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Seoul conditionally willing to discuss sanctions on N.K.

Seoul said Sunday it is willing to discuss the issue of its sanctions on North Korea if Pyongyang agrees to resume long-stalled inter-Korean talks.Seoul slapped a set of sanctions on North Korea on May 24, 2010, some two months after the North torpedoed the South Korean Navy corvette Cheon...

Updated : 2015.05.24 15:54

Female activists cross inter-Korean border from North Korea

A group of foreign women activists crossed the heavily fortified inter-Korean border from North Korea on Sunday, voicing hope for peace and reconciliation for a divided peninsula.About 30 female activ...

Updated : 2015.05.24 14:26

N. Korea proposes inter-Korean probe into warship sinking

North Korea on Sunday repeated its demand for an inter-Korean probe into the sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010, which the South believes was the North's doing.In March 2010, North Korea torpedoed the South Korean naval corvette Cheonan in the Yellow Sea, killing 46 sailors, accordi...

Updated : 2015.05.24 14:11

North Korea risk hits stocks of firms operating in communist country

Uncertainties surrounding North Korea and the government's blanket sanctions have weighed down stock prices of local firms operating in the communist country, a market researcher here said Sunday.FnGuide claimed long-running tension between the two Koreas has caused sharp fluctuations in s...

Updated : 2015.05.24 12:29

North Korea says nukes defensive in nature

North Korea defended its possession of nuclear weapons Sunday, saying it is "a means to protect peace and security in the region, not an object of contention."Earlier this week, Pyongyang claimed it has developed nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile, further escalating tension...

Updated : 2015.05.24 11:38

'Purged' official absent in Kim Jong-un's field visit

North Korea's defense chief who South Korea believes was purged last month was not present during one of leader Kim Jong-un's routine field inspections, the North's state media suggested Sunday.Earlier this month, South Korea's intelligence agency said Hyon Yong-chol, the chief of North Ko...

Updated : 2015.05.24 10:36

[Herald Interview] ‘N.K. may not put nukes on sub missile'

JEJUDO ISLAND ― North Korea may not place a nuclear warhead on a submarine-launched ballistic missile, as the underwater launch goes against the principle that only its supreme leader has “central c...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:41

Brother of N. Korean leader visits London for Eric Clapton concert

A brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited London and attended a concert by Eric Clapton, according to a Japanese news report and a source.  Kim Jong-chul, older brother of the North's lea...

Updated : 2015.05.22 09:33

South Korea, Australia united against North Korea's threats

Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Australian counterpart said Thursday they were firmly united against threats from North Korea, urging the international community to send a strong warning against the North's provocations."It's not a regional risk but also a global risk," Australian Fo...

Updated : 2015.05.21 22:04

North Korea reports pro-Pyongyang remarks by foreign activists

North Korea said Thursday that a group of foreign activists that plans to walk across the inter-Korean border "praised" the North's founder Kim Il-sung during their visit there.About 30 female activists from around the world, including U.S. activist Gloria Steinem and Nobel Peace Prize lau...

Updated : 2015.05.21 20:33

U.S. rejects N. Korea's nuclear warhead miniaturization claims

The United States does not believe North Korea has the capacity to build nuclear warheads small enough to fit atop missiles, a White House official said Wednesday, after Pyongyang claimed it is capable of doing so.  The North's National Defense Commission made the claim earlier Wednesday...

Updated : 2015.05.21 09:51

Senator introduces bill calling for fresh sanctions on 'terror' state N. Korea

A U.S. senator has introduced a bill calling for redesignating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism and additional sanctions on the communist regime.  Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), chairman of the subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and international cyber-security policy, introdu...

Updated : 2015.05.21 09:50

N.K. claims it has miniaturized, diversified nukes

North Korea said Wednesday that it had already entered a technical level of “miniaturizing and diversifying” nuclear capabilities, further escalating security threats that were heightened by its recent underwater test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.Experts said that Pyongyang’...

Updated : 2015.05.20 19:16

N.K. cancels Ban’s visit to Gaeseong

North Korea on Wednesday abruptly withdrew a planned visit by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a joint industrial complex near the inter-Korean border, raising speculation that the isolated state...

Updated : 2015.05.20 19:16

S. Korea to offer 1 bln to support handicapped in N. Korea

South Korea said Tuesday it has decided to provide about 1 billion won (US$917,850) to support the physically handicapped in North Korea, a move aimed at boosting inter-Korean cooperation.The Ministry of Unification said that it plans to tap into an inter-Korean cooperative fund to provide...

Updated : 2015.05.19 21:18