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North Koreans’ opinion of South deteriorating: survey

Negative opinions of South Korea appear to be increasing in North Korea, a study on defectors showed on Wednesday, apparently reflecting last year’s elevated tensions on the Korean Peninsula.A June poll conducted by Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies ...

Updated : 2014.08.27 20:59

North Korea's imports of Chinese rice more than double

North Korea's imports of Chinese rice grew sharply in July, data showed Monday, apparently due in part to efforts to stabilize the price of the staple food in the impoverished country.North Korea bought $7.02 million worth of rice from the neighboring country last month, up 115 percent fro...

Updated : 2014.08.25 15:47

N.K. seen leaning toward dialogue

North Korea appears to be signaling its intention for dialogue after the end of the ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills later this month, given that it has halted its saber-rattling, experts said Sunday.Although Pyongyang continued its verbal attack over the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exe...

Updated : 2014.08.24 20:35

China ships no crude oil to N. Korea for 7th month

China's customs data has shown no exports of crude oil to North Korea in the first seven months of 2014, according to the data compiled by South Korea's government trade agency Saturday, even though bilateral trade was little changed. China, North Korea's last-remaining patron, supplies ne...

Updated : 2014.08.23 15:12

Seoul to build separated families’ genetic database

South Korea will launch a project to build a database of genetic information for senior citizens whose loved ones are in North Korea after being separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the unification ministry said Friday.“Of the separated family members who filed for a gene test, the minist...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:48

New N. Korean launch site near completion: think tank

North Korea will be able to test longer-range rockets at its new launch site before the end of this year, a U.S. think tank has said.A major construction program has been under way at the North’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station since mid-2013, focused on upgrading facilities to handle l...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:47

N. Korea to send downsized delegation to Asian Games

North Korea has scaled down the size of its delegation to the Asian Games to be held in South Korea next month, a ministry official said Friday, as it called for the resumption of talks meant to work out the details of its participation.The North notified the South that it will send a 273-...

Updated : 2014.08.22 15:53

Koreas to resume talks on Pyongyang's joining of Incheon Asian Games

The two Koreas have agreed to resume their talks on issues about North Korea's participation in the Asian Games to be held in the South Korean city of Incheon next month, the unification ministry said Friday.Inter-Korean dialogue on the sports event has been stalled since their last workin...

Updated : 2014.08.22 12:17

N. Korea to complete rocket site expansion soon: report

North Korea is expected to complete the expansion of a long-range rocket launch site on the country's west coast by this fall, a report said Thursday, in a move that will allow the regime to fire bigger rockets with heavier payloads.The website 38 North, run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at ...

Updated : 2014.08.22 10:20

N. Korea to host int'l film festival next month

North Korea will host an international film festival in its capital next month, which the communist nation says is designed to promote exchanges and cooperation between world filmmakers.The 14th Pyongyang International Film Festival is scheduled to open on Sept. 17 for a weeklong run under...

Updated : 2014.08.20 13:26

N.K. tests new tactical rockets

North Korea has introduced and test-fired new tactical rockets that can pose a threat to South Korea’s major military facilities, a military source here said Monday.“The five short-range projectiles that North Korea fired off last week were found to be novel tactical missiles, according ...

Updated : 2014.08.18 20:53

N. Korea launches new model of tactical rockets: Seoul source

North Korea has introduced and test-fired new tactical rockets that can pose a threat to South Korea's major military facilities, a military source here said Monday."The five short-range projectiles that North Korea fired off last week were found to be novel tactical missiles, according to...

Updated : 2014.08.18 13:35

Gov't proud of ethnic Koreans from former USSR: PM

South Korea's prime minister said Sunday that the government is proud of ethnic Koreans from the former Soviet Union who spread hope at a time when the country was in dire circumstances in the early part of the last century.In an event to welcome a group of 32 ethnic Koreans who drove over...

Updated : 2014.08.17 20:45

N. Korean leader sends wreath to mark anniversary of former president's death

North Korea's leader sent a wreath marking the fifth anniversary of the death of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung to a delegation visiting the communist country on Sunday.The wreath presented by Kim Yang-gon, the head of the United Front Department of the ruling Workers' Party of...

Updated : 2014.08.17 19:22

N. Korea denounces Park's Liberation Day proposals as unworthy

North Korea took a swipe Sunday at South Korea's latest conciliatory proposals, saying the South should first deal with "fundamental" inter-Korean issues to mend cross-border relations.The reaction from Pyongyang came two days after South Korean President Park Geun-hye proposed in her Libe...

Updated : 2014.08.17 10:32