North Korea on Thursday accepted South Korea's request that this week's talks on reuniting families separated by war be held at a border village, Seoul officials said, the latest in a series of conciliatory gestures Pyongyang has recently taken.
The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is visiting North and South Korea to discuss proposed reunions of families separated by the Korean War and other humanitarian issues.
North Korea on Tuesday criticized South Korea-U.S. military drills with milder-than-usual language that's seen as a sign of its interest in keeping up diplomacy.
The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday to discuss the reunification of families on the divided Korean peninsula, the agency said.
South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday that North Korea usually calls a rehearsal for invasion.
North Korea said Sunday it has agreed to South Korea's proposal to resume reunions for families separated since the 1950-53 war, in another apparent sign of easing tensions.
The United Nations is in urgent need of US$98 million to finance emergency aid for the people of North Korea, the U.N. coordinator for the impoverished country said Thursday.
The Panama Canal authority said Thursday it will impose as much as a US$1 million fine on the North Korean freighter caught with an undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons.
South Korea said on Friday that at least one bid came in under budget for its 8.3 trillion Korean won (US$7.42 billion) purchase of 60 next generation fighter jets, the country's biggest-ever defense import program to replace its ageing fleet.
Experts debated a controversial law designed to protect children from sexual abuse for its vague definitions and harsh punishment on those who own or circulate child pornography materials.