Tag: South Korea

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 […]

China presses South Korea on Thaad missile system

China’s president has set out his opposition to the deployment of a US missile system, in his first discussion with the new South Korean leader. The Thaad missile system, aimed at intercepting attacks from North Korea, was made operational in South Korea last week. But Beijing says the system will spy on its territory and […]

South Korea Just Elected Liberal Moon Jae-in: Here’s What That Means for US, N. Korea

As with most presidential elections, South Korean voters predominantly voted their pocketbooks in Tuesday’s national election. While the election featured the usual struggle between a conservative market-based growth strategy and liberal redistributionism, voters this time were driven in large part by a desire to end their nation’s endemic political corruption. After 10 years of conservative […]

North Korea crisis: North in another ‘failed’ missile launch

North Korea has test-fired another ballistic missile, South Korean and US military officials say. The missile exploded shortly after take-off, they said – the second failed launch in the past fortnight. US President Donald Trump accused North Korea of showing “disrespect” towards China and its president. The missile was fired from a site in South […]

US nuclear sub heads to South Korea: report

A nuclear-powered U.S. Navy submarine is en route to South Korea, according to a new report. The USS Michigan is expected to dock in the port city of Busan on Tuesday, CNN said. CNN confirmed the Michigan’s trip with a U.S. defense official who described the movement as a show of force amid rising tensions […]

North Korea warns ‘thermonuclear war may break out at any moment’

A senior North Korean official has accused the US of turning the Korean peninsula into “the world’s biggest hotspot” and creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment”. North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador, Kim In-ryong, described US-South Korean military exercises as the largest ever “aggressive war drill” and […]

China and South Korea threaten North Korea with potential new sanctions

China and South Korea have agreed to impose “strong” new sanctions on North Korea if it carries out further nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said on Monday. The commitment comes as pressure on Pyongyang mounts after last week’s summit between US President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping. Monday’s meeting […]

Ash Carter: A US pre-emptive strike on North Korea could lead to ‘invasion’ of South Korea

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a U.S. preemptive strike against North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program could prompt the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, to try to invade South Korea. Carter, who served as defense secretary in the Obama administration, told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on “This Week” Sunday that if the U.S. preemptively strikes North […]