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S. Korea allows KORAIL chief to visit N. Korea

SEOUL, April 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea decided to allow the chief of its state rail operator to visit North Korea this week for an international rail conference, the unification ministry said Sunday. The ministry said it approved an April 24-28 trip to Pyongyang by Choi Yeon-hye, president and CEO of the Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL), and four other officials for a meeting of the Organization for Co-Operation between Railways (OSJD).

S. Korea allows KORAIL chief to visit N. Korea

SEOUL, April 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has allowed the chief of its state rail operator to visit North Korea this week for an international rail conference, the unification ministry said Sunday. The ministry said it approved a trip to Pyongyang by Choi Yeon-hye, president and CEO of the Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL), and four other officials for a meeting of the Organization for Co-Operation between Railways (OSJD) set for April 24-28.

Russia writes off 90 percent of North Korea debt, eyes gas pipeline

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's parliament has agreed to write off almost $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state. Russia has written off debts to a number of impoverished Soviet-era allies, including Cuba. North Korea's struggling communist economy is just 2 percent of the size of neighboring South Korea's.

In Seoul, Obama to focus on security guarantee, FTA

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will have two main goals in his trip to South Korea next week -- assuring Washington's security commitment and promoting bilateral economic ties, according to the White House Friday. Shortly after flying into Seoul on April 25 from Tokyo, Obama will head to the War Memorial of Korea to lay a wreath. It is one of the most symbolic places for the alliance as the two nations fought side by side against the invading North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.

In Seoul, Obama to focus on security guarantee, FTA

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will have two main goals in his trip to South Korea next week -- assuring Washington's security commitment and promoting bilateral economic ties, according to the White House Friday. Shortly after flying into Seoul on April 25 from Tokyo, Obama will head to the War Memorial of Korea to lay a wreath. It is one of the most symbolic places for the alliance as the two nations fought side by side against the invading North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Japan to seek Obama's acceptance over abduction talks with N. Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to seek acceptance from U.S. President Barack Obama at their summit in Japan next Thursday over the consultations Tokyo is holding with Pyongyang to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago, a government source said Friday.

N. Korea verbally invites head of S. Korea's rail operator

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has invited the head of South Korea's rail operator to an international conference to be held in Pyongyang next week, a source with knowledge of the matter said Friday. However, the North made the invitation verbally, which is preventing Choi Yeon-hye, president and CEO of the Korea Railroad Corp., from formally applying for the trip to Pyongyang, the source said.

Entertainment, sports circles suspend, tone down events over ferry sinking

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- In an expression of condolences to the victims of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, entertainment and sports circles on Thursday canceled or toned down most of their promotional activities scheduled for later in the week. K-pop artists, major television networks and film agencies postponed their promotional events for new songs, TV shows and films, saying it would not be proper to hold these events at a time when the entire nation is in grief.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 309 (April 17, 2014)

FOREIGN TIPS Russia's deputy PM to visit N. Korea soon: report SEOUL (Yonhap) -- Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev plans to visit North Korea soon, a U.S. radio report said on April 16. The trip by Trutnev, who is also President Vladimir Putin's envoy to Russia's Far East, is the latest in a series of exchange visits of high-level officials between the two countries, the Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported, citing Russian media.

Allies discuss ways to counter N. Korea's nuclear, missile threats

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States agreed to hone their combined defense capabilities through more joint drills, as North Korea intensifies nuclear and missile threats, the allies said Wednesday after bilateral military talks here. At the two-day Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD), the two countries shared the view that North Korea's recent provocations undermine stability of the peninsula and the region, they said in a joint statement.
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