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2006-05-24 00:43:56

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea called off trial train runs across the heavily militarized border with the South on Thursday, scotching plans for the first rail crossings in more than half a century. Reconnecting the rail lines would have been a deeply symbolic step in generally warming ties between the two Koreas because the last time a train crossed the border it carried refugees and soldiers wounded in the Korean War. Seoul's vice-unification minister, Shin Eon-sang,...

2006-05-18 05:07:38

BEIJING (Reuters) - The chief U.S. negotiator to six-party talks on dismantling North Korea's nuclear programs will visit Beijing next week, China's foreign ministry said on Thursday, amid a renewed push to revive the stalled negotiations. Christopher Hill will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, during the May 24-25 visit to China, which has played host to talks that North Korea has refused to return to since an inconclusive session last November. "The six-party talks...

2006-05-16 04:52:59

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday urged the resumption of multilateral talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear programs, saying it offered the best chance of resolving the standoff. "Secretary-General Annan said he supported the six-party talks to resolve the North Korean nuclear problem and hoped it would resume at an early time," South Korean presidential spokesman Chung Tae-ho quoted Annan as saying during a visit to the country....

2006-05-14 04:06:36

PYONGTAEK, South Korea (Reuters) - Thousands of South Koreans protested again on Sunday against plans to relocate the main U.S. military base to south of the capital, as the defense ministry prepared to extensively survey the site. About 4,000 protesters confronted thousands of police and an unidentified number of soldiers outside the fenced-off site, said a Pyongtaek police official, who declined to be named. Some of the unarmed protesters were involved in scuffles with police as...

2006-04-24 05:41:15

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Monday to work toward implementing a deal under which Pyongyang would scrap its nuclear weapons programs, but could not be induced to come back to multilateral disarmament talks. In an eight-point statement issued at the end of four-day inter-Korean talks, the two Koreas pledged to cooperate to reduce military tension and develop resources. They will also hold an economic cooperation meeting next month. Participants in the...

2006-04-21 06:03:39

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean civilian, believed to be a young schoolboy, was killed on Friday when a U.S. military armored vehicle being transported by train struck a high-voltage power line, officials said. The issue of the U.S. military presence in South Korea is highly sensitive. Months of countrywide protests erupted after an American armored vehicle crushed two schoolgirls in 2002. After that accident, which analysts say played a big part in liberal Roh Moo-hyun's...

2006-04-09 02:44:08

By Jack Kim TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korea's chief delegate to stalled talks on ending North Korea's nuclear arms program warned on Sunday against optimism for a breakthrough soon, saying Pyongyang still had serious problems with returning to the table. North Korea's top delegate to the talks, Kim Kye-gwan, said on Saturday he would meet chief envoys from the other countries and seek progress for the nuclear talks that have been deadlocked since producing a basic agreement in...

2006-03-23 23:16:34

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. troops will launch week-long joint exercises on Saturday to test whether they are ready to be mobilized if there was an armed conflict on the Korean peninsula, military officers said. The annual drills have angered North Korea in past years, and the communist state, which says the drills are a prelude to a U.S. invasion, has again stepped up anti-U.S. rhetoric. The participation of the nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in...

2006-03-22 22:23:24

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has allowed nearly 100 visiting South Koreans to return home after delaying their departure over objections to news reports that it had abducted people, officials said on Thursday. The South Koreans, several of them in their 80s and 90s, met long-lost relatives from the communist North at a mountain resort in a reunion that started on Monday. They were supposed to leave on Wednesday afternoon, but North Korea delayed their departure for about 10 hours,...

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...


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