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Unification minister not to attend Russia forum

Seoul's point man on North Korea will not attend an upcoming forum in Russia as Pyongyang has not indicated its willingness to hold talks there, government officials said Monday.   Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo was considering attending the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok this...

Updated : 2015.08.31 13:56

Koreas to discuss ways on holding separated family reunion on regular basis

The Unification Ministry said Monday that next week South and North Korea plan to discuss ways to hold reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War on a regular basis.  In a landmark deal, the two Koreas agreed last week to resume the much-anticipated reunions of separated fa...

Updated : 2015.08.31 13:55

Cross-border tensions fade

Cross-border tensions further abated over the weekend as North Korea accepted the South’s offer to hold bilateral Red Cross talks on Sept. 7 to arrange the reunions of separated families, with each m...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:31

Both Koreas' militaries return to peacetime mode

Militaries on both sides of the Korean border have relaxed their defense postures to peacetime levels following a landmark deal that defused tensions between the sides, military officials said Sunday.  South and North Korea raised their militaries' alert levels after tension flared up ov...

Updated : 2015.08.30 14:41

N. Korea's Kim marks death anniversary of Unification Church founder

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a message of condolence to the family members of Unification Church founder Moon Sun-myung on the third anniversary of his death, state media reported Sunday.  "On the occasion of the third anniversary of (the) death of Mr. Moon Sun Myung, former ...

Updated : 2015.08.30 11:59

N. Korea agrees to hold Red Cross talks on Sept. 7

North Korea has accepted the South Korean Red Cross' offer to hold working-level talks on Sept. 7 to discuss the issues of reunions for families separated by the Korean War, the Unification Ministry h...

Updated : 2015.08.30 09:54

S. Korea's Red Cross proposes talks with North on Sept. 7 for family reunions

South Korea's Red Cross on Friday proposed holding working-level talks with its North Korean counterpart on Sept. 7 to discuss the issue of reunions for families separated by the Korean War, a government official said.The Korean Red Cross proposed the two sides meet at its "House of Peace"...

Updated : 2015.08.28 11:45

N. Korea's Kim fires party officials

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has dismissed some members of the ruling party's central military commission, state media reported Friday.The dismissals took place at an enlarged meeting of the Centra...

Updated : 2015.08.28 10:01

China respects N. Korean military's non-attendance at parade

China's Defense Ministry has said it respects the decision by North Korea not to send its military delegation to next week's huge military parade marking the end of World War II.North Korea, the only treaty ally of China, will send a top official, Choe Ryong-hae, to the Sept. 3 military pa...

Updated : 2015.08.28 10:00

Red Cross to confirm surviving members of separated families

The South Korean Red Cross is set to launch a survey of surviving members of the separated families soon to prepare for the reunions to be held in mid-October.The organization will set up some 100 telephones and begin the confirmation process of the applicants’ current status and whereabo...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:20

Blue House cautious on N.K. ties

Despite tension abating on the Korean peninsula after breakthrough talks earlier in the week, Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday it would cautiously deal with North Korea over recent agreements on bilateral ...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:07

N. Korea committed to improving ties with South: N.K. official

A senior North Korean official said Thursday his country will work "actively" to improve relations with South Korea based on the spirit of a recent landmark agreement between the two sides.Kim Yang-gon, Pyongyang's top official handling inter-Korean ties, also called on the two sides to mo...

Updated : 2015.08.27 16:24

S. Korea checking reports of N. Korea's flood damage

South Korea is not yet considering any humanitarian aid for North Korea, which was reportedly hit by a severe flood in its northeastern region, an official said Thursday.Pyongyang's state media said more than 40 people were killed and many houses destroyed in the border town of Rason, home...

Updated : 2015.08.27 12:42

Inter-Korean family reunion expected in October

South Korea is still reviewing whether to propose a date for talks on a family reunion to North Korea or wait for Pyongyang's offer, a government official said Thursday."We are reviewing the timing and related content," the Unification Ministry official said. A priority is to implement the...

Updated : 2015.08.27 12:39

S. Korean Red Cross expects family reunions around mid-October

Reunions of families on either side of the Korean Peninsula separated by the Korean War could be held around mid-October, a South Korean Red Cross official said Thursday.In a breakthrough agreement following intensive talks earlier this week, the two Koreas said they’d hold Red Cross talk...

Updated : 2015.08.26 21:17