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Seoul regrets N.K.’s cheering squad U-turn

South Korea on Friday expressed regret over the North’s revocation of a decision to send a cheering squad to the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, denying Pyongyang’s accusations that Seoul had begrudged its earlier pledge. Son Kwang-ho, vice chairman of the North’s Olympic Committee, an...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:48

‘U.S. officials made secret trip to Pyongyang’

A group of U.S. officials clandestinely traveled to Pyongyang early this month, apparently to request the release of three detained Americans, a news report said Friday, indicating the two sides’ first direct dialogue in about two years. A military jet carrying the officials entered Pyong...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:47

North Korea set to host int'l pro wrestling contest

Professional wrestlers from the United States, Japan and several other nations gathered in the North Korean capital this week to participate in an international contest, Pyongyang's state media said Friday.Kanji Inoki, a Japanese lawmaker who was a pro wrestler, arrived in Pyongyang a day ...

Updated : 2014.08.29 10:45

Daum to launch North Korean map service

A map service that provides views of North Korea's streets and buildings will be launched by a South Korean Internet portal for the first time in the country on Friday as part of efforts to disclose what has been secretly guarded information to the private sector, a state-run geographic in...

Updated : 2014.08.29 10:43

N. Korea not to send cheerleading squad to Incheon Asian Games

Reversing its earlier decision, North Korea said Thursday that it will not send a cheerleading squad to accompany its athletes who will compete in the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea.The announcement by Son Kwang-ho, the vice chairman of North Korea's National Olympic Committee, said n...

Updated : 2014.08.28 23:24

Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – A Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists on Thursday for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman's controversial basketball game ear...

Updated : 2014.08.28 21:42

Over 2,000 Chinese firms to attend annual trade fair with North Korea

More than 2,000 Chinese companies have registered for an annual trade exhibition with North Korea, which will be held in October in the Chinese border city of Dandong, state media reported Thursday. North Korea and China have held the joint trade fair since 2012, underscoring the hopes of ...

Updated : 2014.08.28 16:12

North Korean leader inspects parachuting drill

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has "guided" an intensive paratrooper exercise in person, the country's state media said Thursday, in what is seen as a response to the ongoing South Korea-U.S. joint defense drill.Kim inspected an airborne unit conducting parachuting drills and gave pep tal...

Updated : 2014.08.28 10:20

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