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South Korea To Provide Vaccines for Children in the North

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it will provide vaccines against the hepatitis B virus for more than one million North Korean children. A South Korean official at Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Tuesday the vaccines, worth more than $932,000, will be delivered to the North through international relief agencies in the South as early as this month. The […]

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Seoul Awaits Pyongyang’s Response on Nuclear Talks

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A South Korean official says two rounds of talks with North Korea have left Pyongyang with a better understanding of what it must do to effect a resumption of six-party nuclear negotiations. The senior official, who spoke Tuesday on condition he not be identified, told a group of reporters that South Korea’s goal is to […]

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South Korea Releases Humanitarian Aid to North, Ending Freeze

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it will resume providing humanitarian assistance to North Korea through the United Nations after a one-and-a-half-year freeze. A Unification Ministry official told VOA Tuesday the government will release almost $7 million in funding that was allocated to the World Health Organization for assistance to North Korea in 2009. Seoul froze the aid […]

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21 North Koreans Defect to South

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean authorities said Saturday that 21 North Koreans defected to the South after they were found drifting in a wooden boat in the Yellow Sea last Sunday. South Korea’s military said the boat was found drifting south of the Northern Limit Line, a disputed sea border between the two Koreas. The boat was floating […]

South Korean Minister to Visit Washington This Week

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik will visit the United States this week to coordinate policy on North Korea. The visit will be Yu’s first to Washington since he took charge of North Korea policy in September promising to be more flexible than his hard-line predecessor. The visit comes amid accelerating diplomacy aimed at […]

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US Defense Chief Says North Korea Still a Threat

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he is “skeptical” about the outcome of the latest round of direct U.S. talks with North Korea aimed at resuming stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations. Panetta expressed his reservations to reporters Thursday after holding talks with South Korean officials in Seoul. He said Pyongyang remains “a serious threat” by engaging […]

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US Defense Chief Says North Korea Still a Threat

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he is “skeptical” about the outcome of the latest round of direct U.S. talks with North Korea aimed at resuming the stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations. Panetta expressed his reservations to reporters Thursday after holding talks with government officials in Seoul. He said Pyongyang remains “a serious threat” by engaging […]

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‘No Breakthrough’ in US-North Korea Talks, Says High-Ranking US Diplomat

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. diplomat says progress was made during recent talks with North Korea over resuming the stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations, but added that the impasse remains. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell made the remarks Thursday in Seoul, where he briefed officials about the second round of direct bilateral talks between American and […]

Nuclear Diplomacy Accelerates After US-North Korea Talks

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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The pace of Asian nuclear diplomacy accelerated Wednesday, a day after what were described as “positive” talks in Geneva between U.S. and North Korean negotiators. Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang met in Seoul with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak after completing talks in Pyongyang with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. And South Korea’s top […]

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South Korea Blocks NGOs From Visiting North Korea

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s Unification Ministry says it has denied permission for a group of private relief organizations to accept an invitation to North Korea. Officials with the Korea NGO Council for Cooperation with North Korea, representing more than 50 NGOs, said Tuesday they have been invited to the North to discuss “overall issues.” But the Unification […]

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