Archiv: South Korea


05.01.2019 - 01:02 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea hits back with its own video clip over radar spat

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.

01.01.2019 - 13:46 [ Korea Herald ]

Blue House takes legal action against alleged whistleblower

(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.

30.12.2018 - 16:46 [ 문재인 (Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea) / Facebook ]

새해를 앞두고 김정은 위원장이 편지를 보내왔습니다.

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.

30.12.2018 - 16:36 [ CNN ]

Kim Jong Un sends rare letter to South Korean leader after extraordinary year

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.

30.12.2018 - 16:20 [ Yonhap ]

N. Korean leader likely to tamp down rhetoric in New Year’s speech to revive stalemated nuke talks

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.

20.12.2018 - 13:25 [ Yonhap ]

Gov’t names 3rd Army chief Gen. Kim to lead new ground command

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.

11.12.2018 - 21:07 [ Yonhap ]

Korea-U.S. MOU on sharing satellite data

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.

01.12.2018 - 12:32 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

President Moon calls for global support for his vision of nuclear-free Korean Peninsula

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.

01.12.2018 - 12:31 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Moon, Trump agree next N. Korea-U.S. summit will create momentum for denuclearization

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.

22.11.2018 - 00:19 [ Yonhap ]

Koreas to hold meeting to discuss improving direct communications lines

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.

17.11.2018 - 19:13 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Seoul, Washington agree to have inter-Korean cooperation, denuclearization efforts work in tandem

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.

14.11.2018 - 06:16 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

The story in the New York Times concerning North Korea developing missile bases is inaccurate. We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new – and nothing happening out of the normal. Just more Fake News. I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!

31.10.2018 - 21:33 [ Xinhuanet ]

S.Korea, DPRK to hold sports talks

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.

28.10.2018 - 14:29 [ Yonhap ]

U.S. nuclear envoy to arrive in S. Korea on Sunday

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.

22.10.2018 - 19:27 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

[LIVE/NEWSCENTER] Two Koreas, UN Command to withdraw guard posts, firearms at JSA

▪ 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

13.10.2018 - 14:25 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Pres. Moon says declaration to end Korean war „only matter of time“ during interview with BBC

‚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.

07.10.2018 - 20:20 [ Mike Pompeo, US-Außenminister / Twitter ]

Arrived in #Seoul to brief President @moonriver365 and FM Kang on my meetings in #DPRK with Chairman Kim.

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

07.10.2018 - 08:48 [ Japan Today ]

Pompeo in Japan to discuss N Korea en route to Pyongyang

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.

06.10.2018 - 02:22 [ Yonhap ]

Former President Lee gets 15 years in jail for corruption

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.

05.10.2018 - 07:58 [ CBS News ]

Mike Pompeo floats prospect of officially ending Korean War ahead of Trump-Kim summit

(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.

05.10.2018 - 07:52 [ Daily Beast ]

Pompeo Ditches His Own Deadline for North Korea Denuclearization

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.

05.10.2018 - 07:47 [ Washington Post ]

South Korea reveals plan to break stalemate in U.S.-North Korea talks

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.

03.10.2018 - 13:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Fracking may have caused South Korean earthquake – study

(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.

21.09.2018 - 05:35 [ USA Today ]

Kim Jong Un, Moon Jae-in sign ‚peace‘ agreement at Korean summit; Kim promises to visit Seoul

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.

21.09.2018 - 05:34 [ CNN ]

South and North Korea want a peace treaty. What happens if the US doesn’t?

(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.“

20.09.2018 - 05:21 [ Yonhap ]

Kim agrees to additional denuclearization steps in summit with Moon

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.

18.09.2018 - 00:22 [ The Diplomat ]

US Forces Korea Is About to See a Change in Command

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.

09.09.2018 - 12:14 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

S. Korean intelligence chief Suh Hoon to brief Japan PM on N. Korea visit

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.

07.09.2018 - 05:24 [ Tempo.co ]

Jokowi will Visit South Korea to Strengthen Economic Relations

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.

07.09.2018 - 01:28 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Kim Jong Un Vows Nuclear-Free Korea Ahead of Summit With South

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.

06.09.2018 - 19:30 [ Rodong Sinmun (Nordkorea) ]

Improvement of Inter-Korean Relation Is Good for U.S.

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.

05.09.2018 - 17:49 [ Yonhap ]

Security command general arrested for alleged surveillance of civilians

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.

05.09.2018 - 17:39 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Moon, Trump agree to meet at UN General Assembly later this month

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.

05.09.2018 - 17:36 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

South Korea’s special delegation delivers President Moon’s personal letter to Kim Jong-un

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.

26.08.2018 - 12:10 [ Yonhap ]

Moon to mediate deal between U.S., N. Korea in summit with Kim: official

„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.

26.08.2018 - 10:11 [ Rodong Sinmun (Nordkorea) ]

Implementation of Panmunjom Declaration Ensures Peace, Prosperity and Reunification

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.

26.08.2018 - 10:07 [ Yonhap ]

Red Cross chiefs of two Koreas agree to hold more family reunions this year

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.

26.08.2018 - 10:05 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

As reunion ends, South and North Korean families to say goodbye

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.

26.08.2018 - 10:03 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Long-lost family members from both Koreas relish every moment of their second day together

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. “

26.08.2018 - 09:45 [ Xinhua ]

China urges relevant parties to adhere to political settlement of Korean Peninsula nuclear issue

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.

26.08.2018 - 09:33 [ CBS News ]

China, South Korea respond to Trump’s criticism on North Korea progress

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.

25.08.2018 - 08:17 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Day 1 of second round of family reunions ends with family banquet

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.

25.08.2018 - 08:12 [ Arirang News / Youube ]

Heart wrenching stories of the second round of inter-Korean family reunion (3)

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.

22.08.2018 - 08:49 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

War-torn families of two Koreas meeting for last time

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.

20.08.2018 - 19:09 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Part 1: S. Korean man meets N. Korean daughter for first time

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.

20.08.2018 - 08:29 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

First session of inter-Korean family reunions begins Monday

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.

16.08.2018 - 16:01 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Two Koreas completely restore military communication lines ..

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.

13.08.2018 - 22:50 [ Yonhap ]

Koreas agree to hold summit in Pyongyang in September

„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.“

12.08.2018 - 17:58 [ Yonhap ]

Moon-Kim summit logistics likely to be decided on at high-level talks Monday

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.

11.08.2018 - 14:30 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Delegates confirmed for Monday’s high-level inter-Korean talks

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.

11.08.2018 - 14:23 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

N. Korea calls for high-level meeting with S. Korea amid stalled negotiations with U.S.

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.

09.08.2018 - 16:45 [ Yonhap ]

Defense ministry sends two controversial DSC officials back to Army base

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.

07.08.2018 - 17:01 [ Korea Times ]

US holds key to ending Korean War

„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.

07.08.2018 - 16:58 [ Yonhap ]

Gov’t denies report of ship carrying N. Korean coal

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.

06.08.2018 - 21:30 [ Yonhap ]

Seoul tells N. Korea to speed up denuclearization, U.S. to faithfully keep promises

„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.

06.08.2018 - 15:32 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

S. Korean, Chinese nuclear envoys discuss N. Korea denuclearization

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.

05.08.2018 - 15:33 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

S. Korean FM says ASEAN attendees supportive of Seoul’s policies, peace efforts

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.

05.08.2018 - 13:20 [ Yonhap (Südkorea) ]

No breakthrough at ARF for denuclearization, war-ending declaration

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.

03.08.2018 - 15:38 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

North Korea’s Foreign Minister kicks off bilateral talks with diplomatic partners upon arrival..

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.

02.08.2018 - 17:41 [ Yonhap ]

Chinese foreign minister positive about declaring end to Korean War

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.

02.08.2018 - 05:11 [ Yonhap ]

Consultations underway to get waiver on sanctions for inter-Korean liaison office

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.

01.08.2018 - 16:16 [ eeas.europa.eu ]

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on official visit to Asia and Oceania

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.

27.07.2018 - 09:10 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

S. Korean Pres. Moon to discuss military reform in meeting with top commanders

Since taking office in May last year,… President Moon has been calling for efforts to eradicate what he calls deep-rooted corruption in the military and the defense industry. Friday’s meeting will be attended by some 1-hundred-and-80 officials….. including Defense Minister Song Young-moo,…. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Jeong Kyeong-doo,…. Commander-in-Chief of the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces, Vincent Brooks,

27.07.2018 - 05:09 [ Yonhap News ]

(LEAD) Koreas to hold general-grade military talks at Panmunjom next Tuesday: ministry

South and North Korea have agreed to hold general-level military talks next week to discuss measures to enforce the military part of their April summit agreement, Seoul’s defense ministry said Friday.
The talks will take place at the Peace House, a South Korea-controlled building at the border truce village of Panmunjom, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

25.07.2018 - 15:24 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea eyes early war-ending declaration: minister

Speaking to lawmakers at the National Assembly, she said the U.N. General Assembly session, to be held in New York in September, can be a chance for the ceremony but added that no specific moves have yet been made.

If realized, it would be a „political declaration“ aimed at facilitating the denuclearization of Korea, Kang said.

25.07.2018 - 15:22 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

N. Korean state media calls for declaration of end to Korean War following missile test site..

On Wednesday, the North’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed… making such declaration is a historic task that can’t be delayed any further. And the day before, the state-run Korean Central News Agency stressed… peace will begin only when the two Koreas declare an end to the Korean War… and that it’s regrettable the matter has not been resolved yet. The North’s media have also pressed South Korea to be more involved.

25.07.2018 - 14:56 [ Yonhap ]

Unification minister optimistic about formally ending Korean War within year

South Korea’s unification minister expressed optimism Tuesday over the possibility of formally ending the Korean War „within this year,“ saying relevant consultations involving the two Koreas and the United States are currently underway.

„I think it is possible,“ Cho Myoung-gyon told lawmakers in response to a question as to whether declaring an end to the 1950-53 war can take place within this year as agreed upon by the two Koreas.