North Korea

9:05am

Fri August 30, 2013
World

Defectors Think Most North Koreans Approve Of Kim Jong Un

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 11:45 am

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Mr. Popularity?
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While public opinion polling hasn't exactly caught on in North Korea, a survey of defectors estimates that more than half of the country they left behind approves of the job leader Kim Jong Un is doing.

Seoul's Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, as reported by Yonhap news agency, asked 133 defectors to hazard a guess as to Kim's actual approval rating in the country, which at least publicly buys into the absolute cult of personality surrounding its leadership.

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7:42am

Fri August 23, 2013
World

Koreas Reportedly Agree To Resume Family Reunions

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:04 pm

North Korean delegate Pak Yong-Il crosses the military demarcation line with South Korea for a meeting on family reunions as North Korean soldiers stand guard at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday.
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North and South Korea have reportedly agreed to resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, picking up from where the emotional meetings left off when they were suspended three years ago.

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11:48am

Mon August 19, 2013
World

No Ski Lift For You, Swiss Government Tells Kim Jong Un

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 11:49 am

A multimillion-dollar deal to provide ski lifts for a resort in North Korea has been cancelled, after Switzerland's government decided the plan violated U.N. sanctions forbidding the export of luxury items to the country.

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11:47am

Sun August 18, 2013
World

Koreas Set Talks To Resume Cross-Border Family Reunions

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 2:14 pm

South Korean Kim Jung-Man, right, bids farewell to his North Korean relative before they return to their respective homes on opposite sides of the border in November 2010.
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North Korea has agreed to talks with the South to resume cross-border reunions of families separated for decades by the most militarized border in the world.

On Sunday, a spokesman for the Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, said it had agreed to talks, hosted by the Red Cross, that are to take place on Sept. 19 at North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort.

In the past, temporary thaws in bilateral relations have allowed some families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War to meet briefly at the border.

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9:54am

Sat July 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Three Capitals Observe 60th Anniversary Of Korean Armistice

Tourists visit the Korean War Veteran Memorial on the National Mall on Friday.
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