#AceNewsReport – SOUTH KOREA: June.26: South Korea imposed financial sanctions Friday on a Syrian research center and six Taiwanese individuals and companies for their alleged involvement in arms trading with Pyongyang, AFP reported.
This is the first time such measures have been taken against a group or individual outside the Korean Peninsula.
Among the blacklisted are Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center and Taiwanese companies – Global Interface Company, Trans Merits and Trans Multi Mechanics.
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#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – September 15 – Washington has asked North Korea to pardon two Americans sentenced to prison terms, VOA said.
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang, September 14, 2014.
On Sunday, Matthew Todd Miller, 24 was convicted of espionage.
Kenneth Bae Pleads for Release
The US has requested Pyongyang to pardon both Miller, who was sentenced to six years hard labour by the Supreme Court, and Kenneth Bae, 46, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been held since November 2012 and is serving a 15-year sentence.
Jeffrey Fowle Pleads his Innocence
Also, Jeffrey Fowle, 56, is awaiting trial for “hostile acts” against the state.
Both Miller and Fowle were detained in April.
The US wants Pyongyang to grant amnesty to all three.
#AceBreakingNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – September 14 – North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labour for entering the country illegally to commit espionage.
Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, sits on the dock at the Supreme Court during his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport upon arrival on April 10 and admitted to having the “wild ambition” of experiencing prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea’s human rights situation.
Matthew Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, California, who was detained in April at Pyongyang’s airport after tearing his visa to pieces and demanding asylum, has been tried on Sunday, AP reports.
Also apart from Miller, there are two more Americans currently being held in North Korean jails. One of them, Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a provincial club while another one, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, currently serving out a 15-year sentence for alleged “hostile acts.”
#AceWorldNews – North Korea (Pyongyang) – September 07 – Matthew Miller, one of three American citizens currently held captive in North Korea, will be put on trial on September 14 for “perpetrating hostile acts.”
Miller was arrested in April, when he tore up his visa at the immigration desk and demanded political asylum -according to an official statement from Pyongyang.
Less than a week ago Miller and two other Americans, Jeffrey Fowle and Kenneth Bae, made a video address in an interview with CNN, something very unusual for the North Korean prison system, with a plea to the US government to send a special envoy to the isolated state to negotiate their release, AFP reports.
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to disclose American diplomatic moves to release the prisoners, saying Washington did not want to jeopardise efforts.
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#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (PYONGYANG) – July 02 – North Korea fired short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday morning, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
A South Korean Ministry of Defence official, however, was not able to confirm exactly what kind of weapons were launched but said they were assumed to be 300mm rockets launched from one of North Korea’s many Multiple Rocket Launchers.
Pyongyag tested two short-range missiles on Sunday in violation of a UN resolutions, that prohibit North Korea from procuring and using ballistic missile technology, but short-range rocket launchers are not included in the ban.
New tests came one day ahead of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul. Pyongyang is likely to be high on the agenda when Xi meets his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, Reuters said.
#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – June 30 – North Korea will be putting two American tourists on trial for crimes against the state, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“Their hostile acts were confirmed by evidence and their own testimonies,” KCNA reported.
The two US citizens, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller, were detained in the spring. Miller’s detention was announced on April 25, two weeks after he arrived in North Korea. Fowle was detained in mid-May.
North Korea sentenced another US citizen, Kenneth Bae – who is a Christian missionary – to 15 years in a labour camp after arresting him in November 2012.
#AceWorldNews- NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – June 30 – North Korea on Monday proposed that Pyongyang and Seoul halt hostile military activities starting later this week, according to the official KCNA news agency.
The move is seen as a show of Pyongyang’s desire for peace before a visit to Seoul by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The North’s top military body, the National Defence Commission, said Pyongyang was ready to suspend all acts of verbal provocation and slander from Friday, and urged the South to reciprocate, AFP reported.
#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – June 27 – The military forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) has been placed on alert, official newspaper of the DRPK Central Committee Rodong Sinmun reported.
In particular, the newspaper says that the US “brought numerous sufferings and calamities to the Korean nation by provoking the Korean War of 1950-1953,” referred to as “Fatherland Liberation War” in North Korea.
“There is no justification for the crimes of American imperialists that had been committed during this three-year long armed conflict,” Rodong Sinmun stressed. However, the paper noted that the US “have not learned from their defeat in this conflict and continue to advance hostile to the DPRK policy, remaining an enemy of the Korean people.”
On June 25, mass gatherings were held across North Korea to remember the start of the Korean War. The war ended in a truce in 1953. People reminisced on the deeds of Kim Il Sung who led the North Korean army against the US and their allies.
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#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – May 18 – (KTVZ) The unusual report Sunday from the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said the collapse took place Tuesday at the construction site of an apartment building in Phyongchon, a central district of Pyongyang.
It did not provide the number of casualties.
KCNA Top News: #NorthKorea’s government issues apology after serious construction accident in Pyongyang pic.twitter.com/X0KnIA1rlL
— KCNA Watch (@KCNAWatch) May 18, 2014
Further reports said the building collapsed on May 13 because “the construction of an apartment house was not done properly, and officials supervised and controlled it in an irresponsible manner,” KCNA said.
The apartment building was located in the Pyongchon District. A “state emergency mechanism” was created to help rescue survivors and assist the injured. Senior officials issued an apology to the families affected by the accident.
The KCNA report cited one official as saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “sat up all night, feeling painful after being told about the accident.”