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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...

2005-10-20 21:11:36

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent, and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held talks on Friday with long-time ally South Korea, which is eager to take on a greater role defending the peninsula half a century after a bitter war with the communist North. Rumsfeld said in a news commentary on Monday he was prepared to discuss ways to continue building on the "strong, but evolving" alliance between the United States and South Korea. It was not clear how...

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....

2005-09-20 10:59:29

GULFPORT, Miss (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday it would not be prepared to talk about providing a light water reactor for North Korea until Pyongyang eliminated its nuclear weapons program in a verifiable way. President George W. Bush spoke with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun on Tuesday and both agreed that verification that North Korea abandoned its nuclear weapons program was "critical" for implementing the recent agreement, White House spokesman Scott McClellan...

2005-09-20 06:58:32

By Martin Nesirky and Jack Kim SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea jeopardized a six-country deal on giving up its nuclear arms just one day after it was struck by vowing on Tuesday to keep the weapons until Washington provides civilian atomic reactors. The U.S. State Department said the North's views, set out in a long statement, did not match the agreement signed in Beijing. China asked all sides to fulfil their promises. Seoul said it would take the lead role in bridging the...

2005-09-15 22:17:02

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States should consider normalizing relations with North Korea as part of the resolution of the nuclear arms dispute with the communist state, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun said on Thursday. As talks on ending North Korea's nuclear programs hit a deadlock in Beijing, Roh told a New York audience he was both "optimistic" about ending the impasse and "very nervous" about a crisis that has hung over the Korean...

2005-09-12 04:51:59

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's landslide election victory does not bode well for improving Tokyo's soured relations with its Asian neighbours, newspaper editorials from the region and beyond said on Monday. The mainstream South Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo predicted that problems will arise in international ties. "After the elections Mr Koizumi and the Liberal Democratic Party will move further to the right and show nationalistic...