Tag: South Korea

Trump, SK leader vow to increase pressure on ‘Rocket Man’ Kim

President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, have agreed to intensify economic and diplomatic pressure against North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un — or “Rocket Man,” as Trump nicknamed him in a tweet — over his nation’s repeated nuclear and missile tests.The two leaders shared a phone call Sunday and their offices released […]

S. Korea continues military drills after N. Korean nuke test

South Korean warships conducted live-fire exercises at sea Tuesday as Seoul continued its displays of military capability following U.S. warnings of a “massive military response” after North Korea detonated its largest-ever nuclear test explosion. South Korea’s presidential office also said Washington and Seoul have agreed to remove bilaterally agreed warhead restrictions on South Korean missiles, […]

South Korea to temporarily deploy four remaining THAAD launchers

South Korea said on Monday it will temporarily deploy four remaining launchers for a US THAAD missile defense system after the completion of an environmental assessment by the government. Some construction would be carried out to deploy the four launchers at the site in Seongju, south of Seoul, the defense ministry said in a statement. […]

Pope tells South Korean faith leaders to promote reconciliation

Pope Francis called on a delegation of South Korean religious leaders to promote reconciliation and spurn violence and fear on Saturday, amid a tense standoff on their home peninsula. Representatives of several religions met the Argentine pontiff at the Vatican and listened to an address in which he said their work must begin by “rolling […]

North Korea fires anti-ship missiles, says South Korea

North Korea has fired several anti-ship cruise missiles off its east coast, South Korea’s military says. Authorities said the weapons, launched on Thursday morning near the city of Wonsan, appeared to be short-range “surface-to-ship” missiles. They flew about 200km (125 miles) before landing in the water. Repeated ballistic missile tests by the North this year […]

South Korea halts Thaad anti-missile system rollout

South Korea is suspending the deployment of a controversial missile defence system while the government examines its environmental impact. The rollout of the US-funded Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system (Thaad) may be on hold for a year. Four recently arrived launchers will not be deployed, an official said. Two already installed will stay in place. […]

North Korea missile detected by THAAD, program progressing faster than expected

North Korea’s missile program is progressing faster than expected, South Korea’s defense minister said on Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council condemned the weekend launch of a new long-range missile and demanded Pyongyang halt weapons tests. Han Min-koo told South Korea’s parliament that Sunday’s test had been detected by the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system, […]

New S. Korean leader eager for summitry despite escalating U.S.

Leftist South Korean President Moon Jae-In said he would seek to engage with North Korea despite the Kim Jong-Un regime’s continued ballistic missile tests and Pyongyang’s rising dispute with the United States. Meanwhile, the U.S. naval strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson is staying near the Korean Peninsula on an open-ended mission, a […]

North Korea ‘would hold talks’ with Trump administration

North Korea has said it will hold talks with the US “if the conditions were right”, South Korean media reports. A senior North Korean diplomat said dialogue with the Trump administration was possible following a meeting with ex-US government officials in Norway. Earlier this month US President Donald Trump said he would be “honoured” to […]

South Korea urges ‘parallel’ talks and sanctions to rein in North Korea

South Korea’s new president launched international efforts to defuse tension over North Korea’s weapons development on Thursday, urging both dialogue and sanctions while also aiming to ease Chinese anger about a U.S. anti-missile system. Moon Jae-in, a liberal former human rights lawyer, was sworn in on Wednesday and said in his first speech as president […]