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Apr 26, 2011

Carter arrives in North Korea on peace-building mission

SEOUL (Reuters) – Ex-U.S. President Jimmy Carter and three other former state leaders arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday, hoping to defuse tensions on the divided Korean peninsula and kick-start long-stalled nuclear talks.

The “Elders” delegation want to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his son and heir apparent Kim Jong-un to press for a resumption of dialogue between the two Koreas. They will also discuss ways to help alleviate the North’s food shortages.

Apr 24, 2011

North Korea diplomacy at a crossroads: talk or trouble?

SEOUL (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter goes to North Korea this week to press it to show it is sincere about returning to aid-for-disarmament talks, but the chances of it giving up its nuclear programme appear more remote than ever.

The Nobel Peace prize winner will lead a delegation of former state leaders on a three-day visit to the secretive state where they will also discuss U.N. agencies’ appeals to provide food aid to the impoverished North.

Apr 24, 2011

Analysis: North Korea diplomacy at crossroads: talk or trouble?

SEOUL (Reuters) – Former President Jimmy Carter goes to North Korea this week to press it to show it is sincere about returning to aid-for-disarmament talks, but the chances of it giving up its nuclear program appear more remote than ever.

The Nobel Peace prize winner will lead a delegation of former state leaders on a three-day visit to the secretive state where they will also discuss U.N. agencies’ appeals to provide food aid to the impoverished North.

Mar 14, 2011

Q+A – Is the North Korea food crisis worsening?

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.N. food agencies have wrapped up a month-long visit to North Korea to assess the food situation in the isolated state after Pyongyang appealed for aid from the international community.

Officials from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are expected to issue their report at the end of the month.

Mar 8, 2011

South Korea unveils military reforms after attacks

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea unveiled a series of military reforms on Tuesday, including fast-tracking the purchase of fighter jets and spy planes, in response to two deadly attacks on the peninsula last year.

President Lee Myung-bak said reforming the military was not a matter of choice but a must after last year’s incidents, according to a presidential spokesman.

Mar 7, 2011

North Korea proposes talks to resolve defection row

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has proposed Red Cross talks to try to resolve a row over the fate of 31 of its nationals in South Korea, four of whom have said they want to defect, officials in the South said on Monday.

The South says the four, on a fishing boat that drifted into South Korean waters last month, would be allowed to stay, while the remainder would be sent back home.

Mar 6, 2011

Q+A: Can the Jasmine Revolution reach North Korea?

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea is facing many of the same issues that led to revolutions from Tunisia and Egypt to Libya, but what are the chances of a similar uprising in the authoritarian Asian state?

WHY IT MIGHT

The so-called Jasmine Revolution started in Tunisia in January when the rural poor took to the streets to protest against high unemployment, rising prices and corrupt rule. It swept the Arab world into North Africa over a matter of weeks.

Feb 19, 2011

Third bid is Pyeongchang’s best yet, IOC team says

SEOUL (Reuters) – Pyeongchang’s third straight bid to host a Winter Olympics is its best yet, according to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) evaluation committee for the 2018 Games.

The South Korean resort, which is bidding against the European cities of Annecy and Munich, has gone all out this time to win the Games after just missing out to Canada and Russia at their last two attempts.

Feb 19, 2011

Olympics-Third bid is Pyeongchang’s best yet, IOC team say

SEOUL, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Pyeongchang’s third straight bid
to host a Winter Olympics is its best yet, according to the
International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) evaluation committee for
the 2018 Games.

The South Korean resort, which is bidding against the
European cities of Annecy and Munich, has gone all out this time
to win the Games after just missing out to Canada and Russia at
their last two attempts.

Feb 17, 2011

North Korea completes second missile site

SEOUL (Reuters) – Satellite images show North Korea has likely completed a second long range missile launchpad, an expert said on Thursday, amid U.S. concerns that Pyongyang’s ballistic missile program is fast becoming a direct threat.

The launchpad is more sophisticated than the country’s first facility and strikingly similar to a Chinese site, suggesting Beijing’s involvement, Tim Brown, an image analyst from military analysis group globalsecurity.org, told Reuters in a telephone interview.