» 02/08/2011, 00.00
Joseph Yun Li-sun
Intra-Korean talks, a sign of Pyongyang’s desperation
Colonels from the two sides meet today in the demilitarised zone to prepare a ministerial level meeting. A source tells AsiaNews, “Pyongyang is on the brink of collapse. We are afraid the ‘Third Kim’ will impose himself with violence.”
30/07/2010 KOREA – UNITED STATES
Third round of talks between the United Nations and North Korea over ROKS Cheonan
The US-led UN Command that oversees the 1953 armistice met North Korean military officers in the DMZ. The sinking of a NOKS corvette that killed 46 South Korean sailors is still unsolved.
No breakthroughs at North-South military talks
North Korea’s media release first official picture of Dictator Kim Jong-il’s third son, 28-year-old Kim Jong-un. CIA chief Panetta is flying to Seoul to discuss the succession in Pyongyang.
Troops exchange fire in DMZ, raising tensions between the two Koreas
North Korean soldiers fire at South Korean troops. No one is wounded, but tensions go up. South Korea’s president urges his northern counterpart to “see a lot more of China” and witness “the result of what can happen to a country’s prosperity when you open up to the world”.
In a surprise move, Seoul says door to dialogue “still open”
In his traditional New Year address, South Korea’s rightwing President Lee Myung-bak says he is prepared to extend a helping hand to the North, in economic matters as well. He tells Pyongyang “military adventurism must be discarded”.
South Koreans wait as Seoul sends more marines to island
South Korean president changes the rules of engagement, beefs up defence on Yeonpyeong Island and along the maritime border after an attack two days ago. Northern defector tells AsiaNews that Kim Jong-un is behind the incident as he confirms his brutality by ordering an attack against helpless civilians to hold onto power.
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