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 NEWS OF NORTH & SOUTH KOREA

  Friday, 19-Sep-2014 09:47 EDT
North Korea stresses dialogue
PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- North Korea asked South Korea Friday to begin bilateral talks without delay and preconditions, the North's official news agency said.

N. Korea wants no precondition for talks
SEOUL, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- North Korea, which has offered to hold military talks with South Korea, says the "right atmosphere" is necessary for any such dialogue.

N. Korea's uranium enrichment rapped
SEOUL, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- North Korea's uranium enrichment program is inconsistent with U.N. Security Council resolutions and its own commitments, a top U.S. official said Wednesday.

S. Korea proposes Feb. 11 for talks
SEOUL, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- South Korea proposed a February date for preparatory military talks with North Korea, as the situation on the Korean Peninsula remained tense, officials said.

Report: S. Korea wants nuclear talks
SEOUL, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- South Korea will ask North Korea for resumption of the six-nation denuclearization talks as the two sides agreed to hold military talks, an official said.

S. Korea holds 5 Somali pirates
SEOUL, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Five Somali pirates captured when South Korean commandos retook a cargo vessel are being held aboard a naval vessel, officials say.

S. Korean forces rescue hijacked ship
SEOUL, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- South Korean troops stormed a hijacked ship in the Arabian Sea Friday, freeing all 21 crew members and killing eight Somali pirates, officials in Seoul said.

China asked to pressure N. Korea more
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Washington's warning to redeploy its forces in Asia convinced China to put more pressure on North Korea, a source told The New York Times.

S. Korean admits to Japanese poaching
SEOUL, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Relations between South Korea and Japan eased Friday after a Korean fishing captain admitted to poaching in Japanese waters this week.

S.Korea December jobless at 3.5 percent
SEOUL, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- South Korea's December jobless rate stood at 3.5 percent, unchanged year-on-year but up from 3 percent in November, the government said Wednesday.

Film shot entirely on iPhone 4 camera
SEOUL, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- South Korean director Park Chan-wook said he has completed a 30-minute film shot entirely on the video camera of an Apple iPhone 4.

Japan, S. Korea set defense pact talks
SEOUL, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- South Korea and Japan will begin talks on pacts for closer cooperation between their military forces, their defense ministers said.

No. Korea pushes for talks with So. Korea
PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- North Korean officials urged South Korea Sunday to return to talks aimed at easing military tension between the two countries.

South Korea tightens rules on whales
SEOUL, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- South Korea says it is tightening rules to close some legal loopholes to combat illegal whaling in its oceans.

Bosworth calls for 'serious negotiations'
SEOUL, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Serious negotiations must be "at the heart of any strategy" in dealing with North Korea, the U.S. special envoy for the region said in Seoul Tuesday.

Lee says doors open for dialogue
SEOUL, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Monday held out hopes for a two-Korea dialogue and a restart of the six-nation talks on the North's denuclearization.

Foot-mouth disease spreads in S. Korea
SEOUL, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Two cases of foot-and-mouth disease were reported at separate livestock farms in South Korea, raising concerns about the spread of the contagion.

No. Korea calls for 'dialogue' with South
PYONGYANG, North Korea, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- An official North Korean New Year's editorial called Saturday for "dialogue and cooperation" with South Korea while blasting "war hawks" of the United States.

First Western film aired on N. Korean TV
PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- "Bend it Like Beckham" this week became the first Western commercial film shown on North Korean television, an organizer of the broadcast said.

S. Korea issues paper on N. Korea military
SEOUL, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- North Korea has new tanks and boosted its special forces in the past two years, raising the unconventional warfare threat, South Korea's Defense Ministry said.

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