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  The Korea Times : Elections in North and South   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Meanwhile, the Republic of Korea came into being after separate elections that were held in the South under the auspices of the United Nations (then fully controlled by Washington as the USSR had temporarily walked out over the issue of who had the right to represent China).
These ``clandestine elections’’ were presented as a ``two-stage ballot.’’ First, each South Korean region allegedly elected representatives who would then meet in the city of Haeju in the North to elect the 360 members who would represent the southern provinces in the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly.
The turnout of North Korean voters is notorious for nearing 100 percent.
times.hankooki.com /lpage/opinion/200411/kt2004112218441054140.htm   (707 words)

 Essential Background: Overview of human rights issues in North Korea (Human Rights Watch, 31-12-2005)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
North Korea (The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK) in 2005 stepped back from the previous year’s efforts and made little progress in human rights: the country’s dismal human rights conditions, including arbitrary arrests, pervasive use of torture, and lack of due process and fair trials, remain of grave concern.
North Korea has rejected repeated requests from families of the South Korean abductees to confirm their existence, to return them, or, in the cases of the dead, to return their remains.
North Korea sent to Japan what purported to be the remains of two deceased abductees, but they were found to be remains of other persons.
www.hrw.org /english/docs/2006/01/18/nkorea12255.htm   (1361 words)

 Elections in North Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Elections in North Korea are non-competitive, with a single unopposed candidate for each office selected beforehand by party organizations.
North Korea is a single-party state in which only one political party, the Workers' Party of Korea, is legally allowed to hold effective power.
All candidates in the elections must be members of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Elections_in_North_Korea   (443 words)

 Way Of Unification 2 - Sun Myung Moon
People in the North put their backs toward the South and are trying to walk backwards, and people in the South are trying to walk backwards to go to the North.
Korea without a nation had to show the way to reach the world by connecting to the US and uniting with the established churches.
As Korea is trying to find the way to win the economical competition, the Unification Church must go on to the world competition stage to establish a new subjective ideology that forms a cultural realm centering on the Unification Ideology.
www.unification.org /ucbooks/HDH/WU2/WU2-6-4.htm   (4260 words)

 North Korea travel guide - Wikitravel
After nearly being driven out of Korea, Douglas MacArthur's daring amphibious landing at Inchon turned the tables and the North was on the verge of defeat, when China stepped in on their side and pushed the UN forces back towards Seoul.
North Korea's long-range missile development and research into nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and massive conventional armed forces are of major concern to the international community.
North Korea's sole airline, Air Koryo, currently has scheduled flights from Beijing, which depart at 1130 every Tuesday and Saturday, and return from P'yŏngyang at 0900 on the same days.
wikitravel.org /en/North_Korea   (2758 words)

 Politics of North Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
North Korea is widely considered a Communist state in the Western world, but the government has formally replaced references to Marxism-Leninism in its constitution with the locally developed concept of Juche, or self-reliance.
North Korea's fifth and current constitution was written in September 1998, replacing the one previously adopted in 1972.
As relations with the PRC and the Soviet Union loosened towards the end of the Cold War, North Korea developed an ideology, Juche, based upon a high degree of economic independence and the mobilization of all the resources of the nation to defend against foreign powers seen as a threat to the country's sovereignty.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Politics_of_North_Korea   (1148 words)

 WHDH-TV - World News - North Korea demands nuclear disarmament talks on equal footing with U.S.
North Korea had refused to return to the multinational talks in anger over the U.S. fllisting of a Macau bank where Pyongyang deposited some $24 million, alleging the bank was complicit in the North's counterfeiting of $100 bills and money laundering to sell weapons of mass destruction.
The North's experts were expected to arrive in Beijing on Tuesday, although Treasury officials in Washington said a time and a place for the talks had not been set.
North Korea is believed to have enough radioactive material to make about a half-dozen atomic bombs, and its main nuclear reactor remains in operation to create more weapons-grade plutonium.
www1.whdh.com /news/articles/world/BO37389   (1058 words)

 Fredericksburg.com - North Korea Not Budging on Sanctions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
North Korea has refused to scrap its demand that the U.S. lift financial restrictions against the communist country, but talks resumed Thursday to resolve the broader issue of persuading the North to renounce its nuclear efforts.
North Korea's Oct. 9 nuclear test showed that denuclearizing the regime is an "urgent problem," said Hill, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State.
North Korea agreed to end a 13-month boycott of the talks to discuss Washington's campaign to isolate the communist nation from the international banking system.
www.freelancestar.com /News/apmethods/apstory?urlfeed=D8M538H80.xml   (732 words)

 News 8 :: KFMB Stations, San Diego, California
North Korea counters U.S. influence in the region, but China is believed to be increasingly frustrated with North Korea's go-it-alone belligerence.
North Korea has sometimes made a splash with statements or military actions on important anniversaries at home, or political events such as elections in South Korea and the United States.
North Korea staged a series of missile tests to coincide with July 4, needling the United States on its Independence Day.
www.kfmb.com /story.php?id=65381   (1228 words)

 Analysis N. Korea nuke talks stall
Negotiators from the two Koreas, the United States, China, Russia and Japan are due to meet in Beijing by the end of September for a fourth round of six-way talks to discuss the 21-month-long nuclear standoff.
North Korea blasted the drills as part of a U.S. attempt to isolate and blockade the country.
South Korea is expected to use this week's visit by a Chinese leader to persuade Beijing to exert stronger influences on North Korea to return to the negotiation table.
www.spacedaily.com /upi/2004/0826-124248-norkor-nuke-analysis.html   (928 words)

 The Blue State: North Korea   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Even though North Korea's nuclear test is old news, the academic community and other East Asia studies experts were waiting for weeks to find out whether the bomb that was detonated was uranium-based or plutonium-based.
North Korea is also the number one arms exporter of any other third-world country.
According to the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, North Korea's KN-02, Hwasong-5 (Scud B), Hwasong-6 (Scud C), and Scud D missiles pose a direct threat to the South Korean homeland, and were specifically designed for that reason.
thebluestate.typepad.com /my_weblog/north_korea/index.html   (11842 words)

 Kim Jong-Il Wins Landslide In North Korea Elections
Last month, North Korea said it had developed nuclear weapons and has told the United States it is not afraid to use them or even sell them, according to US officials.
Though the SPA lacks teeth, Kim Jong-Il used previous elections in 1998 to pack the legislative chamber with younger followers, sidelining a group of seniors in their 80s into the background in a generational shift to consolidate his leadership.
North Korean experts say Kim needs younger aides who will help introduce more reforms aimed at reviving North Korea's moribund economy.
www.rense.com /general39/anorthk.htm   (576 words)

 French right despondent ahead of regional council elections North Korea announces 'wartime mobilization' Court backs ...
It was not immediately clear whether North Korea, one of the world's most heavily militarized societies, had declared martial law or if the mobilization was connected to Pyongyang's recentgrave warnings of worsening food shortages.
North Korea watchers in Seoul said they wouldn't be surprised if all this meant that North Korea was prepared to walk out of the talks.
It was not immediately clear whether North Korea, one of the world's most heavily militarized societies, had declared martial law or if the mobilization was connected to Pyongyang's recent grave warnings of worsening food shortages.
www.turkishdailynews.com.tr /archives.php?id=6388   (3839 words)

 N. Korea Nukes May Not Be Resolved Soon (phillyBurbs.com) | Asia
North Korea this week called President Bush a "political imbecile" after he referred to the North's leader Kim Jong Il as a "tyrant." It also compared the American leader to Adolf Hitler for launching wars in Iraq and elsewhere.
North Korea is seeking energy aid, lifting of economic sanctions and removal from Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism.
North Korea has also blasted joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises now in progress, with the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper commenting Wednesday that "the U.S. is performing dangerous rope-dancing which may drive the Korean peninsula into a war crisis in a moment."
www.phillyburbs.com /pb-dyn/news/90-08262004-355083.html   (912 words)

 Unification For South And North Korea Through Elections - Way Of Unification 2 - Sun Myung Moon
The political regime of North Korea retreated to the corner of the Communist bloc by the Olympic participation of the USSR, China and the satellite countries.
North Korea is united centering on the Kim Il Sung party.
Having the national election ahead, all parties should be united for the general election with South and North.
www.tparents.org /Moon-Books/wu2/WU2-6-4.htm   (4280 words)

 U.S. May Shift Strategy on North Korea - Council on Foreign Relations
Instead of insisting that North Korea completely and verifiably disarm and renounce nuclear weapons before agreeing to negotiations, as they have in the past, U.S. officials now say they could consider negotiating a formal peace treaty with Pyongyang—to replace the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War—while talks continue on the nuclear program.
In September 2005, the participants in the six-party talks—China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, the United States, and Russia—signed a provisional agreement that committed Pyongyang to giving up its nuclear program in return for international assistance.
Experts who have worked with the Pyongyang government say North Korean negotiators are very focused on achieving their goals, and do so in a dogged and ultimately effective manner.
www.cfr.org /publication/10759/us_may_shift_strategy_on_north_korea.html   (1490 words)

 Asia Times
Hardliners concentrated in Cheney's and Rumsfeld's offices have long claimed that North Korea was not abiding by the accord and urged Washington to renounce it.
Indeed, most Korea specialists here say they believe that North Korea, which has moved in recent months with unexpected boldness in both building ties with South Korea and in launching detente with Japan, intends its admission as a bid to move Washington in the same direction.
Not only has the president publicly denounced North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as untrustworthy, Pyongyang was itself shocked when Bush included it, along with Iraq and Iran, as the third member of the "axis of evil" identified in the president's State of the Union address in January.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Korea/DJ19Dg02.html   (1114 words)

 North Korea News.Net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The isolation of North Korea has overshadowed efforts to persuade Kim Jong-il's regime to abandon its nuclear weapons programme, with Pyongyang refusing to discuss nuclear issues while the US-led...
South Korea aims to become the oil storage and transshipment hub of choice for North Asian consumers by the end of the decade, officials said Wednesday, taking advantage of growing demand and trade...
North Korea News.Net is part of an international network of news sites, dedicated to the major regions, countries and cities of the world.
northkoreannews.net /?rid=926650d597d164bd   (816 words)

 Tim Kennedy, North Korea Set to Test Nukes
Basically, this means North Korea’s reprocessing (of plutonium from spent nuclear fuel) is almost finished, or has finished.
While serving in the US State Department, Quinones was involved in US talks with North Korea that led to a 1994 agreement that froze its nuclear program in exchange for light-water reactors for power generation and heavy fuel aid.
It is impossible for North Korea to have nuclear warheads.
www.hartford-hwp.com /archives/55a/007.html   (643 words)

 USATODAY.com - New N. Korean parliament OKs increased 'nuclear deterrent force'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
North Korea's envoy to the six-nation talks in Beijing on the North's nuclear crisis last week warned that the reclusive state might test a nuclear device to prove itself a nuclear power, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity.
China's chief delegate to the negotiations said Monday that Washington's policy toward North Korea was one of the main obstacles in the talks.
North Korea says the United States must sign a nonaggression treaty, open diplomatic ties and provide economic aid before it can feel safe enough to dismantle its nuclear program.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2003-09-03-il-re-elected_x.htm   (786 words)

 Democrats assail Bush's N. Korea policy - Boston.com
Democrats seized on North Korea's brazen act to criticize President Bush's record in confronting the communist regime, contending the administration's focus on Iraq ignored legitimate threats.
Seizing on North Korea's actions to argue Republicans are stronger on security than Democrats is riddled with pitfalls and leaves the GOP's standard-bearer -- Bush -- as well as his rank-and-file vulnerable to criticism.
In the nearly five years since Bush labeled North Korea part of an "axis of evil" with Iran and Iraq, Kim Jong Il's government has withdrawn from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, announced it has nuclear weapons, refused to return to six-nation talks and launched seven missiles into the Sea of Japan, including a long-range Taepodong-2.
www.boston.com /news/nation/articles/2006/10/09/democrats_assail_bushs_n_korea_policy?mode=PF   (657 words)

 Fredericksburg.com - U.S., North Korea Financial Experts Meet
The meeting came on the sidelines of renewed multinational nuclear negotiations, which North Korea had refused to attend for 13 months in anger over Washington's fllisting of a Macau bank where Pyongyang deposited $24 million.
The North Korean delegation was led by O Kwang Chol, president of the North's Foreign Trade Bank of Korea.
North Korea also insisted it be treated as a full-fledged nuclear power, meaning the arms reductions should be mutual.
www.fredericksburg.com /News/apmethods/apstory?urlfeed=D8M3T3000.xml   (759 words)

 FOXNews.com - North Korea Nuclear Test Could Spark Asian Arms Race - International News | News of the World | Middle ...
The current North Korean nuclear standoff dates to 2002, when the United States accused North Korea of conducting a secret nuclear program in violation of a 1994 agreement.
North Korea announced Monday it had safely conducted an underground test, claiming the development "will contribute to defending the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the area around it."
While the North's ability to accurately deliver a warhead toward its neighbors is in doubt, the communist nation shocked the world in 1998 by firing a long-range ballistic missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,218722,00.html   (1349 words)

 Newsvine - Democrats Assail Bush's N. Korea Policy
WASHINGTON — Democrats seized on North Korea's brazen act to criticize President Bush's record in confronting the communist regime, contending the administration's focus on Iraq ignored legitimate threats.
One month before midterm elections, North Korea's reported nuclear test provided Republicans an opportunity to shift the focus from their embarrassing — and politically explosive — congressional page scandal to national security, an issue the GOP considers its strength.
Seizing on North Korea's actions to argue Republicans are stronger on security than Democrats is riddled with pitfalls and leaves the GOP's standard-bearer — Bush — as well as his rank-and-file vulnerable to criticism.
www.newsvine.com /_news/2006/10/09/392824-democrats-assail-bushs-n-korea-policy   (724 words)

 Asia Times - News and analysis from Korea; North and South
Regionalism is still very much alive: North Kyongsang, a largely rural province on the country's eastern seaboard, will continue to support the conservative GNP and the ULD, the party of political fixture Kim Jong-pil, will likely have a showing in South Chungchong province, 150 kilometers south of Seoul, securing a couple of seats.
All registered voters in South Korea will cast two ballots on Thursday: one for the party representative for their riding, or district; the second for one of 13 parties that are running nationwide.
In theory, a voter from North Kyongsang province, for example, could vote for the local representative of the GNP as in the past, concerned primarily with who will best represent his or her region's particular interests.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Korea/FD15Dg03.html   (1778 words)

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