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North Korea Launches Rocket Over Pacific

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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News reports say North Korea launched a three-stage rocket into space early Friday, in defiance of United Nations resolutions, and despite warnings from the United States and other nations of repercussions. Pyongyang says the rocket is placing a satellite in orbit. But Washington and its Asia allies South Korea and Japan suspect it is merely […]

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New Frontier Party Wins South Korean Parliamentary Vote

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s ruling conservative party has won control of parliament in a nationwide election seen as a preview of presidential elections later this year. Wednesday’s election results give a boost to President Lee Myung-bak’s ruling New Frontier party, which will hold onto its majority in parliament. The voting was to fill 300 seats in the […]

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South Korean Parliamentary Vote Too Close to Call

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s two main parties are locked in a close race for control of parliament that is seen as a preview of presidential elections later this year. Exit polls from Wednesday’s voting left analysts unable to predict whether President Lee Myung-bak’s ruling New Frontier party will hold onto its majority in parliament. Official results were […]

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North Korean Defector Sees Signs of Chinese Policy Shift

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A research organization in Seoul says it is hopeful of better treatment for North Korean defectors in China following signs that the Chinese policy of forcing them to return home has eased. Kang Chul Hwan, a founding director of the North Korea Strategy Center in Seoul, spoke to VOA Wednesday about media reports that a […]

North Korean Defector Sees Signs of Chinese Policy Shift

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A research organization in Seoul says it is hopeful of better treatment for North Korean defectors in China following signs that the Chinese policy of forcing them to return home has eased. Kung Chul Hwan, a founding director of the North Korea Strategy Center in Seoul, spoke to VOA Wednesday about media reports that a […]

Reports: China Lets North Korean Defectors Travel to South

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean media report that five North Korean defectors have arrived in Seoul after spending almost three years in a South Korean consulate in Beijing. It would be the first time in more than five years that China has allowed North Korean defectors hiding in a diplomatic mission to travel to the South, rather than […]

North Korea Refusing to Scrap Missile Launch

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s nuclear envoy says Pyongyang will still proceed with this month’s scheduled rocket launch, despite lengthy meetings with U.S. officials in Germany this week. Ri Gun arrived in the Chinese capital city Tuesday from Germany, as international tensions increase over the planned launch. Pyongyang says the launch is aimed to place a weather satellite […]

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North Korea Says US Breaking Nuclear Deal over Rocket

Posted March 31st, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea said Saturday the U.S. suspension of food aid is an over-reaction to Pyongyang’s planned rocket launch. North Korea announced in February it would temporarily suspend nuclear tests, long-range ballistic missile launches and nuclear activities. In return, Washington, pledged to provide the North with 240,000 metric tons of nutritional assistance. Washington considers the planned […]

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Official: US Will Suspend Food Aid to North Korea

Posted March 28th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. Defense Department official says Washington has decided to suspend food aid to North Korea, in part because of its plans to carry out a provocative missile launch next month. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Peter Lavoy told a congressional hearing Wednesday that such a launch would reflect Pyongyang’s desire to ignore its […]

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Obama Warns North Korea No More Rewards for Provocations

Posted March 25th, 2012 at 11:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama warned North Korea Monday about its pursuit of nuclear weapons, saying there would be no more rewards for provocations. In a speech at Hankuk University in Seoul, South Korea, Mr. Obama said Pyongyang could continue down the road it is on, but that would lead to more broken dreams, more isolation […]

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