Noh Kyu-duk’s four-day trip to Washington comes after his U.S. counterpart Sung Kim’s visit to Seoul last week, during which the two discussed humanitarian aid to the North amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s protest against military exercises between the South and the U.S.
Noh Kyu-duk, South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, will make a four-day trip to Washington between Sunday to Wednesday at the invitation of Sung Kim, U.S. special representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Biden set the nonconfrontational tone on North Korea at his March 25 news conference, when he was asked about Pyongyang’s short-range missile tests the previous week. He said that the United States would respond “if they choose to escalate,” but that he was ready for “diplomacy . . . conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization.”
Biden’s stance, suggesting that denuclearization was an eventual goal, not an immediate one, was repeated in a joint U.S.-Japanese-South Korean statement on April 2, which called for progress “towards denuclearization.”
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security advisor, held a rare in-person meeting jointly with his counterparts from South Korea and Japan, Suh Hoon and Shigeru Kitamura, at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to travel to Japan and South Korea next week, in what will be the first overseas trip for senior Biden officials.
Washington stations around 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North Korea, which invaded the South in 1950, and protect US interests in northeast Asia.
„We continue to call for Covid-19 vaccine developers to submit their dossiers to WHO for review at the same time as they submit them to regulators in high-income countries,“ he said.
A WHO statement said it had approved the vaccine as produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) and the Serum Institute of India.
The incoming Biden administration has pledged to do even more to partner with allies on the China challenge.
In another step in that direction, on December 2, the foreign ministers of the NATO members, along with delegations from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea, gathered virtually to discuss the rise of China and the implications for the global balance of power.
In his inauguration speech, Suh also vowed to strive for expediting the envisioned transfer of the wartime operational control (OPCON) of South Korean forces from Washington to Seoul based on the strong alliance with the United States.
Overturning an appellate court’s ruling, the Supreme Court on Thursday annulled a decision by the former Park Geun-hye government to outlaw a progressive teachers‘ union for accepting a handful of fired teachers as its members, opening the way for the union to regain its legal status.
Riyadh is systematically building a nuclear infrastructure that it could easily flip from civilian to military purposes. A Saudi Arabia whose strategic interests align with the U.S. and Israel today may be a very different country down the line
Meanwhile, the U.S. navy’s EP-3E spy plane was spotted in the skies over South Korea’s capital areas Wednesday, No Callsign, a civilian aviation tracker, tweeted.
Before United States forces had landed in Korea in September 1945, the Koreans had established self-governing bodies, or people’s committees. The leaders of these committees had organized the Central People’s Committee, which proclaimed the establishment of the „Korean People’s Republic“ on September 6, 1945. Exiles, abroad, mainly in China, had organized the „Korean Provisional Government“ in Shanghai as early as 1919 and had sustained a skeletal organization in other parts of China until 1945.
The United States recognized neither the republic nor the provisional government. T
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday issued a message celebrating Liberation Day on August 15, which marks the day Korea was liberated from Japan’s colonial rule.
Starting midnight Tuesday, the Pohang branch of the Daegu District Court will be able to start the procedure to auction off some of Nippon Steel Corp.’s stake in a joint venture company established with POSCO so as to cash them out for compensating forced labor victims.
Iranian authorities have been pressing South Korea to release between $6.5 billion and $9 billion dollars in funds that had been frozen since 2018 when the United States imposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran.
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic puts civic life on hold in many countries around the world, South Koreans turned out in record numbers to vote in their country’s parliamentary elections Wednesday, setting aside fears of the coronavirus in a democratic show of force.
Early voting got underway Friday morning, as health authorities reported 27 additional cases confirmed nationwide the day before.
A total of 3,508 polling stations were set up across the country, running from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, according to the National Election Commission (NEC).
Rapid testing kits that will detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have now arrived in Spain, after the Spanish government spent days promising that they were on their way. A total of 640,000 testing kits, which will be distributed “fairly” between Spanish regions, have been acquired from China and South Korea.
We should listen to somebody who grew up in a society where there were no civil rights, Angela Merkel, talk about how the current situation justifies restricting our movements. And matters will not stop there: people might have been shocked when they saw China use apps and geolocation to control the movements of its population during the spread of the infection, but we now see Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan following suit: their success is being used to justify population control measures that would be completely unacceptable under normal circumstances.
As of 2 p.m., 104 people, mostly elderly patients with underlying illnesses, have died from the respiratory virus that emerged in China late last year, the KCDC said, adding that 62 virus patients are currently in critical condition.
About 57 percent of the country’s confirmed cases have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus religious sect here.
Phases 3 studies of Remdesivir made by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Gilead could take place in South Korea soon.
Of the 152 new cases, 97 are in Daegu and 12 are in North Gyeongsang, the KCDC said. The total number of confirmed cases in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, the two epicenters of the virus outbreak here, stood at 6,241 and 1,190, respectively.
Officials in Daegu said 75 new cases have been discovered from a nursing hospital named Hansarang Convalescent Hospital in the city.
The pace of daily new infections has slowed markedly as the KCDC completed extensive testing of 210,000 Shincheonji followers at the center of the rapid spread, but the authorities are still on high alert over new clusters of infections, including at a call center in Seoul’s Guro district and a new case linked to a church in Seongnam.
About 61 percent of confirmed cases have been linked to a branch of the Shincheonji religious sect in Daegu, which has a population of 2.5 million and is the country’s fourth-largest city.
The pace of daily new infections has slowed markedly since the second week of this month as health authorities completed extensive testing of 210,000 Shincheonji followers at the center of the rapid spread,
The total number of confirmed cases in Daegu and North Gyeongsang, the two epicenters of the virus outbreak here, stood at 6,031 and 1,157, respectively.
The two regions accounted for roughly 88 percent of the total confirmed cases here.
The pace of daily new infections has shown signs of slowing in recent days as health authorities completed extensive testing of 210,000 Shincheonji followers who are at the center of the rapid spread.
But authorities are still on high alert over new clusters of infections, including at a call center in Seoul’s Guro district and the country’s government complex in the administrative city of Sejong.
Of the new cases, 62 are in Daegu and six are in North Gyeongsang Province, where Daegu is located, the KCDC said.
You just can’t make this shit up
In a statement, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that of the 229 new cases, 95 were related to Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo, which treats the elderly and people with mental health issues. There are now 114 confirmed cases at the hospital – nine staff and 102 patients – it added.
Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said the outbreak had entered „a serious new phase“.
He said most of those diagnosed at the hospital had been inpatients for mental illnesses. Some cases showed „no confirmed epidemiological connections“, meaning it was not clear how they had contracted the virus, he added.
His lonely death in the early hours of Feb. 19 became a matter of urgent public interest when he was posthumously confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, becoming the first killed by the illness in South Korea. Six others who’d been housed alongside him at the psych ward at the private Cheongdo Daenam Hospital in the country’s southeast, all in their 50s and 60s, also died within days. Of 102 patients in the psych ward, 100 had contracted the deadly virus.
Authorities haven’t determined how the virus made its way into the locked ward,
Authorities have been on alert for group transmissions after Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province have been hit by infections traced to the fringe religious sect Shincheonji. More than 60 percent of the country’s total infections are linked to the religious sect.
More than 1.2 million citizens have called for the secretive church to be disbanded. One province asked the public to report church members to a hotline for coronavirus testing. Smartphone apps help identify the church’s 1,100 once-obscure facilities in South Korea, most already plastered with “off-limits” signs by disease-control officials.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the country’s coronavirus crisis has entered a “totally different phase since the mass infection at Shincheonji.” Hundreds of thousands signed a petition calling for the church to be dissolved.
Moon called the temporary shutdown of Shincheonji churches across the country “a fair and inevitable step” to protect the community. He said there was “no intention to limit religious freedom.”
Commercial and office spaces on the first to 12th floors of the building, which include a wedding hall and a Starbucks franchise, have been shut down, while the city government is closely monitoring residents who live on the 13th to 19th floors of the building, he said.
The health ministry, meanwhile, said that five of the 207 workers were found to be followers of Shincheonji, which is associated with more than 60 percent of South Korea’s total infections.
All five have so far tested negative,
Seoul’s confirmed cases jumped by 52 to 193, with at least 65 cases linked to a call center in Guro Ward and another 14 cases linked to Eunpyeong St. Mary’s Hospital in Eunpyeong Ward. Another 13 cases in Seoul came from an apartment building in Seongdong Ward.
Incheon’s cases rose by 12 to 25, with 14 cases linked to the Guro call center. Gyeonggi Province, which surrounds Seoul and Incheon, saw confirmed cases climb by 12 to 175, with 26 cases tied to Shincheonji and 13 cases tied to the Guro call center.
According to the local Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), there were 131 new cases as of March 10, compared to 248 and 367 new cases the previous two days, respectively. However, the KCDC does note the decline in Daegu and Gyeongbuk region—where the majority of cases are—is because nearly all members of the Shincheonji church at the center of the outbreak now have been tested.
The Ariane 5 rocket will carry the JCSAT17 for the Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and the GEOKOMPSAT-2B for Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).
However, President Moon Jae-in has expressed a cautious stance on the issue. In a New Year press conference, Tuesday, he said, „Regarding the Hormuz question, there are complex factors to be considered. We need to think about our alliance with the U.S. as well as our relations with Iran. We will take all of these into consideration as we look for a realistic solution.“
„The Japan-South Korea relationship remains in a severe state but it’s important for Japan and South Korea, along with the United States, to work together under the current regional security environment,“ Abe said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in Monday in Beijing, calling for joint efforts to lift bilateral ties to a higher level.
As the world is undergoing profound changes rarely seen in a century, China and the ROK should deepen and develop their strategic cooperative partnership, and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns, Xi said.
The signature of the Individual Partnership Cooperation Programme follows fourteen years of progressive engagement from a dialogue that was initiated in 2005.
The U.S. and South Korea have been conducting annual military exercises since 1955, months after the end of the Korean War, in order to maintain their combat abilities to defend against North Korea. There are about 28,500 American troops currently stationed in South Korea.
Jeong expressed his gratitude for the Omani authorities‘ support for South Korea’s Cheonghae Unit, a 300-strong contingent stationed in the Gulf of Aden off Muscat for anti-piracy missions.
President Moon pledged to reform the prosecution to reduce its power during his election campaign.
While Cho was tapped as the justice minister to carry out the reform, the prosecution launched a massive investigation into allegations involving him and his family. The investigation has been seen by Cheong Wa Dae as a show of resistance to reform.
Personnel from the Saudi army, navy, air force and air defense partook in activities, alongside members of the security forces of the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Japan, South Korea, Jordan and Egypt.
The government concluded that it does not meet the national interest to maintain the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), which was signed for the purpose of sharing „sensitive military information,“ he said in a statement.
He pointed out that Japan had dropped South Korea from its whitelist of trusted trade partners „without providing clear ground“ for the move, which has led to a „grave change in security cooperation circumstances between the two nations.“
„The government expresses deep concerns over responsible leaders of the Japanese government and parliament sending offerings and paying respects again at the Yasukuni Shrine that glorifies Japan’s past colonial plunder and war of invasion and enshrines war criminals,“ Seoul’s foreign ministry said in a press release.
Recent rocket tests by the North Koreans have, however, brought talks about sport and other inter-Korean exchanges to a halt.
Das Treffen zeigt offenbar, dass die Kooperation zwischen den drei Ländern in der Frage der Denuklearisierung Nordkoreas ohne Einschränkungen fortgesetzt wird, obwohl Japan heute die Streichung Südkoreas aus seiner weißen Liste der bevorzugten Exportziele beschloss.
Lee Do-hoon and his U.S. counterpart, Stephen Biegun, met Wednesday in Bangkok on the sidelines of a series of multilateral meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The firings were aimed at sending a „solemn warning“ to „South Korean military warmongers“ who are introducing „ultramodern offensive weapons into South Korea“ and …
„Trump’s trip to Panmunjom didn’t have its desired effect,“ Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT told CNN. „There’s no date for working level talks. Instead, they’re still testing — Kim is touring potentially nuclear capable submarines and firing“ missiles.
Shin pointed out that the submarine was revealed just in time for U.S. national security adviser John Bolton’s Seoul visit.
„The United States strongly supports our ROK and Japanese allies and their responses to airspace incursions by Chinese and Russian aircraft,“ Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn said in response to a query from Yonhap News Agency, referring to South Korea by its official name, the Republic of Korea.
Moscow and Beijing have been steadily ramping up what he described as a „quasi-alliance,“ said Artyom Lukin, an international relations scholar at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok. He described the incident as one designed to showcase their shared power, „sending a message to Tokyo, Seoul and Washington.“
„Frankly speaking, I was surprised when I read this news,“ Lukin said. „I didn’t expect this action would be so bold and provocative.“
John Bolton’s trip is expected to give South Korea a clearer picture on where the U.S. stands on the various security-related issues shared by the allies.
Japan said last week it would end expedited shipments of chemical compounds used by South Korean companies in the manufacture of microchips and smartphones.
Tokyo is angry at South Korean court rulings that Japanese firms must compensate forced laborers from Japan’s 1910-1945 rule of the peninsula.
According to sources, the UNC is seeking to include Japan as one of the UNC’s „sending states,“ a move likely to inflame public sentiment in South Korea amid renewed historical tensions with Tokyo.
Should Japan obtain the membership, it would pave the way for its military involvement in the event of an armed conflict on the Korean peninsula — a scenario unthinkable for many Koreans who harbor grievances stemming from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule.
▪ Presidents Moon and Trump visit DMZ
▪ DMZ being transformed into a symbol of peace
▪ History of U.S. presidents visiting DMZ and their messages
Although nothing has been confirmed, the presidential office said it’s ready for all possibilties. That could mean the two-way summit Trump mentioned on Twitter… or a Moon-Kim-Trump summit. There is also the possibility that President Moon might join his American counterpart at the DMZ after their summit meeting this morning. So we might actually see the two leaders strolling the heavily fortified border together today something that was once tried two years ago, but did not happen because of the weather.
He said he was told that Kim „would like to meet“ him and it seems that, „They are in the final stages of working out a very quick meeting.“
The official welcoming dinner came in advance of their formal summit talks the following day, with Trump also scheduled to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which serves as the inter-Korean border. He hopes for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un there but it’s unclear whether Kim will show up.
▪ Bolton, Pompeo and Biegun expected to accompany Trump in his visit to Seoul
▪ History of U.S. presidents visiting DMZ and their messages
▪ Is a third U.S.-N. Korea summit on the cards?: Skype interview with Stephen E. Noerper
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made it clear that security assurance is his key demand in terms of corresponding measures for denuclearization, Russian President Vladimir Putin told South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their talks here Saturday.
The ministry expects the establishment of the Joint Research Centre to lay the foundation for long-term research cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the development of domestic nuclear energy technology.
During the meeting, the two countries agreed on technical cooperation to support the creation and licensing of a small smart nuclear reactor and the development of the next generation of SMART.
Precisly for that reason, the enrichment provision in the 2011 Saudi-South Korean agreement is of vital: “Uranium transferred pursuant to this Agreement or used in any equipment so transferred shall not be enriched to twenty (20) percent or more in the isotope U-235 unless the Parties otherwise agree.” In other words, the agreement permits KSA to build enrichment facilities generally, and in particular the enrichment to 20% of uranium supplied. The reason this is worrying and eerily reminiscent of the Iran deal, is its counter intuitive nature. To go past 20% enrichment to a bomb explosive level, it takes one-tenth of the work it took to get to 20%. It is especially worrying when the Saudi prince states that if Iran got a bomb, the Kingdom would too, “as soon as possible.”
„There is a concern in the administration that if the Saudis don’t choose the United States as their supplier, they will turn to South Korea, Russia, or China, who tend to have weaker nonproliferation controls in their agreements,“ said Miller, the author of, Stopping the Bomb: The Sources and Effectiveness of US Nonproliferation Policy.
Saudi Arabia’s plans appear, on paper, to be entirely peaceful. But some arms control experts are concerned that its nuclear energy ambitions may also be part of its ongoing rivalry with Iran, which already possesses dual-use technology that could aid in the production of a nuclear bomb.
The U.S. and others such as South Korea and China are pushing ahead with plans to help Saudi Arabia’s civilian nuclear program.
According to multiple local news reports Tuesday, the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission and the National Intelligence Service are verifying the authenticity of a tipoff delivered to the NSSC through a nuclear safety ombudsman system.
Based on the tipoff, one retiree from state-run nuclear operator Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power has allegedly leaked “critical” nuclear reactor technologies to the US and the United Arab Emirates. The retiree had reportedly moved to the UAE’s Nawah Energy Company in 2015.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Hong Joon-pyo, the leader of South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party, reiterated Monday his party’s calls to negotiate with the United States on the redeployment its nuclear warheads to deter North Korea’s increased nuclear threat, criticizing South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s policy on achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue with Pyongyang.
There are many reasons South Korea probably will not pursue this path. A big one: President Moon Jae-in took office in May promising a path toward denuclearization of the whole peninsula, so the chances of South Korean nuclear armament are slim.
But this debate has become a key issue after North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test, carried out Sept. 3, and the controversy underscores the frustration in the South over the North’s expanding nuclear and missile program.
The head of a U.S. environmental lobby group that promotes nuclear power as an environmentally friendly source of energy has criticized the Moon Jae-in administration’s policy to lower South Korea’s dependence on nuclear energy.
Environmental Progress’ chief activist Michael Shellenberger sounded his disapproval at a talk session arranged by the main opposition Liberty Korea Party at the National Assembly on Friday.
Beyond traditional fields like construction and energy, the two nations are seeking to increase the scope of cooperation into other sectors, including ICT, nuclear power and health care.
His stops in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi were hastily arranged late last week as additions to a trip to India from where he will join President Donald Trump in Japan and South Korea. But they were not announced until immediately before his departure in a sign of fast-moving and unpredictable developments.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will arrive in Seoul this Thursday for talks with his South Korean counterpart and other officials, days before the planned visit to Seoul by U.S. President Donald Trump, diplomatic sources said Monday.
U.S. President Donald Trump will make a two-day trip to South Korea shortly after attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan, Cheong Wa Dae announced Monday.
Trump is scheduled to arrive here Saturday and hold summit talks with President Moon Jae-in the following day, according to its spokesperson, Ko Min-jung.
International football icon Cristiano Ronaldo will play against Korea’s K Leaguers in Seoul next month, the league said Wednesday.
The Portuguese and his Juventus teammates will stage an exhibition match at Seoul World Cup Stadium in the city’s Mapo District.
It marks the first time for South Korea to provide rice to North Korea since 2010, when it sent 5,000 tons to support its efforts to recover from flood damage.
It is particularly noteworthy that Xi’s visit to the North is taking place right before the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28 and 29. President Trump is expected to visit South Korea around the time of the G20 Summit for a meeting with President Moon Jae-in. Therefore, the key players in the denuclearization talks are gathering in this part of the world at the same time.
Kang returned from a two-day trip to Russia, where she held talks with her counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on key bilateral issues, including the latest on North Korea’s denuclearization.
South Korea’s presidential office publicly toned down its expectations for an early inter-Korean summit Tuesday, a day after Beijing and Pyongyang announced this week’s bilateral summit.
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam always attaches importance to promoting cooperative relations with the Republic of Korea (RoK) and wants to closely coordinate with the Korean side to develop the strategic cooperative partnership to new heights, said Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
The Hyundai Dubai rescued 23 sailors from the Norwegian tanker Front Altair, Thursday, after receiving a distress call, and then handed them over to Iranian authorities.
CBS News said the captain of the Hyundai Dubai „contacted his company’s management, which told him to refuse the Iranian request (to turn over the mariners),“ but handed them over as „he felt like he had no choice but to comply with Iranian demands,“ citing declassified U.S. intelligence reports Friday.
An official of the South Korean shipping firm said the company that the captain contacted could have been the ship owner headquartered in Germany, not Hyundai.
South Korea and Britain have agreed in principle to sign a separate free trade deal ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union in late October, South Korea’s trade ministry said on Monday.
Seoul informed Pyongyang of the plan to hold the event via the joint liaison office, and North Korea is said to have never responded.
Moon did not attend the ceremony…
Among the 410 attendees were Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung; Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command; dozens of embassy officials and some 200 Seoul and Gyeonggi citizens.
Hyundai Merchant said two new regular services linking South Korea and Russia will start next month in cooperation with Russia’s transportation giant FESCO.
A group of South Korean officials will head to Washington this week for follow-up talks on a U.S. decision not to extend sanctions waivers for South Korea and seven other importers of Iranian oil.
These are dark days for freedom on the Internet. As Cory Doctorow wrote in a recent post on Boing Boing: „We are witnessing the realtime, high-speed Chinafication of the western internet.“ Country after country is adopting laws that undermine freedom of speech, usually in the name of „enforcing“ copyright, which is apparently more important.
Asked by reporters whether he was prepared to ease some sanctions on North Korea, Trump said he and Moon were discussing „certain humanitarian things“ and the possibility of South Korea helping the North with food. He did not rule out participating in a three-way summit with both Kim and Moon.
South Korea has named new ambassadors to China, Japan and Russia in a recent regular spring reshuffle of senior diplomats, as it seeks to bolster diplomacy for its peace efforts with North Korea, sources said Monday.
President Moon Jae-in is also likely to discuss the upcoming Kim-Trump summit during his weekly meeting this afternoon with top aides at the Blue House. The president had previously ordered his chief secretaries to keep working hard to achieve denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. And with presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom even floating the possibility of a declaration of the end of the Korean War during this week’s summit, it is likely that President Moon may also make a statement in his meeting later today.
He stands accused of using or seeking to use trials as political leverage to lobby the office of then-President Park Geun-hye to get her approval for the establishment of a separate court of appeals, his pet project. Yang headed the top court from 2011-2017.
South Korean warships, including the frigate Chungbuk, sail in waters off South Korea’s west coast on Jan. 4, 2019, for this year’s first naval exercise
In the clip, the ministry reiterated that its 3,200-ton Gwanggaeto the Great destroyer did not target Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force’s P-1 plane, as the vessel was focused on a humanitarian mission to rescue a North Korean boat in distress in the international waters of the East Sea.
In the third quarter of 2018, Samsung’s revenue amounted to around 65 trillion South Korean won (approximately 57 billion U.S. dollars).
(19.12.2018) Kim Tae-woo also alleges that Cheong Wa Dae ignored his report concerning Korea Expressway Corp. chief Lee Kang-rae giving preferential treatment to Woo Je-chang in a coffee machine supply contract. Lee and Woo are both former Democratic Party lawmakers.
우리 민족이 전쟁의 위험에서 벗어나 더는 돌려세울 수 없는 화해와 신뢰의 관계가 되었음을 전해주었습니다. 서울 상봉이 이뤄지지 못한 데 대한 아쉬움도 담겨있습니다.
남북과 북미정상회담의 합의에 대한 적극적인 실천 의지도 다시 한 번 천명해주었습니다.
It marks the end of a historic year in North-South relations, with the leaders hugging each other on the tarmac of Pyongyang International Airport in their most recent meeting in September — believed to be the first time Kim had greeted visitors at the airport since taking power in 2011.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will likely tamp down his rhetoric in his New Year’s Day message in order to not provoke the United States and try to revive the hope for their long-stalemated denuclearization talks, experts said Sunday.
“Chairman Kim said he is willing to meet often with President Moon next year to move forward discussions on peace and prosperity and resolve the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Moon’s spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a statement.
As part of defense reform, the ministry plans to establish the command on Jan. 1 by merging the First and Third Armies, an integration enabled by technological advancements that have reduced operational redundancies and allowed greater efficiency.
President Moon Jae-in will officially appoint him as the first GOC commander on the same day that the command is launched.
Kim Sang-kyun, head of the National Institute of Environmental Research’s (NIER) environment satellite center, announces at the second government complex in Sejong, central South Korea, on Dec. 11, 2018, that NIER and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will sign a memorandum of understanding on sharing data from their geostationary pollution-monitoring satellites to be launched in 2020.
Addressing world leaders on the G20 stage,… President Moon Jae-in emphasized that peace on the Korean Peninsula will open the way for greater global prosperity. Speaking in Argentina on Friday,… President Moon said sustainable development is only possible through peace,… and friendly inter-Korean ties will contribute to humanity.
Now,… onto the South Korean leader’s trip to the G20 Summit in Argentina. President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held talks Friday on the sidelines of the summit. North Korea dominated most of their discussion. Shin Se-min has this story.
In recent diplomacy, North and South Korea agreed to reconnect a single road and also a single rail line between the two nations. The process of reconnecting the road began this weekend, but the rail link requires surveys to be carried out on both sides of the border.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday a joint military exercise with South Korea called “Foal Eagle” would be reduced in scope next year so it does not harm diplomatic efforts with North Korea.
South and North Korea will hold a working-level meeting later this week to discuss ways to modernize underground cables set up across their border for direct phone and other communication lines, the unification ministry said Wednesday.
The meeting, set for Friday at the joint liaison office in the North’s border town of Kaesong, will focus on cooperation in replacing the current copper communications cables with fiber-optic cables, the ministry said.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will meet with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon in Washington on Tuesday, November 20, to further strengthen our close coordination on efforts to achieve our shared goal of final, fully verified denuclearization.
South Korea’s point-man on North Korea has been holding talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. While there are signs Seoul and Washington have different stances on Pyeongyang, the two officials reaffirmed that inter-Korean relations and North Korea’s denuclearization have to go hand-in-hand. Oh Jung-hee reports. Inter-Korean relations and denuclearization efforts working in tandem.
South Korea and North Korea have raised yellow flags at 22 guard posts near their heavily fortified border as a first step to commence their dismantlement, local media reported on Sunday citing South Korean Defense Ministry officials.
During the talks, the two sides will discuss the inter-Korean sports exchange, including the joint participation in the international sports event such as the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The sports delegations will also discuss issues on the joint hosting by the two Koreas of the 2032 Summer Olympics, the ministry said.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will arrive in South Korea on Sunday to discuss cooperation with South Korea over North Korea’s nuclear disarmament, Seoul officials said.
On Monday, Biegun is set to meet Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and his counterpart Lee Do-hoon separately for talks over a set of issues, including Washington’s push for high-level and working-level denuclearization talks with North Korean officials.
▪ Seoul, Pyeongyang holding forestry talks at joint liaison office ▪ Final decision on suspension of S. Korea-U.S. air drill to be determined at joint security meeting ▪ Blue House hopeful for both next inter-Korean and Kim-Trump summits
‚It is only a matter of time before Pyeongyang and Washington call it an end to the state of war on the divided peninsula,‘ said President Moon Jae-in,… just a day before embarking on a tour around Europe, where Moon is expected to seek support for establishing permanent peace in Northeast Asia.
South Korea is cranking up its mediation diplomacy to keep North Korea on a denuclearization track and squelch growing U.S. skepticism about its engagement with the communist state, analysts in Seoul said Thursday.
I look forward to working closely with our #ROK friends and allies to ensure progress on inter-Korean relations is in lockstep with progress on denuclearization. @StateDept
Pompeo met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on the eve of his fourth visit to North Korea, during which he’ll be looking to arrange a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and plot a path forward on denuclearization. Japan, notably, has been wary of Trump’s initiative, fearing it could affect its long-standing security relationship with the U.S.
Relations between Russia and South Korea can serve as an example for many countries, Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Valentina Matviyenko said at a meeting with Speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly Moon Hee-sang on Friday.
A Seoul court sentenced former President Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in jail for corruption Friday, making him the fourth ex-South Korean leader to be criminally convicted.
In the live televised trial, the court found the 76-year-old former leader guilty of bribery, embezzlement and other charges. He was ordered to pay 13 billion won (US$11.5 million) in fines and forfeit 8.2 billion won.
(28.9.2018) Given the Trump administration’s goal of a complete, verifiable denuclearization of North Korea during President Trump’s first term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is eager to maintain U.S.-North Korean engagement. As he prepares for upcoming discussions with the North Koreans, he is leaving one tool conspicuously on the table: the prospect of an official declaration to end the Korean War.
He went on to explain: “I repeated it but it was a comment that had been made by the leaders who had their inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang. They talked about 2021 when they were gathered there. So I was reiterating this as a timeline that they were potentially prepared to agree to.” Pompeo is set to visit Pyongyang on Sunday for nuclear negotiations, his first trip since an earlier one was canceled by Trump over a lack of progress.
South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul’s top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.
(27.4.2018) One of South Korea’s largest earthquakes on record may have been caused by hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – according to a study published on Friday in the journal Science.
A magnitude-5.5 earthquake hit the south-eastern city of Pohang on 15 November, injuring at least 70 people, temporarily displacing hundreds, and causing millions of dollars of damage. In the aftermath, residents and researchers have questioned whether the quake could be connected to a geothermal plant – the country’s first – less than 2km (about 1 mile) away.
They also talked about U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned visit to Pyeongyang next month and even the proposed second North Korea-U.S. summit. The meetings were held after Pompeo revealed he invited North Korean officials to meet Biegun in Vienna at the „earliest opportunity.“
The North Korea ball is thoroughly back in Washington’s court.
That was the message from South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday during a news conference in Seoul to cap a historic trip to Pyongyang.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad agreement on Wednesday morning in Pyongyang that both said would usher in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
(24.8.2018) „Things will definitely get complicated if (and) when the diplomacy seriously stalls,“ said Oliver Hotham, managing editor of the Korea Risk Group. „There will definitely be those in (Seoul) who will be furious with the US.“
Kim said he and Moon agreed to remove all nuclear weapons and threats from the Korean Peninsula.
„The September declaration will open a higher level for the improvement in relations (between the South and the North) … and bring closer the era of peace and prosperity,“ Kim said of his agreement signed with Moon after their two-day talks in Pyongyang.
The joint declaration, later released by Seoul’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, showed the North’s agreement on denuclearization steps.
TWO KOREAS TO SIGN MILITARY AGREEMENT TO CARRY OUT PANMUNJOM DECLARATION
Abrams will sit before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee later this month, on September 25, for a confirmation hearing. He has long been expected to succeed Brooks as the commander of USFK, barring temporary rumors that U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s former advisor on national security affairs, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, may have succeeded Brooks in the USFK commander role… The commander of USFK concurrently leads the United Nations Command in Korea and the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command.
The director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency, Suh Hoon, is due to meet tomorrow with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo… to brief him on his recent visit to North Korea. Suh left for Tokyo this morning. It’s expected that he’ll convey Kim Jong-un’s reported willingness to denuclearize and ask for Japan’s support in reviving talks between Pyongyang and Washington to that end.
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi will make an official visit to South Korea on September 10-11, to strengthen economic relations. It will be a return visit after South Korean President Moon Jae-in had visited Jakarta in 2017, which will be marking 45 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
South Korean officials announced on Thursday that a deal has been reached to hold a summit in Pyongyang from September 18-20. The summit is to focus on “practical measures” which could be taken for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. must realize that the more the inter-Korean relations improve, the better way the U.S. would have, and if things of other countries and nations go well, its things would also go well.
In view of the prestige of the DPRK in the international politics and the geo-political position of the Korean peninsula, the inter-Korean relations can be termed a key link in the chain of the world politics, and if the knot in the inter-Korean relations is untied, it will not be bad but good for the U.S.
A general military court issued an arrest warrant for Maj. Gen. So Gang-won, who served as the chief of staff of the Defense Security Command (DSC), for alleged involvement in monitoring the bereaved families of victims of the 2014 ferry disaster.
He is the first figure to be taken into custody since a military probe team investigating the wrongdoings of the now-disbanded DSC was launched in July.
However, after the phone conversation, the Blue House was cautious to confirm that President Moon will, in fact, attend the General Assembly; while White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said the two leaders agreed to meet later this month. The Blue House said in a separate readout that the two leaders agreed to quote „explore the idea of meeting in person“ on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York.
Hojun, so we hear that the envoys met with the North Korean leader?
That’s right, Daniel. Their encounter was confirmed when the Blue House press corps received a text message from Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom less than two hours ago, in which he said South Korea’s special delegation did, in fact, meet with Kim Jong-un to deliver President Moon Jae-in’s personal letter,… and that they exchanged opinions. The Blue House also confirmed that the special envoys will leave Pyongyang after they attend a dinner; but it’s still unclear who the host is.
„I believe President Moon’s role has only become greater,“ the official from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said when asked about any possible change to Moon’s scheduled trip after U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly called off Pompeo’s visit.
For the full implementation of the declaration, the adoption of war-end declaration is a task that brooks no further delay. Its adoption is of weighty significance in ensuring the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the world, to say nothing of the confidence-building between the DPRK and the U.S. and the improvement of their relations.
There is no need to read someone’s face and hesitate over the implementation of the declaration related to the destiny and interests of the Korean nation.
The two Koreas‘ Red Cross chiefs have agreed to hold another family reunions event as early as October.
Park Kyung-seo, the head of the South Korean Red Cross, said Saturday that he made the agreement with his North Korean counterpart during their talks on the sidelines of a meeting of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort.
Let’s go to our Kan Hyeong-woo who is at the Unification Observatory in Goseong, South Korea, right next to the border. Hyeong-woo, what’s the atmosphere like? and give us the details on the agenda for today.
Well Ji-yeon, as you could imagine… seeing their long-lost relatives for the first time in decades and having to be apart again,… words cannot describe how heartbreaking it must be.
Sixty-seven-year-old Cho Jung-ki from the South, meeting his 88-year old father from the North,… whom he’d never seen before Friday… as his father was separated from his wife when she was three months pregnant,… is concerned about his father’s health. „This is red ginseng made in South Korea. There’s red ginseng in North Korea, but please make sure you drink it. It’s good for you. “
South Korea’s foreign ministry has responded,…. saying it will not analyze every single change in the situation, but look at the longer-term picture.
Lu said China supports the United States and the DPRK in actively advancing the process of political settlement to the issue according to the consensus reached by the two countries‘ leaders in Singapore. However, he added that all relevant parties should stick to the direction of political settlement, and show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being fickle or laying the blame on others.
Meanwhile, while describing the postponement of Pompeo’s trip as a setback, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it expects China to continue serving a „constructive role“ in international efforts to solve the nuclear crisis and noted that Beijing continues to express commitment to fully implement sanctions against the North.
Elderly North and South Koreans wept and embraced each other on Friday at a second round of temporary reunions of family members separated for decades by the Korean War.
The first meal in over six decades with long-lost family members started by cheering „love and peace“ together. Addressing the family banquet,.. the President of the South Korean Red Cross Park Kyung-seo said the reunion of war-separated families is one of the most imminent, humanitarian tasks,… stressing the Red Cross of the two Koreas will continue to work together on the matter.
One of the most heart wrenching moments was when one participant recognized a relative she’d never known.
Yes Daniel. Son Kyung-cheol and his sisters met with their aunt in the North, Moon Seong-ok . Now although she is an aunt they have never seen before, they all burst into tears the moment they saw her as Moon looks just like their late mother, who passed away 5 years ago.
This morning, the participants had told the pool reporters there that they feel quite melancholy and sentimental as their reunions draws near to an end. Recalling their get-togethers over the past couple of days,… they said… they just could know that the North Korean participants were indeed their relatives… and could recognize the faces they saw when young… despite all the wrinkles.
One of them is 89-year old Yoo Gwan-sik. He’s meeting his 67-year daughter, whom he’s never seen before. Yoo said… he didn’t even know his wife was pregnant when he decided to escape North Korea temporarily,… or so he thought. It was a decision that changed his life. After that he never saw his wife again, and never got to meet his daughter until now. Another story is heart-wrenching. 92-year old Lee Geum-seom ,… who’s meeting her 71-year old son.
A life-long wait comes to an end for a select few divided families, thanks to a conciliatory mood on the Peninsula. Some 90 South Koreans were selected from a pool of tens of thousands who applied,… and they finally met their relatives today.
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Only one place to start this morning…. and that’s with the reunion of separated families that begins in a matter of hours. It’s the first such event in three years. The families heading north as we speak have lived with the painful thought that they might pass away before seeing their loved ones again. But, finally, this afternoon,… that will change for the roughly 90 South Koreans who were selected from a pool of tens of thousands of South Koreans who applied.
Back in April, during their historic summit, the two Koreas agreed to stop all hostile acts against each other, and reduce military tensions. Now, they’ve moved another step closer to that goal. Military communication lines in the east have been fully reconnected. Park Ji-won has the latest. South Korea’s defense ministry announced that inter-Korean military communication lines for the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula were completely restored as of Wednesday. All functions of the line, such as phone call and fax functions, are now working as normal.
„We agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit within September in Pyongyang“ the two Koreas said in a joint press statement issued after the meeting.
North Korea’s chief delegate, Ri Son-gwon, hinted after the meeting that the two sides agreed on a date but decided not to announce it, only to emphasize that the summit will take place „within September.“
The logistical details of the third inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are likely to be determined during a high-level official meeting on Monday, the presidential spokesman said.
„We expect the date, venue and size of the South Korean delegation to be agreed on during the high-level talks tomorrow in light of the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Sunday in a press briefing.
The other South Korean delegates are from the Presidential Office of Cheong Wa Dae and the Prime Minister’s Office. Pyongyang is sending a five-member delegation, led by the head of the regime’s reunification committee, Ri Son-gwon. Also included are senior North Korean officials in charge of environment, railways and economic cooperation. The two Koreas are holding the high-level talks to plan the next and third inter-Korean summit of the year.
Staying with Monday’s high level talks.
Some speculate the third round of inter-Korean summit cold take place much earlier than intially agreed upon, judging by the timing of North Korea’s request to hold the meeting between high ranking officials.
For details let’s turn to our Oh Jung-hee.
The defense ministry on Thursday returned two controversial senior members of the scandal-ridden military intelligence command to their original Army base, in a disciplinary step aimed at reforming the unit long dogged by allegations of political interference.
The return of Maj. Gen. So Gang-won and Brigadier Gen. Gi Woo-jin is in line with President Moon Jae-in’s order to send all Defense Security Command (DSC) members suspected of any illegal activities back to their original bases.
The repatriated person is a 34-year-old, whose surname is Suh, said Seoul’s unification ministry. He entered North Korea late last month, the ministry said, citing a message from the North.
The person crossed into the South at 11 a.m., it added.
Further details were not available immediately.
„It seems unlikely that a joint declaration to officially end the Korean War will materialize sometime soon. The South wants to see quick progress. But the United States, which holds the key, wants the North to specify a detailed timetable for dismantling its nuclear weapons,“ said Bong Young-shik, a North Korean expert at Seoul’s Yonsei University.
South Korea’s foreign ministry confirmed the entry of the ship itself but said it’s carrying Russian coal.
„There has been no confirmation of a violation of the (U.N.) Security Council resolution in an inspection of the ship by related authorities,“ the ministry’s spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said at a press briefing.
„We are asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization process. And to the U.S., we are asking that it show sincere efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters when asked what his government thought about a possible impasse in denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
South Korea is urging the U.S. and North Korea to compromise with each other more quickly in order to secure a deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
Top diplomats of South Korea and the European Union exchanged views on ways to boost bilateral cooperation,… as well as recent developments on the Peninsula.
한중 북핵 수석대표 협의서 완전한 비핵화 및 항구적 평화 정착 논의
Seoul and Beijing’s nuke envoys met to discuss denuclearization and ways to establish lasting peace on the Peninsula. Lee Do-hoon,… representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs,… and his Chinese counterpart, Kong Xuanyou…, reaffirmed their goal of Pyongyang’s complete denuclearization and permanent peace — as promised by the regime during the summits with the South and the U.S.
The chair’s statement from the ASEAN Regional Forum has not yet been released,… but many are keeping a close eye on whether it will reflect North Korea’s statement, in which Ri said that to move forward, Washington must take a new approach to build confidence… and implement all the points of the joint statement in a balanced, simultaneuous and phased way. Pompeo was reportedly not in his seat during the remarks at the ARF because of his schedule. And though the much anticipated sitdown between him and Ri Yong-ho did not take place either,… the atmosphere did not seem hostile at all.
The U.S. is pressing the North to take concrete denuclearization steps, beyond a show of dismantling nuclear and missile testing sites in the absence of international experts.
The North says it has done a lot, and the Trump administration should reciprocate.
While many had been curious if Pyongyang and Washington will meet this week,… no official announcement has been made by either side. But Pompeo will be meeting with South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha Saturday morning. An interesting thing to note, is that all key players surrounding the geopolitical situation on the Korean Peninsula, namely the two Koreas, the U.S. and China, will all gather in just a moment, as Singapore hosts a gala dinner for the participants of this year’s forum. That’s all from me for now Daniel.
China has long said it’s willing to play a constructive role in the Korea peace process but it has been vague on the proposed war-ending declaration.
He skipped answers to the specific questions of whether there needs to be any precondition for the largely symbolic, legally non-binding declaration and China should be involved in the process.
He drew a line between the declaration and efforts to replace the Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty.
They started their joint training Wednesday at the Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, 90 kilometers south of Seoul, and opened their practice to pool reporters at the same venue Thursday.
South Korea earlier asked for the U.N. to consider exemptions from sanctions as the two Koreas are working to open the liaison office in the North’s border town of Kaesong within this month.
The waiver request is intended to address possible problems that could arise in the process of the operation of the office such as fuel supply to generate electricity for people and facilities there.
SINGAPORE – South Korea will seek the support of countries in the region at this week’s Asean-led meetings to encourage Pyongyang to deliver on its vow to denuclearise, and hold it to account if necessary.
They’re scheduled to exchange the final lists on Saturday.
From 3 to 8 August 2018, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, will travel to Singapore, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and Australia. In Singapore on 3-4 August, the High Representative/Vice-President will co-chair the annual Post-Ministerial Conference between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), just three months after EU Foreign Ministers decided to enhance EU security cooperation in and with Asia.
North Korea’s media reported on Wednesday on military talks the two Koreas held a day earlier to discuss measures to ease cross-border tension.
South and North Korea will hold another round of talks between their generals tomorrow at the border village of Panmunjom,… nearly 50 days after the previous general-level inter-Korean military talks were held. .
This year, a key topic will likely be developments on the Korean Peninsula. As the FMs of both Koreas and Washington are at the same city, many are watching if they will get together.