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North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes. Pyongyang wants talks on sending its athletes and other officials to the February Olympics to be held at a later date so that next Monday's talks can focus primarily on the North Korean art troupe's participation in the Games, Seoul's Unification Ministry said. Officials from the rival Koreas met earlier this week in the border village of Panmunjom, their first talks in more than two years. At that meeting they agreed to hold mili...Keep on reading: North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea --- The rival Koreas agreed Saturday that their talks next week will address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes. Pyongyang wanted talks on sending its athletes and other officials to the February Olympics to be held at a later date so that Monday's talks can focus primarily on its art troupe's participation in the Games, Seoul's Unification Ministry said. The South agreed to the North's proposal, the ministry said. Officials from the two Koreas met earlier this week in the border village of Panmunjom, their first talks in more than two years. At that meeting they ...Keep on reading: Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe s visit to Olympics

SEOUL — The rival Koreas have agreed yesterday that their talks next week will address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics i.....»»

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S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympic cooperation

SEOUL — South Korea on yesterday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympic cooperation

HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula. In a closely watched New Year's address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics, though he also repeated fiery nuclear threats against the United States. Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington in a bid to reduce international isolation and sanctions against North Korea. Kim's overture was welcome news for a South Korean government led by liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue to ease the North's nuclear threats and wants to use the Olympics as a chance to improve inter-Korean ties. Moon's unification minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, proposed in a nationally televised news conference that the two Koreas meet Jan. 9 at the shared border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties. Earlier Tuesday, Moon spoke of what he described as Kim's positive response to his earlier dialogue overtures and ordered officials to study how to restore talks with North Korea and get the North to participate in the Olympics. North Korea did not immediately react. But if there are talks, they would be the first formal dialogue between the Koreas since December 2015. Relations between the Koreas have plunged as North Korea has expanded its weapons programs amid a hard-line stance by Moon's conservative predecessors. Last year, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. The North was subsequently hit with toughened U.N. sanctions, and Kim and President Donald Trump exchanged warlike rhetoric and crude personal insults against each other. Kim said in his speech Monday that North Korea last year achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces. Outside experts say that it's only a matter of time before the North acquires the ability to hurl nuclear weapons at the mainland U.S., but that the country still has a few technologies to master, such as a warhead's ability to survive atmospheric re-entry. Talks could provide a temporary thaw in strained inter-Korean ties, but conservative critics worry that they may only earn the North time to perfect its nuclear weapons. After the Olympics, inter-Korean ties could become frosty again because the North has made it clear it has no intention of accepting international calls for nuclear disarmament and instead wants to bolster its weapons arsenal in the face of what it considers increasing U.S. threats. "Kim Jong Un's strategy remains the same. He's developing nukes while trying to weaken international pressure and the South Korea-U.S. military alliance and get international sanctions lifted," said Shin Beomchul of the Seoul-based Korea National Diplomatic Academy. He said the North might also be using its potential Olympic participation as a chance to show its nuclear program is not intended to pose a threat to regional peace. In his address Monday, Kim said the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. He said he has a "nuclear button" on his office desk, warning that "the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike." He called for improved ties and a relaxation of military tensions with South Korea, saying the Winter Olympics could showcase the status of the Korean nation. But Kim also repeated that South Korea must stop annual military exercises with the United States, which he calls an invasion rehearsal against the North. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea to help deter potential aggression from the North, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty......»»

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S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation.....»»

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South Korea’s Moon plans to send envoy to North Korea soon

      SEOUL, South Korea (AP) --- South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to send a special envoy to North Korea soon to set up more meaningful dialogue between the rivals that Seoul hopes will eventually include discussions over disarming the North of nuclear weapons. Seoul's presidential office said Moon revealed the plans to President Donald Trump in a 30-minute telephone conversation late Thursday. The office did not say how Trump reacted to the plans. North Korean officials visiting the South for the recently concluded Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have said leader Kim Jong Un wants to hold a summit with Moon and that North Korea aims to open talk wi...Keep on reading: South Korea’s Moon plans to send envoy to North Korea soon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

North Korea general wraps up controversial visit to South

SEOUL, South Korea – A powerful North Korean general Tuesday, February 27, wrapped up his visit to the South as part of an Olympics charm offensive by Pyongyang that has drawn angry protests calling for his arrest. General Kim Yong Chol, who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

North Korea says willing to talk to US – Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea is "very willing" to hold talks with the United States, its delegation to the Winter Olympics closing ceremony said Sunday, February 25 according to Seoul's presidential Blue House. In a meeting with the South's President Moon Jae-in, the North's delegation "agreed that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

Blacklisted North Korea general arrives in Pyeongchang

SEOUL, South Korea – A blacklisted North Korean general arrived in the South on Sunday, February 25 for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, which will also be attended by United States President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka. The visit by Kim Yong Chol , who led an eight-member high-level delegation that crossed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

Relatives protest visit by N. Korea general blamed for warship sinking

SEOUL, South Korea – Angry relatives of sailors killed in the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship protested on Saturday, February 24, against the impending visit to the Winter Olympics of a North Korean general blamed for the attack. Relatives of the 46 killed on the Cheonan corvette urged Seoul ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

South Korean MPs demand execution of North s Olympic delegate

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean lawmakers protested on Friday, February 23, over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution. Kim Yong Chol will head an eight-member delegation to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

North Korea’s closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly ship sinking

SEOUL — North Korea will send another high-level delegation to South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, officials said on Thursday, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors. The latest visit by officials from the normally reclusive North will coincide with a […] The post North Korea’s closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly ship sinking appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

US: Pence ready to talk to NKorea, but they canceled meeting

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says Vice President Mike Pence was ready to meet with representatives from North Korea during his visit to the Olympic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

Two Koreas, Kim’s sister star at freezing Olympic opener

PYEONGCHANG: The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics open on Friday with North and South Korea marching together at a bitterly cold ceremony attended by the first member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit the South since the Korean War. Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is among a 500-strong [...] The post Two Koreas, Kim’s sister star at freezing Olympic opener appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

North Korea holds military parade on eve of Games

SEOUL: North Korea staged a military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday, in a show of strength just a day before the Winter Olympics open in the South. The nuclear-armed North is on an Olympics-linked charm offensive—sending a troupe of performers, hundreds of female cheerleaders, and the sister of leader Kim Jong Un to South Korea. [...] The post North Korea holds military parade on eve of Games appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

North Korean art troupe heads for Olympics

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA — Around 120 North Korean art performers in matching red coats and fur hats left for the South, its state media said Tuesday, the latest in the flurry of cross-border exchanges in the run-up to the PyeongChang Olympics. The troupe were seen off from a train station in the North Korean capital […] The post North Korean art troupe heads for Olympics appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

North, South Korea share the ice in figure skating

GANGEUNG, South Korea --- North and South Korean figure skaters shared the same ice Monday for the first time at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The North's pair of Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik didn't socialize much with the South Korean and Japanese athletes in their practice session, but South Korean skater Alex Kam said they'd shared a few words. "We didn't have much time to talk because our warmup schedule was different, but we just said 'Hi'," Kam said. "We were just talking about our schedule for this weekend." Fresh off a third-place finish at the Four Continents championship in Taiwan last month, Ryom and Kim are the only North Koreans who met the Olympic qualifying standards in the...Keep on reading: North, South Korea share the ice in figure skating.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

North Korea s ceremonial head of state to visit South

SEOUL, South Korea (UPDATED) – North Korea's ceremonial head of state will visit the South this week in connection with the Winter Olympics, Seoul said late Sunday, February 4. Kim Yong-Nam will be the highest-level official from the North for years to travel to the other ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

Twist of fate: Michael Martinez makes it to the 2018 Winter Olympic

Visit us on Instagram To be You; Facebook: To be You; e-mail inq.tobeyou@gmail.com Talk about a twist of fate---21-year-old Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez confirmed that he will represent the country in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month. The Pinoy Ice Prince was shortlisted to compete in the event, but failed to earn enough points in the Nebelhorn Trophy, a qualifying tournament held in Obertsdorf, Germany, in September 2017. When the Swedish Olympic Committee decided not to send skater Alexander Majorov, his slot was offered to Martinez. "According to point F of the Qualification System for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the Philippin...Keep on reading: Twist of fate: Michael Martinez makes it to the 2018 Winter Olympic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

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The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday to check preparations for rare performances by an art troupe she also leads during next month’s Winter Olympics. #BeFullyInformed news.mb.com.ph Source link: news.mb.com.ph.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018