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  1. import ban on island stamps

    Posted Apr 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Khang Hyun-sung Pyongyang has criticised Seoul for banning imports of North Korean stamps that feature a set of disputed islands claimed by South Korea and Japan. In a report carried by North Korean media, the country's 'Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland' condemned Seoul's decision, saying it created artificial barriers ...

  2. New ministry section to handle border affairs

    Posted May 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the department to better serve the country's border diplomacy,' Mr Ma said. The department is headed by Ning Fukui, a former ambassador to South Korea and a specialist in North Korean affairs, the China News Service reported yesterday. Mr Ning's deputies, Wang Zonglai and Ouyang Yujing, are veteran diplomats in charge of land and maritime border issues, the report said. Countries ...

  3. Torpedo report poses dilemma for Beijing

    Posted May 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Publicly at least, Chinese officials are keeping their cards close to their chest as they digest the sinking report from the team of investigators from South Korea, the US, Sweden and Australia. ... behind South Korea so soon after Kim Jong-il's visit,' said Shi Yinhong, a professor of international security at Renmin University who follows Korean affairs, Reuters reported ...

  4. Living with a nuclear North Korea

    Posted Jul 27th 2005, 12:00am by Brad Glosserman

    ... seen by the North's strategists as the guarantor of regime survival. Second, despite their rhetorical commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, neither China nor South Korea is ready to enforce the strict verification regime required to eliminate all the North's weapons. Neither country wants North Korea to demonstrate conclusively that it has such weapons; neither, however, ...

  5. Wen, Kim set the stage

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... to remain closed to all except marginal investors. Japan, the country that historically exploited North Korea more than any other, has no chance, given the hostile relationship that still exists ... of six-party talks. The concern in South Korea, however, is that, in any two-way dialogue, Pyongyang will revert to its customary demands- vast amounts of aid in the form of energy, as well as a peace ...

  6. Stance on North exposes Seoul-US rift

    Posted Apr 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... state of the 50-year alliance between South Korea and its closest ally, according to analysts. After months of international efforts to coax North Korea back to the negotiating table over the issue, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice indicated yesterday that Washington could still refer the hermit nation to the UN Security Council for economic sanctions. South Korea is set against ...

  7. Rocket launch demands renewed six-party push

    Posted Apr 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A nation's launch of a communications satellite should not normally warrant condemnation. North Korea is no ordinary country, though, so its firing yesterday of a rocket must ... Korea has for more than a decade threatened neighbouring Japan and South Korea with its short- and long-range missile tests. In 2006 the isolated and unpredictable nation claimed to have ...

  8. China has pivotal role in reprimanding N Korea

    Posted May 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A clamour for retribution has followed the finding by investigators that North Korea was involved in the sinking of a South Korean warship. The gravity of the act, which caused the loss ... ago. Suspicious South Koreans have increasingly been baying for blood, but their leaders have rightly taken great pains not to be hasty in apportioning blame. The report released yesterday ...

  9. Piping up

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the Yellow Sea for a joint drill with South Korea, Luo says 'the US carrier would provide the PLA with a live target' August Defence Minister Liang Guanglie reportedly says the armed forces ... bonds to punish Washington for its US$6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan in January April PLA launches two naval exercises in the South China Sea May Rear Admiral Guan Youfei calls the US ...

  10. Seoul in spin over uranium project

    Posted Sep 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as it is spearheading international efforts to end North Korea's own nuclear weapons programme. The South Korean government has launched a media campaign saying the scientists were working without official ... were terminated and the equipment dismantled,' a Ministry of Science and Technology statement said. South Korea voluntarily adopted strengthened regulations in the nuclear ...




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