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Burma, S. Korea Pledge to Deepen Economic Ties

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s president is drumming up support for more investment in his country as it emerges from decades of military rule. Burmese President Thein Sein was met by an honor guard and flag-waving children at the Blue House in Seoul Tuesday before meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. The two leaders agreed to strengthen economic […]

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Families of Kidnapped Sailors Plea for South Korean Help

Posted October 8th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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The families of four South Korean sailors taken hostage by Somali pirates last year are pleading for help in securing their release. The sailors were among the crew of the tanker MT Gemini who were captured on April 30, 2011, while traveling from Kenya to Malaysia. The pirates released most of the crew after the […]

Burmese President to Visit Seoul

Posted October 5th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein is headed to South Korea, the latest step in an effort to rehabilitate his country’s image. The Burmese leader is expected to travel to Seoul Monday for the start of a three-day visit which will include a summit with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. South Korean spokesperson Lee Mi-Yeon tells VOA […]

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N. Korean Official: US Made Korea World’s Most Dangerous Hotspot

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior North Korean official says a hostile U.S. policy toward Pyongyang has made the Korean peninsula the world’s most dangerous hotspot. Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil Yon told the United Nations General Assembly Monday that the Koreas are just a spark away from a nuclear war, thanks to the United States. He accused the […]

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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea’s Debt

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has agreed to write off 90 percent of North Korea’s $11 billion in debt that it has owed to Moscow since the Soviet era. Russian officials and North Korea’s state news agency say the two nations signed the agreement during a meeting Monday in Moscow. Few details on the deal have been released. Russian […]

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South Korea’s Opposition Picks Presidential Candidate

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s main opposition party has selected its candidate for the December presidential election. The Democratic United Party picked former human rights lawyer and former presidential aide Moon Jae-in on Sunday. In his acceptance speech, Moon vowed to push for summit talks and greater economic cooperation with North Korea. The liberal party candidate served as […]

North Korea Reports 48 Dead, More Missing After Typhoon

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s official news agency says that 48 people were killed and many are still missing after typhoon Bolaven hit North Korea’s western coast last week. The Korean Central News Agency also reported on Monday that some 50 people were injured in the powerful storm. The report says that the typhoon has left more than […]

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Japan, North Korea Meet for First Time in 4 Years

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan and North Korea have held their first talks in four years, in an effort to overcome decades of tension and mistrust. Officials from the two countries met Wednesday at the Japanese embassy in Beijing. The two sides do not have formal diplomatic relations. The Japanese news agency Kyodo reports the talks focused mainly on […]

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Japan, North Korea Meet for First Time in 4 Years

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japan and North Korea have held their first talks in four years, in an effort to overcome decades of tension and mistrust. Officials from the two countries met Wednesday at the Japanese embassy in Beijing. The two sides do not have formal diplomatic relations. The Japanese news agency Kyodo reports the talks primarily focused on […]

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Japan, North Korea Meet for First Time in 4 Years

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials from Japan and North Korea are holding their first government-level talks in four years. The meetings Wednesday at the Japanese embassy in Beijing are being described as preliminary discussions between the two sides, which do not have formal diplomatic relations. Japan and North Korea last met in 2008. Their relationship has long been strained […]

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