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U.N. investigator meets Japanese minister on N. Korea abductions

U.N. representative Marzuki Darusman met with Japanese minister Keiji Furuya on Wednesday morning to discuss North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s. Darusman is a senior Indonesian jurist and member of the U.N. commission that released a February report denouncing the North Korean regime for crimes against humanity.

Opposition leader proposes reunification preparatory committee

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- Top opposition leader Kim Han-gil on Wednesday proposed a preparatory committee for inter-Korean reunification, saying the two Koreas should reunite through a peaceful and gradual means. Kim of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) made the proposal in a speech marking the beginning of this month's extra parliamentary session, stressing the importance of consistent policy and approach to reunification.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 295 (January 9, 2014)

*** TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 2) N.K. Striving to Implement Tasks Set by Kim Jong-un in New Year's Address SEOUL (Yonhap) -- At the start of the New Year, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans of all walks of life rallied in Pyongyang and major provincial cities, pledging to accomplish national tasks put forward by leader Kim Jong-un in his New Year's address.

N. Korea leader may have replaced army chief

North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-Un appears to have replaced his hawkish, ageing army chief in what analysts suggested Friday was a further bid to tighten control over the military. Kim Kyok-Sik, 75, is believed to have been replaced as chief of the army's general staff by Ri Yong-Gil who, until now, has headed the army's general staff operations department. The North on Sunday held a meeting of the powerful central military commission where personnel changes were made, state media reported.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 277 (August 29, 2013)

*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Aug. 22-28, 2013. August 22 Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), says dialogue and cooperation between North and South Korea is important and should be thoroughly pursued to dispel distrust and misunderstanding between the two neighbors.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 277 (August 29, 2013)

*** TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 1) Kim Jong-un Calls for Reinforcing Party's Role in Leading the Military SEOUL (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stressed the need to strengthen the role and function of the ruling Workers' Party in steering the army, marking the start of the Songun, or military-first, politics set by late leader Kim Jong-Il. Kim Jong-un's statement "Let Us Add Eternal Brilliance to Comrade Kim Jong-il's Great Idea and Achievements of the Songun Revolution" was featured in the country's two main newspapers in their Aug. 25 issue.

Attacking US would be suicide, lawmaker tells N. Korea

A top US lawmaker warned North Korea Thursday that any pre-emptive nuclear strike against America would be suicide, as senators pushed for a review of policy towards the isolated state. "I do not think the regime in Pyongyang wants to commit suicide, but that, as they must surely know, would be the result of any attack on the United States," Senator Bob Menendez told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Survivors liken N.Korean prison camps to Holocaust horrors

North Korea's prison camps are a closed-off world of death, torture and forced labour where babies are born slaves, according to two survivors who liken the horrors of the camps to a Holocaust in progress. "People think the Holocaust is in the past, but it is still very much a reality. It is still going on in North Korea," Shin Dong-hyuk told AFP through an interpreter on the sidelines of a human rights summit in Geneva.
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