DPRK marks anniversary of late leader’s death

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a national ceremony on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il. Kim’s successor, his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, attended the rally along with other top officials of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, government and army. All the […]

International community considers response to N. Korea

International community considers response to N. Korea

It is still not clear if the satellite North Korea placed into orbit Wednesday is properly functioning. Meanwhile, the international community is still contemplating what action to take against the isolated and impoverished state, which conducted the launch in defiance of previous United Nations resolutions. South Korea has announced no immediate additional measures against the […]

Ma Ying-jeou expresses concern over NKorea rocket launch

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou expressed serious concern over North Korea’s rocket launch Dec. 12, urging Pyongyang to abandon actions that destabilize East Asia. “Ma thinks it is very unwise for North Korea to create tensions in East Asia and feels displeased,” Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi said. “No matter what measures Japan, South Korea […]

Singapore urges DPRK to work with international community

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday that they “strongly urge the DPRK government to refrain from further actions that would escalate tensions and work with the international community to preserve peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula”. The statement was released in response to media queries on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s […]

China keeping close watch on DPRK launch

China has reiterated that it is paying close attention to the DPRK‘s satellite launch plan. The statement was a response to reports that Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi had a phone call with his US counterpart, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on December 7th. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says that China maintains communication with […]

S&P says DPRK rocket launch has no material impact on S. Korea’s sovereign ratings

The rocket launch of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will have no material impact on South Korea’s sovereign ratings, global credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s said Wednesday. “S&P does not expect Wednesday’s rocket launch by the DPRK to exert a material negative impact on the sovereign ratings on the Republic of Korea […]

DPRK says it successfully launched controversial long-range rocket

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Wednesday it successfully fired off a long-range rocket mounted with a satellite, defying expectations that technical problems might delay or even call off the mission that has drawn international attention. “The second version of satellite Kwangmyongsong-3 successfully lifted off from the Sohae Space Center by carrier rocket […]

DPRK launches long-range rocket, first stage falls into Yellow Sea

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired off a long-range rocket mounted with a satellite Wednesday, defying expectations that technical problems might delay the mission that drew international attention. The move comes after the authorities here said the DPRK seems to have removed the three-stage rocket form the launch pad in an apparent attempt […]