News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/rss/rss_news.htm?lang=e&id=IK 15The latest news from home and abroad, with a close eye on Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula in particular en <![CDATA[Two Koreas to Discuss N. Korea's Participation in PyeongChang Paralympics ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134209 South and North Korea will hold a working-level meeting next week to discuss North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Paralympic Games.   The Unification Ministry said Friday that the North sent a fax during the day informing of its agreement with the South’s proposal that they hold talks at ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:04:26 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134209
<![CDATA[NIS: Kim Yong-chol Cannot Be Directly Pinpointed as Mastermind of Cheonan Sinking]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134208 The National Intelligence Service(NIS) is said to have assessed that Kim Yong-chol, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the North Korean Workers' Party, cannot be clearly pinpointed as the one who ordered the attack on a South Korean warship in 2010. According to lawmaker Kang Seok-ho of the main ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:54:18 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134208
<![CDATA['Difficult to Pinpoint Exact Person Behind Sinking of Warship Cheonan']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134194 The South Korean government said Friday that it is difficult to single out who led North Korea's deadly sinking of the Cheonan warship in 2010. The explanation came amid controversy surrounding a planned visit by a senior Pyongyang official who is widely suspected of masterminding the attack. Unification ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:13:46 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134194
<![CDATA[DP Welcomes N. Korea's Decision to Send Another Delegation to PyeongChang]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134176 South Korea's ruling Democratic Party(DP) has welcomed North Korea’s decision to send a delegation to the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.  Spokeswoman Kim Hyun said in a media briefing on Thursday that the party expects the visit by a high-profile North Korean delegation, to be led ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:16:00 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134176
<![CDATA[Unification Minister: Seoul Will Try to Realize US-N. Korea Talks]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134175 Seoul’s Unification Minister says he will try to make it possible for delegations from the U.S. and North Korea to talk to each other when they visit South Korea for the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.   Cho Myoung-gyon made the remark before the National Assembly’s Foreign ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:08:36 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134175
<![CDATA[Main Opposition Blasts Planned Visit by N. Korean Official]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134170 The main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) has protested a planned visit to the South by a senior North Korean official accused of orchestrating the North's sinking of a South Korean Navy corvette in 2010. Party spokeswoman Jun Hee-kyung said Thursday that the main culprit of the Cheonan sinking, Kim ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:49:07 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134170
<![CDATA[N. Korea to Send High-level Delegation to Olympics' Closing Ceremony]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134157 North Korea will send a high-level delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics' closing ceremony. According to the Unification Ministry in Seoul, North Korea on Thursday notified that Kim Yong-chol, vice chief of the Central Committee of the North's ruling Workers' Party, will visit South Korea on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:04:50 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134157
<![CDATA['N. Korea's Trade Deficit with China Expands under Sanctions']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134147 A U.S. media outlet says that North Korea's trade deficit with China expanded last year, suggesting the tougher sanctions against Pyongyang, led by the U.S., are working. The Business Insider on Wednesday quoted an NK News review of data from China's General Administration of Customs that North Korea ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:58:11 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134147
<![CDATA[S. Korea Softens Anti-N. Korea Propaganda Loudspeaker Broadcasts ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134146 The South Korean military appears to have toned down its loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts against North Korea in the border area.  According to a document submitted by the military's psychological warfare campaign unit on Thursday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff(JCS) issued an order last year to not mention ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:20:59 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134146
<![CDATA[Presidential Adviser Cautions Against Excessive Optimism Over Inter-Korean Relations]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134135 President Moon Jae-in’s special security adviser has cautioned against premature optimism about inter-Korean relations, as the two Koreas have only taken the first steps toward long-lasting reconciliation.   Moon Chung-in, presidential special adviser on foreign affairs and national security, gave a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:42:19 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134135
<![CDATA[Chief of Staff: Ways to Maintain Peaceful Atmosphere to Be Reviewed with US]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134119 Presidential Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok says Seoul will mull any means of keeping the atmosphere of peace on the Korean Peninsula in coordination with the United States.  Im made the remark on Wednesday during a briefing to the National Assembly's House Steering Committee after being asked if Seoul is ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:15:49 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134119
<![CDATA[N. Korean IOC Member: Co-Hosting Asian Winter Games Possible]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134079 North Korea's International Olympic Commission member Chang Ung has shown a positive response to the idea of the two Koreas co-hosting the Asian Winter Games in 2021. On his return home via Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday, Chang commented on the idea floated by Choi Moon-soon, governor of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:49:43 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134079
<![CDATA[38 North: N. Korea Close to Operating Experimental Light Water Reactor]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134077 North Korea appears to be close to operating an experimental light water reactor at its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center. U.S.-based North Korea monitoring Web site 38 North made the assessment on Monday based on commercial satellite imagery from February eleventh.  The report said the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:58:48 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134077
<![CDATA[Gov't: Nothing Decided on Sending Special Envoy to N. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134046 The government says nothing has been decided so far on the possibility of sending a special envoy to North Korea. Asked if there is a plan to dispatch a special envoy to North Korea, Unification Ministry Spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said Monday that the government has not formed a position yet and that its ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:55:27 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134046
<![CDATA[N. Korea: US to Blame if Mood for Improved Inter-Korean Ties is Shattered]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134039 North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun has reiterated that the United States will be responsible if the mood for improving inter-Korean relations and easing tensions is shattered.  In a commentary issued on Monday, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party said it is the U.S.’ goal to end ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:48:47 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134039
<![CDATA[N. Korean IOC Member Leaves PyeongChang for Health Reasons]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134025 Chang Ung, North Korea's sole member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), headed home on Sunday, a week before the closing of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, due to health reasons. ​ Chang left the Olympics' host city in the morning and headed for Incheon International Airport. He will ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:28:15 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134025
<![CDATA[N. Korea Seeks Self-sustaining Economy with Science, Technology]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134021 North Korea is encouraging local scientists and engineers to contribute to a self-sustaining economy amid toughened global sanctions against the regime. ​ The North's ruling party's newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, recently issued an article about the recent achievements by researchers at Kim Chaek University ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:48:41 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134021
<![CDATA[N. Korea: Not 'Thirsty' for Talks with US ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134008 North Korea said Saturday that it is "not thirsty" for talks with the U.S., saying it will be Washington that feels more anxious as time goes by.  In an op-ed, the North's ruling party's newspaper the Rodong Sinmun criticized U.S. Vice President Mike Pence who led a delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:05:44 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134008
<![CDATA[Unification Minister Again Calls for Family Reunion]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134002 Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon has again called for North Korea to resume reunions of families separated by the Korean War.  During a ceremony to mark the Lunar New Year with members of separated families near the border with the North on Friday, Cho said that the South Korean government is ready ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:51:28 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134002
<![CDATA[N. Korean Leader Pays Tribute to Father at Kumsusan Palace]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133996 North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) says leader Kim Jong-un visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on Friday to pay tribute to his late father upon his father's 76th birthday.   In reporting the story, KCNA released several photos of Kim's visit to the palace where the bodies of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:53:26 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133996
<![CDATA[N. Korea's Taekwondo Demonstration Team Returns Home ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133987 North Korea's taekwondo demonstration team returned home Thursday after performances in South Korea celebrating the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The Unification Ministry said that the 28-member team returned to North Korea by using the inter-Korean transit office on the Gyeongui Line on the western ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:03:56 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133987
<![CDATA[Sources: Moon Suggests US Have Exploratory Talks with N. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133972 President Moon Jae-in is known to have suggested that Washington initiate exploratory dialogue with North Korea.   Multiple diplomatic sources said on Wednesday that Moon made the suggestion to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during their dinner meeting last Thursday.  The sources said that although ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:02:12 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133972
<![CDATA[Seoul Expects N. Korea to Mark Birthday of Fmr Leader at Usual Level]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133970 South Korea expects North Korea’s ceremonial events to mark the upcoming birthday of its former leader Kim Jong-il will be maintained at the levels seen in previous years.   The Unification Ministry Spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said in a regular media briefing on Wednesday that Friday’s ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:56:29 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133970
<![CDATA[S. Korea Approves Covering 2.86 Bln Won Costs of N. Korea's Olympic Participation]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133950 The government approved spending two-point-86 billion won of state funds to cover the costs of North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics. The Unification Ministry said that the inter-Korean exchange and cooperation council approved the matter on Wednesday in a meeting chaired by Unification ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:03:29 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133950
<![CDATA[Seoul Tight-lipped on Kim Jong-un's Positive Assessment on Inter-Korean Relationship]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133940 South Korea has declined to comment on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s reported instructions to further develop inter-Korean ties during his reception for a high-level delegation returning from the South.  A senior official at the presidential office told reporters on Tuesday that the top office has ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:37:26 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133940
<![CDATA[Kim Jong-un Receives Report from N. Korean Delegation on Olympic Tour]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133914 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been briefed by the high-level delegation dispatched to South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. In the meeting with the delegation on Monday, Kim reportedly said that it is important to continue building good results by further livening up the warm climate of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:33:23 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133914
<![CDATA[Joint Korean Taekwondo Performance Held at Seoul City Hall]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133909 Taekwondo athletes from South and North Korea have put on a joint performance in Seoul.  The hour-long taekwondo demonstration, including a ten-minute joint session, was held at Seoul City Hall on Monday afternoon in front of an audience of around 250 people, including Choue Chung-won, head of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:50:28 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133909
<![CDATA['N. Korea Won't Wage Provocation while Inter-Korean Ties Improve']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133901 A newspaper published by a pro-North Korean organization based in Japan said Monday that Pyongyang does not need to "beg" for dialogue with the United States. The Choson Sinbo, a gazette of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, made the claim in an article that talked about an official ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:45:31 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133901
<![CDATA[Gov't to Pursue Follow-Up Measures to N. Korean Delegation's Trip]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133896 South Korean government ministries will coordinate follow-up measures aimed at improving cross-border ties following the three-day visit of North Korea's high-level delegation to the South. Unification Ministry Spokesman Baik Tae-hyun unveiled the decision to reporters on Monday, noting that the visit of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:30:25 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133896
<![CDATA[Top Office to Focus on US-N. Korea Dialogue Following Delegation's Visit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133891 With the wrap-up of the North Korean high-level delegation's South Korea trip on Sunday, the presidential office will discuss follow-up measures to maintain the momentum for dialogue between the two Koreas. The top office is expected to focus efforts on securing the support of the U.S, China, Russia and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:59:30 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=133891