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2009-08-15 12:18:19

The chairwoman of South Korea's Hyundai Group is staying longer than planned in North Korea, awaiting a chance to see leader Kim Jong Il, officials say. Hyundai leader Hyun Jung-eun was to have returned to Seoul Saturday after winning the release of a detained worker this week, but has extended her stay another day in hopes she can meet with Kim to negotiate resuming Hyundai's tourism and other suspended ventures in the North, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. Chairwoman Hyun...

2009-04-19 10:26:15

South Korea says the United States has yet to ask for a renegotiation of the delayed Korea-U.S. free trade agreement. South Korean Trade Minister Kim Jong-Hoon said Sunday at the Boao, China, Forum for Asia annual conference that despite repeated assertions by U.S. President Barack Obama during last year's campaign he was dissatisfied with the terms of the proposed deal, the White House has yet to seek to modify the pact, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. I have never heard that...

2009-01-20 11:22:08

South Korea's trade minister said the European Union had agreed to an eighth and, possibly, final round of trade talks in March. We confirm that we have made significant progress during this week's talks, Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon told reporters Tuesday, the Yonhap News Agency reported. EU negotiator Catherine Ashton agreed we have made significant progress. Calling the issues complex and complicated, Ashton said, our principle is to develop and support our business and the economy. A free...

2008-10-27 09:00:42

Video of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's oldest son in Paris apparently meeting with a top brain surgeon has reignited concerns about the leader's health. The videotape, made by a Japanese television station, shows a man identified by North Korea watchers as "undoubtedly" Kim Jong Nam as he entered a health clinic in Paris, The Times of London reported Monday. The precise date of the videotape wasn't known but some time later, a doctor was filmed arriving at Charles De Gaulle airport in...

2008-10-14 00:00:19

By Anne Penketh World Focus North Korea If you were keeping a scorecard of the nuclear brinkmanship between North Korea and the United States, today it would show game, set and match for Pyongyang over the world's only remaining superpower. The totalitarian state secured a major strategic victory at the weekend over the US, which finally removed North Korea from its terrorism blacklist, consigning to history President George Bush's description of Pyongyang as a member of the "Axis of...

2008-10-13 06:00:29

By Choe Sang-Hun More than a month after his absence from an important anniversary parade fueled theories that he had suffered a stroke, Kim Jong Il was reported by state media to have inspected a military unit, Choe Sang-Hun reported from Seoul. On Saturday, state television carried still pictures of Kim chatting with the soldiers, clapping his hands and watching a military training exercise. They were the first pictures of him released in nearly two months. Originally published by...

2008-10-10 09:00:13

By George Jah n Associated Press VIENNA, Austria -- North Korea moved closer Thursday to relaunching its nuclear arms program, announcing that it wants to reactivate the facility that produced its atomic bomb and banning U.N. inspectors from the site. The U.S. said the moves did not mean the death of international efforts to persuade the North to recommit to an agreement that offers it diplomatic and economic concessions in exchange for nuclear disarmament. Despite the gloomy...

2008-10-05 15:00:19

South Korean officials say they are skeptical that ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il actually made a public appearance as reported by Pyongyang. "We cannot trust North Korean media reports 100 percent, but they could be true," an unnamed South Korean intelligence official told the Yonhap news agency Sunday. "We have been monitoring reports since the announcement, but cannot confirm it." The official North Korean news agency reported Saturday that Kim watched a college soccer game but...

2008-10-05 09:00:07

North Korea's state news agency reported a public appearance by reclusive leader Kim Jong Il for the first time in nearly two months, an absence that prompted speculation he was seriously ill. Kim watched a university soccer game, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday. It did not say anything about his health condition. - The Associated Press his health The 66-year-old leader had not been seen in public since mid- August. U.S. and South Korean officials said last...

2008-10-05 06:00:06

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "S. Korea Yet To Verify N. Korean Leader's Reappearance"] Seoul, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) - Seoul officials said Sunday [ 5 October] they have yet to verify a report that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il] has made a public appearance amid speculations that his health is failing. "We cannot trust North Korean media reports 100 per cent, but they could be true," a South Korean intelligence official said,...


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