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2006-04-22 01:24:12

SEOUL (Reuters) - Senior South Korean and Japanese diplomats met for a second day on Saturday to try to end a row over disputed islands that has hurt ties long strained by Japan's colonial rule of Korea last century. South Korea has warned of "stern measures" and a possible high-seas showdown if Japan presses ahead with a plan to survey waters near the desolate rocky islands called Tokto in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. The islands sit in rich fishing grounds and South Korea's...

2006-04-21 21:31:16

SEOUL (Reuters) - Senior South Korean and Japanese diplomats met for a second day on Saturday to try to end a row over disputed islands that has hurt ties long strained by Japan's colonial rule of Korea last century. South Korea has warned of "stern measures" and a possible high-seas showdown if Japan presses ahead with a plan to survey waters near the desolate rocky islands called Tokto in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese. The islands sit in rich fishing grounds and South Korea's...

2006-04-21 06:28:33

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Japanese and South Korean officials held "tough" talks on Friday to try to resolve a standoff over disputed islands that has jarred a relationship long strained by Japan's colonial rule of Korea last century. The meeting came as Japanese law makers visited a war shrine in Tokyo which South Korea and China see as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. South Korea has warned of "stern measures" if Japan presses ahead with a plan to send survey ships to...

2006-04-19 22:27:25

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea called in Japan's envoy on Thursday to try to avert a high-seas showdown over a set of desolate islands claimed by both countries. The step comes a day after South Korea ordered a show of force over the islands, placing its coast guard on high alert, sending 20 vessels to the disputed area and telling Japan to stay away. South Korea has warned of "stern measures" if Japan pushed ahead with the plan to send survey ships near the islands...

2006-04-19 20:33:49

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has told South Korea that it will not send survey ships near a group of disputed tiny islands if Seoul drops its plan to propose giving Korean names to some places in the area at an international conference in June, a Japanese government source said on Thursday. Japan's proposal was designed to avert a possible confrontation between the two Asian neighbors over the desolate islands located about the same distance from the mainlands of both countries. "We told...

2006-03-31 08:15:15

By Lindsay Beck and Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao offered to ease tensions with Japan when he met a retired Japanese leader on Friday, but said Japan's current prime minister must stop visiting a shrine honouring war criminals. Hu told former Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto that "developing friendly and cooperative neighbourly relations between China and Japan is in the two countries' fundamental interests," according to a news broadcast on...

2006-03-30 01:34:26

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's education ministry sparked a protest from South Korea on Thursday by calling for school textbooks to be revised to clarify Tokyo's claim to islands disputed with South Korea and China. Changes are needed so students do not misunderstand the issue, a ministry official said. The move drew a protest from Seoul and echoes controversy over the ministry's approval last year of a history text written by nationalist scholars, which outraged both South Korea and...

2006-03-23 02:59:13

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea appears to be signaling its desire to return to stalled six-country talks on its nuclear programs and to be interested in breaking the deadlock, South Korea's foreign minister said on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon -- a candidate for the post of U.N. secretary-general -- also told Reuters a visit next month by Chinese President Hu Jintao to the United States could help create the right atmosphere for the nuclear talks to resume. Ban said unfortunately North Korea...

2006-03-16 03:45:49

SEOUL (Reuters) - Police arrested a South Korean women on suspicion of burning down several buildings at a U.S. Army base in Seoul on Thursday because she was angry at what she saw as "U.S. terrorism." Three South Korean civilian employees were injured in the fire that started at a public works building at the base that serves as the headquarters for U.S. troops in South Korea. The fire spread to four other buildings, police said. Police said they apprehended a 57-year-old woman who...

2006-03-07 01:27:06

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police, coast guard and immigration officials on Tuesday raided a North Korean freighter, which media reports said had been involved in an illegal shipment of ingredients for sarin nerve gas to North Korea a decade ago. The raid comes at a time some ruling party politicians and activists have called for economic sanctions against Pyongyang for refusing to resolve a dispute over Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents decades ago. Police declined...


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