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North Korea Releases 2 Detained Japanese Workers

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has released two Japanese workers who had been detained for almost a year on suspicion of criminal activity. The men were charged with drug smuggling and counterfitting while visiting a North Korean border town last March. Japanese officials said Friday the men were returned by way of China earlier this week, but declined […]

Venezuela Says Consulate Officials in US Threatened

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuela says it is withdrawing its personnel from its consulate in the U.S. city of Miami because the staff there have been threatened. The moves comes shortly after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the closure of the consulate in Miami in an escalating diplomatic dispute. President Chavez said on Friday he was closing the consulate […]

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Venezuela Closes Miami Consulate

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered the closure of the country’s consulate in Miami, days after the United States expelled a Venezuelan diplomat. In a speech to the National Assembly Friday, President Chavez said he was taking the move in response to what he called an “unfair” action by the U.S. The United States said […]

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EU to Open Representative Office in Burma

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union says it will open a representative office in Burma in the near future. Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, told VOA Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with the Burmese government to open an office in Rangoon. “It won’t be a full EU delegation or anything […]

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Senior US Diplomat to Meet Top South Korean Nuclear Envoy

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell held talks Thursday with South Korean officials in Seoul on how to revive stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations with North Korea following the death of Kim Jong Il. Campbell met with Lim Sung-nam, South Korea’s top negotiator to six-party talks aimed at convincing North Korea to abandon its nuclear […]

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Senior US Diplomat to Meet Top South Korean Nuclear Envoy

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell is set to hold talks in Seoul with South Korean officials on how to revive stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations with North Korea following the death of Kim Jong Il. Campbell is expected to meet Thursday with Lim Sung-nam, South Korea’s top negotiator to six-party talks aimed at convincing […]

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Senior US Envoy Visits China Following Kim Jong Il’s Death

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Senior U.S. diplomat Kurt Campbell held talks with senior Chinese officials Wednesday in Beijing on the stability of North Korea following the death of former leader Kim Jong Il. Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said after his meeting with foreign ministry officials that the United States and China […]

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South Korea, US to Sign Plan to Counter North Korean Aggression

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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The South Korean Defense Ministry says the government will soon sign a deal with the United States to increase military exercises and boost preparedness in case of a possible North Korean aggression. South Korea’s Deputy Defense Minister Lim Kwan-Bin said Wednesday the threat of provocation by North Korea remains a constant possibility, as Kim Jong […]

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High Level US Diplomat Begins Asia Tour

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Senior U.S. diplomat Kurt Campbell has arrived in China, the first stop on a four-day tour that will also take him to South Korea and Japan. Campbell, the assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs, made no comments on arrival at the airport in Beijing Tuesday, but the State Department had said […]

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High Level US Diplomat Begins Asia Tour

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Senior U.S. diplomat Kurt Campbell has arrived in China, the first stop on a four-day tour that will also take him to South Korea and Japan. Campbell, the assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs, made no comments on arrival at the airport in Beijing Tuesday, but the State Department had said […]

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