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  • Aug 30, 2014
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Korean relations

South Korea dismisses North's 'offer' to resume nuclear talks

“Actions are more important than words,” Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-seok said of the offer contained in a letter delivered on Friday by an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

South Korea slams North Korea’s ‘provocative’ missile launches

South Korea on Sunday condemned North Korea’s latest short-range missile launches as “provocative” and again urged it to hold talks about a suspended jointly run industrial park.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

South Korea rejects ‘incomprehensible’ North demands

South Korea on Monday dismissed an “incomprehensible” list of North Korean demands for reviving suspended operations at a jointly-run industrial park.

The Kaesong Industrial Complex, opened north of the border in 2004 as a rare symbol of co-operation, has been shut indefinitely with the withdrawal of all North and South Korean workers amid soaring military tensions.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

South Korea sees progress on workers’ return from North

South Korea said on Wednesday it was edging towards a deal with North Korea to ensure the return of the remaining workers at a joint industrial zone that has become a casualty of military tensions.

1 May 2013 - 9:58pm

Last South Korean workers to leave Kaesong

South Korea was due on Monday to pull out its last workers from a joint factory zone in North Korea – a rare symbol of cross-border cooperation now crippled by a tense military stand-off.

The move raises the prospect of the permanent closure of the Kaesong complex, the last point of contact between the two Koreas and a key source of income for Kim Jong-un’s isolated regime.

29 Apr 2013 - 5:10pm

South Korea offers North talks over Kaesong, warns on refusal

South Korea on Thursday offered North Korea formal talks on suspended operations at their joint Kaesong industrial zone, and hinted it might pull out entirely if Pyongyang declines.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Withdraw UN sanctions: North Korea lays out tough conditions for talks

North Korea laid down rigid pre-conditions on Thursday for any talks with Seoul or Washington, including the withdrawal of UN sanctions and a guaranteed end to South Korea-US joint military drills.

The list of demands, which came from the North’s top military body, kicked off by insisting on a general apology for all “provocative acts” taken against North Korea up to now.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

UN's Ban Ki-moon urges North Korea to consider South’s dialogue offer

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korea on Wednesday to “seriously” consider an offer of dialogue from the South concerning the future of the closed Kaesong industrial zone.

North Korea has blocked access to Kaesong – which lies 10 kilometres inside its border – since April 3 amid soaring military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

North Korea bars South delegation from joint zone

North Korea on Wednesday barred a delegation of South Korean businessmen from delivering food and supplies to 200 of their staff inside the closed Kaesong joint industrial zone.

Ten representatives of the 123 South Korean firms in Kaesong had applied for permission to visit the zone, two weeks after the North blocked all access amid soaring military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

South Korea ‘regrets’ North rejection of dialogue

South Korea voiced regret on Monday at North Korea’s dismissal of its offer for dialogue, as the South’s armed forces remained on heightened alert for an expected missile test by Pyongyang.

Both President Park Geun-hye and her Unification Ministry have, in recent days, made tentative proposals for talks in an apparent bid to reduce soaring military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am