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Aug 1, 2011

North Korea says agrees more U.S. talks

SEOUL (Reuters) – Isolated North Korea said on Monday it had agreed to further dialogue with the United States, and repeated it was willing to resume regional nuclear disarmament talks at an early date, without preconditions.

U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth held talks with veteran North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Kye-gwan at the U.S. mission to the United Nations in New York last Thursday and Friday.

Jul 29, 2011

South Korean envoy downbeat on nuclear talks

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s nuclear envoy said on Friday it would be very difficult to persuade North Korea to give up its atomic program, and that a flurry of diplomacy aimed at restarting nuclear talks was unlikely to produce major breakthroughs.

Nuclear envoys from the two Koreas met for the first time in two years last week and a top North Korean diplomat is in New York for talks, raising hopes for a resumption of denuclearization dialogue after a more than two-year hiatus.

Jul 28, 2011

South Koreans on landmine alert after series of deadly mudslides

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Koreans were cautioned about rogue landmines and explosives on Thursday after a series of deadly landslides in and around the capital Seoul swamped military sites, defense officials said.

At least 67 people are dead or missing from the landslides and flashfloods caused by the heaviest rainfalls in a century to hit the Seoul region, home to about 25 million people.

Jul 26, 2011

Two Koreas agree talks in rush of peaceful gestures

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea agreed on Tuesday to a third round of talks with South Korea aimed at resolving a long-running row over a shuttered joint tourist resort in the North.

A rush of diplomatic contacts between the two Koreas and the United States, plus a shipment of food aid from the South on Tuesday, raised hopes for a resumption of long-delayed aid-for-denuclearization talks.

Jul 25, 2011

U.S. and S.Korea stand firm against Pyongyang over nukes

SEOUL (Reuters) – A rare visit by one of North Korea’s top diplomats to the United States this week has renewed hopes for stalled nuclear talks, but Seoul and Washington’s terms have not changed: Pyongyang has to show it is sincere about scrapping its atomic bomb.

North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kae-gwan travels to New York at the end of the week in what will be the first such contact between the sides since a visit by Stephen Bosworth, the top U.S. envoy on peninsula affairs, to Pyongyang in 2009.

Jul 25, 2011

Analysis: U.S and South Korea stand firm against Pyongyang

SEOUL (Reuters) – A rare visit by one of North Korea’s top diplomats to the United States this week has renewed hopes for stalled nuclear talks, but Seoul and Washington’s terms have not changed: Pyongyang has to show it is sincere about scrapping its atomic bomb.

North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kae-gwan travels to New York at the end of the week in what will be the first such contact between the sides since a visit by Stephen Bosworth, the top U.S. envoy on peninsula affairs, to Pyongyang in 2009.

Jul 22, 2011

Somalia emergency exacerbated by instability: U.N.

SEOUL (Reuters) – The humanitarian crisis unraveling in southern Somalia, which the United Nations says is the worst famine in the area for 20 years, has been compounded by political instability that is nearly impossible to deal with, a top UN official said.

“This is a huge humanitarian crisis compounded by both manmade and natural disasters,” Kanayo Nwanze, director the of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), told Reuters in an interview in Seoul Friday.

Jul 22, 2011

Somalia emergency exacerbated by instability – U.N. official

SEOUL (Reuters) – The humanitarian crisis unravelling in southern Somalia, which the United Nations says is the worst famine in the area for 20 years, has been compounded by political instability that is nearly impossible to deal with, a top UN official said.

“This is a huge humanitarian crisis compounded by both manmade and natural disasters,” Kanayo Nwanze, director the of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), told Reuters in an interview in Seoul on Friday.

Jul 12, 2011

Woman striker rallies Korea workers from the top of a crane

SEOUL, July 12 (Reuters) – It has to be one of the loneliest
picket lines going — a woman by herself on the top of a crane.

For South Korean labour activist Kim Jin-suk, crane No. 85
at a Busan shipyard is her soapbox to demand workers’ rights and
the reversal of a local shipbuilder’s plans to lay off around
400 employees .

Jul 7, 2011

South Korea expects huge economic boost from Winter Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Shares in South Korean casino and resort operators and construction firms spiked on Thursday, buoyed by expectations that Pyeongchang’s hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics could pump tens of billions of dollars into the economy.

At an International Olympic Committee meeting, South Korea won the right to host the contest at the third attempt, capping a decade-long campaign to bring winter sports to this rustic town, and sparking all-night celebrations.