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2006-08-23 19:37:49

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may visit key ally China next week amid heightened concern over a possible nuclear weapons test by the reclusive state and its defiant missile launch in July, a news report said on Thursday. Kim's visit will be primarily to discuss the North's possible nuclear test with Chinese President Hu Jintao, the daily Chosun Ilbo reported a diplomatic source in Seoul as saying. "Authorities in Seoul and Washington were briefed that Kim Jong-il...

2006-08-17 19:33:37

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Activity at a North Korean facility suggests Pyongyang could be preparing its first test of a nuclear bomb, U.S. media on Thursday cited U.S. officials as saying. But U.S. officials told Reuters they had no new evidence of such a plan, and a diplomatic official in Seoul familiar with the North's nuclear program said he was skeptical of the reports. ABC News quoted an unidentified senior military official as saying a U.S. intelligence agency had observed...

2006-08-17 18:22:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing an underground test of a nuclear bomb, ABC News reported on Thursday, but U.S. officials told Reuters they had no new evidence of such a plan. ABC quoted an unnamed senior military official as saying a U.S. intelligence agency had recently observed "suspicious vehicle movement" at a suspected North Korean test site. A senior State Department official, who was also not identified, told the network, "It is the view of the...

2006-08-13 20:35:55

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has made his first public appearance since his country defied international warnings by test-firing seven missiles on July 5, with a visit to a farm that breeds rabbits and goats. The last time North Korean official media mentioned an appearance by Kim was on July 4, leading to speculation as to why the North's leader had dropped out of view following the missile launches. "He (Kim) went round various places of the farm including...

2006-08-11 02:58:23

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The king of the summer movie box office is none other than North Korea's Dear Leader Kim Jong-il, or at least that is what the communist state's official media has been saying this week. The biggest movie sensation of the season has been the film made under Kim's wise leadership called "Diary of a Student Girl," the North's KCNA news agency said. "(It) is screened before full houses in Pyongyang every day, evoking lively response from people of...

2006-08-09 07:32:56

By Jonathan Thatcher ANSONG, South Korea (Reuters) - By the time North Korean defectors leave this rural retreat in the South they should have a more winning smile. Finding someone to smile back may be more of a challenge. "Most of them have bad teeth," says Choong-won Lee, showing visitors around a large and well-equipped dental surgery in the modern, comfortable center he heads that is briefly home to the growing number who flee the impoverished North. Poor dentistry is just one...

2006-08-08 05:50:53

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is considering a one-time package of aid to avert famine in North Korea despite strains between the neighbors over Pyongyang's July 5 missile tests, officials said on Tuesday. Three major storms hit North Korea last month, causing floods that killed at least 151 people, and possibly more. A U.N. World Food Program (WFP) official said the floods devastated the secretive state's potato crop and will severely cut into rice production....

2006-07-22 21:39:54

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has taken his former secretary as his new wife, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, citing sources familiar with the country. His wife Ko Yong-hi, the mother of two of Kim's three sons, died of breast cancer in August 2004, the agency said. "I heard Kim has been living together with a woman named Kim Ok, who was his secretary, since Ko Yong-hi died two years ago," Yonhap quoted a South Korean government source as...

2006-07-15 16:19:16

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday imposing weapons-related sanctions on North Korea and condemning Pyongyang's flurry of missile tests on July 5. North Korea immediately rejected the resolution. Its U.N. Ambassador Pak Gil Yon said Pyongyang's missile development served "to keep the balance of force and preserving peace and stability in Northeast Asia." The resolution after days of haggling among...

2006-07-14 22:16:53

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council appeared close to a deal on a resolution condemning North Korea's missile launchings and averting a Chinese veto in a vote that the United States and Japan want on Saturday. The draft, which has gone through several revisions, is expected to be modified again before the full Security Council meets on Saturday afternoon, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said. "My instructions are to get a vote by tomorrow (Saturday),"...