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North Korea is holding family reunions for more than 100 South Koreans who have arrived in the country to meet their relatives

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North Korea is holding family reunions for more than 100 South Koreans who have arrived in the country to meet their relatives – the first such events since 2010. The reunions, which come after North Korea called for better relations between the two sides, are taking place from February 20 to 25. They are held for families separated after the Korean War. The relatives have not seen each oth...

Kaesong Industrial Complex has been closed since April, when North Korea withdrew its workers

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South Korea has proposed “final talks” on reopening the joint Kaesong industrial zone, amid deadlock with North Korea. Kaesong Industrial Complex has been closed since April, when North Korea withdrew its workers. The two sides have held six rounds of talks on a restart, but are deadlocked on Seoul’s insistence that Pyongyang agree not to unilaterally close the complex again. On...

Kim Jong-Un, believed to be in his late 20s, has since adopted a warm public persona, being photographed at fun fairs and pop concerts with his young wife Ri Sol-Ju

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...otographed at fun fairs and pop concerts with his young wife Ri Sol-Ju. Kim Jong-Un, believed to be in his late 20s, has since adopted a warm public persona, being photographed at fun fairs and pop concerts with his young wife Ri Sol-Ju That – together with the recent removal of army chief General Ri Yong-Ho – has fuelled hopes in the South that he could be planning to open up North K...

South Korean workers have crossed the North Korean border to return to the Kaesong industrial park after five months

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South Korean workers have crossed the North Korean border to return to the Kaesong industrial park, five months after work was halted amid high political tension. Trucks and cars began crossing the border into North Korea at exactly 08:00 a.m. local time. More than 800 South Koreans were due to cross to the jointly-run centre for what is being called a trial restart. The zone, just inside North K...

A North Korean patrol boat violated a sea border with the South several times late on Monday

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According to South Korean officials, a North Korean patrol boat violated a sea border with the South several times late on Monday. The ship spent a few hours south of the border, nearing a South Korean border island, before returning after repeated warnings from the South, they added. North Korea disputes the maritime border and has sent boats across it in the past. The incident comes amid joint...

South Korea is expanding its air defense zone, which will now partially overlap with a similar zone announced by China

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South Korea is expanding its air defense zone, which will now partially overlap with a similar zone announced by China. The two zones will now both include a rock claimed by both countries and controlled by South Korea. The defense ministry said it would co-ordinate with “related countries”. China announced a new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) last month, in a move that raised...

Kaesong Industrial Complex at the North-South Korea border is still operating despite Pyongyang cutting a military hotline with South Korea

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Kaesong Industrial Complex at the North-South Korea border is still operating despite Pyongyang cutting a military hotline with South Korea on Wednesday. The hotline had been used mainly to facilitate cross-border travel at the Kaesong Industrial Complex for South Korean workers. It was the last direct official link between the two nations. Pyongyang has been angered by US-South Korea military dr...

The Independent reported last week that "nothing is small in North Korea apart from the people, who are on average three inches shorter than their cousins in the South"

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South Korea and the US have begun a new round of joint military exercises on Monday, the second to take place this year

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South Korea and the United States have begun a new round of joint military exercises on Monday, officials say, the second round to take place this year. Thousands of soldiers are taking part in computer-aided drills designed to test defense capabilities. South Korea says that North Korea, which was angered by the previous drill, was notified well in advance. The drills come as the North agreed to...

Kim Jong-uk has appeared before North Korean media to read an apology

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South Korean missionary Kim Jong-uk, who is detained in North Korea, has appeared before media to read from a statement publicly apologizing for “anti-state crimes”. Kim Jong-uk, 50, said he was arrested after entering via China with religious materials in October. Religious activity is restricted in North Korea, with missionaries arrested on multiple occasions in the past. Foreign na...

South Korean soldiers have shot dead a man trying to swim across a border river into North Korea

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South Korean soldiers have shot dead a man trying to swim across a border river into North Korea, officials say. Troops opened fire after the man jumped into the Imjin River and ignored repeated warnings to stop. North Korea and South Korea remain technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice and not a peace treaty. There are thousands of North Korean defectors living in Sou...

IOC has asked South Korea to bar Park Jong-woo from the bronze medal ceremony after he held up a political message after the team beat Japan

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked South Korea to bar footballer Park Jong-woo from the bronze medal ceremony after he held up a political message after the team beat Japan. The slogan was said to refer to a long-running dispute about islands which both South Korea and Japan claim. The IOC says it is holding an inquiry. Friday’s match came hours after South Korea’s pr...

Kim Jong-nam is thought to have fallen out of favor with Kim Jong-il in 2001 after he was caught trying to sneak into Japan using a false passport

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A South Korean court has jailed a North Korean spy reportedly ordered to attack the eldest son of late leader Kim Jong-il, officials say. The unidentified man, charged with falsely defecting so as to gather information, was jailed for four years. The man had spent a decade in China tracking down North Korean defectors before coming to the South, the court said. South Korean media also said he had...

Japanese and South Korean planes have flown unannounced through China's newly-declared air defense zone

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...ransiting the zone, which covers areas claimed by Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei, must file plans. The zone includes islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China which are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan. Japan controls the islands, which have been the focus of a bitter and long-running dispute between Japan and China. The zone also covers a submerged rock that South Korea says forms part of...

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is visiting islands also claimed by Japan, in a move set to raise diplomatic tensions

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is visiting islands also claimed by Japan, in a move set to raise diplomatic tensions. Lee Myung-bak flew to the islands, which are known as Dokdo in South Korea and as Takeshima in Japan. A Kyodo news agency report said Japan had summoned South Korea’s ambassador to protest against the visit. Both South Korea and Japan say they have a historical claim t...

Kenneth Bae was held last year after entering North Korea as a tourist and he was accused of anti-government crimes

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...ecember long-range rocket launch. Pyongyang reacted angrily both to the measures and annual US-South Korea military exercises which saw high-profile displays of US military hardware. It threatened to attack US military bases around the region and cut key hotlines with South Korea. It has also withdrawn its workers from the North-South joint industrial zone at Kaesong, prompting South Korea to pull...

South Korea's economy growth rate hit a two-year high in the first quarter of 2013, boosted by a rebound in construction, investment and exports

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South Korea’s economy growth rate hit a two-year high in the first quarter of 2013, boosted by a rebound in construction, investment and exports. The economy grew by 0.9% in the January to March quarter from the Q4 2012, the central bank’s estimates showed. The data is likely to help allay fears over the health of the Korean economy. Earlier this year, the government cut its growth fo...

North Korea announces it has put missile units on stand-by to attack US targets in response to US stealth bomber flights over the Korean peninsula

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...e still exists. The jointly-run Kaesong industrial park is still in operation, however, and over 160 South Korean commuters entered North Korea yesterday to work in its factories. Kaesong Industrial Complex employs an estimated 50,000 North Korean workers and is a source of badly-needed hard currency for the North. Related search articles:current events in north america 2013 Current Events in S...

North Korea pledged physical counter-measures against South Korea if it participated in the UN sanctions regime

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North Korea has issued another warning, a day after announcing plans for a third nuclear test. In a statement, Pyongyang pledged “physical counter-measures” against South Korea if it participated in the UN sanctions regime. The threat came 24 hours after North Korea said it would proceed with a “high-level” nuclear test in a move aimed at “arch-enemy” the US. T...

The US and South Korea have responded coolly to North Korea's offer of high-level talks with Washington

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...e raised earlier this year after Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test and threatened to attack South Korean and US targets in the region. In recent weeks rhetoric from Pyongyang has softened, but US officials appeared skeptical of its offer. The US and South Korea have responded coolly to North Korea’s offer of high-level talks with Washington “Our desire is to have credible neg...

The North Korean rocket launch has failed on Friday morning

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...s week reports also emerged from South Korea of a possible third nuclear test being planned by North Korea. North Korea conducted a similar rocket launch in 2009. On that occasion US and South Korea analysts said the rocket failed to reach orbit – but North Korea said it was a success. The failure of this launch could pose a challenge for Pyongyang, which is holding a week of high-profile ev...

North Korea has increased its warlike rhetoric following fresh UN sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test in February

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...report, with spokesman George Little saying it would be “inaccurate to suggest that the North Korean regime has fully tested, developed or demonstrated the kinds of nuclear capabilities referenced in the passage”. North Korea has increased its warlike rhetoric following fresh UN sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test in February South Korea is currently on a high state of ale...

North Korea has announced an apparently successful launch of a long-range rocket defying international warnings

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North Korea has announced an apparently successful launch of a long-range rocket defying international warnings. The rocket, launched at 09:49 local time, appears to have followed its planned trajectory, with stages falling in expected areas. North Korea says a satellite has been placed in orbit; the US confirmed an object had been put into space. South Korea, the US and Japan have condemned the...

Two medium-range ballistic missiles have been test-fired by North Korea, just hours after the US, South Korea and Japan met in the Netherlands for talks

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Two medium-range ballistic missiles have been test-fired by North Korea, just hours after the US, South Korea and Japan met in the Netherlands for talks. It is the first launch of a Nodong missile since 2009 and marks a step up from the short-range rockets Pyongyang has fired in recent weeks. The launches also came on the fourth anniversary of the sinking of a South Korean warship. Washington and...

South Korean officials announce they incorrectly linked a Chinese IP address to a cyber-attack on local banks and broadcasters earlier this week

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South Korean officials announce they incorrectly linked a Chinese IP address to a cyber-attack on local banks and broadcasters earlier this week. On Thursday, the Korean Communications Commission said it had traced the attack to an internet address in China, although the identity of those behind the attack could not be confirmed. But it said further investigation showed the malware came from a lo...