South Korea responded positively, but cautiously, to a joint agreement announced Monday between North Korea and the South's Hyundai Group to resume cross-border tourism, ease border controls and facilitate cross-border family reunions.
Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun apologized Thursday for his connection to a corruption probe, saying he felt "ashamed and sorry" for disappointing his fellow citizens, the Yonhap news agency reported.
North Korea announced Monday it was suspending the 18-month-old rail service across the border that has divided the peninsula since 1953 in protest of the "confrontational" policies of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak said on Monday he is willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to help in the denuclearization process as the reclusive Communist nation dismantles its nuclear program.
South Korea's last presidential election, in December, 2002, took place against a backdrop of escalating tension on the Korean peninsula over North Korea's nuclear program and the Bush administration's refusal to negotiate with Pyongyang.
The following are the eight points of an agreement signed Thursday by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun at the end of the Pyongyang summit, according the South Korean press corps covering it from North Korea:
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il greeted South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun Tuesday at the start of only the second-ever summit between leaders of the two nations, but Kim won't meet formally with Roh until Wednesday.
North and South Korea agreed Saturday to postpone the second-ever summit between leaders on the divided peninsula to early October due to recent floods that devastated the impoverished communist North.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun will hold a summit later this month aimed at raising relations between the two nations "to a higher level," according to a joint statement released by their respective governments on Wednesday.
South Korea's President Roh Moo-hyun sits down for a summit meeting with President George W. Bush on Thursday at a time when the security alliance between the two countries that has helped maintain stability in Northeast Asia for more than half a century faces unprecedented challenges.
President Bush and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun presented a united front Friday on getting North Korea to return to six-party talks about Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal, with both leaders saying their alliance remains "strong."
South Korea's main opposition Grand National Party conceded defeat in the country's parliamentary election Thursday to the pro-government Uri Party, which is allied with impeached President Roh Moo-hyun.
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's National Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Roh Moo-hyun by 193-2, amid dramatic scenes as rival politicians physically battled on the floor of parliament.
Lawmakers loyal to South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun have put their bodies on the line, physically blocking the National Assembly from voting on an unprecedented impeachment motion against the embattled leader.