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S. Korean PM seeks int'l support for unification

BOAO, China, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won asked the international community Thursday to extend support for the reunification of the two Koreas, stressing that a unified Korea will be a new global growth engine. He made the remarks during his keynote speech at the Boao Forum of Asia held in China's tropical island of Hainan. Chung is on his eight-day trip from Wednesday, which will also take him to Pakistan early next week.

S. Korean PM seeks int'l support for unification

BOAO, China, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won asked the international community Thursday to extend support for the reunification of the two Koreas, stressing that a unified Korea will be a new global growth engine. He made the remarks during his keynote speech at the Boao Forum of Asia held in China's tropical island of Hainan. Chung is on his eight-day trip from Wednesday, which will also take him to Pakistan early next week.

N. Korean capital's mayoral figure sacked from job

A mayoral figure in North Korea's capital, who was known as having had close ties with leader Kim Jong Un's once-powerful uncle, has been removed from his post, according to radio reports Thursday from Pyongyang. The post of chief secretary of the Pyongyang City Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea filled by Mun Kyong Dok from 2010 is now held by Kim Su Gil, who was elected as a parliamentarian last month, according to Tokyo-based Radiopress, which monitors North Korean media.

N. Korea puts stability above change: Seoul

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The outcome of North Korea's latest parliamentary meeting indicates that the communist country has chosen stability over change to minimize the fallout from the execution of the country's No. 2 man, Seoul's unification ministry said Thursday. In the first session of the newly formed Supreme People's Assembly on Wednesday, the communist country "re-elected" its young leader Kim Jong-un as head of the country's most powerful body, the National Defense Commission, and rubber-stamped a reshuffle of top positions, which did not involve a sweeping reshuffle.

N. Korea puts stability above change: Seoul

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The outcome of North Korea's latest parliamentary meeting indicates that the communist country has chosen stability over change to minimize the fallout from the execution of the country's No. 2 man, Seoul's unification ministry said Thursday. In the first session of the newly formed Supreme People's Assembly on Wednesday, the communist country "re-elected" its young leader Kim Jong-un as head of the country's most powerful body, the National Defense Commission, and rubber-stamped a reshuffle of top positions, which did not involve a sweeping reshuffle.

Today in Korean history

April 11 1959 -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization starts construction of its office in Myeongdong, downtown Seoul. 1960 -- Kim Ju-yeol, a student at Masan Commercial High School who was arrested by police after participating in a pro-democracy demonstration the previous month, is found dead. His body is discovered in waters off Masan, a southeastern coastal city, adding fuel to mounting public protests against Syngman Rhee's dictatorial regime. A nationwide protest took place on April 19, pushing the president to step down.

Japan, N. Korea had informal talks in China in early April

Japan and North Korea held informal talks earlier this month in China to discuss ways to advance the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, sources familiar with bilateral relations said Thursday. In the meeting involving Foreign Ministry officials from the two countries, Japan is believed to have urged North Korea to reinvestigate the cases of abductees in exchange for lifting unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang in stages.

Seoul to send team to Philippines to prevent S. Korean deaths

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea plans to dispatch a team of government officials to the Philippines to explore ways to enhance the safety of its citizens there following the murder of a South Korean woman, the government said Thursday. The plan comes a day after the death of a South Korean woman studying in the Philippines was reported. The 23-year-old college student was found dead late Tuesday after being kidnapped a month earlier.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 308 (April 10, 2014)

TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 2) Choe Ryong-hae makes meteoric rise in N. Korean power shift SEOUL (Yonhap) -- Choe Ryong-hae, a top military official, has become a truly influential figure second to only North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 9 when the newly launched North Korean parliament elected him as new vice chairman of the communist country's most powerful body, National Defense Commission (NDC), during its first session.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 308 (April 10, 2014)

INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS 360 N. Korean defectors arrive in South in Q1 SEOUL (Yonhap) -- A total of 360 North Koreans fled their home and arrived in South Korea in the first quarter of this year, registering a slight increase from a year earlier, the unification ministry said on April 8. According to the data compiled by the ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, 153 North Koreans settled in the South in January, 111 in February and 96 in March.
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