Pyongyang decided to release and expel him, citing what it calls a "generous" decision. Hong Kong-based Short was arrested last month for allegedly distributing religious materials during his tour to Pyongyang.

Ex-U.S. envoy visits Pyongyang: state media

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- Donald Gregg, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, arrived in North Korea, Pyongyang's state media reported Monday, a trip seen to help facilitate the release of a Korean-American man detained there. In a brief report, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Gregg, now chairman of the U.S. Pacific Century Institute, and other members of the institute are visiting Pyongyang.

U.S. envoy to visit Pyongyang next week: pro-N. Korean newspaper

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. special envoy on North Korean human rights issues plans to visit North Korea as early as next week to try to secure the release of a jailed American there, a news report said Friday. Robert King plans to visit Pyongyang on Monday or later this month at the latest to consult with North Korean officials on the release of Kenneth Bae, according to the Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan.

U.S. envoy to visit Pyongyang next week: pro-N. Korean newspaper

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. special envoy on North Korean human rights issues plans to visit North Korea as early as next week to try to secure the release of a jailed American there, a news report said Friday. Robert King plans to visit Pyongyang on Monday or later this month at the latest to consult with North Korean officials on the release of Kenneth Bae, according to the Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan. <All rights reserved by Yonhap News Agency>

U.S. envoy to visit Pyongyang next week: pro-N. Korean newspaper

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. special envoy on North Korean human rights issues plans to visit North Korea as early as next week to try to secure the release of a jailed American there, a news report said Friday. Robert King plans to visit Pyongyang on Monday or later this month at the latest to consult with North Korean officials on the release of Kenneth Bae, according to the Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan. <All rights reserved by Yonhap News Agency>

N. Korea calls Japanese PM Abe 'Asian Hitler'

North Korea on Tuesday denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an "Asian Hitler" intent on amassing military power under the guise of ensuring regional stability. The attack in an editorial carried by the North's official KCNA news agency followed commentary by the ruling party's newspaper Rodong Sinmun last month that described Abe as a "militarist maniac" for trying to amend Tokyo's pacifist constitution. Abe said last month that Japan's pacifist post-World War II constitution, which limits its military to self-defence, could be amended by 2020.

N. Korea calls Japanese PM Abe 'Asian Hitler'

North Korea on Tuesday denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as an "Asian Hitler" intent on amassing military power under the guise of ensuring regional stability. The attack in an editorial carried by the North's official KCNA news agency followed commentary by the ruling party's newspaper Rodong Sinmun last month that described Abe as a "militarist maniac" for trying to amend Tokyo's pacifist constitution. Abe said last month that Japan's pacifist post-World War II constitution, which limits its military to self-defence, could be amended by 2020.
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