Korean clash

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South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on November 23 exchanged fires in waters off the west coast of the divided Korean Peninsula, at least two South Korean marines were killed and 16 others injured. [Full story]



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ROK calls DPRK 'enemy' in defense white paper

South Korea labeled the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) government and its military an enemy in the latest defense white paper released Thursday by the defense ministry in Seoul.

The biennial paper opted for a harsher description of the DPRK than the more nuanced "direct military threat," adopted by the previous liberal administration of Roh Moo-hyun. [Full story]  

DPRK urges S.Korea to improve ties via dialogue

Lee: Seoul willing to talk to DPRK

ROK to speak on security as tensions start to ease

DPRK says peace wish of all Koreans

• S. Korea to seek strengthened military deterrence against DPRK

China, Russia hold talks over Korean tensions

Lee: Six-party talks should advance next year

S. Korea seeking unification by absorption 

DPRK: Restraint over ROK's provocation 'limited'

S. Korean president defends persistent drills

New ROK drills add to tension on peninsula

• ROK, China defence chiefs to meet in Beijing

DPRK blasts U.S. for tension on Korean Peninsula

DPRK, ROK maintain tough stance 

S. Korea begins massive firing drills

DPRK threatens 'holy war'

• DPRK leader urges 'great offensive' in infrastructure construction

• China urges Korean Peninsula dialogue

China border feels tensions

China calls for restraint, dialogue on Korean Peninsula issue

DPRK: Drills 'not worth response'

Standoff with DPRK tops ROK's political agenda 

• Bill Richardson satisfied with DPRK visit

China urges 'maximum restraint' on Korean Peninsula

Russia calls for dialogue between DPRK and ROK

S. Korea to set up volunteer civil defense corps

China: Bloodshed no answer to Korean tensions

• S. Korea wraps up live-fire drill in Yellow Sea

DPRK agrees to allow return of UN inspectors 

S. Korea begins firing drill

ROK: Alleged artillery fire remain unconfirmed 

China deeply worried about situation on Korean Peninsula


S. Korean military to conduct live-fire drills Monday


UNSC fails to reach deal on Korean tensions


Restraint urged on Korean Peninsula


• DPRK accuses U.S. of goading S. Korea into provocation


• DPRK urges ROK to stop shelling exercise


DPRK blasts Lee's dishonest remarks


• DPRK criticizes US for sidestepping talks  


U.S. senior official arrives in Pyongyang


China: DPRK will agree to new talks


DPRK accuses S. Korea of trying to ignite all-out war


Experts warn of escalation of Korean tension


DPRK accuses S.Korea of lying in artillery shelling incident


• More efforts to start Six-Party talks 


S. Korea, U.S. to continue joint drills


• S. Korea to conduct new round of marine gunnery exercises


DPRK 'ready for all-out war'


DPRK blames ROK for 'deliberate provocation'


• ICC launches probe into DPRK's war crimes


US, S. Korea, Japan hold talks on Korean Peninsula


Hu, Obama talk on Korean Peninsula


S. Korean defense chief vows to exercise self-defense right if attacked by DPRK 


Hu calls for easing tension on Korean Peninsula


ROK starts live-fire exercise amid tension


DPRK attacks the new ROK defense chief


DPRK warns S. Korea against 'rash acts'


ROK pledges air raid in case of DPRK attack


Trilateral talks 'aim at joint response' 


• S. Korea denies reports of imminent firing exercises


China rejects criticism of call for Korean talks


U.S., S. Korea, Japan to meet on peninsula situation


China: Russia supports emergency six-party talks


U.S. not interested in six-party talks now


ROK, U.S. joint naval drill enters 3rd day


• US, ROK, rebuff call to restart 6-party talks


China urges preventing escalation of Korean tension


China actively defuses Korean tensions


S. Korea to revise rules to counter attack


S. Korea, U.S. conduct maritime interdiction drills


China calls for resumption of dialogue


DPRK media denounce U.S. warmongering


DPRK says to develop nuclear capability for peaceful use


Lee: DPRK will pay for further provocations


• ROK cancels new artillery drill on tense island


China calls for joint efforts to mitigate tensions


ROK: China's proposal 'should be studied deliberately'


S. Korea, U.S. launch large-scale joint naval drill


S. Korean president meets with Chinese State Councilor


DPRK warns of 'merciless' counteraction against any provocation


S. Korea issues evacuation order on Yeonpyeong Island


China, Russia, Japan discuss Korean Peninsula issue


S.Korea relaunches psychological warfare against DPRK


Chinese FM talks with DPRK, ROK, U.S. diplomats


U.S. commander visits S. Korean island shelled by DPRK


Sound of artillery fire heard on S. Korean Island


S. Korea names Lee Hee-won as new defense minister


Philippines 'worried' over U.S.-S. Korea upcoming military exercise


S. Korea to increases forces on western islands


China calls for joint efforts to safeguard stability of Korean Peninsula


S. Korean president accepts defense minister's resignation


Wen: China devoted to maintaining peace on Korean Peninsula


Palin: U.S. should stand by North Korea


DPRK warns of retaliation against S. Korea


Artillery firing in self-defense: DPRK


China urges restraint between DPRK, ROK


• S. Korea, U.S. to hold joint military drill Sunday


UNC proposes general-level talks with DPRK


DPRK accuses S. Korea of aggravating north-south relations

Lee wants to respond more actively to provocations


2 bodies of S. Korean civilians found on island hit by DPRK


S. Korea, U.S. to hold joint military drill Sunday


Restraint urged after tensions escalate on Korean Peninsula


S. Korea, U.S. to hold joint military drill Sunday


S. Korea suspends pledged aid to DPRK


U.S. committed to defense of S. Korea


U.S. accused of tightening alliance with S. Korea


DPRK army counters S. Korean artillery firing


• China expresses concern over shell attack against S. Korea


DPRK, S. Korea exchange fire 



Coordination will stave off another Korean War


Russia eyes bigger role on N.Korea issue


• Applause for North Korea's restraint


May Koreans live in peace


• US destructive role in Northeast Asia


Dialogue viable for Peninsula


Constructive role on Peninsula


Easing Peninsula tension


• Peninsula peace


• The Korean crisis and Sino-U.S. relations


Korean borders vital to China's own security


Easing tension on the Korean Peninsular


Is a war looming on the Korean Peninsula?


Easing of tension possible


A test of tolerance over the Korean Peninsula


Artillery dialogue a tragedy in NE Asia


Importance of Six-Party Talks


N. Korea unlikely to restart nuclear tests


Change likely after DPRK power transfer  


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