korean leaders, 1997 - illustration by GeriRecently, signs of a thaw have been emerging on the divided Korean peninsula, with Pyongyang making a series of conciliatory gestures, such as releasing South Korean and American detainees and proposing the resumption of stalled joint projects.

South Korea, meanwhile, promised last month to send 10 billion won ($8.5 million) in flood aid to the North.

(READ the AP story in the Boston Herald)