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2008-09-30 09:00:23

The hard-won nuclear deal with North Korea seems to be unraveling after a hopeful period in which the North shuttered its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon and dramatically blew up the cooling tower. Workers stopped dismantling the complex last month, after the United States failed to take North Korea off the terrorism list - a step toward diplomatic rehabilitation. Now technicians at Yongbyon are preparing to restart a plant that makes weapons-grade plutonium. North Korea's leader, Kim Jong...

2008-09-28 06:00:17

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "(News Focus) Korea-Russia Summit Focuses on Economic Cooperation, Regional Security" by Yoo Cheong-mo] Seoul, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) - Embarking on his first trip to Russia as head of South Korea on Sunday, President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng- pak] has three broad goals in mind - the upgrade of bilateral relations, energy and resource diplomacy and a constructive Russian role towards North Korean denuclearization,...

2008-09-19 06:00:02

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, 19 September: South Korea's foreign minister said Friday [19 September] that North Korea's commitment to the denuclearization process remains uncertain, citing its ongoing move to restart a main nuclear reactor in Yongbyon [Yo'ngbyo'n]. "It is unclear whether North Korea's measure is intended to return the situation to where it was prior to the disabling work, or whether it is another bargaining move," Yu Myung-hwan [Yu...

2008-09-18 12:00:35

Text of report in English by South Korean newspaper The Korea Herald website on 17 September [Lee Joo-hee: "Seoul Considers Additional Energy Shipment to N.K."] South Korea is planning to deliver the remainder of its portion of energy incentives to North Korea as part of the denuclearization agreement, despite Pyongyang's latest refusal to comply with the process, sources said yesterday [16 September]. It will ship around 1,500 [metric] tons of steel pipes around Sept. 25 and additional...

2008-09-18 09:00:14

Text of report in English by South Korean newspaper Choson Ilbo website on 18 September [Source headline: "Gov't Under Fire for Handling of N.Korea Intelligence"] The government is taking flak for questionable handling of intelligence on North Korean leader Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il]'s health problems. The first question is credibility. Since Kim did not show up at an event marking North Korea's 60th founding anniversary on Sept. 9, some South Korean government officials have made it...

2008-09-17 09:00:31

Text of report in English by state-run North Korean news agency KCNA Pyongyang, September 17 (KCNA) - A national public presentation of science and technology in the field of protection of animals and marine resources was held at the Grand People's Study House on Wednesday on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of leader Kim Jong- il's work "On Thoroughly Implementing the Party's Line of Attaching Importance to Science and Technology". Ri Su Yong, chairman of the Association for the...

2008-09-15 21:00:11

By Tomoko A Hosaka TOKYO - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, who is reportedly recovering from a stroke, began losing consciousness at work in April and could not properly govern as his health worsened, a major daily Japanese newspaper reported Sunday. Citing an unnamed Chinese official with close ties to North Korea, the Mainichi Shimbun said the 66-year-old Kim's unspecified condition impaired his judgment, and his decisions related to international denuclearization talks became less...

2008-09-13 06:00:09

Text of report in English by South Korean newspaper Chungang Ilbo website on 12 September Sources say power sharing may already be under way North Korean leader Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il] is known to have recovered enough to brush his teeth himself, about a month after he is believed to have suffered a stroke and had brain surgery. But it remains to be seen whether the Stalinist leader will be able to maintain his tight grip on the country. Now a growing number of sources familiar with...

2008-09-12 18:00:11

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il had brain surgery after a stroke last month and could have partial paralysis on one side, it was reported yesterday. Foreign doctors, possibly from China and France, performed the operation after Mr Kim, 66, collapsed four weeks ago, South Korean newspapers claimed. Mr Kim's condition has improved and he is not suffering from slurred speech, a disability often associated with a stroke, the reports said. If Mr Kim were incapacitated, it could have serious...

2008-09-12 09:00:12

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has recovered enough from his illness that he can brush his teeth on his own, a South Korean official said Friday. "We have obtained information that Kim can brush his teeth without help from others," the Seoul official told Yonhap. The official said the South Korean government was monitoring Kim's health and "other situations in North Korea in anticipation of an emergency there." While Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke, the official said the...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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