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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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