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North Korea Says US Offered Food Aid in Exchange for Nuclear Concessions

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean state media say the United States has offered to provide food aid and temporarily lift sanctions against Pyongyang if it suspends its uranium enrichment program. The North Korean Central News Service Wednesday quoted a foreign ministry spokesperson as saying Washington made the offer during high-level talks in July 2011. The spokesperson accused the […]

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North Korea to Pardon Prisoners to Mark Kims’ Birthdays

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea plans to pardon an unspecified number of convicts next month to mark the upcoming milestone birthdays of its two late leaders, Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung. The official Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday the amnesty would begin on February 1, by order of a parliamentary decree. But it did not […]

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North Koreans Found Adrift Off Japan’s Coast

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Three survivors of what appears to be a fishing trip gone wrong are alive, rescued off the western coast of Japan. Japanese officials found the small, wooden boat with Korean characters on it drifting Friday about one kilometer from the island of Okinoshima. Officials say there was also one body in the boat. The survivors […]

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North Korea Rebukes Japan, Says Relations Hurt

Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pyongyang is lashing out at Japan’s leadership, criticizing its behavior following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The state-run Korean Central News Agency criticized Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda by name Tuesday for not offering condolences. It also criticized Japan for raising a security alert following Kim’s death. The KCNA commentary said […]

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US Envoy Calls for ‘Concrete Steps’ from North Korea on Nuclear Program

Posted December 8th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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The new top U.S. envoy to North Korea is calling for Pyongyang to take “concrete steps” in order to revive stalled multilateral talks over its nuclear program. U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Glyn Davies said Thursday that North Korea should fulfill promises it made in 2005 to abandon its nuclear program in exchange for […]

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Reports: North Korea Test-Fired Missiles In Yellow Sea

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean news media say North Korea has test fired air-to-ship missiles in the Yellow Sea, prompting Seoul to step up its anti-air defenses. The Yonhap news agency and local newspapers quote government sources as saying the North Korean military fired air-to-ship missiles in October and again this month using IL-28 bombers. The reports say […]

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Cargo Ship Sinks After Collision Off China Coast

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China says two cargo ships have collided off the coast of the eastern city of Qingdao, causing one of the freighters to sink. China’s state-run news agency, Xinhua, reports that nine of the crew of the sunk vessel were rescued Friday evening while another 10 are still missing. It says all of those who were […]

Report: North Korean Defectors to Arrive in South This Week

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 1:28 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s Yonhap news agency says Tokyo is set this week to transfer 9 North Korean defectors who mistakenly entered Japan earlier this month while trying to reach the South aboard a small wooden boat. The defectors, including 3 children, were found September 13 adrift near the Japanese port city of Kanazawa and have remained […]

US Urges Russian Caution in NOKOR Maneuvers

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 1:42 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is urging Russia to ensure that upcoming joint Russian-North Korean naval exercises are not interpreted by the North as a license to ignore international concerns about Pyongyang’s rogue nuclear weapons programs. The U.S. concern came Thursday in a State Department statement — two days after Moscow said it would hold the unprecedented […]

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North Korea Launches Joint Cruise Venture with China

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has joined with Chinese investors to launch a cruise line aimed at carrying foreign tourists to a controversial North Korean seaside resort near its border with South Korea. The inaugural voyage of the cruise vessel, a converted cargo ship, arrived Wednesday at the Mount Kumgang resort carrying 130 Chinese passengers from the North […]

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