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Aug 28, 2015

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un hails accord with South as landmark

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called this week’s accord between the rival Koreas “a landmark occasion” paving the way for defused military tension and improved ties, but said it was the strength of its armed forces that made the deal possible.

North and South Korea on Tuesday agreed to end a military standoff that sparked an exchange of artillery fire and had ratcheted up tension on one of the world’s most heavily-fortified borders.

Aug 27, 2015

Summit by proxy – For rival Koreas, peace meeting was next best thing

SEOUL (Reuters) – The leaders of North and South Korea have not met for the last eight years, but the marathon 44 hour talks that brought the bitter rivals back from the brink of conflict was effectively a summit by proxy.

They were not in the room, but the North’s Kim Jong Un and the South’s Park Geun-hye might as well have been talking to each other in the unprecedented round-the-clock discussions that ended in the early hours of Tuesday.

Aug 24, 2015

As North, South Korea hold marathon crisis talks, Seoul talks tough

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye talked tough on Monday, demanding that North Korea apologise over a recent landmine incident, even as the bitter rivals held marathon negotiations in a bid to defuse tensions that have brought the peninsula to the brink of armed conflict.

Park said anti-North propaganda broadcasts would continue unless Pyongyang took responsibility for landmine explosions early this month that wounded two South Korean soldiers in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two countries.

Aug 23, 2015

North, South Korea on alert as talks resume in bid to end standoff

SEOUL (Reuters) – Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea resumed talks on Sunday after negotiating through the night in a bid to ease tensions involving an exchange of artillery fire that brought the peninsula to the brink of armed conflict.

The meeting at the Panmunjom truce village inside the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) began on Saturday evening shortly after North Korea’s deadline for Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts or face military action. It broke up before dawn on Sunday.

Aug 22, 2015

South, North Korea officials to meet in bid to ease tension

SEOUL (Reuters) – Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Saturday, the South said, raising hopes for an end to a standoff that put the two sides on the brink of armed conflict.

The meeting is due to take place half an hour after North Korea’s previously set ultimatum demanding that the South halt its loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts along the border or face military action.

Aug 12, 2015

Women forced into prostitution in World War II hope for apology from Japan

SEOUL (Reuters) – As many as 200,000 Korean women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two, but Kim Bok-dong is not hopeful that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is about to apologise.

Kim, 90, is one of South Korea’s 47 surviving “comfort women”, as those held at the brothels are euphemistically called, from among the 238 who came forward and shared their stories of abuse.

Aug 12, 2015

Women forced into prostitution in WW2 hope for apology from Japan

SEOUL (Reuters) – As many as 200,000 Korean women were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two, but Kim Bok-dong is not hopeful that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is about to apologize.

Kim, 90, is one of South Korea’s 47 surviving “comfort women”, as those held at the brothels are euphemistically called, from among the 238 who came forward and shared their stories of abuse.

Aug 6, 2015

South Korea president says economy needs ‘major surgery’

SEOUL, Aug 6 (Reuters) – South Korea’s president called on
Thursday for “major sugery” on the economy, which faces slowing
growth and increasing challenges as she approaches the half-way
point of her single five-year term.

Park Geun-hye, whose popularity has dipped below 40 percent,
has fallen short on pledges to breathe fresh momentum into
Asia’s fourth-largest economy and seen her push for labour
market reforms and job creation sputter.

Aug 4, 2015

South Korea replaces health minister criticized over MERS outbreak

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye removed her minister of health on Tuesday after criticism over the handling of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) which killed 36 people as it spread through hospitals.

Minister of Health and Welfare Moon Hyung-pyo, an economist and expert on welfare policy, was criticized for a decision to withhold the names of hospitals that had handled MERS patients in the early stage of the outbreak, fuelling confusion and fear.

Jun 23, 2015

North Korea gives South Korea ‘spies’ life of hard labor; U.N. rights office opens

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s highest court on Tuesday sentenced two South Koreans accused of spying to hard labor for life, its state media said, calling the punishment a lesson for those who conspire with Washington and Seoul.

The report of the sentencing came as the United Nations opened a field office in Seoul to investigate rights abuses in North Korea, a plan that has drawn anger from Pyongyang, which denies wrongdoing.