At the center of this Feb. 1 spy satellite photo, a white awning covers the missile launch pad in North Korea. The structure on the left is a fuel bunker. (Provided by Airbus Defense & Space/ 38 North)
North Korea went all out to keep missile launch under trilateral radar
SEOUL--Using awnings and other cover, North Korea kept Japan, the United States and South Korea largely in the dark about its preparations for the Feb. 7 ballistic missile launch.
S. Korea working with U.S., Japan on 'strong' N. Korea sanctions
SEOUL/WASHINGTON--South Korean President Park Geun-hye spoke with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, agreeing to work for "strong and effective" U.N. sanctions against North Korea following its weekend rocket launch.
N. Korean patrol boat crosses to South, retreats after warning shots
SEOUL--A North Korean patrol boat crossed into South Korean waters early on Monday and retreated after the South Korean navy fired warning shots, a South Korean military official said.
South Koreans watch a TV news program with a file footage about North Korea's rocket launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on Feb. 7. (AP Photo)
U.N. condemns N. Korea launch, pledges significant new sanctions
The United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another "intolerable provocation." The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.
A Japan Self-Defense Force member stands by a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed for North Korea's rocket launch at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Jan. 31, 2016. Japan's Defense Ministry installed missile interceptors at their headquarters in central Tokyo on Friday amid signs that North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile. (AP Photo)
Seoul: North Korea fires rocket seen as covert missile test
SEOUL--North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland.
The vapor trail of what is believed to be from North Korea’s “missile” launch. The scene was shot from the border area between China and North Korea. (From a TV Asahi Corp. news program)
UPDATE: North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.
SEOUL--North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbors and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test.
A former 'comfort woman' and her supporters attend a protest gathering near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Jan. 27. (Toru Higashioka)
14 former 'comfort women' positive about Japan-South Korea agreement
SEOUL--Fourteen of the 46 surviving “comfort women” expressed favorable views about the Tokyo-Seoul agreement described as a “final and irreversible resolution” to the wartime issue, according to media reports.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
North Korea's rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China
BEIJING--North Korea's announcement of plans to launch a long-range rocket made during a visit to Pyongyang by a top Chinese envoy will likely be seen as yet another sign of gross disrespect toward its chief ally.
A Japan Self-Defense Force member stands by a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed for North Korea's rocket launch at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Jan. 31, 2016. Japan's Defense Ministry installed missile interceptors at their headquarters in central Tokyo on Friday amid signs that North Korea may be preparing to launch a rocket or missile.  (AP Photo)
South Korea warns North Korea not to launch satellite
SEOUL--South Korea warned on Wednesday of "searing" consequences if North Korea doesn't abandon plans to launch a long-range rocket that critics call a banned test of ballistic missile technology.
Women who defected from North Korea explain how they used to live during a South Korean TV program in Seoul. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Neighbors starve, teacher sells booze, family slighted over Chinese father
Editor’s note: This is the 16th installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran under the general title of “Horrors of North Korea.”
Aegis destroyers from the Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy anchor at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture to take part in a joint training exercise. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seoul to join missile defense system set up by Washington, Tokyo
SEOUL--South Korea said it will begin operating a military data system to share real-time intelligence with Japan and the United States to counter the growing threat of ballistic missile launches by North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 10 (Korea News Service)
N. Korea says it detains U.S. student for ‘hostile act’
SEOUL--North Korea has detained a U.S. university student, the third western citizen known to be held in the isolated state, for committing a "hostile act" and wanting to "destroy the country's unity," it said on Jan. 22.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, shakes hands with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo during their meeting in Seoul on Jan. 20. (Pool Photo via AP)
U.S. diplomat steps up pressure on China to cooperate on N. Korea sanctions
SEOUL--A senior U.S. diplomat stepped up pressure on China on Jan. 20 to cooperate on new, tough sanctions meant to make North Korea suffer for a recent nuclear test that raised worries about advancements in its bomb program.
From left: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japan's Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Akitaka Saiki and South Korean First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lim Sung-nam in Tokyo on Jan. 16 (Pool)
Japan, U.S., S. Korea to work for strong warning to N. Korea
Senior diplomats from the United States, Japan and South Korea concurred on the need for a strong response in the U.N. Security Council to North Korea's recent nuclear test.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
N. Korea says peace treaty, halt to exercises, would end nuclear tests
SEOUL--North Korea on Jan. 16 called for the conclusion of a peace treaty with the United States and a halt to U.S. military exercises with South Korea to end its nuclear tests.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Pool)
Beijing more receptive to punishing Pyongyang, but Seoul finds it not enough
South Korea is growing frustrated over China’s reluctance to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, although Beijing has shown a willingness to accept some form of penalty against its isolated neighbor, diplomatic sources said Jan. 14.
Park Yu-ha, a professor of modern Japanese literature at Seoul's Sejong University, holds a news conference in December to defend her book about "comfort women." (Toru Higashioka)
S. Korean court tells writer to pay compensation to former 'comfort women' for defamation
SEOUL--A South Korean professor has been ordered to pay compensation to nine former "comfort women" after a district court ruled she had suggested in a book that they were prostitutes.
Copies of "Satoyama Capitalism," right, are piled high in the store front of a bookstore in Seoul. (Aya Narikawa)
Bestseller offering alternative to global capitalism a hit among S. Korean leaders
A Japanese bestseller advocating an alternative economic model based on local self-reliance is influencing leaders in South Korea, also plagued by a rapidly aging population and widening economic disparity.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
In fast U-turn, Davos forum cancels invitation to N. Korea
GENEVA--North Korea's invitation to this month's World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland has been revoked, after Pyongyang carried out a fourth nuclear test in defiance of a United Nations ban.
Members of South Korean conservative group look at the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and North Korean flags during a rally denouncing the North, in Paju, South Korea, Jan. 11. (AP Photo)
N. Korea slams World Economic Forum for revoking invitation
SEOUL--North Korea is criticizing organizers of the World Economic Forum in Davos for revoking an invitation to its delegation in the wake of a nuclear test.

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