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Reports: Russia, North Korea to Hold Summit

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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News reports say that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is preparing to visit Russia later this week for talks with President Dmitry Medvedev. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a Japanese daily the Mainichi Shimbun Monday as saying that Russia and North Korea are in final consultations for the meeting in Russia’s Far East Friday. […]

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UN: Countries Slow to Contribute for North Korean Food Aid

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.N. official says the United Nations is having trouble raising money to address what it says are severe food shortages in North Korea. In an interview aired Thursday on Japan’s NHK television, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said the world body has so far received less than 20 percent of the $210 […]

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South Korea to Build Second North Korean Refugee Center

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it will build a new resettlement center to handle the growing number of North Korean defectors and help them adjust to life in the capitalist country. A spokesman for the Unification Ministry says the new facility will accommodate about 500 people at a time. She said ground-breaking will take place in town […]

South Korea Reports Arrival of Nine Defectors From North

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say they are questioning nine North Koreans who requested asylum after drifting across the two countries’ maritime border in a small boat. Officials say the nine were discovered late Saturday in a Yellow Sea area not far from Yeonpyeong Island, where a North Korean artillery attack killed four South Koreans in November. […]

US Official: US Wants to Avoid Mistakes With North Korea

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 10:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. diplomat says the United States is prepared to resume talks with North Korea, but it wants to avoid the mistakes made in previous negotiations with the communist nation. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told Foreign Policy magazine in an interview published Tuesday that no policy is the right policy forever. On […]

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North Korea Sets Date for Local Legislative Elections

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s official news agency says the country will hold local elections next month. The Korean Central News Agency announced Tuesday that balloting will be held July 24 for delegates to provincial, city and county people’s assemblies. About 25,000 delegates were chosen in the last round of local elections in 2007. Local people’s assemblies typically […]

Samsung Leader Lashes Out Against Internal Corruption

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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The head of South Korean-based conglomerate Samsung is vowing to root out corruption within the company after the resignation of a top executive at its arms-making unit. Lee Kun-hee, the head of the conglomerate’s flagship Samsung Electronics, made the pledge Thursday, a day after Oh Chang-suk stepped down as head of of subsidiary Samsung Techwin. […]

Elders Group Urges Aid for North Korea, Talks With Pyongyang

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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A group of former world leaders, known as the Elders, is urging the international community to work with aid agencies to provide food aid to North Korea, and is calling for countries to back a resumption of talks between North and South Korea. The recommendations are in the report of an Elders’ visit to North […]

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North Korea to Create New Economic Zone

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea says it will set up an economic zone on two islands on the border with China. The North Korean official news agency KCNA made the announcement Monday, a few days after the country’s leader Kim Jong Il returned from a trip to China to study its economic development. The news agency says the […]

Somali Pirate Sentenced to 15 Years in South Korea

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A South Korean court has sentenced a Somali pirate to 15 years in prison for his involvement in the hijacking of a South Korean ship. Abdulahi Husseen Maxamuud was convicted Wednesday of maritime robbery and other charges connected to the hijacking of the chemical carrier Samho Jewelry in the Arabian Sea. Maxamuud on Wednesday apologized […]

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