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After staking out a hawkish position on North Korea, Abe was caught on the back foot when Trump announced he was open to a summit with leader Kim Jong Un. Tokyo's previous warnings not to trust Pyongyang have been dropped as both Washington and Seoul barreled forward with engagement. Abe ...
Western powers drew a red line on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and they acted on that, so "if the U.S. now says that it will not tolerate North Korea's offensive nuclear capabilities, Kim's government will have to take that statement seriously and consider potential military consequences," ...

SEOUL: South Korea's finance minister said on Monday that public funds could only be used to support the South Korean auto unit of General Motors Co if it was clear that the business could survive on its own long-term. Speaking to reporters after a policy meeting in Seoul, Kim Dong-yeon said ...
Pyongyang hit back at an "extremely provocative act" after Britain announced last week that a third vessel will be joining maneuvers to disrupt illicit trading between ships on open waters. Quoting a spokesman for the Korea-Europe Association, the Korea Central News Agency said that ntercepting ... war Navy
Telcos to share not only fixed-line communication facilities but mobile communication facilities as well, as part of regulatory efforts to accelerate the introduction of 5G services. The move will help telcos to save time and reduce capex. Shift focus to 5G momentum rather than worry about possible ...
Though North Korea is widely seen as a regime notorious for its human-rights violations and bellicose rhetoric, like other countries, it observes several national and traditional holidays. North Korea's official holidays range from the birthday of its leaders, to its Thanksgiving Day based on the lunar calendar. Despite ... Kim Jong Un

As President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, prepare for an unprecedented summit, BBC Panorama investigates North Korean modern-day slavery in Europe. 2h ago. Share this with Facebook · Share this with Twitter · Share this with Messenger · Share this with Messenger · Share this with Email; Share. Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong-un, the young leader of North Korea, just completed a trip to Beijing to discuss a variety of matters with the newly ensconced “Emperor for life,” Xi Jinping. Soothing statements were subsequently issued that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was a very real possibility—so long as the ... Kim Jong Un
Mending fences with Beijing: Kim Jong-un of North Korea offered a warm welcome to the same senior Chinese envoy whom he had snubbed five months earlier. [The New York Times]. • Rohingya supporters and human rights groups cast doubt on the announcement by Myanmar that it had repatriated the ... Kim Jong Un
One of the great ironies of the military balance in the Koreas is the fact that South Korea operates more advanced Russian tanks than North Korea. This situation came about in the 1990s after Russia inherited a $1.5 billion debt to South Korea. A deal was made: Russia would give many items of then ... Kim Jong Un
"This is sort of the whole reason why North Korea has pursued nuclear weapons," Rodger Baker, VP of strategic analysis for the global intelligence firm Stratfor, told CNN. "The perception is (having nuclear weapons) reduces the likelihood of these types of punitive strikes." In the past, Pyongyang has ... Kim Jong Un
It was this disordered transition that Tim Franco, a photographer who splits his time between South Korea and China, decided to explore in a new portrait series called “Unperson.” A riff on an Orwellian construct from the novel “1984,” his work examines the “vaporization” of the defectors' past, which has left ... Kim Jong Un
As he prepares for possible talks with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un about controlling the North's nuclear weapons program, President Trump is facing his most complicated national security challenge so far. He has made the task far harder by threatening to blow up the only other recent deal to ... Kim Jong Un
The U.S. and South Korea have resumed joint military exercises after halting the drills during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Yonhap News Agency reported local time Sunday that field exercises had kicked off. Nearly 12,000 U.S. troops will join around 300,000 South Korean soldiers for the joint ... Kim Jong Un
Although nearly 300,000 South Korean troops and 24,000 American troops will take part, the drill will be a month shorter than usual and will not involve nuclear submarines. In the past, the drills have infuriated North Korea but correspondents say that this time Pyongyang is keeping relatively quiet. Mr Kim reportedly told ... Kim Jong Un
South Korea's government would like nothing better than a peaceful, no-drama relationship with North Korea, and the administration of President Moon Jae-in clearly hopes that new talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un may de-escalate tensions. However, Seoul must also must prepare for the ... Kim Jong Un
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet on April 27, officials from both Koreas agreed on Thursday. On the agenda are denuclearization, establishment of peace and improving inter-Korean relations, according to the South's Unification Minister Cho ... Kim Jong Un

Kono had intended to discuss the city's implementation of sanctions imposed on North Korea, including ways of stepping up inspection of ships, among other issues, but the Hong Kong government source told the Post that Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had taken it off the table for their ... Kim Jong Un
President Donald Trump said Friday his administration was “very close” to finalizing trade talks with South Korea — suggesting that his broader concerns over the free trade agreement between the two countries could also be resolved soon. "We're going to have a wonderful deal with a wonderful ally. We're ... Kim Jong Un
In South Korea, it's not abnormal for workers to slave away for 12 hours a day. Workers burn themselves out to show they are diligent and dedicated. The country's crazy work culture fueled South Korea's economic boom, but it's now taking a toll on its people — birth rates have plummeted (Korea stands at ... Kim Jong Un
The meeting between Moon and Kim is just a warm-up for the main event, however, with US President Donald Trump accepting an invitation to meet with the North Korean leader sometime before the end of May. It will be the first time a sitting US president has met with a member of North Korea's ruling Kim ... Kim Jong Un
On May 7, 2017, two days before Moon Jae-in's historic election as South Korea's president, I interviewed the former human-rights lawyer after he spoke to a campaign rally in Gwangju, the industrial city in Korea's southwest famous for its 1980 citizens' uprising against a US-backed military government. Kim Jong Un
At the time, many analysts put this shift in attitude down to personal rapport between Trump and Xi, and Washington's desire for China's assistance in tackling the North Korea issue which has dogged Trump since his election. Trump prefaced his trade action this week by insisting he views China as a ... Kim Jong Un
Finland's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said that talks between representatives from North Korea, the U.S. and South Korea were “constructive” and were academic in nature. According to Helsinki, the meetings took place on Monday and Tuesday and were also attended by EU and UN observers. Kim Jong Un
In 2017 the Company—which includes Kia, Korea's second-largest car manufacturer when it was purchased in 1998, and Genesis Motors, Hyundai's luxury-vehicle division until 2015 that has since become a standalone marque—missed its global sales target by one million vehicles. That dropped Hyundai ... Kim Jong Un
South Korea's telecommunications regulator is fining Facebook 396 million won (approximately $396,706) for slowing users' connections in 2016 and 2017. ABC News reports that the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) began investigating Facebook's actions last May and determined that the ... Kim Jong Un
South Korea's telecom authority is fining Facebook 396 million won (approximately $369,705) for slowing down user internet connections in 2016 and 2017. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) began investigating Facebook last May and found that the company had illegally limited user access, ... Kim Jong Un
In an editorial Wednesday, the broadcaster warned conservatives in the US and South Korea were attempting to derail talks by "peddling groundless stories distorting the truth." "It is really an expression of small-mindedness for the riff-raffs to spoil the atmosphere, and say this or that, even before the parties ... Kim Jong Un
North Korea is contending that its recent "dialogue peace offensive" with the United States and South Korea is the result of national strength, not pressure from international economic sanctions aimed at ending Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests. A state television commentary late Tuesday did not ... Kim Jong Un
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good morning. A new Communist takeover, Boris Johnson's Hitler comment, and Mark Zuckerberg's highly anticipated moment. Here's what you need to know: Photo. Credit Alexander F. Yuan/Associated Press. • Party power. China issued a blueprint ... Kim Jong Un
SEOUL, South Korea — President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said on Wednesday that he and President Trump could sit down for a three-way summit meeting with Kim Jong-un if their individual meetings with the North Korean leader on denuclearizing his country proceed well in the coming weeks. Kim Jong Un
South Korea is preparing an inter-Korean dialogue with its communist neighbours to the north and, "depending on the outcome, it may lead to a three-way summit of the South, North and US," said Moon. The focus of a potential summit would centre on nuclear disarmament, the president said. "We must ... Kim Jong Un
The prospect of a possible breakthrough summit between Washington and Pyongyang has left Tokyo jittery that U.S. President Donald Trump, under his banner of “America First,” may settle for a major policy compromise that prioritizes U.S. homeland security while disregarding allied Japan's vulnerability ... Kim Jong Un
During a meeting with South Korea's political delegation yesterday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly made clear his willingness for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, if military threats towards the North are cleared and the security of its government is guaranteed. Kim also told the ... Kim Jong Un
South Korea says that the North is willing to talk about giving up its atomic arsenal. What happened to the threat of nuclear war? On today's episode: • Mark Landler, a White House correspondent for The New York Times. Background reading: • South Korean envoys said that the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, ... Kim Jong Un
North Korea's agreement to enter into talks with the United States could be a diplomatic breakthrough to reach a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis, or a ruse to weaken sanctions, or both. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's willingness to engage with the United States in negotiations to end his ... Kim Jong Un
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said talks with Kim Jong Un won't automatically lead to an easing of international sanctions and pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program. "These international efforts (to pressure the North) cannot be loosened by inter-Korean dialogue. We don't aim for that to happen and it's ... Kim Jong Un
BEIJING — When China hosted the last serious talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, in the mid-2000s, the setting was a huge, hexagonal table covered in green felt, in a government guesthouse in Beijing. At each side of the table, made specially by the Chinese, were diplomats from one of the ... Kim Jong Un
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Tuesday that its leader, Kim Jong-un, had held an “openhearted talk” with visiting envoys from South Korea, reaching a “satisfactory agreement” about holding an inter-Korean summit meeting with the South's president, Moon Jae-in. Mr. Kim spent more than four ... Kim Jong Un
SEOUL, South Korea — One of South Korea's most prominent theater directors apologized on Monday for sexually abusing actresses, part of a slowly building #MeToo movement in a deeply male-dominated society. “I feel so ashamed and crushed,” Lee Youn-taek, 66, a former artistic director of the ... Kim Jong Un
Moviegoers in South Korea have helped propel Marvel Studio's Black Panther to the top of the global box office rankings. The film took $25.3m (£18m) in Korean cinemas during its opening week - more than anywhere outside the US. Key action scenes were filmed in the port city of Busan, and that is believed to have driven ... Kim Jong Un
They were supposed to be a top-secret assassination squad tasked with attacking the residence of North Korea's then-leader Kim Il Sung. But South Korea's “Unit 684,” created in 1968 following a brazen attack by North Korea on Seoul's presidential compound, proved anything but. The experiment to ... Kim Jong Un
An image like the one of athletes from two countries still officially at war - North and South Korea - taking the Olympic stage under one flag at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics. "It's a great photo op. It makes for some good pictures. It does sort of bring the sense of potential and the sense ... Kim Jong Un
On the ice — Nao Kodaira of Japan and two-time gold medalist Lee Sang-hwa of Korea are the world's best at the 500 meter speed skate. They have finished within fractions of a second of each other for years and are constantly compared to one another. Sunday's much-watched showdown between the ... Kim Jong Un
In recent months analysts with Korean-language skills are being sought globally with military intelligence analysts on reserve status being called back into service to focus on North Korea. Cyber warfare experts have suggested US officials are scrambling to recruit the best in hacking and virtual war since ... Kim Jong Un
The Pyeongchang Winter Games are spread across South Korea's Gangwon Province, a rural region that few overseas had heard of until its hard-fought bid to be an Olympic host — a massively expensive proposition with dubious payoff, now typically dared only by world-class cities and established resort ... Kim Jong Un
Back in 2011, when South Korea won its longshot bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, the country wasn't widely recognized as a destination for ski and snow lovers. It wasn't considered much of a tech startup hub either. Fast forward seven years and a lot has changed. For the next 10 days, the eyes of the ... Kim Jong Un
The Games have returned to South Korea at another moment of acute anxiety, with the potential for hostilities between the two nations at a level rarely seen since the Korean War ended, in 1953. The North Korean regime, now led by Kim's son, the thirty-four-year-old Kim Jong Un, is still violent, unpredictable, and isolated, ... Kim Jong Un
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview to air on Sunday (Feb 18) that he is "listening" for signs that North Korea is ready to engage in direct talks. "My job as chef diplomat is to ensure that the North Koreans know, we keep our channels open," Tillerson told the CBS news ... Kim Jong Un
The Pyeongchang Winter Games are spread across South Korea's Gangwon Province, a rural region that few overseas had heard of until its hard-fought bid to be an Olympic host — a massively expensive proposition with dubious payoff, now typically dared only by world-class cities and established resort ... Kim Jong Un


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