» 03/26/2008, 00.00
Stop to North-South family reunions
For “technical reasons” Pyongyang blocks scheduled family reunions, puts off the inauguration of the permanent centre that would give families divided since the civil war a chance to meet.
Pyongyang executes official favourable to dialogue with South
Choe Sung-chul was executed for the failed open dialogue policy with South Korea. But South Korean authorities have not confirmed the story. Some sources suggest instead that it might be counter-information released in the current situation in which North Korea is threatening to shut down the Kaesong industrial complex.
No deal on family reunions
Seoul and Pyongyang plan a new meeting on the issue, but the programme has not yet been re-started. South Korea announces new joint naval exercises with the United States.
18/08/2009 SOUTH KOREA
South Korea mourns death of Kim Dae-jung
President from 1997 to 2003, during the years of military dictatorship was repeatedly arrested and sentenced to death. Devout Catholic, staunch defender of human rights and Nobel Peace Laureate in 2000, he promoted the Sunshine policy aimed at normalizing relations with the North. Historic summit in June 2000 with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
25/02/2008 NORTH KOREA
The New York Philharmonic arrives in Pyongyang, anti US posters disappear
The orchestra, directed by Lorin Maazel, will perform two concerts beneath the US and North Korean flags. Kim Jong-il along with, according to some, Condoleezza Rice will attend one of the concerts. In Seoul stalwart conservative Lee Myung-bak, takes office.
14/08/2007 NORTH KOREA – SOUTH KOREA
Hopes and doubts ahead of intra-Korean summit
Pyongyang starts preliminary talks with Seoul in preparation for late August historic summit. But in South Korea there are doubts as well as hopes. At issue are the summit’s location, timing and agenda.
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