Is North Korea rocketing towards algae energy?

North Korea could be growing algae in an attempt to diversify its energy resources and become more independent. That’s the suggestion from 38 North, part of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which claims a blooming algae industry could allow the isolated nation to “mitigate the negative effects of sanctions both on the […]

North Korea wants to restart nuclear reactor

North Korea today said it wants to reopen a closed nuclear reactor. The state-owned news agency KCNA reported it would be restarted for both electricity and military uses. Tensions have recently been stoked between North and South Korea after Pyongyang threatened to invade its southerly neighbour and strike nearby US military bases. The mothballed facility […]

New North Korea nuclear plant takes step forward

Satellite images show North Korea has taken a “major step” in building up a new nuclear reactor. It appears a dome has now been put over the reactor building at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre. North Korea has a chequered nuclear past: withdrawing from the international Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003, in 2008 it then […]

North Korea returns to work on reactor

Construction work has resumed on a nuclear reactor in North Korea, international reports claim. According to the analysis of satellite images by the American 38North program taken last month, the building is “close to completion”. A statement on the 38North website, from the Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) […]

North Korea officially invites inspectors in

Secretive state North Korea has sent nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) an invitation to inspect the country’s nuclear facilities. However the deal is dependent on whether the North goes ahead with the launch of a trial rocket next month, an act the US say could derail negotiations. The USA has prepared a […]

Reporter’s Blog

Savile Row tailoring? Suits you, supreme leader – but only if you give up nuclear It’s the sort of bizarre PR stunt you’d expect from Britain’s mistress of eccentric fashion Vivienne Westwood – if she wasn’t so darn eco-friendly. But a gentlemen’s outfitter from Savile Rowe claims it has sent North Korea’s new leader Kim […]

North Korea opens up for nuclear inspection

North Korea has agreed to halt its nuclear weapons testing and will allow in UN nuclear inspectors in exchange for US food aid. The International Atomic Energy Agency will be able to enter the Communist state’s Yongbyon nuclear facilities after Washington and Pyongyang agreed the deal yesterday. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cautiously hailed […]

North Korea announces progress on uranium enrichment

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry has announced that it is making progress on work to enrich uranium and build a nuclear power plant, according to reports. The news has caused anxiety on the international scene over fears Pyongyang may use the technology for nuclear weapons. North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the construction […]