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2006-02-15 05:55:00

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL -- For North Korea, leader Kim Jong-il's 64th birthday on Thursday is the "most auspicious holiday of the nation," but for the outside world it is a time to ponder questions about a successor and a nuclear crisis. On Wednesday, soldiers sang songs in praise of the "Dear Leader," foreign dignitaries saw displays of Kimjongilia -- a flower named after Kim -- and cadres worked out how they would dispense to the masses extra food rations to mark the big day. After all,...

2006-02-10 08:39:57

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese foreign ministry official denied on Friday a media report that North Korea had indicated it would no longer adhere to its moratorium on missile test launches. Kyodo news agency had quoted Japanese government sources as saying that the comments came during talks between Japan and North Korea earlier this week aimed at normalizing bilateral relations. According to the sources, Japanese negotiators called on North Korea to extend its moratorium on test...

2006-02-06 07:02:32

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's nominee for the top policy maker job on North Korea ventured into taboo territory on Monday by acknowledging the government of the North's leader Kim Jong-il as a dictatorship. While the United States, Japan and the European Union have been outspoken in their criticism of North Korea's human rights record, Seoul has been mostly quiet on the subject with some officials saying they felt silent diplomacy was best. North Korea saves some of...

2006-02-03 05:53:53

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will try to exclude some farm goods from market-opening concessions in free trade talks with the United States because of their highly sensitive nature domestically, its top negotiator said on Friday. Ambassador Kim Jong-hoon's comments came after the two countries announced the start of talks on the biggest U.S. trade pact in more than a decade. Negotiations are expected to be tough because of opposition from South Korean farmers who fear...

2006-02-03 01:35:17

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korean generals will resume talks later this month or early in March on reducing military tensions and building confidence to help improve cross-border ties, a South Korean official said on Friday. Lower-level, but senior, military officers from the two sides met on Friday at a border truce village and agreed on resuming the generals' talks, which have been suspended since June 2004, Vice Unification Minister Rhee Bong-jo told a news...

2006-02-02 23:28:13

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Military officers from South and North Korea began talks on Friday to lay the foundation for more confidence-building measures, the South's defense ministry said. Efforts to reduce military tensions between the North and South, which remain technically at war, have lagged behind improving political and economic ties in recent years. South Korea's delegation, led by Army Colonel Moon Sung-mook, traveled to the Panmunjom truce village to meet with the...

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2006-02-02 03:00:00

By Martin Nesirky SEOUL -- China has less influence in North Korea than many think, and regional powers could mistakenly give Pyongyang time to make more nuclear weapons while they wait for Beijing to apply pressure, according to a security group. The influential International Crisis Group also said in a report on what drives China's policy toward its secretive communist neighbor that Beijing's growing economic engagement there was the best long-term hope for North Korean reforms. "China's...

2006-02-01 22:03:17

By Lee Suwan and Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea are in talks to allow former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung to visit the North in April, an aide to Kim said on Thursday. Kim won a Nobel Peace prize for orchestrating an unprecedented and so far unrepeated meeting of the leaders of the two Koreas when he traveled to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in June 2000. That meeting set the stage for greater inter-Korean cooperation, including...

2006-02-01 21:40:53

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea are in talks to allow former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung to visit the North in April, an aide to Kim said on Thursday. Kim won a Nobel Peace prize for orchestrating an unprecedented and so far unrepeated meeting of the leaders of the two Koreas when he traveled to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in June 2000. That meeting set the stage for greater inter-Korean cooperation, including work to relink roads and railway...

2006-01-31 03:40:00

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL -- North Korea slightly toned down the rhetoric on Tuesday about its reluctance to return to six-party nuclear talks, but analysts said too many obstacles remain for a quick resumption of the discussions. North Korea's secretive and centralized ways mean diplomats and analysts closely scrutinize all public comments coming from Pyongyang for signs of a shift in emphasis. Six-country talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programs -- one of the most critical...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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