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US Commander Warns of Growing North Korean Threat

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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The top commander of U.S. forces in South Korea says he is concerned about North Korea’s growing capability to carry out attacks through nonconventional means, such as cyber warfare and chemical weapons. Speaking to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, General James Thurman said North Korea’s advances in computer hacking and biological weapons, combined […]

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South Korea Threatens to Shoot Down North Korean Rocket

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s defense ministry said Monday it is preparing to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it strays into the South’s airspace during a launch planned for next month. The North has announced it will fire the rocket between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding president […]

UN Chief Urges North Korea to Reconsider Rocket Launch Plan

Posted March 24th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged North Korea to reconsider its announced plan to launch a so-called “application satellite” next month. Mr. Ban discussed the issue in a meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Saturday. He arrived in Seoul earlier in the day to attend the Nuclear Security Summit which begins Monday. The […]

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North Korean, South Korean Delegates Scuffle at UN Meeting in Geneva

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean lawmakers clashed with a North Korean diplomat on Monday outside a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Switzerland. The scuffle broke out when a delegation of South Korean politicians approached North Korea’s ambassador to Geneva, So Se-pyong, after he rejected the contents of a U.N. report on human rights abuses by Pyongyang. […]

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Reports Say Obama May Visit Korean DMZ

Posted March 12th, 2012 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean media say U.S. President Barack Obama is considering a visit to the tense demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea during a scheduled visit to Seoul later this month. The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Monday that details of the DMZ visit were discussed during a recent visit to Washington by South Korean Foreign […]

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South Korea Sees Possible Talks With North at NY Conference

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean nuclear negotiators are leaving the door open for direct talks with their North Korean counterparts in New York, where both parties are attending a three-day academic conference. Lim Sung-nam, South Korea’s top envoy to the stalled six-party nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea, told reporters Wednesday that he has no plans for a […]

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US, South Korea Begin Military Exercises Despite North Korean Threats

Posted February 27th, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea and the United States began an annual, joint military exercise Monday, despite threats from North Korea last week that it would launch a “sacred war” if its territory is encroached upon. A spokesman at South Korea’s Defense Ministry called the exercise routine, explaining it will be similar in scope and size to last […]

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North Korea Vows ‘Sacred War’ in Response to US-South Korea Maneuvers

Posted February 25th, 2012 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea has threatened to launch a “sacred war” if South Korea and the United States go ahead with annual military exercises set to begin Monday. In a statement Saturday, the North’s National Defense Commission said the maneuvers are, in essence a “silent declaration of war” that will prompt a “corresponding physical retaliation” by Pyongyang. […]

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North Korea Threatens ‘Sacred War’

Posted February 25th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has threatened to launch a “sacred war” if South Korea and the United States go ahead with planned annual military exercises. The North’s National Defense Commission called the maneuvers “an outright challenge to the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and an explicit act of destruction.” The statement also hinted at possible […]

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China Vows to Repatriate 30 North Koreans

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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China has rejected South Korean pleas not to repatriate 30 North Koreans recently arrested in Chinese territory. A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, Hong Lei, said Tuesday the detained North Koreans are illegal economic migrants and not refugees deserving protection. The spokesman indicated his government rejects taking the issue to the United Nations. South Korean […]