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North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with 'clear eyes'

Media playback is unsupported on your device South Korea says it will continue high-level talks with North Korea with “clear eyes” amid global warnings that Pyongyang might be playing for time to continue its nuclear-arms programme. “We have to make the most” of the opportunity, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the BBC. The two Koreas earlier agreed to march under a “unified Korea” flag at next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. The talks come as the US and its allies vowed to keep pressure on the North….

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Seven Must-See Museums in South Korea

The 2018 Winter Olympics are heading to South Korea! And it promises to be a paradise for sports-lovers—and for travelers. The country itself is rather small (you can get just about anywhere within a four-hour drive), so spend some time getting to know it before settling in at Olympic Village. These seven museums will help you familiarize yourself with South Korea’s history, science, art, culture and quirkiness. Museum Kimchikan, Seoul A display showing dozens of types of kimchi at Museum Kimchikan. (Ecodallaluna/Flickr) If you love kimchi, Museum Kimchikan is paradise. The whole facility…

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North and South Korea to begin high-level talks

North and South Korea will meet on Tuesday for high-level talks, the first between the countries in two years. The meeting is set to take place at 10:00 local time (01:00 GMT) at the Peace House in the truce village of Panmunjom. The talks will focus on North Korea’s possible participation in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, taking place in South Korea in February. South Korea also said it would raise ways to improve inter-Korean relations. Relations between the Koreas deteriorated after Seoul suspended a joint economic project at the…

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North Korea accepts Olympics talks offer, says South

North Korea has accepted an offer to attend high-level talks next week, South Korean officials have said. The meeting, on 9 January, will focus on finding a way for North Korean athletes to attend the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea in February. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said this week that sending a delegation to the Games would be “a good opportunity to show unity” among North Koreans. The meeting is expected to be held at Panmunjom, on the border. The so-called peace village, in the heavily guarded demilitarised…

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North Korea: South seizes second ship in oil supply row

South Korean authorities have seized a second ship suspected of supplying oil to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, officials say. The Panama-flagged tanker, which is named Koti, is being held at a port near the western city of Pyeongtaek. South Korea has already impounded a Hong Kong-registered ship it suspects of secretly transferring 600 tonnes of refined oil to a North Korean vessel. The UN imposed sanctions on the North in response to its weapons programme. The latest vessel seized, which has a mostly Chinese and Burmese crew,…

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North Korea: New UN sanctions an act of war

Media playback is unsupported on your device North Korea has described the latest UN sanctions imposed on the country as an “act of war”. A foreign ministry statement said the measures were tantamount to a total economic blockade, the official KCNA news agency reported. It added that strengthening North Korea’s deterrence was the only way to frustrate the US. The UN Security Council imposed the new sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s ballistic missile tests. The US-drafted resolution includes measures to slash North Korea’s petrol imports by up to 90%. North…

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North Korea: Trump praises latest UN sanctions over missiles

US President Donald Trump has praised the UN Security Council for imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to ballistic missile tests. In a tweet, Mr Trump said the vote proved the world “wants peace, not death”. The US-drafted resolution includes measures to slash North Korea’s petrol imports by up to 90%. China and Russia, Pyongyang’s main trading partners, voted in favour of the resolution. North Korea is already subject to a raft of sanctions from the US, the UN and the EU. “The United Nations Security Council…

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