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Foreign Relations of North Korea

North Korea crisis ‘has already gone too far’, says UN’s Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that tensions had already soared too high on the Korean Peninsula and warned Pyongyang against making nuclear threats.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 8:41am 1 comment

North Korea cuts military hotline with South

North Korea severed its military hotline with South Korea on Wednesday, breaking the last direct communication link between the two countries at a time of heightened military tensions.

The decision coincided with an announcement that the North’s top political leadership would meet in the next few days to discuss an unspecified “important issue” and make a “drastic turn”.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:33pm 1 comment

China business brisk on N Korea's trade lifeline

On China’s economic front line with North Korea, rocket launches are far from traders’ minds and few worry about sanctions impeding the flow of cars – or pianos.

15 Dec 2012 - 1:29pm

Boat carrying 3 North Koreans drifts south

A South Korean coastguard official says a fishing boat carrying three North Koreans has drifted south of the countries’ eastern maritime boundary.

15 Dec 2012 - 1:38pm

U.S. deal with North renews Seoul's fears

The agreement last week between North Korea and the United States that promises to halt Pyongyang's nuclear and military provocations in return for food has highlighted old fears in South Korea.

It worries that the enemy is trying to drive a wedge in regional diplomacy in order to limit the South's role in charting North Korea's future.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Doubts linger over North Korean deal

North Korea has struck an important new deal with the US, but as with previous ones, there is concern whether Pyongyang will keep its word. In return for 240,000 tonnes of food aid and perhaps more, new leader Kim Jong-un's regime has promised to suspend uranium enrichment and agreed to a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Seoul sceptical of nuclear 'deal'

While the world hails an apparent breakthrough in talks - brokered between Washington and Pyongyang in Beijing - regarding North Korea's nuclear plans, experts in Seoul remain deeply cynical of the negotiations delivering any real progress on the ultranationalist state's atomic weapons programmes.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Facing realities

The sudden demise of Kim Jong-il has drastically increased the probabilities of a regime collapse in Pyongyang and the reunification of the two Koreas. Should either scenario become a reality, China will face the most difficult geopolitical challenge since the disintegration of the Soviet Union two decades ago.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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City's sporting future on Legco agenda

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Leaders have duty to get Pyongyang back to talks

Hu Jintao and Barack Obama may not agree on the value of the yuan, arms sales to Taiwan and human rights, but on North Korea, there should not be any argument. The North's threats and attacks are putting at risk East Asia's prosperity. There is a danger that events precipitated by the rogue nation could spin out of control, dragging the region into a conflict it has tried so hard to avoid.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am