Posts Tagged ‘Korea’

Biden administration ready to consider ‘some form of diplomacy’ with North Korea – White House

Washington is prepared to talk to North Korea if it paves the way to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said, but that doesn’t mean US sanctions are going away. “We are prepared to consider some form of diplomacy if it’s going to lead us down the path toward […]

North Korea Is First Country To Withdraw From Tokyo Olympics Over COVID-19 Fears

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea became the first country to drop out of the Tokyo Olympics because of coronavirus fears, a decision that underscores the challenges facing Japan as it struggles to stage a global sporting event amid a raging pandemic. A website run by North Korea’s Sports Ministry said its national Olympic […]

On the Death of South Korea’s First Female Tank Driver

On March 3, 2021, transgender girl Byun Hee-soo was found dead in her home. Why does much of South Korea and the rest of the world talk about this? Byun’s case received widespread media attention at home and abroad because Staff Sgt. Byun Hee-soo, 22, was the first South Korean soldier to undergo sex reassignment […]

Will South Korea become a QUAD+ Member?

The US government is seeking to include Korea in an expanded version of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD), a strategic forum created in 2007 to contain China. The Quad is made up of Australia, India, Japan and the United States, but the US wants to expand it by inviting South Korea, New Zealand and Vietnam. […]

N. Korea calls South’s leader ‘a parrot raised by America’

North Korea called South Korea’s president “a parrot raised by America” Tuesday, resuming its trademark derisive rhetoric against its rivals amid renewed animosities on the Korean Peninsula. Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued the latest verbal salvo after South Korean President Moon Jae-in criticized the North’s ballistic […]

North Korea fires two short-range missiles, US open to dialogue

North Korea fired two short-range missiles at the weekend, US and South Korean officials said, but Washington played down the first such tests under President Joe Biden and said it was still open to dialog with Pyongyang. The North Korean activity involved weapons systems at the low end of the spectrum that were not covered […]

US says North Korea fired two missiles in first test under Biden

WASHINGTON (AFP) — North Korea fired two short-range missiles just days after a visit to the region by the top US defense and diplomatic officials, but President Joe Biden said they were not a serious provocation. It was nuclear-armed North Korea’s first launch since his inauguration — Pyongyang has been biding its time since the […]

North Korea slams EU sanctions as ‘psychotic’

North Korea slammed EU sanctions imposed against its senior officials earlier this week as a “despicable political provocation” and the result of “a psychotic way of thinking”. The EU Council said Monday it will slap sanctions on a dozen individuals and four entities in six countries – including China, Russia and North Korea – for […]

North Korea Warns U.S. Against ‘Causing A Stink,’ Breaking Silence

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday the United States risked “causing a stink” if it moved forward with joint military drills with South Korea, Pyongyang’s first official diplomatic statement during President Joe Biden’s administration. Kim Yo Jong, who serves as a spokesperson for Kim on diplomatic issues, condemned the military […]

North Korea tells US to avoid ‘causing a stink’ if it wants peace – KCNA

SEOUL  – The sister of North Korean leader, Kim Yo Jong, criticised ongoing military drills in South Korea and warned the new US administration against “causing a stink” if it wants peace, state news reported on Tuesday. The statement comes a day before America’s top diplomat and defence chief are due to arrive in Seoul […]

Biden news – live: North Korea silent on US approaches, as Trump fans mocked for praising his ‘dreadful’ appearance

Key moments from Biden’s first national address The Biden administration is struggling to find ground with North Korea with the country failing to respond to outreach from a behind-the-scenes diplomatic push, according to a new report. A senior Biden official told Reuters that Mr Biden has so far yielded no response from Pyongyang, raising questions […]

North Korea ‘has not responded to behind-the-scenes approaches from Biden administration’

North Korea has not responded to outreach from the Biden administration, according to a Reuters report. A behind-the-scenes diplomatic push which began in mid-February has so far yielded no response from Pyongyang and raises questions about how President Joe Biden will approach concerns surrounding North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. The US’s top diplomat, Antony Blinken, and […]

North Korea snubs Biden administration’s repeated attempts to get in touch – media

Pyongyang has shunned the Biden administration’s attempts to reach out through various channels since mid-February, US official told the media. The Biden administration, which is currently conducting a review of US policy on North Korea, has reportedly had no luck getting in touch with the country, despite repeated attempts to contact the reclusive state. “The […]

North Korea unresponsive to Biden’s behind-the-scenes diplomatic outreach

 North Korea has not responded to behind-the-scenes diplomatic outreach since mid-February by President Joe Biden‘s administration, including to Pyongyang’s mission to the United Nations, a senior Biden administration official told Reuters on Saturday. The disclosure of the so-far unsuccessful US outreach, which has not been previously reported, raises questions about how Biden will address mounting […]

China, Iran, And North Korea Seek Support At The UN Against Unilateral Force

By Michelle Nichols, Reuters. March 13, 2021 Above photo: The United Nations logo is seen at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. Lucas Jackson/Reuters. New York City – China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and others are seeking support for a coalition to defend the […]

South Korea launches investigation into deaths of 2 people days after receiving AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency has launched an investigation into the cause of the deaths of two people days after receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. The two individuals, who weren’t related and had pre-existing conditions, passed away on Tuesday and Wednesday after falling ill shortly following receiving their vaccination. A 63-year-old nursing home […]

South Korea’s Moon says Olympics may be chance for North Korea, US talks

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that the Tokyo Olympics could provide a chance to reopen talks between North Korea and the United States, North Korea and Japan, and the two Koreas.Speaking at a ceremony marking the 102nd anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement Day in Seoul, Moon also said South Korea […]

S. Korea to release $1b of Iran’s frozen assets soon

TEHRAN – Head of Iran-South Korea Joint Chamber of Commerce has said that $1 billion of Iran’s frozen funds in South Korea will soon be transferred to an Iran-Switzerland financial channel to be paid for foodstuff, medicine, and medical equipment. According to Hossein Tanhaei, the medicine items that are set to be imported into the […]

Outrage in South Korea after North Korean able to wander around for hours in high-security border area

The incident of a North Korean man, who reportedly defected to South Korea after crossing the heavily guarded border and roamed around unchecked for hours, has sparked outrage in Seoul. The incident took place last week when the man crossed over to South Korea after swimming for several kilometres, a lapse in security the South […]

‘At least $1bn’ of Iran’s frozen assets to be released by South Korea after Tehran meets with Seoul

Iran’s Central Bank says the country expects to receive at least $1 billion dollars of frozen Iranian assets being held by South Korea in accordance with US sanctions on Tehran, after Seoul agreed to release some of the funds. “In the meeting with the South Korean envoy, we stressed how Iran could use its resources,” […]

Iran, South Korea close to unlocking frozen assets

TEHRAN – After months of a bitter dispute over Iranian assets frozen in South Korean banks due to the United States sanctions, Tehran and Seoul seem to be inching towards an agreement on unblocking the assets. Iran has announced that it reached a deal with South Korea on how to release its assets blocked in […]

Wife of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un makes first public appearance in a year

SEOUL – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, appeared in state media for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday, joining her husband at a concert on one of the country’s biggest holidays. The official ruling Worker’s Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun released photos of the pair at the […]

For Peace With North Korea, End The US-South Korea Military Exercises

Above photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images. One of the thorniest foreign policy challenges the Biden administration will need to face is a nuclear-armed North Korea. Talks between the U.S. and North Korea have been stalled since 2019, and North Korea has continued to develop its weapons arsenal, recently unveiling what appears to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile. […]

North Korea made attempts to steal COVID-19 vaccine tech from Pfizer

South Korea’s intelligence agency has said North Korea attempted to steal information on coronavirus vaccines and treatments by hacking Pfizer Inc , a lawmaker briefed by the agency said on Tuesday. Digital espionage targeting health bodies, vaccine scientists and drugmakers has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic as state-backed hacking groups scramble to secure the latest […]

South Korea Launches Covid Test For Cats & Dogs

Pet cats and dogs in South Korea’s capital city are to be tested for Covid-19 if they have any of the symptoms, the Seoul metropolitan government said. Only pets that start showing symptoms after being exposed to human carriers of the virus will be tested. If it tests positive, the animal must quarantine at home. […]

South Korea to approve AstraZeneca vaccine for the elderly despite data concerns

Korean vice-health minister Kim Gang-lip said the country will provide Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine emergency authorisation under the condition that the company submits its full clinical trial results.  The ministry has asked to receive the final clinical trial results from AstraZeneca’s survey in the United States on about 30,000 people by April. The study includes around 7,500 […]

North Korea Is Using Cyberattacks To Finance Updates To Nuclear Program, UN Experts Say

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea has modernized its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles by flaunting United Nations sanctions, using cyberattacks to help finance its programs and continuing to seek material and technology overseas for its arsenal, U.N. experts said. The panel of experts monitoring sanctions on the Northeast Asian nation said in a report […]

North Korea developed nuclear, missile programs in 2020 – UN report

NEW YORK – North Korea maintained and developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programs throughout 2020 in violation of international sanctions, helping fund them with some $300 million stolen through cyber hacks, according to a confidential United Nations report seen by Reuters on Monday. The report by independent sanctions monitors said Pyongyang “produced fissile material, […]

North Korea to Receive Millions of Coronavirus Vaccine Doses with ‘Zero’ Confirmed Cases

The World Health Organization’s (W.H.O.) global coronavirus vaccine distribution program has reportedly reserved about 2 million doses for the government of North Korea, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Thursday, raising questions regarding Pyongyang’s claim that it has yet to see a single case of the disease within its borders. The apparent confirmation from the […]

South Korea holds drill at international airport ahead of Covid-19 vaccine deliveries

The South Korean authorities have held a drill at Incheon international airport to prepare for the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, ensuring the government’s rollout can begin as planned later in February. The event on Wednesday was held after South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on officials to ensure they were fully prepared for all eventualities […]

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