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2006-07-05 07:25:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's test-firing of missiles was an act of a "paper tiger" that has miscalculated the world's response and may result in sanctions, the senior Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday. Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware said he was more concerned about Pyongyang's taking conventional provocative acts that could escalate tensions in north Asia, than about it's ability to hit U.S. territory with a missile. Asked on CBS' "The...

2006-07-04 19:46:48

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan summoned South Korea's ambassador on Wednesday to demand that Seoul halt a survey of disputed waters that began earlier in the day. Tokyo also said it may conduct its own research in the area. A South Korean survey ship escorted by a patrol boat entered what Japan considers to be its exclusive economic zone near islands at the center of a territorial dispute between the two countries around 6:40 a.m. (2140 GMT), Japan's coast guard said....

2006-07-04 18:58:21

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Wednesday urged South Korea to immediately halt a survey of disputed waters between the two countries, hours after South Korean ships arrived in the area. Tokyo also said it may conduct its own survey. A South Korean survey ship, escorted by a patrol vessel, entered what Japan considers to be its own exclusive economic zone on Wednesday near islands at the center of a territorial dispute between the two countries, Japan's coast guard said. South Korea and...

2006-07-02 22:27:21

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean ship has left port to conduct a maritime survey near islands at the center of a long-simmering territorial dispute with Japan, a South Korean official said on Monday. South Korea and Japan came close to a high-seas showdown in April when Tokyo said it planned a survey in waters near the desolate outcrop of islands, called Tokto in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese, before the two cooled tension through diplomacy. The islands sit in rich fishing...

2006-06-29 13:19:55

By Matt Spetalnick and George Nishiyama WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi used a White House summit on Thursday to warn North Korea against test-firing a long-range missile. The two leaders, underscoring security threats that have bound their countries closer together, called on Pyongyang to fulfill its "denuclearization pledges" amid signs it may soon test a missile capable of reaching the United States. While highlighting the...

2006-06-29 11:15:41

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Thursday warned North Korea against test-firing a long-range missile and underscored concerns about its nuclear ambitions. "We both agreed that it's very important for us to remain united in sending a clear message to the North Korean leader that, first of all, launching a missile is unacceptable," Bush said at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. "There's been no briefings as to what's on top of the...

2006-05-30 23:54:00

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan should limit the number of foreign workers allowed into the country and require those who are let in to acquire a command of the Japanese language, a Justice Ministry panel recommended this week. Japan is debating ways to boost its aging workforce while taking into account public fears that admitting more foreign workers could lead to a rise in crime. The country's population started shrinking last year, and many are concerned over the effect the demographic...

2006-05-19 22:54:48

SEOUL (Reuters) - Four North Koreans scaled the wall of a U.S. consulate in China to seek asylum in the United States, South Korean media reported on Saturday, the first such defections since Washington granted refugee status to North Koreans earlier this month. Yonhap news agency, citing unnamed sources, said three men and one woman left South Korea's consulate in the northeastern city of Shenyang, where they had been given refuge, to enter the nearby U.S. mission. Yonhap quoted an...

2006-05-16 22:29:08

TOKYO (Reuters) - In a move that parallels signs of improving ties between South Korea and North Korea, groups representing pro-Seoul and pro-Pyongyang residents in Japan said on Wednesday they wanted to patch up a decades-old feud. The two groups have their roots in an organization created by Koreans living in Japan after the end of Tokyo's 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. But the pro-Seoul Korean Residents Union in Japan (Mindan), founded in 1946, and the General...

2006-05-12 02:53:02

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's police and coast guard on Friday searched a North Korean freighter that they suspected was used to smuggle hundreds of kilograms of amphetamines from North Korea in 2002, a coast guard official said. Japan has been locked in a bitter dispute with North Korea over the communist state's abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago to help train spies, and the row has led to calls in Japan for sanctions against North Korea. Authorities were searching the North...


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