The cycle of saber-rattling and counter saber-rattling resolves nothing and worsens the situation. Continued rounds of aggressive posturing increase the likelihood of a dangerous miscalculation that could trigger outright conflict on the Korean Peninsula
China's alliance with North Korea seems like a Cold War relic with little reason for persisting. However, Beijing's continued support for Pyongyang is not rooted in shared ideology or past cooperation nearly as much as in China's own security calculations
Some experts believe North Korea's posturing is still another ploy to obtain foreign aid, and that is certainly one of the goals. But at the same time, this provocative series of events is drawing more international attention than previous inflammatory moments
The present crisis with North Korea offers us a glimpse of what, and what not, to expect should Iran get the bomb. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would gain the attention currently being paid to Kim Jong-un -- similarly not otherwise earned by his nation's economy or cultural influence
North Korea's primary goal is regime preservation. Demonstrating ferocity makes other countries cautious. Weakness prevents other countries from taking drastic action. The pretense of insanity makes North Korea appear completely unpredictable
The Asian 'little Tigers' -- Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Macau -- have small families. In one ranking of total fertility rates, these places are at the bottom, with rates of 1.25 or below. The consequences of this are stark
The news from North Korea has of late been of the frightening variety. What the North Korean leadership is hoping to achieve by its belligerence is anyone's guess, but the aggressive American response has only escalated tension
It is really not so odd that we would find Dennis Rodman partying heartily with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. After all, they have so much in common. They both love basketball, self-promotion and keeping the world guessing about their sanity
Dennis Rodman claims that the FBI is thinking of sending him back to North Korea later this year as an informant. His first visit to North Korea included a meeting with dictator Kim Jong-un
Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will defend itself and its allies amid what he calls 'provocative, dangerous and reckless' threats by North Korean leader Kim Jung Un
It seems North Korea has finally gone too far -- even for China, its patron state and only true friend. For the first time, Chinese leaders seem to be taking modest steps intended to punish their southern neighbor for threatening to conduct a third nuclear-weapons test
Busan, South Korea
North Korea slammed the United States for sending its aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to South Korea for a joint drill, describing it an "extremely reckless" provocation, which the communist state sees as a rehearsal of war against it.
The North Korean criticism came hours after 97,000-ton nuclear-powered Nimitz-led U.S. naval strike group reached at the South's southern port of Busan on Saturday.
The U.S. and South Korea are set to stage a drill from Tuesday off the South's eastern coast where Nimitz, which is considered as one of the largest warships in the world, will take part in "sea maneuvering" and joint search-and-rescue operations around the Korean Peninsula.
"The joint naval drill involving the latest weaponry including the nuclear aircraft carrier is a wanton blackmail against us and demonstrates... that their attempt to invade us has reached an extremely reckless level," North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said.
"The risk of a nuclear war in the peninsula has risen further due to the madcap nuclear war practice by the US and the South's enemy forces," state-run KCNA quoted the committee as saying.
Pyongyang, North Korea
North Korea is rejecting allegations that it was using a jailed American's case as a political bargaining chip with the United States, adding that there are no plans to invite any American politicians to discuss the case of Paes alias Kenneth Bae.
Pyongyang sentenced Paes to 15-years of hard labor for 'hostile acts' against North Korea after he was arrested last November for illegally entering the northeastern port city of Rason. He is accused of coming with a motive to topple the Communist country.
"Some media of the U.S. said that the DPRK (North Korea) tried to use Pae's case as a political bargaining chip. This is a ridiculous and wrong guess," a Foreign Ministry spokesman told the official KCNA news agency. "The DPRK has no plan to invite anyone of the US as regards Pae's issue," a spokesman added.
Seoul, South Korea
North Korea's highest court sentenced a Korean-American tour operator to 15 years of hard labor for alleged crime against the communist state.
The state media Korean Central News Agency announced the prison sentence on Bae Joon-ho, whom U.S. authorities know as Kenneth Bae. The crime was not specified but a British news outfit reported that Bae was charged with illegally filming child beggars in North Korea.
Bae arrived in Rason city on Nov. 3, 2012 to tour the country. He had a valid tourist visa, CNN quoted a U.S. official as saying.
The U.S. State Department appealed on Monday for Bae's release on humanitarian grounds.
Bae is the latest American to be charged and detained in North Korea. Five other Americans have been detained since 2009 but were eventually freed.
In 2009, American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling entered North Korea from China without a visa. They were charged with illegal entry and sentenced to 12 years hard labor June of that year. However, then North Korean leader Kim Jong-il pardoned them after former U.S. president Bill Clinton visited the country.
Seoul, South Korea
The U.S. and South Korea ended their two-month long war games that angered North Korea leading to its nullification of the armistice and declaration of a state of war with its neighbor.
The joint war games dubbed Foal Eagle involved 10,000 U.S. troops and 20,000 South Korean troops. It also saw two B-22 bombers fly non-stop from Missouri, USA to the Korean peninsula to join F-22 Raptor fighters and MV-22 Ospreys in a firing drill.
The U. S.-led Combined Forces Command proceeded with the war games on March 1 despite strong protests from Pyongyang arguing that the exercise is defensive in nature. Ten days later, Pyongyang nullified the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.
Two days after the U.S. Air Force deployed the B-22s on March 28, Pyongyang declared that North Korea is in a state of war with South Korea.
North Korea also withdrew 53,000 North Koreans working in the Kaesong industrial complex on April 9 effectively shutting down the complex hosting123 South Korean factories.
North Korea threatened to attack South Korea, the U.S. and Japan in response to tightened sanctions the United Nations imposed on the communist state as punishment for testing of a nuclear weapon on Feb. 12.
Pyongyang, North Korea
An American tourist charged with trying to overthrown the North Korean government will be tried by the country's Supreme Court, according to the state media Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).
Kenneth Bae, 44, of Lynnwood, Washington, confessed to the crime and faces a sentence of either life imprisonment or death, the KCNA reported.
Bae, who is called Pae Jun-Ho by North Korea, was captured in November after entering North Korea's northern economic zone, Rason, as a tourist. His trial comes amid tension between North Korea and the U.S. Pyongyang has threatened to fire nuclear missiles at South Korea and the U.S. for conducting war games.
Bae is the sixth American detained by North Korea. In 2009, two American journalists were seized in the China-North Korea border while filming a documentary. Charged with illegally entering the country, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained but eventually released upon the intercession of former U.S. president Bill Clinton.
Consuls of the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang are looking into Bae's case. The embassy is representing the U.S. interests in North Korea as the U.S. has no diplomatic relations with the country.
Seoul, South Korea
South Korea's economy accelerated in the first quarter of the year, the fastest quarterly growth in two years, as exports and facilities investment recover.
South Korea's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.9 per cent, higher compared to the previous quarter's 0.3 per cent. On an annualized basis, the economic growth remained unchanged at 1.5 per cent. The latest results beat analysts' estimates of 0.7 per cent quarterly growth and a 1.4 per cent on-year growth.
The figures, which were released by the Bank of Korea on Thursday, could help prompt the central bank to ease monetary policy and cut lending rates.
Korea's export during the period climbed by 3.2 per cent and imports gained 2.5 per cent, both boosted by higher consumption of petrochemical products.
Economic performance in 2012 fell short of expectations with exports, which account for more than 50 per cent of the country's GDP, took a beating from weak U.S. and European demand. Slow growth and the caution ahead of the presidential elections in December have hit business confidence, resulting to a significant scaling back of investment in new capacity by manufacturers.
To help ensure that the economy meets its full-year growth target of 2.3 per cent, the new government of President Park Geun-hye has unveiled additional spending plans of 5.3tn won ($4.75bn).
Seoul, South Korea
The United States and South Korea agreed to extend a nuclear energy pact for another two years until 2016. The pact was due to expire next year.
Following meaning progress on matters related to nuclear waste disposal and South Korea's nuclear export, the two sides also agreed to hold next round of meeting in June, a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Both the nations have been in talks to revise a nuclear pact, which was signed in 1974 and that bars Seoul from reprocessing its spent nuclear fuel.
Meanwhile, South Korea also failed to convince the U.S. to revise an accord for nuclear enrichment.
Pyongyang, North Korea
North Korea has set a pre-condition of being recognized as a nuclear power before it starts any talks with the United States.
North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, in a commentary, rejected a U.S. demand that calls Pyongyang to give up all its missile and nuclear weapons programs before talks, describing it totally unacceptable.
The paper said any talks could happen only between two nuclear weapons states - a call Washington already rejected and clarified it would never accept North as a nuclear power. In February this year, North Korea carried out its third nuclear test.
There had been speculation about resumption of talks amid rising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.
During his East Asian nations' trip earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that North must show its seriousness about surrendering its nuclear ambitions to which Pyongyang demanded end to all future South Korea-US joint military exercises and withdrawal of U.S.-imposed sanctions.
Pyongyang, North Korea
South Korea's Yonhap news agency is reporting that two more North Korean missile launchers moved to the eastern coast as part of the Communist nation's plans to carry out another missile test amid rising tensions in the peninsula.
The launchers are believed to have moved to South Hamgyong.
"We have discovered the North has moved two additional transporter erector launchers (TELs) to the east coast... after April 16," a senior Seoul official said.
North Korea had earlier moved seven missile launchers in an attempt to issue threats of missile strike and a nuclear war after U.S. imposed new sanctions on it for carrying out third nuclear test in February. United States-South Korea join military exercises also upset North.
Diplomats had earlier expected that North Korea might carry out a missile test on April 15, while commemorating the birth anniversary of its late founding leader Kim Il-Sung. However, it did not happen as such.
However, Seoul has said that Pyongyang may carry out the launch on the founding anniversary of the North's military, which falls on April 25. Seoul suspects Pyongyang to carry out test that involves shorter-range Scud, mid-range Musudan, or long-range Rodong missiles.
Seoul, South Korea
The South Korean government will spend an extra $15.44bn in funds to boost growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
The extra budget, the first such fiscal stimulus in four years, will involve using public money to create jobs, provide financial assistance to small and medium-sized exporters and boost the property market.
The move is in line with the pro-growth policies of new President Park Geun-hye, although it will push back the deadline of the government's target to achieve fiscal balance.
Finance Minister Hyun Oh-seok said in a statement that the additional government spending will strain Seoul's fiscal conditions in the short term, but it is necessary to continue the growth momentum, which would eventually help the country's fiscal health on a mid- and long term.
The announcement comes just weeks after the finance ministry lowered South Korea's growth forecast for 2013, predicting a GDP rise of 2.3 per cent, compared to an earlier forecast of 3 per cent.
The economy has been hit by weak performance of the export sector and stagnant domestic demand. The extra government spending is expected to create 40,000 new jobs.
The stimulus will be used to create jobs in the public sector, provide funding for business startups, offer financing for renters or home buyers, improve the free child care program, give small exporters better access to trade financing, and to fund infrastructure projects like building railways, dams and roads.
Seoul, South Korea
An American military chopper, UH-60 Black Hawk, crashed in Cheolwon county in South Korea near the North Korean border, said South Korean Defense Ministry.
There are no reports of any injuries or deaths in the incident.
The incident is believed to have taken place during ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.
"The number of casualties was not immediately confirmed with an investigation currently underway to also identify the exact cause of the crash," South Korean Yonhap news agency quoted military sources as saying. The move came at a time when the tensions are already high amid North Korea's threat to launch 'preemptive nuclear strikes' on the U.S.
According to Yonhap, 12 chopper crew had survived the crash.
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