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: Kim Jae-kyoung
Fri, May 24, 2019 | 06:39
'N. Korea should never be accepted as nuclear state'
North Korea should never be recognized as a nuclear weapons state regardless of the technological progress it has achieved, according to experts on the reclusive regime. They warned that doing so will give huge leverage to the North, tipping the balance of power situation in favor of the Kim Jong-un regime. “We should not recognize North Korea as a nuclear weapons state. To do so would be a nuclear proliferation nightmare,” said Joseph DeTrani, a former U.S. special envoy to the six-party talks that included North Korea.
| 2017-08-09 18:04
Trump warns of 'fire and fury'; N. Korea threatens to strike Guam
[INTERVIEW] Seoul should push for THAAD deployment
South Korea should push ahead with the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery here in the face of China’s strong opposition, according to a former U.S. special envoy to the six-party talks with North Korea. “Deploying THAAD is necessary, especially given North Korea’s numerous missile launches, all in violation of U.N. resolutions prohibiting such...
| 2017-08-07 18:16
ASEAN seeks to curb exchanges with North Korea
SINGAPORE - North Korea is likely to suffer deepening diplomatic isolation as the United States, its allies and ASEAN members discuss ways to curb exchanges with North Korea at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila, today. Members also plan to discuss whether to exclude the isolated country from the ARF, an ASEAN-led forum that groups the U.S., the two Koreas and 24 other countries. The move is aimed at responding to the North’s continuing provocations, including test-firings of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), which Pyongyang claimed are capable of reaching the U.S. mainla...
| 2017-08-06 17:27
Seoul, Washington agree on early revision of missile guidlines
New UN resolution falls short of bringing N. Korea to its knees
What is behind NK's ICBM tests?
President Moon Jae-in must be anxious about North Korea’s military provocations following his dialogue offer to defuse tension and reach a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
| 2017-08-04 18:20
`China has no intention to rein in North Korea'
China will continue to pamper North Korea, providing the Kim Jong-un regime a lifeline despite rising international pressure, North Korea experts said Tuesday. They stressed that the United States and South Korea had better not place high hopes on China because it won’t move unless North Korea’s actions directly threaten Chinese security or economic interests. Simply speaking, China does not want to jeopardize the status quo on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia so it won’t change its contradictory policy over the North’s provocations and the U.S. deployment of a Terminal High Altitu...
| 2017-08-03 18:09
[INTERVIEW] S. Korea likely to be sidelined on N. Korea issues
Korea rebuilds consortium for KL-S'pore rail deal
SINGAPORE - South Korea is rebuilding its team for the multibillion dollar Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project in a bid to win the lead role in an international tender to be held in the fourth quarter of this year. The move came after the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore and MyHSR of Malaysia jointly hosted an industry briefing on the progress of the rail project in early July. The two Southeast Asian nations signed a binding contract in December 2016 to develop a 350km rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore scheduled to be completed by 2026.
| 2017-07-27 16:45
Why are sanctions on N. Korea not working?
The United States and its allies are joining forces to tighten the screws on North Korea to curb Pyongyang’s development of its nuclear weapons. In particular, following the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching Alaska, the U.N. Security Council is threatening harsher sanctions on the isolated country led by young leader Kim Jong-un. However, its...
| 2017-07-26 17:41
ASEAN urged to curb N. Korea's illicit trade
SINGAPORE - ASEAN should play a bigger role in reining in North Korea by cracking down on its illicit trade and activities in their countries, experts said Thursday. They said beyond China and Russia, some ASEAN nations provide a lifeline to North Korea as they are becoming a source for the isolated state to evade sanctions and earn hard currency. “All ASEAN countries, except for Malaysia after the Kim Jong-nam assassination, still maintain friendly relations with North Korea to varying degrees,” Hoang Thi Ha, lead researcher at the ASEAN Studies Center at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in ...
| 2017-07-20 17:08
Is N. Korea looking for next hostage candidate?
Analysts expect 'full-scale resetting of KORUS FTA'
SINGAPORE - It seems President Moon Jae-in and his policymakers are painting a rosy picture of Korea’s relationship with the United States following the summit between Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump. However, a series of incidents showing gaps between the two administrations over substantive issues is casting doubt on such optimism. The Moon administration’s clumsy approach has exposed its lack of sophistication in diplomacy. This is because they did not try to catch the true message Trump’s rhetoric carries. They have focused only on positive remarks by Trump who usually says good thi...
| 2017-07-19 18:09
Seoul can leverage N. Korea issue for FTA talks with US
South Korea should use the North Korean nuclear issue as leverage to get the upper hand in talks to adjust the free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States, analysts said Friday. They said President Moon Jae-in should pursue a strategy to keep both the U.S. and China competing for their own interests in the resolution of North Korea’s problem so it can benefit South Kore...
| 2017-07-14 18:25
US may demand defense cost talks
Korea advised to be aggressive in FTA revision
Indian man arrested for attempted rape in Changwon
Right to know or classified info leak? Gov't, lawmaker clash over Moon-Trump 'secrets'
Samsung heir meets former US President in Seoul
Moon meets Bush [PHOTOS]
Canada to take back trash sent to Philippines after Duterte's warnings
In memory of 'fool' Roh Moo-hyun [PHOTOS]
Sanofi, Handok jointly promote six more vaccines here
Seoul moving to settle 'forced labor' issue with Japan
Moon lauds Bush for stronger ROK-US alliance
Celebrating Korea-Czech relations
Venezuela dialysis patients face uncertain fate after power cuts
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