News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Inter-Korea 15The latest news from home and abroad, with a close eye on Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula in particular en <![CDATA[S. Korean Journalists to Head to N. Korea for Dismantlement Event]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136426 The Unification Ministry says a group of South Korean journalists will leave for North Korea on Wednesday to cover the dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.  Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters that the South Korean reporters will depart for the North Korean city of Wonsan from ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 11:16:36 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136426
<![CDATA[N. Korea Accepts List of S. Korean Journalists]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136421 North Korea has finally accepted a list of South Korean journalists who were invited for the dismantling of the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site.  The Unification Ministry in Seoul said that it sent the list on Wednesday morning during a phone call at the truce village of Pamnumjeon and it was accepted ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 10:14:43 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136421
<![CDATA[Pro-N. Korea Newspaper: Inter-Korean Ties, US-N. Korea Dialogue Separate Issues]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136415 A Japan-based newspaper considered to represent North Korea's stance overseas has indicated that Pyongyang is treating inter-Korean relations separately from its dealings with the United States.  In an article posted on its Web site Tuesday, the Choson Sinbo said that having progress on dialogue ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 May 2018 14:53:59 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136415
<![CDATA[Seoul Expresses Regret over N. Korea's Refusal to Allow Journalists' Visit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136409 South Korea's Unification Ministry is expressing regret over North Korea's refusal to allow South Korean journalists to cover the dismantling of the North's nuclear test site.  A statement issued in the name of Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon points out the North had promised to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 May 2018 14:02:08 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136409
<![CDATA[Air Koryo Carrying Foreign Journalists Leaves Beijing for N. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136406 South Korean journalists were not permitted to board a plane from Beijing to North Korea Tuesday, destined for a viewing of the North's planned demolition of its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.  The Air Koryo flight departed with reporters from the U.S., the U.K., China and Russia Tuesday morning.  The 9 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 May 2018 12:13:25 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136406
<![CDATA[N. Korea Refuses Second Notification of S. Korean Journalists to Visit Nuclear Site]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136402 North Korea has, once again, refused to receive a list of South Korean journalists to attend the dismantlement of the regime's main nuclear test site. The Unification Ministry in Seoul said it sent the North a telephone message containing its list of eight journalists through a liaison channel at the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 18:27:21 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136402
<![CDATA[Unification Minister Urges N. Korea to Keep Promise on S. Korean Journalists]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136401 Seoul has urged Pyongyang to follow through on its promise to allow South Korean journalists to cover the planned dismantling of North Korea's main nuclear test site.  Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon made the request in an interview with Yonhap News on Monday, saying the North made the promise ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 18:19:20 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136401
<![CDATA[Group Planning Joint Summit Events Unable to Visit N. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136390 A planned visit to North Korea by a South Korean civic committee to discuss joint events marking the first inter-Korean summit in 2000 will not take place. The committee was preparing to visit the North from Wednesday to Saturday.   In a press release Monday, the group said it has become difficult to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 16:04:51 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136390
<![CDATA[N. Korea Increases Pressure on S. Korea Ahead of Summit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136384 North Korea is increasing its criticism of and pressure on South Korea ahead of the upcoming South Korea-U.S. summit and its own summit with Washington.  North Korea's Red Cross on Saturday demanded the repatriation of 12 North Korean workers who defected to South Korea from a Pyongyang-run ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 13:18:52 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136384
<![CDATA[S. Korean Journalists to Depart for China for N. Korea's Dismantling of Nuclear Site]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136376 South Korean journalists will leave for China as scheduled to attend North Korea's dismantling of its nuclear test site, despite the North's lack of response to Seoul's list of journalists.  The joint press corps comprising eight reporters will depart for China on Monday and wait for their ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 09:10:01 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136376
<![CDATA[38 North: N. Korea Builds Observatory for Tunnel Closure]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136366 A United States Web site monitoring North Korea says that the regime is preparing to build a safe stand for visitors to observe the explosive closure of its Punggye-ri nuclear test site. 38 North said on Saturday in an article, that satellite imagery from May 15 shows four rows of objects previously ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 20 May 2018 12:05:55 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136366
<![CDATA[N. Korea Calls Dismantling of Nuclear Site 'Significant Measure']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136365 North Korea has stressed the importance of dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear test site amid reports Pyongyang refused to accept a list of South Korean journalists who are scheduled to attend the dismantlement. North Korea's propaganda Web site "DPRK Today" said on Sunday that the planned ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 20 May 2018 11:47:17 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136365
<![CDATA[N. Korea Refuses to Take List of Reporters to Attend Dismantling of Nuclear Test Site ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136353 North Korea has refused to accept a list of South Korean reporters invited to attend an event next week showcasing the dismantlement of the regime's nuclear test site. South Korea's Unification Ministry said it planned to send a telephone message notifying the North of the list on Friday ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 18:54:05 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136353
<![CDATA[Gaeseong Firms Consider Visiting N. Korea Soon ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136347 South Korean companies whose factories are shut down at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex are reviewing a plan to visit North Korea soon as part of efforts to resume operations at the suspended inter-Korean complex.  An emergency committee of the companies said on Friday that it held a workshop early in the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 17:17:05 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136347
<![CDATA[S. Korea: N. Korean Military Commission's Meeting Likely About Resetting Strategic Line]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136344 South Korea has assessed that the latest meeting held by the North Korean ruling party's powerful military commission was likely about resetting its stance in line with Pyongyang's change of its strategic line. On Friday, the North's Korean Central News Agency said its leader Kim Jong-un ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 16:59:29 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136344
<![CDATA[Unification Minister: NIS Not Behind Defection of N. Korean Restaurant Workers]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136339 Anchor: Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon has denied speculation that the National Intelligence Service orchestrated a mass defection of North Korean restaurant workers ahead of the general elections in 2016. Cho has claimed that the group came to South Korea from China of their own free will.   Our ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 15:31:42 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136339
<![CDATA[Suspicion over Mass Defection of N. Korean Restaurant Staff Denied]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136331 Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon has denied speculation that the National Intelligence Service orchestrated a mass defection of North Korean restaurant workers ahead of the 20th general elections in 2016. Cho made the remark on Thursday when he appeared at a full session of the National Assembly’s ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 10:42:18 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136331
<![CDATA['Cancellation of Talks is Move to Manage Situation Ahead of US Summit']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136330 South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon has assessed North Korea's unilateral cancellation of the planned inter-Korean talks as a way of managing circumstances ahead of the North-U.S. summit talks. Cho gave the assessment on Friday during a plenary session of the National ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 10:28:24 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136330
<![CDATA['N. Korea Won't Talk with Seoul Unless Issues are Resolved']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136325 North Korea has warned that it would be difficult to continue talks with South Korea unless issues that led to the cancellation of high-level inter-Korean talks were resolved.  Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, issued the warning on Thursday during an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 08:39:52 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136325
<![CDATA[Unification Ministry Links Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation with Denuclearization]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136322 South Korea's Unification Ministry will lay out a comprehensive plan for inter-Korean economic cooperation that works in tandem with the process of denuclearizing North Korea.  The ministry unveiled the plan on Thursday during a policy report to the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 18:44:46 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136322
<![CDATA[N. Korea Continues Rhetoric Against S. Korea-US Military Drill]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136317 North Korea has continued to ramp up its rhetoric against the South Korea-U.S. joint Max Thunder drill. In a commentary on Thursday, the North's propaganda Web site Uriminzokkiri said dialogue and war drills can never co-exist on the Korean Peninsula, citing the Max Thunder exercise. The Web site went on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 17:16:25 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136317
<![CDATA[Gov't TF to Prepare for Joint Event with N. Korea Marking 2000 Summit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136311 Seoul's Unification Ministry said Thursday that it has formed a task force to enable speedy preparations for a joint event with North Korea to mark the first inter-Korean summit in 2000. A ministry official told reporters the task force, which also includes officials of other related agencies, is holding ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 16:48:35 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136311
<![CDATA[Top Office: Will Consult with N. Korea to Swiftly Open High-level Talks]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136296 The National Security Council(NSC) decided to consult with the North to swiftly open high-level inter-Korean talks following the North's abrupt cancellation of their meeting that was set for Wednesday.  The presidential office said in a press release on Thursday that NSC members reaffirmed ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 11:05:30 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136296
<![CDATA[Pentagon: There Was No Plan to Deploy B-52 Bombers to Max Thunder Drills]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136294 The U.S. Defense Department says that there was no plan to mobilize its B-52 strategic bombers for the Max Thunder air drills with South Korea. Pentagon spokesman Christopher Logan made the comment on Wednesday when asked by the Voice of America to comment on media reports that South Korea asked the U.S. ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 10:30:23 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136294
<![CDATA[Top Office Has No Plan for Hotline Dialogue between Leaders of Two Koreas]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136292 The presidential office says there are no plans yet for a hotline conversation between the leaders of the two Koreas. A senior presidential official told reporters on Thursday that there is no need to comment on President Moon Jae-in's security adviser Moon Chung-in's calls for the hotline ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 10:03:03 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136292
<![CDATA[Top Office Convenes NSC to Discuss N. Korea's Abrupt Move]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136289 The presidential office has convened a meeting of the National Security Council(NSC) to discuss North Korea's cancellation of high-level talks with Seoul and threat to scrap a planned summit with the U.S. The NSC meeting, chaired by National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong, began at 7 a.m. Thursday at the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 08:43:48 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136289
<![CDATA[S. Korea Delivers Regret to N. Korea over Talks Cancellation]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136286 South Korea has expressed its regret to North Korea over the regime's decision to indefinitely postpone high-level inter-Korean talks that were set for Wednesday.  Seoul's Unification Ministry says it sent a telephone message to Pyongyang expressing its regret on Wednesday afternoon, adding it ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 May 2018 19:32:35 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136286
<![CDATA[Pres. Office Calls N. Korea's Cancellation of Talks "Pain for Better Results"]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136284 South Korea's presidential office says it considers North Korea’s abrupt cancellation of the high-level inter-Korean talks as pain for better results in the long run.  In a message sent to reporters on Wednesday afternoon, President Moon Jae-in's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 May 2018 18:51:59 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136284
<![CDATA[N. Korea Expresses Discontent Over Remarks By Defected Diplomat]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136279 North Korea, which cancelled Wednesday's inter-Korean meeting, has expressed discontent over recent remarks made by a former North Korean diplomat who defected to the South in 2016. The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday accused the South of neglecting to stop what it ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 May 2018 17:12:57 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136279
<![CDATA[N. Korea Threatens to Reconsider Washington-Pyongyang Summit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136266 A senior North Korean official warned Wednesday that Pyongyang will reconsider the upcoming summit talks with the U.S. if it comes under continued pressure to "unilaterally" abandon its nuclear program.  In a statement carried by the North's state media Korean Central News Agency(KCNA), Vice Foreign ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 May 2018 11:59:14 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=136266