23 JUNE 2015
North Korea sentences two South Korean men to life
North Korea Tuesday sentenced two South Korean men to hard labour for life on espionage and other charges, state media reported, rejecting repeated calls by Seoul to release them
24 MAY 2015
Women peace activists cross North-South Korea border
A group of women activists have made a rare crossing of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea in a move aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation on the divided peninsula http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/women-peace-activists-cross-north-south-korea-border-150524044729768.html
27 MARCH 2015
Seoul urges Pyongyang to release 2 South Korean detainees
South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals
26 MARCH 2015
North Korea says it has arrested two South Korean spies
North Korea said late on Thursday it had arrested two South Koreans based in the Chinese border city of Dandong, accusing them of spying for South Korea
11 MARCH 2015
Factory owners jittery over salary dispute between North, South Korea
A salary dispute between North and South Korea has sent jitters through factory owners operating at an industrial complex that is supposed to be a symbol of cooperation for the divided Korean peninsula
1 JANUARY 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offers to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a proposal in a New Year address Thursday for a summit with President Park Geun-hye as the two Koreas celebrate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule
29 DECEMBER 2014
Seoul offers high-level talks with N. Korea
South Korea on Monday proposed high-level talks with North Korea to discuss the issues of separated families, humanitarian aid, economic cooperation and joint projects that could help lay the groundwork for unification
22 OCTOBER 2014
South Korea scraps ‘Christmas tree’ tower hated by North
South Korea had dismantled a Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea which had previously been used for a seasonal lights show that drew angry protests from the atheist regime in Pyongyang.
19 OCTOBER 2014
North and South Korea ‘exchange fire over border’
North Korean troops approached the demarcation line separating the two sides, prompting South Korean soldiers to fire warning shots, officials said.
15 OCTOBER 2014
Korean generals hold military talks
Generals from North and South Korea have held military talks for the first time in more than three years at a border village on how to ease animosities between the countries after two shooting incidents last week, South Korean media has reported.
11 OCTOBER 2014
North Korean state media warn talks with the South in danger
North Korea’s state media said on Saturday that expected talks with the South to try to improve ties between the rivals were in danger of being cancelled because authorities in Seoul allowed a group to send leaflets hostile to Pyongyang
10 OCTOBER 2014
North and South Korea ‘exchange land border fire’
The incident came as South Korean activists launched balloons containing leaflets condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
5 OCTOBER 2014
More S.Koreans Than Ever Support Reunification
In the survey of 1,200 people by Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, some 55.9 percent said reunification is in South Korea’s interest, the most since the poll started in 2007 http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/10/02/2014100201109.html
4 OCTOBER 2014
North, South Korea agree to talks during surprise visit
North and South Korea have agreed to resume formal high-level talks after top Pyongyang officials made a surprise visit to the South for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games on Saturday, raising hopes for improved ties between the arch rivals.
24 SEPTEMBER 2014
Park presents vision of unified Koreas at U.N.
At the U.N., Park presented her vision of Korean unification to leaders from more than 140 countries gathered for the annual meeting, including North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, and called for their support to convince Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons. She also pressed Japan by addressing the thorny issue of sex slavery during World War II
19 SEPTEMBER 2014
S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion
The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said.
16 SEPTEMBER 2014
South Korean fisherman finds possible North drone
A South Korean fisherman has found a suspected North Korean drone near a frontline island south of the rivals’ disputed sea border, military officials said.
29 AUGUST 2014
How to solve the divided families between South and North Korea?
According to official statistics produced by the Ministry of Unification, as of 30th June 2014 there were 129,553 South Koreans registered as ‘members of divided families’. This is an official status and it means that the registered person is eligible to apply for a family reunion with their relatives in the North
22 AUGUST 2014
South Korea’s Limited Options for Engaging Pyongyang
Between UN sanctions and Pyongyang’s survival instincts, Seoul has fewer carrots to offer Pyongyang.
18 JULY 2014
North and South Korea: can Seoul’s plans for reunification work?
Despite the monumental challenges involved in piecing the Korean peninsula back together, South Korea’s president continues to push it as a key policy goal
18 JULY 2014
North Korea threatens to pull out of Asian Games in the South
North Korea threatened on Friday to pull out of the Asian Games due to take place in rival South Korea later this year, accusing the South of plotting to block its athletes from taking part
29 JUNE 2014
Pyongyang proposes « peace » to Seoul because it fears Beijing
A few days before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in South Korea, North Korea reaches out to the South, calls for an end to mutual slandering. For analysts and experts, it is a move to appease China, North Korea’s last ally
22 MAY 2014
Koreas exchange fire in disputed waters
North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire in disputed waters off the western coast, South Korean military officials said, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the bitter rivals in recent weeks
20 MAY 2014
South Korea fires warning shots after North Korean incursion
A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after three North Korean patrol boats crossed over the disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea, military officials said
12 MAY 2014
South Korea says North Korea ‘must disappear soon’
South Korea is continuing an escalating rhetorical battle on the Korean Peninsula, with an official saying rival North Korea “must disappear soon.”
27 APRIL 2014
North Korea labels South’s president as ‘crafty prostitute’ after Obama visit
North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on the South Korean president, comparing her to « crafty prostitute » in thrall to her « pimp » Barack Obama.
14 APRIL 2014
N. Korea denies link to drones recovered by South
North Korea on Monday flatly denied any connection to three crashed drones recovered in the South, and accused Seoul of « fabricating » a link in order to smear Pyongyang
12 APRIL 2014
N. Korea blasts reunification offer as ‘psychopath’s daydream’
North Korea on Saturday blasted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s proposal on laying the groundwork for reunification through economic exchanges and humanitarian aid as the « daydream of a psychopath »
4 APRIL 2014
North Korea launches misogynist tirade against South Korean president
While the North’s propaganda is often vitriolic, the highly personalised and sexist nature of the attack – the latest salvo is titled: « We accuse Park the bitch » – is more unusual
South Korea finds images of presidential residence on Kim Jong-un’s drones
Two North Korean drones that crashed in South Korea had taken hundreds of aerial photos of military installations as well as the official residence of President Park Guen-hye, authorities in Seoul have revealed
3 APRIL 2014
Alleged N. Korean Drones Fly Over Seoul Presidential House
South Korea has acknowledged a surveillance drone, likely operated by North Korea, flew over the presidential palace in Seoul and took several pictures, before crashing near the border
1 APRIL 2014
Breathless in North Korea
For 60 years, Koreans on both sides of the DMZ have awaited a peace treaty. Instead they’ve gotten an arms race and political repression.
31 MARCH 2014
South Korea fires back at North after artillery shells land in disputed waters
South Korea has returned fire into North Korean waters after the North conducted live-fire drills near disputed sea boundary, with the White House and Kremlin expressing concern over North Korea’s actions and rhetoric
29 MARCH 2014
N. Korea warns of « war » over S. Korea’s anti-Pyongyang leaflets
North Korea said Saturday its relations with South Korea had been driven into a « catastrophic » phase again, warning the South’s scattering of anti-Pyongyang leaflets could spark a war
28 MARCH 2014
Pyongyang slams South Korean President over nuclear remarks
North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye over comments she made about the country’s nuclear program, accusing her of « blabbering » like a « peasant woman. »
6 MARCH 2014
N. Korea rejects South request for family reunion talks
North Korea on Thursday rejected Seoul’s request for talks on reunions for families separated by the Korean War, further souring the mood after a recent upswing in cross-border ties
4 MARCH 2014
Seoul asks Pyongyang to hold family reunifications on “regular basis »
The president of South reminds his Northern counterpart that « time passes everyone » and asks that war separated families be allowed to see each other on a regular basis before it’s too late
28 FEBRUARY 2014
N. Korea snubs South request on detained missionary
North Korea on Friday refused to entertain an official request from Seoul to release a South Korean missionary arrested four months ago on espionage charges
25 FEBRUARY 2014
S. Korea’s Park seeks to reboot unification drive
South Korean President Park Geun Hye vowed Tuesday to map out a fresh path to Korean reunification, building on a recent thaw in cross-border ties despite the North’s anger over South-US military drills.
24 FEBRUARY 2014
N.Korea to enter all events in Asian Games In South Korea
South Korea has invited North Korea to participate in the games, which will run from September 19 to October 4, through the Olympic Council of Asia, a body that governs all sports in Asia.
20 FEBRUARY 2014
North and South Korea hold first family reunion in three years
Families torn apart for more than 60 years — separated by the Korean War — began to reunite at a mountain resort in North Korea
14 FEBRUARY 2014
Koreas take first steps towards building mutual trust
North and South Korea will hold a new round of family reunions, while putting an end to slander as a first step to building mutual trust
13 FEBRUARY 2014
No agreement reached at inter-Korean dialogue
The two Koreas failed to reach an agreement during their first high-level talks in seven years on Wednesday due to differences over planned Seoul-Washington military drills During the 12-hour marathon talks, the North “constantly demanded” Seoul’s postponement of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises until after the event. The joint South Korea-US drills are scheduled to begin February 24
12 FEBRUARY 2014
North, South Korea hold first high-level talks since 2007
North and South Korean officials held their highest-level talks since 2007 on Wednesday, seeking to forge agreements on divisive US-South Korea military exercises and a planned reunion late this month for families divided by the Korean War.
N. Korea Demands Pay Raise for Kaesong Workers
North Korea is demanding a pay raise for at least some of its workers in the special Kaesong industrial complex, where South Korean firms manufacture products using labor provided by Pyongyang
6 FEBRUARY 2014
Pyongyang backpedals: Seoul must cancel ‘war games’ with US or no family reunions
The powerful National Defense Commission, the highest executive body led by dictator Kim Jong-un, has issued a statement calling on the South to cancel military exercises: « Dialogue and exercises of war of aggression cannot go hand in hand ». Yesterday, during bilateral talks, no objections were expressed
5 FEBRUARY 2014
North and South Korea Set Dates for Family Reunions
North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to hold family reunions later this month in which hundreds of elderly relatives separated by the Korean War would meet for the first time in six decades.
3 FEBRUARY 2014
North Korea Agrees to Talks on Reunions
North Korea agreed on Monday to hold border talks with South Korea this week to discuss arranging reunions where relatives separated by the Korean War would meet for the first time in six decades, officials here said.
27 JANUARY 2014
S. Korea offers North dates for family reunions
South Korea proposed Monday holding family reunions for those separated by the Korean War in mid-February, ahead of joint military drills with the United States that North Korea wants cancelled
24 JANUARY 2014
North Korea proposes family reunions with South
North Koreahas made a sudden proposal for the resumption of reunions for families separated since the Korean War, saying the programme could help improve cross-border ties.
9 JANUARY 2014
N Korea rejects Seoul’s call for reunions
Pyongyang has rejected a South Korean proposal for resuming reunions for families separated by the Korean War, citing Seoul’s planned joint military exercises with the United States as a major barrier.
20 DECEMBER 2013
North Korea threatens to strike South
North Korea has threatened to strike South Korea « without notice » in response to anti-Pyongyang rallies earlier this week, officials said.
12 NOVEMBER 2013
N. Korea slams President Park for fueling inter-Korean tensions
North Korea slammed President Park Geun-hye Tuesday for fueling tensions with provocative anti-Pyongyang remarks made during her recent trip to Europe. The North’s Korean Central News Agency, citing a statement issued by an unidentified spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), referred to Park by name and accused her of being a hypocrite and only focused on maintaining a confrontational stance with the DPRK.
8 NOVEMBER 2013
North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ action to stop kidnapping
North Korea on Friday warned of « merciless » action to stop the alleged abduction of its citizens by South Korean spy agents and activists.
North Korea Accepts Seoul’s Call for Kaesong Talks
North Korea has accepted South Korea’s offer to hold working-level talks next week to improve the competitiveness of the joint industrial park in Kaesong.
6 NOVEMBER 2013
N. Korea accuses S. Korea president of ‘moral vulgarity’
North Korea accused South Korean President Park Geun-Hye of « moral vulgarity » Wednesday after she suggested she was ready to hold a summit with its leader Kim Jong-Un at any time.
5 NOVEMBER 2013
2 S. Korean firms withdraw from inter-Korean factory park
Two South Korean companies with factories at the inter-Korean factory park in Gaeseong have decided to close operations in the face of unfavorable business conditions, sources said Tuesday.
4 NOVEMBER 2013
Park open to meeting N.K. leader
President Park Geun-hye said she was open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at any time if it is necessary for peace on the Korean Peninsula, indicating a softer approach to the belligerent regime that remains fickle with the South.
30 OCTOBER 2013
S. Korean MPs make rare crossing to North
A group of South Korean lawmakers crossed the fortified border into North Korea Wednesday to visit a jointly run industrial park that recently re-opened after military tensions caused a five-month closure.
25 OCTOBER 2013
North Korea repatriates South Korean citizens at DMZ
North Korea repatriated six South Korean citizens and a corpse at a heavily defended border crossing on Friday, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification said, in a rare humanitarian gesture amid persistent tensions between Pyongyang and Seoul.
24 OCTOBER 2013
Pyongyang accepts South lawmakers’ visit to Gaeseong
North Korea on Thursday accepted a request by South Korean lawmakers to visit Gaeseong, raising hopes that momentum will pick up for the joint factory park whose recently resumed operations are suffering after a five-month freeze.
21 OCTOBER 2013
N. Korea warns of ‘merciless firing’ against S. Korea
North Korea on Monday warned of « merciless firing » against the South if it goes ahead with a reported plan to develop shells to carry anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.
15 OCTOBER 2013
North Korea keeping over 500 South Koreans prisoner – including plane crew hijacked 35 years ago
A South Korean politician has said that the return of 516 citizens being held by North Korea for up to 60 years is ‘the top priority’ of the government in Seoul.
4 OCTOBER 2013
South Korea Condemns North’s ‘Insult’ of President Park
South Korea is lashing back at North Korea for comments made about South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The statement issued by the North’s National Defense Commission (NDC) contained a rare attack on South Korea’s president by name
2 OCTOBER 2013
US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy
The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference
21 SEPTEMBER 2013
N Korea postpones family reunions with South
In a blow to improving relations between the two Koreas, North Korea has ordered the indefinite postponement of a planned resumption of family reunions.
16 SEPTEMBER 2013
Gaeseong park begins test-run as Koreas discuss sustainable growth
An inter-Korean factory zone in North Korea began its trial-run production on Monday after a five-month hiatus, as the two Koreas discuss ways to ensure sustainable growth of the joint economic venture. More than half of the 123 South Korean firms with factories at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex in the North’s eponymous city were set to start trial operations, with the aim of fully normalizing operations thereafter, and have asked North Korean workers to report to work
11 SEPTEMBER 2013
Koreas Agree to Reopen Kaesong Industrial Complex
North and South Korea have agreed to reopen their joint industrial complex at Kaesong after Pyongyang agreed to meet Seoul’s key demands. North Korea unilaterally shut down the factory zone in April but under a deal reached Wednesday will allow joint management and, for the first time, invite foreign investors
North Korean hackers suspected of cyber-espionage attack on South
North Korean hackers are suspected of launching a covert cyber-espionage campaign against the South Korean government in an attempt to steal highly classified intelligence on defence and security.
3 SEPTEMBER 2013
Koreas stuck on when to reopen factory park, agree on future talks
The two Koreas failed Monday 2 to agree on the reopening date of the joint industrial complex in North Korea’s border town of Gaeseong, but agreed to meet again later this week.
2 SPTEMBER 2013
Koreas hold first talks on reopening industrial park
North and South Korea held the first meeting Monday of a committee tasked with reopening their Kaesong joint industrial zone — five months after it was shut down amid soaring military tensions.
S. Korea offers $6.3 mn in aid for North via WHO
South Korea announced Monday $6.3 million in humanitarian funding for North Korea through the World Health Organisation, the second such aid package in just over a month.
26 AUGUST 2013
Preparation for cultural integration of two Koreas crucial
It is never too soon to start preparing for cultural integration of the two Koreas post-reunification, which is likely to entail heavy social conflict, according to President Park Geun-hye’s top cultural adviser.“In the last 60 years that the two Koreas have been in confrontation, we have witnessed not only our language but also our customs and culture changing drastically from one another. Such sense of difference can aggravate the conflict if the two Koreas unexpectedly reunify,” Kim Dong-ho, 76, a policymaker-turned-film guru said in an interview with The Korea Herald.
23 AUGUST 2013
North and South Korea set date for family reunions
North and South Korea agreed on Friday to allow reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 war, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory gesture from the North after a spring that saw it threaten Seoul and Washington with missile strikes and nuclear war.
20 AUGUST 2013
S. Korea agrees talks on resuming cross-border tours
South Korea agreed Tuesday to hold talks with North Korea about resuming tours to a scenic resort in the North after a five-year suspension.
19 AUGUST 2013
Seoul demands family reunions, tours be discussed separately
Seoul on Monday reiterated its demand to separate the issues of reunions of divided families and stalled tours to Mount Geumgang as a cash-strapped Pyongyang seeks to link them to reopen the lucrative resort program.
18 AUGUST 2013
North Korea agrees to family reunions with South
North Korea has agreed to a South Korean proposal to resume reunions of families separated since the 1950-1953 war, official media in Pyongyang say.
17 AUGUST 2013
Why do China and South Korea trade with North Korea?
South Korea and China have maintained trade with North Korea as a means of enhancing their prosperity and security.
16 AUGUST 2013
Seoul offers Aug. 23 talks on family reunions with North Korea
South Korea on Friday proposed holding talks with the North next week to arrange the first reunions of separated families in nearly three years in September.
14 AUGUST 2013
Koreas ‘reach deal’ to re-open Kaesong industrial zone
North and South Korean officials have reached an agreement about re-opening the Kaesong joint industrial zone, officials from Seoul say.
7 AUGUST 2013
North Korea says it wants to reopen joint industrial zone with South
North Korea pledged Wednesday to take steps to reopen the Kaesong Industrial Zone, the joint manufacturing complex where it halted the operations of South Korean companies during a period of high tensions this year.
28 JULY 2013
S. Korea makes final offer for Gaeseong talks
Seoul on Sunday proposed what it said would be the “last offer” for talks with Pyongyang over the normalisation of the joint industrial park in Gaeseong, raising pressure on the North to offer clear assurances to prevent its unilateral closure.
26 JULY 2013
Seoul toughens stance on Gaeseong
South Korea on Friday vowed no let-up in its fierce pressure on Pyongyang to formally accept responsibility for the shutdown of the Gaeseong industrial town and pledge not to close it again.
19 JULY 2013
North and South Korean women’s football teams to meet in East Asian Cup
The North Korean women’s football team hold their first training session on Friday, ahead of their East Asian Cup encounter with neighbours South Korea. The last time a North Korean sport team visited South Korea for a sports competition was when the North Korean men’s football team visited Seoul in 2009 to compete against the South Korean team in a World Cup qualifier
17 JULY 2013
Two Koreas fail to agree on reviving joint factory estate
A fourth round of talks about the complex again ended without agreement, but the two sides will meet again next Monday, said Seoul’s chief delegate Kim Ki-Woong. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/360252/two-koreas-fail-to-agree-on-reviving-joint-factory-estate
10 JULY 2013
Two Koreas fail to narrow differences over Gaeseong
The two Koreas failed to narrow their differences over how to reopen the idle joint industrial zone during a second round of negotiations in Gaeseong on Wednesday. http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130710001041 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/2013710141032850187.html
7 JULY 2013
Kaesong talks: North and South Korea reach agreement
North and South Korea agreed early on Sunday to take steps to reopen a jointly run industrial park after 16 hours of talks. The agreement marks a crucial step forward in winding down months of high tension between the two rivals. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23208617 http://www.france24.com/en/20130707-koreas-agree-desire-reopen-joint-factory-park-kaesong-talks-south-north
6 JULY 2013
Koreas hold rare meeting to discuss joint factory park
Delegates from North and South Korea began talks Saturday on re-opening the Kaesong joint industrial zone, which had been seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border reconciliation. The factory park was closed in April amid rising tensions. http://www.france24.com/en/20130706-koreas-rare-meeting-discuss-joint-factory-park-kaesong-north-south http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10163704/Koreas-hold-talks-over-reopening-Kaesong-industrial-zone.html
4 JULY 2013
Rival Koreas agree to talks over factory park
North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks aimed at reopening a jointly-run factory complex three weeks after their last attempt at dialogue collapsed. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/201374133245775953.html
11 JUNE 2013
Dialogue Between North and South Korea Collapses
An agreement between North and South Korea to hold high-level government talks this week collapsed in a last-minute dispute over who should lead their delegations http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/world/asia/dialogue-between-north-and-south-korea.html?ref=asia&_r=0 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/north-korea-cancels-talks-south
10 JUNE 2013
Koreas agree on ministerial talks on Wednesday
Working-level delegates of the two Koreas met in the border truce village on Sunday and confirmed their plan to hold ministerial talks on Wednesday in Seoul to put their strained relations back on track. http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130609000357 http://www.voanews.com/content/north-south-korea-agree-to-more-talks/1678522.html
9 JUNE 2013
North and South Korea hold official talks
North and South Korean officials have sat down for their first talks in years, confronting decades of mutual distrust in a search for some positive end to months of soaring military tensions. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136914653947578.html http://www.voanews.com/content/koreas-talks/1678118.html
6 JUNE 2013
North and South Korea ‘agree Kaesong talks’
South Korea has accepted an offer to hold talks on joint commercial projects from the North, pointing to a restoration of communication channels between the two countries. Pyongyang said Seoul could set the date. http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/06/koreas-to-hold-talks-over-kaesong/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22793424 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136632935691191.html
28 MAY 2013
N. Korea to allow managers to visit Kaesong complex
North Korea said Tuesday it would allow South Korean managers to visit the Kaesong joint economic zone but declined to enter into talks with Seoul on re-opening the complex, which was closed in April amid heightened tensions on the peninsula. http://www.france24.com/en/20130528-north-korea-allow-manager-visits-kaesong-complex http://www.voanews.com/content/n-korea-invites-s-korean-businesses-for-talks-on-kaesong/1669553.html
6 MAY 2013
South Korea rejects North demands
South Korea has dismissed an « incomprehensible » list of North Korean demands for reviving suspended operations at a jointly-run industrial park. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135632432956894.html
5 MAY 2013
North Korea Sets Conditions for Reopening Kaesong
North Korea has set conditions for the revival of the jointly-run Kaesong industrial park, which has suspended operations amid escalating tensions. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency quoted a spokesman from the powerful National Defense Commission Sunday as saying that South Korea should stop all hostile acts and military provocation if it is truly worried about Kaesong’s future. http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-sets-conditions-for-reopening-kaesong/1654810.html
26 APRIL 2013
South Korea to pull out citizens from joint industrial zone after North snubs talks
Troubled relations between North and South Korea suffered a fresh blow Friday after Seoul decided to withdraw all its remaining citizens from the manufacturing zone jointly operated by the two. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/26/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/26/south-korea-pulls-out-all-workers-from-industrial-zone-in-north/
25 APRIL 2013
North Korea: South warns of ‘grave measures’ if it rejects Kaesong talks
South Korea has warned of « grave measures » if their Northern neighbours rejects talks on the Kaesong industrial park, which has been closed for nearly a month. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10017546/North-Korea-South-warns-of-grave-measures-if-it-rejects-Kaesong-talks.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22289659
18 APRIL 2013
North Korea lists demands for talks
North Korea has demanded the withdrawal of UN sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks with Seoul and Washington. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/201341883956213774.html http://www.voanews.com/content/nkorea-to-us-no-talks-without-removal-of-sanctions/1643893.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/18/north-korea-conditions-us-talks
17 APRIL 2013
South Korean workers leave Kaesong
Kaesong opened in 2004 as part of a so-called sunshine policy of engagement and optimism between the two Koreas, still technically at war after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a truce – but not a treaty. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/17/south-korean-workers-leave-kaesong/
16 APRIL 2013
New threat from North Korea
North Korea has fired off new threats to South Korea vowing “sledge hammer blows” of retaliation. The anger was sparked by reported anti-North Korean protests in the South on Monday as their neighbours celebrated the birth of its founding leader. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/16/new-threats-from-north-korea/ http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/16/17782957-north-korea-vows-sledge-hammer-blows-of-retaliation-over-protests-in-south?lite
15 APRIL 2013
South Korea demonstrates against nuclear threat from Kim Jong-un
Around 300 protesters converged on Seoul to burn effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the nation’s founder Kim Il-sung on the 101st anniversary of his birth. http://www.euronews.com/news/asia/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9995947/North-Koreans-mark-Kim-Il-sungs-101st-birthday-with-flowers-and-music.html
14 APRIL 2013
N Korea dismisses South’s dialogue offer on Kaesong
North Korea dismissed on Sunday the South’s offer for dialogue on the future of the Kaesong joint industrial zone, calling the offer an « empty » political gesture. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/n-korea-dismisses-south-s/637922.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9993017/North-Korea-rejects-talks-with-South.html
12 APRIL 2013
Seoul, Washington offer dialogue with North Korea
Tension on the Korean Peninsula took a new twist Friday as South Korea and the U.S. offered an olive branch to North Korea to defuse the security crisis through dialogue http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130412000725
11 APRIL 2013
Seoul urges Pyongyang to negotiate
South Korea called on North Korea to come to the bargaining table, Thursday, to discuss the resumption of operations at the joint industrial park in Gaeseong. http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/04/116_133770.html
9 APRIL 2013
North Korea warns foreigners to leave South
North Korea warned foreigners in South Korea on Tuesday to leave the country because they were at risk in the event of conflict, the latest threat of war from Pyongyang. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/09/17666065-north-korea-warns-foreigners-to-leave-south?lite http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9980992/North-Korea-urges-foreigners-to-leave-the-South.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/09/north-korea-warns-foreigners-to-evacuate-the-south/
8 APRIL 2013
N Korea pulls workers out of Kaesong industrial zone
North Korea said on Monday it was withdrawing all workers and suspending operations at its joint industrial zone with South Korea — the only surviving symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/n-korea-pulls-workers-out/631414.html http://www.france24.com/en/20130408-north-south-korea-suspend-cooperation-kaesong-complex http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22065348
5 APRIL 2013
How a North Korean Attack on South Korea Might Unfold
What if the North Koreans grew desperate enough to attempt to conquer only the portions of South Korea closest to them — which are also the most valuable? http://www.fpif.org/blog/what_a_north_korean_attack_on_south_korea_might_look_like
3 APRIL 2013
North Korea Blocks Workers From South at Border
North Korea blocked South Koreans on Wednesday from crossing the heavily armed border to a jointly-operated industrial park, raising doubt about the future of the last remaining major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
1 APRIL 2013
South Korea warns North of ‘strong response’ to any attack
The South Korean president on Monday warned North Korea that any provocative moves will be met with « a strong response » as the United States deployed stealth fighter jets in the tense region as part of joint military exercises. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/01/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/01/south-korea-promises-strong-response-to-threats-from-north/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/2013414483571148.html
30 MARCH 2013
North Korea Threatens to Close Factories It Runs With South
North Korean, reiterating that it considered the Korean Peninsula back in “a state of war,” threatened Saturday to shut down a factory complex it jointly operates with South Korea and that stands as the last significant symbol of cooperation. http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/31/north-korea-launches-economic-threat/ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/world/asia/north-korean-sites-are-down-in-possible-cyberattacks.html?ref=asia&_r=0
30 MARCH 2013
North Korea says it is in ‘state of war’ with South
« From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly, » a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency said. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/30/north-korea-state-war-south-korea http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013330031388862.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21979127
South Korea Warns North of Punishment Should War Declaration Go Beyond Words
South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense has issued a statement calling on Pyongyang to stop making what it calls unacceptable threats. http://www.voanews.com/content/koreas-tensions/1631570.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/30/north-korea-s-war-threats-are-unacceptable-says-seoul/
29 MARCH 2013
N Korea ‘readies’ rockets to strike US bases
North Korea’s leader has responded to America’s use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013328222926559483.html http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130329000137 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9961077/North-Koreans-stage-mass-rally-in-support-of-Kim-Jong-uns-call-to-arms.html http://www.voanews.com/content/north-koreans-rally-to-support-threat-of-military-strike/1630983.html
28 MARCH 2013
North Korea still working with South
Get soldiers to action stations but keep the border factories running. These are North Korea’s priorities as the Stalinist state threatens to launch war on all enemies within reach. http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/28/north-korea-still-working-with-south/
27 MARCH 2013
N Korea severs military hotline with South
Pyongyang cuts off last direct communication link between two countries, and warns of ‘simmering nuclear war’. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013327151221264924.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/27/north-korea-in-nuclear-hysterics/
North Korea warns of ‘simmering nuclear war’
North Korea has again threatened war against South Korea and the United States, saying conditions « for a simmering nuclear war » have been created on the peninsula. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133274430576757.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/27/north-korea-in-nuclear-hysterics/
25 MARCH 203
US, South Korea Announce New Counter-Attack Plan
South Korean defense officials say a new contingency plan with the U.S. military will allow them to immediately and decisively counter any fresh provocations from North Korea. http://www.voanews.com/content/us-south-korea-announce-new-counter-attack-plan/1627869.html http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130324000289 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/201332575556586193.html
22 MARCH 2013
After nuclear tests, Seoul authorizes humanitarian shipments to the North
South Korea this morning approved the first shipment of humanitarian aid to North Korea since military tensions and Pyongyang’s provocations forced Seoul to stop all cooperation. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/After-nuclear-tests,-Seoul-authorises-humanitarian-shipments-to-the-North-27471.html
16 MARCH 2013
North Korea tells South to leave islands
A North Korean propaganda website has warned of strikes against Southern islands and advised residents to leave. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21814416
12 MARCH 2013
North Korea threatens to attack South island
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has threatened to « wipe out » a South Korean island as Pyongyang came under new economic and diplomatic fire from US sanctions and UN charges of gross rights abuses. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013312101014475983.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259428/1/.html
8 MARCH 2013
China warns against Korea escalation
China has appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula, hours after North Korea said it had scrapped all peace pacts with the South and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21713340
North Korea ends peace pacts with South
North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21709917
6 MARCH 2014
S. Korea Vows Retaliation if North Breaks Truce
South Korea is responding firmly to North Korea’s threat to abrogate next Monday the peninsula’s truce agreement and resume military action. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/06/17206704-south-korea-well-strike-back-at-north-if-attacked?lite http://www.voanews.com/content/skorea-vois-retaliation-if-nkorea-breaks-truce/1616057.html
28 FEBRUARY 2013
South Korea vows active support of U.N. probe into North Korean rights abuses
South Korea’s decision to support a United Nations investigation into human rights abuses by North Korea signals that Seoul’s new conservative administration is willing to pressure its neighbor on such issues — even if it hurts the chances for engagement. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-vows-active-support-of-un-probe-into-north-korean-rights-abuses/2013/02/28/5a7c14c0-8194-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html
25 FEBRUARY 2013
South Korea first female president urges North to drop atomic ambitions
South Korea’s new president Park Geun-hye has urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and to stop wasting its scarce resources on arms, less than two weeks after the country carried out its third nuclear test. http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/25/south-korea-first-female-president-urges-north-to-drop-atomic-ambitions/
19 FEBRUARY 2013
North Korea threatens « final destruction » of South Korea
North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong told the meeting in Geneva that « South Korea’s erratic behaviour would only herald its final destruction ». http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/19/north-korea-threatens-destroy-south-korea http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21510479 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9880727/North-Korea-envoy-warns-South-of-final-destruction.html
14 FEBRUARY 2013
South Korea says new cruise missile can strike North as regional tensions rise
South Korea sent a stern warning to North Korea on Thursday, two days after the North tested a nuclear bomb, saying it could strike the isolated state if it believed an attack was imminent as it deployed a new cruise missile to drive home its point. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/14/16961138-south-korea-says-new-cruise-missile-can-strike-north-as-regional-tensions-rise?lite
13 FEBRUARY 2013
N.K. warns ‘slightest incident’ could lead to war
North Korea said Wednesday the situation on the Korean Peninsula was so serious that even the “slightest accidental incident” could lead to an all-out war. http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130213001136
12 FEBRUARY 2013
South Korean protestors call for North Korea to be ‘punished’ as Seoul government enters emergency mode
In Seoul, South Korea, activists burnt the North Korean flag – at a rally against the neighbouring country’s nuclear test on February 12. http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/12/south-korean-protesters-call-for-north-korea-to-be-punished/ http://www.asianewsnet.net/Seoul-government-enters-emergency-mode-42643.html
31 JANUARY 2013
S. Korea warns North against nuclear test
South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak held an emergency security meeting Thursday that warned North Korea of « serious consequences » if it went through with an expected nuclear test http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1251333/1/.html
25 JANUARY 2013
North Korea threatens South over UN sanctions
North Korea has threatened to attack South Korea if it joins a new round of tightened UN sanctions against Pyongyang, a day after the US expanded existing sanctions and denounced the communist state’s decision to conduct nuclear testing. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201312591822380791.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/25/north-korea-threatens-attack-south-korea?intcmp=239 http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/25/world/asia/north-korea-threat-south/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
24 JANUARY 2013
South Korea calls on Pyongyang to end ‘provocations’
Cho Tai-young of the South Korean Foreign Ministry said: “North Korea should listen to the messages the international community has sent until now, follow them and move forward in a non-confrontational manner. This path will benefit both North Korea and the international community.” http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/24/south-korea-calls-on-pyongyang-to-end-provocations/
2 JANUARY 2013
S. Korea Dismisses North’s Call for Reduced Tensions
Some observers said the speech was unusually conciliatory and could also signal possible domestic reforms. One South Korean analyst, Chang Yong-Seok of Seoul National University, said the North may offer greater incentives for farms and factories, and ease state controls over businesses http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-dismisses-norths-call-for-reduced-tensions/1576201.html
1 DECEMBER 2013
North Korean leader in peace call to the South
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media. http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/01/north-korean-leader-in-peace-call-to-the-south/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131145239391827.html
24 DECEMBER 2012
Can Korea’s New President Engage the North?
There was no ‘Rock the Vote’ among liberal voters in last Wednesday’s national elections despite the fact that many felt severely betrayed by the sitting Lee Myung-bak government, which analysts will probably rank the worst in South Korean history, particularly in terms of inter-Korean relations. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5069&Itemid=182
13 DECEMBER 2012
South Korea wants more sanctions against North over rocket
South Korea has called for tougher sanctions against the North as protests continued against Pyongyang’s rocket launch on Wednesday.
6 NOVEMBER 2012
Saenuri Party candidate Rep. Park Geun-hye said on Monday she would push to establish representatives’ offices in Seoul and Pyongyang to normalize strained bilateral ties.
22 OCTOBER 2012
South Korea blocks leaflet launch after North ‘strike’ threat
South Korean police have blocked activists from sending propaganda leaflets over the border, after threats of military action from North Korea
6 OCTOBER 2012
North Korean soldier ‘defects to South Korea’
A North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea through the heavily militarised land border, telling Seoul military personnel that he had shot dead two officer
5 OCTOBER 2012
North Korean Media Urge ‘Great War’ Ahead of South Korean, US Elections
North Korea’s state-run news agency has published new warnings to South Korea and the United States, threatening a “great war.”
24 SEPTEMBER 2012
West Sea tension grows after warning shots at N.K. boats
Tension is escalating around the skirmish-prone western maritime border as Pyongyang vowed retaliation against South Korea’s firing of warning shots Friday at North Korean fishing vessels that violated the territorial waters
21 SEPTEMBER 2012
S Korea fires warning shots at North’s boats
Move follows several incidents in recent weeks of North Korean fishing vessels crossing the disputed Yellow Sea border
12 SEPTEMBER 2012
Korean unification ‘inevitable’
Korean unification is « inevitable », according to Lee Myung-Bak, the South Korean president. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9538607/Korean-unification-inevitable.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120912-371207.html
29 AUGUST 2012
Japan and North Korea begin intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years
Japan and North Korea on Wednesday began intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years to mainly discuss the retrieval of the remains of Japanese nationals who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula during the wa
10 AUGUST 2012
N. Korea rejects South’s call for talks on reunions
North Korea’s Red Cross on Friday rejected a proposal by its South Korean counterpart for talks aimed at restarting reunions for families separated since the Korean War, according to the North’s state media. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120810-364703.html
2 MAY 2012
‘North Korea jamming’ hits South Korea flights
Jamming signals thought to be from North Korea have affected GPS navigation on at least 250 flights, South Korean officials say
23 APRIL 2012
North Korea threatens to reduce South Korea’s government ‘to ashes’
North Korea’s military has threatened to reduce South Korea’s conservative government « to ashes » in « three or four minutes » – an escalation of its recent belligerent language. It vowed Monday to launch unspecified « special actions » of « unprecedented peculiar means, » an unusually specific warning
18 APRIL 2012
South Korea to Continue Aid to North Despite Rocket Launch
Despite the provocative rocket launch by North Korea last Friday, South Korea is to continue providing humanitarian aid to its impoverished neighbor, with whom it remains technically at war.
7 MARCH 2012
South Korea threatens ‘revenge’ for any North Korea attack
South Korea’s defence chief on Wednesday urged his soldiers to launch strong counter-attacks if provoked by the North as the two Koreas exchanged tirades despite a recent nuclear deal. Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin said any fresh attacks from the North must be turned into a chance for the South’s military to « avenge » the North’s 2010 bombardment of a South Korean frontline island http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1187538/1/.html
20 FEBRUARY 2012
North Korea warns of ‘total war’ over South’s military drills
South Korea on Monday conducted live-fire military drills from five islands near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s threat to attack
18 FEBRUARY 2012
North Korea rejects South Korea call for talks on reunions
North Korea rejected the South’s call for talks aimed at restarting reunions for families separated since the Korean War, saying Seoul should first respond to its conditions for dialogue
1 FEBRUARY 2012
North Korea owes South $3.11b, repayment uncertain
North Korea owes a total of 3.5 trillion won ($3.11 billion) to South Korea, but strained inter-Korean relations make it uncertain whether Pyongyang will pay back the loan as scheduled. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Unification, the South Korean government provided its northern neighbor with 1.37 trillion won in loans from 1998 to 2006 to support the construction of a light water reactor, as part of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) project to curb North Korean nuclear ambitions. The maturity of the loan has not been clearly set, though
5 JANUARY 2012
South Korea willing to hold talks with new NK leader
Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said Thursday 5, South Korea would consider holding talks with North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-un at the Seoul Nuclear Summit in March. “If he takes up an appropriate title when we hold talks with North Korea, the talks will be held with him” Kim told reporters in Seoul, after briefing President Lee Myung-bak on 2012 policy plans
2 JANUARY 2012
Seoul sees ‘turning point’ with N. Korea after Kim death
South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak said Monday the divided peninsula is at a turning point after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, with opportunities to improve relations. But Lee also vowed to hit back hard against any provocations from the North under the leadership of its young new chief Kim Jong-Un, son of the late dictator http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120102-319486.html http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1683521.php/LEAD-South-Korea-leader-leaves-door-open-for-North-but-army-on-alert
30 DECEMBER 2011
Do ‘not expect any change from us’, warns North Korea
North Korea warned the world Friday that newly anointed leader Kim Jong-un would continue the tough stance against the South. The statement also said, “the world… including the puppet group in South Korea, should not expect any change from us”
26 DECEMBER 2011
Former S. Korean first lady heads North for condolences
South Korea’s former first lady Lee Hee-ho arrived in the North on Monday to pay respects to the deceased leader Kim Jong-il. Her husband, late former president Kim Dae-Jung, initiated the now-defunct « Sunshine » detente policy with the North
South to crack down on Kim Jong-il mourners
South Korea said Monday it will crack down on those who set up memorial altars for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and an activist who flew to Pyongyang to attend his funeral without the government’s permission
25 DECEMBER 1911
North Korea links future Seoul ties to condolences for Kim
North Korea said Sunday the future of inter-Korean relations depended on Seoul’s attitude toward condolences over the death of leader Kim Jong Il
23 DECEMBER 2011
N.K. to accept all funeral delegations from South
North Korea said Friday that it would accept all South Korean delegations to mourn the death of its leader Kim Jong-il, a move that could spark conflict as Seoul has decided to allow only a select number of groups to attend his funeral http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111223000609
11 DECEMBER 2011
S. Korea’s Christmas lights plan ruffles the North’s feathers
On Sunday, North Korea said that lighting of Christmas decorations at Aegibong in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province could result in an “unpredictable situation”
24 NOVEMBER 2011
North Korea threatens South with « sea of fire »
North Korea’s military threatened Thursday to turn South Korea’s presidential palace into a ‘sea of fire,’ a day after its neighbour conducted
military drills near their sea border.
15 NOVEMBER 2011
S. Korea adopts more flexible N.K. stance
Seoul sends hepatitis B vaccines to Pyongyang, halts flying propaganda leaflets. The South Korean government has been taking a more « flexible” approach to North Korea since Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik took office in September.
8 NOVEMBER 2011
South Korea Approves Sending Medical Aid to North
South Korea on Tuesday authorized the World Health Organization to resume distribution of Seoul-financed medical aid to North Korea, amid growing international calls for humanitarian assistance for malnourished North Korean children.
29 OCTOBER 2011
Allies to write defense plan on N. Korea
South Korea and the U.S. agreed to establish a joint operational plan to counter North Korean provocations within this year and strengthen bilateral cooperation in dealing with cyberspace threats, the allies’ defense chiefs said Friday
21 SEPTEMBER 2011
South Korea’s nuclear envoy has held rare talks with his North Korean counterpart in Beijing. No details were given, but ahead of the meeting the South’s Wi Sung-lac said talks with Ri Yong-ho would focus on ending Pyongyang’s nuclear programme
22 AUGUST 2011
North Korea seizes South’s Mount Kumgang resort assets. It has given South Koreans 72 hours to leave the resort at Mount Kumgang, which lies just inside North Korea. The resort used to be a symbol of co-operation between the two Koreas and a key source of hard currency for Pyongyang.
10 AUGUST 2011
South Korea and North Korea exchange artillery fire after the South said that a shell from the North landed near waters that it claims near an island that the North shelled in late 2010, a move that sharply escalated tensions on the peninsula.
29 JUNE 2011
North Korea’s communist regime sharpened its tone in the conflict with South Korea, threatening a ‘sacred’ war on its southern neighbour.
17 JUNE 2011
South Korea has placed guided missiles capable of reaching the North Korean capital Pyongyang near the countries’ shared border
9 APRIL 2011
Photos of N. Korea nuke facility raise concerns in Seoul
North Korea appeared to be speeding up its construction of a light-water reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, raising eyebrows in Seoul as fears rise over radioactive materials from Japan’s tsunami-stricken nuclear power plant.
27 FEBRUARY 2011
North Korea threatened « all-out war » in response to exercises by South Korean and US troops due to start Monday and told Seoul to stop cross-border propaganda, upping the rhetoric against its arch rivals
9 FEBRUARY 2011
Military talks aimed at easing tension between North and South Korea have broken down. North Korea reacts angrily http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/
8 FEBRUARY 2011
Military officers from the rival Koreas have met at their heavily armed border for their first talks since North Korea attacked a southern island in November. Tuesday’s talks were an attempt to restart the six-way talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear-weapons programme, last
held more than two years ago when the North walked out, announcing the process dead
12 JANUARY 2011
An important diplomatic hot line connecting North and South Korea went back into service after having been severed for more than seven months The two sides spoke briefly using the line, which is located at the so-called truce village of Panmunjom. The line connects a government office on the North Korean side of the border with a corresponding office on the South Korean side
10 JANUARY 2011
South Korean and Japanese defense ministers agreed to “expand and deepen” bilateral military cooperation during talks in Seoul on Monday, amid heightened tensions following a series of deadly North Korean attacks last year
19 DECEMBER 2010
Security Council meets on Korea tensions
The U.N. Security Council met in emergency session Sunday amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and a North Korean warning
of a « catastrophe » if South Korea goes ahead with a live-fire drill. Russia called for the meeting, and Moscow wants the U.N.’s most powerful body
to adopt a statement calling on North Korea and South Korea « to exercise maximum restraint » and urging immediate diplomatic efforts to reduce
17 DECEMBER 2010
Russia has asked South Korea to stop a scheduled joint military exercise with the United States, hours after North Korea warned it will strike back if the South proceeds with the drill.
16 DECEMBER 2010
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson arrived in North Korea on Thursday saying he was ‘very concerned’ by the escalating tension on
the Korean Peninsula
9 DECEMBER 2010
China’s top foreign policy official met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il Thursday 9 and the two sides « reached consensus » about defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula, officials said.
8 DECEMBER 2010
The top American military officer lashed out at China on Wednesday for failing to intervene diplomatically with North Korea, as he met with his South Korean counterpart to discuss possible armed responses to future provocations from Pyongyang. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sharply criticized Beijing for not condemning North Korea’s artillery barrage against a South Korean island two weeks ago
28 NOVEMBER 2010
China proposes emergency consultations among the heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks next month as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula
25 NOVEMBER 2010
South Korea’s defence minister resigns amid criticism of his handling of North Korea’s shelling of an island near their disputed maritime border
24 NOVEMBER 2010
President Lee Myung-bak instructs his military to strike North Korea’s missile base near its coastal artillery base if it shows signs of additional provocation.
23 NOVEMBER 2010
North Korean shells aim to shock
The United States and South Korea now have to face what has become more than an abstract question: What is more troubling, the specter of North Korea as a growing nuclear power with a brand new uranium-enrichment facility almost ready to go into operation, or a nasty assault by « conventional » weapons on land?
23 NOVEMBER 2010
South Korea returns fire after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at one of its border islands, killing two marines and two civilians
30 MAY 2010
Pressure on China to censure N.Korea fails
South Korea and Japan pressed China Sunday to censure North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship, but failed to win its
public support for the move after a three-way summit
27 MAY 2010
What are motives behind the Cheonan attack?
A lot of speculation has been going on across the country over why North Korea allegedly torpedoed a South Korean naval ship, killing 46 young seamen, as the international team of investigators concluded last week. If the North attacked the 1,200-ton Navy Corvette, what triggered the decision and what kind of outcome or effect was it expecting?
10 JUNE 2009
Could North Korea Provoke a New Korean War?
30 JANUARY 2009
North Korea cancels pacts with South
North Korea has said it is cancelling all political and military agreements with South Korea in a further sign of deteriorating relations between the countries. South Korea expressed « deep regret » at the decision and urged the North to engage in talks