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South Korea Says Sanctions on North Korea Won't Work (December 30, 2002)

As the US calls for economic sanctions on North Korea, South Korean President Kim Dae-jung says "Pressure and isolation have never been successful with communist countries -- Cuba is one example." (Reuters)

The Shrimp Bites a Whale (October 18, 2002)

Now that North Korea has announced it has a nuclear weapons program, will the US seek a regime change in Pyongyang? The Christian Science Monitor says probably not. As opposed to Iraq, North Korea does not have the second largest oil reserve in the world.


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US Warnings Worry Seoul (December 19, 2001)

The Bush administration warns that North Korea could be a target in the war against terrorism. South Korea has expressed great concern over such prospects as any military action against Pyongyang would be catastrophic for Seoul, only 34 miles away from the border. (Washington Post)


Japan and North Korea Haggle over Humanitarian Issues (December 20, 1999)

As well as food aid, the two sides are discussing humanitarian issues with Tokyo showing concerns over some 10 Japanese allegedly kinapped by North Korean agents. (Agence France Press)

US and North Korea Talks Resume in Berlin (November 19, 1999)

According to a Western diplomat last week, North Korea was interested in benefiting from an easing of sanctions and moving toward normalizing ties. (Reuters)

Interview with President Kim Dae-jung of South Korea (November 8, 1999)

Excerpts from an interview about the sunshine policy towards North Korea and the global human rights issue. "The UN...should be at the center and have active discussions with the sovereign nations. They should try very hard to promote and implement human rights and also bring very peaceful pressure on those nations. " (Washington Times)

Neighbors Sense Change in North Korea (November 1, 1999)

Washington Post's article about the status of North Korea after the Berlin agreement to stop testing new missiles in return for a relaxation of economic and political sanctions by the US, and two different views on it.

US Study Finds Lack of Control in UN Food Aid to North Korea (October 12, 1999)

"World Food Program estimates that 90 percent of North Korean institutions that receive food aid, including hospitals, orphanages and schools, have rarely been allowed to observe the actual distribution of food to beneficiaries." (New York Times)

Clinton Ends Most N. Korea Sanctions (September 18, 1999)

Republican leaders say he's bowing to pressure, but other voices imply the move is a step in the right direction. (Associated Press)

Clinton Eases North Korea Sanctions (September 17, 1999)

A New York Times's article about President Clinton's order to ease the strict trade, banking and travel restrictions against North Korea.

Easing Sanctions (September 17, 1999)

Report by the North Korean Central News Agencyon the decision to ease sanctions against North Korea after the country agreed to suspend long-range missile tests.

Seeking to Prevent a North Korean Missile Test (August 30, 1999)

An article contributred by Kim Dae Jung, president of South Korea, "South Korea will do everything it can to prevent Pyongyang from launching its missile." (Global Viewpoint)

Why Do Kazakhs Keep Trying to Ship MIG's to North Korea (August 27, 1999)

"What Kazakhstan officials describe as a rogue group that included senior government officials had already delivered an undisclosed number of the jets to North Korea before the deal was discovered last month and the shipments halted." (New York Times)

North Korea Agrees to Talks with US Aide on Missile Test (August 26, 1999)

ANew York Timesarticle on the feasibility to improve the relationship with North Korea as the United States, South Korea and Japan have shown an unusually high degree of diplomatic coordination in condemning North Korea and pledging to slow down food and oil assistance if the test is carried out.

North Korea Offers to Negotiate on Missile Tests, Easing Crisis (August 19, 1999)

According to a view of an expert on North Korea, the missile seems to be the last few leverages Pyongyang has to negotiate with foreign countries.

North Korea, UN Generals Hold Meeting Amid Missile Threat (August 17, 1999)

An Agence France Pressearticle on the meeting between Generals from North Korea and the United Nations Command to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, amid heightened fears of a new long-range rocket.

Is North Korea Ready to Fire Rocket? (August 12, 1999)

Washington Postarticle on North Korea's strategy surrounding the feasibility of Pyongyang's missile.

Envoy to North Korea Delivers Clinton Letter (May 27, 1999)

Under a proposal presented to North Korea by envoy William Perry, the US seeks to gradually lift long-time sanctions in exchange for major consessions from North Korea, such as stopping its long-range missile program.

U.S. Experts To Tour N. Korea Site (May 11, 1999)

U.S. experts will visit an underground construction site in North Korea to try to determine whether the facility is being built for nuclear weapons development.

Millions of North Koreans Suffer During Famine (April 27, 1999)

CNN report on the disastrous famine in North Korea.


South Korea Pleads for End to Sanctions Against the North (June 8, 1998)

The government of South Korea has joined the chorus of US reports in calling for an easing of the sanctions on North Korea (Detroit News Wire Services)


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