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2006-07-05 07:41:45

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired a barrage of missiles on Wednesday, including a long-range weapon said to be capable of reaching Alaska, ratcheting up tensions in north Asia and drawing international condemnation. At least six missiles were launched early in the morning and a seventh some 12 hours later, officials in Japan and South Korea said. Russia said North Korea fired 10 missiles, but the report from a senior general could not be immediately...

2006-07-04 23:05:28

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired at least six missiles on Wednesday, including a long-range weapon said to be capable of reaching Alaska, ratcheting up tensions in north Asia and drawing international condemnation. The long-range Taepodong-2 multi-stage missile apparently failed 40 seconds into its flight, U.S. officials said. The U.N. Security Council was to meet later in the day, at Japan's request, to discuss the latest move by the reclusive Stalinist...

2006-06-26 06:01:04

By Olivier Fabre TOKYO (Reuters) - The American makers of a documentary about a Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean agents hope that telling her story will bring her plight, and those of other abductees, to a wider audience around the world. Megumi Yokota, who disappeared on her way home from school in 1977 at the age of 13, has become the iconic face of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang's agents to help train spies during the 1970s and 1980s. But a meeting in April...

2006-06-25 15:46:21

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration should consider direct talks with North Korea amid signs that country may soon test a long-range missile, senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Sunday. The United States so far has refused direct discussions on a possible missile launch and instead has focused on six-way talks, involving the two Koreas, Japan, China and Russia, to persuade Pyongyang to end its nuclear arms program in return...

2006-06-21 09:11:49

By Tabassum Zakaria VIENNA (Reuters) - President George W. Bush warned North Korea on Wednesday against test-firing a long-range missile, while other U.S. officials rejected an overture from Pyongyang for bilateral talks with Washington on the issue. Bush, speaking in Vienna after talks with European Union leaders, said North Korea must abide by international agreements on missile tests. "North Koreans have made agreements with us in the past and we expect them to keep their...

2006-06-21 07:12:03

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea wants talks with the United States over its planned missile test, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, a sign Pyongyang might be ready to step back from the mounting crisis. But Washington ruled out any special talks over the issue which it, along with South Korea and Japan, says poses a grave danger to a region already deeply worried by North Korea's nuclear ambitions. "We know that the U.S. is concerned about our missile test...

2006-06-20 23:37:52

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea wants talks with Washington over its apparent preparations for a missile test, Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday as a famed South Korean peace broker scrapped a Pyongyang visit due to regional tension. Yonhap quoted Han Song-ryol, North Korea's deputy chief of mission at the United Nations in New York, as saying that Pyongyang had a right to develop and test missiles but it would like to ease the situation through dialogue. "We know...

2006-06-20 22:19:11

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea wants talks with Washington over its apparent preparations for a missile test, Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday as a former South Korean president canceled a trip to Pyongyang due to regional tension. Yonhap quoted Han Song-ryol, North Korea's deputy chief of mission at the United Nations in New York, as saying that Pyongyang had a right to develop and test missiles but it would like to ease the situation through dialogue. Seoul,...

2006-06-20 20:32:21

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung has canceled a trip to Pyongyang planned for next week because of tensions over apparent preparations by North Korea for a ballistic missile test, an official in Seoul said on Wednesday. "It is practically impossible for him to visit in late June because of the unexpected circumstances," South Korean official Jeong Se-hyun, who was negotiating the trip, told reporters. The announcement comes as Seoul, Washington and Tokyo...

2006-06-20 08:50:02

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean official said on Tuesday the reclusive state does not feel bound by pledges it has made to halt test firings of long-range missiles, while regional powers have warned a launch would be a grave mistake. South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday a North Korean long-range missile was on the pad but he was not sure if it was completely fueled. He called on Pyongyang to scrap test plans, while analysts wondered if North...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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