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Activists send winter socks to North Korea

Activists in South Korea on Saturday sent winter socks carried by gas-filled balloons across the border to the impoverished North, where they can easily be exchanged for food. One pair of socks is thought to fetch about 22 pounds (10 kilos) of corn — enough to sustain a person for…

North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the…

North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week’s death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the military, which is trying to…

For U.S. and allies, a risky path on North Korea

WASHINGTON — The failure of foreign intelligence to detect Kim Jong-Il’s death shows just how little is known about nuclear-armed North Korea, but moves by the outside world to gain influence are also fraught with risk. All countries including China, North Korea’s primary ally, appeared to have been in the…

Organized hysteria follows death of Kim Jong-Il

SEOUL — North Korea’s state television broadcast scenes of “indescribable sorrow” after Monday’s announcement of the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, as hysterical people pounded the ground in a display of grief. The death of the 69-year-old “Dear Leader” was revealed on state television by a female announcer clad in…

Clinton urges ‘peaceful and stable transition in North Korea’

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Monday for a “peaceful and stable” transition in North Korea and said the United States wanted better relations with its people after leader Kim Jong-Il’s death. “We both share a common interest in a peaceful and stable transition in North Korea as well as…

Kim Jong Un test fires short-range missile in North Korea

North Korea test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast on Monday, the same day it announced the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said. The agency quoted an unnamed government official as saying the missile launch was unrelated to the announcement that Kim had died…

Kim death complicates Obama’s North Korea nuclear quandary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could dim hopes for fresh nuclear disarmament talks with the United States and its key Asian allies as an untested and largely unknown heir takes charge of one of the world’s most feared atomic renegade states. The most crucial…

South Koreans fearful over Kim Jong-Il’s death

News of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il hit South Koreans like a bolt from the blue on Monday with fears of conflict after it sparked a military alert along the heavily fortified border. “I’m speechless,” Kwak Bo-Ram, 24, an NGO official told AFP. “I’m just shocked and…

North Korea ‘agrees to suspend uranium enrichment’

North Korea has agreed to suspend its enriched-uranium nuclear weapons programme, a key United States demand for the resumption of disarmament talks, according to news reports. Yonhap news agency and the Chosun Ilbo daily quoted an unidentified diplomatic source saying the Washington had also agreed to provide the North with…

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