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Kishida hopes for positive N. Korean stance at talks with Japan

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida expressed hope Friday for a positive stance from North Korea at an intergovernmental talks with Japan later this month that he said will handle a wide range of issues. Speaking to reporters in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, visiting Japanese minister said, "We'd like to produce results at the meeting. We hope North Korea will take a forward-looking approach."

S. Korea rejects North's offer, wants wage talks in July

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is seeking to hold wage talks with North Korea in July for tens of thousands of North Korean workers at their joint factory park in Kaesong, an official said Friday, in a rejection of the communist country's recent demand that the talks be held this month. Unification ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do said South Korean factory managers in the North's border city reached the consensus that the talks should be held in July as usual.

US, S. Korea to launch massive landing drill

More than 10,000 US troops will participate in a large-scale landing drill in South Korea next week, the US military said Thursday, days after North Korea test-fired 25 projectiles in apparent protest at the continuing joint exercises. The drill, code-named Ssang Yong ("Twin Dragons") and billed by local news media as one of the largest-ever of amphibious landing exercises by the two allies, will take place from March 27 through to April 7 on the southeast coast of South Korea.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 305 (March 20, 2014)

TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 2) Park to chair unification preparatory committee SEOUL (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye will chair an envisioned committee for unification preparation which will be launched in April, a rare decision that apparently shows she cares deeply about the issue.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 305 (March 20, 2014)

INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS S. Korea remains cautious on fertilizer aid to N. Korea SEOUL (Yonhap) -- South Korea is cautious on fertilizer aid to North Korea by private relief agencies, an official said on March 17, amid fresh signs of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Unification ministry spokesman Kim Eui-do said private organizations should consult with the government on the issue of fertilizer aid to the North. The comments are widely seen as disapproval of the plan to ship fertilizer to the North by a coalition of about 200 South Korean civic groups.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 305 (March 20, 2014)

NEWS IN BRIEF N. Korea, Japan resume talks in China SHENYANG, China (Yonhap) -- Red Cross and government officials of North Korea and Japan resumed talks in China on March 19, with attention focused on whether the two nations would agree to reopen formal government-level negotiations. The two-day talks in the northern Chinese city of Shenyang, which come 16 days after the first such meeting since 2012 in the same city, brought together representatives of their Red Cross societies and officials from their foreign ministries.

N. Korea, China discuss ways to resume nuclear talks: Beijing

BEIJING/SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- China's top negotiator on the North Korean nuclear issue, Wu Dawei, has been holding talks with his North Korean counterpart in Pyongyang on restarting the six-party talks aimed at ending the North's nuclear weapons program, the Chinese foreign ministry said Wednesday. Wu arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, the North's state media said in a one-line report, without giving details of his itinerary.

N. Korea, China discuss ways to resume nuclear talks: Beijing

BEIJING, March 19 (Yonhap) -- China's top negotiator on the North Korean nuclear issue, Wu Dawei, has been holding talks with his North Korean counterpart in Pyongyang on restarting the six-party talks aimed at ending the North's nuclear weapons program, the Chinese foreign ministry said Wednesday. Wu arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, the North's state media said in a one-line report, without giving details of his itinerary.

S. Korea negative on fertilizer aid to N. Korea

SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's point man on North Korea on Wednesday expressed a negative view of a civilian drive to ship fertilizer to the North to help resolve the communist country's food crisis. A coalition of about 200 South Korean civic groups said Friday it had launched a public campaign to send 20,000 tons of fertilizer to North Korea to support some 200 farms over 660 square kilometers. "The timing isn't ripe to send fertilizer to the North," Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae told reporters after a forum on inter-Korean affairs.

S. Korea negative on fertilizer aid to N. Korea

SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's point man on North Korea on Wednesday expressed a negative view of a civilian drive to ship fertilizer to the North to help resolve the communist country's food crisis. A coalition of about 200 South Korean civic groups said Friday it had launched a public campaign to send 20,000 tons of fertilizer to North Korea to support some 200 farms over 660 square kilometers. "The timing isn't ripe to send fertilizer to the North," Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae told reporters after a forum on inter-Korean affairs.
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