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North Korea Launches Joint Cruise Venture with China

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 9:45 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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North Korea’s Kim Pushes China for New Nuke Talks

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is making another push to restart nuclear disarmament talks in the hopes of getting aid for his impoverished country. China’s state-run media Friday said the North Korean leader told a Chinese diplomat he was willing to go ahead with a nuclear test and production ban without any preconditions. The latest […]

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N. Korean Leader Returns Home from Russian Summit

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-IL headed home from Russia on an armored train Thursday, crossing into northeastern China a day after offering to freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs if six-nation negotiations are resumed. Russia’s Interfax news agency says Mr. Kim’s train was seen at a station on the Russia-China frontier (at Zabaikalsk), a […]

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High-Ranking North Korean Military Officer Dies

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea’s official media reported Monday that one of the country’s senior military generals has died. The Korean Central News Agency said Vice Marshal Ri Jong San, who also was a member of North Korea’s parliament , died of an unspecified long illness Saturday. He was 87 years old. KCNA said North Korean leader Kim […]

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North, South Korea Hold Direct Nuclear Talks

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Nuclear envoys from North and South Korea held talks Friday on the sidelines of the ASEAN security forum in Bali, in the first such meeting between the two sides since six-party nuclear talks collapsed in December 2008. The South’s Yonhap news agency quoted North Korea’s nuclear envoy Ri Yong Ho as saying the parties agreed […]

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North, South Korea Hold Direct Nuclear Talks

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 5:44 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say nuclear envoys from North and South Korea held talks Friday on the sidelines of the ASEAN security conference in Bali, Indonesia. Diplomats said it was the first meeting between chief nuclear envoys from the two countries since six-party nulear talks collapsed in December of 2008. The South’s Yonhap news agency said […]

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US: Korea Chairing Disarmament Body ‘No Big Deal’

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it has no plans to take any particular action against a U.N. disarmament body that has awarded North Korea its rotating presidency. A State Department spokeswoman said Monday that North Korea’s four-week tenure as head of the Geneva-based 65-nation U.N. Conference on Disarmament is “inconsequential,” because it is a relatively low-level […]

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