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Feb 2, 2012

North Korea challenges Seoul to Q+A over dialogue

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s new leadership, highly critical of South Korea since taking power, published an unusual “open questionnaire” to its rival on Thursday, demanding answers to show that Seoul was sincere about resuming inter-Korean dialogue.

South Korea has reached out to its reclusive neighbor since the death of the state’s leader Kim Jong-il last December in the hope of persuading Pyongyang to suspend its nuclear program and return to regional aid-for-disarmament talks.

Feb 1, 2012

Power cuts pitch North Korea capital into darkness: diplomat

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s capital faces its worst electricity shortages in years just as a new leadership takes power in the impoverished state and pushes ahead with lavish building projects to celebrate the centenary of its founder’s birth.

The Pyongyang-based diplomat, who asked not to be named, said the city of 3 million and home to the leadership elite, has seen daily power supplies almost evaporate as freezing winter temperatures bite.

Feb 1, 2012

Power cuts pitch N.Korea capital into darkness-diplomat

SEOUL, Feb 1 (Reuters) – North Korea’s capital faces
its worst electricity shortages in years just as a new
leadership takes power in the impoverished state and pushes
ahead with lavish building projects to celebrate the centenary
of its founder’s birth.

The Pyongyang-based diplomat, who asked not to be named,
said the city of 3 million and home to the leadership elite, has
seen daily power supplies almost evaporate as freezing winter
temperatures bite.

Jan 26, 2012

North Korea’s new nuclear plant a safety worry: expert

SEOUL (Reuters) – Secretive North Korea is making rapid progress in building a uranium-fuelled reactor that poses an alarming safety risk, a nuclear expert said on Thursday.

Siegfried Hecker, who has visited the North’s main Yongbyon nuclear facility four times since 2004 and was the last foreign expert to visit the site in late 2010, said he was very concerned the reactor could be technically flawed.

Jan 16, 2012

N.Korea transition “smooth”, economy the real test

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s new leadership under the inexperienced Kim Jong-un appears to be functioning “relatively smoothly”, but he has to look beyond key ally China to rebuild its shattered economy, South Korea’s seniormost official on the North said on Monday.

Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik told Reuters that despite Kim Jong-il’s sudden death last month, the secretive North had clearly been well prepared for the handover to a third generation of the Kim family.

Jan 16, 2012

North Korea transition “smooth,” economy the real test

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s new leadership under the inexperienced Kim Jong-un appears to be functioning “relatively smoothly,” but he has to look beyond key ally China to rebuild its shattered economy, South Korea’s senior most official on the North said on Monday.

Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik told Reuters that despite Kim Jong-il’s sudden death last month, the secretive North had clearly been well prepared for the handover to a third generation of the Kim family.

Jan 11, 2012

South Korea think-tank warns of North’s “military adventurism”

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s young new leader Kim Jong-un will likely order a third nuclear test or another missile launch later this year to boost his military image and consolidate his grip on power, a government think-tank in Seoul said on Wednesday.

The foreign ministry institute warned of “military adventurism” by the young Kim, and predicted the tests in the second half of this year or early 2013 around the time of the South’s presidential election.

Jan 10, 2012

North Korea diplomacy picks up in Beijing

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea is holding secret talks with Japan in China in what is believed to be their first contact since the death of Kim Jong-il, Japanese media reported, as nuclear envoys from South Korea and China met in Beijing on Tuesday.

Amid a series of diplomatic contacts, South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak met China’s leadership in Beijing to discuss ways to preserve peace and stability on the divided peninsula as the North undergoes a delicate transition of power.

Jan 8, 2012

North Korea to top agenda at Lee-Hu summit in China

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will this week ask China’s leaders to use their influence to lean on North Korea to show restraint amid a delicate transition to a new leadership.

Lee will hold a summit with China’s president, Hu Jintao, in Beijing and will “discuss ways to develop the strategic partnership between the two nations and cooperative measures for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” the South Korean president’s office said in a statement.

Jan 5, 2012

South Korea says ready for talk with hostile North

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea reached out to rival North Korea on Thursday, nearly three weeks after the death of the North’s iron-fisted ruler Kim Jong-il, saying it wanted to reopen dialogue despite the North’s vitriolic outbursts.

“We are open to dialogue with North Korea,” Foreign Minister

Kim Sung-Hwan told a news briefing in the South Korean capital, Seoul. “The ball is now in North Korea’s court.”