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S. Korea vows every possible step to keep nuclear dialogue alive

SEOUL, Dec 9 (NNN-YONHAP) — South Korea will take every possible measure to keep the dialogue momentum between North Korea and the United States alive, the unification ministry said Monday, noting a “grave” situation following Pyongyang’s recent unspecified test at its satellite launching site.

On Sunday, North Korea said it successfully conducted a “very important test” a day earlier at the Sohae satellite launching site, also known as the Dongchang-ri site on its west coast, saying the test results will alter its “strategic position” in the near future.

N Korea conducts ‘important test’ at once-dismantled site

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it when it entered denuclearization talks with the United States last year.

The announcement comes amid dimming prospects for a resumption of negotiations, with the North warning it would seek “a new way” if it fails to get major U.S. concessions by year’s end. North Korea has said its resumption of nuclear and long-range missile tests depends on the United States.

DPRK, U.S. seem to still have differences in denuke talks: S.Korea

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States seemed to still have differences in negotiations for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, South Korea's unification ministry said Friday.

Kim Eun-han, a deputy spokesperson of the unification ministry, told a press briefing that it seemed that the DPRK and the United States still had differences in positions for denuclearization negotiations, considering the statements recently announced by the DPRK.

North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Thursday to resume insults of U.S. President Donald Trump and consider him a “dotard” if he keeps using provocative language, such as referring to its leader as “rocket man.”

Choe Son Hui, the first vice foreign minister, issued the warning via state media days after Trump spoke of possible military action toward the North and revived his “rocket man” nickname for North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.

After four-year gap, China's top diplomat visits South Korea to mend ties

SEOUL (Reuters) - China’s top diplomat arrived in Seoul on Wednesday, visiting South Korea for the first time in more than four years as the two countries seek to repair ties that soured over the deployment of U.S. anti-missile systems in South Korea.

During his two-day stay the State Councillor Wang Yi will meet South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and President Moon Jae-in, officials in Seoul said.

Yi last visited the South Korean capital for a trilateral meeting, also attended by Japan, in 2015.

S.Korea sees need to repair S.Korea-built lodging facilities in DPRK's Mount Kumgang

SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul said Monday that the South Korea-built lodging facilities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s Mount Kumgang resort were required to be repaired as the facilities were left unattended for long.

Kim told a discussion with a local journalists' association in Seoul that there were about 340 containers in the Mount Kumgang area, which were built by the South Korean side as temporary lodging facilities in the process of pushing for the Mount Kumgang tour program.

S Korea cuts growth forecast to lowest in decade

Seoul, Nov 29 (AFP) South Korea's central bank on Friday cut its growth forecast for this year to two percent, which would be the weakest rate in a decade as the economy is battered by trade disputes.

The world's 11th-largest economy is highly dependent on international commerce but is grappling with the fallout of a prolonged China-US trade dispute and embroiled in a spat of its own with neighbouring Japan.

North Korea's Thanksgiving Day test shows improving speed for missile crews

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” over the latest test of a large multiple-rocket launcher, state media said on Friday, a launch that experts said showcased improving performance by the system and its crews.

North Korea fired two short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in a fourth test of its new “super-large multiple-rocket launcher”, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said told a briefing.

S.Korea, Japan to hold trade talks after suspending GSOMIA termination

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and Japan agreed to hold director general-level trade talks next month in Tokyo after South Korea's decision last week to suspend the termination of its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, Seoul's trade ministry said Friday.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a statement that working-level talks between the two sides were held in Seoul on Thursday to prepare for the director general-level dialogue.

North Korea may deploy ‘super-large’ rocket launcher soon

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday the latest test-firing of its “super-large” multiple rocket launcher was a final review of the weapon’s combat application, a suggestion that the country is preparing to deploy the new weapons system soon.

South Korea’s military earlier said North Korea fired two projectiles, likely from the same “super-large” rocket launcher, on Thursday. It expressed “strong regret” over the launches and urged North Korea to stop escalating tensions.

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