Sunshine Policy

Power play ignores North's power crisis

One of the most significant problems facing North Korea grows more apparent the further away you stand - in space, even. Glance at a satellite photo of the region at night and the hermit state is conspicuous only by its absence.

Saturday, 3 November, 2007, 12:00am

North Korea

1 In what year was the Democratic People's Republic of Korea established: a) 1945 b) 1948 c) 1953?

2 According to North Korea's state-controlled media, how many holes-in-one did Kim Jong-il achieve in his first attempt at golf?

3 By what term is South Korea's practice of reconciliation with its northern neighbour known?

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Ray of sunshine

North Korea's plea to reopen talks with Seoul 'as soon as possible' is welcome news, though a note of caution is wise when considering the latest Pyongyang statement about anything. But it appears the north has heeded advice from its best foreign friends and is replacing recent bluster with a more diplomatic attitude towards its next-door neighbour.

3 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Bush gets tough

President George W. Bush has taken a hard look at the North Korean policy he inherited from Bill Clinton and clearly doesn't trust it. As a result, just where that leaves South Korea's policy of seeking rapprochement with the north remains unclear.

9 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Prize-winner's plight

It's a hard fact of public life that politicians are often more honoured abroad than in their own countries. Such is the case with South Korean President Kim Dae-jung who has just collected this year's Nobel peace prize. To the rest of the world, he is an Asian Mandela, a statesman of courage and integrity who has tried to lead his people to a new era of peace.

11 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Ray of sunshine

It would be premature to assume that the governments of North and South Korea will soon resolve their many differences, despite the historic meeting set for June. But their planned summit is remarkable, perhaps the most significant political development on the peninsula since the Korean War ended in 1953.

11 Apr 2000 - 12:00am