Posts Tagged ‘Seoul’

Iran says US sanctions cannot justify Seoul’s freezing of assets

Iran says South Korea is “obliged” to release its frozen assets, and that US sanctions cannot justify debt non-payment, Anadolu News Agency reports. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Ali Bagheri, made these remarks on Thursday during a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Choi Jong-kun, on the sidelines of the ongoing nuclear deal talks in Vienna, […]

Wang Yi’s visit to Seoul and Other Aspects of Relations between China and South Korea

Unlike the relationship between China and North Korea, which demonstrates a long-standing traditional friendship, the situation with South Korea is more complicated. On the one hand, high-ranking officials of China openly criticize the policy of the ROK, thereby Seoul periodically starts to claim Beijing’s interference in the internal affairs of the country. Thus, on June […]

Seoul Continues to be Hysterical while Tokyo Digs a Fukushima Water Tunnel

On August 25, 2021, South Korea expressed “strong regret” that Japan was unilaterally implementing its plan to release radioactive water from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant “without any prior consultations or seeking consent from the South Korean government”.  Oh, my gosh – Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding Inc. (TEPCO) has unveiled a preliminary construction plan of […]

New Old Mayor of Seoul

On August 31, 2021, South Korean police raided Seoul City Hall as part of an investigation into allegations that Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon spread false information during his election campaign. Investigators searched some City Hall offices, including the city planning and transport policy bureaus, for seven hours to seize documents related to Oh Se-hoon’s comments […]

Iran’s frozen money in Seoul to pay off Korean exports: ambassador

TEHRAN – South Korea’s new Ambassador to Tehran Yun Kang-hyeon has said Iran’s frozen oil money in his country will be used to pay off Korean companies that had previously exported basic commodities to Iran. Speaking in a meeting with the Head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture Masoud Khansari, Yun noted […]

Shaping the Washington-Tokyo-Seoul Triangle

In one of his past articles the author promised to discuss in more detail how anti-Japanese sentiments in Seoul began to diminish with Joe Biden’s accession to power. The first signs of this development were observed at the end of 2020, when there was already a concern that the Seoul-Tokyo feud might have a negative […]

The Unexpected Ruling of the Seoul Court

The issue of the lawsuits that South Korea is bringing against Japan has a long history.  When Japan and the ROK established diplomatic relations in 1965, Tokyo paid substantial compensation and provided interest-free loans to Seoul, which were not a determining but important part of the “miracle at Hangangan”. Although these sums were sent to […]

Seoul students shave heads in front of Japanese embassy to protest Tokyo’s plan for dumping Fukushima nuclear wastewater

More than 30 college students in South Korea’s capital have shaved their heads in front of the Japanese embassy to show their opposition to Tokyo’s plan to dump more than a million tons of nuclear wastewater into the ocean. On Tuesday, crowds gathered around the Japanese embassy in Seoul to watch college students, both girls […]

Mayoral Elections is Seoul and Busan

On April 7, 2021, early elections were held for the heads of four administrative units, including the mayors of the country’s two largest cities of Seoul and Busan, as well as 17 deputies of local legislative assemblies in the Republic of Korea. Their result is an indicator of public sentiment before the presidential elections of […]

On Russia’s Foreign Minister’s Visit to Seoul

On March 23 – 25, 2021, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, visited South Korea. This was Lavrov’s first visit to Seoul since 2013, when he accompanied President Vladimir Putin. And before that, Lavrov had visited Seoul in 2009, after a trip to North Korea. This year’s event, devoted to the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relationship […]

Senior MP: Seoul must immediately release Iran’s funds

TEHRAN — Chairman of the Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mojtaba Zonnouri urged the Seoul government on Tuesday to swiftly unblock Iranian funds in South Korean banks. “The Islamic Republic of Iran expects South Korea’s senior officials not to allow any damage to the amicable and friendly relations between the two countries,” […]

Iran Seizes South Korean Oil Tanker after Seoul Refuses to issue Payment of $6 Billion

Tehran authorities forced the Hankuk Chemi tanker, sailing under South Korean flag, to dock in Iran last week, suspecting the vessel of contaminating local waters. At the same time, the Islamic republic rejected accusations that it was holding the ship “hostage”. Iran’s seizure of the South Korean-flagged Hankuk Chemi tanker was not a provocation aimed […]

Tehran in talks with Seoul over using frozen money to buy COVID-19 vaccines: Korean official

TEHRAN — Seoul and Tehran have been in talks over the use of Iran’s frozen money in South Korea under U.S. sanctions to purchase COVID-19 vaccines from a global procurement mechanism, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday. According to Yonhap news agency, the official said the U.S. has given the green light […]

Iran seizes South Korean oil tanker in Gulf; Seoul dispatches forces

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Drones light up Seoul’s night sky in bid to give South Koreans a boost

Hundreds of drones lit up Seoul’s night sky on Friday, forming colorful pictograms and messages of hope. Organized by the South Korean government, more than 300 drones flew over the Seoul Olympic Park. This was the second drone flash mob event this year, aimed at invigorating and encouraging the public to overcome the economic difficulties […]

Seoul bids to cut congestion with futuristic ‘drone taxis’

This is an empty “drone taxi” taking a short flight over the South Korean capital Seoul. It is part of government plans to have a traffic management system in place to support the aerial taxis, possibly as early as 2025. Jang Young-ki, deputy director of South Korea’s transport ministry drone division, said they would help […]

Alleged North Korea “refugee” rams car into gates of US Embassy in Seoul

Russia Today reported Thursday, June 7, that an as yet unidentified driver drove a car into the gates of the US Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, screaming “help me!”, in an action that may have been an attempt to gain asylum in the US. The report, also run by London’s Mirror, is […]

Man ‘seeking asylum in America’ rams car into US embassy in Seoul

The driver, a 48-year-old man, smashed a silver Toyota sedan into the gate on Thursday evening. He has been arrested by police and a female passenger has been taken to hospital with a head injury, according to Yonhap news agency. The man told police that he drove his car into the gate because he has […]

Seoul won’t rush to renew joint military drills with US as new intra-Korean summit solidifies

At a bilateral summit on Friday, Moon called on the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to wait before resuming the drills, Yonhap reported, citing a government official. The drills have been paused for the duration of the Winter Olympics, as part of Seoul’s attempt to mend relations with Pyongyang. North Korea considers the drills a […]

Tokyo Warns of War: US Wary as Seoul Asserts Itself, Pursues Peace Talks with North

As South and North Korea begin a cautious, deliberate and “sincere” process of peace talks in the hope of defusing regional tensions in a neighborly manner, right-wing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suddenly sounded alarm bells over the “unacceptable” moves by Pyongyang, playing up its nuclear program and weapons development as a reason to bolster Japanese […]

Tokyo and Seoul will be first to fall victim if there is war on Korean Peninsula – Lavrov

“While condemning Pyongyang’s nuclear missile adventurism, we cannot but condemn the provocative behavior of our American colleagues,” Lavrov said in an interview with Belarusian broadcaster STV. “Unfortunately, they are trying to drag the Japanese and South Koreans in the same direction, who… will be the first victims in the event of war on the Korean […]

N. Korea threatens Guam with ‘salvo of missiles’ as US gears up for drills with Seoul

2 million may die if North Korea nukes Seoul and Tokyo – report As Washington and its Asia-Pacific allies prepare for a joint maritime exercise, the North Korean government issued new threats to target the US territory of Guam. The upcoming war games, which involve the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, are set to begin […]

2 million may die if North Korea nukes Seoul and Tokyo – report

Over the past few months, the stand-off, with Pyongyang on one side, and the US and its allies on the other, has been escalating, with belligerent rhetoric and provocative military posturing on both sides. Amid these tensions, a study by 38 North – a site on North Korean affairs run by Johns Hopkins University’s School […]

‘Pyongyang will fear us more’: Seoul wants to transfer wartime army command from US

     South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called for the long-delayed transfer of its wartime operational control (OPCON) from the Pentagon to be sped up, and says the country must develop its own military capacity to “punish” North Korea’s “provocations.” “North Korea will fear us more and the people will have more faith in our […]

Tokyo and Seoul seek ‘maximum pressure’ after UNSC condemns Pyongyang’s ‘outrageous’ missile test

     Japan’s prime minister and South Korea’s president have agreed to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang “to the maximum,” seeking tougher sanctions after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a statement condemning North Korea’s latest missile test. In a phone call Wednesday morning, Shinzo Abe and Moon Jae-in discussed their neighbor’s “violent conduct” and agreed […]

Tit for tat: Seoul unveils missiles that may counter North Korea (VIDEO)

The tests were the last ones before the deployment of the missiles, South Korea’s state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) said, as cited by Yonhap news agency. The ADD said the missiles will serve as key elements in South Korea’s pre-emptive strike scheme. “Our military has the missile capability with top-level precision and power to […]

Larijani calls for expansion of Tehran-Seoul ties

IRNA – Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on Thursday said Tehran is ready to utilize its capacities to expand relations with South Korea. Talking to reporters in Seoul, he said that Iran calls for holding dialogue between the two Koreas. He added Iran is ready to help settlement of disputes between the two Koreas. Larijani reiterated […]

Iranian speaker in Seoul for Inter-Parliamentary conference

Heading a delegation of Iranian lawmakers, Larijani will join his counterparts from dozens of Asian and European countries in Seoul for the 3-day conference. Parliamentary leaders from 25 Asian and European nations are planned to discuss cooperation for Eurasian prosperity in the gathering. Co-hosted by South Korea’s National Assembly and the State Duma, the lower […]

US supersonic bombers to conduct drill with Seoul warplanes over Korean Peninsula

     Two US long-range strategic bombers are to take part in drills over the Korean Peninsula, according to Seoul’s military. Tensions with the North are again heightened, with Washington vowing to put an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Two American supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers alongside two South Korean F-15K fighter jets are […]

S. Korean ultranationalists attack Ruptly’s producer in Seoul

The incident happened in front of City Hall where the producer and his translator were filming at a camp of supporters of impeached president Park Geun-hye, many of whom are known to be ultranationalists, Ruptly’s producer said. South Korean court upholds President Park’s impeachment, removing her from office “It might have been not even five […]

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