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Apr 18, 2014 — Lee Jun-Seok was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with negligence of duty and violation of maritime law. Nearly 270 of those who were aboard are still missing.
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Apr 16, 2014 — The search continues a day after a ship began sinking off of South Korea's southern coast. Most of the passengers, according to news reports, were high school students and teachers on a school trip.
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Feb 12, 2014 — Little is known about how the hastily arranged meeting went. Reports from the border village of Panmunjom say the two sides' representatives appeared to behave cordially toward each other. But upcoming U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises could ratchet up tensions again.
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May 3, 2013 — Edward Lee's culinary education spans the multi-ethnic immigrant neighborhood of Brooklyn where he grew up to his Korean grandmother's kitchen. His cookbook showcases recipes like lamb braised with soy sauce served over grits and Korean fried chicken.
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Apr 15, 2013 — "The world media run headlines about the Korean peninsula being on the brink of war. Of course it's not on the brink of war, it's just [the] normal show," says Andrei Lankov, who has studied in the North and follows it closely from Kookmin University in Seoul.
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Apr 12, 2013 — While condemning North Korea's recent rhetoric as "unacceptable," the secretary of state also said the U.S. wants to talk — if the North is serious about discussing denuclearization.
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Apr 11, 2013 — The assessment says such a weapon would probably not be very reliable. This is the first time the U.S. has concluded that Pyongyang's nuclear efforts have reached this point.
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Apr 11, 2013 — The North is expected to test another ballistic missile in the next few days. Its rhetoric has been hot in recent weeks. But there's a case to be made that once the U.S. and South Korea wrap up military exercises, the North will declare it won this war of words.
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Apr 10, 2013 — South Korean officials say the North has made preparations and looks ready to make its next provocative move. The mood in Seoul remains calm, however.
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Apr 9, 2013 — "It's like a joke," one retiree in Seoul says of the North's daily provocations. His view is shared by many South Koreans, who believe leaders in the North are trying to extort more aid from other nations and are trying to bolster their own positions.
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