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1. 01-23 North Korea in 'reconciliation' call to the South North Korea
2. 02-04 Koreas agree to family reunions South Korea
3. 02-06 N Korea warns on family reunions North Korea
4. 02-11 North and South Korea begin rare high-level talks Panmunjom, North Korea
F. 02-17 S Korea building collapse: At least eight dead Gyeongju, South Korea
02-19 Two Koreas hold family reunions Mount Kumgang, North Korea
H. 02-22 S. Korea lodges Olympic figure skating protest Sochi
I. 02-23 S Korea-US military drills begin South Korea

Summary.     Click for More > Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues   Emergency services are continuing to search for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank Weather hampers S Korea ferry search Ferry disaster captain arrested Mate steering doomed ferry navigating waters for first time Crew say they couldn't reach lifeboats as ferry tipped over Divers find cabins crammed with bodies inside sunken ferry South Korean PM resigns over ferry South Korean ferry death toll rises to 242 South Korea ferry captain charged with manslaughter S Korea to break up coast guard South Korea hospice fire kills 21 South Korean soldier 'kills five comrades, wounds five'   Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years   Pope is on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off the plane onto a red carpet and greeting President Park... Koreas 'hold top military talks' At least 16 dead in vent grate collapse at concert in S. Korea Map of Seongnam South Korea  A grate over a ventilation shaft collapsed at an outdoor concert in Seongnam. Unknown number of people who fell some 20 meters Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail   Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the ferry which sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison Korean Air chair apologies over daughter's nut rage
Koreas agree to family reunions Two Koreas hold family reunions S Korea-US military drills begin North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship sinks Map of Gwanmae South Korea
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  Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea.    The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, to the southern resort island of Jeju. An armada of small boats motoring right up beside...
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Koreas agree to family reunions  North and South have agreed to hold reunions for families separated after the Korean War, following calls from Pyongyang to improve ties North and South Korea begin rare high-level talks Deadly bombing hits Egypt tour bus S Korea building collapse: At least eight dead Two Koreas hold family reunions Map of Mount Kumgang North Korea  More than 100 South Koreans have arrived in North Korea for reunions with their relatives - the first such events since 2010   S Korea-US military drills begin  Joint military drills have begun, amid rare family reunions between North and South Korean relatives separated for decades North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border Map of Yeonpyeong island South Korea  South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border after North shells from a live fire drill fell into the water south of the frontier   South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship sinks Map of Gwanmae South Korea


January 2014 ... more > Top ^
Jan.23  North Korea in 'reconciliation' call to the South


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Feb.6  N Korea warns on family reunions
Feb.11
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Feb.22  S. Korea lodges Olympic figure skating protest
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Feb.24  N Korea 'violates' S Korea's border
Feb.25  Asiana Airlines fined $500,000 over San Francisco crash
Feb.28  S Korea warns Japan over sex slaves


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Apr.3  South Korea says 2 North Korean cargo ship crew members dead, 11 missing
Apr.15  
  Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea
 The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, to the southern resort island of Jeju. An armada of small boats motoring right up beside the ferry, which listed heavily on its side before sinking. Rescuers desperately grabbing teenagers out of the water before they are swept away by the currents and undertow
Apr.16     Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck   Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry Sewol sank     S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues Map of Gwanmae South Korea
  Emergency services are continuing to search for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank.    179 people hav...
Apr.17     Weather hampers S Korea ferry search   Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for survivors of the South Korean ferry disaster Air pockets on stricken ferry offer hope for survivors Korea ship: Third officer 'had helm' Apr.18 Fake survivor posts add to nation's anguish   Ferry disaster captain arrested   Prosecutors in South Korea have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for Lee Joon-seok, 69, the captain of the ferry that sank ‘Sorry’ ferry captain tells of delay Apr.19   Mate steering doomed ferry navigating waters for first time  The third mate steering a ferry that sank, killing 32 and leaving 270 missing, was navigating those waters for the first time, a prosecutor ... 'Two months' for Korea ferry salvage Anger erupts over Korea ferry rescue Apr.20 Ferry transcript reveals crew panic S Korea leader condemns ferry crew Apr.21 South Korea ferry toll passes 100  SKorea: Ferry didn't take hard turn before sinking Apr.22   Crew say they couldn't reach lifeboats as ferry tipped over   Crew members made attempts to get to the lifeboats, the crew member said. 'But we slipped so we could not do that' Apr.23  South Korea ferry disaster: New arrests  Ban blames all Syria sides over aid Apr.24  Lawmaker: South Korean ferry was renovated  Obama in S Korea amid nuclear fears Apr.25   Divers find cabins crammed with bodies inside sunken ferry   48 girls obeyed the orders of crew and put on their life vests. They all crammed into a single room meant for 30. None of them survived  Obama: US will persist with Middle East peace effort  Ferry relatives confront officials Apr.26  All S Korea ferry crew 'in custody' Apr.27   South Korean PM resigns over ferry  Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has resigned amid criticism of the government's handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry.  Bad weather slows search for South Korea ferry dead Apr.28  3 arrested over evidence, call center raided in ferry probe S Korea president in ferry apology Apr.30  South Korean ferry survivors return to school

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May.2  Dozens hurt in S Korea subway crash  Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6m May.4   South Korean ferry death toll rises to 242  No one has been found alive since the day the ship sank. The work has become more difficult as divers have had to break through closed cabin... May.5 Diver dies while searching in missing in ferry disaster
May.7  Too much cargo contributed to ferry sinking: Police South Korea ferry company chief detained May.12  North Korea rages over South's drone allegations May.14   South Korea ferry captain charged with manslaughter   Lee Joon-seok, 68, the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry, has been charged with manslaughter, reports say May.18   S Korea to break up coast guard   South Korea is to break up its coastguard in the wake of the ferry disaster in which about 300 people died, says President Park Geun-hye May.22  North Korea fires shells at South Korean vessel May.26  Bounty rises for Korean ferry owner May.27   South Korea hospice fire kills 21   At least 20 patients and a nurse have been killed in a fire at a hospice in Janseong county. Six others are in critical condition

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Jun.9  Crew of sunken S. Korean ferry appear at hearing Jun.17  Russia 1-1 South Korea Jun.20  South Korea ferry company chief 'overloaded ship' Jun.21     South Korean soldier 'kills five comrades, wounds five'
Map of Goseong Gangwon South Korea  A South Korean soldier has shot dead five comrades, injured five more and fled from an outpost near the border with North Korea, officials say  South Korea search for soldier who shot five comrades Jun.22  Algeria downs South Korea in goal-filled match Jun.23  South Korea ferry: Court to hear evidence Jun.24  Asiana flight 214: Crew 'over-relied' on automation Jun.25  S Korea prime minister to keep job Jun.26  South Korea 0-1 Belgium

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Jul.2  North Korea tops agenda as China's Xi visits Seoul Jul.9 UN chief Ban Ki-moon: Gaza situation 'on knife-edge'
Jul.16  5 dead after helicopter crash in South Korea Jul.21 South Korea police 'find body' of fugitive ferry boss Jul.24  South Korea ferry owner death cause 'unknown' Jul.28  Student survivors of Sewol ferry disaster testify at murder trial

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Aug.3 Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike 'criminal' - UN chief
Aug.5  Apple and Samsung in legal deal Aug.11  Two more South Korea conscripts in apparent suicides Aug.13     Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years Map of SEOUL South Korea
  Pope is on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off the plane onto a red carpet and greeting President Park Geun-hye
North Korea fires projectiles as Pope lands in Seoul Aug.15  Pope beatifies South Korea martyrs Aug.17  Pope Francis urges inter-Korean reconciliation Aug.25  At least five dead in South Korea flash floods

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Sep.7  Ladies' Code singer Rise dies after crash Sep.29  S. Korean ship runs aground, everyone rescued

October 2014 ... more > Top ^
Oct.3 North Koreans make surprise visit to South
Oct.4 North and South Korea 'agree to talks' Oct.6  Korean ships exchange warning shots Oct.10  North and South Korea exchange fire Oct.11  UN chief in Libya to make peace plea Oct.14   Koreas 'hold top military talks' Map of Panmunjom North Korea  Senior military officials from the two Koreas are holding talks for the first time in seven years, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports Oct.17   At least 16 dead in vent grate collapse at concert in S. Korea
Map of Seongnam South Korea
  A grate over a ventilation shaft collapsed at an outdoor concert in Seongnam. Unknown number of people who fell some 20 meters
Oct.18 S Korea concert planner found dead Oct.19  2 South Korean tourists missing in Thailand boat collision Oct.28  South Korea has solved mystery of Kim Jong Un's 6-week absence  195 days later, body found in sunken South Korean ferry Oct.29  Samsung profit lowest in three years

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Nov.10  South Korea ends search for victims of ferry disaster   Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail
Map of Gwangju South Korea
  Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the ferry which sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison.    The Sewol was carrying 476 people when it went ...
Nov.19  Head of ferry operator sentenced to 10 years in jail over April sinking

December 2014 ... more > Top ^
Dec.2  Trawler: Hopes fade for 52 missing sailors Dec.11   Korean Air chair apologies over daughter's nut rage
  Cho Yang-ho apologized for the behavior of his adult daughter who delayed a flight in an incident now dubbed 'nut rage' Dec.13  Korean Air executive 'made steward bow over nut rage' Dec.21 S Korea holds cyber drill after hack
Dec.26 3 workers die at nuke plant construction site Dec.28 South Korea offers talks to North Dec.30 Former Korean Air executive arrested over 'nut rage' incident Dec.31 North Korean leader proposes talks


North and South Korea begin rare high-level talks   S Korea-US military drills begin  Joint military drills have begun, amid rare family reunions between North and South Korean relatives separated for decades North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border Map of Yeonpyeong island South Korea  South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border after North shells from a live fire drill fell into the water south of the frontier S Korea to break up coast guard   South Korea is to break up its coastguard in the wake of the ferry disaster in which about 300 people died, says President Park Geun-hye   South Korean soldier 'kills five comrades, wounds five' Map of Goseong Gangwon South Korea  A South Korean soldier has shot dead five comrades, injured five more and fled from an outpost near the border with North Korea, officials say UN chief Ban Ki-moon: Gaza situation 'on knife-edge' Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike 'criminal' - UN chief North Korea fires projectiles as Pope lands in Seoul Koreas 'hold top military talks' Map of Panmunjom North Korea  Senior military officials from the two Koreas are holding talks for the first time in seven years, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports S Korea building collapse: At least eight dead   South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship sinks Map of Gwanmae South Korea




South Korea, 2014 War & Army Timeline ... See World War & Army timeline Top ^
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Jan.23  North Korea in 'reconciliation' call to the South
Feb.11
Feb.23
Feb.24  N Korea 'violates' S Korea's border
Feb.28  S Korea warns Japan over sex slaves
Mar.30
May.12  North Korea rages over South's drone allegations
May.18
May.22  North Korea fires shells at South Korean vessel
Jun.21
Jun.21  South Korea search for soldier who shot five comrades
Jul.9
Aug.3
Aug.11  Two more South Korea conscripts in apparent suicides
Aug.13
Aug.17  Pope Francis urges inter-Korean reconciliation
Oct.6  Korean ships exchange warning shots
Oct.10  North and South Korea exchange fire
Oct.11  UN chief in Libya to make peace plea
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South Korea, 2014 Disasters Timeline ... See World Disasters timeline Top ^
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Feb.17
Feb.25  Asiana Airlines fined $500,000 over San Francisco crash
Apr.3  South Korea says 2 North Korean cargo ship crew members dead, 11 missing
Apr.15
  Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea
 The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, to the southern resort island of Jeju. An armada of small boats motoring right up beside the ferry, which listed heavily on its side before sinking. Rescuers desperately grabbing teenagers out of the water before they are swept away by the currents and undertow
Apr.16   Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck   Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry Sewol sank Apr.16   S Korea ferry: Desperate search for survivors continues Map of Gwanmae South Korea
  Emergency services are continuing to search for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank.    179 people hav...
Apr.17   Weather hampers S Korea ferry search   Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for survivors of the South Korean ferry disaster Apr.17 Air pockets on stricken ferry offer hope for survivors Apr.17 Korea ship: Third officer 'had helm' Apr.18 Fake survivor posts add to nation's anguish Apr.18 Ferry disaster captain arrested
  Prosecutors in South Korea have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for Lee Joon-seok, 69, the captain of the ferry that sank Apr.18 ‘Sorry’ ferry captain tells of delay Apr.19 Mate steering doomed ferry navigating waters for first time  The third mate steering a ferry that sank, killing 32 and leaving 270 missing, was navigating those waters for the first time, a prosecutor ... Apr.19 'Two months' for Korea ferry salvage Apr.19 Anger erupts over Korea ferry rescue Apr.20 Ferry transcript reveals crew panic Apr.20 S Korea leader condemns ferry crew Apr.21 South Korea ferry toll passes 100 Apr.21  SKorea: Ferry didn't take hard turn before sinking Apr.22 Crew say they couldn't reach lifeboats as ferry tipped over   Crew members made attempts to get to the lifeboats, the crew member said. 'But we slipped so we could not do that' Apr.23  South Korea ferry disaster: New arrests Apr.24  Lawmaker: South Korean ferry was renovated Apr.25 Divers find cabins crammed with bodies inside sunken ferry   48 girls obeyed the orders of crew and put on their life vests. They all crammed into a single room meant for 30. None of them survived Apr.25  Ferry relatives confront officials Apr.26  All S Korea ferry crew 'in custody' Apr.27 South Korean PM resigns over ferry  Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has resigned amid criticism of the government's handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry. Apr.27  Bad weather slows search for South Korea ferry dead Apr.28  3 arrested over evidence, call center raided in ferry probe Apr.28 S Korea president in ferry apology Apr.30  South Korean ferry survivors return to school May.2  Dozens hurt in S Korea subway crash May.4 South Korean ferry death toll rises to 242  No one has been found alive since the day the ship sank. The work has become more difficult as divers have had to break through closed cabin... May.5 Diver dies while searching in missing in ferry disaster May.7  Too much cargo contributed to ferry sinking: Police May.7 South Korea ferry company chief detained May.14 South Korea ferry captain charged with manslaughter   Lee Joon-seok, 68, the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry, has been charged with manslaughter, reports say May.18 S Korea to break up coast guard   South Korea is to break up its coastguard in the wake of the ferry disaster in which about 300 people died, says President Park Geun-hye May.26  Bounty rises for Korean ferry owner May.27 South Korea hospice fire kills 21   At least 20 patients and a nurse have been killed in a fire at a hospice in Janseong county. Six others are in critical condition Jun.9  Crew of sunken S. Korean ferry appear at hearing Jun.20  South Korea ferry company chief 'overloaded ship' Jun.23  South Korea ferry: Court to hear evidence Jun.24  Asiana flight 214: Crew 'over-relied' on automation Jul.16  5 dead after helicopter crash in South Korea Jul.21 South Korea police 'find body' of fugitive ferry boss Jul.28  Student survivors of Sewol ferry disaster testify at murder trial Aug.11  Two more South Korea conscripts in apparent suicides Aug.25  At least five dead in South Korea flash floods Sep.7  Ladies' Code singer Rise dies after crash Sep.29  S. Korean ship runs aground, everyone rescued Oct.17 At least 16 dead in vent grate collapse at concert in S. Korea
Map of Seongnam South Korea
  A grate over a ventilation shaft collapsed at an outdoor concert in Seongnam. Unknown number of people who fell some 20 meters
Oct.18 S Korea concert planner found dead Oct.19  2 South Korean tourists missing in Thailand boat collision Oct.28  195 days later, body found in sunken South Korean ferry Nov.10  South Korea ends search for victims of ferry disaster Nov.10 Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail Map of Gwangju South Korea
  Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the ferry which sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison.    The Sewol was carrying 476 people when it went ...
Nov.19  Head of ferry operator sentenced to 10 years in jail over April sinking Dec.2  Trawler: Hopes fade for 52 missing sailors Dec.26 3 workers die at nuke plant construction site



South Korea, 2014 Sports Timeline ... See World Sports timeline Top ^
2014 Feb.22  S. Korea lodges Olympic figure skating protest Jun.17  Russia 1-1 South Korea Jun.22  Algeria downs South Korea in goal-filled match Jun.26  South Korea 0-1 Belgium Oct.3 North Koreans make surprise visit to South




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2014 Feb.16 Deadly bombing hits Egypt tour bus
Feb.25  Asiana Airlines fined $500,000 over San Francisco crash May.2  Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119.6m May.7 South Korea ferry company chief detained Jul.21 South Korea police 'find body' of fugitive ferry boss Aug.5  Apple and Samsung in legal deal Sep.7  Ladies' Code singer Rise dies after crash Oct.18 S Korea concert planner found dead Oct.29  Samsung profit lowest in three years Dec.11 Korean Air chair apologies over daughter's nut rage  Cho Yang-ho apologized for the behavior of his adult daughter who delayed a flight in an incident now dubbed 'nut rage' Dec.13  Korean Air executive 'made steward bow over nut rage' Dec.21 S Korea holds cyber drill after hack Dec.26 3 workers die at nuke plant construction site Dec.30 Former Korean Air executive arrested over 'nut rage' incident



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2014 Feb.16 Deadly bombing hits Egypt tour bus
Feb.28  S Korea warns Japan over sex slaves Apr.18 Ferry disaster captain arrested   Prosecutors in South Korea have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for Lee Joon-seok, 69, the captain of the ferry that sank Apr.23  South Korea ferry disaster: New arrests Apr.26  All S Korea ferry crew 'in custody' Apr.28  3 arrested over evidence, call center raided in ferry probe May.7 South Korea ferry company chief detained May.14 South Korea ferry captain charged with manslaughter   Lee Joon-seok, 68, the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry, has been charged with manslaughter, reports say May.26  Bounty rises for Korean ferry owner Jun.9  Crew of sunken S. Korean ferry appear at hearing Jun.20  South Korea ferry company chief 'overloaded ship' Jun.21   South Korean soldier 'kills five comrades, wounds five' Map of Goseong Gangwon South Korea  A South Korean soldier has shot dead five comrades, injured five more and fled from an outpost near the border with North Korea, officials say Jun.21  South Korea search for soldier who shot five comrades Jun.23  South Korea ferry: Court to hear evidence Jul.28  Student survivors of Sewol ferry disaster testify at murder trial Nov.10 Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail Map of Gwangju South Korea
  Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the ferry which sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison.    The Sewol was carrying 476 people when it went ...
Nov.19  Head of ferry operator sentenced to 10 years in jail over April sinking Dec.21 S Korea holds cyber drill after hack Dec.30 Former Korean Air executive arrested over 'nut rage' incident



South Korea, 2014 Politics Timeline ... See World Politics timeline Top ^
2014 Jan.23  North Korea in 'reconciliation' call to the South Feb.4 Koreas agree to family reunions  North and South have agreed to hold reunions for families separated after the Korean War, following calls from Pyongyang to improve ties Feb.6  N Korea warns on family reunions Feb.11 North and South Korea begin rare high-level talks
Feb.19 Two Koreas hold family reunions Map of Mount Kumgang North Korea  More than 100 South Koreans have arrived in North Korea for reunions with their relatives - the first such events since 2010 Feb.28  S Korea warns Japan over sex slaves Apr.19 Anger erupts over Korea ferry rescue Apr.20 S Korea leader condemns ferry crew Apr.23  Ban blames all Syria sides over aid Apr.24  Obama in S Korea amid nuclear fears Apr.25  Obama: US will persist with Middle East peace effort Apr.25  Ferry relatives confront officials Apr.27 South Korean PM resigns over ferry  Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has resigned amid criticism of the government's handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry. Apr.28 S Korea president in ferry apology Jun.25  S Korea prime minister to keep job Jul.2  North Korea tops agenda as China's Xi visits Seoul Jul.24  South Korea ferry owner death cause 'unknown' Aug.13   Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years Map of SEOUL South Korea
  Pope is on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off the plane onto a red carpet and greeting President Park Geun-hye
Aug.13 North Korea fires projectiles as Pope lands in Seoul Aug.15  Pope beatifies South Korea martyrs Aug.17  Pope Francis urges inter-Korean reconciliation Oct.3 North Koreans make surprise visit to South Oct.4 North and South Korea 'agree to talks' Oct.11  UN chief in Libya to make peace plea Oct.14 Koreas 'hold top military talks' Map of Panmunjom North Korea  Senior military officials from the two Koreas are holding talks for the first time in seven years, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports Oct.28  South Korea has solved mystery of Kim Jong Un's 6-week absence Dec.28 South Korea offers talks to North Dec.31 North Korean leader proposes talks