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North Korea 'demanded $10 billion in cash and food' for summit with South

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SEOUL - North Korea demanded $10 billion in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said, adding that he refused to pay anything for holding talks.

North Korea may be trying to restart nuclear reactor: U.S. think tank

WASHINGTON - North Korea may be trying to restart a nuclear reactor that can yield plutonium for atomic bombs, a U.S. security think tank said on Wednesday, citing new satellite imagery.

World, 28 Jan 2015

Moscow says North Korean leader Kim confirms Russia visit: Yonhap

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in World War Two, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday, citing a Kremlin spokesman.

World, Russia, Germany, South Korea, 28 Jan 2015

North Korea raises prospect of detaining South Koreans at complex

SEOUL - North Korea has said it can detain South Korean workers at an joint industrial park in the event of a dispute with their companies, South Korea said on Tuesday, in the latest ruling that could hurt confidence in the factory complex.

World, South Korea, 27 Jan 2015

James Franco finds his most despicable character in 'True Story'

PARK CITY, Utah - Killing an exaggerated version of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Sony's controversial comedy "The Interview" wasn't a problem for actor James Franco but he found challenges in playing real-life murderer Christian Longo for thriller "True Story."

Entertainment, People, 26 Jan 2015

North Korea urges South to lift sanctions before talks can begin

SEOUL - North Korea on Friday demanded the lifting of sanctions, imposed by South Korea after a 2010 attack on one of its naval vessels, as a condition for resuming dialogue.

North Korea seeks U.N. probe of 'CIA torture crimes'

GENEVA - North Korea called on Thursday for the top United Nations human rights body to investigate allegations of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture in the George W. Bush era, that were contained in a recent Senate report.

World, United Nations, 22 Jan 2015

South Korea Supreme Court upholds sedition ruling against ex-MP

SEOUL - South Korea's Supreme Court upheld a sedition conviction against a former leftist member of parliament for inciting armed revolt, backing the government's crackdown on pro-North Korea activism under a controversial state security law.

World, South Korea, 22 Jan 2015

North Korea labels prominent defector a criminal in letter to U.N.

SEOUL - North Korea has launched an aggressive campaign seeking to discredit a U.N. report on human rights abuses in the country, following news that a prominent defector had recanted parts of his testimony.

World, United Nations, 22 Jan 2015

Teenager says he escaped North Korea and made it to Sweden, claims asylum

STOCKHOLM/SEOUL - A 17-year-old who says he is a street child from North Korea is seeking refugee status in Sweden, maintaining he walked across a frozen river into China and traversed two continents in cars, the trans-Siberian railway and the back of a truck.

World, China, South Korea, 21 Jan 2015