SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s pleas for help amid worsening food shortages have largely fallen on deaf ears in South Korea where many say Pyongyang cannot be believed, but calls are growing to relax an outright ban on giving its reclusive rival food aid.
Experts and officials disagree on the extent of the problem in a country where hunger and malnourishment are rife. Aid agencies saying shortages have reached crisis point, whereas South Korea says the North’s claims are exaggerated.
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea and the United States are adamant that there will be no food relief for crisis-hit North Korea until it guarantees that all aid will reach the most needy and there is an improvement in ties between the two Koreas.
China, the only ally of the secretive Stalinist state, has also been non-committal on how much food it is providing.
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea urged Tokyo on Thursday to offer an official apology and compensation to its ageing so-called “comfort women” — women forced into sexual slavery in brothels run by the Japanese army in World War Two.
South Koreaean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan told his Japanese counterpart, Koichiro Gemba, during a visit to Seoul that given the average age of victims is now 86, Tokyo should find heart to resolve the issue on a humanitarian level.
SEOUL (Reuters) – It is one of Asia’s fastest growing industries and shows no signs of losing steam even as the global economy wobbles.
Traveling abroad for medical treatment is now a multi-billion dollar business.
From a nip-and-tuck to a heart bypass, hospitals from India to Singapore and South Korea treat more than 1 million foreign patients a year — lured by cut-price surgery, no waiting lists, cutting-edge technology, and highly trained doctors.
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea wants to hold a second round of dialogue with the United States, possibly next month, as part of renewed efforts to restart talks on disabling the North’s nuclear weapons programme, a South Korean official said on Thursday.
In a sign that the long-stalled regional talks are now firmly back in the picture, foreign ministry spokesman Cho Byung-jae told reporters in Seoul that the two Koreas were closing in on agreement to reconvene the forum.
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea and the United States are looking at holding a second round of dialogue early next month as part of renewed efforts to restart talks on disabling the North’s nuclear weapons program, South Korean media reported on Thursday.
Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed South Korean official as saying the meeting could take place in a third country, with the cities of Singapore, Berlin and Geneva among the possible choices.
BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – Bitter rivals North and South Korea held a second round of “constructive and useful” dialogue on Wednesday as momentum builds for a resumption of six-party talks on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
The nuclear envoys from the two Koreas met in Beijing for their second meeting in two months, amid a thaw in tensions on the divided peninsula after relations nose-dived last year to the lowest level in nearly two decades.
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s president vowed on Monday a series of regulatory reforms to help regain its place as a stem cell research powerhouse, trying to reclaim momentum five years after a cloning scandal.
President Lee Myung-bak said that by breathing new life into the industry, it could become “core new growth engine” for Asia’s fourth biggest economy along the same lines as its lucrative IT sector.
SEOUL (Reuters) – Bitter rivals South and North Korea could come together later this year to stage combined orchestral performances in the two capitals, a renowned conductor said on Friday, amid signs of improving relations on the divided peninsula.
On the diplomatic front, South Korean media reported on Friday the neighbors had also agreed to a second round of negotiations on restarting stalled regional talks on disabling the North’s nuclear weapons program.
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il flanked by his son reviewed a military parade of goose-stepping North Korean soldiers in Pongyang’s central square on Friday, underlining a planned third generation of dynastic rule is on track.
Kim and his son Kim Jong-un marked the 63rd anniversary of the state’s founding standing atop a dais as troops, multiple rockets launchers, howitzers, and other weapons passed by and thousands of people thronged the square waving red and pink bouquets of what looked like paper flowers.