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South Korean president to fly to North Korea for 1st time to continue nuclear talks

South Korean president to fly to North Korea for 1st time to continue nuclear talks

World
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is expected to fly to Pyongyang for the first time next week in the hopes of accelerating international efforts to denuclearize North Korea. "At this stage, I believe it is most important to put a complete end to military tensions between North and South, or possibility of military conflict, or war threat," Moon told reporters Thursday. It will be the third summit this year between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The first two meetings -- in April and May -- took place at Panmunjom, which separates the two Koreas. Moon and South Korean delegation will fly directly to Pyongyang using the Western air route, Moon's office said, adding that an advance team will take the land route to Pyongyang Sunday for preparations. Next week's summit is ...
North Korea adds new twist to big parade: Reporter's notebook

North Korea adds new twist to big parade: Reporter's notebook

World
I've seen many military parades around the world, but nothing that rivals the spectacle of Sunday's parade in Pyongyang. There were tens of thousands of North Korean troops -- goose-stepping under leader Kim Jong Un's viewing balcony in Pyongyang's Kim II Sung Square. And tens of thousands of civilians in the parade marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding as well. We were in the massive square named after Kim's grandfather, the country's founding leader. Kim was just above us, waving at the adoring crowds below, whose emotions seemed genuine as they sat in the hot sun waiting for a glimpse of their "Supreme Leader." Despite the display of military might, which included tank battalions, rocket launcher and military aircraft that formed the number 70th above the square, ...
North Korea holds parade – but something's missing

North Korea holds parade – but something's missing

World
North Korea has held a huge military parade - the first since negotiations with the US over denuclearisation began in earnest - as the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding. Previous public parades have included nuclear missile launchers, but they did not feature during Sunday's celebration in Pyongyang - a clear sign that leader Kim Jong Un did not want to cause diplomatic provocation as negotiations continue. Image: The parade was commemorating North Korea's 70th anniversary as a nation At the end of the parade, Mr Kim waved to the crowd hand in hand with Li Zhanshu, one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's closest advisers - a sign of ever-closer relations between the two countries, and an indication this display...
North Korea anniversary drawing foreign visitors, state media says

North Korea anniversary drawing foreign visitors, state media says

World
Sept. 7 (UPI) -- North Korea is making connections between an upcoming national anniversary and foreign visitors who have been invited to the celebrations in Pyongyang. Pyongyang's Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun published photographs of foreign groups and civic organizations visiting the regime on Friday, ahead of a planned military parade on Sunday. The photographs did not include members of foreign governments who could potentially attend the anniversary parade that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean government, according to South Korean news service News 1. North Korea may be seeking maximum media exposure ahead of the anniversary. CNN reporter Will Ripley and others recently uploaded photos of foreign journalists in Beijing, waiting to b...
North Sea oil and gas appraisal results better than expected

North Sea oil and gas appraisal results better than expected

Business
Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The results of an appraisal well in the North Sea drilled by a subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum were better than expected, a Norwegian regulator stated. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the nation's energy regulator, assessed the results of an appraisal of a discovery proved in 2009. Before drilling, Lundin Norway estimated the discovery held as much as 13.8 million barrels of oil and 14.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas. After drilling, the NPD's results put the size of the discovery as high 69 million barrels of oil and 70 billion cubic feet of natural gas. "The licensees will assess the discovery with a view toward a potential application to conduct test production, probably by tying in the appraisal well to existing infrastructure on the Edvard Grieg field," the r...