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N.Korea Warns over Anti-Pyongyang Leaflets

North Korea's military on Saturday threatened retaliation against "provocative" acts from the South including the scattering of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets across the border.

The warning came as activists in South Korea opposed to the secretive regime plan to float balloons carrying the leaflets across the border in time for the 66th anniversary of the North's ruling communist party inauguration on Monday.

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Seoul Says N.Korea must Shut Uranium Program for Talks

North Korea must shut down its newest nuclear program before long-stalled six-nation disarmament talks can resume, Seoul's top presidential security aide said Friday.

Chun Yung-Woo, senior secretary for foreign affairs and national security, said other parties in the talks would not reward the North for abandoning its "illegal" nuclear activities.

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S. Korea Holds Live-Fire Drill near N. Korea Sea Border

South Korea's military on Thursday fired thousands of shells during a live-fire artillery drill near the tense Yellow Sea border with North Korea, the defense ministry said.

Troops fired more than 5,000 rounds from K-9 self-propelled guns, Vulcan cannon and other artillery during the two-hour morning exercise, a ministry spokesman told Agence France Presse.

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Report: North Korean Official to Visit U.S.

A senior North Korean official is due to visit the United States amid signs of an easing of relations between the two countries, a report said Monday.

Ri Jong-Hyok, vice chairman of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, has been allowed to attend a forum at the University of Georgia on October 17-20, Yonhap news agency said.

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Report: U.S., N. Korea May Hold Nuclear Talks this Month

The United States and North Korea are likely to hold a second round of talks this month to try to revive international nuclear disarmament negotiations, a South Korean report said Sunday.

The meeting may come after a summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak in Washington on October 13, an unnamed senior government official in Seoul told Yonhap news agency.

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S. Korea Politician Starts Rare Visit to N. Korea

South Korea's ruling-party chief Friday began a rare visit to North Korea by a senior Seoul politician, saying he hopes to break a long stalemate in cross-border relations.

Hong Joon-Pyo, chairman of the conservative Grand National Party (GNP), crossed the closely guarded border to pay a one-day visit to a jointly run industrial estate at Kaesong in the North.

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China Welcomes North Korea PM for Talks

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao welcomed North Korean Prime Minister Choe Yong-Rim to Beijing Monday to start talks following on from a recent visit by leader Kim Jong-Il to China, his fourth in 16 months.

North Korea's economic dependence on China, its sole major ally, has grown increasingly important since South Korea froze most contacts with its neighbor.

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Obama: Iran, N. Korea Face Greater Isolation

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned that Iran and North Korea would face even deeper isolation if they failed to bring their nuclear programs under international law.

"There is a future of greater opportunity for the people of these nations if their governments meet their obligations. But if they continue down a path that is outside international law, they must be met with greater pressure and isolation," Obama said. "That is what our commitment to peace demands."

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Korean Envoys Hold Nuclear Talks in Beijing

The chief nuclear envoys for North and South Korea met in Beijing to try to revive international nuclear disarmament talks on Wednesday, with little hope of any early breakthroughs.

The one-day meeting at a private members' club in the center of the Chinese capital is the second round of talks between the South's Wi Sung-Lac and his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-Ho in two months.

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Koreas' Talks Could Spark Disarmament Progress

A meeting Wednesday of the rival Koreas' nuclear envoys could provide crucial momentum toward restarting disarmament talks, just months after the two countries were threatening to bomb each other into rubble.

Relations are still complicated and wariness lingers as the envoys prepare for face-to-face talks in Beijing that aim to build on their surprise meeting in July — which was seen as a small breakthrough after months of acrimony.

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