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Japan Prepares Defenses Against N. Korean Rocket Launch

Posted March 23rd, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japan says it is preparing its missile defense systems to shoot down any North Korean rocket that threatens Japanese territory. Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka, spoke Friday in Tokyo, as North Korea moves forward with plans to launch a missile next month that it says will put a satellite in orbit. The United States, South Korea […]

North Korean Orchestral Diplomacy Could Reach US

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A new wave of orchestral diplomacy may prove to be the key to soothing tensions between the United States and North Korea. At least that is the hope of an American group working to organize a U.S. tour by North Korea’s National Symphony Orchestra. Washington-area concert promoters Classical Movements said Thursday the U.S. State Department […]

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UN Chief ‘Deeply Concerned’ at North Korean Missile Launch Plans

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep concern” about North Korea’s plan to launch a satellite into orbit, and vowed to raise the issue at next week’s nuclear security summit in Seoul. Mr. Ban, speaking Thursday, said the missile launch — widely seen outside the North as a pretext for testing a nuclear weapons delivery […]

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UN Chief ‘Deeply Concerned’ at North Korean Missile Launch Plans

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep concern” at North Korea’s plan to launch a satellite into orbit, and vowed to raise the issue at next week’s nuclear security summit in Seoul. Speaking Thursday in Malaysia, Mr. Ban said the missile launch threatens regional security and undermines recent advancements toward ending the dispute over Pyongyang’s […]

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UN Chief ‘Deeply Concerned’ at North Korean Missile Launch Plans

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep concern” at North Korea’s plan to launch a satellite into orbit, and vowed to raise the issue at next week’s nuclear security summit in Seoul. Speaking Thursday in Malaysia, Mr. Ban said the missile launch threatens regional security and undermines recent advancements toward ending the dispute over Pyongyang’s […]

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Ex-Aide Says N. Korean Satellite Launch Violates Agreement with U.S.

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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A former senior White House aide on Asia policy says North Korea’s recently announced plan to launch a satellite into orbit would violate an agreement with the U.S. on the suspension of ballistic missile testing. Victor Cha, the former director of the National Security Council for Asian Affairs, says when Pyongyang agreed last month to […]

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U.S. Lawmaker Slams China Over North Korean Defectors

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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The co-chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Human Rights Commission, says that China is seriously infringing on the human rights of North Korean defectors by sending them back to their homeland. U.S. Representative James McGovern told VOA that Chinese officials realize North Koreans sent back home face a dismal fate. “I think anyone fleeing […]

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US Sees Progress in North Korea Food Aid Talks

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. envoy say progress was made in negotiations with North Korean officials on details of a plan to supply 240,000 tons of U.S. food aid to the communist nation. Robert King, the special envoy for human rights in North Korea, spoke to reporters after Wednesday’s talks in Beijing. “We’ve discussed a number of […]

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US, North Korea to Discuss US Food Assistance

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Two U.S. envoys are in Beijing for talks with North Korea on details of a plan to supply 240,000 tons of U.S. food aid to the communist nation. Robert King, the special envoy for human rights in North Korea, said ahead of Wednesday’s talks that the nutritional assistance program is “complicated.” He said the talks […]

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Satellite Images Show Progress at North Korea Reactor

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 8:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Satellite images released by a private, Washington-based group show that North Korea has made progress in the construction of a light-water reactor at its key nuclear Yongbyon complex north of the capital, Pyongyang. The February 3 images of the nuclear site, released by the Institute of Science and International Security, show that the reactor’s turbine […]

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