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U.N. grants sanctions exemption for UNICEF’s aid projects in N. Korea

U.N. grants sanctions exemption for UNICEF’s aid projects in N. Korea

The U.N. Security Council has granted a sanctions exemption to allow the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to carry out aid programs in North Korea to improve the health and nutrition of people in the impoverished country, according to the U.N. website. The exemption, granted on April 11, paves the way for UNICEF to import items […]

60 pct of female N. Korean defectors in China trafficked into sex trade: report

60 pct of female N. Korean defectors in China trafficked into sex trade: report

About 60 percent of female North Korean defectors in China are believed to be trafficked for sexual exploitation, a London-based civic group said in a report, urging South Korea and China to take action to protect the women and girls. Of the victims, nearly half were forced into prostitution, over 30 percent were sold into […]

Trump to visit S. Korea for talks on N. Korea, alliance

Trump to visit S. Korea for talks on N. Korea, alliance

U.S. President Donald Trump will visit South Korea next month for talks with President Moon Jae-in on the denuclearization of North Korea and alliance issues, Moon’s office announced Thursday amid growing concerns about the overall peace process. Trump plans to visit South Korea in late June as part of his regional trip. He will travel […]

Pompeo calls for N.K. sanctions implementation in talks with Russia

Pompeo calls for N.K. sanctions implementation in talks with Russia

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he emphasized the need to maintain sanctions on North Korea in talks with his Russian counterpart. Pompeo met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi to discuss cooperation on various issues, including Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. At a joint […]

Unification ministry: N.K.’s food situation remains serious despite reports on rice prices

Unification ministry: N.K.’s food situation remains serious despite reports on rice prices

South Korea believes that food shortages in North Korea remain serious and the country needs outside assistance, despite media reports that rice prices are dropping there, the unification ministry said Wednesday. Some media reports have claimed that rice prices in North Korean markets have been on the decline recently, suggesting that the country might not […]

Half of S. Koreans say gov’t should pursue dialogue with N. Korea: poll

Half of S. Koreans say gov’t should pursue dialogue with N. Korea: poll

About half of South Koreans think the government should seek dialogue with North Korea, a survey showed Monday, as inter-Korean ties remained stalled amid the deadlocked nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang. Of the 1,003 adults surveyed last month, 51.4 percent said the government should pursue talks and compromise with the Kim Jong-un regime, according […]

Moon offers talks with opposition parties on extra budget, N. Korea food aid

Moon offers talks with opposition parties on extra budget, N. Korea food aid

President Moon Jae-in appealed to opposition parties Monday to reopen three-way dialogue with the government and the ruling party on supplementary budgets and other pending issues. He was effectively turning down calls by the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP). Its leader, Hwang Kyo-ahn, has demanded one-on-one talks with the president. Last November, Moon launched […]

N. Korea says it conducted long-range strike drills under oversight of leader Kim

N. Korea says it conducted long-range strike drills under oversight of leader Kim

North Korea has conducted long-range strike drills, state media reported Friday, a day after the communist state launched what were presumed to be two short-range missiles into the East Sea. “At the command post, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un learned about a plan of the strike drill of various long-range strike means and gave an order […]

Biegun discusses N.K. missile launches, food aid at ‘working group’ talks with S. Korea

Biegun discusses N.K. missile launches, food aid at ‘working group’ talks with S. Korea

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun held a series of meetings with South Korean officials in Seoul on Friday, a day after the North launched two missiles, the second such military move in less than a week. Biegun and his counterpart, Lee Do-hoon, presided over a meeting of the joint “working group” aimed […]

Int’l Red Cross to provide water pumps to N. Korea as emergency aid

Int’l Red Cross to provide water pumps to N. Korea as emergency aid

The international Red Cross has decided to provide North Korea with water pumps as part of an emergency measure to help the impoverished nation cope with worsening food shortages caused in part by droughts. The emergency “action plan” for North Korea will include a provision of 15 mobile water pumps to help improve irrigation under […]

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