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Gov't launches land survey for DMZ peace park

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- Despite renewed inter-Korean tension, South Korea has started preparatory work for building a peace park inside the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), officials said Wednesday. As part of efforts to boost inter-Korean ties, President Park Geun-hye proposed that the two Koreas build an international park inside the last-remaining Cold War frontier. For the outreach project to Pyongyang, Seoul set aside 40.2 billion won (US$38.4 million) in this year's budget.

U.S., China envoys on N. Korea meet in New York

Top U.S. and Chinese envoys on North Korean started talks at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York on Monday. Glyn Davies, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and Wu Dawei, Chinese special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, are scheduled to hold talks through Tuesday in New York and then on Thursday in Washington.

S. Korea, China, Japan should unite to deter nuclear N. Korea: Seoul official

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Close cooperation among South Korea, China and Japan is crucial for resolving North Korea's nuclear crisis, Seoul's senior presidential secretary said Tuesday, vowing efforts to improve ties with the neighbors. The six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear program -- involving the Koreas, the United States, Japan, China and Russia -- has been dormant since late 2008, with Pyongyang recently threatening a "new form" of nuclear test.

NK human rights issue should be addressed in six-way talks: Kirby

WASHINGTON, April 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korean human rights abuses should be formally discussed at the six-party talks, even though the talks focus mainly on the communist nation's nuclear program, the head of a U.N. investigation team said Monday. Michael Kirby, chief of the Commission of Inquiry (COI), stressed that the North Korean human rights issue should be addressed in every dialogue with Pyongyang.

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. South Korea's defence ministry said last week it was convinced that three rudimentary unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) recovered in recent weeks were of North Korean origin. Wreckage of the drones was found in three different places, including Baengnyeong island near the rivals' disputed sea border.

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. South Korea's defence ministry said last week it was convinced that three rudimentary unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) recovered in recent weeks were of North Korean origin. Wreckage of the drones was found in three different places, including Baengnyeong island near the rivals' disputed sea border.

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. South Korea's defence ministry said last week it was convinced that three rudimentary unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) recovered in recent weeks were of North Korean origin. Wreckage of the drones was found in three different places, including Baengnyeong island near the rivals' disputed sea border.

N. Korea vows Seoul will pay 'dear price' for insults

North Korea on Monday warned South Korea it would pay a "dear price" for recent criticisms of Pyongyang's nuclear programme and political system, saying they violated a no-slander agreement. The warning from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) came days after Pyongyang blasted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye's proposals for Korean reunification as the "daydreams of a psychopath". Park was again the focus of the North's anger, with the CPRK denouncing comments she made during a recent tour of Europe.

N. Korea warns S. Korea will pay dear price for slander

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea warned Monday that it will force South Korea to pay a dear price for its criticism of the North's dignity, the latest in a series of verbal threats against the South. The rival Koreas agreed in February to halt cross-border slander during their first high-level talks in seven years. Still, the North has since claimed South Korea hurled mud at the North's leadership and its social system with the communist country citing, among other things, anti-Pyongyang leaflets.

BOK mulling setting up team to study unification-related issues

WASHINGTON, April 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top central banker said Saturday that the Bank of Korea (BOK) is considering setting up a team to deal with currency and economic integration related to inter-Korean unification. BOK Gov. Lee Ju-yeol, speaking to reporters during his visit to Washington, D.C., said the central bank needs to play a role in studying unification issues from the economic perspective. Lee is visiting the U.S. capital to participate in a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20.
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