» 02/25/2008, 00.00
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.
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.
New dictator, old politics in North Korea
In a public statement, North Korea’s National Defence Commission issues warning against South Korea and the world. Nothing changes with Kim Jong-un’s rise to power; “traitors” and “puppets” will be crushed. Source tells AsiaNews that there is “nothing new”. It is “a provocation” ahead of Kim Jong-un’s address on 1 January.
25/05/2006 SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA
Pyongyang says no to train link with south, reasons unclear
Alleging tensions over West Sea territorial waters, North Korea decided at the last moment to cancel the test run of the new railway line that would have linked the country's north and south.
03/04/2009 NORTH KOREA
North Koreans to launch rocket probably tomorrow
Send off is almost ready. Japan, United States and South Korea call for UN intervention, but Pyongyang’s ally, China, is likely to veto any fresh sanctions. Rocket launch allows North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il to shore up his power in a prostrate country.
09/11/2006 SOUTH KOREA NORTH KOREA
Ex Pyongyang leader: Only Kim's downfall will stop nuclear crisis
Hwang Jang-yop, one time mentor of Pyongyang's Dear Leader and ex-secretary of the Workers' Party of North Korea, told Seoul MPs that only Chinese cooperation could bring about the fall of the regime. He also slammed the "sunshine policy".
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