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Japan, North Korea Officials to Hold Talks

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japan says it will hold government-level talks with North Korea this month for the first time in four years. The Japanese government says the talks will cover various issues between the two nations and will be held in Beijing on August 29. Tuesday’s announcement comes nearly eight months after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un […]

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North Korea Threatens Harder Line in Nuclear Disarmament Talks

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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In a rare direct message, a senior North Korean official has told VOA the Pyongyang government intends to harden its opposition to international pressure against its nuclear weapons program. Choi Sun-hee, a deputy director of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, sent a note by email to VOA’s Korean Service Thursday, following three days of informal talks […]

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UN to Visit Flood-Hit North Korea

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations team will visit parts of flood-hit North Korea Tuesday to assess the damage and consider possible aid. An official with the U.N. Children’s Fund said U.N. workers already in North Korea would go to the two areas most affected by the flooding that began July 18. North Korea says torrential rains spawned […]

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North Korea Identifies Kim Jon Un’s Mystery Companion as His Wife

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea has confirmed its leader Kim Jong Un is married, ending weeks of speculation about the identity of a woman who has accompanied him to recent public events. State media reported that Mr. Kim and “Comrade Ri Sol Ju” toured a newly-built amusement park Wednesday in Pyongyang. It was the first time North Korean […]

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North Korea Identifies Kim Jon Un’s Mystery Companion as His Wife

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea has confirmed that its new leader Kim Jong Un is married, ending weeks of speculation about the identity of a woman who has accompanied him in recent public events. State media reported that Mr. Kim and “Comrade Ri Sol Ju” toured a newly-built amusement park in Pyongyang on Wednesday. It was the first […]

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North Korea Identifies Kim Jon Un’s Mystery Companion as His Wife

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean state television says a mystery woman who has accompanied new leader Kim Jong Un in recent public events is his wife. The station reports Mr. Kim and “Comrade Ri Sol Chu” toured a newly-built amusement park in Pyongyang. It appears to be North Korean media’s first mention of the leader’s wife. Mr. Kim […]

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US Envoy: North Korea Must Live Up To Its Obligations

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. diplomat says North Korea can rejoin the international community if it lives up to its international obligations to dismantle its nuclear programs. Ambassador Glyn Davies, special representative of the Secretary of State for North Korea policy, told VOA that Pyongyang made promises to do that at a meeting with U.S. officials on […]

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South Korean President Apologizes for Graft Scandals

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has apologized to the nation for corruption allegations facing his brother and some of the president’s top aides. Mr. Lee gave a televised address Tuesday saying he bows his head in apology for “causing concern” to the South Korean people. His brother, Lee Sang-deuk, was arrested earlier this month in […]

Kim Jong Un Named Marshal of North Korea

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been awarded the title of marshal, formally becoming the country’s top military leader. State media announced the move in a brief special message Wednesday. It comes after a shakeup of the military’s leadership this week, which included the departure of Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s top military figure […]

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Kim Jong Un Named Marshal of North Korea

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been awarded the title of marshal, formally becoming the country’s top military leader. State media announced the move in a brief special message Wednesday. It comes after a shakeup of the military’s leadership this week, which included the departure of Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s top military figure […]

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