'Ashamed and scared': group details 'endemic' sex abuse in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Sexual abuse by North Korean officials appears to be “endemic”, a watchdog group reported on Thursday, as activists complain the isolated country’s rights record is being ignored as an international push is made to improve relations. Investigators with U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed more than 100 North Koreans who had left the country – including more […]

Read more

After tragedies and big losses, Hyundai looks to reverse North Korea fortunes

SEOUL (Reuters) – For Hyundai, the South Korean conglomerate, North Korea has been a story of lost opportunities – and tragedy. In 2003, months before Hyundai was set to open an industrial complex in North Korea, the executive behind the project committed suicide amid accusations his company had made a secret $500 million payment to the North. Five years later, […]

Read more

Next summit for Trump, North Korea's Kim likely after first of year: senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The next summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to happen early next year, a senior administration official said on Friday. The two sides have been engaged in talks on the leaders’ second meeting after the first, unprecedented, one in Singapore in June. “A meeting is likely sometime […]

Read more

Singapore charges two over North Korea luxury goods sanctions: paper

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A Singapore court charged a citizen and a North Korean man with supplying prohibited luxury items to North Korea, the Straits Times newspaper said on Thursday, the latest example of sanctions breaches in the city state. Chong Hock Yen, 58, and the North Korean Li Hyin, 30, were charged for infringing U. N. sanctions regulations that bar […]

Read more

Koreas to reconnect roads, rail, U.S. concerned over easing sanctions

SEOUL (Reuters) – The two Koreas agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship in spite of U.S. concerns that the rapid North-South thaw could undermine efforts to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. The agreement on transport links came during talks in the border village of Panmunjom aimed […]

Read more

North, South Korea agree to reconnect roads, rail amid U.S. concern over easing sanctions

SEOUL (Reuters) – North and South Korea agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship that has raised U.S. concern about the possible undermining of its bid to press the North to give up its nuclear program. The agreement on transport links came during talks in the border village of Panmunjom, aimed […]

Read more

Head of South Korea's ruling party says Pope wishes to visit North Korea: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) – The head of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party of Korea Lee Hae-chan said he had heard that the Pope wishes to visit North Korea next spring, Yonhap news agency reported on Monday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is visiting Europe and is expected to pass on to the Vatican North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wish to […]

Read more

Trump says next summit with North Korea's Kim to come after November U.S. elections

WASHINGTON/ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 6. Speaking to reporters as he flew to Iowa for a political rally, Trump said: “It’ll be after the midterms. I just can’t leave now.” Earlier on Tuesday, […]

Read more

Trump says next meeting with North Korea's Kim being set up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday plans were being made for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and he thinks “incredible” progress has been made in U.S. talks with the long-isolated country. “Well it is happening and we’re setting that up right now,” Trump told reporters at the White House after announcing […]

Read more

North Korean food supply still precarious as donors stay away, U.N. says

GENEVA (Reuters) – The supply of food remains precarious in North Korea, where one in five children is stunted by malnutrition, the United Nation’s food agency said on Tuesday. More than 10 million North Koreans, nearly 40 percent of the population, are undernourished and need humanitarian aid, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. WFP, which provides fortified cereals and enriched […]

Read more
1 2 3 6