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Corbett depicts Korea as the ideal theater for such an amphibious campaign, flanked as it is by water on three sides. Such a strategy could work if allies consent and if the United States values its cause enough to spend lavishly in lives, military hardware and national treasure for a substantial period of time.
Dandong, China (AFP) - Rows of sewing machines in one Chinese garment factory on the border with North Korea are now silent, unmanned after UN sanctions sent home their seamstresses from the secretive country. Factory owners, merchants and shop owners in the border city of Dandong - China's ...

"In successive annual reports, the UN's North Korea Panel of Experts has documented multiple instances of North Korean arms-related activities with various African governments," he said, adding that the US was encouraged by the actions of multiple countries in the past year to disrupt North Korea's ...
Russell was one of 83 Americans held captive inside North Korea, following the seizure of the USS Pueblo spy ship in international waters, on January 23, 1968. For weeks they were kept in a sparse, freezing-cold building they nicknamed "the Barn." It had no running water and was infested with rats and ...
The Olympic rings with a sign of 2018 Pyeongchang Games is seen at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The head of North Korea's most popular girl band is visiting South Korea this weekend to check preparations for a trip by another art troupe from the North. (AP Photo/Lee ...
How can the U.S. Navy destroy North Korea should Washington give the word? It can't. Or at least it stands little chance of doing so by its lonesome barring improbable circumstances. What the navy can do is contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the Northern regime or its armed forces ...

In this file image made from undated video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea's KRT on Sept. 3, 2017, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un holds the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee. Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of a North Korean missile.
Amid signs of a thaw between Pyongyang and Seoul, the harsh reality is that hostilities could also break out easily. In response to the North's nuclear threats, South Korea announced late last year plans for a special forces 'decapitation unit'. There is a history of state-sanctioned assassination plots in the ...
Fast forward 50 years to the current nuclear stand-off with North Korea. As Kim Jong Un has upped his nuclear game, speculation has swirled that the Pentagon is considering sending some of its B-52s to reprise their Cold War role by placing them back on quick-reaction ground alert, loaded and ready to ...
"The amazing thing that's been hiding in the open is the North Korean game plan of byungjin," said John Park, director of the Korea Working Group at the Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. According to Park, the North Korean regime under Kim has been very consistent in saying that its primary ...
South Korea counts the art of kimchi making as part of its unique cultural heritage. But it's now running a nearly $50 million kimchi trade deficit. That means Koreans are eating more non-Korean kimchi than they used to--and so are you. South Korea spent around $129 million in 2017 to purchase 275,000 ...
North Korean hackers have been linked to recent attacks on a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange. US cyber-security firm Recorded Future analyzed methods used in recent cryptocurrency attacks and noticed a trend. The malware is linked to a North Korea-tied hacking unit called Lazarus. The report comes amid recent ...
In South Korea, more than 200,000 people have now signed a presidential petition imploring the government to reconsider a proposal to crack down on cryptocurrency -- an extraordinary public outcry and a clear sign that in South Korea, the failure of a virtual economy would have very real consequences.
"South Korea is important. You really need somebody monitoring it closely, and nobody will have the access an ambassador has," said Ronald E. Neumann, president of the American Academy of Diplomacy and a former ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain and Afghanistan. "You can't just keep tabs on where ...
South Korea's Ministry of Unification has unveiled plans to make the recent talks with North Korea a regular thing, and it will look to eventually involve the US. "We will regularize the high-level talks and discuss pending issues between the South and the North in a comprehensive manner," a unification ministry document ...
An American preventive strike to wipe out North Korea's nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, or a commando raid launched with the same goal in mind, is likely to initiate a chain of events culminating in catastrophe. That would be true above all for the roughly 76 million Koreans living on either side of the ...
(CNN) The Winter Olympics opening ceremony may not be the only parade North Korea is planning on participating in next month. Invitations sent to diplomats and satellite imagery suggest Pyongyang is preparing for a major military parade on the eve of the Pyeongchang games, which begin February 9 ...

Regardless of which North Korean Athletes end up competing in the Winter Olympics next month, their country is ready to bring an army of fans. That's because the North Korean government -- master of the giant, choreographed celebration -- negotiated the right to bring its state-sponsored cheering squad ...
"Buying my own home is difficult in South Korea, I don't know how I could even buy one," the petition says. "I don't know how I could live doing the things that I want to do." After what some have deemed the crypto "bloodbath," users on the South Korean online community DC Inside displayed their frustrations by posting ...
Up until now, all of North Korea's nuclear tests have taken place underground, away from the prying eyes of spy planes and surveillance satellites at the Punggye-ri facility. The subterranean test site has been used by the Kim dynasty to test six bombs, with the most recent in September 2017 believed to be ...
Conflict between the United States and North Korea seems to defy solution, but that needn't be the case. Linda Lewis, who has studied the Korean Peninsula for decades and works with North Koreans regularly, believes that sometimes the path to peace starts with small things -- interactions that help ...
(CNN) The UN Security Council meeting was supposed to be about confidence-building in an age of widening nuclear proliferation. However, the session featured once again a big power showdown between Russia and the United States. For fans of political theater, it was thought the most dramatic ...
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- The two ships met in daylight in the middle of the East China Sea. One was an 11,253-ton oil tanker, the Lighthouse Winmore, supposedly heading to Taiwan. The other, an aging freighter, was emblazoned with the red, white and blue flag of North Korea. In an illicit high-seas ...
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia, speaking in Japan, cautioned that North and South Korea marching together at the Winter Olympics wouldn't denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. [AP]. • The police in Macau are hunting for a casino dealer accused of stealing more than $6 million in chips from a ...
(Seoul, South Korea) -- The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their Athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said. The agreements still require approval from ...
The United States military is preparing for a still-unlikely war with North Korea. That's the takeaway from two big stories that broke over the long weekend. On Sunday, the New York Times reported that US troops are actively holding training exercises specifically geared toward a possible war with North ...
South Korea has been trying to rein in speculative cryptocurrency trading in recent months, as interest in the market has exploded. In September, the Financial Services Commission said it would ban a controversial crowdfunding practice in the cryptocurrency space known as initial coin offerings (ICO).
After Japan approved a proposal to build two Aegis Ashore batteries in December 2017, the country's Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera explained, "North Korea's nuclear missile development poses a new level of threat to Japan and as we have done in the past we will ensure that we are able to defend ...
The United States reclaimed its spot as the top beef exporter to South Korea in 2017, 14 years after a U.S. outbreak of mad cow disease led to a ban on American beef and handed market leadership to rival Australia. U.S. beef shipments jumped 13.7 percent last year to 177,445 tonnes, accounting for ...
American citizens who wish to visit North Korea should write a will, make funeral arrangements and designate carers for their children and pets, a chilling travel advisory from the US State Department has warned. The fresh advice was issued last week, reported Fox News, and comes on the back of new ...
As American and Canadian officials meet this week to discuss North Korea, it's worth a reminder that military options must be on the table if diplomatic efforts to denuclearise the country fail. The Korean conflict of the 1950s never formally ended. It concluded with an armistice that saw six decades of relative ...
Japan is examining how to evacuate its roughly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis that closes airports, with military ships being used as shuttles, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday. North Korea's pursuit of its military and nuclear programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council ...
North Korea agreed to send a 140-member orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, another surprising easing of tensions after the ... Joseph Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, have argued for diplomacy in addressing North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
Hong Kong -- A 140-member North Korean pop orchestra will stage rare performances in South Korea during the Winter Olympics next month, the two Koreas agreed on Monday. The two sides discussed details of the North's participation in the Games as part of their efforts to improve ties. The orchestra ...
The summit comes at a critical time. But with diplomats' attentions absorbed by the delicate talks between the two neighboring countries -- which were initially focused on North Korea's participation in the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics but have since broadened -- some analysts are skeptical that ...
And beginning next month with the Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang, the Pentagon plans to send more Special Operations troops to the Korean Peninsula, an initial step toward what some officials said ultimately could be the formation of a Korea-based task force similar to the ...
"We must also do what we can to demand peace and a de-escalation with North Korea so that warnings and sirens can become a thing of the past." The stark calls to improve relations with Kim Jong-un came after Mr Ige had labelled the Hawaiian crisis one that "most of us will never forget" that resulted in ...
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to attend North Korea talks scheduled for later this month in Canada amid rumors he's fallen out of favor with his boss. The State Department confirmed Thursday that Tillerson would travel to Vancouver later this week to co-host a meeting of countries who supported ...
"In the same way, they have said that military exercises, even if they are defensive exercises, between South Korea and the US, are a provocation." Kim Jong-un has already threatened a nuclear strike on Guam, in the wake of Donald Trump's infamous "fire and fury" threat against his rogue regime.
On Thursday, after Justice Minister Park Sang-Ki announced that the South Korean government was considering making cryptocurrency trading illegal, the broad crypto market suffered another steep sell off. bitcoin and Ethereum both fell by 14% on the news. "There are great concerns regarding virtual ...
Abortion is illegal in South Korea with just a few exceptions, such as when a woman has been raped or her health is at risk. It is one of just a handful of the world's richest countries to have such restrictive abortion laws. women can be sentenced to a year in prison or ordered to pay fines of two million won ...
In December, China's imports from North Korea slumped 81.6 percent from a year ago to $54.34 million, marking their lowest level in four years, according to Reuters records. Chinese exports to the reclusive nation fell 23.4 percent to $260 million in the same period. Friday's trade data reflects cooling ties ...
Tokyo -- On matters of history, Japan and South Korea can never seem to agree to disagree. Three days after South Korea said it would not roll back a 2015 accord over women forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military during World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan rejected on Friday ...
President Donald Trump has promised to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea and to "totally destroy" the country if it continues to threaten the US or its allies. His administration even recently considered potentially launching a small, limited military strike -- what his aides described as a "bloody nose" -- if ...
Seoul (THE Korea HERALD/Asia NEWS NETWORK) - Extreme cold gripped South Korea on Thursday (Jan 11) - with a wind chill of minus 16 deg C in Seoul in the morning - and it is forecast to reach its peak on Friday, according to the country's weather agency. Thursday's temperatures across the ...
Street food in South Korea is cheap, fast and delicious, and available around the clock: everything from spicy rice cakes to savoury pancakes. The most popular street snack is mandu (dumplings) and this stall in Seoul's Hongdae district is always busy. • Follow Ken Lee on Instagram and at ...
Mr Pence added that he will be sending a message to Kim Jong-un that the US stands by South Korea when he accompanies US Athletes to the winter Olympics next month. He said: "President Trump has brought unprecedented diplomatic pressure to bare on the regime in Pyongyang. We will continue to ...
North Korea's agreement on Tuesday to send Athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, and to hold talks and other exchanges with the South, may have been symbolic and perhaps a cynical effort to bide time. Yet it suggested that the rising diplomatic and economic pressure, meant to ...
Good Thursday. Here's what we're watching: • South Korea spooks the market for digital money. • Bond market investors feel some fear, but will stock market bulls? • And what will happen next with the Trump Administration's plans to reopen offshore drilling? Want this in your own email inbox? Here's the ...
North Korea has found good material to attack U.S. President Donald Trump: Michael Wolff's bombshell new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." The book paints Trump as a leader who doesn't understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides. Trump and ...


 

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