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2006-06-18 05:29:11

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan warned North Korea on Sunday of "a harsh response" from Tokyo and Washington if it fired a long-range missile, as media reports suggested that the secretive state was close to staging a test launch. A Japanese government official, quoted by the daily Sankei Shimbun, said North Korea's leadership had told its people to raise the national flag at 2:00 p.m. (0500 GMT) and to then monitor television for a "message to the people." The time came and...

2006-06-17 07:50:00

KWANGJU, South Korea (Reuters) - The United States should end sanctions on North Korea and the North must be open for inspectors to help end a standoff over the North's atomic ambitions, Nobel Peace Prize winners said on Saturday. The recommendation from a group of 10 individuals and organizations who won the Nobel Prize comes as regional tensions are high over the North's refusal to return to six-country nuclear talks and worries it may soon test fire a missile. The group called on North...

2006-06-15 00:45:18

KWANGJU, South Korea (Reuters) - Civic leaders from South and North Korea called for progress in peace on the peninsula as fears that Pyongyang may hold a missile test marred celebrations on Thursday marking a 2000 summit. The festivities in the southern city of Kwangju six years after the two countries' leaders met have been overshadowed by reports the North may be close to testing a long-range missile, which would ratchet up tensions over its nuclear ambitions. "This nation does...

2006-04-08 09:53:20

By Jack Kim TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's top negotiator to stalled six-way talks on Pyongyang's nuclear arms program began discussions on Saturday with other envoys involved in the negotiations in an effort to put the process back on track. North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan arrived in Tokyo on Friday, where he will be joined next week by other envoys to the six-way talks, aimed at preventing a nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. "We want to activate bilateral...

2006-04-05 23:59:01

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's chief negotiator for six-party talks on the secretive communist state's nuclear arms programme has been granted permission for a rare visit to Japan to attend a forum on security issues next week, a source in Tokyo with close ties to Pyongyang said on Thursday. The visit by North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan could be a chance to persuade Pyongyang to return to the stalled six-party talks, last held in November in Beijing, since he would be...

2006-04-05 02:16:24

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, a close aide to leader Kim Jong-il, may visit Japan to attend a private forum next week, Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday. "I have heard that ... Kim Kye-gwan is considering taking part," top government spokesman Shinzo Abe told reporters, but added that his participation had not been finalized. If realized, the visit would take place amid efforts to resume stalled six-party talks on ending the...

2006-04-04 23:52:04

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, a close aide to leader Kim Jong-il, is preparing to visit Japan to attend a private forum next week, Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday. In a dispatch from Beijing, Kyodo said Kim Kye-gwan was preparing to visit Japan and the Japanese government was examining his plan. Quoting Japanese government officials in Beijing, Kyodo said Kim Kye-gwan and Han Song-ryol, North Korea's envoy to the United Nations, had...

2006-04-04 06:18:52

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday mistrust between North Korea and the United States was the main hurdle to negotiations on the North's nuclear program as the Chinese defense minister held talks in Pyongyang. China, North Korea's main benefactor, has been urged to persuade North Korea to agree to another round of so-called six-party talks also involving the United States, South Korea, Japan and Russia. "The cause of the current stalemate is the mistrust between North Korea...

2006-04-04 02:44:26

TOKYO (Reuters) - A North Korean official will make a rare visit to Japan later this week to take part in a private forum on security issues and could have talks with negotiators for six-party nuclear talks, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. The North Korean Foreign Ministry official is expected to visit Japan amid efforts to resume stalled six-party talks on ending the reclusive communist state's nuclear arms programs. Pyongyang is also locked in a simmering dispute with Japan...

2006-04-04 01:52:46

SEOUL (Reuters) - China's defense minister arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for unspecified talks at a time when North Korea is facing strong pressure to return to negotiations aimed at ending its nuclear weapons programs. Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan was greeted by North Korean Vice Minister of the People's Armed Forces Kim Jong-gak, the North's official KCNA news agency said in a brief dispatch. It did not provide further details. China, North Korea's main benefactor, has been...