Posts Tagged ‘Korea’

Biden Is Reviewing US Policy In North Korea

Above photo: President Joe Biden attends a service for U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans, as his remains lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol rotunda on April 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images. The Brutal Sanctions Must End. Since 2018, hundreds of new sanctions targeting the civilian economy have been imposed on […]

Israel and South Korea to Sign Free Trade Pact

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and South Korean President Moon Jae-in meet at the Blue House in Seoul, July 15, 2019. Photo: Kobi Gideon / GPO. Israel will sign a free trade agreement with South Korea this week, marking the first such arrangement with an Asian market, Israel’s Ministry of Economy said on Sunday. The deal […]

China Mutes Reaction to Zhao’s Oscars as S. Korea Lauds Youn

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Chloé Zhao’s history-making Oscars sweep, winning best director and best picture, is being met with a muted response in her country of birth, and even censorship. Zhao’s “Nomadland” is the second film directed by a woman to win a best picture Oscar. She is the first woman of color and second woman ever to […]

The Future of Korea’s Domestic Policy Following the April 2021 Elections

On April 7, early elections were held in the Republic of Korea for the heads of four administrative units, including the mayors of the country’s two largest cities: Seoul and Busan, as well as 17 deputies of local legislative assemblies. According to the results of the vote count, the opposition Power of the People party […]

Iran’s VP asks Korea to release Iranian money, take compensatory measures

TEHRAN — South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, who visited Tehran on Sunday afternoon, held talks with Iranian Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri. At a joint press conference, Jahangiri said a move by South Korean banks in freezing the Iranian assets have undermined the status of Seoul in the eyes of the Iranian people. “We want […]

Insanity: US Pushes For War With Russia! (And China And North Korea and Iran-Allies of Russia)

“Ready to Respond”: US Mulls Sending Warships to Black Sea to “Send Message” to RussiaPosted: 08 Apr 2021 06:52 PM PDTA US defense official has told CNN on Thursday that the Biden administration is seriously considering sending warships into the Black Sea amid reports that Russia is mustering forces near the border with Ukraine in response […]

North Korea’s Missile Launches at the End of March 2021

At the end of March 2021, North Korea launched a series of short-range missiles. Some were quick to describe the move as yet another start to escalation in tensions on the Korean Peninsula. At first, the DPRK test fired anti-ship cruise missiles on March 20 or 21. It was the first projectile launch since April […]

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. […]

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