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2006-08-25 00:25:54

SEOUL (Reuters) - Regional powers should not try to back North Korea into a corner over its missile tests and nuclear weapons programme but should stand firm when Pyongyang behaves badly, South Korea's foreign minister said on Friday. U.S. and Japanese news reports have said North Korea might be preparing for its first nuclear weapons test. The North defied international warnings and test-fired seven missiles on July 5, prompting condemnation by the U.N. Security Council. "We need to...

2006-08-21 23:54:00

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it was considering a pre-emptive attack to counter a U.S.-South Korean joint military training drill that Pyongyang sees as a "war action," its official media reported on Tuesday. In its official media, North Korea said the drills were "an undisguised military threat and blackmail against the DPRK (North Korea) and a war action." The drills were a violation of the truce that ended the 1950-1953 Korean War, it said. "The Korean Peoples' Army side,...

2006-08-17 12:29:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House accused North Korea on Thursday of counterfeiting dollars to support terrorism and said the United States would continue to try to stem such illicit activity as well as Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. Six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program have been stalled since November after Pyongyang objected to a U.S. crackdown on companies suspected of helping the country in counterfeiting. The United States has accused North Korea of...

2006-08-17 12:25:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House accused North Korea on Thursday of counterfeiting dollars to support terrorism and said the United States would continue to try to stem such illicit activity as well as Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. Six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program have been stalled since November after Pyongyang objected to a U.S. crackdown on companies suspected of helping the country in counterfeiting. The United States has accused North Korea of conducting...

2006-08-14 02:41:44

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged patience in attempts to lure North Korea back to talks about its nuclear weapons ambitions rather than risk a "negative" response from the secretive state. North Korea spurned calls at a regional security forum last month to return to the six-party talks, even threatening to quit the ASEAN Regional Forum altogether. The talks have been stalled since November and attempts to bring the communist...

2006-08-08 10:05:04

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea needs to be given a face-saving way of coming back to talks on its nuclear weapons program or it might opt to increase tension through missile or nuclear tests, a report released on Wednesday said. The influential International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report on the stalled six-way nuclear talks and the North's multiple missile launches in July that one way to reduce tensions might be for the United States to ease some of the...

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....

2006-08-08 01:02:45

SEOUL (Reuters) - A former U.S. cabinet member who has held discussions with North Korean officials in the past over the North's nuclear ambitions may be planning a fresh trip to Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday. North Korea defied international warnings and test-fired seven missiles on July 5. It has also refused to return to six-country talks stalled since last November on ending its nuclear weapons program. Bill Richardson, a Democrat and Clinton administration...

2006-08-06 23:51:25

SEOUL (Reuters) - More than 800 North Koreans are dead or missing after major rain storms and flooding that damaged homes and farmland, a pro-North newspaper published in Japan reported from Pyongyang on Monday. Three major storms drenched North Korea in July, washing away crops and raising the possibility of famine in a reclusive country that already battles chronic food shortages. The Choson Sinbo said that as of July 17 that 549 people were killed, 295 went missing and 3,043 were...

2006-08-04 22:55:13

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea told its citizens on Saturday that foreign aid was pouring in to help it cope with flooding, just days after the government rejected offers of help. Pyongyang's state TV said Yangdok, north of Pyongyang, and other cities have received aid from different parts of the world, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said. North Korea's state television also reported authorities repaired railways damaged by flooding and landslides, resuming services along 45 routes,...


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