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Seoul holds military drills despite NKorea threat | The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea conducted live-fire military drills near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea on Monday despite Pyongyang’s threat to respond with a “merciless” attack. North Korea did not carry out the threat as it focuses on internal stability two months after the death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il and prepares for nuclear disarmament ...

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N Korea signals it’s open to US disarmament deal | The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — At first glance, it seems like business as usual: North Korea issues an indignant statement taking aim at the United States over a proposal to donate food in return for nuclear disarmament. But between the lines are glimmers of conciliation. In its diatribe this week questioning Washington’s generosity and earnestness, North Korea suggests it remains ...

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Japan hopes to jump-start nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea | Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japan watched its troublesome neighbor North Korea warily and pressed nuclear disarmament efforts this week as some experts warned of potential missile strikes and a refugee humanitarian crisis in the wake of Kim Jong Il’s death. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has ordered Japanese defense forces to be on alert for any possible dangers from the reclusive ...

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North Koreans will ‘die from malnutrition within months’ | The Guardian

Humanitarian groups fear that the death of Kim Jong-il could worsen North Korea’s dire food situation, after the US postponed a decision on potential aid. The country has relied on foreign supplies since the devastating famine of the mid-90s killed hundreds of thousands of people. But the World Food Programme (WFP) and NGOs have warned that the situation is particularly ...

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Kim Jong-il, North Korean leader, dies | guardian.co.uk

Kim Jong-il, the "dear leader" still venerated by many in North Korea but reviled abroad, has died aged 69, state media announced on Monday morning. The official KCNA news agency described his young son and heir apparent as "the great successor," urging the nation, people and military to rally behind and "faithfully revere" Kim Jong-un. The Guardian and other sources report.

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Playing With Fire in Korea: War Games | Counterpunch

Why is the Obama Administration creating obstacles and throwing cold water on talks with North Korea, and why is it binding itself to right-wing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, whose politics just took a shellacking in the recent race for mayor of Seoul? The answer seems to be a convergence of U.S. concerns over the growing power of China, a ...

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US presses N. Korea for ‘irreversible’ disarmament move | AFP

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Thursday pressed North Korea to take “concrete and irreversible” steps to give up its nuclear arsenal at talks on how to improve hostile relations. The US State Department said the first day of the talks in New York had been “serious and businesslike”. North Korea’s representative also called the atmosphere “constructive”. While the ...

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North and South Korea hold ‘constructive’ disarmament talks | The Globe and Mail, Haaretz, Al Jazeera

Top nuclear envoys from North and South Korea emerged smiling from a face-to-face meeting Friday, saying they were ready to work together to resume stalled disarmament talks. The meeting was the first between envoys from the two nations since 2008, when international efforts to end Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program collapsed, and the announcement was certain to be welcomed in regional ...

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China blocks U.N. report on N.Korea nuclear breaches | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – China has told U.N. Security Council members it plans to block publication of a U.N. special report that accuses North Korea of violating sanctions on its nuclear program, Western diplomats said. The U.N. Panel of Experts on North Korea submitted a report on January 27 to the Security Council’s sanctions committee, which monitors compliance with U.N. ...

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