<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Inter-Korea]]> 15 en <![CDATA[N. Korea Scoffs at S. Korea's SLBM Test, Calling it 'Clumsy']]> North Korea has derided South Korea's inaugural test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile(SLBM) as "clumsy", as it warned it will keep an eye on the motives driving Seoul's underwater weapons development. In a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 20 Sep 2021 15:47:35 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Over 2,000 Inter-Korean Family Reunion Applicants Died This Year]]> More than two-thousand people who had sought to meet their war-separated family members in North Korea were confirmed to have passed this year alone. According to the Unification Ministry's register for family reunion applicants on Monday, two-thousand-258 people died from January to late ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:29:00 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korea Criticizes Politicization of Human Rights, Double Standards]]> North Korea claims that the country and some other nations are suffering from the politicization of human rights and the application of double standards. North Korea's Foreign Ministry made the claim on its homepage on Sunday, mentioning Ambassador to the United Nations Han Tae-song's Tuesday speech for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 19 Sep 2021 13:58:44 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korea-China Trade Volume Rises for Third Month]]> Trade data showed that North Korea's trade with China increased for the third consecutive month in August amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to China's General Administration of Customs on Saturday, trade volume between the two nations came to 28-point-78 million U.S. dollars in August, up 37-point-five ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 19 Sep 2021 12:42:29 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[US Again Urges N. Korea to Engage in Dialogue ]]> The United States has reaffirmed a diplomatic approach to North Korea after Pyongyang blamed Washington's "double standard" for the prolonged deadlock in talks between the two countries. Jalina Porter, principal deputy spokesperson for the State Department, said Friday that the U.S. remains ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Sep 2021 13:03:36 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Moon Marks 30th Anniversary of Koreas' UN Membership with SNS Post]]> President Moon Jae-in has marked the 30th anniversary of the two Koreas joining the United Nations with a social media post. Noting the occasion on Friday, Moon said that, by joining the UN, both sides took their first step towards dialogue and cooperation with the international community. The president ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:55:55 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Unification Minister Expresses Regret over Prolonged Inter-Korean Impasse]]> Unification Minister Lee In-young on Friday expressed disappointment over the frozen state of inter-Korean relations, saying that peace on the Korean Peninsula has not moved a step since the Pyongyang Joint Declaration was signed three years ago. Sunday marks three years since the Pyongyang Joint ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:48:12 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Inter-Korean Foreign Ministers' Meeting Unlikely at Upcoming UN Assembly ]]> A meaningful high-level meeting between South and North Korea on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this month is unlikely as Pyongyang is reportedly planning to send an ambassador-level diplomat to the annual event.  According to Seoul’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday, North Korean Ambassador to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 19:04:05 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Sister of N. Korean Leader Blasts Moon's Remarks on N. Korea]]> The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his remarks on the North during his inspection of a missile test. President Moon on Wednesday observed an underwater test-launch of a submarine-launched ballistic missile(SLBM) and said South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 09:19:23 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[KCNA: N. Korea Tested New Railway-borne Missile System]]> North Korea's state media reported on Thursday that the previous day's missile test was conducted by a railway-borne missile regiment. The Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) issued the report a day after South Korea's military said the North fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Sep 2021 08:19:19 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Moon: S. Korea’s Missile Capability Advancements to Deter N. Korea]]> South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said recent upgrades of the nation's missile capabilities can serve as a foolproof deterrent against North Korea’s provocations. Presidential spokesperson Park Kyung-mee in a statement on Wednesday said that Moon made the remarks after observing the military’s ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 15 Sep 2021 20:09:10 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Gov't Pledges to Continue Seeking Restoration of Liaison Office, Hotlines]]> Marking the third anniversary of the inter-Korean liaison office's establishment, the Seoul government has pledged to continue efforts to resume its operations and to restore cross-border hotlines. An official from the Unification Ministry said on Wednesday that South Korea regrets the office's prolonged ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:53:49 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korea Test-fires New Long-range Cruise Missiles ]]> North Korea said on Monday that it carried out successful long-range cruise missile tests over the weekend. The North's official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) said on Monday that the country successfully test-fired a new type of long-range cruise missile on Saturday and Sunday.  The state-run ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:06:43 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korean Propaganda Outlet Blasts S. Korea's Defense Plan]]> A propaganda outlet in Pyongyang criticized South Korea over its recent defense plan, blaming Seoul for "sharpening a knife behind a curtain of peace." Propaganda outlet Meari on Sunday issued the criticism on Sunday, saying that South Korean authorities emphasize dialogue and peace all the time, but are ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 12 Sep 2021 13:41:30 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korean Leader Visits Kumsusan Palace on Founding Anniversary]]> North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on Thursday to mark the 73rd anniversary of the nation’s founding.  The North's official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) reported on Friday that Kim visited the palace along with his wife Ri Sol-ju on the occasion of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 10 Sep 2021 08:37:51 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Xi, Putin Send Messages to N. Korean Leader to Congratulate on Founding Anniversary]]> Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed cooperation between North Korea and their nations in messages to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  According to the North's official Korean Central News Agency on Thursday, Xi and Putin sent messages to Kim to congratulate him on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Sep 2021 10:15:29 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[IOC Suspends N. Korea from Beijing Olympics for Tokyo No-Show]]> The International Olympic Committee(IOC) has suspended North Korea’s National Olympic Committee(NOC) through the end of 2022 for its unilateral decision not to participate in this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. IOC President Thomas Bach announced the suspension on Wednesday in a news conference, saying that ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Sep 2021 08:33:39 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korea Appears to Have Staged Nighttime Military Parade]]> North Korea appears to have staged a night-time military parade to mark the 73rd anniversary of the national founding. The military parade reportedly started at 12 a.m. on Thursday at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang.  An official from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said there have been signs ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 09 Sep 2021 08:20:30 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korea Promotes Demoted Military Chief to Ruling Party's Presidium ]]> North Korea has reportedly promoted a military chief to a position in the presidium of the ruling Workers' Party. The North's ruling party mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun said on Tuesday that Pak Jong-chon has been elected a member of the Presidium of the party's Political Bureau. The report ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 07 Sep 2021 09:29:33 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Sources: Chinese FM to Visit S. Korea Next Week]]> Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is expected to visit South Korea early next week. According to diplomatic sources, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry is in the late stages of fine-tuning a meeting between Wang and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, and will soon announce the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 06 Sep 2021 18:55:49 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korea More Vigilant Against New Virus Variant ]]> North Korea is further tightening quarantine measures against COVID-19 amid the emergence of a new variant called the "mu" strain. The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency on Friday mentioned the mu strain, saying that yet another dangerous and highly transmissible variant is causing global ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 04 Sep 2021 13:41:42 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korean Leader Discusses Pandemic Curbs, Raising Food Production]]> In presiding over a politburo meeting on Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for toughened anti-coronavirus measures and enhanced farm production plans.  The Korean Central News Agency reported Friday that Kim also mentioned measures to thoroughly boost the production of consumer goods ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 03 Sep 2021 14:24:20 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Gov't Increases 2022 Inter-Korean Cooperation Fund despite Strained Ties]]> Despite strained cross-border relations, the government increased next year's inter-Korean cooperation fund. According to the Unification Ministry on Thursday, around one-point-27 trillion won was proposed for the fund in next year's budget, up one-point-nine percent from this year. Six-hundred-52 billion ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 02 Sep 2021 13:35:04 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Allies Keeping Tabs on N. Korea's Nuclear Activity amid IAEA Report]]> The government says it is continuously monitoring North Korea's nuclear missile activities under close coordination with the United States. This comes after the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) recently assessed that the North is believed to have resumed production of plutonium for its nuclear ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 30 Aug 2021 13:15:36 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Report: N. Korea Appears to Have Restarted Yongbyon Nuclear Reactor]]> North Korea appears to have restarted a plutonium-producing reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA).   The UN atomic watchdog reportedly assessed that North Korea appears to have restarted the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 30 Aug 2021 08:41:32 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[UN Rapporteurs Express Concern over N. Korea's Ideologies Law, Shooting Order]]> UN special rapporteurs have expressed formal concern over a North Korean law that rejects foreign ideologies and the regime's order to shoot trespassers at the border on COVID-19 concerns.  The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that special rapporteurs Tomás Ojea Quintana, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 27 Aug 2021 15:42:21 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[2021 Korea Global Forum for Peace to Kick off Next Week]]> The Unification Ministry will host the 2021 Korea Global Forum for Peace from Tuesday to Thursday next week.  The ministry announced on Friday that this year’s forum will be held under the theme, “New Vision for Inter-Korean Relations and Community for Peace, Economy and Life of the Korean ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 27 Aug 2021 11:52:03 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korea Remains Unresponsive after S. Korea-US Military Exercises Ended]]> North Korea remains unresponsive to Seoul’s daily calls after South Korea and the United States wrapped up their combined summertime military exercise on Thursday.  An official from the Unification Ministry said on Friday that the North did not answer a call made through the liaison office hotline at 9 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 27 Aug 2021 11:28:51 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[North Korea Claims It Has Developed Own PCR Test]]> North Korea has reportedly developed its own Polymerase Chain Reaction(PCR) test equipment to detect COVID-19.  The ruling Workers' Party newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, said on Monday that scientists have developed real-time PCR equipment on par with world standards.  It is the first time that the North ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Aug 2021 09:41:13 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[US, Russian Nuke Envoys in Seoul to Discuss N. Korea ]]> U.S. special representative for North Korea Sung Kim arrived in Seoul on Saturday to discuss ways to resume dialogue with Pyongyang. Speaking to reporters at Incheon International Airport upon his arrival, the envoy said he is looking forward to very close consultations with Korean government ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 21 Aug 2021 13:05:44 +0900 Inter-Korea