Asia Briefs: New N. Korean rocket prowess worries Seoul

New N. Korean rocket prowess worries Seoul

SEOUL • North Korea could deploy a new rocket system as early as this year that would expand its ability to strike South Korean and US military forces, the South's defence minister said.

Seoul has been closely monitoring the North's development of the 300mm multiple-rocket launcher system, which the country has tested frequently in recent years.

The weapon has alarmed officials because it is believed to have a range long enough to strike major American and South Korean military bases, including those near Pyeongtaek, 100km south of Seoul, the capital.


HK leader accused of pulling rank

HONG KONG • Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying yesterday denied pulling rank on airport staff to bypass security rules to deliver a piece of left luggage to his younger daughter, who was then at the boarding gate, South China Morning Post reported.

The Chief Executive's Office said in a statement that Mr Leung's daughter did not seek help from her father over the luggage and she did not wear any "special identity". The statement came after Apple Daily reported the incident and accused Mr Leung of exerting influence in her favour.

Student who posted against Islamism killed

DHAKA • A Bangladeshi law student who posted against Islamism on his Facebook page has been murdered, police said yesterday, the latest in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country.

Mr Nazimuddin Samad, a 26-year-old atheist who had taken part in protests against Islamist leaders, was attacked late on Wednesday near his university in Dhaka by unknown assailants carrying machetes.


Cambodian envoy to Seoul charged with graft

PHNOM PENH • Cambodia's ambassador to South Korea was charged with corruption and embezzlement yesterday for a slew of scams that allegedly included siphoning off more than US$100,000 (S$135,000) selling visas, the country's anti-corruption unit said.

Suth Dina was detained earlier this week in Phnom Penh after a lengthy probe into multiple complaints over his 25-month stint as ambassador to Seoul.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2016, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe