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  1. Frontrunner for S Korean presidency denies fraud

    Posted Dec 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Associated Press in Seoul Rivals accused of smear tactics on eve of leadership poll The frontrunner in South Korea's presidential polls asserted his innocence in financial-fraud ... will end a decade of liberal rule in South Korea. 'Even if there is wrongdoing, we have to elect a person who can revive the economy,' said Lee Min-sung, a 22-year-old woman studying ...

  2. Olympic Briefs

    Posted Jan 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... North Korean boss talks up prospects of unified team A senior North Korean sports official reinforced the communist country's commitment to forming a single team with South Korea, according to a news report. 'The two Koreas have already reached agreements in many parts of the discussions and future talks would focus on selecting athletes,' North Korean Olympic ...

  3. Korea minded

    Posted Dec 12th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... South Korea's likely next president wants to revamp the country's major bilateral relations, writes Greg Torode Is it possible to improve long-term relations with both the US ... on their traditional friendship, South Korea and the US must reinforce and further develop the shared values between the two countries and their mutual interest,' it says. 'In the face of an entirely ...

  4. Public fury marks shift in Seoul on abductions

    Posted Jan 09th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to take him seriously. The strength of public outrage to the recording represents a big shift in public opinion in South Korea, where residents were once indifferent to the plight of the hundreds ... Traditionally, the kidnappings of South Koreans have aroused remarkably little public indignation and government activity in the country. This is in stark contrast to the outrage in Japan, where 13 ...

  5. Promising new start for South Korea

    Posted Dec 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ralph Cossa The landslide presidential victory of conservative Lee Myung-bak is good news for South Korea, for the United States, for their alliance and - if responded to appropriately and wisely - for North Korea as well. Mr Lee has made it clear that he is committed to improving North-South relations, but that progress along this front first requires Pyongyang to live up to its ...

  6. Vietnam in diplomatic dance with North Korea

    Posted Oct 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the prospect of an eventual peace deal on the Korean Peninsula - a move that could pave the way for a formal new relationship with not just South Korea, but the United States and Japan as well. Many ... across the region. Could it be North Korea's 'dear leader', Kim Jong-il, is eyeing Vietnam as a future model for any plans he may have for dragging his hermit state into the light? ...

  7. Korean peace train requires two-way track

    Posted May 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Another cold war-era barrier has come down with the first trains running between North and South Korea since the nations went to war in 1950. As ground-breaking as yesterday's event ... on the deals struck to make the journeys happen, every ticket was in effect worth more than US$2 million. South Korea, which financed the rebuilding of the two tracks and has led efforts to reunify ...

  8. Korean puzzle

    Posted Oct 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to be represented since South Korea did not sign the 1953 armistice, and because there was already a separate deal - the 1991 North-South Basic Agreement - between Seoul and Pyongyang. A peace declaration ... With no clear agenda on the table, the North-South summit carries several risks for Seoul, writes Ralph Cossa South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun is clearly looking forward to his first ...

  9. Back on the rails

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... If the mood in some quarters of Seoul at the moment could be expressed in a pop song, it would be Give Peace a Chance. South Korea may have been technically at war with North Korea ... with its cold war enemies the US, Japan and South Korea. The February deal is far from perfect; no timetable exists for its steps and a road map must still be thrashed out. But today, six-party ...

  10. Seoul sees itself as bridge in relations

    Posted Jul 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... across Northeast Asia. For decades, cold war tensions have limited practical co-operation between the mainland, South Korea and Japan. And even as growing commerce drives the trio together ... that Seoul is eager to drive co-operation forward with an eye to the future. It sees itself as a useful bridge between the two larger powers, whose mutual suspicions run deepest of all. South Korea ...




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