August 29, 2000 |
These days, it is as if everyone in South Korea is walking on tiptoe, trying not to upset North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Euphoria has swept the South in the aftermath of dramatic reunions between families from both sides, the fruit of a historic summit in June between the leaders of the two nations.
August 14, 2000 |
The last time Park Bo Bae saw her son, half a century ago, the then 16-year-old promised to come right back home for dinner after stopping by a job fair nearby. He asked his mother to have ready for him the only food they could forage that terrible summer in the early days of the Korean War. "I baked him some sweet potatoes to eat that day," recalls the spry Park, now 90. "He never came back for them."
June 15, 2000 |
For U.S. advocates of a robust national missile defense system, the images emanating from the historic Korean summit spell trouble. Photos and TV footage from the summit show a smiling, relaxed North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, hosting his South Korean counterpart, Kim Dae Jung. More important, they depict the reclusive Communist ruler acting in an apparently rational manner.
June 1, 2000 |
In his first known foreign trip in 17 years, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Il conferred with Chinese leaders about his upcoming summit with South Korea during a three-day secret visit to Beijing, a diplomat said today. The visit was believed to be the highest-level exchange between the two communist countries in at least six years and marked North Korea's reaching out to its once-close ally.
June 10, 2000 |
Mineral water from North Korea's famed Mt. Kumgang hit South Korean store shelves this month. But it was a long trip. Since the idea was conceived in 1994, a Seoul firm has been arm-twisted by the North Koreans into building a $6-million local railroad line and has seen the project delayed a year by an electricity shortage. "If it had been up to me, I never would have made the decision to enter North Korea," said Oh Byung Kwon, executive director of Taechang Co., the Seoul firm.
June 16, 2000 |
Last December, North Korea's chronic energy shortages became so severe that the lights and heat began to go off in Pyongyang, the capital. It was those winter power outages, Clinton administration officials believe, that finally drove North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to pursue the historic opening with South Korea that the world witnessed this week.
June 20, 2000 |
The United States on Monday lifted an array of economic sanctions against North Korea in one of the most far-reaching steps the U.S. government has taken toward ending half a century of hostility between the two nations. But the isolated Communist state's desperate economic straits will limit any significant commerce with the United States in the near future, experts on Asian commerce and North Korea said.
June 25, 2000 |
In ceremonies today that were significantly scaled back after fledgling signs of rapprochement with North Korea, thousands of aging South Korean and U.S. veterans here marked the 50th anniversary of the onset of the war that permanently split the Korean peninsula and left millions of people dead.
April 10, 2000 |
The North and South Korean governments each announced today that South Korean President Kim Dae Jung will travel to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, for a first-ever summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il from June 12-14. If it comes to pass--and analysts counseled caution in assuming that it will--the summit would be the first meeting between top South and North Korean leaders since the peninsula was divided in 1945.
December 2, 2000 |
North Korea might not have much electricity, food, clothing or fertilizer. But it does have its pride, and that in great abundance. This has been amply demonstrated in three days of inter-Korean family reunions that wrapped up today. Although North Koreans are in desperate need of almost everything, the Pyongyang regime has insisted that the total value of any gifts given by South Koreans to northern relatives be limited to $500.