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N. Korea slams COI report as fabrication

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- North Korea again denounced as fabrication a critical report by the United Nations on human rights violations in the communist country, calling it a U.S.-led attempt to undermine its political system, the state-run media said Tuesday. Pyongyang's dismissal of the report by the U.N. commission of inquiry (COI) came days after Michael Kirby, head of the three-member commission, once again called on the U.N. Security Council to refer the case to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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.

N. Korea decides to expel detained Australian missionary

SEOUL, March 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has decided to deport a detained missionary from Australia after he "deeply apologized for criminal acts," the North's official media said Monday. John Alexander Short from Australia was arrested last month for committing religious acts against the communist country after entering the country as a tourist, according to the North's Korea Central News Agency (KCNA). "The relevant organ decided to expel him from the territory of the DPRK ... in full consideration of his age," the KCNA said in an English dispatch.

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.

N. Korea vows support for science, technology

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed unsparing support for the country's science and technology sectors "to defeat enemies and to boost the economy," Pyongyang's media said Wednesday. He made the pledge during his field guidance to the country's State Academy of Sciences in South Pyongan Province, the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, without elaborating on the date of the trip.

N. Korea vows support for science, technology

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed unsparing support for the country's science and technology sectors "to defeat enemies and to boost the economy," Pyongyang's media said Wednesday. He made the pledge during his field guidance to the country's State Academy of Sciences in South Pyongan Province, the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, without elaborating on the date of the trip.

N. Korea deports detained U.S. citizen: KCNA

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has deported a U.S. citizen detained in the communist state for alleged hostile acts against the regime, as an act of good faith considering his apology and health, its state-media said Saturday. Merrill Edward Newman, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran from Palo Alto in northern California, was released and sent out of the country, North Korea's mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a dispatch. The report, however, failed to mention any details on the exact time or date of his release, and where he was deported to.

U.S. veteran Newman says 'very glad' to be freed from N. Korea

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- An elderly U.S. citizen and Korean War veteran, Merrill Newman, said Saturday he is "very glad" to be released from North Korea after more than a month of detention. Newman arrived in Beijing from Pyongyang after North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced that he was deported on humanitarian grounds and his "sincere repentance" for crimes described by the North as "hostile acts" during the Korean War.

U.S. veteran Newman released from N. Korea, arrives in Beijing

An elderly U.S. citizen who had been detained in North Korea since late October has been released and arrived Saturday at a Beijing airport. Merrill Newman was deported "from a humanitarian viewpoint," Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday. He was detained after visiting North Korea as a tourist. In Washington, the U.S. State Department welcomed North Korea's "decision to release him."

N. Korea deports detained U.S. citizen: KCNA

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has deported a U.S. citizen detained in the communist state for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against the regime, as an act of good faith considering his apology and health, its state media said Saturday. Merrill Edward Newman, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran from Palo Alto in northern California, was released and sent out of the country, North Korea's mouthpiece Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a dispatch.
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