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2006-04-03 01:17:01

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank has warned lenders to be on guard against counterfeit US$100 notes, in a move that could signal the latest irritant in the relationship between North Korea and Beijing, its most important ally. The statement from the People's Bank of China did not specify the origin of the fake bills, but said they came from outside China and referred to them as "supernotes" -- the word the U.S. government uses for the high-quality counterfeit...

2006-03-23 21:58:53

By Frances Yoon SEOUL (Reuters) - It's not every day that a jazz-inspired pianist has to make a life or death decision about his art, and it is not every day a gifted musician flees North Korea. Kim Cheol-woong, 31, was a North Korean prodigy who was trained in classical music and destined to play the patriotic and martial tunes that hymn Pyongyang's leaders. While studying overseas, Kim heard jazz piano for the first time and was fascinated. He returned home knowing this was the...

2006-03-22 07:31:22

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed almost as soon as they are born, a physician who defected from the communist state said on Wednesday. Ri Kwang-chol, who fled to the South last year, told a forum of rights activists that the practice of killing newborns was widespread but denied he himself took part in it. "There are no people with physical defects in North Korea," Ri told members of the New Right Union, which...

2006-03-21 21:15:00

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's parliament will meet next month, Pyongyang said on Wednesday, offering a glimpse into the policy priorities of the secretive state amid a stand-off with regional powers over its nuclear arms program. Last year's meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly focused on ways to produce more food in a country that battles chronic shortages and measures to boost the economy as well as the military. This year's meeting will start on April 11, the official KCNA news...

2006-03-07 19:25:41

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea is set to deploy ballistic missiles that could reach Alaska and remains a global security threat despite its failing economy, the head of the U.S. military in South Korea told a Senate hearing on Tuesday. "Reports indicate North Korea is also preparing to field a new intermediate range ballistic missile which could easily reach United States facilities in Okinawa, Guam, and possibly Alaska," Gen. B.B. Bell, commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, told...

2006-03-06 07:11:12

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea agreed on Monday to start a formal round of free trade talks in June, dealing a blow to farmers and unionists demonstrating against the plans. A group of about 40 rallied on Monday in Seoul as trade negotiators from the two countries agreed to hold their first official talks, aimed at bringing down trade barriers, on June 5 to June 9 in Washington. South Korea's chief negotiator, Kim Jong-hoon, told reporters four...

2006-02-27 04:05:09

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Yoo Chang-sik gazes into a monitor in the North Korean capital but fails to recognize his sister on a video link from the South's capital, just 220 km (137 miles) away but separated by a fortified border for more than 50 years. Yoo, 78, and his sister, Hyang-sik, 65, were one of 80 families picked to be reunited via a video link over two days starting on Monday. The families were split in the turmoil when the two countries sealed their borders at the...

2006-02-22 21:32:34

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea uses a printing press in Pyongyang to counterfeit U.S. dollars and then circulates them through a state-run trading firm, a South Korean lawmaker said on Thursday, referring to samples he said he got from the North. Another legislator said he had also obtained counterfeit U.S. $100 notes through North Korean trading company officials who he said were certain to be intelligence agents. North Korea has denied U.S. charges that it is involved...

2006-02-16 00:32:44

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was showered with praise at home for his 64th birthday on Thursday but for the outside world the day underscored lingering questions about succession and an unresolved nuclear crisis. Kim, who often is conspicuously out of sight on a day North Korea calls the "most auspicious holiday of the nation," received congratulatory messages from Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as from a host of communist...

2006-02-16 00:30:00

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was showered with praise at home for his 64th birthday on Thursday but for the outside world the day underscored lingering questions about succession and an unresolved nuclear crisis. Kim, who often is conspicuously out of sight on a day North Korea calls the "most auspicious holiday of the nation," received congratulatory messages from Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as from a host of communist organizations at home and in...


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