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Full text of Park's speech on N. Korea

DRESDEN, Germany, March 28 (Yonhap) -- Following is the full text of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's speech in the former East German city of Dresden on Friday. The address was titled, "An Initiative for Peaceful Unification on the Korean Peninsula. Dresden - beyond division, toward integration." Professor Hans Mueller-Steinhagen, former Prime Minister Lothar de Maiziere, students and faculty members of the Dresden University of Technology, ladies and gentlemen.

S.Korea sends back captured N.Korea boat

South Korea has sent back a captured North Korean fishing boat after its crew requested to return to their homeland, military officials said Friday. The vessel with three sailors aboard was seized south of the disputed Yellow Sea border late Thursday. It had refused to retreat despite warning shots from a South Korean naval ship. An overnight investigation found the vessel could not sail north because of a sudden engine failure, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Today in Korean history

March 28 1953 -- North Korea agrees to exchange prisoners of war wounded during the ongoing conflict with South Korea. The war ended in a ceasefire signed in July later that year. 1969 -- Archbishop Stephen Kim Sou-hwan is ordained as South Korea's first cardinal. 1974 -- South Korea establishes diplomatic ties with Oman. 1993 -- A Busan-bound train from Seoul derails and overturns near Gupo Station, outside the southeastern port city. The accident left 68 people dead and 123 others injured.

Park says Korean unification sure to come

By Chang Jae-soon BERLIN, March 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Wednesday that unification with North Korea won't be easy but is sure to come just as the Berlin wall fell. Park made the remark during a luncheon hosted by German President Joachim Gauck, saying Germany is the envy and goal of South Koreans and she will make steady preparations for unification with North Korea.

N. Korea threatens 'merciless blows' to South over leaflets

SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea threatened Wednesday to "deal merciless sledgehammer blows" to South Korea for allegedly disseminating leaflets critical of the communist regime amid fresh tensions over Pyongyang's missile launches. The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea accused South Korea's military of scattering anti-Pyongyang leaflets and staging drills near their tense western sea border -- the scene of bloody skirmishes between the rival Koreas in recent years.

Park agrees with Obama, Abe to work closely on N. Korea

By Chang Jae-soon THE HAGUE/BERLIN, March 26 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Tuesday to convene their chief negotiators on the North Korean nuclear issue as they held rare three-way talks amid American efforts to mend ties between Seoul and Tokyo. The meeting marked the first formal talks between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since they took office more than a year ago, possibly signaling a thaw in strained relations between Seoul and Tokyo.

N. Korea's nuclear envoy in Beijing, may secretly meet with U.S. officials

BEIJING, March 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's deputy chief nuclear envoy arrived in Beijing on Tuesday amid diplomatic efforts to resume long-stalled talks on the North's nuclear program, with a diplomatic source saying she appears to be en route to a third country for a secret meeting with U.S. officials.

N. Korea's nuclear envoy visits Beijing

BEIJING, March 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's deputy chief nuclear envoy arrived in Beijing on Tuesday amid diplomatic efforts to revive long-stalled multinational talks aimed at ending the North's nuclear weapons program. Choe Son-hui, the North's deputy chief to the six-party talks, headed to the North Korean embassy shortly after arriving at the Beijing airport earlier in the day, without responding to questions from journalists. Choe's visit to Beijing came three days after China's top nuclear envoy, Wu Dawei, ended his five-day trip to Pyongyang.

N. Korean defectors float propaganda leaflets across border

PAJU, South Korea, March 25 (Yonhap) -- A group of North Korean defectors floated hundreds of thousands of propaganda leaflets into the communist nation Tuesday, denouncing Pyongyang for its deadly sinking of a South Korean warship four years ago. The event came on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the March 26 sinking that killed 46 South Korean sailors near the western sea border with North Korea.

Unification efforts should not be swayed by inter-Korean ties: minister

SEOUL, March 24 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korea should pour continued efforts into national unification without being swayed by changes in cross-border relations, Seoul's unification minister said Monday. Amid recent signs of thawing inter-Korean relations, South Korea has revved up efforts to stress the need to achieve reunification of the peninsula, with President Park Geun-hye calling it a "bonanza." The Koreas remain technically at war, as the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.
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