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2006-03-06 20:48:54

(Please read in seventh paragraph ... But the visit to New York by Ri ... instead of ... But the visit to Washington by Ri) A corrected story follows: By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea should return to six-country nuclear talks regardless of the outcome of discussions on the U.S. financial crackdown on Pyongyang over money laundering, the State Department said on Monday. Senior North Korean diplomat Ri Gun was due in New York on Tuesday for a...

2006-03-06 17:20:00

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea should return to six-country nuclear talks regardless of the outcome of discussions on the U.S. financial crackdown on Pyongyang over money laundering, the State Department said on Monday. Senior North Korean diplomat Ri Gun was due in New York on Tuesday for a briefing from a U.S. team led by the Treasury Department on measures imposed to combat Pyongyang's suspected money laundering and counterfeiting of U.S. currency....

2006-02-23 01:02:26

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan issued arrest warrants on Thursday for two suspected North Korean kidnappers, the latest step in a bitter, long-running row with North Korea over Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, media reports said. Anger has simmered in Japan over the abduction issue, which Tokyo says must be resolved before the two countries can establish diplomatic ties. Bilateral talks held this month made no progress on the issue, although the two sides agreed to talk...

2006-02-21 02:35:20

SEOUL (Reuters) - The six countries trying to end North Korea's nuclear programs are discussing possibly resuming talks in March or April, South Korean media quoted an unidentified government official as saying on Tuesday. North Korea, the United States and China have held several bilateral contacts to try to resolve a dispute stemming from a U.S. crackdown on firms suspected of aiding Pyongyang's illicit financial activities, the official was quoted as saying. "The countries...

2006-02-16 22:57:54

TOKYO (Reuters) - Police raided two Tokyo trading firms on Friday on suspicion they sold North Korea a device that can be converted to produce biological weapons, Kyodo news agency said. The move follows the search last week of another firm suspected of illegally exporting precision equipment that Japanese media said may have ended up being used in Libya's nuclear program. The companies raided on Friday are suspected of exporting a freeze dryer, which can be used to cultivate...

2006-02-09 19:39:03

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 1990s famine gave isolated North Korea unprecedented exposure to foreign influences and brought economic and social changes that can be exploited to solve security problems, a new study published by a U.S. think tank says. "Hungry for Peace: International Security, Humanitarian Assistance, and Social Change in North Korea" argues that "intelligent intervention" can melt the anxieties behind Pyongyang's belligerence and...

2006-02-08 09:35:00

By Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard BEIJING -- North Korea will resume six-party talks on its nuclear activities only if the United States drops threatened sanctions against it, a North Korean official said on Wednesday as talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang ended in rancor. "The condition is to remove the financial sanctions," said Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador to bilateral talks with Japan in Beijing. "If the Japanese tell the U.S., they will actually listen to them more carefully."...

2006-02-08 08:25:37

By Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea will resume six-party talks on its nuclear activities only if the United States drops threatened sanctions against it, a North Korean official said on Wednesday as talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang ended in rancor. "The condition is to remove the financial sanctions," said Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador to bilateral talks with Japan in Beijing. "If the Japanese tell the U.S., they will actually listen to them...

2006-02-08 04:06:21

By Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea will only return to six-party talks on its nuclear program if the United States drops sanctions against it, a North Korean official said on Wednesday as talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang ended in rancor. "The condition is to remove the financial sanctions," said Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador to bilateral discussions with Japan in Beijing. "If the Japanese tell the U.S., they will actually listen to them more...

2006-02-07 23:48:04

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Talks between Japan and North Korea ended in rancor on Wednesday with both sides as far apart as ever over abductions of Japanese citizens and no agreement on when Pyongyang might return to six-way talks on its nuclear program. But both countries agreed to keep talking and try to hold another round at an early date, Kyodo news agency cited Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador to the discussions, as saying. The talks to normalize bilateral...


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