ARTICLES RELATING TO LEE MYUNG-BAK

N Korea warns Park to 'watch her tongue'

2013-03-27 10:00

North Korea has warned South Korea's new president to "watch her tongue", as tension between the two sides mounts.

N Korea threatens South over UN sanctions

2013-01-25 08:08

North Korea has threatened "physical counter-measures" against rival South Korea - the latest in a series of bellicose warnings sparked by a tightening of UN sanctions against Pyongyang.

War of words between North, South Korea

2012-10-20 11:25

North Korea's military has threatened to strike a South Korean border area where anti-Pyongyang activists plan to launch leaflets from balloons, but the South vowed to retaliate if attacked.

S Korea returns letter, angering Japan

2012-08-23 16:55

South Korea has returned a protest letter from Japan's prime minister without answering it, further angering Tokyo amid a bitter row over disputed islands.

S Koreans swim to disputed islands

2012-08-13 10:02

A team of South Koreans has begun a 230km relay swim from an eastern port to the Dokdo islands, in Seoul's latest assertion of its sovereignty over the outcrops claimed by Japan.

N Korea's Kim got married in 2009: Report

2012-07-26 11:06

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un got married in 2009 and his wife once visited South Korea, says a Seoul lawmaker.

S Korea warns of retaliation against North

2012-06-11 09:10

South Korea's military has warned it will immediately retaliate against North Korea's "core command forces" for any attack, after a series of threats from the communist state.

S Korea, US, Japan to 'meet on N Korea'

2012-05-17 11:11

South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold high-level talks in Seoul next week about developments in North Korea following its failed long-range rocket launch, says a report.

S Koreans vote in parliamentary polls

2012-04-11 13:14

South Koreans are voting in closely contested parliamentary elections that are seen as a key test of sentiment ahead of a presidential vote in December.

North Korea rocket hijacks nuclear summit

2012-03-26 22:58

A North Korea rocket plan is upstaging a summit on keeping nuclear material away from terrorists.

North Korea open to talks with South

2012-02-02 18:24

North Korea is open to immediate talks with rival South Korea if Seoul responds to several preconditions for dialogue.

New era possible for Koreas - S Korea

2012-01-03 08:03

South Korea’s president is urging rival North Korea to use the transition of leadership after Kim Jong Il's death to usher in a new era of peace on the tense Korean peninsula.

South Korea puts military on alert

2011-12-19 09:02

South Korea has ordered its military on alert but urged people to stay calm following the shock announcement of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.

Korean politics: It's all about lunch

2011-08-12 14:00

There's no such thing as a free lunch: That's the message from South Korea's president to residents of the capital Seoul where the midday meal has become a hot political issue.

S Korea rescues crew from pirates

2011-01-21 10:08

South Korean special forces have stormed a hijacked freighter in the Arabian Sea, rescuing 21 crew members and killing eight assailants, South Korea says.

South Korea urges nuke talks

2010-12-29 08:34

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who has vowed a tough stance against any further attack by North Korea, has said the nuclear crisis must be tackled by negotiation.

S Korea to make islands fortresses

2010-12-07 09:30

South Korea's president has vowed to turn five islands along the tense border with North Korea into "military fortresses".

N Korea touts nuclear prowess

2010-11-30 12:02

North Korea has boasted of its nuclear prowess, a week after launching a deadly artillery attack on South Korea, as China comes under fresh pressure to rein in its unpredictable ally.

Sunshine Policy failed in N Korea - Seoul

2010-11-18 11:43

South Korea's peaceful "Sunshine Policy" toward North Korea has failed, a government report has found, saying there have been no positive changes to Pyongyang's behaviour.

Typhoon kills dozens in N Korea

2010-09-15 12:11

Dozens of people have died in North Korea after heavy rains and landslides caused by a typhoon which hit the Korean peninsula earlier this month, says state media.

North Korea rejects unification

2010-08-17 17:32

North Korea has rejected a new unification proposal from South Korea, calling it a "ridiculous" plan aimed at weakening the North in preparation for an invasion.

Clinton: World must act

2010-05-27 08:17

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the world must respond to the "unacceptable provocation" represented by the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang.

China cool to action against N Korea

2010-05-25 20:21

China has called on all parties to calmly and properly handle the North Korea situation.

N Korea warns of war if punished

2010-05-20 19:17

North Korea claims that South Korea fabricated evidence implicating the North in a torpedo attack in order to pick on the North.

Lee: Warship sinking no accident

2010-05-04 17:09

President Lee Myung-bak has ordered a thorough review of South Korea's military readiness and called the sinking of a warship no "simple accident".

 

North Korea confirms end of war armistice

2013-03-13 19:33

North Korea has confirmed that it had shredded the 60-year-old armistice ending the Korean War, and warned that the next step was an act of "merciless" military retaliation against its enemies.

N Korea reports Park's win a day late

2012-12-21 10:48

North Korea has reported Park Geun-Hye's victory in the South's presidential election - a day late, with no mention of her name, and no reference to the historic nature of her win.

Koreas 'a spark away' from nuclear war

2012-10-02 12:05

A North Korean minister has lashed out at the United States, warning that its "hostile" policy has left the Korean peninsula a spark away from a nuclear war.

South wants North Korea to transform

2012-08-15 16:08

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says North Korea should face reality and consider bringing about a "transformation", adding that Seoul will monitor changes in the secretive North.

S Korea's Lee visits disputed islands

2012-08-10 17:02

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has paid an unprecedented visit to remote islands disputed with Japan, sparking anger in Tokyo which recalled its ambassador from Seoul in protest.

Dictator's daughter runs for S Korea presidency

2012-07-10 15:11

Park Geun-Hye, the daughter of an assassinated dictator, has officially launched her bid to become South Korea's first female president, with polls placing her as frontrunner in December's election.

S Korea presses N Korea to pay back loan

2012-06-08 11:47

South Korea has accused North Korea of "crossing the line" with its recent threats and insults, and pressed the impoverished country to start repayments for past food aid.

N Korea missiles not in declaration

2012-05-14 13:04

The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea have issued a post-summit joint declaration that makes no reference to North Korea's nuclear ambitions – a pressing issue in the region.

China to let N Koreans leave for S Korea

2012-03-28 15:00

Some of the North Korean fugitives who have taken refuge for many months in South Korean consulates in China will soon be allowed by Beijing to leave for Seoul, says a report.

Ban to raise N Korea launch at summit

2012-03-22 14:48

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will raise North Korea's planned rocket launch at a Seoul nuclear summit next week, expressing "deep concern" over the issue.

N Korea blasts 'silly wordplay' by Lee

2012-01-06 11:30

North Korea has blasted what it calls "silly wordplay" by South Korea’s president Lee Myung-Bak and reiterated that it would never have dealings with his conservative government.

S Korea open to N Korea nuclear talks

2012-01-02 08:00

South Korea’s president has opened the door to possible nuclear talks with North Korea and warned the neighbouring country to avoid any provocations, saying the Korean peninsula is at a crucial turning point.

Google to set up YouTube for South Korea

2011-11-07 16:21

Google executive chairperson Eric Schmidt has agreed to set up a YouTube channel exclusively for South Korean pop music.

N Korea holds big rally against South

2011-07-04 20:04

North Korea has held a big rally denouncing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who ended a decade of aid for the impoverished state.

South Korea to the North: Let's talk

2011-01-03 11:27

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has reached out to North Korea, saying Seoul was open to talks and offering closer economic ties.

Two Koreans could unite soon - leader

2010-12-10 18:02

South Korea's president has declared that the reunification of Korea is drawing near amidst soaring tensions between the two countries.

Bleak future for S Korean islanders

2010-11-30 14:36

Residents of a South Korean island shelled by North Korea have taken refuge at a mammoth spa, but life is anything but relaxing with no guarantee they will ever go home.

S Korea leader: Attack again and you'll pay

2010-11-23 16:36

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says Seoul will unleash an "enormous retaliation" should North Korea attack again.

S Korea, SA sign nuclear power deal

2010-10-08 07:49

South Korea has signed a nuclear power co-operation agreement with South Africa, in hopes of securing lucrative deals for its companies in any future plant construction.

N Korea frees fishermen

2010-09-07 17:18

North Korea has freed the crew of a South Korean fishing boat, a sign the rivals may improve relations that have plummeted in recent years.

S Korea's Lee joins Twitter

2010-06-08 17:05

The office of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has opened an account with Twitter, the site credited with fuelling opposition support in elections.

N Korea cuts ties with South

2010-05-25 22:48

North Korea is severing all ties with the South and threatened its wealthy neighbour with military action if it continued to violate its waters off the west coast.

S Korea cuts trade with North

2010-05-24 18:12

South Korea's president has cut trade to North Korea vowing the country would "pay a price" for a torpedo attack that killed 46 sailors.

'Torpedo sunk S Korean ship'

2010-05-10 14:30

South Korea has confirmed that traces of high explosives have been found on the wreckage of a warship sunk by a mystery blast, indicating that it was probably hit by a torpedo.

N Korea must end provocation

2009-11-19 08:43

US President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart have pressed North Korea to return to dormant nuclear talks.

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