• Defectors say South Korea investigations threaten North Korean 'Underground Railroad'
    SEOUL, August 12 (Reuters): A combination of coronavirus border closures and an unprecedented pressure campaign by a South Korean government keen to engage with North Korea may destroy networks defectors have long used to start new lives, activist groups say. South Korea's Unification Ministry said last month it will "inspect" 25 defector-run NGOs, citing their failure to file necessary documents, and check if 64 others are following conditions to stay registered.
  • China says U.S. holds key to breaking stalemate on Korean Peninsula
    BEIJING, July 8 (Reuters): China said on Wednesday the United States holds the key to breaking the stalemate on the Korean Peninsula, amid renewed tensions as Pyongyang refuses to return to denuclearisation talks with Washington.   Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the remarks during a press briefing in Beijing.   U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun earlier on Wednesday rejected reports that he was seeking to meet North Korean offi
  • South Korea's unification minister steps down over rising tensions with North Korea
    SEOUL, June 19 (Reuters): South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday accepted the resignation of the minister responsible for relations with North Korea, as tensions with Pyongyang rise over the activities of defectors in the South and stalled diplomacy.   South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul, who oversees engagement with North Korea, offered on Wednesday to quit, taking responsibility for the worsening ties.   "There are many wounds in inte
  • South Korea's Moon urges North to keep peace deals, return to talks
    SEOUL, June 15 (Reuters): South Korea's President Moon Jae-in urged North Korea on Monday to refrain from raising tension and return to dialogue, after threats trumpeted by state media in Pyongyang to cut ties and take military action.   The recent flaring of tension between the neighbours stoked fear of a military provocation by the North, and posed another setback amid stalled talks to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes.   Besides the threat to
  • North Korea accuses U.S. of hurting its image with cyber threat warning
    SEOUL, May 29 (Reuters): North Korea accused the United States of smear tactics on Friday after Washington renewed accusations last month that Pyongyang was responsible for malicious cyber attacks.   It was the latest in a series of exchanges underscoring the friction between the two countries after denuclearization talks launched by U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stalled late last year.   "We want to make it clear that o