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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SEOUL (Reuters) – A top Chinese official has backed ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s plans to hand power to his son, the North’s state media said on Tuesday, hailing the “successful solution” to allow continued socialist rule.
Meng Jianzhu, China’s public security minister, congratulated Kim’s youngest son Jong-un on his appointment as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission last year, “hailing the successful solution of the issue of succession to the Korean revolution,” KCNA news agency reported.
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North and South Korea traded blame on Thursday for the breakdown of military talks, while in Washington the U.S. spy chief said nuclear-armed North Korea poses a serious threat to security in East Asia.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Pyongyang’s nuclear programs, and the military attacks in 2010 that are at the center of a North-South stalemate, showed that North Korea’s military may imperil regional stability.
SEOUL (Reuters) – Preliminary military talks between the rival Koreas collapsed this week and there was no immediate sign of a restart as both two sides doggedly held their ground on the terms for dialogue.
Here are some questions and answers about what went wrong and what lies ahead:
WHY WERE THESE PRELIMINARY TALKS SO IMPORTANT?
Tensions have been running high on the peninsula since November when the North bombarded a South Korean village on a remote island and revealed big advances in its nuclear program. Heated vitriol was exchanged, raising concerns the situation could spiral out of control and result in war. Worried by the escalation and the North’s nuclear muscle, Washington and Beijing demanded their respective allies on the peninsula talk.