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South Korea: Open for Dialogue With North, Ready for Defense

Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it is open to dialogue with its northern neighbor, but that it is also ready for a swift response to any possible hostility from North Korea. South Korea’s Defense Minister Yu Woo-ik told parliament Thursday that Seoul would take every counter-measure into consideration to ensure national security. South Korea has been scrutinizing […]

A Look At Conflicts Between Iran and Britain

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Tensions between Britain and Iran date to the 19th century when London acquired large economic concessions. Britain later had significant control in Iran’s oil industry. For decades, conspiracy-minded Iranians have alleged British interference in Iran, including in the overthrow of the late Shah in 1979. Here are some recent incidents: APRIL 1980: Iranian gunmen storm […]

North Korea Condemns South Korea’s Unification Broadcasts

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea has called on South Korea to halt its broadcasts on unification, saying they are insulting and provocative. North Korea’s government-run news agency KCNA, in an article Friday, denounced the South’s Unification Ministry for launching broadcasts, which it said were meant to tarnish the communist country. The article quoted the North Korean committee which […]

Alleged US Plot Fuels Iran-Saudi Divisions

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The alleged assassination plot linking Iranian operatives with a plan to target Saudi’s Arabia’s Washington ambassador has sharply raised tensions between the two countries. The Saudi government called the plot a “despicable violation of international norms, standards and conventions.” Saudi Arabia and Iran have long been geopolitical rivals, but the 2011 Arab Spring protests sparked […]

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South Korea’s Ruling Party Chief Visits North Korea

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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The head of South Korea’s ruling party crossed the border into North Korea Friday to pay a one-day visit to a jointly run industrial complex. Grand National Party chief Hong Joon-pyo told reporters before leaving for the facility in Kaesong that it is a politician’s obligation to try to improve relations. The complex just north […]

South Korea’s Ruling Party Chief Confirms Upcoming Visit North Korea

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 7:22 am (UTC-5)
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The head of South Korea’s ruling party says he will travel to North Korea later this week. Grand National Party chief Hong Joon-pyo told reporters Tuesday that he will visit a joint industrial complex in Kaesong on Friday. The complex has several South Korean factories that employ cheap North Korean labor. Hong announced earlier this […]

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Reports: South Korea’s Ruling Party Chief to Visit North Korea

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say the head of the country’s ruling party is planning a diplomatic visit to North Korea. An official with the Grand National Party told reporters that Hong Joon-pyo will visit a joint industrial complex in Kaesong on Friday. Hong said earlier this month that he would be willing to visit the complex […]

Koreas Fail to Reach Terms for Kumgang Resort Talks

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea said Wednesday it has failed to reach agreement with Pyongyang on terms for talks on a dispute over a shuttered tourist resort in North Korea. Pyongyang agreed conditionally on Tuesday to attend a meeting this week, raising hopes for a breakthrough after amiable talks between the two Koreas in Indonesia last week. But […]

Pyongyang Sets Conditions for Inter-Korean Talks on Joint Resort

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea has agreed to South Korea’s proposal to discuss the closed joint tourist resort in North Korea on condition that Seoul brings private businessmen to the meeting. South Korea has proposed a meeting for Friday for another round of talks on the future of the Mount Kumgang resort. In its response Tuesday to Seoul’s […]

South Korea to Hold Talks With North on Resort

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it will send a group of government officials and private businessmen to Mount Kumgang in North Korea to discuss the North’s unilateral seizure of South Korea’s assets in the scenic mountain resort. Officials in Seoul announced the decision Monday after Pyongyang threatened to dispose of South Korean-owned buildings at the joint project. […]

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