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Sep 1, 2011

North Korea ghost town reflects deeper woes as it woos Chinese

MOUNT KUMGANG, North Korea (Reuters) – Long grass grows around the idle hotels, stores are covered in cobwebs and a big padlock hangs off the front of the bank at the deserted shopping center.

This is a modern day ghost town in already poverty-stricken North Korea, even though it is funded by wealthy neighbor and rival South Korea.

Aug 31, 2011

China, Russia rush to rebuild North Korea’s transport links

RAJIN, North Korea (Reuters) – Destitute North Korea’s push to breathe new life into economic relationships with its neighbors China and Russia appears to be bearing fruit in its far north of the country where foreigners are busy helping rebuild a crumbling infrastructure.

A top local official told reporters on Tuesday that China and Russia had invested heavily in the region in order to gain access to its three east coast ports in the towns of Rajin and Songbon, which are the main centers for the secretive North’s Rason Special Economic Zone.

Aug 31, 2011

All aboard for cruising, North Korean style

ABOARD THE MANGYONGBYONG, North Korea, Aug 31 (Reuters) -
When you think of taking a cruise, usually it’s the Bahamas,
Fiji or the Maldives that generally come to mind. How about
North Korea?

On Tuesday, the mysterious state launched itself into the
glitzy world of cruise tourism when about 130 passengers set
sail from the rundown port of Rajin, near the China-Russia
border, for the scenic Mount Kumgang resort near the South
Korean border.

Aug 23, 2011

Q+A: What is North Korea’s leader doing in Russia?

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has arrived in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude, where he is expected to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for a summit on Wednesday.

Here are some questions and answers about Kim’s visit, his first trip to Russia in nine years:

Aug 22, 2011

Pyongyang expels South Koreans from ‘peace’ resort

SEOUL (Reuters) – Reclusive North Korea on Monday gave South Koreans working at a jointly run tourism resort 72 hours to leave, saying time had run out to resolve a long-running dispute over what was once a symbol of cooperation between the rival Koreas.

The scenic Mount Kumgang resort has been closed since a North Korean soldier shot and killed a South Korean tourist there in 2008, drying up a lucrative source of hard currency for the impoverished North.

Aug 22, 2011

North Korean defections rise, but is the South ready?

ANSEONG, South Korea (Reuters) – Escaping North Korea was the easy part.

“One of the soldiers led me and my sister across the river. There were several soldiers at the guard post — they were pretending not to see anything. It was like I was invisible,” said Eun-seo of her escape across the Tumen River into China.

If you have money, guards can easily be bought. And today, more than ever, North Koreans have access to cash, thanks to a growing disapora in China and South Korea.

Aug 22, 2011

Pyongyang orders South Koreans to quit joint resort

SEOUL (Reuters) – Reclusive North Korea on Monday gave South Koreans working at a jointly run tourism resort 72 hours to leave, saying time had run out to resolve a long-running dispute over what was once a symbol of cooperation between the rival Koreas.

The scenic Mount Kumgang resort has been closed since a North Korean soldier shot and killed a South Korean tourist there in 2008, drying up a lucrative source of hard currency for the impoverished North.

Aug 19, 2011

North Korea agrees to U.S. talks on recovering GI remains

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said on Friday it had agreed to talks with the United States on repatriating remains of American service members killed in the 1950-53 Korean War amid a diplomatic push to ease tensions on the peninsula.

The agreement follows a series of top-level meetings between Pyongyang, Seoul, Washington and Beijing that has raised hopes of a resumption of long-stalled talks on disabling the secretive North’s nuclear weapons program.

Aug 11, 2011

Rival Koreas trade blame for firing, U.S. says must move on

SEOUL (Reuters) – The rival Koreas traded blame on Thursday for a brief military exchange at a tense maritime border as the United States urged Pyongyang to get back to the main business of denuclearization talks.

North Korea hit out against it neighbor’s “preposterous” military response to what it says were only blasts at a construction site on Wednesday.

Aug 11, 2011

Rival Koreas trade blame for spat, U.S. says must move on

SEOUL (Reuters) – The rival Koreas traded blame on Thursday for a brief military exchange at a tense maritime border as the United States urged Pyongyang to get back to the main business of denuclearisation talks.

North Korea hit out against it neighbour’s “preposterous” military response to what it says were only blasts at a construction site on Wednesday.