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Jan 31, 2011

Q+A – Is North Korea’s nuclear programme a threat?

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has proposed bilateral nuclear talks with the isolated North, as Seoul seeks to gauge Pyongyang’s sincerity about giving up its nuclear weapons programme in line with past international agreements.

The North has yet to respond to Seoul’s request.

Pyongyang has said it wants to restart aid-for-disarmament talks, despite walking out of the forum in 2009 and declaring the six-party format dead.

Jan 28, 2011

South Korea relaxes apology demand for nuclear talks

SEOUL, Jan 28 (Reuters) – South Korea has relaxed a demand for the resumption of aid-for-disarmament talks with the rival North, saying on Friday that an apology for last year’s deadly attacks is not essential to restart the process.

A senior government official, who asked not to be named, said the paramount precondition for reconvening the six-party talks was Pyongyang’s sincerity about dismantling its nuclear weapons program.

Jan 27, 2011

U.S.-South Korea trade deal inches closer to final approval

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea and the United States have finalized the text of a free trade deal, the trade ministry in Seoul said, clearing another hurdle for the ratification of the controversial agreement.

The trade ministry said in a statement the two countries plan to officially sign the document in the middle of next month, before sending it to their respective legislatures for final approval to end years of negotiations.

Jan 26, 2011

Obama backs Seoul, demands North Korea give up nuclear

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told North Korea to stick to its commitment to abandon atomic weapons, throwing his support behind ally South Korea ahead of talks to try to calm tension on the divided peninsula.

Seoul announced on Wednesday that it would hold its first meeting with North Korean officials since a deadly artillery attack on an island in the South in November.

Jan 26, 2011

Scenarios: Key talking points between two Koreas

SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told North Korea to stick to its commitment to abandon atomic weapons, throwing his support behind ally South Korea ahead of talks to try to calm tension on the divided peninsula.

South Korea announced it would meet North Korean officials on February 11, the first meeting since a deadly artillery attack in the South last November.

Jan 26, 2011

Obama backs Seoul, demands North Korea give up nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told North Korea to stick to its commitment to abandon atomic weapons, throwing his support behind ally South Korea ahead of talks to try to calm tension on the divided peninsula.

Seoul announced on Wednesday that it would hold its first meeting with North Korean officials since a deadly artillery attack on an island in the South in November.

Jan 25, 2011

Key talking points between two Koreas

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea wants to take a two-track approach to dialogue with North Korea after the rivals agreed to hold talks.

One set of talks will focus on the sinking of the Cheonan warship and the shelling of Yeonpyeong island, attacks last year which killed a total of 50 people. The North denies responsibility for the Cheonan attack, and says the South provoked the Yeonpyeong shelling by test-firing into its waters.

Jan 25, 2011

S.Korea bid aims to tap lucrative Asia market

SEOUL (Reuters) – Northeast Asia’s booming economy and its largely untapped youth market are the cornerstone of South Korea’s 2018 bid to host the first Winter Olympics in the region for 20 years, its bid chief said.

Pyeongchang hopes it will be a case of third time lucky when the International Olympic Committee meets in South Africa in July to choose between Germany’s Munich, France’s Annecy and the South Korean resort.

Jan 25, 2011

Olympics-S.Korea bid aims to tap lucrative Asia market

SEOUL, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Northeast Asia’s booming economy
and its largely untapped youth market are the cornerstone of
South Korea’s 2018 bid to host the first Winter Olympics in the
region for 20 years, its bid chief said.

Pyeongchang hopes it will be a case of third time lucky when
the International Olympic Committee meets in South Africa in
July to choose between Germany’s Munich, France’s Annecy and the
South Korean resort.

Jan 24, 2011

Breakthrough after U.S. warns China on North Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States warned China it would redeploy forces in Asia if Beijing failed to rein in North Korea, an Obama administration official said on Friday, as Pyongyang bowed to Seoul’s demands for crisis talks.

President Barack Obama’s warning had persuaded China — the North’s main diplomatic and economic backer — to take a harder line toward Pyongyang, and opened the door to a resumption of inter-Korean talks, possibly next month, the official said, confirming a report in The New York Times.