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Chinese Media Urges Seoul to Lift Sanctions on North Korea

When South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Wednesday her government was thinking about lifting some sanctions on North Korea, there were fears even a purely symbolic gesture along those lines could weaken the international coalition allied against North Korea’s nuclear missile program. Right on cue, Chinese state media jumped in and encouraged Seoul to lift unilateral sanctions as quickly as possible in a gesture of fellowship with Pyongyang and defiance toward Washington.

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North Korea to Send Official Allegedly Responsible for Bombing South Korean Ship to Olympics

North Korea’s Olympic “charm offensive” came to an end on Thursday as officials announced Pyongyang’s delegation to the closing ceremony would include Kim Yong-chol, who is currently vice chairman of the Workers’ Party Central Committee but formerly chief of the North Korean military intelligence agency blamed for the 2010 torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan.

North Korea's chief delegate Kim Yong-Chol (C) walks by South Korean soldiers after the inter-Korean general talks at the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone, 14 December 2007. High-level military talks between North and South Korea ended without agreement on a proposed joint fishing …

World View: China-North Korea Tensions High After Nuclear Test

Contents: North Korea’s explosion was probably not a ‘hydrogen bomb’; South Korea resumes broadcasting propaganda via loudspeakers; North Korea’s nuclear test revives memories of the 2010 Cheonan attack; China faces limited influence and high frustration dealing with North Korea

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