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Immediate North Korea denuclearization is unrealistic goal: expert

With the South Korean government retaining its approach of “denuclearization before talks” against North Korea, nuclear expert John Carlson said that expecting the North to immediately give up nucle...

Updated : 2016.05.26 17:02

Gov't cancels officials' visits to N. Korea-China border area amid terror concerns

The South Korean government has canceled or postponed officials' visits to the border region between North Korea and China out of terrorism concerns, a public institute under the unification ministry said Thursday. The Institute for Unification Education said that it has indefinitely postp...

Updated : 2016.05.26 15:03

N. Korea's key official meets with Cuban president Raul Castro

A key official of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party held talks with Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana earlier in the week to boost their cooperative relations, the North's official media report said Thursday.North Korea's Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the Workers'Party of Korea cen...

Updated : 2016.05.26 13:28

U.N. chief calls for resuming dialogue with N. Korea

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged a return to talks with North Korea despite its defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons.Ban, who is on a six-day visit to his native South Korea, made the call during a forum on the southern resort island of Jeju, saying the tensions on the Ko...

Updated : 2016.05.26 11:38

N. Korea expected to conduct another nuke test 'sooner or later': think tank

The possibility of North Korea conducting another nuclear test is high as the reclusive country is striving to intimidate others to engage in peace treaty talks, a local think tank here said Thursday."The possibility is high that the North will sooner or later conduct its fifth nuclear tes...

Updated : 2016.05.26 11:09

N. Korea likely to collapse sooner than expected: ex-USFK commander

North Korea is expected to collapse "much sooner than many of us think" due to internal unrest, former U.S. Forces Korea commander Walter Sharp said.Sharp, who commanded USFK from 2008 to 2011, told a symposium in Hawaii on Tuesday that he recently guaranteed new USFK commander Gen. Vincen...

Updated : 2016.05.26 09:26

N. Korean workers in China send bulk of earnings to Pyongyang regime

North Korean workers in China are forced to send 70 to 80 percent of their meager wages to the North Korean regime as a "loyalty fund," making their lives more miserable, a U.S.-based news media report said Wednesday.A source in China told Radio Free Asia recently that many North Korean la...

Updated : 2016.05.25 16:09

Monaco 1st to file implementation report on latest NK sanctions

Monaco has filed its implementation report for United Nations-led sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear test and other provocations, becoming the first member country to submit the action plan, sources said Wednesday.The move came about a week before the deadline by which all membe...

Updated : 2016.05.25 16:04

N. Korea extends charm offensive toward S. Korea

North Korea has extended its offer to hold dialogue with South Korea for the sixth day in a row, calling on Seoul to accept its proposal to ease tension on the Korean Peninsula, the country's state media reported Wednesday.An institute under the ruling Workers' Party of Korea said North Ko...

Updated : 2016.05.25 15:44

S. Korea denies report of unification minister's possible visit to Japan

South Korea's unification ministry on Wednesday denied a Japanese report that Seoul's top point man on unification is likely to visit Japan early next month to exchange views about North Korea with officials there.Japan's Asahi Sinmun newspaper reported that Seoul is adjusting the schedule...

Updated : 2016.05.25 13:19

Key officials from N. Korea, Cuba hold meeting for better ties

Key ruling party members of North Korea and Cuba have held talks to discuss ways to further develop their friendly ties, Pyongyang's state media said Wednesday.The talks were held in Cuba on Monday between the North Korean delegation led by Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the Workers' Part...

Updated : 2016.05.25 10:16

Prospects for global nonproliferation not optimistic due to N.Korea: CFR

Prospects for progress in global nonproliferation efforts are not bright due to North Korea's continued pursuit of its nuclear program, the U.S. think tank Council on Foreign Relations said Tuesday.In a report on global cooperation, the CFR said that global nonproliferation efforts receive...

Updated : 2016.05.25 09:10

Ministry backs reports of more N.K. defections

Following last month’s mass defection from China, some workers at another North Korean restaurant abroad have escaped the country, Seoul’s Unification Ministry confirmed Tuesday, indicating they are...

Updated : 2016.05.24 17:38

N. Korea uses women on TV to push forward anti-smoking campaign

North Korea has cast women in a TV program to push forward an anti-smoking campaign, Pyongyang observers here said Tuesday.North Korea's Central TV Station aired a 40-minute-long public service announcement program on Friday titled "The Extra Quality Favorite Item Threatening Life," North ...

Updated : 2016.05.24 16:08

More N.K. restaurant staff in China escape for possible defection: Seoul

South Korea's unification ministry said Tuesday that a small number of North Korean restaurant staff have recently escaped their workplace in China.The confirmation comes a day after local media reported two or three North Koreans are moving to a third country after fleeing a Pyongyang-run...

Updated : 2016.05.24 13:11