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2008-10-25 15:00:15

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says Asian and European leaders should help him entice North Korea into demilitarizing through economic cooperation. Addressing the Asia-Europe Meeting Saturday in Beijing where leaders of 40 nations met to discuss the global financial crisis, Lee called for their help in his efforts to link the two Koreas through natural gas pipelines and railways, Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, reported. "North Korea's nuclear weapons are a serious threat to...

2008-09-10 09:00:28

At 1255 gmt [ 1255 local] on 9 September, the 60th founding anniversary of the DPRK, Pyongyang Korean Central Television (KCTV) via Satellite in Korean carried ad hoc a 50-minute recorded relay of a "torchlight soiree" of youths and students held under the title of "Military-First Fatherland" at Kim Il Sung [Kim Il-so'ng] Square to celebrate the national anniversary, almost immediately following another recorded relay of a Worker-Peasant Red Guards parade. The programme did not mention...

2006-07-12 23:51:00

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - A "baffled" China has made no breakthrough in urging North Korea to disarmament talks, a senior U.S diplomat said on Thursday as regional fissures over how to deal with Pyongyang's missile tests widened. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill told reporters in Beijing he was confident that the United Nations, now divided over how to respond to last week's missile launches, would send a "very strong, very clear message" to Pyongyang....

2006-04-04 00:42:41

By Karolos Grohmann SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea are expected to clinch a long-awaited deal on fielding a unified team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics by August this year, South Korea's Olympic chief said on Tuesday. "We will reach some agreement, hopefully by August," National Olympic Committee President Kim Jung-kil told Reuters in an interview at a meeting of NOCs in Seoul. Still technically at war more than half a century after their armed conflict on the peninsula, the...

2006-03-20 06:14:44

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - Korean families separated for more than half a century on the divided peninsula shared tears and embraces on Monday at the start of a two-pronged reunion. North and South Korea will hold two sets of reunions this week of families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War. The latest reunions come as generally better ties between the two countries have been strained in recent weeks due to North Korean anger over annual joint South Korean-U.S. military...

2006-03-11 05:45:54

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has postponed minister level talks with Seoul citing a major joint exercise by U.S. and South Korean troops scheduled later this month, the South Korean unification ministry said on Saturday. Pyongyang's minister-equivalent chief delegate, Cabinet Councilor Kwon Ho-ung, has notified Seoul's unification minister Lee Jong-seok that the talks would be postponed to April, the ministry said in a statement. North Korea has criticized the joint exercise by the...

2006-03-02 04:55:05

By Lee Jin-joo SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korean generals began rare talks on Thursday on reducing military tensions and building confidence to help improve cross-border ties, a South Korean official said. Lower-level, but senior, military officers from the two sides met last month at a border truce village and agreed on resuming the generals' talks, which had been suspended since June, 2004. Efforts to reduce military tensions between the North and South, which remain...

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...

2006-02-16 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...

2006-02-07 12:08:53

By Karolos Grohmann TURIN (Reuters) - North and South Korea will march together for the first time during a Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, organizers said. Still technically at war, the two Koreas will enter Turin's Olympic stadium as one team in a move to warm ties further between Seoul and Pyongyang. "They will march together. They will enter the stadium as one team," a Turin Games spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday. They will compete as two separate teams in the Games...


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