Sign up for our weekly Korea Now newsletterAn exclusive report putting perspective on the week's most important developments. SEOUL, March 16 (UPI) -- North Koreans are increasingly convinced their government is lying about its nuclear weapons capability, or at least making the announcements in order to appease the public. Pyongyang has issued statements claiming there are "no countries in the world that would wage war against a country with a hydrogen bomb" and has suggested the bomb's development is a buffer against war, Radio Free Asia reported. The propaganda is being disseminated across the country, and according to an anonymous source in North Hamgyong Province, the spin has been spreading across the gray markets of the border city of Chongjin, at one market called Su Nam and another market called Po Hang. The source added North Korea's State Security Department, which serves as Pyongyang's secret police, has always launched initiatives to shape favorable public opinion about the regime. North Korea's announcements of its nuclear weapons program have accelerated in recent months, but its claims of nuclear warhead miniaturization ultimately cannot be confirmed, and experts remain divided about the status of Pyongyang's technology. On March 10, North Korea said it launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, and claimed the tests were "carried out by detonating the nuclear warhead at a designated altitude in the target area," Daily NK reported.
But the explosion was not detected, partly due to the location of the test in North, but also because of the low magnitude of the alleged explosion. WELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 1 (UPI) -- A mother and daughter, who originally planned for a daylong hike in New Zealand, were discovered alive after having been missing for four days. JAKARTA, May 1 (UPI) -- Ten Indonesian hostages held since March by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines were released Sunday, Indonesia's president Joko Widodo announced. NAIROBI, Kenya, May 1 (UPI) -- Kenya set fire to a massive stockpile of ivory in an attempt to curb the poaching of elephants, rhinos and other protected animals in the country.
GAZIANTEP, Turkey, May 1 (UPI) -- Two Turkish police officers were killed in a bombing in police headquarters Sunday morning in the southern province of Gaziantep, a local governor said.
TANGAIL, Bangladesh, May 1 (UPI) -- A Hindu tailor was hacked to death in the latest Islamic State killing in Bangladesh. CARACAS, Venezuela, May 1 (UPI) -- In another obvious sign of Venezuela's economic struggles, its citizens on Sunday lost half an hour of sleep when their clocks were moved forward to save power. BUDAPEST, Hungary, May 1 (UPI) -- A British Airways flight was intercepted by fighter jets over Hungary after it failed to contact air traffic controllers upon entering the country's air space.
BAGHDAD, May 1 (UPI) -- Iraq's prime minister ordered the arrest of Shia Muslim activists who stormed parliament in Baghdad.

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's announcement that the United States will commit 250 special forces to Syria has been condemned by Russia and a U.S. With a history of reliable reporting dating back to 1907, today's UPI is a credible source for the most important stories of the day, continually updatedA A - a one-stop site for U.S. As Japan and North Korea prepares for their second bilateral talks in 16 months, it was reported that the communist state’s intelligence agency has already reached out to Japan.
The Cabinet Secretariat of Japan has been collecting data and information regarding the whereabouts and fate of the abductees.
Comment Policy : Our comments section is open and welcome to anyone who wishes to participate in discussion or share their point of view, regardless of what it may be. About JDPThe task and mission of the Japan Daily Press is to engage Asia and the World with a never-ceasing flow of news and editorials on various facets of Japan. One of the most high-profile defectors to escape North Korea has been arrested in Seoul on suspicion of spying for the North based on the testimony of his sister, Chico Harlan of The Washington Post reports. Yooa€™s trial, which began MayA 9 and could continue for weeks, weighs two conflicting scenarios. Yoo's transition to life in South Korea is abnormal among theA 25,000 defectors, nearly all of whom arrived in the past two decades. When he arrived in 2004, he earned a degree from one of the top universities in Seoul, and did numerous speaking engagements, parties, and meetings with fellow defectors. The ease at which Yoo was able to fit in sets him apart from most others who escaped the North a€” a country deeplyA rooted in propaganda, secrecy, and suspicion. Yoo's story is complicated by the fact that when he arrived in the South, he hid the fact that he was a Chinese citizen living in the North a€” meaning he should not have been entitled to automatic South Korean citizenship and benefits given to other defectors.
The government runs a "rumor mill" department to influence public sentiment, the source said. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Geneva, Switzerland for urgent talks on the ongoing Syrian conflict.
The move by the State Security Department to contact Japan is welcomed as a sign of its country’s willingness to reopen the investigation on abducted Japanese nationals decades ago. While the two nations have various topics to touch on including North Korea’s nuclear weapon program, Japan’s top priority in the agenda is to discuss the kidnappings and seek updates on its request to reinvestigate the matter.

Members of this department will be present at the meeting in Stockholm next week so it could confirm the validity of information that North Korea would give Japan regarding the matter. In order to limit spam and those who wish to impede meaningful conversation, we are now requiring users to log in with an account or verify their email address. We plan to keep our readers up-to-date on Japanese politics, economy, society, and culture with our daily news. In the first, argued by prosecutors, Yoo was threatened by the North into serving as a spy. In 2011 he was hired at Seoul City Hall to help with welfare assistance programs, which many defectors use. UPI also provides insightful reports on key topics of geopolitical importance, including energy and security.
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It is anticipated that to persuade North Korea to open the case again, Japan is willing to relax the sanctions imposed on its Asian neighbor in exchange for more information. In the other, put forward by the defense, Yoo is an innocent defector whose sister a€” after attempting her own defection to the South in October a€” was coerced into a wrongful confession by intelligence agents who interrogated her for more than two months and then held her in near-solitude for several months more. Even among the brightest youngsters, their knowledge of world history essentially comprises the mythical personal stories of their Great Leader, Kim Il Sung, and his Dear Song, Kim Jong Il. The State Security Department is a secret police force that reports directly under the Supreme Leader.
It is in charge of taking down political offenses and removes anti-government forces in the country. With the State Security reaching out to Japan, analysts have interpreted it as a signal that North Korea is about to give in to the request.

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