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North Korea said Wednesday that its recent expression of "regret" over a mine explosion that maimed two South Korean soldiers was not an apology, as Seoul claims -- raising doubts about tentative moves toward detente between the rivals.

One of the two North Korean negotiators involved in recent crisis talks with South Korea spoke Thursday of a "dramatic turning-point" for relations between the two countries.

Pyongyang's shiny new airport building has all the features international travelers have come to expect, though some lose their luster upon closer examination. Case in point: Its Internet room appears to be missing the Internet.
Brand-new Pyongyang airport Internet room a closed window on North Korea


South Korea says it got an apology. North Korea says its archrival learned a "serious lesson." That's how compromises are engineered on a peninsula that has technically been at war for more than 60 years.
S. Korea halts broadcasts as Koreas reach deal


SEOUL, South Korea -- After 40-plus-hours of talks, North and South Korea on Tuesday pulled back from the brink with an accord that allows both sides to save face and, for the moment, avert the bloodshed they've been threatening each other with for weeks.
South Korea turns off propaganda as Koreas reach deal


South Korea's president vowed a hard line on Monday as marathon negotiations between senior officials of the two Koreas stretched into a third day in an attempt to defuse a crisis that had the rivals threatening war.
Seoul takes hard line as talks between rival Koreas drag on


SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's president on Monday vowed a hard line as marathon negotiations by senior officials from the Koreas stretched into a third day in an attempt to defuse a crisis that had the rivals threatening war.
Frustration mounts as talks between the rival Koreas drag on


Senior officials from North and South Korea on Sunday were in their second day of marathon talks meant to pull the rivals back from the brink, even amid reports of unusual North Korean troop and submarine movement that Seoul said indicated continued battle preparation.
Koreas resume talks as Seoul sees North Korean troop movement


For the moment, North and South Korea have pulled back from the brink, agreeing Sunday to continue their first high-level talks in nearly a year and temporarily pushing aside vows of imminent war.
Rival Koreas pull back from brink with try at diplomacy


South Korea and North Korea were holding their first high-level talks in nearly a year at a border village on Saturday to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed the rivals to the brink of a possible military confrontation.
Rival Koreas hold high-level talks to defuse war fears


In a modern, high-tech world of sophisticated, subliminal messaging, screaming taunting messages over banks of loudspeakers seems like a decidedly old-school style of propaganda.

South and North Korea agreed to hold top-level talks Saturday as a North Korean deadline loomed for Seoul to halt loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border or face military action.
Two Koreas to hold high-level talks as N. Korea deadline looms: Seoul


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his frontline troops in a "quasi-state of war" and ordered them to prepare for battle a day after the most serious confrontation between the rivals in years.
North Korea warns of war with South after artillery fire


An elderly South Korean man died from his injuries Friday, nine days after setting himself on fire to protest Japan's forced recruitment of sex slaves for military brothels during World War II.
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