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Thick fog prevents Trump's DMZ tour
U.S. President Donald Trump attempted to make a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) along with President Moon Jae-in, but failed to do so due to thick fog in the area, Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday. His helicopter en route to the heavily fortified border had to turn back as the area was shrouded in fog. Also, he could not afford a delay ahead of a planned speech at the National Assembly in the morning, and flight to China later in the day. The plan, if realized, would have carried significance as a show of resolve against North Korea especially when the country is heightening tensi...
North Korea vows to bolster nuclear arsenal on Trump's visit to South
North Korea reaffirmed its resolve to bolster its nuclear arsenal in the rivalry with the U.S. on President Donald Trump’s visit to South Korea, Tuesday. It also lashed out at the U.S. for heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula with continued military drills.
Attention heaped on Trump's Wednesday speech at Assembly
U.S. President Donald Trump plans to deliver a speech at the National Assembly, Wednesday, with much attention on what message he will give to the Korean people. His parliamentary speech will mark the first by a U.S. President in 24 years since former President Bill Clinton delivered one in 1993. And it is the only such speech scheduled during Trump’s 12-day visit to five Asi...
North Korean defectors choosing third countries over South Korea
Many North Korean defectors find it hard to settle in South Korea and move to other countries after making a difficult escape from the North, according to government data. Of 900 North Korean defectors whose residence had remained unknown as of June this year, 746 (82.9 percent) turned out to have moved overseas, Rep. Lee Seok-hyun of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea said...
9 Bareun Party lawmakers to defect to LKP
Nine lawmakers bolted from the minor conservative Bareun Party, Monday, vowing to rejoin the bigger conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP). The number of the Bareun Party’s seats dwindled to 11 in the 299-member National Assembly, and the party lost its status as a legislative negotiating bloc, which requires 20 lawmakers at a minimum. When the move is complete, the number of...
Seoul unveils own sanctions against N. Korea
The South Korean government issued its own sanctions against North Korea on Sunday over its nuclear and missile provocations ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveiled a list of 18 North Korean individuals subject to the unilateral sanctions, saying they will take effect Monday. It marks Seoul’s first unilateral sanct...
Indonesia factor may postpone KF-X project
Indonesia has failed to pay its annual share of expenses for a joint project with South Korea to develop high-tech fighter jets, an opposition lawmaker claimed Wednesday. The claim prompted concerns the project, dubbed KF-X, could be suspended. Rep. Kim Jong-dae of the Justice Party, a member of the National Assembly Defense Committee, said Indonesia’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), a participant in the project, has yet to pay this year’s remaining allotted 138.9 billion won ($124.5 million) to Seoul as of the end of October, based on a document from the Defense Acqui...
Thae Yong-ho speaks about North Korea in Washington
A former high-ranking North Korean official said Tuesday that the U.S. Donald Trump administration should seek maximum engagement with Pyongyang while exerting maximum pressure on the regime. Thae Yong-ho, a former deputy chief at the North Korean embassy in London, underlined the need to seek a two-track North Korea policy on his first visit to the United States. “I support ...
Trump weakened ROK-US alliance: poll
Two out of three South Koreans think U.S. President Donald Trump negatively affected the Seoul-Washington alliance, according to a Korea Times survey. The survey shows 65.8 percent of respondents believe the alliance has been weakened because of Trump, while only 31.7 percent said Trump has a positive effect on the alliance. The poll also shows 18.2 percent believe Trump affe...
[INTERVIEW] 'Dialogue will make sanctions effective' says ruling party leader
Pursuing both sanctions and dialogue is the most practical way to effectively counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, the ruling party leader said Monday. Ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairwoman Rep. Choo Mi-ae showed strong support for President Moon Jae-in’s pledge to engage with the belligerent country while maintaining sanctions. “There’s nothing more...
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