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Kim Jong-Un’s Wife Reappears Sparking New Specualtion

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The public is getting another glimpse of the wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after speculation about why she had not been seen for some time. Photos from North Korea Tuesday showed Ri Sol-Ju attending a football match and a concert with her husband. The public appearances are her first in nearly two […]

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Report: White House Mulling Possible Drone Strikes in North Africa

Posted October 2nd, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House has declined to confirm or deny a report that says it is considering whether to carry out drone strikes against al-Qaida’s branch in North Africa. The Washington Post reported Tuesday the White House has held secret meetings to consider unilateral action against al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM. The group has […]

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N. Korean Official: US Made Korea World’s Most Dangerous Hotspot

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior North Korean official says a hostile U.S. policy toward Pyongyang has made the Korean peninsula the world’s most dangerous hotspot. Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil Yon told the United Nations General Assembly Monday that the Koreas are just a spark away from a nuclear war, thanks to the United States. He accused the […]

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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea’s Debt

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has agreed to write off 90 percent of North Korea’s $11 billion in debt that it has owed to Moscow since the Soviet era. Russian officials and North Korea’s state news agency say the two nations signed the agreement during a meeting Monday in Moscow. Few details on the deal have been released. Russian […]

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Japan, North Korea Meet for First Time in 4 Years

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan and North Korea have held their first talks in four years, in an effort to overcome decades of tension and mistrust. Officials from the two countries met Wednesday at the Japanese embassy in Beijing. The two sides do not have formal diplomatic relations. The Japanese news agency Kyodo reports the talks focused mainly on […]

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Japan, North Korea Meet for First Time in 4 Years

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japan and North Korea have held their first talks in four years, in an effort to overcome decades of tension and mistrust. Officials from the two countries met Wednesday at the Japanese embassy in Beijing. The two sides do not have formal diplomatic relations. The Japanese news agency Kyodo reports the talks primarily focused on […]

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Japan, North Korea Meet for First Time in 4 Years

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials from Japan and North Korea are holding their first government-level talks in four years. The meetings Wednesday at the Japanese embassy in Beijing are being described as preliminary discussions between the two sides, which do not have formal diplomatic relations. Japan and North Korea last met in 2008. Their relationship has long been strained […]

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Japan, North Korea Officials to Hold Talks

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japan says it will hold government-level talks with North Korea this month for the first time in four years. The Japanese government says the talks will cover various issues between the two nations and will be held in Beijing on August 29. Tuesday’s announcement comes nearly eight months after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un […]

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North Korea Threatens Harder Line in Nuclear Disarmament Talks

Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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In a rare direct message, a senior North Korean official has told VOA the Pyongyang government intends to harden its opposition to international pressure against its nuclear weapons program. Choi Sun-hee, a deputy director of North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, sent a note by email to VOA’s Korean Service Thursday, following three days of informal talks […]

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UN to Visit Flood-Hit North Korea

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations team will visit parts of flood-hit North Korea Tuesday to assess the damage and consider possible aid. An official with the U.N. Children’s Fund said U.N. workers already in North Korea would go to the two areas most affected by the flooding that began July 18. North Korea says torrential rains spawned […]

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