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North Korea threatens to cancel U.S. summit

SEOUL, South Korea (UPDATED) – North Korea threatened Wednesday, May 16, to cancel the forthcoming  summit between leader Kim Jong-Un and President Donald Trump  if Washington seeks to push Pyongyang into unilaterally giving up its nuclear arsenal. It also cancelled high-level talks due Wednesday with Seoul over the Max Thunder joint military exercises being held between the United States and ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMay 16th, 2018

Korean leaders meet after Trump threatens to quit Kim summit

SEOUL, South Korea (3rd UPDATE) – North and South Korea's leaders held surprise talks on Saturday, May 26, after President Donald Trump cast an uncertain pall over the turbulent Korean peninsula by cancelling a historic summit with Pyongyang only to suggest it might still go ahead . Photos released by South Korea showed President ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

N. Korea slams pence, renews summit threat

SEOUL -- North Korea called US Vice-President Mike Pence “ignorant and stupid” for his warnings over a planned summit with Donald Trump, renewing a threat to cancel as the US president said the fate of the historic talks will be decided next week. Trump is due to meet his North….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

NKorea slams ‘ignorant and stupid’ Pence, renews summit threat

SEOUL: North Korea called US Vice-President Mike Pence “ignorant and stupid” for his warnings over a planned summit with Donald Trump, renewing a threat to cancel as the US president said the fate of the historic talks will be decided next week. Trump is due to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in [...] The post NKorea slams ‘ignorant and stupid’ Pence, renews summit threat appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Trump, Moon discuss North Korea s threat to scrap summit

SEOUL, South Korea – US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday, May 20, discussed North Korea's recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit  with Washington, Seoul's presidential office said. After weeks of warm words and diplomatic backslapping, Pyongyang abruptly threatened to pull out of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

About face

SEOUL -- North Korea threatened Wednesday to cancel the forthcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump if Washington seeks to push Pyongyang into unilaterally giving up its nuclear arsenal. It also cancelled high-level talks due Wednesday with Seoul over the Max Thunder joint military exercises being….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Too soon to let our guard down

With preparations underway for a third summit between South and North Korea in September, it may be easy for some people to forget that not much has changed. That would be a mistake. The world should not yet let its guard down. North Korea remains a nuclear threat, and its regime seems to be as… link: Too soon to let our guard down.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Too soon to let our guard down

With preparations underway for a third summit between South and North Korea in September, it may be easy for some people to forget that not much has changed. That would be a mistake. The world should not yet let its guard down. North Korea remains a nuclear threat, and its regime seems to be as [...] The post Too soon to let our guard down appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

U.S.: North Korea talks moving in right direction

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US talks with North Korea on denuclearization are making progress "in the right direction," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday, August 14. Nauert said behind-the-scenes discussions with Pyongyang have normalized in the wake of President Donald Trump's June summit with North Korean leader ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Pyongyang summit to be ‘bold step’ towards ending war, says Moon

Seoul, South Korea --- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday his visit to Pyongyang next month will be a "bold step" towards formally ending the decades-old war with the nuclear-armed North. The two Koreas agreed earlier this week to hold a third meeting between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September as a rapid diplomatic thaw builds on the peninsula following their first summit in April. Moon's trip to the North Korean capital will be the first visit by a South Korean head of state to Pyongyang since 2007. The leaders will "take a bold step towards declaring an end to the war and a peace treaty", Moon said at a ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of ...Keep on reading: Pyongyang summit to be ‘bold step’ towards ending war, says Moon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Caution Urged on Possible Second US-North Korea Summit

It would be 'unwise' for U.S. President Donald Trump to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, unless Pyongyang fully listed its existing nuclear weapons and facilities and agre.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Caution Urged on Possible Second US-North Korea Summit

It would be 'unwise' for U.S. President Donald Trump to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, unless Pyongyang fully listed its existing nuclear weapons and facilities and agre.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Is Nokor brewing something?

KIM WON’T GIVE UP “We see them going to work, just as before. WASHINGTON — US intelligence agencies have found that North Korea is building new missiles, based on satellite photographs taken in recent weeks and other new evidence, The Washington Post reported Monday. Just weeks after a high-stakes summit between President Donald Trump and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

North Korea developing new missiles – report

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US intelligence agencies have found that North Korea is building new missiles, based on satellite photographs taken in recent weeks and other new evidence, The Washington Post reported Monday, July 30. Just weeks after a high-stakes summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

North Korea silent on return of US remains

SEOUL --- North Korea remained mum on Sunday on its return of the remains of American soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, but it is in fact sending a silent message to the US to swiftly declare the end of war, experts say. In a move that is seen as the first tangible result from the Singapore summit in June, North Korea repatriated 55 sets of remains of US soldiers on Friday, which prompted a "thank you" note from US President Donald Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un via Twitter. But Pyongyang has yet to release statements on Friday's repatriation of the war dead through state media, or a response to Trump's message. "It is currently silent because it knows...Keep on reading: North Korea silent on return of US remains.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Remains said to be US war dead repatriated from North Korea

    PYEONGTAEK, South Korea --- North Korea on Friday returned the remains of what are believed to be U.S. servicemen killed during the Korean War, the White House said, with a U.S military plane making a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases of remains. The handover follows through on a promise North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made to President Donald Trump when the leaders met in June and is the first tangible result from the much-hyped summit. Trump welcomed the repatriation and thanked Kim in a tweet. The United Nations Command said 55 cases of remains were retrieved from North Korea. The White House earlier confirmed that a U.S. Air Force C-17 airc...Keep on reading: Remains said to be US war dead repatriated from North Korea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

US group: North Korea dismantling key launch site facilities

SEOUL, South Korea --- A U.S. research group said North Korea has started dismantling key facilities at its main satellite launch site in what appears to be a step toward fulfilling a commitment made by leader Kim Jong Un at his summit with President Donald Trump in June.   An official from South Korea's presidential office on Tuesday said Seoul has also been detecting dismantlement activities at North Korea's Sohae launch site but did not elaborate.   The 38 North website said recent satellite images indicate the North began dismantling a rocket engine test stand and other facilities at the site in what appeared to be a confidence-building measure with the United S...Keep on reading: US group: North Korea dismantling key launch site facilities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

North Korea begins dismantling rocket test site – analysts

WASHINGTON DC, USA – North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at a rocket-engine test center , a group of experts said Monday, July 23, potentially marking a significant step after last month's summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. According to the respected 38 North group, commercial satellite imagery ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Pompeo in North Korea to seek details on denuclearization

PYONGYANG, North Korea –  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang on Friday, July 6, to press Kim Jong-un for a more detailed commitment to denuclearization following the North Korean leader's historic summit with President Donald Trump. Pompeo was greeted in the North Korean capital by Kim's right hand ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Pompeo hopes to fill in details of North Korea agreement

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday he expects North Korea to be ready to "fill in some details" of the commitments on denuclearization made by Kim Jong Un at his historic summit with President Donald Trump last month......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018