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May 30, 2011

Graft scandal signals lame duck S.Korea presidency

SEOUL (Reuters) – A close aide to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was arrested on Monday on charges of taking bribes from a now-suspended savings bank, in a case analysts say signals the start of electoral mudslinging and could stall policymaking.

The corruption scandal will likely be followed by a string of other similar cases before next year’s presidential election — as was the case in the latter phases of the last two presidents’ terms — hamstringing Lee’s reform agenda, they say.

May 27, 2011

North Korea to free U.S. citizen held for six months

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. rights envoy Robert King on Friday won the release of an American citizen detained in North Korea on unspecified charges for the past six months, as he wrapped up a visit to the secretive state to assess its pleas for food aid.

The U.S. State Department said it had been informed by Sweden, which looks after U.S. interests in North Korea in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, that Jun Young Su would be freed.

May 27, 2011

N.Korea says to release US citizen held for 6 months

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. rights envoy Robert King on Friday won the release of an American citizen detained in North Korea on unspecified charges for the past six months, as he wrapped up a visit to the secretive state to assess its pleas for food aid.

The North’s KCNA state news agency said King had expressed regret about the case, and as a result Pyongyang had agreed to release Jun Young Su on “humanitarian grounds”.

May 27, 2011

North Korea says it is to release detained U.S. citizen

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. rights envoy Robert King on Friday won the release of an American citizen detained in North Korea on unspecified charges for the past six months, as he wrapped up a visit to the secretive state to assess its pleas for food aid.

The North’s KCNA state news agency said King had expressed regret about the case, and as a result Pyongyang had agreed to release Jun Young Su on “humanitarian grounds.”

May 27, 2011

North Korea says to release U.S. citizen held for six months

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. rights envoy Robert King on Friday won the release of an American citizen detained in North Korea on unspecified charges for the past six months, as he wrapped up a visit to the secretive state to assess its pleas for food aid.

The North’s KCNA state news agency said King had expressed regret about the case, and as a result Pyongyang had agreed to release Jun Young Su on “humanitarian grounds.”

May 25, 2011

South Korea probes second report of U.S. army chemical dumping

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea opened a second investigation in days into a report that the U.S. military dumped toxic chemicals near the capital decades ago, a Defense Ministry official said on Wednesday, threatening to trigger an anti-American backlash.

Experts have been sent to the former U.S. base in Bucheon, west of Seoul, to check out the claims after South Korean media reported that a U.S. veteran had said “hundreds of gallons” of chemicals were buried there between 1963 and 1964.

May 24, 2011

U.S. rights envoy makes groundbreaking trip to North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Rights envoy Robert King became the first U.S. official to visit secretive North Korea in 17 months on Tuesday, as Washington considers whether to resume food aid and as momentum builds to resume nuclear disarmament talks.

King is leading a team of five people on the trip to evaluate the destitute North’s pleas for food, which have been questioned by South Korea and some high profile U.S. senators.

May 24, 2011

U.S. envoy makes groundbreaking trip to North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Rights envoy Robert King headed to destitute North Korea on Tuesday, the first official U.S. visit to Pyongyang in 17 months as Washington considers whether to resume food aid and as momentum builds to resume nuclear disarmament talks.

The envoy will lead a team of five people on the week-long trip to evaluate the isolated North’s pleas for food, which have been questioned by South Korea and some high profile U.S. senators.

May 20, 2011

North Korean leader makes surprise visit to China – media

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s iron ruler Kim Jong-il made a surprise visit to China on Friday, South Korean media reported, amid a series of confusing reports about who was involved and the purpose of the trip.

South Korea’s media quoted South Korean presidential and government sources as saying the 69-year-old leader had entered China, the North’s only major ally, by train on Friday morning.

May 20, 2011

N.Korea’s Kim Jong-un in China to boost economic ties – reports

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – The heir-apparent to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arrived in China on Friday, possibly with his uncle and political minder, South Korean media reported, in his first official trip outside the isolated state.

Kim Jong-un had arrived by train in Tumen, in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin, Yonhap news agency quoted a source in Tumen as saying. It quoted a government official in Seoul as saying he was unlikely to go to Beijing.