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2006-02-01 22:03:17

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. Kim won a Nobel Peace prize for orchestrating an unprecedented and so far unrepeated meeting of the leaders of the two Koreas when he traveled to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in June 2000. That meeting set the stage for greater inter-Korean cooperation, including...

2006-01-28 20:12:03

By Jon Herskovitz - Analysis SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.S. crackdown on North Korean finances has not only hit Pyongyang hard but also exposed a divide between Washington and Seoul that the two governments may have trouble bridging, analysts said. Washington and Pyongyang are digging in their heels over the financial crackdown, and Seoul is looking for compromise. But unless a solution is found soon, talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programs -- one of the greatest threats to...

2005-11-17 00:01:57

SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged his support for eventual reunification of the two Koreas in a speech to South Korea's parliament on Thursday and said China's relations with the South were "entering their best period ever." In an upbeat speech on his second day of a state visit, Hu said the two countries -- former enemies who established relations just in 1992 -- should cooperate to foster stability in northeast Asia. "As always, China supports North-South...

2005-11-08 01:40:05

By Martin Nesirky and Lee Suwan SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's president announced on Tuesday he would meet Japan's prime minister next week despite a visit by the Japanese leader to a war shrine that angered Seoul. Roh Moo-hyun also told foreign correspondents at the presidential Blue House it was unlikely North Koreans would attend next week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the South Korean port city of Pusan. Roh said he would meet Prime Minister Junichiro...

2005-11-06 05:31:40

SEOUL (Reuters) - A Korean-American who spent about eight years in jail for illegally passing U.S. military secrets to Seoul returned to South Korea on Sunday where he was given a heroes' welcome. Robert Kim was greeted by scores of reporters and well-wishers upon his arrival at Inchon airport near Seoul. Supporters cheered his arrival and one held a placard that read "Our country loves you." Kim, a computer specialist who had worked at the U.S. naval intelligence office, is...

2005-11-06 03:22:12

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will likely abstain on a U.N. resolution to condemn North Korea for human rights abuses, a government official said, prompting an opposition politician to accuse Seoul of harboring double standards. The European Union is aiming to bring to a vote later this month at the U.N. General Assembly, a measure that will chastise North Korea for suspected rights abuses. No date has been set for the vote. Human rights group charge North Korea...

2005-10-28 02:15:29

SEOUL (Reuters) - The leaders of South Korea's ruling Uri Party resigned en masse on Friday to take responsibility for a setback in parliamentary by-elections this week in which candidates from the main opposition swept all available seats. President Roh Moo-hyun, who is a member of the Uri Party but not a leader, has said he would shoulder his share of the blame for the defeat, but not said how. Analysts said the public saw the party as having a muddled leadership and unable to...

2005-10-21 07:13:59

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent, and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Responding to South Korea's bid for a greater role in its own defense, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Friday that Washington was open to discussing Seoul's desire to assume wartime control of its troops. At annual security talks, South Korean Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung raised his country's wish to have command transferred to Seoul from Washington in the event of a war with North Korea. Rumsfeld...

2005-10-04 09:41:16

By Martin Nesirky SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea needs to become an advanced country in the next decade or it probably never will, the woman who could be the next president said on Tuesday. Park Geun-hye, leader of the main opposition Grand National Party and one of the country's most popular politicians, also told Reuters the government had promised reforms but delivered little and made scant progress in ties with North Korea. "There has been so much talk of reform that people are...

2005-10-04 09:17:22

By Paul Holmes and David Schlesinger SEOUL (Reuters) - When South Korean opposition leader Park Geun-hye went to meet President Roh Moo-hyun at his official residence last month it was, if only for an instant, as if she were coming home. Park, 53, spent her teenage years in the presidential Blue House in Seoul as the daughter of South Korea's authoritarian ruler Park Chung-hee -- years that were to be steeped in numbing tragedy, yet also leave her with an enormous sense of duty....


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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